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Samsung UBD-K8500 offers best video quality yetThe Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player delivers the best in-home video quality ever, but only owners of the latest, most expensive TVs need apply.
[MUSIC] > If you're a home cinema buff, you have been waiting patiently for the release of 4K Blu-ray, the next upgrade to high definition Blu-ray, and the first player off the production line is the Samsung UBD-K8500 worth $499. As the first player available, there's nothing else to compare the Samsung to. But it plays the first wave of 4K Blu-rays very well compared against 1080p discs. The Samsung is able to produce a better picture even if the first discs had some issues. If you're an early adopter is probably the most promising of the three players expected this year and probably worth the upgrade. But make sure you have a 4K TV with HDR built in, because otherwise the initial disks don't look that much better than 1080p disks. The K8500 looks good with a brushed finish, but it does lack some usability features. Such as a display, and fast forward and rewind buttons on the remote. If you're loading discs, it's relatively speedy. Those so are $100 Blu-ray players. But where it can beat cheaper players is through Roku like times for accessing Netflix. Only six seconds to load it up from go to woe. While it's not the cheapest player around, it's a good way to experience the latest, and possibly very last, videodisc format. [MUSIC]