We awarded the Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player (BD D7000) our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award because of its innovative and compact design, robust feature set and intuitive user interface. We admire Samsung's attention to detail in their touch controls, slot-in loading mechanism and ultra fast play. Additionally, the unique design gives it a smaller and more compact footprint in your entertainment center. Overall, this unit is extremely hard to beat; in fact, no one beat it, since it's on the top of our list of the best 3D Blu-ray players.
You can buy all the 3D Blu-ray Discs in the store along with an astoundingly beautiful 3D TV and slap on the glasses, but you won't be able to enjoy the films in their intended format unless you have a player capable of displaying 3D content. The Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player possesses all the technology and components to bring your favorite movies into the third dimension. The quality of the playback is simply unmatched in our review of the best 3D Blu-ray players.
The player's ability to display HD content is another quality worth mentioning. This 3D Blu-ray player has the capability to deliver full 1080p resolution. That's the standard for almost all media devices these days. Frankly, if this player did not have HD functionality, it would fail to make an appearance on our lineup of best 3D Blu-ray players.
Since HD has only been in wide usage for under a decade, most homes still have a lot of standard definition DVDs. These will work in 3D Blu-ray players, but they won't be in HD or 3D. However, Samsung includes technology in this player that gives the illusion of both. The HD up-conversion component scales the standard definition picture to utilize every pixel on an HDTV. In some TVs and players we reviewed, this has the effect of distorting or skewing the image, but this effect is at a minimum with this device.
The other picture transformation function comes in the form of 2D to 3D conversion. This player has technology to scan content on a disc and determine how best to display it in 3D. Granted, you won't get Avatar-like quality, but if you dig 3D, you'll love this feature.
One more note on video functionality before we move on the rest of the player. Movie theaters play films at a rate of 24 frames per second. This frame rate is much slower than our modern monitors are capable of playing. Therefore, when you watch movies at home you lose that feeling of being in a movie theater. This 3D Blu-ray player has the ability to slow down the frame rate of movies and provide a more cinematic feel. All you need is some canola oil and a popcorn popper and you'll never be able to tell the difference.
Video is only half the home entertainment experience, a poor or absent audio system can turn a great movie into a travesty in your living room. Almost all commercial TV shows and movies are mixed in some variety of Dolby Dynamic Digital sound, and each home theater setup has its own way of delivering audio to your ears. This 3D Blu-ray player is compatible with them all – from plain old Dolby Digital sound to the hyper-advanced 7.1 channel surround sound systems. Therefore, no matter what system you connect this 3D Blu-ray player to, you'll hear the full, rich sound intended by the content creators.
When we reviewed the best 3D Blu-ray players, we found that almost all of them had outstanding audio and video capabilities. What makes one stand out from another are the extra features found on the player. One of the central features we looked for in this category was apps. Specifically, streaming content apps that allow you to watch video and listen to music directly from the internet. Samsung includes a plethora of streaming apps on this 3D Blu-ray player, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Pandora. Additionally, it has the most popular social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter.
This 3D Blu-ray player comes with a built in 1GB hard drive. We like this feature but we were left scratching our heads over why it's so small. Most people have four times that much storage space hanging off their key chain in the form of a flash drive. While an included hard drive is a nice feature, 1GB doesn't offer you much functionality.
The unique, compact design of this player gives it a very different look and feel than the players we've become accustom to seeing for the last three decades. VCRs, DVD players and Blu-ray players have always been long devices that took up a good amount of horizontal space atop our entertainment centers. Most 3D Blu-ray players are much the same way; the exception is this sleek and much shorter Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player. The footprint of this device is much smaller, and it will make a nice addition to your home entertainment system.
The touch sensitive controls lend themselves to the unique design, as well. Physical buttons are pressed so many times over the years that they often just fall off. The touch sensitive controls will never just fall off (because they're not physical buttons), and they greatly reduce the amount of wear and tear you put on this machine.
All of the latest digital connection options are present in this 3D Blu-ray player. Chief among them are the HDMI and USB terminals. Additionally the player comes with built in Wi-Fi so you can connect to the internet with no wires at all.
Despite some omissions in the analog connectivity department, the Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player (BD-D7000) is the best 3D Blu-ray player we reviewed. Its strikingly different design, its strong video and audio functions and its online streaming options make it the ideal candidate to sit in your entertainment center and play your favorite TV shows and movies – no matter which dimension they happen to live in.
Its compact design breaks with the conventional look of an entertainment player. Touch-sensitive controls greatly reduce the wear caused by repeatedly pushing physical buttons.
We like the inclusion of an integrated hard drive, but this machine's drive is only 1GB.
We love this player for its avant-garde design, internet streaming functionality and astounding playback capabilities.