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Samsung BD-D8900 review

With its 1TB hard drive and Smart TV functionality, this Freeview+ HD/Blu-ray combi promises to tick all the boxes

Our Verdict

For

  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • Huge hard drive
  • Content-rich Smart Hub portal

Against

  • Network functionality disabled during PVR recording
  • Component output restricted to SD
  • Network streaming dependant on compliant media server software

Designed as the ultimate home entertainment centre, Samsung's BD-D8900 packs everything bar the kitchen sink into one big, shiny box.

It's not only a 3D-compatible Smart TV-enabled Blu-ray player, it's also a Freeview+ HD PVR packing a generous 1TB hard drive. Want one PVR to do it all? Then this mean machine appears to be your best option. But there are caveats.

Build and connectivity

Samsung bd-d8900

Accommodating all this technology requires a chassis of some size, and the BD-D8900 obliges. Measuring 430mm wide and 64mm tall, it's a chunky chap. That said it's not without charm and a certain refinement.

There's no clunky disc-loading tray, the unit uses a slick slot loader – feed it a silver platter and it will hungrily suck it in. It also incorporates touch-panel controls and has an illuminated disc mechanism, courtesy of a semi-translucent lid. We're guessing you won't want to hide this ostentatious hulk away in a cupboard.

Despite all the functionality, the rear panel is not overcrowded. There're two HDMIs, one of which is audio only. This is used to route lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio soundtracks from Blu-ray discs to legacy (non-3D) compatible AV receivers – the primary output then delivers 3D direct to your stereoscopic display.

There are also phono AV and digital optical audio outputs, plus an Ethernet connection. Wi-Fi is integrated, so there's no need to use a dongle. There's also a component video output, but be aware that this cannot be used for high definition.

As part of the AACS copy protection regulations, it restricts Blu-ray output to 480i. Not only that, it outputs Freeview HD at 576p (unlike the HDMI alternative). This will apparently solve the problem of online piracy at a stroke and is in no away absolutely infuriating for the minority of us that simply want to make a component hook-up to our flatscreens.

On the front of the deck is a pull-down flap concealing a CI+ slot and USB port for media playback.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Scan Format1080p
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsDVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW, BD-R
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
3D Type3D
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSamsung
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3, WMA, AAC
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX HD, MKV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV2, WMV7, WMV3, WMV9, Video CD
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption33 W
Standby Power Consumption1 W
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Maximum HDD Recording Time1 Week
Digital Audio Coaxial OutNo
Height60 mm
Width430 mm
Depth299 mm
ColourBlack
Image FormatsJPEG, JPEG HD
FeaturesTime Shift, Parental Control, 2D-3D Conversion
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelBD-D8900M
Product NameBD-D8900M 3D Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Manufacturer Part NumberBD-D8900M/XU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Plenty of recording space, no loss in quality
Now you don't have to worry about having enough room for all your recordings. Samsung HDD built-in Blu-ray disc players enables you to record and consolidate digital media files in a single device. Any broadcasting programme from terrestrial, cable and satellite are recordable with an amazing 1TB of hard disk space. Depending on recording conditions, maximum recording times are 240 hours for HD and 480 hours for SD. Broadcasting certification differs by country.

Package Contents
  • BD-D8900M 3D Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
  • Remote Control
Remote ControlYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)3.90 kg