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Samsung DVD-V8500 DVD/VCR Combo

by Samsung

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  • Space-saving, multiformat DVD/VCR combo; measures 18 x 3 x 9.4 inches (WxHxD)
  • Plays DVD movie, CD audio, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, and JPEG
  • Multiformat memory card reader, compatibility includes Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Compact Flash, and more
  • Connections: 2 composite inputs, 1 composite output, 1 S-Video output
  • Optical and coaxial digital audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound
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Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight7.5 pounds
Product Dimensions18 x 9.4 x 3 inches
Item model numberDVD-V8500
  
Additional Information
ASINB0009A2L4Y
Best Sellers Rank #153,369 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 28, 2005
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: DVD-V8500
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Video Head Quantity: 4
  • Video Tape Playback Speed: EP, SP
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Product Description

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The Samsung DVD-V8500 combo unit lets you enjoy both your VHS and DVD libraries with one component. The hi-fi VCR offers MTS decoding, four video heads, three VHS recording settings (SP, SLP, and auto), auto tracking adjustment, and quasi S-VHS playback. The DVD-V8500 also offers a wide spectrum of playback formats, including DVD movie, CD audio, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, and JPEG. Additionally, you can view photos directly from your digital camera's memory card with the multi-format card slot on the front of the unit, which is compatible with Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, SmartMedia, Multimedia Card, Secure Digital (SD), CompactFlash, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, and miniSD. It also includes front-panel AV inputs, enabling you to connect a digital video camcorder for easy recording to VHS tape.

The DVD-V8500 also offers 10-bit 54-MHz DAC for high-quality video recording and playback. It provides optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for Dolby Digital and DTS multi-channel surround sound, as well as a selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs via the component video output (480i/480p for DVD only). It also offers the following video connections:

  • Composite AV (RCA) In: 2
  • Composite AV (RCA) Out: 1
  • S-Video Out: 1
  • RF: input and output (tuner pass through only)

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR combo, remote control (with batteries), power cable, AV cable, printed operating instructions

Product Description

Enjoy your entire film collection—both VHS tapes and DVDs—with Samsung's DVD-V8500. This slim combo component treats you to the sharp picture and clean sound of progressive scan DVD plus the recording and playback conveniences of VHS. View digital pictures via a front-panel memory card slot that handles 10 different formats: Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Smart Media, Multi Media, Secure Digital Card, Compact Flash, Micro Drive, XD Picture Card, Mini SD and Memory Stick Duo. Connection outputs include coaxial digital, L/R stereo, composite video, component video out and S-video out. Includes cables, remote control and user's guide. Imported. 3Hx18Wx9-2/5D".

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Customer Reviews

Installation was easy.
J. Flick
With the third unit, I have to load & reload, jiggle the DVD in the holder, & turn the power off & on, to get it to sometimes work.
wrbtu
I recommend not buying this trash.
Abhishek Shrivastava

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By J. Flick on July 13, 2005
I was looking for a good DVD player, but am still holding on to the VCR idea and love my tape collection. I know for the hardcore DVD viewer, this would not be considered, but was great for me. The instruction manual is easy to use. Installation was easy. However, in order to hook it up to an HDTV, you need an extra set of cables (not included). The remote is easy to use. I am unable to set this up to my cable remote, as the codes I entered did not work. No big deal, the Samsung remote is easy to use. I would recommend this model to anyone buying a VCR/DVD combo.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr Triscuit on October 28, 2005
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I thought my unit was broken when I first

hooked it up, because switched to VCR it still

showed the "blue greeter" screen for DVD. I

heard somebody else had this experience with

the S-Video, so I tried Composite Video

(yellow RCA) - same story. Only when I

hooked up the RF-out jack (yuck!) could I

see the VCR video. Oddly, I could hear

the audio on Line-Out, I just couldn't use

either of the Video jacks for Line-Out. I

thought my unit might be broken, so I

called their customer support.

After hanging up on me several times, they

eventually said you can only view the VCR

on RF-out. Since I have Tivo, I don't need

to hook up my Cable to the VCR - I just want

to watch tapes. So my cable is already

hooked up to my TV/Tivo. I could hook up

the RF-out to a 2nd RF-in on my TV, but who

wants to switch back and forth between

RF-in jacks on my TV, and maybe leave it

in the wrong state and mess up a Tivo

recording? Time to send it back. Note the

User manual mentions nothing of this. It

makes it sound like S-Video should work for

everything.

I'm still not certain my unit isn't simply broken or

misconfigured. Why would Line Out switch the Audio

if it can't supply the video?

But their Tech Support won't listen or help, and tells me this

is how it's supposed to work. Sheesh.

If somebody has a different experience, please share it, because

if it actually *worked* I'd give this unit 5 stars.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Q. Campbell on September 23, 2005
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The best feature is the ability to plug your memory card in and view all those digital pictures! I have been shopping for a long time, reviewing Consumer Reports, Amazon, Epinions.com, etc. Like many, we have a plethora of old VCR tapes or camcorder tapes that need a VC player. Setup is easy, batteries for the remote included and color coded cables too. You may want to pick up a S cable. Codes are included to make this remote work on your TV. In our setup we have a cable tv, dvd recorder and now this beauty!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dark Helmet on February 2, 2006
My parents bought this combo unit, and I have gotten a chance to use it fairly extensively. I wanted to use it to transfer some old VHS tapes into the computer, so they let me borrow it for a week. I already have a DVD player, so I mostly concentrated on the VCR functionality. It did appear to play DVDs just fine, and I watched one or two without incident. I went out and purchased a Turtle Beach Video Advantage PCI so I could do the data transfer into the computer, and hooked everything up last night. Before this I watched some of the tapes to see what the quality was like and if I should bother with trying to back up that particular tape. Here are my thoughts on the unit:

Pausing and unpausing takes too long. It cuts the sound as soon as you hit pause on the remote, but it actually takes a few seconds to start pausing the playback. This means that whenever you pause, you miss three or four seconds of audio, and the only way to hear it is to rewind the tape a bit.

Furthermore, there is no slow fast forward/rewind. You can't pause it and then back up slowly to the point where the audio cut out, you have to do it as a normal rewind, which is approximately the speed of light. It's easy to overshoot and end up watching a minute or more of commercials or stuff you've already seen.

The auto tracking function is good, and I was amazed at the quality of the playbacks on most of the tapes, all of which were recorded off TV from the late 80s to mid 90s. However, there's a tracking bar that appears on the screen when you first put in the tape, and it usually takes several seconds to find the best track.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jose S. Gomez on September 12, 2005
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I love my combination vcr and dvd. I have many old vcr tapes which I enjoy watching and now I have many dvd's recently purchased. The combination vcr/dvd makes it easier to enjoy all my movies. It's features are excellent. I recommend it highly.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JC on August 24, 2005
This unit does the job perfectly. It has advanced features that are usually found in higher priced players. The picture and sound quality is excellent, especially when connecting with the 3 component video system. I would definitely recommend this unit!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Wu on January 3, 2006
We had initially purchased an open-box Samsung (different model) from BestBuy - but the power button on the remote wouldn't turn the unit on or off. So I returned the unit to BestBuy and purchased this unit online.

Very pleased with the performance - remote control layout is not that intuitive, and, guess what - after a few months, the power button has stopped working on this unit, too. Don't know if it's the remote not working, or the unit refusing to recognize the power on/off commands, but now I find myself being lazy and leaving the DVD player turned on, which I'm sure won't be great for the lifetime of the unit.

Otherwise, pretty pleased with it.
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CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission’s digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.