Samsung BD-H8900 Blu Ray Player User Manual
Samsung BD-H8900 Blu Ray Player Overview
If you’re not attracted by expensive plans that consist of PVRs from Skies and Virgin Media, after that it’s to the confusingly small market for YouView or Freeview HD recorders that you should head. Samsung’s BD-H8900 (₤ 353) is one of 2 Freeview HD recorders it has provided in 2014; this version has a 1TB hard disk, while the BD-H8500 (₤ 329.95) holds half as much.
Price-wise, it’s a no competition in between both, and also if that sounds like an interesting package, that’s not the half of it. The BD-H8900 adds a myriad of other attributes that mark-out this out as an extremely special product indeed.
The BD-H8900 is a Blu-ray gamer, also. Spinning 2D as well as 3D Blu-ray discs, it likewise up-scales discs to Ultra HD 4K high quality. Include a host of networking functions and also playback of electronic documents from a USB and the BD-H8900 absolutely is catch-all.
And afterwards there are apps. While most Blu-ray gamers and clever TVs consist of the BBC iPlayer, Samsung products are distinct in the UK for consisting of catch-up for every one of the terrestrial networks in the UK. A minimum of, that’s the concept. Here the default faster ways are to second-class applications like Vimeo, Dailymotion and also Nat Geo Images, with 4OD, ITV Player, Demand Five, YouTube, Netflix and Amazon.com Instant all hidden away– and also calling for lengthy downloading– from the Samsung Application location.
At the time of composing the BBC iPlayer was missing, also, though before completion of the evaluation a brand-new version of BBC News app had actually become available, so we’ll assume an upgrade looms.
I’m not convinced how essential a function this is to prospective purchasers of the BD-H8900, however part of Samsung’s Hyper Real Engine photo handling is 4K-upscaling. This essentially declares to take pictures from Blu-ray and increase the resolution by a variable of 4.
Unique skills don’t include design, which isn’t the BD-H8900’s strong suite. Determining 282 x 430 x 55mm, it huges and also space-hungry, though relatively low-rise. The BD-H8900 is made from low-grade black plastic, yet it does have touch-sensitive controls.
On its left-hand side, which is bent, a dial offers fundamental scanning controls for discs and also the standby button. Nonetheless, on greater than one event we unintentionally switched-off the system while fumbling with a USB stick close by– those switches require relocating to somewhere else.
Across the front is the disc tray, a little LED display screen and also a USB slot underneath a flip-out cover. Around the back are a pair of RF ports for fuelling those Freeview HD receivers alongside both an HDMI result, an electronic optical audio outcome, as well as a really useful– and also perfectly discreet– 2nd USB port piled below a wired Ethernet LAN slot. Nonetheless, the BD-H8900 includes Wi-Fi connectivity, as well.
Last but not least on the BD-H8900 comes an unanticipated attribute– Multiroom– though it’s once more a Samsung-centric system. If you do find yourself out there for a pair of Samsung’s ₤ 300+ M7 wireless speakers then recognize that it can be connected to the BD-H8900 (in addition to any type of Samsung wise TV introduced this year such as a the UE65HU8500).
Those twin Freeview HD receivers are useful, but package itself is criminally underpowered. Able to videotape one network while you enjoy one more, or record two networks while you view one of them, the BD-H8900 provides over 400 hours of standard-def recordings as well as about 250 hrs in HD.
Making recordings from Freeview HD on the BD-H8900 is practically easy. Resplendent in black, blue as well as white, the digital program guide displays (EPG) routines over two hrs for 7 channels as well as has a real-time TELEVISION thumbnail. It’s feasible to avoid around the routines without also loading-up the EPG, but this can lag.
The BD-H8900 is all about hi-def and also upwards. A blast of Houses Under the Hammer from BBC One looks a little cut-up, with fast-moving speakers and electronic camera frying pans lacking tidy lines. Relocate to Later With Jools Holland on BBC 2 HD and the detail as well as deepness returns– also in the grief– with a recording nicely identical to the broadcast.
Stuck in the ‘film’ pre-programmed, the BD-H8900 copes well with 2D Blu-ray. Throughout our test disc of The Wolf of Wall Street, colours are specifically well-handled, with skin tones looking natural and also colours pushed by great contrast.
It’s possibly not one of the most criminally in-depth Complete HD picture we have actually ever before seen, however jagged sides are non-existent, while activity is smooth also throughout rapid video camera pans. A scene of Jordan Belfort being repelled from his mansion sees the information in the background kept, also in a slowly removaling shot, while unbalanced close-ups are clean and also very convincing. Most importantly, the images are always comfy to enjoy.
Samsung BD-H8900 Blu Ray Player User Manual