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The BD-D8500M is the aircraft carrier of Samsung's fleet of Blu-ray players. It's large, surprisingly under-designed, and packs a great deal of features behind its jutting prow, including TV recording capability, 3D support and Web connectivity. It's available for around £320 online.When we say the BD-D8500M is large, we're comparing it to the company's other Kylie-sized disc spinners. Measuring 430 by 64 by 299mm, the dimensions of the BD-D8500 are conventional enough, so it will sit quite happily in any equipment rack. The front of the unit is pleasingly clean. Controls comprise a touchscreen panel, and the disc mechanism is a slot-loader, rather than a tray. The build quality is good. The deck comes with Samsung's one-size-fits-all regulation remote control.The BD-D8500M is as much a PVR as a 3D-compatible Blu-ray player. It has twin Freeview HD tuners and a 500GB hard drive. Operational noise is low, with the hard drive seemingly well insulated. The BD-D8500M also throws in Samsung's Smart Hub Internet TV and apps portal for good measure. If you're looking for one box to do it all, then the BD-D8500M could be for you.Connectivity is straightforward enough.
Why take two hi-def sources into the shower when you can simply watch 'n' go with Samsung's latest BD-D8500 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 disposal, as well as saving you some space in your AV cabinet. The BD-D8500 is so cutting edge you could shave with it. Inside, you'll find twin DVB-T2 tuners, capable of receiving Freeview HD's cluster of hi-def channels, a 500GB hard-disk drive, a 3D-ready Profile 2.0 Blu-ray deck and a wide range of nifty networking features that enable the deck to step well beyond the confines of packaged media. It's not too shabby on the outside either. The slim dimensions and snazzy black finish are eye-catching enough, but the jewel in the crown is the newly-designed display panel in the centre. Samsung has built-in a row of touch-sensitive controls, which, when combined with the discreet disc slot, leaves the rest of the fascia mercifully uncluttered. There's an HDMI v1.4 output that lets you pipe 3D pictures and HD audio to your receiver, which is fine if said receiver has v1.4 inputs.