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Features - SAMSUNG UBDK8500 4K BD Player
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Enjoy revolutionary picture quality the way the director has intended it to be seen.
With 4 times higher the resolution than Full HD, the UBD-K8500 also delivers crystal clear and detailed images in UHD, especially on big screens bringing your movies to life.
Which? verdict: Impressive 72%
LAUNCHED 11 APRIL 2016 TESTED 01 JULY 2016
The Samsung UBD-K8500 is one of the new generation of Ultra HD Blu-ray players, offering an increased colour range, 4K resolution and the promise of more realistic pictures.
4K streaming apps and backwards compatibility with DVDs, Blu-rays and 3D Blu-rays mean that this player should have everything required to be your home entertainment hub.
But how did it fare in our rigorous lab tests? Read on to find out.
The Samsung UBD-K8500 is a high-quality product and a rare Best Buy Blu-ray player. 4K Ultra HD films look fantastic on it and it's an all-round good performer.
It's significantly cheaper than its Panasonic rival, too, so if you're looking for an Ultra HD player this is the one to go for.
What is it?
A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that will play the latest form of Blu-ray discs.
These new discs utilise the HDR technology found in 2016 TVs that allows greater levels of contrast and a wider range of colours to be displayed on screen.
The player will also stream video in 4K, so you'll be able to access Ultra HD content from services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (subscription required).
What's the picture and sound quality like?
The picture is very impressive when watching 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.
We can only compare it with the other Ultra HD player we've tested, the Panasonic DMP- UB900, but on the Samsung colours look punchier and brighter.
Contrast is better too, with a greater difference between the lightest and darkest areas of the screen. The player was also good when upscaling standard Blu-rays to 4K resolution.
Our expert viewers said that the image looked almost as good a true 4K picture, with rich strong colours and deep blacks, especially in Disney's movie Frozen.
DVDs look about average on this player, with adequate definition and some occasional blurring issues when displaying fast motion. 3D Blu-rays look sub-par
Great sound quality, good overall picture quality, fast to load discs
however - motion looks juddery and bright objects on dark backgrounds appeared to have a 'halo' around them, especially noticeable in the film Gravity.
Sound quality is excellent. Listening to music in stereo sounds good, but it's the surround sound which really impresses.
This player supports the new Dolby ATMOS technology and this takes the sound to a noticeably higher level.
The sound is both loud and clear at the same time, and one of our expert listeners even described it as 'epic'.
What's it like to use?
Set-up is nice and easy, and the player automatically checks for updates to the software when you start it up.
The menus are simple enough to work through day to day, and if you want to play around with the more advanced settings these aren't difficult to find.
The remote control is long and thin, so some key buttons have been placed out from under the thumb.
You have a choice of wi-fi or wired Ethernet connection to the internet, giving you more flexibility around where you place the player in your home.
Only a small number of smart apps come pre-loaded onto the device, including Amazon Instant Video, BBC iPlayer and Netflix.
However, you can download more from Samsung's app store, which contains a vast range of apps.
Unfortunately, as with other Blu-ray players, using the web browser app is a painfully slow experience.
Is there anything I should look out for?
This device is extremely power hungry, using more than 23W during normal use - that's more than four times more than the most efficient models.
Power consumption is low in standby mode, though, only using 0.27W.
Is there anything else I should know?
This player is very quick at loading discs. It will load a 4K Ultra HD film in 11 seconds, which is less than half the time taken by the Panasonic DMP-UB900.
Should I buy it?
Yes, this is the best option for playing 4K Ultra HD discs and it's cheaper than its Panasonic rival, too.