CES 2016: Samsung’s New 4K Blu-Ray Player is Only $400

Well, Samsung may be on their way of discontinuing their 4K NX1 and their whole mirrorless camera line-up altogether in major markets such as Europe and North America, but at least their latest 4K UHD Blu-ray player is just $400. And as of now it is available for pre-order.

The new Samsung UBD-K8500 is gunning for the “ultimate cinematic experience” with stunning picture quality, lifelike details and a wider colour range, upscaling even lower-resolution 720p and 1080p media content to an UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution.

Samsung UHD 4K Blu-ray front

Features & Highlights

  • 4K/UHD Blu-ray Playback via HDMI
  • Video & UHD Upscaling Technology
  • Wi-Fi & Ethernet Network Connectivity
  • Access Streaming Content
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support
  • Dual HDMI Outputs
  • Front-Panel USB 3.0 Port
  • Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio
  • 7.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTS decoding

The Samsung UBD-K8500‘s dual HDMI outputs support high-resolution audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for a dynamic multi-channel surround sound experience. The unit features front-mounted USB 3.0 port for connecting accessory devices such as thumb drives for easy playback of multimedia files such as digital photos, music and movies. Hi-fi maniacs will be glad to see 7.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTS supported as well.

Samsung UHD 4K Blu-ray player


There’s also a digital optical audio output for feeding multi-channel sound to audio systems without HDMI. Other notable features include CD ripping, screen mirroring, BD Wise, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Samsung Multiroom Link support.

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Of course, what good is a 4K Blu-ray player if you don’t have any 4K blu-ray discs to play movies from? Well, looks like 2016 is the year that Hollywood Studios will finally bring out a over 100+ 4K Blu-ray titles with some of past year’s biggest films including Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Lego Movie, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim and many more.

Samsung UHD 4K Blu-ray player back


Additional Features

  • Smooth 60 frames per second viewing
  • Designed to deliver 64x the color expression of conventional Blu-ray players
  • Sleek, curved design
  • Full screen support
  • BD Profile 6.0
  • Up to 7.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTS decoding
  • Front LED display
  • BD Wise
  • Screen mirroring
  • Octa-core processor
  • CD ripping
  • Multiroom Link

The Samsung UBD-K8500 is due in March and it can be pre-ordered now from B&H and Amazon for $399. Pricing and availability for the rest of the world is not confirmed yet.

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