Lock and load: Fastest-loading Blu-ray players

Samsung BD-P3600 CNET rating: 4 stars out of
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Samsung BD-P3600

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Excellent image quality on Blu-ray movies; Wi-Fi USB dongle included; Netflix and Pandora streaming; superfast operational speed and disc loading; Profile 2.0 compatible; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; 7.1 analog outputs; 1GB onboard memory; streams media off connected PC.

The bad: Costs as much as a PS3; front-panel controls are located on top of player; PC streaming setup is difficult.

The cost: $199.95 - $299.99

The bottom line: The Samsung BD-P3600 is a huge leap ahead for standalone Blu-ray players, with blazing-fast operational speed, tons of features, and excellent image quality.

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Blu-ray disc-loading times have improved tremendously, although sometimes it still feels like forever for the movie to just play, what with all the FBI warnings, previews, and unnecessarily fancy menus. For most people, disc load times won't be a problem on the majority of new Blu-ray players. However, if you like to "demo" your home theater, that means lots of disc-swapping, and every second counts when you've got an audience waiting. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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