Samsung opened with the BD C 8200 S (500 euros) a product category, the school could make: TV receiver + HDD Recorder + Blu-ray player.
- Blu-ray recorder Samsung BD C 8200 S
- The control of the sender
Panasonic launched the product category of the Blu-ray recorder with the DMR BS 850 (test in 4/2010). This complex, yet fairly easily operated machine had two satellite receiver, a hard disk recorder, a Blu-ray player/recorder, a multimedia network player and a network server. A really cool device, but 1300 euros not exactly from the bargain counter.
Samsung was now considering how it can significantly cheapen this product category without that this does reduce the quality. The recipe is: weight loss on the functions used by few or generally rare. Result is the BD C 8200 S – just a DVB-S2 tuner with hard disk recorder, network player without server function and instead of a Blu-ray Recorder a pure BD player, because very few customers archive actually TV shipments for the plate shelf. What brought about the shrinking cure? A price of only $500. Alternatively, Samsung offers also the variant without attached “S” (satellite TV) with digital cable tuner for the same price as well as a version with double hard drive capacity, manifested as “8500” in the name, to 600 euros.
Reduced to the Max
Thus, it has a compact component that brings virtually all modern media in the living room then: from the digital (HD) TV and radio reception, the possibility of this to disk buffering, a Streaming client for local and Internet data (from the family photo on music from the server up to YouTube videos) up to a Blu-ray player, to play all common physical media. All of this is pretty packed and simple with a single remote control to manage.
The package in its current Blu-ray player-design, a flounder-flat, high-gloss black block tied Samsung. A tap on the subtly backlit sensor button, and this wakes up with a true fairy magic to life. When the light show begins, more symbols on the front appear by running light for more buttons, a display dims up, everything shines in a subtle turquoise blue. The light effects of the drives can be optionally switched off. The base is still a “CI +” reference common-interface slot for pay television, as well as a USB port for the media player behind a flap.
The back puzzled with a surprisingly concise package of connections: antenna connection, network, HDMI, digital audio visually via TOSlink, composite and component analog video, stereo analog audio ready. Otherwise, only the air outlet of the right quiet working fan cooling, firmly attached cord and a practical fitting for cable tie on the plate can be found. Obviously, the product manager had two types of customers in mind: those who have arrived in the digital age and need only HDMI on the other hand those who simply need a compact Universal player for the chic new flat TV and possibly the To pick up-flat sound via RCA or optical digital sound with a sound bar. The BD knows High end analogue ambitions C apparently not 8200 S.
Control made easy
As thank God now usual, begins after unpacking and first connect the setting even with this device with a guided quick installation that exemplary starts with language selection. In addition, the menu largely establishes the sat receiver. When the tester found it also a firmware update and various updated Internet Dienstprogrämmchen called Samsung apps.
All installation works automatically expired and were informative illustrated. Have search and updates long deals enough with himself, enters the colorfully illustrated main menu. In the Internet applications, the list of own shots, the film -, music, photo, Setup menu and just in the TV list starts from here. You get done all the settings in a category – and also in operation – via “Tools”-popup menu, similar to how pioneer this solves.
Sorting the desired station is simple, is a sweat of the brow, for which you should bring time, but as a direct addressing of program creation does not exist only single steps by cursor arrow or page by page with the PROG rocker in all list views. To move a channel, for example, by space 678 on 12, can require some patience. Once arrived in the current program, is easily handles the recipient, provides a clear, tabular EPG. Timer recordings programming explained virtually by itself. Switching between programs is zapp-friendly flink, even between standard definition and HD programs. A noticeable moment is created only when you switch between two satellites.
Made Timer recordings can be edit, sort and not mingle with other recorded media through separate menus. These include copied photos around on the hard drive or CDs. CDs to rip BD 8200 S as MP3s, moderately compressed still sound C that lose little details and room. For this he seeks the artist and title name online to CDs and Ripps from the Internet via “All Media Guide” et cetera – virtually. Shows simple of the Koreans as a network player and plays only the most popular formats such as MP3, WMA, DiVX. audiophile formats such as FLAC he doesn’t.
The image appears crisp-sharp
As a CD/DVD/BD player, the Samsung knows no weaknesses. He reads a super fast the discs CDs and DVDs in 11 seconds, 23 seconds, Blu-ray discs, and he plays all of the features of BD, also picture-in-picture, simultaneous audio tracks, et cetera. Here he displays similar to the 3D-Player BD C 6900 (test in stereoplay 7/2010) an exceptionally fast Java processing, helping Blu-rays to brisk navigation. Also, what’s the audio page, the multimedia machine knows no limits and digested even high audio resolutions with their built-in decoders to DTS-HD Master audio at 192 kHz.
The video page in nothing behind which on the contrary. The integrated de-Interlacer works reliably, stepping in only somewhat insensitive in the film fashion, remains locked then but stable. It is surely no coincidence that this Act prevents comb artifacts at the TV screen when there with hidden a interlaced marquee – mixing – about progressive film images appear. The scaler extrapolates images of all sources up to 1080 p – and he does this super sharp with sexiest contours, even of low resolution channels. It’s amazing how hot he gets out, however, the pictures of the Panasonic recorder looked spongy and out of focus.
But what creates fantastic plasticity at fault poor images, results in clearly visible compression artefacts like mosquito noise especially with programs with low data rate. The Panasonic irons – at the cost of some sharpness – such artifacts out thoroughly, before he scaled. A matter of taste. At fault poor sources such as the main channels and not to mention DVD and BD, the Samsung anyway, has crystal clear visual impression.
A convincing concept
Audiophile miracles had not to expect the tester in the listening room of this multimedia device. But the Samsung held a very decent level with CD, DVD and Blu-ray, showed specifically via HDMI output sound resolution and fine Groove quite sense for music at the level equal to more expensive, pure player: top. The analog stereo output lagged behind as well. Against the current Blu-ray – workhorse Cambridge Azur 650 BD could the Samsung with Sluggishly bass and no tricks Fitzelier heights. After all, not the musicianship was lost on the analog path; and if already not very fine dissolving, the sound worked but never intrusive or annoying, but rather cautious.
The bottom line, Samsung’s mini-MAX concept leaves a conclusive impression. The engineers have composed a genus of device, no one can classify quite. Offered is the BD C 8200 S as a Blu-ray recorder, although he can record any Blu-ray. It’s actually a satellite receiver with hard drive recorder and an integrated Blu-ray player. But the South Koreans have all combined together, that one can get out now with a single device as a player for his home theater.
It is no matter whether one hears music to the sprinkler system from the network server or hard drive, if you want to see sharp TV programs or enjoys just a CD, DVD or Blu-ray.
- The control of the sender
The Samsung BD C 8200 S and his siblings dominate the CI +-standard. These are the latest variant of the common interfaces, common interface to the decryption of pay television, such as sky. The previous interface only cared for the decryption of the programs. In the CI – interface you can plug the CAM (common access module), which includes the cryptography technology. In the CAM again, the key is to decode in the form of a smart card, providing the subscribed channels.
CI + goes now one step further. After more and more recipients have also a lossless recording using built-in or connected external hard drive, the transmitter, which supposedly running the advertising costs, trying to regain control of their program.
The station, whose CI +-smart card you subscribe to, can now determine whether the program, for example, encrypted lands on the hard disk and whether can be recorded at all. Now popular instant viewing using the TIMESHIFT function the transmitter can even limit, how large the offset should be, and he can stop even a fast forward and skip the lucrative commercial breaks. For a subscription of HD channels RTL, sat. 1, ProSieben, VOX and cable one you need a CI +-compatible device.