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Conclusion: The BD-P 3600 shines during Blu-ray and DVD playback, producing pictures of outstanding quality - in the most important respects, therefore, the player does a great job. The speedy disc drive also impressed, as did the flexibility of the audio section. Photos lacked sharpness, however, and the awkward operation for PC streaming was more than a little irritating.
Pros: Excellent 24p movie picture., Superb DVD playback., Automatic film-mode detection for DVDs., Fast disc drive., BD-Live and PC streaming - even via wireless., Bitstream HD audio.
Excerpt: Since the mainstream inception of Blu-ray, the existence of the Playstation 3 has always made it hard to justify purchasing a stand alone Blu-ray player . The gaming system’s versatility presented buyers with just too many additional features to ignore, and the price disparity between it and everything else was negligible.
Summary: The Samsung BD-P3600 is a quirky yet stylish Blu-ray player that exudes a lot of charm. It comes with plenty of high-end features for AV enthusiasts, while remaining simple and user friendly. On the downside, the Sony PlayStation 3 offers many of the same features and costs the same.
Summary: The majority of stand-alone Blu-ray players out on the market today seem to have one issue or another. Either the device is too basic or it’s is not as fast as the Sony PS3 Slim or it's just flat-out overpriced. In one fell swoop, Samsung has bucked all of those trends with its BD-P3600.
Excerpt: Samsung has delivered some solid Blu-ray offerings in the past. The company hasn’t been shy about including high-end video processing, and it’s quick to adopt new features for its lineup. The new BD-P3600 is no exception. It comes with $100 tacked onto its price tag compared with the other players in this roundup, but you may find some interesting features that are worth the investment.
Conclusion: In trying to add robust multi-media features to their Blu-ray player line, Samsung seems to have bitten off a bit more than they could chew with the PC streaming feature. But for those who don't need local media streaming, the audio and video features and performance, WiFi networking, and fast loading times combined with the Netflix and Pandora online streaming make the BD-P3600 a worthy contender in the battle for your high def dollars.
Pros: Very good to excellent playback performance on DVDs, 1080i and 1080p Blu-ray Discs, Comprehensive audio decoding and output options, Netflix and Pandora streaming are two of the "killer apps" of online content access, Fastest player yet, WiFi dongle included
Cons: PC streaming feature is great in concept but poor in execution, Odd style choices make the player stand out from the pack (but not necessarily in a good way)