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Samsung BD-D8500

Samsung BD-D8500
alaScore 79

153 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 153 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design, but many are less positive about the value for money.

usability, design, reliability

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Blu-ray Players the Samsung BD-D8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 153 reviews)

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung BD-D8500

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 23 user reviews of Samsung BD-D8500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Blu-ray Players on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, design, reliability

value for money

61% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung BD-D8500 Blu-ray 3D Player with Freeview HD and PVR Upto 500GBSAMSUNG BDD8500 Original Remote Control

Expert review by:

Samsung BD-D8500 review

 

There's something decidedly low-rent about the word “combi”, but this two-into-one effort from Samsung is most definitely upmarket. Costing a whopping £380, it darn well should be, but wait until you see what it can do: 3D Blu-ray playback, Freeview HD...

Freeview HD, PVR functions, 3D pictures, BBC iPlayer

Single Freeview tuner, 2D-to-3D conversion, no multichannel 7.1 outputs

The high price and heavyweight size will put many off, but this 3D Blu-ray player-cum-HDD recorder’s combination of unusual features make it a niche product extraordinaire. Top quality 3D is the icing on an enticing high-end package that marries BBC...

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Samsung BD-D8500 review

 

We test a combination package of Blu-ray player with Freeview HD PVR and find Samsung has catered for almost every need

Abundant features ; Attractive new GUI ; Picture performance ; Smart Hub and slick networking features

Slightly sluggish operation ; Can't record two channels

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Samsung BD-D8500 review

 

Why take two hi-def sources into the shower when you can simply watch ‘n' go with Samsung's latest Blu-ray player/Freeview HD PVR combi? By forcing these two products into shared accommodation, Samsung is putting an unfeasible amount of content at your...

Abundant features; attractive new GUI; picture performance; Smart Hub and slick networking features

Slightly sluggish operation; can’t record two channels

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Samsung BD-D8500M review

 

The Samsung BD-D8500M Blu-ray player appears to offer it all -- a 500GB PVR, 3D support and Internet connectivity. But its multitasking issues and unconvincing media-streaming capability rather take the shine off this ambitious package.

Good 3D Blu-ray playback ; Spacious hard drive ; Access to Smart Hub Internet TV and apps portal

Slow disc-loading times ; Key functionality disabled during recording to hard drive ; Component output restricted to standard-def images

Samsung's BD-D8500M is an attractively specified deck, albeit one with enough foibles to warrant pause for thought. Its inability to multitask when recording rather undermines the all-in-one convenience pitch, and its generally bumpy media performance...

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Samsung BD-D8500M review

 

Combination set-top boxes make a lot of sense; they take up less room under a TV than separates, need fewer cables and consume less power. Samsung's BD-D8500M combines a Blu-ray player, Freeview HD decoder and 500GB hard disk recorder into a single...

An amazingly extensive feature set and excellent user interface make the BD-D8500M a fantastic all-in-one set-top box, but the single-channel recording is disappointing.

Recommended!

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Samsung BD-D8500

 

We take an exclusive look at Samsung's new Blu-ray player/Freeview HD recorder, and marvel at its mind-blowing feature list.

Lengthy feature list ; Excellent Internet and DLNA functionality ; Blu-ray & HD channel picture quality

Sluggish in operation ; Smart Hub needs more catch-up TV content ; Can?t record two channels simultaneously

All things considered, the BD-D8500 is a mind-blowing product. Few Blu-ray players can match its staggeringly generous range of features, which includes Freeview HD recording, built-in Wi-Fi, 3D playback and easy-to-use networking tools. Most...

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Nice hardware, shame about the software.

 

Nice hardware, shame about the software. If all you want for your £380 plus is a Blueray player with some TV recording capacity bolted on than this is the machine for you. Otherwise here is a list of things that the twin tuner BD-D8500M will not let...

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Samsung BD-D8500

 

easy to set up and use, stylish looking, so far it's done everything I want it to

can't seem to get 4OD, when I try and use the internet search function it doesn't help. Better instructions on this function would be beneficial however there is a helpline phone number which I plan to try

Product Specifications

Configuration

BD Live: Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
DVB-C:DVB-C (MPEG2)
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG2)
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
HDTV: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: No
Show View: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): Yes

Connectivity

CI Plus: No
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
UPnP:NO UPNP
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
3D: Yes
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table

Playback

Blu-ray Playback: Yes
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: No
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No
UPnP:NO UPNP

Recording

Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: No
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No

Sound

DTS Decoder:DTS HD Decoder
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital Plus / True HD
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