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Samsung UBD-K8500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 769 reviews of Samsung UBD-K8500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the image quality and reliability. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive 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 UBD-K8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung UBD-K8500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Samsung UBD-K8500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the size and design are generally positive. The price and usability also get good comments, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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)

Mar, 2019

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Caleb Denison (digitaltrends.com)

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 : Ty Pendlebury David Katzmaier (cnet.com)

Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player review: A video quality powerhouse for high-end TVs

 

The Samsung UBD-K8500 is the world's first 4K Blu-ray player, delivering the best picture quality yet available for the home. But you'll need an expensive TV to appreciate its advantages -- and a whole new disc collection.

The Samsung UBD-K8500 has a reasonable price for being the first of its kind. It can play back 4K Blu-ray discs with HDR, delivering the best video quality available today. The player offers quick loading times and has plenty of streaming apps...

Unless you have an HDR-capable TV, the improvement in video quality over standard Blu-ray and streaming is minimal. Only a handful of 4K titles are available today, and some showed minor video quality issues themselves. The remote control can sometimes...

The Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player delivers the best in-home video quality ever, but only owners of the latest, most expensive TVs need apply.

May, 2017

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

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 : Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

Samsung UBD-K8500 review

 

The first Blu-ray player, Samsung's BD-P1000 , launched in 2006 for the price of $1,000.

The Samsung UBD-K8500 has a reasonable price for being the first of its kind. It can play back 4K Blu-ray discs with HDR, delivering the best video quality available today. The player offers quick loading times and has plenty of streaming apps...

Unless you have an HDR-capable TV, the improvement in video quality over standard Blu-ray and streaming is minimal. Only a handful of 4K titles are available today, and some showed minor video quality issues themselves. The remote control can sometimes...

The Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player delivers the best in-home video quality ever, but only owners of the latest, most expensive TVs need apply.

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Jon L. Jacobi (techhive.com)

Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: The best bang for your buck

 

You don't get a lot of extra features, but this player delivers excellent performance on both the video and audio fronts.

Played all the commercial and test Blu-ray discs we fed it ; DLNA compliant, with very good support for disperate media file formats ; Good remote control and a well-designed user interface

Severe judder on panning and motion shots with some non-Samsung TVs ; Limited A/V outputs (one HDMI, one HDMI audio, optical digital audio) ; Couldn't display GIF or TIFF image files

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Stephen (4k.com)

Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD HDR Blu-ray media player Review (UBD-K8500/ZA)

 

After a long time's worth of delays and waiting, the 4K UHD Blu-ray players finally arrived in the form of two models (at least that have currently hit the U.S market). The first of these is Panasonic's rather pricey 4K UHD Blu-ray player and the...

Truly stunning HDR 4K performance in Blu-ray ; Extremely versatile with other media formats ; Great Smart Hub interface ; Easy to set up and use ; Great overall performance

Expensive ; Not a great value if you don’t have an HDR 4K TV ; Remote control has some problems with its design

If you own a 4K HDR TV and want to really enjoy ultra HD content like never before possible in home entertainment, the UBD-K8500 is one excellent choice and also more affordable than its Panasonic rival. For those of you without HDR 4K TVs, this media...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Jonathan Knoder (toptenreviews.com)

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 : S21 (s21.com)

Samsung UBD-K8500 review

 

The UBD-K8500 is Samsung's first Blu-Ray player to support the new UHD Blu-Ray disk format. With this player you can experience the very highest quality movies available, with 4 times the resolution of Full HD, 10 bit colour, and High Dynamic Range...

The Samsung UBD-K8500 costs far more than a regular Blu-ray player, but it's worth it if you've invested in one of Samsung's HDR Series 7, 8 or 9 TVs or similar. For while UHD streaming and upscaling give you a taste of what your new TV is truly...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Adrienne Maxwell (hometheaterreview.com)

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 (soundandvision.com)

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

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Energy Star certified: No

Color

Color of product:Black
Product color:Black

Design

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

Display

Built-in display: Yes
Display:LED

Energy Management

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

Ergonomics

Remote Control Type:TM1241

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, FLAC, LPCM, MP3, WMA / DTS,WMV / WMA / WMV
Image formats supported:GIF, JPEG XR, MPO, PNG / JPG
Video compression format:AVCHD, DIVX, DIVX HD, M-JPEG, MKV, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPO, WMV / AVCHD, DIVX, DIVX HD, MKV, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV / AVCHD, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPO / AVCHD,DIVX,DIVX HD,MKV,MPEG2,MPEG4,MPO
Video formats supported:AVCHD,DIVX,DIVX HD,M-JPEG,MKV,MPEG2,MPEG4,MPO,WMV / AVCHD,DIVX,DIVX HD,MKV,MPEG2,MPEG4,MPO / AVCHD,MPEG2,MPEG4,MPO

Media Types

Disc types supported:BD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW / BD,CD,CD-R,CD-RW,DVD,DVD+R,DVD+RW,DVD-R,DVD-RW / CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW

Networking

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

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quantity:1

Packaging Data

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

Performance

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: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:2
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

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

Storage

Disc types supported:BD,CD,CD-R,CD-RW,DVD,DVD+R,DVD+RW,DVD-R,DVD-RW

Technical Details

3D:Y
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
Device type:Blu-ray Player
HDMI:Y
High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI):Y
Quantity:1

Video

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
4K resolution:Y
Analog signal format system:NTSC
Full HD:No / Yes
Smart TV: Yes
Video upscaling: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.06
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
Weight:4.19
Width:16