Samsung UBD-K8500 will surprise you and not only for its original and impressive design, but for its excellent behavior in terms of image processing and its excellent audio output quality with which you will enjoy with all your senses an unprecedented experience when enjoying any type of content be it music or of course movies.
Samsung UBD-K8500 with curved design on the outside …
Yes, as you read it, curved. This player has such an innovative design that it is easily differentiated from other competing desktop players. And is that the front of this Samsung UBD-K8500 it is slightly curved So it can match perfectly with your curved smart TV in the living room, even with your flat TV, giving the panel that visual sensation of curvature (as some manufacturers with curved bases already do on flat TVs).
If we continue to describe the exterior design of this player, we will not find a brushed metal surface that brings elegance and lightens its dark color a little more. Reaching the front edge, it flattens a little to the front where it includes in its left corner the logo of this South Korean manufacturer and to its extreme right the status led accompanied by the power and operation buttons that are embossed.
The front of the Samsung UBD-K8500 / ZF Blu Ray consists of the tray where the corresponding disc is inserted (we will see that we have a variety of reproductive compatibility) and a little more to the right some kind of lid that later we will reveal what it hides. All this front, as we already indicated, is curved and from the rest of the design parts, just say that it is flat both on its sides and on its back, which is where most of its connectivity is located.
The remote control also has no waste whatsoever in terms of good taste. This remote control, in addition to containing the precise keys without boring or confusing in front of an easy and fast handling of the device, has some rounded shapes on the sides and straight on the top and bottom. In addition, its spaced and differentiated keys make it clear and modern which key to press at all times.
And well equipped inside …
And is that this Samsung UBD-K8500 player has a multitude of compatibilities when it comes to playing audiovisual content. To start with (which is not little) we have an image quality much higher than Full HD and we are in front of a player 4K Ultra HD and also with HDR. A high dynamic contrast that will dramatically enhance the blacks and whites in your images and will deliver deeper, more lifelike blacks and undoubtedly whiter whites to your TV.
In addition to this we have 64 times more color variety in a color palette enviable by other standard digital cinema players. Besides this we can rescale the resolutions of the images to 4K. But be careful, we already know that the higher the contrast between the two resolutions (the real one and the one that is rescaled, in this case 4K), the more difficult it will be to achieve an optimal result in terms of definition.
But calm because you can reproduce so much CDs of music, like DVDs, Blu–ray, content 3D via Blu-Ray and of course, native 4K content. It also accepts the formats AVCHD / 3D, DivX, DivX HD, MPEG2 / 4, WMV, MKV, JPEG and MPO.
But we must not forget that man does not live by image alone … We can get a 7.1 surround audio quality with encoding Dolby and DTS. So get ready for the creeps to be the norm when connecting that awesome movie through your compatible home theater.
Samsung UBD-K8500 Features
|Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)||406 x 44.7 x 230 mm|
|Material||Metal and plastic|
|Image and sound|
|Reader||CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-Ray / 3D Blu-Ray|
|Maximum resolution||UHD 4K|
|Image||4K Ultra HD with HDR|
|Image rescaling||Yes, at 4K|
Software of this Samsung Blu Ray UBD-K8500 / ZF and its connectivity
The operating system of this Samsung UBD-K8500 has several simple sections, including one for display content by disc that we insert, another for consult multimedia content either photo, music or video inserted through the USB or another section where the apps available to install from the samsung app store.
Among them, it is worth highlighting those of Youtube and of Netflix of which we can enjoy all the content available in 4K resolution thanks to the compatibility of these platforms with this operating system (so prepare a good fiber connection at home).
As we can see on the back where we visualize their connections, we are not facing an amazing connectivity but we have 2 HDMI (one for audio and video and one for audio only), a connector LAN in case the Wifi available is not fast enough and a optical digital audio output in addition to the port for the device’s power supply.
But the “big” question about that front cover that has been eating you up from the beginning of this analysis is that it is there to hide in a very aesthetic way (although in practice it is a bit of a drag). USB port with what being on the front, We will have it very easy to take the pendrive and enter all the content we want to play it in this complete Samsung UBD-K8500.
Availability and price of the Samsung UBD-K8500
UBD-K8500 Player: Pros and Cons
- Native support for 4K
- Innovative design
- With HDR
- Somewhat fair connectivity