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Samsung announced a new Ultra HD Blu-ray player

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Written by Kamil Arli

Samsung has announced a new Ultra HD Blu-ray player that it says will automatically get the optimum performance from your TV.

DUE TO BE UNVEILED AT THE UPCOMING CES IN LAS VEGAS

Due to be unveiled at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas, the new M9500 apparently analyzes the content of the pictures its playing and use its findings to automatically adjust your TV’s picture and sound settings to the optimal levels.

SAMSUNG HASNT CURRENTLY RELEASED ANY DETAILS ON EXACTLY HOW THIS MIGHT WORK

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Samsung hasn’t currently released any detail on exactly how this might work; hopefully it’s a bit more sophisticated than the deck simply telling a TV whether a source supports 4K and HDR!  It would be nice, too, if this auto-optimization feature didn’t only work with Samsung-branded TVs.

The M9500 is Samsung's second Ultra HD Blu-ray player. (Pic: Samsung)

The M9500 is Samsung’s second Ultra HD Blu-ray player. (Pic: Samsung)

 Give how much confusion and complication has been added to the TV world by the arrival of high dynamic range technology, though, frankly any technology that potentially simplifies the Ultra HD Blu-ray playback process has to be welcome. So long as it works well, of course.

Another headline feature of the M9500 is its new Private Cinema Mode, which lets you output the deck’s audio to Bluetooth headphones for late night UHD BD viewing – or watching a UHD BD while everyone else in the room is doing something else!

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THE M9500 ALSO INTRODUCES IMPROVED MOBILE INTEGRATION VERSUS SAMSUNG’S 2016

The M9500 also introduces improved mobile integration versus Samsung’s 2016 UHD BD debut player, the K8500. Intriguingly this new feature claims to let you watch Blu-rays on your tablets and phones, as well as enabling you to use the M9500 as a portal for watching on your TV 360-degree photos and videos you may have recorded on your mobile device.

Early photographs of the M9500 appear to show a small LED in a narrow angled section at the top of the deck’s fascia, which marks another welcome step forward over the display-free K8500.

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As you would expect, the M9500 supports DTS-X and Dolby Atmos audio tracks as well as UHD and HDR video.

Pic: Samsung

Pic: Samsung

There’s no official word yet on a release date or potential pricing, though I have it on good authority that it will cost considerably less than the $400 launch price of the K8500. Hopefully the M9500 will also introduce slightly better picture quality than its predecessor, to put it more on a par with superior decks from Panasonic and Oppo.

Source: forbes

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