Posted Tue Mar 14, 2017 at 03:00 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The second generation Samsung UHD Blu-ray player will go on sale next month.
Samsung has revealed pricing and availability for its new Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The upcoming M9500 is expected to start shipping in April for a suggested retail price of $399. The player will join the company's previously released UBD-K8500 (review here).
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 stream Blu-ray titles to their mobile devices, along with support for watching 360-degree mobile content through the player on the big screen.
In addition to the company's new Ultra HD Blu-ray player, Samsung just launched its 2017 QLED Ultra HD TV lineup, with current sizes ranging from 55-inches to 75-inches. The displays use new metal quantum dot technology for improved colors and brightness.
Outside of Samsung, Sony recently released its new UBP-X800 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Likewise, Panasonic is prepping three new 2017 Ultra HD Blu-ray players, the DMP-UB400, UB310 and UB300; Oppo is readying the UDP-205; LG has the upcoming UP970; and Philips is prepping the BDP7502. Of the Ultra HD Blu-ray players announced so far, only the upcoming LG UP970, Philips BDP7502, and the recently released Oppo UDP-203 have confirmed plans for Dolby Vision support.
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