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Samsung Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player UBD-K8500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 642 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 4.0/5 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 there are some critical views 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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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player UBD-K8500


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 Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas 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)

Sep, 2018

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

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Expert review by : Richard Easton (

Samsung UBD-K8500 review - 4K Blu-ray for the masses?


It doesn't have as many ports as its Panasonic rival, but the UBD-K8500 is still a highly capable Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury David Katzmaier (

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.

Feb, 2016

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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...

Jul, 2016

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Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review


Samsung are first out of the gates with their new UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player but is it any good?

Perfect playback ; Excellent 4K upscaling ; Twin HDMI outputs ; Decent features set ; Simple setup

No Dolby Vision support ; The fan is quite noisy ; Remote is small and fiddly ; No display

The Samsung UBD-K8500 is a great Ultra HD Blu-ray player that has been designed to offer a comprehensive set of features in an easy-to-use package. The player itself is nicely designed and reasonably well made and our only real compliant would be that...

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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...

Product Specifications


Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD
Audio output channels:7.1


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


Colour of product:Black


Colour of product:Black
Device Type:Blu-Ray player


Built-in Display:Y / Yes

File formats

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

Media types



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

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes

Packaging Data

Package dimensions (WxDxH):460 x 287 x 115
Package weight:2.8


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

Ports & interfaces

Digital Audio Optical Out:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI:Y / Yes
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


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

Technical Details

Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
Device Type:Blu-Ray player
High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI):Y


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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23 / 230 / 230.1
Height :4.47 / 44.7 / 45
Package dimensions (WxDxH):460 x 287 x 113 / 460 x 287 x 115
Package weight:2.8
Width:40.6 / 405.9 / 406