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Samsung Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player UBD-K8500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 641 reviews of Samsung Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player UBD-K8500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the image quality and reliability. The design and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player UBD-K8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Samsung Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player UBD-K8500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SAMSUNG UBD-K8500/XU UBD-K8500 - 3D Blu-ray disc player - Upscaling - Ethernet Wi-Fi DLNA - (TV & Audio > DVD Players & Recorders)SAMSUNG UBD-K8500/XU UBD-K8500 - 3D Blu-ray disc player - Upscaling - Ethernet Wi-Fi DLNA - (TV & Audio > DVD Players & Recorders)

Aug, 2018

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Caleb Denison (

Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review


Best video quality available today ; 4K, HDR, and wide color gamut ; Zippy operation ; Reasonable price for a first-gen device

Frustrating remote control ; Streaming apps aren’t HDR compatible

To get the best of what the K8500 has to offer, you need to have a lot of pieces in place. You’ll want the best 4K Ultra HD discs, and you’ll need a next-gen 4K TV with solid HDR processing, and either exceptionally deep blacks (OLED!) or an LED TV...

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Samsung UBD-K8500


The Samsung UBD-K8500 is quite quick and feature-rich for one of the first consumer 4K Blu-ray players available, but it will cost you.

Fast. Ultra HD Blu-ray titles look sharp, especially with HDR. Solid upconversion. Good connected features.

Expensive. Lacks official Dolby Atmos and DTS-X support. Screen mirroring was inconsistent in testing.

Backward Compatibility and Conclusions In addition to Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, the K8500 is backward compatible with both standard Blu-ray and DVD media. The player loaded the Blu-ray version of X-Men: Days of Future Past and the DVD version of...

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Jonathan Knoder (

Samsung UBD-K8500 Review


The Samsung UBD-K8500 is one of the best Blu-ray players money can buy. It has a thin design, supports practically every type of high definition audio and video, and lets you stream Netflix in 4K. It may not be as competitively priced as other players,...

It has a fast boot time of just six seconds.

There is no display on the front of this Blu-ray player.

The Samsung UBD-K8500 is one of the best-performing Blu-ray players. The picture and audio quality is stunning. We aren't fans of the curved design, but it's feature-filled and has an intuitive user interface.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Adrienne Maxwell (

Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed


Samsung's UBD-K8500 is the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player to hit the market. Adrienne Maxwell puts the player through its paces to see how it performs.

If you've recently purchased or plan to purchase an HDR-capable UHD TV, I can see no reason why you wouldn't purchase a new Ultra HD player like the Samsung UBD-K8500 to go along with it. It delivers a superior UHD/HDR picture over what the streaming...

May, 2016

Sound & Vision TOP PICK

Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (

Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review


As the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the Samsung UBD-K8500 provides exceptional performance with the right display and disc. But as with any new format, there are growing pains to be sorted out before we can toast to its complete success. newer...

World’s first UHD Blu-ray player; Outstanding overall performance; Reasonable price (for a “first”)

No auto picture adjustments for HDR, non-HDR, and 1080p discs with current UHDTVs; Small, frustrating remote

May, 2016

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Samsung UBD-K8500 review


Samsung's 4K Blu-ray player has finally landed in our test rooms, but how does it fare?

Speedy loading ; Sharp pictures ; Most affordable UHD Blu-ray player on the market

Sound and picture need refinement ; No display ; Fiddly remote

A capable UHD Blu-ray player, but not the best

May, 2016

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Samsung UBD-K85004K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review


An aesthetically slick and affordable player to launch you into the world of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Great 4K image quality ; Curved design looks slick ; Works great with Samsung setup

Doesn't feel premium ; DMP-UB900 better all-round

Expert review by : John Archer (

Samsung UBD-K8500 review (UHD Blu-ray)


While the K8500 doesn’t eke out quite as much of Ultra HD Blu-ray’s glorious quality as its only current rival, it’s the sort of good-value option the new UHD disc format needs

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Samsung UBD-K8500 review: Beautiful Ultra HD Blu-ray


Optical discs are dead, or so many would have you believe. That's perhaps a reflection of the times we're living in, where streaming entertainment out-paces its arrival on physical media. What better example than the latest Star Wars blockbuster,...

Fantastic picture quality, additional HDMI output, 4K streaming apps

Price will be a barrier to some entering this ecosystem, limited initial title availability

If you were in any doubt about the relevance of optical media then rest assured: Ultra HD Blu-ray is stunning, offering a premium experience that surpasses other current options.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Steve May (

Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review


The Samsung K8500 is a solid first-gen 4K player

Impressive 4K HDR image quality ; 4K Netflix and Amazon onboard ; Two HDMI outputs for AV receiver compatibility

Journeyman build quality, and noisy ; Not a great-sounding music player ; Remote uses a coin battery

Samsung's stripped back 4K Blu-ray player is just what your Ultra HD TV needs, but early adopters are expected to pay a high price for better pixels.

May, 2016

Product Specifications


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


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


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


Built-in display: Yes

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):34

File formats

Audio formats supported:DTS,WMV / WMA
Image formats supported:JPG

Media Types



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

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Manual: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI):Y

Ports & interfaces

Digital audio optical out:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):34


3D compatibility: Yes
4K resolution:Y
Full HD: Yes
Smart TV: Yes
Video upscaling: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height:1.76 / 1.77
Package dimensions (WxDxH):18.1 x 11.3 x 4.45 / 18.1 x 11.3 x 4.53
Package weight:6.17