Blu-ray image quality from the BD-P3600 is as delightful as we hoped it would be. Our usual test discs, including xXx: State of the Union and Vantage Point, all looked super spiffy. We love the detail offered by this player, and the bright, vibrant and accurate colours make for a very pleasant movie-watching experience.
DVD playback from Jurassic Park also met our high quality-control standards. Motion was decent, and the colours were as good as we'd expect from the slightly older MPEG-2 standard-definition system. DVDs load almost instantly, and are upscaled to 1080p resolution by the player -- for what upscaling is worth.
Media playback from USB is much more limited than is the case with the TVs. There's no MKV support here, which is a great shame. The player does, however, support playback of the common file types you're likely to encounter on the Internet -- Xvid and DivX, for example.and, indeed, Samsung's own
The video playback from memory stick isn't especially smooth and, on the first occasion we played a clip, the picture was out of sync with the sound. If you're looking for flexible media playback, the BD-P3600 might not be the best choice for you.
The menus all look pretty good though, and navigating around with the supplied remote control is more of a pleasure than a chore. We think the player's very well set-up to handle interactive Blu-ray content too, proving much snappier than other players we've seen.
We're also pleased to see that Samsung has managed to make this player even faster than the BD-P4600. We inserted Vantage Point, and the player was up and running in just 41 seconds, compared to the BD-P4600's 43.5. That makes the BD-P3600 the fastest Blu-ray player we've ever tested, and the first to.
The Samsung BD-P3600 delivers the analogue 7.1 audio out that the BD-P4600 lacks. If the LG BD370 hadn't come along in the meantime, we might have really fallen for this machine, but the LG's excellent media-playback capability makes the BD-P3600 look like a significantly worse deal.
That said, if you buy the BD-P3600, we think you'll be very happy indeed. It's sturdy, quick to load Blu-ray discs and offers excellent picture quality. Besides adding some decent media-playback options, there's not much that we'd change.
Edited by Charles Kloet