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Samsung BD-E8500

Samsung BD-E8500
alaScore 83

146 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews of Samsung BD-E8500. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Blu-ray Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size. The design is also mentioned favorably, whereas the reliability and price get negative views.

usability, design, size

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung BD-E8500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Samsung BD-E8500 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size. The design is also appreciated. There are some negative comments about the reliability and price.

usability, design, size

price, reliability

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

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

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (homecinemachoice.com)

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

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (homecinemachoice.com)

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

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

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

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Samsung BD-E8500 review

 

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

This Samsung’s dual recording ability is its star feature – but it’ll have to amp up its performance to beat its rivals

Aug, 2012

Recommended!

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (trustedreviews.com)

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

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Paul (reevoo.com)

Samsung BD-E8500M/XU

 

Apologies for the below; rant coming up! Extremely disappointed to advise that we three BD-E8500M DVD hard drives (all set up with Samsung TV's). Over the last 18 months every one of the BD-E8500M units has developed the same fault, each losing the...

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: Paul (reevoo.com)

Samsung BD-E8500M/XU

 

Easy to set up

Three units purchased, four times they've lost TV Channels and will not retune, requiring repair. All out of warranty and one has already same fault. Samsung simply state out of warranty and will charge for yet another repair; which will no doubt be...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: Andrew (reevoo.com)

Samsung BD-E8500M/XU

 

Very easy to set up and use. Recording from free view is as simple as one click. Great picture quality.

Using the on screen keyboard is very slow

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Andrew (reevoo.com)

Samsung BD-E8500M/XU

 

Very easy to set up and use ; Recording from free view is as simple as one click ; Great picture quality

Using the on screen keyboard is very slow

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: Antony (reevoo.com)

Samsung BD-E8500M/XU

 

Very well designed unit, relatively easy to set up and navigate. Great image and sound quality. Very stylish design. Bought this unit for my 74 year old father who sussed out how to use it in minutes and loves it.

None that have materialized so far.

Jan, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio decoders:Dolby Digital,Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby TrueHD,DTS,DTS-HD,DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby Digital,Dolby Digital Plus,DTS,DTS-HD,DTS-HD Master Audio
Audio output channels:7.1
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Device type:Blu-ray Player / Blu-ray Recorder

Display

Built-in display: Yes
Display:VFD

Energy Management

AC input voltage:220 - 240
Power consumption (standby):1
Power consumption (typical):35.8

Ergonomics

Blu-ray region code:B
DVD region code:2
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):Y
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG): Yes
LED Indicators: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Smartphone remote support: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, LPCM, MP3, WMA
Image formats supported:JPG
Video compression format:AVCHD, DIVX, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV / AVCHD, DIVX, MKV, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV
Video formats supported:AVCHD,DIVX,H.264,MPEG2,MPEG4,WMV / AVCHD,DIVX,MKV,MPEG2,MPEG4,WMV

Media Types

Disc types supported:BD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW / CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
Playback disc formats:Blu-Ray audio, Blu-Ray video, CD audio, CD video

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other Features

Remote controlled: Yes
Remotely operated:Y

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes

Performance

Analog signal format system:PAL
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
TV tuner type:DVB-C, DVB-T

Ports & interfaces

AV input: Yes
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
Digital audio optical out:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Power

AC input voltage:220 - 240
Power consumption (standby):1
Power consumption (typical):35.8

Storage

Built-in hard drive: Yes
Card reader integrated: No
Hard Drive Capacity:500

Video

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Full HD: No
Network streaming: Yes
Network streaming services supported:Youtube
Noise reduction: Yes
Video recording: Yes
Video upscaling: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.8
Height:2.22 / 2.23
Package dimensions (WxDxH):19.9 x 15.4 x 4.65
Package weight:9.26
Weight:7.28
Width:16.9