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The Samsung BD-P4600 is a high-end, ultracompact (1.5”) wall-mountable Blu-ray Disc player that was announced at CES 2009.

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Pros

ultrathin 1.5" profile

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profile 2.0

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upscales DVDs to full 1080p

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slot loaded

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1-second eject feature

4 agree

includes 802.11n Wi-Fi dongle

4 agree

1gb of internal memory

4 agree

Fancy touch-sensitive buttons on the front look great and give a satisfying chime when touched.

3 agree

After recent update, supports MKV video file format.

3 agree

After recent update, directly supports youtube content across the network.

3 agree

Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support

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Streams audio, video, and image files from home network.

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Even though it cannot play any optical discs for me any more, it still plays USB and Web content perfectly fine.

2 agree
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Cons

WiFi is not internal - dongle takes one of two USB ports

3 agree

Very expensive, even consdering its features.

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After a few months, player no longer reads optical discs correctly; either calls the disc unreadable, or plays with many jumps & skips and many artifacts on the screen.

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Boot-up chimes are extremely loud and obnoxious (perhaps defective?)

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Remote control action is not very responsive, often requiring multiple presses, even after brand new batteries, at about 8 feet distance.

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While playing music, it occasionally "skips", almost as if the audio processor can't handle the stream. It is not the same as a "skip" in something like a car stereo.

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Does not like even minor scratches or finger prints on discs.

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no analog audio outputs for older AV receivers

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The Samsung BD-P4600 is a high-end, ultracompact (1.5”) wall-mountable Blu-ray Disc player that was announced at CES 2009. This player is very similar feature-wise to Samsung’s BD-P3600. The BD-P4600 features Profile 2.0/BD Live/Bonus View compatibility, Netflix movie and Pandora music internet streaming, plus 1GB of onboard memory, which is required for online features. This compact player also includes a USB 802.11n Wi-Fi dongle, which is intended to compliment the integrated Ethernet port. The BD-P4600 also supports the highest resolution audio formats out of the box, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Other notable features include a slot-loading disc drive, improved loading times, a 1-second eject feature and touch sensitive controls on the unit itself. Samsung’s BD-P4600 is expected to be released sometime in the first half of 2009.

Features
  • ultra-compact (1.5”) design
  • full HD 1080p Blu-ray disc playback
  • 1080p upscaling for standard DVD playback
  • Profile 2.0 compatible (BD-Live and BonusView)
  • Netflix and Pandora streaming compatible
  • Dolby TrueHD support
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Essential support
  • USB 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet internet connectivity
  • 1GB of built in memory for BD-Live content
  • 1-second disc eject
  • touch sensitive controls on player unit
  • JPEG photos and DivX video support
Post Review
Michael R Ireland
04/08/2010 02:18

Over the weeks since my last update, we have found that it no longer plays *any* optical disc properly. With music CDs, it skips and jumps for no apparent reason; on DVDs it also skips, halts, and jumps but it also adds a lot of visual artifacts on the screen and distorts the audio.

They did fix the obnoxious startup sounds in one of the recent firmware updates. This morning when I fired it up, there was a notification of new updates available. I will update my review if there are any noticeable changes.

On another note, if you own one of these and want to know how we are coping with the lack of playing optical discs, send me a message and I can tell you how we back up our media.

Michael R Ireland
03/09/2010 10:47

We've had this pretty thing for several months now. We bought it because it was the only wall-mounted model we could find. It's very attractive, and has some great styling attention-to-detail that we did not expect from a Samsung device. Unfortunately, either our model is somewhat defective, or there is a flaw in the electronics: During music play-back there are occasional "skip" sounds that do not stem from external vibrations, and the drive will not play a number of factory discs that we have that have very minor scratches on them. These same discs play fine in every other device in our house.

All told, I am fairly happy with this little beastie. Most importantly for us, it plays DivX video files, and more recently Matroska Video (MKV) was added. This is great for folx like us who have a large library of digital content that we can either stream across the network, or put on USB dongles. MKV files in HD play flawlessly.

Mounting this to the wall presented only one minor issue: The bracket fits *very* tightly to the back of the unit, thereby making it very difficult to actually be sure you have it firmly seated. In the process, it could be very easy to loosen the wall-fasteners (screws) if you are not careful.

In summary, if you need a wall mountable device, this is a good choice. If you intend to play a lot of CDs or other optical media, you might want to consider a standard form factor device instead. If you intend to play a lot of digital media in the form of mp3, MKV, or DivX type content, then this drive is ideally suited to you.

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