Samsung launch UBD-M9500 UHD Blu-ray player at CES

Automatically optimising the picture for your TV

by Steve Withers Dec 28, 2016 at 3:17 PM

  • After the launch of the UBD-K8500, the world's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, Samsung will follow it up with a new model at CES 2017.
    Their latest UHD disc player is called the UBD-M9500 and includes a number of new features designed to automatically optimise the picture quality for your specific TV. The new player uses the same basic design as the K8500, with a curved chassis, a disc tray on the left and some basic controls on the right. However the only controls on the player itself now appear to be just eject and power, whilst Samsung have added a small LED display on the centre edge of the front panel. Hopefully the M9500 will also be slightly better built and have a quieter fan than the previous model.

    The M9500 supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range, specifically HDR 10. So there's no Dolby Vision but the new player does support Dolby Atmos, along with DTS:X. New features include a Private Cinema Mode, which enables the player to output its audio to Bluetooth headphones, thus allowing you to enjoy the latest blockbuster release without disturbing the rest of the family. The other new feature is an auto-optimisation feature that is designed to allow the player to analyse the signal it is outputting and automatically adjust the TV's picture and sound settings to optimal levels.

    How this will actually work in practice and whether this feature will work with non-Samsung TVs remains to be seen but it certainly might help alleviate some of the confusion surrounding HDR in particular. There is no word yet on the pricing or actual release date of the Samsung UBD-M9500 but we'll be able to take a closer look when our CES coverage starts next week.

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