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Samsung BD-E8500

Samsung BD-E8500
alaScore 82

133 reviews

Nov, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the size and design are generally positive, but many are critical about the reliability and price.

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price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Blu-ray Players the Samsung BD-E8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 57 user reviews of Samsung BD-E8500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Blu-ray Players on

usability, design, size

price, reliability

44% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung BD-E8500 3D Smart Blu-ray Disc Player with 500GB HDD and Built-in Wi-Fi

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Samsung BD-E8500 Smart PVR/Blu-ray player review


This PVR is so much more than just a twin-tuner time shifter. Is there anything it can't do?

Wealth of features; smooth, fast operation; crisp HD pictures

Can’t access EPG when recording two channels; Freeview SD; needs more catch-up TV

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Samsung BD-E8500 Smart PVR/Blu-ray player review


Smart is still the big buzzword in the AV world. Slapping it on a product guarantees instant kudos, enticing buyers with promises of extra web content and clever networking tricks. It's an approach taken by Samsung for the BD-E8500, whose ‘Smart PVR'...

Wealth of features; smooth, fast operation; crisp HD pictures

Can’t access EPG when recording two channels; Freeview SD; needs more catch-up TV


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Samsung BD-E8500 review


Samsung's 2012 Blu-ray line-up has impressed us thus far thanks to a whole host of connected features, DLNA support and great picture quality, but until now we hadn't seen any multifunction players. The BD-E8500 is the first, a hybrid Blu-ray/PVR with...

A Blu-ray and PVR in one sleek package that has all the high-end features you expect to see


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Samsung BD-E8500


Updated: Samsung's all-singing, all-dancing Smart PVR packs a 500B HDD, twin Freeview tuners and spins 3D Blu-rays.

Hugely generous feature list ; Appealing new ‘lifestyle’ services ; Easy, intuitive operation

Can’t access the EPG while two recordings in progress ; Slightly noisy standard def Freeview pictures ; Smart Hub needs more catch-up TV content

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Samsung BD-E8500


Impressive tech specs although not the best performer we've seen

Dual tuner for recording flexibility is a great option ; well-designed smart hub with plenty of features ; good picture with decent motion and upscaling ; good build

Sound is a bit on the thin side

Once again, Samsung gets it right in this respect, especially with that dual-tuner recording ability. And while that feature sets the BD-E8500 apart from its rivals, Samsung still needs to up its game in picture and sound quality, because the standards...

Consumer review by:

Samsung BD-E8500M/XU


great product but the tv receiver on mine broke within 6 weeks now i have to go throu the hassle of getting it repaired

Product Specifications


BD Live: Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):No / Yes
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): Yes


CI Plus: Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
3D: Yes
4K Passthrough / Upscaling: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Player / DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


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:Audio/Video
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No
UPnP: Yes


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


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