Samsung BD-D5700 Blu-ray Player: Review

June 1, 2012 | By admin | Filed in: TV and Video.

I normally do well with products that I buy on Amazon, but this product was a definite exception.  In fact there is a danger of my Samsung BD-D5700 Blu-ray Player review turning into a rant, but I will try to resist the temptation.

As I usually do, I researched the Samsung blu-ray player as much as possible before buying it – my wife pointed out that there were some very negative reviews online, as well as positive ones, but in the end we went for the BD-D5700, preferring to discount the negatives that some people had written.

I must say that as a disc player, the Samsung works well.  It plays blu ray discs, DVDs, and CDs exceptionally well for a player of this price.  It loads quickly and the enhanced picture quality is very good.  The menus and remote are on the whole intuitive and easy to use.  This was also the first device that I have bought with HDMI connectivity and my experience was on the whole very positive regarding the picture quality.

One of the main reasons that we bought the Samsung BD-D5700 was for the built-in wifi, however, as we wanted to stream internet to the TV and watch channels like Netflix and listen to Pandora radio.  This turned out to be the area where the Blu-ray player was at its poorest and most glitchy.

Samsung BD 5700 Blu-ray player - rearI have seriously spent hours of my time restarting the box, updating it, putting it back to factory settings, searching for fixes on the internet.  The only thing that I have found out for certain is that lots of people have suffered similar problems.  The problems I’ve suffered are multiple and include the box constantly going into update mode and then not updating, the box getting stuck on certain screens and not being able to escape, plus certain apps causing it problems and not working.  I am not inexperienced when it comes to troubleshooting technical problems but this box has me defeated.

The wi-fi connection abilities of the Samsung BD-D5700 seem relatively poor too.  When I moved the blu-ray player to the bedroom, it struggles to pick up a sufficient wi-fi signal to play a streaming channel like Netflix, yet the Roku 2 XD box, that I bought to replace the Samsung for streaming purposes, manages without much difficulty.  Also, even when the Smart TV is working, it seems much slower than the Roku box and the options were far more limited than I’d imagined they would be.

Pluses

The disc playing worked great.  Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs all played perfectly in very good quality for the price of the player.

USB port allows you to plug in memory sticks etc and listen to music and view photos from them.

The player is slim and lightweight.

Minuses

The wi-fi streaming and Smart TV has been very glitchy and given me multiple problems.

The channel options that you get with Smart TV seem limited when compared with what you get with something like a Roku box.

It worked well when connected straight to the modem, but the wi-fi reception of Samsung BD-D5700 seemed relatively poor.

Conclusion

If you just want a Blu-ray player that’s going to play your discs, then I guess the Samsung BD-D5700 is maybe fine for you.  It does advertise itself as a streaming player too, however, and this is where it fell down in my experience.  I would there advise against buying the BD-D5700.

In the end, I bought a Roku 2 XD streaming player, which I am much happier with in terms of watching internet TV.


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