- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 03 September 2013
The Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray Player On The Bench
On our DVD and Blu-ray Benchmark, I ran into a couple of issues with the Samsung that were uncommon to see. The main issue I saw with Blu-ray content is that it loses a lock and has artifacts on the 3-2 PF-T cadence tests on the updated Spears & Munsil test disc. The more I worked to figure this test result out, the more I realized I should stop putting much weight on it. There are around 15-20 Blu-ray titles out there that are this format (which are 1080p24 films that were released at 1080i60 resolution). The odds of having one are very low, and 1080p24 masters are replacing them all the time.
The bigger issue is failing 3-2 PF-T on DVD content as well. Almost all DVDs are mastered this way, because DVD content is interlaced. This is probably what causes the stuttering that I noticed in Cars earlier. If you enable 24p output for DVDs in the Samsung menu, then this passes, but it also then outputs non-24p content (TV Shoes, Documentaries, and Concert Videos usually) at 24p, resulting in a weird cadence and choppy video. So Samsung can do this, but something in the firmware seems to be doing it wrong with the output set to 1080p60. Because of this failure, and because of failing the CUE tests as well for DVD, I would suggest not using the Samsung if you have a large DVD library. These two flaws are a big deal for that, and they drop the overall Benchmark score by a lot. For straight Blu-ray content it does fine, though mixed film and video also sees a good bit of combing on scrolling text.
On our HDMI Benchmark, the Samsung does very well overall. There are very, very small errors from a bit of dithering, but those are totally acceptable and will never get noticed in real world content. RGB has larger errors, but they are still small. The main thing I would want to see improved in the future is support for YCbCr 4:2:2.
At the moment, the Samsung BD-F5900 is the fastest Blu-ray player out there I've tested. Every title loaded very fast, and the menus are very responsive as well. It's the first player to get to the start of The Dark Knight in under a minute, and didn't have any slow results. If you want speed, the Samsung has it.
The bench tests present a bit of a mixed bad. Loading times are fast, YCbCr 4:4:4 is good, and Blu-ray performance overall is pretty decent. However, the poor DVD performance really drags down that score. I have to say if you have a large DVD library, the Samsung BD-F5900 player won't be for you.