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Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Picks Up Premium Certification
While AVS members know how to sort through the alphabet soup of image quality-related nomenclature, a typical shopper is bound to find a description such as "120 Hz 4K UHD FALD VA QD-LED LCD HDR WCG TV with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2" to be a bit technical. For such a person, the UHD Alliance’s "Ultra HD Premium" certification and logo is an easy way to identify a top-tier product that can handle the latest consumer video formats properly, as is now the case with the Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Samsung recently announced that its UBD-K8500 is the first player of its type to earn the UHD Premium certification. Technically, it means the player is compliant with established standards for resolution, peak brightness, deep black levels, wide color gamut, and HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2—everything you need to present HDR (high dynamic range) content properly. You'll need a display that supports the same technologies to get the most out of the new Ultra HD Blu-rays, and an easy way to do that is to pick a TV that has the same certification and logo. Mind you, the certification and logo are voluntary and purely optional—it's just a way to simplify shopping for consumers who are allergic to technical details.
As is typical with this sort of news, a company executive's quote was included in the press release. Jim Kiczek, Vice President of AV Marketing, said: "We are honored that our first Ultra HD Blu-ray player... has received Premium Certification from the UHDA. As we continuously strive to bring consumers the most advanced home entertainment products and services, we look forward to furthering our work with the UHD Alliance to incite progress and growth throughout the industry."
I have a UBD-K8500 right here in my studio, and I plan to review it soon. The only holdup is that I don't have a TV that can take full advantage of its capabilities. In other words, I'm still waiting to get my hand on an Ultra HD Premium TV to use with it. That should happen quite soon, I'll keep you posted.
Last edited by imagic; 05-04-2016 at 11:48 AM.