Samsung has shown off its new standard in Blu-ray performance and versatility and it comes in the form of the new Samsung BD-P3600 Blu-ray player. This 2009 model promises top of the line video playback, comprehensive audio decoding and remarkable networking capabilities for an immersive movie theater-like experience. Packed with wireless networking, access to video and music streaming services teamed up with this sleek design is more than likely to move quite a few units this year.
Reid Sullivan, Vice President of Audio/Video and Digital Imaging Marketing at Samsung Electronics America even went as far to say, “The BD-P3600’s comprehensive specs place it on the short list of even the most discerning home theater consumer.” This player comes correct with BD-Live and Bonus View support, full HD 1080p Blu-ray playback, DVD upscaling and total HD soundtrack support. Standard CDs? Check! JPEG Photos? Check! DivX videos? Check! I’m telling ya, these new Samsung Blu-ray players are looking sweet. I had a chance to play with this model and the response time was fast as well, which is great news to those who remember the slow response times on the first wave of Blu-ray Samsung models.
It can internally decode high-resolution digital multi-channel audio soundtracks, including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD HR /MA. Not to mention, it can output any of the soundtracks as a bitstream through its 7.1-Channel analog audio outputs, or as uncompressed PCM signal for those folks who still want the best sound possible running off of an old A/V reciever.
Any way you look at it, Samsung is raising the bar in the Blu-ray player market for this year and just when people thought Blu-ray was the end of it, more features can be loaded in to prove once more that it’s just the beginning. Wireless connectivity, streaming Netflix… it looks as if they are going to be shoving digital downloads down our throats soon enough.