Yes. All players are backwards compatible. Check both user threads. Samsung has a history of just being unreliable (nicest way I can put it). Pioneer hasn't fared well either. You might consider the new Panasonic line or perhaps the new Sony.
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Samsung UBD-K8500, Panasonic DMP-UB900 -> Yamaha CX-A5100 -> Sony XBR-75X940C; Mediabridge 6' and 15' HDMI cables.