Samsung’s new SUHD TVs offer spectacular 4K entertainment options at assorted prices
Stephan Jukic – April 7, 2015
The technological innovations in 4K TV land just keep getting more interesting and after a hard, long race in figuring out who can come up with the best 4K UHD TV of the bunch for 2015, it seems that South Korean tech giant Samsung has taken the cake.
The competition has been stiff from some also superb competitor TVs like LG’s 2015 OLED 4K TVs Panasonic’s CX850U line of TVs and Sony’s 2015 Bravia TVs to a lesser extent but in the end, we think we can say that Samsung’s new SUHD line of TVs, particularly the JS9500 series, gives every other TV on sale a run for its money.
While LG may still have OLED completely in its pocket, with its unbeatable dark shades, Samsung still manages to outshine in a number of other ways with its SUHD line thanks to full HDR compability and the added color vibrancy enhancing feature of Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology.
Furthermore, the SUHD line of TVs offers one of the best examples of a considerable transformation in smart TV platforms, content delivery technology and how content looks on a TV screen. In addition to all these features, the SUHD TVs that Samsung has released are visually stunning in a very elegant, sleek way that’s already quite distinct from the appearance of most 2013 and even some 2014 ultra HD TV models.
Launched just a few days ago at the very beginning of April, the Samsung SUHD series of TVs run on a new Tizen-based open source operating system that’s one of a kind and one of the first examples of an open source OS to be used in a 4K TV (along with Panasonic’s Firefox OS).
The SUHD’s quantum dot technology is a remarkable new feature as well. Samsung is one of the pioneers of making this aspect of 4K TVs possible in a practical way and the result is nothing short of stunning. Colors are produced with vibrant vividness that could almost be said to outclass the much more expensive OLED of LG’s TVs. The reason for the much more affordable pricing that goes with quantum dots is that, unlike OLED, installing them doesn’t require the complete revamping of the TV itself. The screen of tiny semiconducting nano-crystals is just one more thin layer added to the regular LCD panel of the SUHD TV.
Nonetheless, the new SUHD class of TVs and particularly the JS9500, the lineup’s top-shelf flagship model, are not particularly cheap. The incredibly powerful, feature-packed JS9500 is now retailing for just under $6,000 with its 65-inch screen. However, it is as fine a 4K TV as you can hope to find so far in 2015 and we’ve done a review of the JS9500 right here.
However, if you still want an SUHD but aren’t quite willing to reach for the JS9500’s top shelf, there are also several much more affordable options in the lineup. These include the 65 inch JS9000, which is nearly as good, features the same quantum dots, HDR and Smart TV connectivity but doesn’t include full-array backlighting, motion control features or a built-in camera. It sells for $1000 less than the JS9500.
Then there are much smaller 48 and 55 inch versions of this same JS9000, both selling for $3500 and $4000 respectively.
Even more affordable models in the large SUHD lineup are available, the most cost-effective of these is the JU6700, with a 4K inch screen and a price of just $1,150. And while it won’t offer the same mind-blowing quality as the JS9500, it still promises to be a powerful piece of HDR-capable 4K technology, on par with Samsung’s usual levels of extremely high quality.
Samsung’s SUHD TVs are just one of the numerous 4K TV lines coming out this year with ever more innovative and powerful features and it’s great to see them all arrive, partly for their own sake and partly because of how they’re also making older 4K TVs much more affordable and HD TVs ridiculously cheap thanks to competitive price decreasing market pressures.
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