Posted Wed Dec 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM PST by Steven Cohen
A new Samsung UHD Blu-ray player is in the works.
Though full details have not been announced yet, the M9500 will feature Ultra HD Blu-ray disc playback along with HDR (high dynamic range) support. Likewise, the player will include Bluetooth wireless streaming connectivity and Samsung Smart Remote integration across the UHD ecosystem. In addition, the device can automatically optimize a customer's TV screen and audio levels by analyzing the content source being played -- such as HDR, Atmos or DTS-X -- enabling users to enjoy the content they want without changing their TV or audio settings. A new Private Cinema Mode is offered as well, which allows TV audio to be transferred to personal Bluetooth headphones. Finally, the M9500 also provides expanded mobile integration, letting users watch Blu-ray titles on their mobile devices, along with support for watching 360-degree mobile content through the player on the big screen.
More details, including potential pricing and availability, are expected to be announced at CES 2017 on January 5-8 in Las Vegas.
In addition to the upcoming Samsung M9500, currently available US consumer Ultra HD Blu-ray players include the Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player ($198), the Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player ($549), the Philips BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray player ($230), the Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player ($649), and the Microsoft Xbox One S ($249). Likewise, Oppo is prepping the UDP-205 Audiophile Ultra HD Blu-ray player for 2017, and Sony has announced its upcoming ES Series UBP-X1000E Ultra HD Blu-ray which will be exclusive to the custom installer market.
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