Four months ago our trusty old DVD player broke and we had to make the difficult decision over whether or not to stick with DVD format or make the leap to Blu-Ray. Since we didn't have that many DVDs and a lot of our media content tends to be streamed over the internet we went with a unit that would touch a lot of bases at the same time. We stuck with a lower end unit, at the time we paid £180 for it.
As a basic Blu-ray player you could do a lot worse than this machine. It starts up fine, hooks up fine (to the TV anyway, we had a little trouble with the wireless functionality but more about that further down) and plays fine. It's quite a loud unit though and sometimes the noises it emits can be a little alarming, but we haven't noticed that it interrupts your viewing enjoyment, as it were.
The picture is clear and sharp through Blu-ray play, and unlike some players the loading times are relatively short. However, they are nowhere near as fast as Samsung would like you to believe, they advertise the BD-C6500 as having 'Ultra Fast Play' but honestly, it hasn't exactly impressed us, no wow factor, as such, but perfectly functional. There are the occasional blacked out screen during loading.
Samsung likes to sell this unit as an all singing, all dancing machine that will connect wirelessly to your home entertainment network, play DVDs, Blu-ray and internet@TV
Although it is definitely more than a bog standard unit, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles Samsung might like you to think it does. It gives you access to a slew of rubbishy games that play in what can only be described as very much less than HD quality, it also hooks you up to networked sites like Youtube and iPlayer but again their quality is hardly crystal clear. We haven't tried the Lovefilm movie streaming since we've never fancied keeping a subscription.
We have had some success in hooking up streaming media through the BD-C6500 but we found the feed sluggish and unreliable, we've since invested in a cheap media box for that purpose, which has been brilliant.
After having a little trouble setting up the wireless connection to our laptops we called Samsung customer services, frankly they deserve a review all of their own, it was appalling. Not only did we have to sit on hold for ages, which made us question how much we cared about getting the true potential from our purchase but their eventual advice was so unhelpful that we never did solve the problem; hence the media box...
I honestly wouldn't recommend the BD-C6500 to anyone as a main Blu-ray player, although it might be fine for a second unit, maybe a second bedroom or kids room. There are much better players on the market, and they probably deserving more attention. Samsung have way oversold this mediocre offering.