Samsung UBD-K8500 User Review

  • Smudger1
    "Entry Level" but good performer
    Review of Samsung UBD-K8500 UHD Blu-ray Player by Smudger1, Apr 21, 2017.
    I put quote marks there as at launch it was very high-priced for an entry-level player, but having used it for 6 months, I am very pleased with the device. Picture quality is superb through my KS7000 TV, and although I have a few UHD discs, it's mainly used for kids' Blu-Rays and DVDs. These it displays very well. The first UHD-BD I played on it was Life of Pi and I was stunned by the picture quality. Planet Earth 2 also comes out very well.
    I got it on Richer Sounds' half-price deal when buying a telly, wouldn't have been able to justify it at full price, but at £175, it was a good deal. Build quality of the unit itself is not much better than a £100 BD player, but I keep it inside a TV cabinet, so don't notice it much now it's installed. Setup was very easy, and I tweaked the settings according to suggestions on this site. I managed to grab the 1010 update before it disappeared, so Netflix and Amazon both come with HDR goodness.
    Overall, very pleased with it.
    This item was purchased for £175 from Richer Sounds in 2016. The reviewer still owns this product.


    • Superb picture quality, especially with HDR
    • Sound output is very clear.


    • Remote is small, fiddly, and sometimes doesn't register clicks.

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