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Samsung BD-D8900M review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Amazing feature list
  • Slick internet and DLNA functionality
  • Blu-ray & HD channel picture quality

Cons

  • Some menus slow to respond
  • Can’t record two channels simultaneously
  • No Blu-ray recording

Key Features

  • Built-in 1TB HDD & dual Freeview HD tuners
  • AllShare DLNA networking
  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • Smart Hub
  • 2D to 3D conversion
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £359.99

There’s something undeniably appealing about a single product that does the job of several devices, as it cuts down clutter under your TV and could save you a bob or two in the process. Few companies can do this better than Samsung, whose HDD-equipped Blu-ray players not only do the job of a PVR, disc spinner and digital TV receiver but also throw tons of other features into the bargain, turning them into complete home entertainment hubs.

The BD-D8900M is the step-up version of the BD-D8500M we reviewed earlier this year. This unit doubles the hard-disk capacity of the BD-D8500M to 1TB, giving you about 240 hours of hi-def recordings from the built-in Freeview HD (DVB-T2) tuners, which even the staunchest couch potato would struggle to fill. And with built-in Wi-Fi, a host of network features, web content and 3D Blu-ray playback are on board too, could this be the best £360 you’ll ever spend? Let’s find out…

Samsung BD-8900M

The BD-D8900 is a stylish unit, boasting Samsung’s familiar glossy black finish with eye-catching flashes of silver, but at 60mm high it’s a lot chunkier than Samsung’s non-HDD Blu-ray players. It’s covered in cool embellishments like a front display panel with illuminated touch-sensitive controls built into it, a front-loading disc slot and a window on top that shows the disc whirring round.

Drop down the front flap and you’ll uncover a couple of other goodies – a CI slot for pay TV smartcards and a USB port that lets you plug in memory devices (USB sticks, external HDDs). And on the back there’s an impressive array of sockets, most notably two HDMI outputs that allows owners of receivers without HDMI v1.4 inputs to enjoy 3D pictures and HD audio simultaneously – one output sends the 3D picture to your TV, the other sends audio to your receiver. That’s something only Panasonic’s flagship players have offered until now.

Samsung BD-D8900M

These dual HDMIs are backed up by component, composite, optical digital audio and analogue stereo outputs, as well as an Ethernet port and RF antenna input/loopthrough sockets. The only thing missing is multichannel analogue output for really old receivers, but that’s not crucial.

Orinj

June 25, 2011, 12:20 am

This was about to go straight to the top of my list of AV purchases until I read that although it has two Freeview HD tuners, it can only record one programme at a time. That's such a missed opportunity.

Orinj

June 25, 2011, 12:35 am

I should have also asked, what's the difference between this and the BD-D8500 you reviewed a few months ago? I can only see the HDD storage size as being doubled here. That review seems to indicate that the menus are slower (sluggish) than the 8900 but I can't see how that's possible when they appear to be exactly the same apart from a different hard disk. Why even bother to review this one in that case?

Enigma

June 25, 2011, 12:27 pm

Very good effort by Samsung in comparison to its rivals.

However, why not recordable BD? Simple, that will be on the Autumn model!! May be with a Freesat tuner instead of a second Freeview HD tuner? After all tvs are now coming with a standard Freeview/sat tuners.

Like I said drip feed to keep the Customers buying. However not good for the environment all round. Also not good for the commodity prices.

palms

July 13, 2011, 3:02 am

I posted in a comment about the BD-D8500 and thought to post here in case it gets mist. You can't use the Hub features, allshare features or USB attached devices while your recording. It asks you if you want to stop recording if you use those features. Other than that i love the 85500 and yes the 8900 is the same unit but different size hard drive.

Kevin007

August 14, 2011, 4:45 am

Besides the doubling of memory to 1TB the other differences I've noticed are BD Profile 5.0 instead of 2.0 on the BD-D8500M, and 2 HDMI outs instead of one. So main difference remains the 1TB memory.

Jay299

November 8, 2012, 2:40 am

I'm a bit disappointed with this unit which I bought to replace a Panasonic unit. As mentioned by palms, when recording, the hub i.e. internet and any wifi attached disc content is not available. Also when recording, the guide menu is laboriously slow to respond. Unlike my old Panasonic, I can't watch from the beginning a program which I'm currently recording - this is a real limitation which I didn't expect.

It also tends to reset itself a few seconds after being switched on. This unit seems feature rich but poorly executed.

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