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Conclusion: Multimedia Although the 1600 has a network connection on its rear panel and even supports an optional WLAN stick, its multimedia still can't measure up to that of its two bigger brothers, the BD-P 3600 and BD-P 4610. The network interface can only retrieve BD-Live material. Streaming of multimedia files - as is possible on the two other Samsung models - is simply beyond the BD-P 1600.
Pros: Excellent HDTV picture with 24p., Automatic film-mode detection for DVDs., Bitstream HD audio.
Cons: Disc drive is too loud., Poor photo display.
Excerpt: (1 items) Samsung BD-P1600Samsung’s BD-P1600 Blu-ray player delivers good-looking Blu-ray playback and adds a host of multimedia goodies (including BD-Live, Netflix On Demand, and Pandora streaming to your TV and home-theater sound system) previously found only in higher-end Samsung models. Unfortunately, this Blu-ray Disc player stumbles in a few simple areas. When playing Blu-ray discs, the BD-P1600 sent very good but not spectacular images to our HDTV.
Pros: Very good imaging on Blu-ray discs, Netflix and Pandora streaming
Cons: Annoying flap covers front panel controls, Disappointing imaging on DVDs
Affordable, great picture quality, new built-in integration to Netflix movies and Pandora Internet radio
Consumer Electronics Net
13 July 2009
Excerpt: Consumer High Definition televisions (HDTV) hit the market just over 10 years ago. The amount of data used for HD content takes up much greater space than that of Standard Definition (SD) content. From that need came Blu-ray discs (BD). Blu-ray's name comes from the blue colored laser used to read the discs. Data is stored on the disc by burning tiny pits in the surface, basically the same as with CDs and DVDs but with many, many, more pits to a given area.
Conclusion: Although positioned at the lower-end of their current crop, the Samsung BD-P1600 is still a versatile player offering the latest features (Netflix, Pandora, BD-Live, DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD decoding) and performance that the competition would be hard-pressed to beat.
Pros: Surprisingly good video quality on an assortment of tough material, Effortless handling of a wide variety of state-of-the-art features, Netflix online streaming sure is convenient, Surprisingly good video quality on an assortment of tough material, Effortless handling of a wide variety of state-of-the-art features, Netflix online streaming sure is convenient
Cons: HD-quality Netflix streaming easier said than done, Wireless networking is a can of worms, but why not just include a gig of flash memory so BD-Live would work without an additional purchase?
Summary: The Samsung BD-P1600 produces very good images, and by Blu-ray standards it's as fast as lightning. But problems with upscaling DVDs and some unwise design decisions prevent it from being a great player.
Excerpt: If there has been one thorn in the side of recent Blu-ray players, it's the painfully slow loading times. So, it's refreshing to see that Samsung 's BD-P1600 addresses this issue. It puts most players to shame. New machines from Sony and Philips certainly do similar, but nevertheless the speed at which we get up and running is a genuine positive for the BD-P1600. You won't see this machine slip up when it comes to specifications, either.
Pros: Fine value, strong spec, handles motion well with SD or HD, decent colours, fast loading times
Cons: Lacks detail compared to best, spend more for more greater dynamics
Summary: The Samsung BD-P1600 delivers very good-looking Blu-ray playback and adds a host of multimedia goodies previously found only in higher-end Samsung models, including BD-Live and Pandora streaming to your TV and home-theatre sound system.