Blu-Ray Player Samsung BDP 1600

The Blu-ray access has never been so inexpensive and so tempting like new with Samsung BDP 1600 (280 euros) due to prallster. Leave the quality on the line?

  1. Blu-ray player Samsung BDP 1600
  2. Blu-ray profiles
  3. Data sheet

Hard to believe what you want to put everything in this compact and lightweight metal case. Samsung’s new entry-level Blu-ray player BDP 1600 offers everything the current Blu-ray disc specifications maximum demand to the profile 2.0, so also all only as ‘optional’ classified refinements to 280 euros. This includes that the BDP 1600 includes all current audio decoders, including Dolby True HD and all DTS-HD formats.

To be added all the profile 2.0 BD-live Internet functions in addition to the now mandatory prescribed picture in picture display and parallel decode two audio streams (secondary audio), which requires the BD profile 1.1. Two USB Sockets serve both feeding music and image files, as well as the buffers by Internet data for BD-live via memory stick. The back USB port also serves as a connection for a special, available as an accessory from Samsung wireless LAN adapter wireless communication with the Internet.

Well, somewhere must be been saved yet, achieving the glittering prize? This is expected for the most part to the motto “The mass makes it”, build the new Samsung range on the same Board and the same drive but all the players, and the entire fleet is aimed at the mass market. This is very commendable in this case, it helps however to make the past still far behind the DVD numbers medium to wider feet.

The small and thin, at least top processed case may have helped the 1600s also to its price advantage. Also lack of expensive cinch connectors for analog multichannel output. The only mechanical luxury: the elegant, wide high-gloss front door. Even the drive keys including save the manufacturer valuable cents, because the sensor keys flatter design and hand, need no expensive mechanics.

In addition to all these features an innovation emerges only when the player really useful: the drive starts sensationally fast. Not only that you can open the tray already with this player at the surprisingly short boot, it reads even Blu-rays and DVDs as fast a like hardly a competitor. After 22 seconds, the screen showed in stereoplays listening room the menu of a Blu-ray and DVDs were ready after 15 seconds. That was so far only Sony’s PlayStation 3.

In the configuration menu of the BDP 1600, also a few cuts that show but only at second glance. The menus are divided clearly and should allow in combination with the instructions even newcomers, to put the player into the configuration correct for the own system. Some common features but then noticed the expert eye only by their absence. So lets not manually affect the signal type of HDMI transmission; Samsung relies on the automatic arrangement of components connected via extended display identification data (EDID).

This applies to video just like for audio data, the channel number and preset bass management only through the automatic via EDID. This should work on current brand devices but always easily. Only the brightness scale for HDMI video can be environmentally between video (TV) and computer scale (monitor) and the 24-Hertz playback for Blu-ray discs in and switch off. Image scaling retains a pre adjustable value; You must rely on the scaler from Samsung.

And that’s not bad at all artifact-rich and rich in detail, showed a sharp and inflated even from DVD to full HD picture. The exceptionally good diagonal interpolation for sloping contours is commendable. For the de-Interlacer left a minimal residual flicker, always that but was not in the film. In direct comparison with the Pioneer BDP LX 08 of may issue the Samsung image worked but is pleasantly consistent more flat and somewhat lifeless.

Sonically, a similar distinction arose: HDMI player-decoded PCM and true HD on his Miss when the Koreans against the Japanese some gloss and Acutance. This remained even with 2-channel analog output so: the Samsung sounded slightly imprecise and lackluster, tonal but balanced and musical groovend. It is quite amazing how much player Samsung here offers for so little money. The equipment and in particular the use value of the BDP 1600 are exceptionally high. The surprisingly fine tactile feel and decent performance for audio and video, analog and digital, with this equipment, and at this price are likely to be currently unique.

Blu-ray profile

In the world of Blu-ray discs as the different standards of “Profiles”. First it was “Profile 1.0 “: the player could in about what a DVD player also dominated, just with high-definition audio and video. Later, “Java” was added, a programming language that allows more complex menus.

Profile 1.1

Since this year, all new players must the Profile rule 1.1. It includes also the possibility to the picture in picture display and the parallel processing of two audio signals in addition to Java. These skills take the marketing name “Bonusview”.

Profile 2.0

Players that dominate “Profile 2.0”, make everything smaller profile numbers demand. In addition, you can download Internet content to appropriately programmed discs, Save and play. “BD-Live” is called that.

Samsung BDP 1600

Manufacturer Samsung
Price €280.00
Rating 102.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Width 43.0 cm
Height 54.0 cm
Depth 19.9 cm
Weight 2.1 kg
Video digital HDMI (version) 1.3a
Max resolution of HDMI
Decoder Dolby True HD / DTS HD Master /
Decoder DD / DTS
Remote control for TV / Adaptive /
Predefined picture settings / adjustable
Memory card reader
USB /.
Ethernet for update / interactive content /
Headphone output / adjustable /
Playback memory
HDMI control
BD – time DVD / Blu-ray (in seconds) 16 / 22.0 s
Playback formats
MP3WMADivX / /
Analog output stereo / 5.1 / 7.1 / /
Playable disc.-formats
DVD + R / RW /
CD-R / RW /
BD-R / RE /
optical / HDMI /
Hosiden / 3-comp. /
Measured values
Signal to noise ratio (A weighted) 108 dB
Output resistance 631 ohm
Error correction ability info layer CD / DVD 3,0 / 4,5 mm
Error correction surface CD / DVD 3.0
Power consumption standby / operating 0.3 / 13.5 W
Short conclusion Seemingly quite noble, superbly-equipped entry level player with all HD audio decoders and BD-live. Internet access via optional WLAN stick möglcih. Sounds tonally balanced and rich in detail for this class. Good HD picture.
Sound HDMI
(maximum 70 points)
Sound surround
Sound stereo
(max 70
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Picture Blu ray / DVD 16 / 9
Overall rating (max. 120 points) outstanding 102
Price-performance ratio outstanding
tested in issue: 6 / 09