Samsung unveils Ultra HD Blu-ray player UBD-K8500

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    The company says the player can provide up to four times the resolution of standard Blu-ray devices, as well as 64 times "higher color expression." The player can upscale content to "provide UHD resolution for any disc," and is compatible with 4K streaming services as well as supporting high dynamic range (HDR) video.

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    Samsung is ready to push super high resolution movies (four times the resolution of Blu-ray, and 64 times as many colors) on discs too. There's not much detail available on its new player, although we expect it will cost less than the $1,000 price its first Blu-ray player commanded nearly a decade ago and it should launch early next year.

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    Going to have to get a Ultra HD Player

     
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    That looks like it could be a product designed to retail for upwards of three bills.

    Absent content, the announcement may be more important than the product. I'd want something that also allows downloading and storage of UHD content to tide me over (or carry me in the event that UHD Blu-ray becomes the next Laserdisc).
     
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    I'm completely baffled as to how that video represents a "Hands On". After all, they didn't touch it or even open the tray. It isn't entirely clear that the device was, in fact, driving the TV.

    I'm also vexed that such a device features a Toslink digital audio output but doesn't have the more robust coaxial digital audio output. Toslink inputs on AVRs and pre-amps seem to be going away at about one per model year.
     
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    We should see more at CES in January ...
     
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    I'd expect that we'll see essentially the same thing at CES 2016 given that Samsung specifically said that the above referenced unit won't be available until next year. Perhaps it won't be a mock-up by then (as I suspicion that this one was absent a glow in the power "button").

    Surely the pressure will be intense for Sony and Panasonic to show something.
     
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    Panasonic should be close if not already ready. It shouldn't take much for them to update the BDT700. They've already shown their preproduction model many months ago.
     
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    There's a unbridgeable gap between an up-scaling Blu-ray player that supports HDMI 1.x and a UHD player that supports native UHD, HDMI 2.0a, HEVC and HDR. The only things that don't have to change are the casework and power cord.
     
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    The BDT700 had HDMI 2.0 with UHD passthrough in addition to upscaling. No HDCP 2.2. It was kind of a weird machine that was only released overseas.
     
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    I noticed the AVR blow-out at Crutchfield, thought about it, then noticed that all the big cuts were on the non-HDCP 2.2 compliant receivers. No point saving $600 when you'd be kicking yourself in two years when you'd need to buy a more-current AVR.
     
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    Preorder at Crutchfield

    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_305BDK8500/Samsung-UBD-K8500.html?search=Samsung_UBD-K8500&skipvs=T

     
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    Appears both Crutch and Best Buy have both listed for March.

    Also glad to see Panny coming, with a THX certification, which I had read THX was working on a UHD cert.

    Wonder how chips will work with MediaTek saying theirs wont be mass produced until second half of 2016? I know Samsung uses their own chip.
     
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    Decided to get myself on the list. Seems Panny is Q2 and Oppo of course would be Fall. Not sure on Sony yet.

    Samsung - UBD-K8500 Native 4K Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player - Black
    Model: UBD-K8500
    SKU: 4853800
    Quantity: 1

    Status: Pre-ordered
    Expected release date: 02/21/2016

    $422 with tax.
     
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    Some are claiming the $399 is a preorder discount, if you wait for retail it could be $499. YMMV.
     
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    Posted at AVS in Twice mag that this player will not send out Dolby Vision data, just HDR10.
     

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