Summary: 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 the full review of the Samsung BD-D8500 at whathifi.com .
Excerpt: 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 disposal, as well as saving you some space in your AV cabinet. The BD-D8500 is so cutting edge you could shave with it.
Excerpt: Convergence is the name of the game for much of the industry, but as any chef worth their salt will tell you, less is often more: it’s about the right combination of ingredients, not just throwing in everything you have.
Pros: Yamaha YSP-2200, Great spec, good pictures from tuner and Blu-ray, decent sound, smart TV features, 500GB hard drive
Cons: Yamaha YSP-2200, Smart TV apps are a work in progress
Summary: The Samsung BD-D8500M Blu-ray player appears to offer it all -- a 500GB PVR, 3D support and Internet connectivity. But its multitasking issues and unconvincing media-streaming capability rather take the shine off this ambitious package.
Pros: Good 3D Blu-ray playback, Spacious hard drive, Access to Smart Hub Internet TV and apps portal
Cons: Slow disc-loading times, Key functionality disabled during recording to hard drive, Component output restricted to standard-def images
Excerpt: 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 viewing and recording, and BBC iPlayer. It can even transform 2D into 3D, and stream files across a home network.
Pros: Freeview HD, PVR functions, 3D pictures, BBC iPlayer
Cons: Single Freeview tuner, 2D-to-3D conversion, no multichannel 7.1 outputs