Samsung’s New MU-Series 4K UHD TVs Offer Impressive Performance and HDR
Stephan Jukic – April 8, 2017
First came Samsung’s 2017 QLED 4K HDR premium TV lineup, which consisted of the brand’s replacements for the downright excellent 2016 SUHD TV KS-Series lineup and now the 4K TV market leader has released their replacements for 2016’s mid-range KU-Series 4K HDR TVs. These are Samsung’s new MU-Series models.
The new MU-Series models however take things up a notch from the 2016 KU-Series models and despite being Samsung’s 2017 “mid-range” 4K televisions, some of them offer a slightly dimmer version of what you could get with a 2016 SUHD TV. Yes, that’s right, many of the 2017 MU-Series models come loaded with more premium features than their 2016 cousins and are much more like last year’s SUHD televisions such as the KS8000 than the 2016 KU-Series models like as the KU7000.
We say this because first, we’re in the process of reviewing one, the MU8000 and can already state that it is a remarkably robust display performer and secondly, based on what we’ve so far found from our own examination, we can vouch for the presence of features like superb motion handling, judder-free 24p content playback and local dimming in the MU TV. None of these technologies was present in any of the 2016 KU-Series 4K HDR models.
Overall, many of the new MU sets offer superior HDR performance and generally better display features while costing much less than their premium QLED TV cousins and only in terms of their peak brightness are they more like mid-range 4K HDR TVs since they deliver peak brightness in the 500 – 1000 nit range, as opposed to the 1400+ nits of the 2016 SUHD KS-Series HDR models.
That said, there are several different MU-Series 4K HDR TVs now being released by Samsung and their specs will vary depending on price and quality. Thus, while the priciest MU-8000 and MU-9000 models are powerfully decked out home theater choices, their MU7000 and MU6300 versions will offer a smaller range of premium features and weaker HDR performance. Samsung has also released curved versions of some of the MU-Series models from the 7000 upwards. These are the MU7500, MU8500 and MU9500 curved models. As was the case with the 2016 curved KU-Series versions of the KU7000 and KU6300, we’re expecting no internal display performance differences between curved and flat TVs despite notably higher prices in the curved models.
Other options in the series also vary by model type. Thus, the cheapest MU6300 comes only with Samsung Smart TV interface technology and a Smart Remote Control while the top-end MU9000 model includes things like an anti-reflective display surface and higher quality HDR color performance.
Overall, the 2017 MU-Series 4K HDR TVs offer some wonderfully flexible price options with decent to great display performance and full HDR in some of them, for those of you who love Samsung but don’t quite want to spend the kind of money that a QLED TV costs.
Here is a breakdown of all available models and prices so far:
- MU9000: 55 and 65 inch models: $1,999.99, $2,699.99
- MU8500: 55 and 65 inch models: $1,699.99, $2,199.99
- MU8000: 49, 55, 65, and 75 inch models: $1,199.99, $1,499.99, $2,199.99, $3,799.99
- MU7500: 49, 55, 65 inch models: $999.99, $1,299.99, $1,899.99
- MU7000: 40, 49, 55, 65 inch models: $699.99, $799.99, $1,099.99, $1,699.99
- MU6300: 43, 50, 55, 65 inch models: $599.99, $749.99, $799.99, $1,299.99 (40 inch model of MU6300 also coming but no pricing yet available.
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