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Samsung BD-D8500

Samsung BD-D8500
alaScore 84

157 reviews

Dec, 2018

We have collected and analysed 8 expert reviews and 149 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 87/100 and users rate it 65/100. The average review date is 28-11-2011. We have compared these reviews to 168161 reviews from other Blu-ray Players. The alaScore™ for this product is 84/100 = Very good. Last update: 10-12-2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung BD-D8500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Samsung BD-D8500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Reviews about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. Many are negative about the price.

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This summary is based on the products: Samsung BD-D8500 Blu-ray 3D Player with Freeview HD and PVR Upto 500GBSamsung BD-D8500 Blu-ray 3D Player with Freeview HD and PVR Upto 500GB

Dec, 2018


Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Samsung BD-D8500


We take an exclusive look at Samsung's new Blu-ray player/Freeview HD recorder, and marvel at its mind-blowing feature list.

Lengthy feature list ; Excellent Internet and DLNA functionality ; Blu-ray & HD channel picture quality

Sluggish in operation ; Smart Hub needs more catch-up TV content ; Can?t record two channels simultaneously

All things considered, the BD-D8500 is a mind-blowing product. Few Blu-ray players can match its staggeringly generous range of features, which includes Freeview HD recording, built-in Wi-Fi, 3D playback and easy-to-use networking tools. Most...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Samsung BD-D8500 review


This clever box of tricks offers almost the complete home recording and smart TV package

Great spec ; good pictures from tuner and Blu-ray ; decent sound ; smart TV features ; 500GB hard drive

Smart TV apps are a work in progress

If feature-packed, fine-performing examples of 21st century convergence are your bag, add this player to your checklist

May, 2011

Expert review by : (

Samsung BD-D8500 review


Samsung's much-delayed combination includes both a twin-tuner Freeview HD PVR and a 3D Blu-ray player. Picture quality is great either way, while Samsung's Smart Hub portal provides you with a massive reserve of online entertainment to play with. Read...

Mar, 2013

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Samsung BD-D8500 review


Why take two hi-def sources into the shower when you can simply watch ‘n' go with Samsung's latest Blu-ray player/Freeview HD PVR combi? By forcing these two products into shared accommodation, Samsung is putting an unfeasible amount of content at your...

Abundant features; attractive new GUI; picture performance; Smart Hub and slick networking features

Slightly sluggish operation; can’t record two channels

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (

Samsung BD-D8500


There's something decidedly low-rent about the word “combi”, but this two-into-one effort from Samsung is most definitely upmarket. Costing a whopping £380, it darn well should be, but wait until you see what it can do: 3D Blu-ray playback, Freeview HD...

Freeview HD, PVR functions, 3D pictures, BBC iPlayer

Single Freeview tuner, 2D-to-3D conversion, no multichannel 7.1 outputs

The high price and heavyweight size will put many off, but this 3D Blu-ray player-cum-HDD recorder’s combination of unusual features make it a niche product extraordinaire. Top quality 3D is the icing on an enticing high-end package that marries BBC...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Samsung BD-D8500 review


We test a combination package of Blu-ray player with Freeview HD PVR and find Samsung has catered for almost every need

Abundant features ; Attractive new GUI ; Picture performance ; Smart Hub and slick networking features

Slightly sluggish operation ; Can't record two channels

Apr, 2011

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Samsung BD-D8500M review


Combination set-top boxes make a lot of sense; they take up less room under a TV than separates, need fewer cables and consume less power. Samsung's BD-D8500M combines a Blu-ray player, Freeview HD decoder and 500GB hard disk recorder into a single...

An amazingly extensive feature set and excellent user interface make the BD-D8500M a fantastic all-in-one set-top box, but the single-channel recording is disappointing.

May, 2011

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Samsung 3D Blu-ray Recorder BD D8500A – Reviewed


If you have a 3D TV already, then you would do well to consider the Samsung BD D8500A Blu-ray player/recorder as an item that you really should purchase next. There are huge advantages in coupling your 3D TV to the right player, both from a quality and...

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Samsung BD-D8500


Looks nice, picture qaulity is good.

Says in the tech discription has a hard drive to record but cannot find anything about this in the manual on how to use or on the remote control. Manual is very basic and not in enough depth.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Samsung BD-D8500


easy to set up and use, stylish looking, so far it's done everything I want it to.

can't seem to get 4OD, when I try and use the internet search function it doesn't help. Better instructions on this function would be beneficial however there is a helpline phone number which I plan to try

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Audio output channels:2.0 / 7.1


Energy Star certified:Y


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


Built-in Display:Y


Electronic Programme Guide (EPG):Y / Yes
Firmware upgradeable: Yes
Parental control:Y

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, LPCM, MP3, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, PNG / JPG
Subtitle formats supported:ttxt
Video formats supported:AVCHD, DIVX, MKV, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV, WMV9 / AVCHD, DivX, MKV, XviD / AVCHD, MKV, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV, WMV9

Media types

Disc types supported:80 x 170 x 160 / CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW / CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
Playback disc formats:Blu-Ray video, CD audio, DVD video


Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi ready:Y
WLAN-ready: Yes

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):430 x 299 x 60 / 430 x 60 x 299
Package depth:390
Package height:120
Package width:506
Portable: No

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y
Cables included:AV
Handheld remote control:Y


Progressive Scan:N
TV tuner type:DVB-C, DVB-T / DVB-C, DVB-T2

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) out:1 / 2
Common interface Plus (CI+):Y
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
Digital Audio Optical Out:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Power Consumption (Standby):1
Power consumption (typical):33


Built-In Hard Drive:Y / Yes
Card reader integrated:N
Hard Drive Capacity:500


3D: Yes
3D compatibility:Y
Deep colour support:N
Full HD:Y
Video recording: Yes
Video upscaling:Y
x.v.Color support:N

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:29.9 / 299
Height :6 / 60
Package dimensions (WxDxH):506 x 390 x 120
Package weight:5000
Weight:3.6 / 3600
Width:43 / 430