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Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player

You Pay: $44.99
Product Highlights
  • Progressive Scan Plus Upconversion
  • Plays Through Scratches, Smudges, Tilts
  • Dust Proof
  • HDMI Output
  • Component Video Output
  • Coaxial Digital Audio Output
  • Multiple Disc Playback Formats
  • Multiple File Playback Formats
  • Anynet+ (HDMI CEC)

From toddler to teen to adult the Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player has features ever member of the family can use and enjoy.

Let's take on those toddlers first. For one thing they just don't need a new Blu-ray player to watch Dora the Explorer and her monkey for the jillionth time. We think it'll be quite a while before the bilingual moppet even makes it to Blu-ray.

Have you ever seen what a little kid can do to a DVD in a matter of seconds? Give them a few minutes and the disc will look like Tokyo after Godzilla strolled through it. Well, if a DVD is in really bad shape, it's time to buy a new one. But for minor dings and scratches the C500 has this cool feature Samsung calls Defect Disc Recovery Solution. Samsung says the C500 "plays perfectly through scratches, smudges and tilts." (We think 'tilts' refers to warping.) Rolling Actuator Technology handles the tilts.

The C500 is also dust proof. It actually removes dust as the disc spins. The dusting is augmented by using a Viterbi error correction algorithm to lower the error rate of the recording. All this high technology makes your C500 as close to tot-proof as any DVD is likely to get any time soon.

A feature everybody will enjoy is progressive scan with upconversion. It works when you connect the player to your TV set via an HDMI cable (available separately). The resulting picture is not as sharp as Blu-ray. But it's so close many people can't tell the difference.

The next best thing to HDMI is component video output with digital coaxial audio output. Your C500 has both. They too will give you excellent video and audio.

Your C500 can play not only regular DVDs and CDs, but a number of types you can burn yourself.

Another feature couch potatoes everywhere will love is Anynet+. That's Samsung's brand of the HDMI CEC standard. It allows compatible components that are connected by HDMI cables to be controlled by a single remote.

Take another look at that price. That's all you'll pay for all of the amazing features of the Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player. Kind of makes you want to click that Add to Cart button, doesn't it?

See Things Clearly With Progressive Scan Out
Everything's twice as real with Progressive Scan Out. It takes a conventional HDTV, with its outdated interlacing method of delivering data, two passes to display what Full HD 1080p's Progressive Scan Out delivers in one. That means you get a smoother, cleaner, better picture that's full of vivid detail—perfect for viewing fast-paced sports and action flicks you love so much.
Plays Perfectly Through Scratches, Smudges and Tilts
Whether it's a scratch or finger mark interrupting your film, Samsung's Defect Disc Recovery Solution automatically makes all the necessary adjustments to deliver a crystal clear picture so you never have to get off the couch. And our Rolling Actuator Technology makes sure a curved or tilted disc surface won't sabotage your quiet night in either. Just get comfy, press play and let Samsung do the rest.
Dust Proof
DVD playback is smooth and uninterrupted thanks to Samsung's dust-proof feature. It actually removes dust while the disc is rotating. And with the player's Viterbi detector in action, you're ensured enhanced performance and a dramatically lower error rate.
Advanced 14-Bit Video D/A Converter
Enjoy enhanced dynamic contrast and sharper details. 14-bit video digital-to-analog conversion with high-speed 108 MHz video processing increases the image's resolution so that it's as close to the original DVD source as possible. You'll experience more life-like pictures and amazing color quality.
Multiple Disc And File Playback Formats
Your C500 offers a host of playback formats including DVD, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA and JPEG.
Anynet+ Means You Have One Remote to Rule Them All
Anynet+ is an AV network system to automatically control Samsung audio-video (AV) devices connected by HDMI cables. There's no need to use different remote controls for different devices. With the Anynet+ feature, all you need is one remote control for a simple and convenient experience.
Video
System NTSC
Region DVD: 1
Progressive Scan Yes
HD Upconversion Yes
Video D/A Converter 108MHz/14-Bit
Audio
Dolby Digital/DTS Compatibility Dolby Digital, DTS
Built-in Decoder No
HDCD Decoding No
Audio D/A Converter 192kHz / 24Bit
Virtual Surround Yes
Bass Management No
THX Certified No
A/V Playback Formats
Video DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW
File Formats Supported JPEG
Convenience
Digital Media Slot No
Slow Motion Playback Yes
Frame-by-Frame Playback No
Bookmarking Yes
Zoom Yes
Input/Output Connectors
Analog 1x 2-Channel Audio (RCA)
1x Composite Video
1x Component Video
Digital 1x HDMI
1x Digital Coaxial Audio
General
Tray Type Single Disc Horizontal
Remote Yes
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.2 x 1.6 x 8.2" / 359.9 x 41.9 x 207.0 mm
Weight 2.64 lb / 1.20 kg
Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player
  • IR Wireless Remote Control
  • User Manual
  • 1-Year Samsung Parts and Labor (Carry-In) Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SamsungDVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player
     
    3.5

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    76%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (9)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Great picture quality (7)
    • Attractive (6)
    • Easy to set up (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (9)
      • Bedroom (5)
      • LCD TV (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (11), Enthusiast (3), Power user (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good HDMI upconvert, no DivX capability

      It's a solid DVD player for anyone not yet ready to splash out on a Blu-Ray player. The beginning sequence of Star Wars Episode III (a space battle scene) was very clear on...Read complete review

      It's a solid DVD player for anyone not yet ready to splash out on a Blu-Ray player. The beginning sequence of Star Wars Episode III (a space battle scene) was very clear on a 32" HDTV using the HDMI 'upconvert' feature. Very nice quality.

      But beware, if you're after an XviD / DivX player: this isn't it. The firmware for the DVD-C500 and DVD-C550 may be the same, but only the '550' will play these MPEG4 / .avi files. Whether burned on the 'root' level of a CD or DVD, or placed in a folder, the '500' player here simply will not see the video files ...just as the instruction book warns.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Excellent picture, a bit loud though

      Although the image quality is excellent, it's a bit loud during playback. I keep it in a cabinet so it's not a big deal, but you might want to avoid if it's out...Read complete review

      Although the image quality is excellent, it's a bit loud during playback. I keep it in a cabinet so it's not a big deal, but you might want to avoid if it's out in the open.

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      4.0

      Good product at low price

      By Greg

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Backwards Compatible
      • Easy Set-Up
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • Good Connections
      • Good Soundtrack Support

      Cons

      • Noisy

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

      It plays well and accurately, but is a bit noisy.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Value

      By Greg 4444

      from San Diego

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • DVD Upconversion
      • Easy Set-Up
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • Good Connections
      • Good Soundtrack Support

      Cons

      • Remote Is Cumbersome

      Best Uses

      • LCD TV
      • Plasma TV

      Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

      Good value.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      Fails after half year of service

      By Islander

      from Bermuda

      About Me Casual User

      Pros

      • Cheap

      Cons

      • Early Break Down

      Best Uses

        Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

        Cheap item, which you pay for with time. 1/2 year in use it does not play anymore international DVDs. US format is fine. I need that feature and can decide now to buy yet another one or potentially find the cure in internet.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        won't play CDs

        By ussyorktown

        from 97224

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

            I made some CDs from YouTube. I wanted to play them on this devise. It won't play them.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Awesome little player

            By bones

            from queens new york

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • DVD Upconversion
            • Easy Set-Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

              excellent little player for the price.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              I wouldn't buy this one again

              By Never Again

              from Springfield, NJ

              About Me Casual User

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult Set-Up
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                  This product has never worked satisfactorily. Now it doesn't work at all. Beware.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  good dvd player, soso remote control.

                  By tv man

                  from calif

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • DVD Upconversion
                  • Easy Set-Up
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • Good Connections
                  • Good Soundtrack Support

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • LCD TV

                    Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                    The DVD player works just fine so far(about 7 weeks),but I don't like the remote control, it's a bit small with small lettering, a bit difficult to read.The layout of the control buttons are not as intuitive as some other brands I have used.
                    Other reviewers have said this unit is very noisy, this is not the case with this unit it's rather quiet.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Does the job!

                    By tech guy

                    from southeastern US

                    About Me Power User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • DVD Upconversion
                    • Easy Set-Up
                    • Excellent Image Quality
                    • Good Connections

                    Cons

                    • Noisy

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • LCD TV

                    Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                    Bought this model for my daughter whose super cheap model died. I set this one up for her and noticed it was pretty noisy compared to the Toshibas that I own. I offered to return it and get her a quieter model, but she decided to keep this one because the noise does not bother her and she likes the fact that it is supposed to be able to play damaged or smudged discs better(according to manufacturer).

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    3.0

                    Inexpensive DVD player does the job

                    By Slipstream

                    from New York City

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • DVD Upconversion

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                      This DVD Player is in our bedroom running on a 27" monitor. It plays the occasional plastic disc when streaming isn't an option. It does the job fine. It is no frills but for the price I can't complain. Except the buttons on the front are impossible to read. I wouldn't rely on it for the big living room set up but for what I use it for, I am happy with it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Excellent picture, a bit loud though

                      By Brooklyn Drums

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • High Quality Picture

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Home Theater

                        Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                        Although the image quality is excellent, it's a bit loud during playback. I keep it in a cabinet so it's not a big deal, but you might want to avoid if it's out in the open.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        4.0

                        Good HDMI upconvert, no DivX capability

                        By Jackpot777

                        from Scranton, PA

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • High Quality Picture

                        Cons

                        • No DivXXviD capability
                        • Slow To Load

                        Best Uses

                        • Bedroom
                        • Dorm Room
                        • Home
                        • Home Theater
                        • Kid's room

                        Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                        It's a solid DVD player for anyone not yet ready to splash out on a Blu-Ray player. The beginning sequence of Star Wars Episode III (a space battle scene) was very clear on a 32" HDTV using the HDMI 'upconvert' feature. Very nice quality.

                        But beware, if you're after an XviD / DivX player: this isn't it. The firmware for the DVD-C500 and DVD-C550 may be the same, but only the '550' will play these MPEG4 / .avi files. Whether burned on the 'root' level of a CD or DVD, or placed in a folder, the '500' player here simply will not see the video files ...just as the instruction book warns.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        4.0

                        Overall Good

                        By Will

                        from Brooklyn

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Consistent Performance
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bedroom

                          Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                          Overall a good.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Wonderful and capable HDMI DVD player

                          By harrybinh

                          from Salt Lake, UT

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Consistent Performance
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • High Quality Picture

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bedroom
                            • Dorm Room
                            • Home

                            Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                            This player is just good enough to play all type of with perfect picture through HDMI port to my LED TV. Full 1080p, nice design, read all discs.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            the dvd player was exactly what i wanted

                            By Willie

                            from Tulsa, ok

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Consistent Performance
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • High Quality Picture

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Bedroom

                              Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                              simple to hook up and use with kids

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              DOES WHATS IT SUPPOSE TO DO

                              By FRED

                              from DUMONT, NEW JERSEY

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Consistent Performance
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • High Quality Picture

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                                  THE PRODUCT WAS VERY EASY TO SET UP AND USE. THE UPCONVERSION GIVE YOU A HIGH QUALITY PICTURE.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • Yes

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                                  4.0

                                  Samsung DVD-C500 DVD player

                                  By Mart

                                  from New York

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Consistent Performance
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Bedroom

                                    Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                                    Used for a TV in the bedroom.
                                    For the price it is a good player, and realitively easy to set up and use.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    excellent upconversion, divx disappoints

                                    By Severinson

                                    from New Mexico

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • High Quality Picture

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy Construction
                                    • Slow To Load

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home

                                    Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                                    This player up-converts to 720*480 quite beautifully. The menu is simple and easy to navigate, while featuring categories like Movies, Photos, Music and Settings. On the downside, it takes about 10+ seconds to load a DVD.

                                    I purchased this DVD player to replace a Toshiba SD6100KU that played lots of formats, including AVI, but failed after only 4 months of moderate use. My only real disappointment with the Samsung is its inability to play any sort of AVI. Convering to MPEG2, 29.97fps, 720*480 worked very nicely, though.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good features, Does not play DivX/avi

                                    By Van

                                    from Santa Fe, NM

                                    About Me Power User

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Compact
                                    • High Quality Picture

                                    Cons

                                    • Not AVI compatible

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Samsung DVD-C500 Upconverting DVD Player:

                                      I purchased this unit thinking that it would also play DivX/avi format, but it does not. Picture quality is good and it upconverts very nicely. Unfortunately, it plays limited formats.

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