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Samsung UBD-M8500

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi® (2017 model)

49 Reviews | 3 questions - 9 answers

Overview

Our take on the Samsung UBD-M8500

If your new 4K TV just arrived from Crutchfield, you're probably chomping at the bit to see its best picture. Place an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc into the Samsung UBD-M500 4K Blu-ray player's tray, and savor your movies in true 4K resolution — a staggering 3840 x 2160 pixels. This player delivers an incredibly sharp, realistic picture, even when you sit up close. 

Have a 4K TV? See what it can really do

If your new 4K TV just arrived from Crutchfield, you're probably chomping at the bit to see its best picture. Place an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc into the Samsung UBD-M500 4K Blu-ray player's tray, and savor your movies in true 4K resolution — a staggering 3840 x 2160 pixels. This player delivers an incredibly sharp, realistic picture, even when you sit up close. 

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The Samsung UBD-M8500 features a sturdy disc drive to prevent vibration.

Beautiful, lifelike picture contrast

I think High Dynamic Range (HDR) is the most exciting aspect of Ultra HD Blu-ray. It allows compatible TVs to display extremely bright and dark black picture content together within the same image. (Think tiny stars peeking through the pitch-black night sky.)

This also has Hollywood buzzing. It's given directors a brilliant visual palette to play with — subtle, delicate lighting, sparks of brightness, and true-to-life shading and shadows. 

Samsung gives you more 4K viewing options — yep, including Netflix®

Have you ever seen the vibrant Colombian landscapes of Narcos in 4K? It is really something else. And the deeper shading and detail make scenes in small cafés feel even more claustrophobic.

When you connect this player to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, you get several 4K streaming options including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and M-Go. Plus, you can watch 4K video clips on YouTube.

Don't throw out your old discs!

You can still enjoy all your old standard Blu-rays and DVDs on this player. Samsung made 4K upconversion a top priority for the UBD-M8500. Their UHD Upscaling automatically upconverts any signal to 4K resolution. All of your movies and shows will look better than ever.

QLED TV

Find out how great the picture is on your new QLED TV (sold separately) with the Samsung UBD-M8500

Impressive sound and music options

Along with the state-of-the-art picture, your movies will sound amazing too. The Samsung UBD-K8500 has built-in support for the highest-quality surround sound formats, like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS Master Audio™. It also plays Dolby Atmos®-encoded discs (just set the HDMI audio output to "bitstream" when connected to an Atmos-capable receiver).  

This Ultra HD player's no slouch when it comes to music, either. You can play music from a CD or stream tunes from services like Pandora® or Spotify®. You can even wirelessly connect to a compatible networked PC via DLNA technology and play songs from your computer.

Samsung's smart hub is smarter than most

This player's brain is a super-speedy eight-core processor — the same found in Samsung's latest high-end TVs, Galaxy phones, and tablets. It lets you do serious multitasking. You can browse the web without having to interrupt your movie, or use one app while downloading another. Plus Samsung's on-board selection of apps is pretty stacked — streaming video, sports leagues, music, games, you name it.

Project images to your screen

While newer phones are getting harder to cram into pockets, sometimes the screens still aren't large enough for certain tasks. Maybe you want to share a video or picture with a group of people. Wirelessly "push" the display to your TV's big screen through the Samsung UBD-M8500. Allshare™, Samsung's take on Miracast™ technology, mirrors the screen of your compatible mobile device, tablet, or computer screen for everyone to see.

Product Highlights:

  • plays Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable discs (no 3D playback)
  • full 4K resolution video for use with Ultra HD TVs
    • 4K video upscaling for standard Blu-ray and DVDs
    • supports lower resolutions when used with non-4K TVs
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)-ready for extended picture contrast and brightness on compatible TVs
    • supports HDR10 format
  • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device; PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • this player accepts Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Wireless Features:
  • dual-band Wi-Fi for streaming video and music (subscriptions required for some services)
    • streaming video services: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Vudu, and more
    • streaming music services: Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
  • HEVC for watching streamed 4K content from sources like Netflix, Amazon Instant, or YouTube (requires Internet speed of at least 20Mbps)
  • Samsung's Smart Hub lets you scroll through apps and menu while you watch a disc
  • AllShare lets you stream content and mirror screens from compatible Samsung smartphones and tablets
  • Multiroom Link for syncing wirelessly with Samsung Shape wireless speakers
  • on-board web browser
Technical Specs and General Info:
  • selectable video resolution up to 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
    • can pass Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks when HDMI output is set to "bitstream"
  • plays AAC, AIFF, ALAC, , FLAC, MP3, WMA, and WAV audio file formats
  • front-panel USB port for use with external storage devices
  • 1 HDMI output
    • HDMI 2.0a (connected 4K TV and/or receiver must have an HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI input, and must have HDMI 2.0a to support HDR)
  • Anynet+ simplifies control of compatible Samsung components via "MAIN" HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • optical digital audio output
  • remote control
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • 16"W x 1-7/8"H x 8-15/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Ultra-HD Blu-ray player
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (AK59-00180A)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • User Manual
  • "Optimum Picture Quality" note

Great so far picture looks great

Will, District Hts, MD

Reviews

Samsung UBD-M8500 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(49 Reviews)

Hopeful

Alynn from Saint Louis, MO on 5/19/2018

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Just got a new 4K Samsung TV so I upgraded the Bluray player as well. The picture quality is good but still trying to figure out how to have it play in surround sound

Pros: Sleek design

Cons: Still trying to figure out how to get it to play in surround sound through the receiver

Crutchfield response on 5/21/2018 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Alynn to help get the surround sound set up correctly. We'll either get this blu-ray player working the way it should, or set up an exchange or refund.

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Will from District Hts, MD on 5/17/2018

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Great so far picture looks great

Pros: Great pic easy setup

Cons: Non yet

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Anonymous from Boston, VA on 5/13/2018

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Works great and easy to install and use.

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David from Ankeny , IA on 4/25/2018

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Nice player, easy to set up.

Pros: Easy use

Cons: None that I can see

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Anonymous from Concord, NC on 4/20/2018

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Great picture, fast load times. Quality product.

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Steve from Goodyear, AZ on 4/19/2018

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One of the best features of this player, is that it has digital optical output and HDMI. If you have an older surround system without HDMI you will need digital optical audio output. A lot of Blu Ray players don't have digital optical. Great quality and value for the money..

Pros: Digital optical and HDMI connections

Cons: none

Picture is great

Steve from Millville, MA on 4/16/2018

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Works good no problem

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Anonymous from Bronx, NY on 3/26/2018

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I like this Blu-Ray player. Well recommended.

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Great Value

Tim from Concord, NC on 3/25/2018

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Upscaling is amazing. Netflix through the blu-ray player is 100% better than streaming through TV. Great value for the money.

Pros: Small, lightweight, great picture and upscaling, interacts with Samsung TV, value

Cons: None

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Bradley from Belleville, MI on 3/22/2018

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I love the picture and set up was simple. I routed it through my Denon AV4300 receiver to my Samsung tv. Everything syncs automatically and the sound is adjusted on the receiver to match the disc you're playing. Far more integration than I though I was going to have. Couldn't be happier with my purchases.

Pros: Simple setup Great picture Slim design making it easy to fit in shelving simple controls

Cons: Wasn't shipped with an HDMI. In this price point I would have expected to get a 4k cable compatible with the feature content on this player.

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Bane from Dungannon, VA on 3/14/2018

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Love it, everything is great, I have a Samsung TV and all sync perfect. TV remote will do all functions on DVD player as well, so just one remote for all.

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William from Warwick, NY on 3/7/2018

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Easy set up though an HDMI hi cable is not included, WHY NOT? Performs well for its price.

Pros: Quality for the Price

Cons: not ready out of the box did not give the TV code for a Vizio in the set up info Ask Samsung for that, sent me codes that did not include ViZio useless

Works great

Ben from Mc Rae, AR on 2/27/2018

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Works great, and love all the online features.

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Anonymous from Las Vegas, NV on 2/24/2018

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Excellent in every way.

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Easy to use

Dave from Harvard, MA on 2/13/2018

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Works like magic. Your're watching TV and want to play a DVD. All you do is open the DVD door, put in the DVD, close the door and it starts playing the DVD. Reverse this and you're back to the TV. What more could you possible want?

Pros: I just told you: Easy to use.

Cons: It is a job and a half to discover the remote control code so that you can use a remote other than the one that came with it. Why every manufacturer thinks their remote is the only one in the world is beyond me... way beyond.

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Bob from Rogue River, OR on 2/12/2018

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Absolutely love my Samsung 4K blue Ray dvd player, easy to install and the picture is great, works well with my Samsung UHD 4K TV

Pros: Great price for the quality

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works well with samsung tv

charles from Wantagh, NY on 1/25/2018

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works well with samsung connect one good picture easily controled with tv remote. small and compact fits well with any components.

Pros: good picture

Cons: face controls are very sensitive, touch pad

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Anonymous from Casa Grande, AZ on 1/24/2018

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Works great. Set up a bit lengthy and confusing.

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Anonymous from Sonora, CA on 1/21/2018

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Excellent product. Still learning all the features some of which mirror a smart TV

Pros: Easy to use. Great picture quality.

Cons: None

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David from Santa Barbara, CA on 1/21/2018

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I love my new UBD! It's low profile, sleek looks and quick movie loading is awesome!

Pros: Sleek, low profile and boots up movies quickly!

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on 1/15/2018

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I bought an HDR movie and it's NOT what I expected. It takes over the controls of my Samsung 4k TV and the end result is the foreground and background is dark. I'll compare it with my LG Blu-ray player...

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Anonymous from Heathsville, VA on 1/11/2018

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Setup was very easy. So far, everything from delivery to watching a 4K DVD has been smooth. HD TV stations are also very clear and lifelike. I reserved the last star for awaiting long-term performance.

Pros: Great picture.

Cons: None yet.

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Anonymous from Massena, NY on 12/31/2017

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Great product easy to install

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Anonymous from West New York, NJ on 12/31/2017

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MY TV IS A 7 YEARS OLD (LG) AND THE SAMSUNG UBD-M8500 MAKE MY BLURAY DVDS LOOK INCREDIBLE

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Hijacked

Walt from America on 12/30/2017

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Works well, but the player occasionally turns itself on and takes over the TV so I have to keep the HDMI cable disconnected from the Samsung TV. I intentially bought all Samsung components thinking they would coexist peacefully together. NOTE: You'll need to buy one or two Hi-speed HDMI cables because they're not included with the TV or this player. Minor HIT on Crutchfield for not even "suggesting" that I needed cables when I bought this with my Samsung TV from them.

Pros: Picture quality with UHD TV Smart remote

Cons: NO HDMI cables included (YGBKM!) Turns itself on and Hijacks the TV sometimes Silly curved design, as if it needs to match your curved TV?

Nice upgrade to an older TV

Robert from Fairfield, CT on 12/30/2017

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Great addition to our "entertainment center" Set up quickly and adds a nice picture to an older TV. Remote works well.

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Anonymous from Las Vegas, NV on 12/27/2017

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This was easy to install and operates simply. Has a good selection of apps with an easy to use remote. Picture quality is excellent.

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Anonymous from Marlton, NJ on 12/26/2017

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easy setup, great picture, simple remote.

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donald from Key Biscayne, FL on 12/24/2017

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All the features you need, extremely easy to operate and setup!

Pros: Buy

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Magnolia Spgs, AL on 12/23/2017

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Far exceeded my expectations It was easy to set up and use.

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Excellent player.

Andy from Bayamon, PR on 12/22/2017

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Excellent, fast player. What a beauty the way it integrates with my Samsung TV. Best player for its price. And best service by Crutchfield.

Pros: Integration with Samsung smart TV's. Incredible 4K imege.

Cons: None so far.

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Anonymous from Arnold, MO on 12/22/2017

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Discs load quickly. Switching between applications is easy and fast as well. Overall it is an ideal option for blu-ray DVDs.

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Nice design, easy and intuitive to use

Doug Ross from Kapaa, HI on 12/19/2017

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Sleek, looks great, contoured remote easy to handle. The operating time and ease of access to Netflix is very smooth,easy and fast. Everything looks great.

Pros: easy, fast, use it to upscale cable to TV.

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Wow! Amazing picture and sound quality!!!!!!

James from Blanco, TX on 12/18/2017

AMAZING! LOVE IT!!! I haven't had a chance to play a 4k dvd yet but I have played the regular blu ray and non blu ray dvd's and the sound and color has been enhanced tremendously! The first blu ray movie I played was Avatar. WOW! The player along with my Samsung 4k Ultra HD tv pulled out colors I've never seen before! The richness of the sound and quality of the picture is mind blowing....

Pros: Easy set up! Remote has all the functions needed to run the tv and player. Very reasonably priced.

Cons: I wish the remote lit up. It could use a second hdmi port in the back

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Anonymous from Swedesboro, NJ on 12/15/2017

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Love it.

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Good unit

Ken from Smithsburg, MD on 12/11/2017

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Unit works great. Have used it mostly for streaming services and it has worked flawlessly. Blue ray disks work well, but they did in my older Blue ray player. It was easy setup, but the owners manual with the unit was very lacking. I down loaded the manual from the internet and it covered everything in more detail.

Pros: Streaming services and internet access.

Cons: Owners manual with unit is lacking in detail

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Anonymous from Temecula, CA on 12/10/2017

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Easy setup. Works well.

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Anonymous from Great Bend, KS on 12/10/2017

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set worked great. remote control was a piece of trash! I was setting up a whole new system with an expert helping me. when we set up the dvd player we could not get it to work. when we tried to start it the on off light would start flickering and the player froze up. you could not even shut it off without pulling the plug. it also would not let us use a remote on the receiver. we finally took the batteries out of the remote and worked it by hand and it and everything else worked great.just putting the batteries in and not touching any buttons locked it up. hopfully a new remote will solve the problem.

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Anonymous from Lincoln Univ, PA on 12/6/2017

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Replaced an old Samsung Blu Ray that suffered a broken door. This one is up and running great with seamless connectivity with out Samsung 4k TV and the rest of our audio gear. Watching/listening to the Band's "Last Waltz" Blu-ray now. Looking and sounding good. Still a classic!

Pros: Good connectivity Plays Blu-ray and CDs great Good price point

Cons: None

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Anonymous from North Venice, FL on 11/4/2017

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Easy set up, great picture.

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Anonymous from Memphis, TN on 10/23/2017

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1st blu-ray product ,enjoying every use of it

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Ilike

Anonymous from Queens Village, NY on 10/18/2017

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Blu ray player are great but this one gets the job done.

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Anonymous from Maryville, TN on 10/8/2017

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Great picture quality. The GUI is easy to use. Excellent assortment of apps. Great upgrade for a dumb tv (older, not smart)

Pros: Ease of use, interface

Cons: None yet

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Anonymous from Olympia, WA on 9/25/2017

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This player replaces my 10 year old Samsung Blu-ray and completes the outsourcing of key functions of my Samsung Smart TV which began with the acquisition of a Samsung sound bar and SDS subwoofer. The M8500 player is smarter than the TV, it turns out, just as the sound bar and subwoofer produce far better sound than the speakers and their associated electronics built in to the TV. Until I bought the M8500 I didn't know that it comes with streaming functionality and a processor superior to the TV's. The M8500 streams Amazon and Netflix faster and, I'd aver, cleaner than the TV. Its drive and door are quiet and the remote easy to use. Though chagrined a little at the comparatively poor quality of sound and weaker streaming function of the Smart TV, I'm glad I went for these upgrades and have only the highest regard for the Crutchfield guy on the other end of the line. (What was his name? Todd?)

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Perfect

Carl from Hollis, NH on 9/22/2017

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Best blue ray player on the market

Pros: Great picture

Cons: None

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Alan from Maumee Ohio on 9/12/2017

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Excellent product! Instant connection to the internet. I'm very happy with this purchase.

Pros: Instant connection to the Internet. Preloaded apps for Netflix, YouTube, Hulu...........

Cons: none

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Anonymous from Cadillac, MI on 9/5/2017

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Great product. Set up was simple and it is easy to use with either the controls on front, or the remote

Pros: easy setup

Cons: still wish the remotes were better at running multiple devices.

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Anonymous from Nashville, TN on 8/5/2017

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The streaming apps that are supplied are rather skimpy. You will not be able to watch the WWE Network on it.

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Great Value for Great Performance

Eddie from Myrtle Beach, SC on 8/2/2017

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This Samsung really meets all expectations. Easy to install and works well all the other devices. The quality of the video is great.

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Cons: On light is not viewable from the front. It is on top of the panel.

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Features and Specs

General
Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD Yes
3D Capable No
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Amazon,Hulu,Vudu,Googl
Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
DLNA Certified Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 4K, 1080p, 720p
Multibrand Remote Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 2.0a
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

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Disc & USB Compatibility
Video Section
Audio Section
Network + Internet Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Samsung UBD-M8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types.

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray UHD BD-ROM, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
DVD DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW
Note: This Ultra-HD Blu-ray disc player does not support 3D video discs.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray: Ultra HD Blu-ray provides these key features and advantages over standard Blu-ray.

  • 4K Resolution: Ultra HD Blu-ray supports resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's 4x as many pixels as Full HD televisions, and 27x as many pixels as Standard Definition televisions
  • Wider Color Gamut: Ultra HD Blu-ray can display over 75% of the visible color spectrum; this is known as "Wider Color Gamut". That's more than twice the color range of current Ultra-HD TVs.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range): Ultra HD Blu-ray also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Dynamic range is the difference between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks on screen. HDR means that scenes with high contrast can be shown with much greater clarity and detail.
  • Smooth, Realistic Motion: Ultra HD Blu-ray supports progressive frame rates of 24, 25, 50 and 60 frames a second, enabling smoother, more realistic motion.
  • Greater Capacity & Speed: Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs will be available in a dual layer 66 gigabyte disc and a triple layer 100 gigabyte disc. Ultra HD Blu-ray can stream video up to a maximum of 108/128 Mbps for 66Gb and 100Gb discs.
  • Backward Compatible: Ultra HD Blu-ray players will play all current Blu-ray Disc & DVD content. When connected to a current Ultra-HD TV television, the player will output a standard Ultra-HD TV signal. Ultra HD Blu-ray players will support existing Blu-ray media, as well as provide down conversion and HDR to SDR conversion functionality to match the connected television's capabilities.

Note: Like standard BD, Ultra HD Blu-ray discs use region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. This Blu-ray player is region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware & Software Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet. The player's Software Upgrade menu allows you to upgrade the player's software & firmware for these performance improvements & additional services. You can upgrade via Network or USB.

Note: Visit the Samsung Download Center for the latest Firmware/Software updates.

USB 3.0 Port: The Samsung UHD Blu-ray disc player features a side-panel USB 3.0 (type-A) port that allows playback of a variety of audio files (up to 192kHz), still-image files, and video files (up to 4K) stored on a USB mass storage class device (formatted in FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS).  A USB device consuming more than 5V/1A requires a separate power supply device for normal operation.

Media File Formats: The Samsung UBD-M8500 Blu-ray disc player supports the following video, photo, and music files recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, and DVD-R discs; or downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive.

Media Type Format
Video AVI, AVCHD, DivX, MKV, MOV, MPEG
Photo JPEG, PNG, BMP
Music MP3, WMA, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WAV, OGG

Video Section

HDMI 2.0a Output: The Samsung Blu-ray player is equipped with a HDMI 2.0a output for transmitting digital audio/video to your TV and/or AV receiver. The HDMI output resolution can be set to 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2160p, or Auto.

Note: There is no analog video output.

Ultra HD 4K Playback & Upscaling: With stunning UHD 4K, Samsung's UBD-M8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player gives you 4x the resolution of full 1080p HD and boasts incredibly life-like images with a level of detail and clarity like never before. You can even upscale your favorite non-4K video content and enjoy it in 4K Ultra-HD (3,840 x 2,160) with this Samsung UHD Blu-ray Player and your Ultra HD TV.

Note: To enjoy 4K, you must have a compatible 4K television connected to the UHD Blu-ray player via HDMI.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video: With HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology, the Ultra HD Blu-ray Player delivers dynamic UHD content in exceptional quality with a greater range of color contrast and brightness, enhancing details from the original film format. Experience sharp contrasts and brightness with deeper blacks and brighter whites.

Note: This Ultra HD Blu-ray player supports HDR 10, but does not support Dolby Vision HDR.

WCR (Wider Color Range): The Samsung UBD-M8500 supports up to 4:4:4 chroma subsampling for full color data rendering of ultra high-definition video. This allows the Ultra HD Blu-ray player to offer twice the color range of existing conventional Blu-ray players and 64x higher color expressions, surpassing the digital cinema standard. As a result, you'll get to enjoy realistic picture quality like never before.

Deep Color & x.v. Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The Samsung UBD-M8500 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function. The UBD-M8500 also supports x.v.Color; meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs, such as AVCHD discs (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format).

Movie Frame (24fps): Movies are typically recorded on film with a frame rate of 24fps (frames-per-second). When a movie is transferred to Ultra HD Blu-ray or Blu-ray Disc at 24 frames per second, the UBD-M8500 will output that signal to the TV at a resolution of 1080i, 1080p, or 2160p with no need for conversion for improved picture quality when watching a movie.

Video Settings:  The Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray disc offers a variety of video adjustments to fine tune the TV's picture image.

  • TV Aspect: You can adjust the video output of the UBD-M8500 to match the screen-type of your television. You can choose from 16:9 Original, 16:9 Full, 4:3 Letter Box, and 4:3 Pan-Scan.
  • Picture Modes: Picture Mode enables you to adjust video quality when the player is connected to your TV. Select between Standard, Movie, Dynamic, or User. The User mode lets you adjust the sharpness and noise reduction function manually.

Bonus View: The Bonus View feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

Audio Section

Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The UBD-M8500 can decode the following Dolby Digital/DTS surround formats; Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio. The player must be connected to a Dolby Digital/DTS surround AV receiver which also supports these same formats via optical or HDMI input.

Surround Mode Chart: You can set the unit's Digital Output (HDMI or Optical) to match the capabilities of your connected AV receiver.

Disc Type Audio Stream PCM Bitstream (Unprocessed) Bitstream (Re-encode)
HDMI Optical HDMI Optical HDMI or Optical
Ultra HD Blu-ray
& Blu-ray
PCM up to 7.1ch  2ch up to 7.1ch  2ch Dolby Digital/DTS
Dolby Digital up to 7.1ch  2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1ch 2ch Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
Dolby TrueHD up to 7.1ch 2ch Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS  up to 6.1ch  2ch DTS DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS-HD HRA up to 7.1ch 2ch DTS-HD HRA DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DTS-HD HD MA up to 7.1ch 2ch DTS-HD MA DTS Dolby Digital/DTS
DVD PCM 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch 2ch
Dolby Digital up to 5.1ch 2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital Dolby Digital
DTS up to 6.1ch 2ch DTS DTS DTS
Note: If you have an AV receiver which decodes Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, you will need to set this UHD Blu-ray player's HDMI output to bitstream.

Optical Digital Output: The UHD Blu-ray disc player features a digital optical (toslink) output. The player's audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital output; bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) or 2-channel PCM.

Note: There is no analog audio output.

Audio Adjustments: The Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player provides the following audio adjustments.

  • PCM Downsampling: This feature lets you choose to have 96kHz PCM signals downsampled to 48kHz before they are output to your AV receiver.
  • Downmixing Mode: This feature lets you select the multichannel downmix method that is compatible with your stereo receiver. You can choose to have the player downmix to normal stereo or to surround compatible stereo.
  • DTS Neo:6 Mode: You can enjoy multichannel sound via the HDMI output from a 2 channel audio source.
  • Dynamic Range Control: When movie soundtracks are played at low volume or from smaller speakers, the system can apply appropriate compression to make low-level content more intelligible and prevent dramatic passages from getting too loud. This is only active when a Dolby Digital signal is detected.
  • Audio Sync: In some cases when the player is connected to a TV, the audio signal may not synchronize with the video signal. If this occurs, adjust the audio delay time to match the video signal. You can set the audio delay time between 0 msec and 250 msec.

Multiroom Link Compatible: The UHD Blu-ray Player easily integrates into Samsung's Multiroom Link System (sold separately) over WiFi. Enjoy your movies, TV and music wirelessly with rich, multi-room sound and no cluttering cords. Pop in a disc and hear its incredible sound on any compatible speaker in your home.

Network + Internet Functions

Wired & Wireless Network Connection: You can set up the Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray player so that it can access your home network and online Samsung Apps through your local area network (LAN) using a wired connection (RJ-45 Ethernet) or wireless connection (built-in Dual Band WiFi). You can setup a wired network connection automatically or manually. You can setup the wireless network connection using these four methods; Wireless Automatic, Wireless Manual, WPS (PBC), and WPS (PIN)

  • Supported WiFi networks include IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN networks (2.4GHz or 5.0GHz).
  • Security setup types include WEP (open/shared), WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES).
Note: A dual-band Gigabit wireless-N router or better is recommended For 4K streaming. Samsung recommends a home network connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps for standard definition, 10 Mbps for high definition, and 20 Mbps for ultra-high definition.

Online Entertainment Apps: Once you have connected the Samsung Ultra-HD Blu-ray player to your home network, you gain access to a wide variety of movie, music, news, & weather apps (fees may apply).

Notes:
  • 4K & HDR network streaming requires a network speed of 20Mbps or greater. A wired Ethernet connection is recommended over a wireless WiFi connection for better performance. If you desire a WiFi connection, then use a dual-band Gigabit wireless-N router (or better) for 4K & HDR streaming.
  • For some 4K streaming service Apps (Netflix, Amazon, etc.), the use of the 4K service is enabled if your TV and/or AV receiver supports HDCP 2.2. If the TV (or the connected HDMI terminal) does not support HDCP 2.2, the 4K category will not be displayed.

Web Browser You can access the internet using the player's Web Brower application. You can search web pages by entering a URL address or entering a keyword search. The player will archive your web browser history. You can also Bookmark web pages and create a Home page. The playback of Flash videos is also supported. The Web Browser is optimized to fill your connected TV's screen.

Note: The Web Browser is not compatible with Java applications. E-commerce, for purchasing products online is not supported. ActiveX is not supported.

Wireless Mobile Device Connectivity: The Samsung Ultra-HD Blu-ray player allows wireless integration with select Android mobile devices, Windows PC, & DLNA servers over a WiFi network connection.

  • Blu-ray to Mobile: With Blu-ray to Mobile, you can wirelessly stream content from the Samsung UHD Blu-Ray Player to a compatible Samsung smartphone or tablet on your WiFi network, so you can watch a Blu-ray on your mobile device while watching content from another source on your TV. You can even watch on your Samsung mobile device with the TV turned off. Supporting devices include S8, S7, S6, Note5, and Tab S3 running Nougat OS (7.0+).
  • SmartView (Mirroring): The SmartView function lets you view the screen of your Samsung smartphone or tablet on a TV that you have connected to the Ultra-HD Blu-ray player over a wireless WiFi network connection. Compatible Samsung devices include smartphones & tablets running Android OS 4.1+.
  • DLNA Certified: The Samsung UHD Blu-ray disc player meets DLNA Certification which allow you to watch videos (MPEG), photos (JPEG), and listen to music (MP3/WMA/AAC/FLAC) saved on your Windows PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) through the player and your connected over a wired or wireless network connection.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The UBD-M8500 features an Ethernet port and built-in WiFi to connect to the internet via your home network, and features USB (type-A) port for additional storage.

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's USB slot in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Modern Curved Design: The modern, curved design of the Samsung UBD-M8500 perfectly matches Samsung's 2017 UHD, SUHD, and QLED televisions. With a brushed finish look, Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray Player gives your living room a modern, elegant touch.

Smart Hub: The Ultra-HD Blu-ray player's Smart Hub on-screen menu offers easy navigation with quick access. The Smart Hub features easy access to content by displaying your favorite and most used applications, as well as recommendations for even more entertainment options. Smart Hub offers unique ways to search and access your favorite and new content from the built-in apps.

  • Universal & Keyword Search: You can type in a keyword to search for TV shows & movies across a variety of online applications.
  • App Categories: You are able to easily view, navigate and select between the following App categories - Editor's Choice, Most Popular, Downloaded Apps, Group Content, and Genre.
  • Recommendations & Popular Episodes: You'll also receive personalized recommendations based on your viewing habits, plus what's popular and trending.

Start Up/Play Back Times: The Samsung UHD Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 9.1 seconds. It takes approximately 19.7 seconds for a UHD Blu-ray disc to begin playback.

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the UHD Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the UHD Blu-ray disc began playback.

Linking Internet Service Accounts: The Link Service Accounts function lets you link the Samsung UHD Blu-ray player to your accounts with Internet services such as Pandora so that the player can log you in to the service automatically when you start the app for that service.

Parental Lock: The Parental Lock function works in conjunction with Blu-ray Disc/DVDs that have been assigned a rating which helps you control the types of Blu-ray Discs/DVDs that your family watches. There are up to 8 ratings levels on a disc. The rating levels are protected by a customer user 4-digit password. You can also restrict access to inappropriate web pages by allowing access only to the web sites you have registered.

Visually & Hearing Impairment Assistance: The Samsung UHD Blu-ray players offers Closed Captions and a Voice Guide for the hearing and visually impaired. The player provides Closed Captions for the hearing impaired. You can also activate Voice Guides that describe the menu options aloud to aid the visually impaired.

Screen Saver & Auto Power Off: If you leave the player in the stop mode for more than 5 minutes without using it, a screen saver will appear on your TV. If the player is left in the screen saver mode for more than 15 minutes, the power will automatically turn off.

Remote Support: The Samsung Remote Support service offers you one-on-one support with a Samsung Technician who can remotely diagnose the UHD Blu-ray player, adjust its settings, perform a factory reset, and install recommended firmware updates; the player must be connected to your home network and the Internet.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote: The included IR remote offers wireless operation of the Samsung UHD Blu-ray player and a number of function on Samsung TVs. The remote can also be programmed to operate basic functions (like Power On/Off, Input Select, & Volume Up/Down) of other brands of televisions.

Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC): Anynet+ is a convenient feature that offers linked operation with other Samsung components that have the Anynet+ feature, and lets you control those products with one Samsung remote control. To operate this function, you must connect this player's "Main" HDMI output to an Anynet+ Samsung TV using an HDMI cable.

Keyboard & Mouse Compatible: The Samsung Blu-ray player will also support a USB-enabled keyboard and mouse (both sold separately) through its side-panel USB port. This make web browsing much simpler.

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Why did you buy this?

great price for features and also have Samsung tv that works great [ Mark  Feb 02, 2018 ]
Sale, reviews, future proof, DLNA [ Richard  Feb 01, 2018 ]
Was not initially planning to buy, but decided it would be great to have for 4K DVDs [ MICHAEL T  Jan 31, 2018 ]
Goes well with the Samsung TV [ CHARLES  Jan 31, 2018 ]
representative recommendation [ Carl  Jan 29, 2018 ]
samsung brand reputation I like to keep all my components the same brand. also it was at a great price thanks to the suggestion of my crutchfield advisor they always have an answer. [ CHARLES R  Dec 29, 2017 ]
The feedback from others had rated this highly. [ Ross  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Very good reviews of the product [ Robert  Dec 17, 2017 ]
I wanted a Samsung blueray for my Samsung tv, and this one will work for 4K Ultra HD and HDR. [ Victoria  Dec 17, 2017 ]
I have one and it works great. [ Rolan  Dec 17, 2017 ]
because is a Samsung [ CARLO  Dec 11, 2017 ]
Good product at at good price. [ Douglas  Dec 07, 2017 ]
Compatible with Samsung TV [ Robert  Dec 07, 2017 ]
It has all the advanced home theater features we need. It has a cool, slimline profile, and has a great price. We have the same unit downstairs, and after a year, are very pleased to purchase this second unit. [ Joseph  Dec 01, 2017 ]
Price and features. [ Rex  Nov 30, 2017 ]
Hey it was on sale for almost half off and I have had good luck with Samsung products in the past, why not upgrade [ JOHN  Nov 29, 2017 ]
I have a Samsung 4K UHD TV and wanted a good Samsung player. [ M Thomas  Nov 29, 2017 ]
Great ratings and price [ Greg  Nov 27, 2017 ]
Excellent value. [ PIERSON  Nov 26, 2017 ]
First & foremost, the overall quality of Samsung DVD players. I already have an excellent unit but when I needed to upgrade to a more compatible unit to work along side my new Samsung 4K television, there really was NEVER the RIGHT choice except for this Samsung model! You will certainly NOT go wrong with Samsung products! Always have & always WILL! Thank you & enjoy . [ A CHARLES  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Positive reviews, met my 4K needs, has the Dolby sound decoding I need, price and free shipping. [ GC  Nov 23, 2017 ]
Like Samsung Products and price was right for the features [ Matthew  Nov 19, 2017 ]
Bought one before in 2016 and i liked it so much ( wireless wifi with apps blue ray upconvert) when i saw a need for one in another room i ordered the newer 2017 model on black Friday and got it for $30.00 less than i paid the first time. [ W  Nov 19, 2017 ]
an update to go with new 4k tv. [ Daniel  Nov 18, 2017 ]
Great picture and great price. [ Rishi K.  Nov 18, 2017 ]
Info from your web page was helpful in comparing the 19 choices and seeing the 5 star rank. I have been a Crutchfield customer for decades [ Robert  Nov 17, 2017 ]
quality and price [ WILLIAM J  Nov 17, 2017 ]
All the bells and whistles and entirely compatible with my purchases. [ Peter  Nov 01, 2017 ]
I'm pairing this player with a Samsung 4K UHD TV, so along with the technology compatibility, the brand compatibility between the units made it a simple choice. Also, I don't mind the price break! [ Scott  Nov 01, 2017 ]
Recommended by numerous web sites and customers. [ Richard C.  Oct 04, 2017 ]
Read reviews and it had the features I needed/wanted for a reasonable price [ ROBERT O  Sep 30, 2017 ]
Compatibility with new tv [ P  Sep 24, 2017 ]
Good value [ james  Sep 22, 2017 ]
Plug and play with 2017 Samsung 7 series 4K tv [ GEORGE S  Sep 04, 2017 ]
Samsung product reputation and Crutchfield's integrity and unmatched customer service. [ Sangam  Aug 31, 2017 ]
I have a Samsung 4K TV and wanted a player to match it [ Gary  Aug 23, 2017 ]
Crutchfield advisor Rachel recommended [ Brian  Aug 21, 2017 ]
Have Samsung 4K led and want to use Samsung easy setup and compatible [ chris  Aug 18, 2017 ]
Love Samsung products and this interface with their DVD/BD players so had to purchase this one for our new home theater system, Samsung always has great sound, apps, and systems...looking forward to this [ Kraig  Jul 12, 2017 ]
Research [ E  Jul 05, 2017 ]

3 questions already asked

B&O? This thing plays audio via Wi-Fi beautifully through my receiver via my router... I do not know what your B&O is? [ Kraig  Apr 15, 2018 ]
Sorry but I really don't have the answer. I would bet a call to Crutchfield tech support can help. [ CARL  Apr 03, 2018 ]
I have never tried to but I don't know of any reason why you could not and my wife is currently holding my Home Theater and Audio System hostage. Samsung has an excellent website you can view or download an owners operating manual for virtually any of their products, no registered products required. This is an excerpt from page 16 of the owners manual and you should be able to determine if you can from it. The product supports only the following wireless security key protocols: - WEP (OPEN/SHARED), WPA-PSK (TKIP/ AES), WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) \ Select a channel on the wireless router that is not currently being used. If the channel set for the wireless router is currently being used by another device nearby, it will result in interference and communication failure. \ If you select the Pure High-throughput (Greenfield) 802.11n mode and set the Encryption type on your router to WEP, TKIP or TKIP-AES (WPS2Mixed), the product will not support a connection in compliance with new Wi-Fi certification specifications. \ Wireless LAN, by its nature, may cause interference, depending on the operating conditions (router performance, distance, obstacles, interference by other radio devices, [ TRISTAN C  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Do you mean WiFi enabled speaker? [ JAMES  Mar 24, 2018 ]
Yep! The Samsung UBD-M8500 will support existing Blu-ray media, and provide down conversion & HDR to SDR conversion functionality to match the connected TV/projector. You can also adjust the HDMI output to 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2160p, or Auto in order to properly match the resolution of your display. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Feb 17, 2018 ]  Staff
This does not come with a HDMI cable you have to purchase one can get one for 10 bucks here I bought one and have them ship it with the Blu-ray player. Yes this should be new unless otherwise stated [ Kraig  Nov 14, 2017 ]
This is new with remote. I don't recall having the HDMI cable. I had used my own. [ Linda  Nov 14, 2017 ]
It does not come with HDMI cable. You must provide your own. [ jack  Nov 14, 2017 ]
Player is new. It comes with a remote control, but you will need to purchase an HDMI cable. [ Lazaro  Nov 14, 2017 ]
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