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A Review of the Samsung JS8500 SUHD 4K Ultra HD LED 3D TV Series (2015 Flat Screen Model) – UN48JS8500, UN55JS8500, UN65JS8500

by on June 10, 2015
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Overview

Samsung has been one of the top manufacturers of 4K TVs since they came into existence and their 2015 lineup of new TVs is not only no exception, it goes beyond even the quality of 2014’s 4K TVs to deliver a newly defined ultra HD viewing experience.

This applies particularly to the new Samsung SUHD 4K TVs and the JS8500 4K Ultra HD LED 3D TV Series ranks among these new models. The JS8500 line is in many ways the same as its more expensive and more feature loaded JS9500 cousins, which we’ve also reviewed here. However, because of its more economical price it lacks a few details such as full HDR-readiness, a higher Clear Motion Rate, full-array LED backlighting and a webcam. Furthermore, the maximum brightness of its LEDs is less than that of the JS9500.

Nonetheless, this is one heck of a fantastic 2015 4K TV and despite these moderate downgrades from the JS9500, the JS8500 line offers a robust package of awesome specs and new color technologies.

The Good

While the JS8500 lacks the full-array LED lighting of its pricier cousin the JS9500, the edge-lit array available here is nonetheless made up of the brightest LEDs on the market and this does plenty to compensate in terms of luminance. Thus, what you still get is an excellent level of picture brightness that’s augmented further still by quantum dot nano-crystal technology.

This brings us to the second excellent feature of the JS8500 series, their quantum dots. These, consisting of a fine layer of molecular particles of different shapes layered into the screen, create a range of color vibrancy that absolutely permeates the screen and delivers color saturation of a far more varied, brilliant and realistic type. Combined with the brightness of Samsung’s own LEDs, the Nano-Crystals of the JS8500 and all other SUHD TVs are one of the key features that really make these models stand out among even other highly advanced competitor products like LG’s OLED 4K TVs.

Aside from this, there is also the high dynamic range of the SUHD line, which comes included with the JS8500. While the overall brilliance of this particular model line is definitely inferior to that of the JS9500, it’s still more than enough for almost any user and contributes brilliantly to better contrast levels.

Finally, there is Samsung’s proprietary HD to UHD upscaling engine, as one of the best on the entire market (possibly beaten only by Sony), it turns any SD HD or Full HD content you view on the JS8500 TVs into something that definitely looks much better.


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The bad

As far as bad aspects of the JS8500 go, there really aren’t any that we could call glaring. This is a genuinely superb 4K TV line that will leave anyone satisfied.

The TVs only defect is the fact that they’re not as good as their more expensive JS9500 cousins. Thus, with the JS8500, Samsung hasn’t included some of the peak luminance that their better models have, contrast levels are also consequently a bit weaker than those of SUHD models with full-array LED backlighting.

Finally, most annoying of all is the fact that full-array LED backlighting is still being installed only as a luxury feature. Given that even Vizio’s highly affordable 4K TVs include full-array backlighting in all their versions, there’s no reason Samsung couldn’t have installed this excellent feature in its JS8500 line just like it did in the more expensive JS9500 SUHD 4K TVs.

Final Thoughts

If you want the awesome visual qualities and superb technological advancements of the Samsung SUHD line without forking over a very big chunk of change for the top models available for these TVs, then the JS8500 SUHD TVs, in their 55 - UN55JS8500, 65 - UN65JS8500 and 48 inch UN48JS8500 models, are an excellent choice. They offer the overwhelming majority of their more expensive cousins’ features while costing much less.

Specs

Screen size: 48 inch - UN48JS8500 , 55 inch - UN55JS8500, and 65 diagonal inches - UN65JS8500.
Smart TV: Yes
HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
HD to UHD upscaling: Yes, Samsung UHD upscaling
HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
Refresh Rate: 240 CMR (120Hz native refresh)
Screen Lighting: edge-lit LED backlighting
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes WiFi, Blue Tooth, NFC and Ethernet port
Remotes: Samsung Smart Control (TM1560B)
Connectivity: 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0, component, Digital Audio out, Composite, Ethernet
Native Contrast Ratio: 3561 : 1/ black level: 0.029 cd/m2 / white level: 106.2 cd/m2
Audio: Dolby MS11 40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2) Front Firing (2.2CH) with DTS Premium Sound 5.1
55” model weight with/without stand: 41.9 lbs/47 lbs
Dimensions 55” model: with stand: 49.1" x 30" x 9.1", TV without stand: 49.1" x 28.1" x 1.2"
Processor: Quad-Core processor


Highlights

The Samsung JS8500 comes with many of the same highlight features that we had earlier covered for the JS9500 series.

To start off, this line of TVs offer dynamic range augmentation of a slightly limited sort. This means that while you don’t get the full HDR-readiness like that of Peak Illuminator Ultimate found in the JS9500 SUHD line, you still get some great dynamic range performance thanks to the JS8500’s Peak Illuminator Pro, brightness enhancing technology.

Unlike 4K resolution, which often isn’t visible unless you’re seeing it on a truly large 80+ inch screen, HDR is something anyone with normal eyesight can notice immediately at any distance on almost any screen size. This is something the JS8500 SUHD TVs are modestly aiming for through technologies like Peak Illuminator Pro and Precision Black augmentation, both of which work together to deliver both heightened brightness in illuminated areas and maximal dimness in dark spots. Of course, the LG OLED TVs beat any Samsung TV when it comes to delivering perfect dark but The JS8500 and its SUHD cousins easily give LG a run for its money as far as overall brilliance goes.

Then there are the quantum nano-crystals that have been built into the JS8500 line. These are Samsung’s version of quantum dot technology and go by the name of Nano Crystal Color. What they do is create special light filtration layer of tiny molecular nano-crystals of assorted shapes, which go between the LEDS/LCDs and the outer display glass of the TV screen. As light from the LEDs passes through this nano-crystal layer, it gets dispersed in ways that enhance its overall vibrancy and add a much wider variation to the colors on the screen itself.

The overall effect of this is a color experience that’s more refined, cleaner and more realistic than what you’d see in any normal UHD LCD LED TV display. The quantum dots enhance performance on color by at least 10% and this makes a difference in visual appeal.

Finally --and this is another crucial highlight of all the 2015 SUHD TVs-- there is the new Tizen operating system that is currently only available to the assorted SUHD lines of TVs.

Tizen is definitely more responsive, faster and more intuitive than any previous Samsung OS and it definitely beats many competitor Smart TV OS platforms that currently exist on the market. The Tizen redevelopment is Samsung’s version of an industry wide trend in redesigning 4K TV Smart TV platforms and OS systems across the board. Sony has done the same with the addition of an Android TV platform from Google and Panasonic is doing its version of the same with their new Firefox-for-TV OS.

In Samsung’s case, they’ve definitely gotten their Tizen OS down right and the response time of on-screen commands is downright impressive. Furthermore, aside from faster speed, the TV remembers where you left off in a previously running program, thus saving you the hassle of fast-forwarding as used to be the case with the Samsung OS of last year’s models.

Furthermore, the Smart Hub that comes as part of the Tizen OS has been redesigned with a new menu for easier organization programs and web apps


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Visual Specs

We’ve already covered a number of the JS8500 line’s visual features above in our descriptions of the TV’s quantum nano-crystal technology and LED illumination but to go into a bit of further detail, the three main specs that make the JS8500 such an effective TV consist of: quantum dot color enhancement that has been further augmented by a new color palette expanding system known as DCI P3, powerful Samsung LEDs that make even the edge-lit backlight of the TV work wonderfully at creating luminance in the screen and Samsung’s edge-lit dimming technology which the company calls “UHD Dimming”.

Of these three key visual specs, the quantum dots/DCI P3 system are really the core of the SUHD models quality. DCI P3 starts things off by expanding the overall range of colors that the TVs pixels can create and these colors are further enhanced by the light dispersal technology inherent inside the quantum nano-crystal film layer inside the TV screen. Samsung claims this results in 20 to 30% more color gamut but visually, it might be a little less, more like 10 to 20%.

Next up, the LED lighting of the TV: While the edge-lit array on the JS8500 definitely doesn’t compare to the kind of luminance you’d get with one of the JS9500 full-array TVs or a new Sony Full-array Bravia model from their 2015 4K TV line, Samsung’s LEDs are exceptionally bright and what you do get with this TV is more than enough for any normal contrast enhancement and luminance needs. They even beat possibly beat LG’s OLED TVs in terms of visible on-screen brightness.

Finally, the UHD dimming technology of the edge-lit JS8500 makes the best of the fact that these TVs lack full-array backlighting. While it certainly doesn’t compare to the exceptional contrast generated by full-array local micro dimming, it does still create a very good overall level of contrast.

Connectivity

As far as connectivity goes, Samsung makes sure to offer the whole nine yards of future-proofing and essential technologies to all of its newer 4K TVs (and they even give older 4K models modernized connection options thanks to the replaceable OneConnect box).

This means that the JS8500, as one of the main Samsung 4K TV lines of 2015, is more than ready with everything you need to enjoy full web access and access to all possible sources of 4K UHD and other content.

The TV comes with full HEVC and VP9 compression codec compatibility and its HDMI 2.0 ports, of which there are 4, are built with HDCP 2.2 content copy protection in them. The compression codecs mean that your JS8500 will be fully compatible with 4K video streams from Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant video and just about any other source that emerges. And as for the HDCP 2.2 compatibility, it means full functionality with 4K content that comes from any of the VOD set-top boxes on sale today, including Sony’s 4K media player and its library of hundreds of hours of ultra HD content.

Furthermore, Samsung’s Tizen OS offers the Smart Hub smart TV menu which gives you access to web browsing, thousands of online apps and all sorts of non-4K media sources.

Pricing

The price of the Samsung JS8500 line of 4K TVs varies by screen size, but all are more affordable than their JS9500 counterparts, by thousands of dollars. The 55-inch UN55JS8500 is retailing on Amazon for $1,797.99 while the 48 inch UN48JS8500 and 65 inch UN65JS8500 models are selling for $1,497.99 and $2,497.99 respectively.

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Not so Great

As we already said, the JS8500 is a fantastic 4K TV for its price range from such a superb brand. However, to summarize quickly, it does offer the somewhat glaring defect of still only offering edge-lit LED backlighting. As such it offers lower contrast ratios, lower quality backlight dimming precision and less overall vibrancy than what a full-array model would offer.

Positives

• Superb Tizen OS
• Exquisite color thanks to quantum dots
• Full connectivity package
• Great dynamic range

Negatives

• No full-array backlighting

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The Samsung JS8500 doesn't offer the absolute best technologies of the JS9500 SUHD flagship 4K TVs but then again it also costs a couple thousand dollars less. Furthermore, this TV now also offers HDR compatibility and is thus an excellent, relatively affordable model with the best in color gamut technology to boot.

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  • Larry
    November 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Samsung JS8500 or Vizio P-Series?
    I’m stuck between two 4K Televisions: Which is the better purchase, the Samsung JS8500 55”or the Vizio P-Series 55”?

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    • Jay R
      November 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Deciding which one to buy will be up to your intended usage for the television (gaming, watching television, streaming videos through Apps, sports, etc…).

      For example, Vizio’s Clear Action 960 is comparable to Samsung JS8500’s processing, and delivers a similar 240Hz refresh rate that Samsung offers. Vizio’s Spatial Scaling Engine upscales HD and Full HD shows, sports, and gaming into near 4K clarity.

      However, for gaming purposes, Vizio’s P-Series offers an impressive 120 frames per second—The Samsung JS8500 only offers 4K resolution of 60 frames per second and does not support even 1080p resolution at 120 fps for gaming. This is the same for all of Samsung’s televisions and is something to keep in mind if you intend to use the television frequently for gaming.

      If your interests do not include gaming, both models from Samsung and Vizio offer the same maximum 4K resolution and both offer App and Streaming capabilities that allow the user to use common music, television, and movie streaming services easily through the built-in Wi-Fi. Both also allow 4K content from these streaming services/applications. The JS8500 will definitely look more impressive when watching Shows and Movies, mainly because of the Nano-crystal technology. The SUHD line from Samsung is the premium line of 4k TVs and is one of the top performing televisions aside from the expensive OLED’s from LG.

      One major difference that will undoubtedly be under consideration is, of course, the price: the Samsung JS8500 can be up to $500 more expensive than the Vizio P-Series or M-Series. However, for gamers, the frames per second are much more inferior on the Samsung JS8500, and the Vizio P or M Series would be the best purchase.

      Good luck!

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      • Wade
        December 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm

        Eh, console gamers are not getting 120fps at 1080p. They’re lucky to get a steady 60fps at 1080p. If a gamer wants 120fps at 1080p they need a somewhat powerful computer. The refresh rate of the display does nothing for a gamer that does not have a powerful enough graphics card to steadily render 120fps to the 120hz display.

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        • Josh
          February 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm

          It does matter actually. Input lag, motion blur and halos are still a problem for console gaming. This particular set though has a gaming mode that drops some of the picture enhancing features to free up resources to run FPS or fast motion games at a decent framerate.

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      • What2be
        April 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm

        1080p at 120fps??? I think your getting refresh rate confused with fps. The 8500 series have a refresh rate of 240. At 1080P it supports both 24, 30 and 60 hz, there is not a tv that supports 1080p resolution of 120 hz that I am aware of, nor any source material even if there were.

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    • Peter
      March 24, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Now that 2016 models are coming out 2015 models have dropped considerably. The Sony XBR 930c is now the same price as the Samsung 65JS8500….which is the superior set. Watching movies and playing PS4 are priorities. Thanks in advance!

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  • Martin
    December 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    When you say “Finally, most annoying of all is the fact that full-array LED backlighting is still being installed only as a luxury feature” do you mean one could special order this option or are you referring to the 9500. Also, is there a “flat” 9500 (9000) available (or coming)?

    Good review,

    Thanks

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  • Martin
    December 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Also, could you please comment on the differences of the UN55js8500 FXZA model?

    Regards,

    Martin

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 2, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Hi there Martin, the 55 inch model of this TV should be about the same as the 65 inch version and the 48inch version. In some 4K TVs, there are slight feature changes between different sizes but to my recollection, this isn’t the case with the JS8500. This review applies to the 55JS8500 quite effectively.

      As for your second comment: I was referring to the fact that Samsung still only offers Full array backlighting in their very best models while a company like Vizio included the technology in all of their P-Series models, for example. Samsung’s edge-lit backlighting is great because of the quality LED design but it’s still not the same as Full-array and they should start including that in more models aside from their top shelf TVs.
      As for a flat 9500 or 9000. We aren’t aware of one being on the way, though I personally think that curved screens are something of a transient fad and more flat screen models will emerge in 2016. LG has already taken this route to some extent.

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      • Martin
        December 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

        Thank you Steve for your comments – very helpful. You know the CNET people (sorry) are kind of “down” on the JS8500 model while most others agree with your assessment. One point they bring up (as I recall) was the remote control limitations and the “nano crystals” not living up to the claims in terms of color enhancements. Anyway, bad remotes irritate me. Does one end up going with a separate remote with most of these newer TVs anyway? (“All in ones” as they are called I believe.) Finally, is there the “outsourced” screen issue with the JS 8500 – HS01 versus the other lesser (Sharp comes to mind) screen versions or do you automatically get the Samsung made screen on this model? If the screen version is a moving target still – that could account for the various “review” differences – possibly.

        Much appreciated,

        Martin

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        • niall blehein
          June 12, 2016 at 1:13 am

          CNET was down on it because of the RRP. The 48 inch was priced at $2500 at launch.

          I just picked one up for $1100 and I’m very happy with it. Though the ARC implementation is a mess when combined with an AV receiver and Anynet CEC control. Once I ditched the anynet functionality – everything was fine.

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  • Steve
    December 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I shopped the Vizio M-Series and this Samsung JS8500 – both have their merits, but was won over by the Sony 850C’s Triluminous color quality, image quality of the 4K upscaling and the Android TV UI. The bonus was the 850C’s price was in the middle of those two, above the Vizio but less expensive than the Samsung.

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  • Bryan
    December 5, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Hi Stephen: Great review by the way! I just bought the UN55JS8500 and hooked it up last night. I mostly like it. Upgraded Netflix to 4K and watched a couple Blacklist’s in amazing quality.

    The one thing all of us keep saying, and even more so on 720 or 1080 content, is that it looks too real. Almost like it was shot on a camcorder and we are in the same room. Movies need to have a larger than life feel to them rather than a reality show look in my opinion. Is there anything I am not doing to return to that old feel for movies and movie like tv shows? Watching “Catch Me If You Can” was awful since it felt like we were there videotaping it. I hope what I am saying makes sense. Cheers!

    Bryan

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  • Jas
    February 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    How do I set the 4K up scaling? Or is it automatic?

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  • Matt Anderson
    February 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    The JS8500 is HDR capable and ready. The reviewer said it was not which is incorrect.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 2, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Apologies for the oversight and thanks for pointing this out Matt. The review was originally written before the JS8500 received its HDR update, which was later in 2015, it has been edited to reflect this now.

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  • Eddie
    March 7, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Hi Stephen,

    I live in a big studio and want a big TV for mostly movie/sports watching and maybe a little gaming when my nephews come by.

    Which would you recommend? The Samsung UN65JS8500 or LG 55EF9500. (65EF9500 out of my price range)
    I currently have a Vizio 47″ XVT473SV.

    thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Hi there Eddie, without a doubt I’d recommend that you go for a model like the 65EF9500 if the high price doesn’t bother you. For movies, sports and in terms of virtually all display performance specs, 4K OLED TVs and the EF9500 in particular offer the best picture quality you’ll get your hands on for your dollars spent. Furthermore, the EF9500 in particular doesn’t come with the (in our view) rather pointless curved panel design of older 2015 OLED 4K TVs, so you can more easily mount it if you like and enjoy better viewing angles as well.

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  • Matt
    March 15, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I’m trying to decide between the 48″ J8500 (UN48JS8500FXZA) and a 55″ J7000 (UN55JS7000FXZA). Price is about the same. Either screen size works for my space.

    Our normal watching is television via DirecTV, We also watch a lot via Roku: Amazon streaming, Disney Jr, Youtube. We sometimes watch movies via Blu-Ray but not that much and we don’t game. Not much for streaming PPV either and no 3D.

    From reading the two reviews, the pros / cons that are pertinent:
    J8500: HDR ready, 120Hz native (240 motion) but no full back lit array.
    J7000: Full backlit array, only 60Hz (motion 120) and no HDR.

    I’m leaning toward the J7000 because of the full back lit array but which would you recommend. The only DirecTV content impacted by 120Hz would be their PPV (1080p24fps) which is rare for us. Most content I’ve seen via the Roku streaming is also not 1080p24fps. HDR ready, though, would be a plus.

    Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 15, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Hi there Matt. I’m of two minds with the choices you present. Taking aside HDR for a moment, I’d absolutely say just go for the JS7000 with its larger screen if you don’t find it problematic for your particular content needs. It’s a solid TV, it delivers essentially the same smart TV functionality as the JS8500 and those extra inches along with Samsung’s Full array LED technology definitely count for some extra value.

      On the other hand, more content is coming out in HDR all the time and this trend will absolutely grow rapidly with 4K video sources, so the (somewhat limited) HDR capacity of the JS8500 is a definite bonus in that regard and will give you a taste of this definitely visible and superior new video quality technology. However you will be perfectly able to enjoy HDR 4K –just without HDR functionality– on your JS7000.

      All things considered, I’d argue that you should perhaps go for the JS7000. The HDR of the JS8500 is great but it’s not up to UHD Premium standards anyhow (minimum of 1100 nits for LCD TVs) so the benefits the JS7000 offers are a good bonus and down the road, you could possibly get a superior and more affordable “UHD Premium” type HDR TV once the selection of 4K entertainment with high dynamic range has really filled out.

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      • niall blehein
        May 24, 2016 at 1:21 am

        I’d add to this that the physical build quality of the 7000 is pretty poor and the contrast ratio is far inferior to the 8500.

        I got a 7000 and returned it the same day because it felt so flimsy to me.

        Of the 2016 model ranges I’ve handled – the Vizio P series feels the most solid. Its a consideration if you’re having it shipped to you.

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  • muhammmed raashid
    March 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

    why is it heating too much

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  • Peter
    March 24, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Sony XBR 930c vs Samsung 65 JS 8500….which is superior. At Best Buy they are both selling at $2499. I watch a lot of movies, Netflix and play my PS4 daily. My room is fairly bright in the day. Which set would suit me better. Watching the sets with their 4k demo loop running makes them look extremely similar. Help!

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  • @VerySadConsumer
    April 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I purchased the UN65JU7100FXZA in July 2015 (I spent over $2,000 on this TV, and it is the most expensive consumer product I have ever purchased). From the moment I purchased the TV I noticed a very big problem with the screen. Specifically, there has been, and still is, a distinct vertical line going straight down the screen roughly 1/3 of the length of the screen from the right, with discoloration and backlighting issues on that right side (Check it out, easily visible even when taking a photo of the screen – http://sumsungsucks.imgur.com/all/ . This defect is obvious to anyone watching the TV, and you can’t even imagine how bothersome and disturbing this unevenness is to a viewer!

    I reached out to Samsung roughly a month after purchasing the unit, which is where my nightmare began. Since then, I’ve called multiple times, talked to various people and departments, had several repairs scheduled, taken my TV off the wall more than once, missed work, and endured much frustration – all for NOTHING!

    To this day, Samsung outright REFUSES to address the problem with the TV! In fact, the pictures you see in this review and the issues that I am describing herein are all deemed by Samsung to be “within specification” of their TV. Meaning, they consider this type of picture to be NORMAL! If I knew this was “normal” for Samsung TVs you better believe I would have NEVER paid THOUSANDS of dollars for it!!

    Making matters worse, even after sending a technician to my home, who verbalized to me AND to the Samsung rep on the phone that he has “never seen a problem like this before,” Samsung outright REFUSED to approve the repair! I took time off work and the technician showed up at my home with a huge 65″ replacement screen, and Samsung STILL would not even trust the technician’s professional observations, investigation and judgment! They simply deemed the issue “within spec,” closed the repair ticket, and the tech left without doing ANYTHING! What’s the point of even having a warranty if Samsung refuses to even acknowledge the problem??!!!

    So, if you value your MONEY, your PRIDE and your SANITY, PLEASE avoid this unit. Better yet, avoid Samsung altogether (unless you like spending thousands of dollars on TVs where 1/3 of the screen is a different color/lighting/shade than the other, because apparently that’s “normal.”)

    Samsung’s deceptive practices, sham repair process, worthless warranty and defective product is not worth your time and money! I hope you heed this warning. I just wish someone warned me nearly a year ago… BUYER BEWARE!

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  • Ken
    May 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Need an opinion. One poster said the Sony 930C is now the same price as the JS8500. this is true. but the Sony 930C is no longer available within a 300 mile radius of me. that said, i came across a “floor model” today and got the price down to $1,539. plus $40 for a remote and of course, the glasses. the JS8500 is at $1,999. who would take the floor model at $1,600 (orig. 3,999)???

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Hey there Ken, for starters, make sure the floor model is well covered by any possible warranties. It hasn’t been packaged in a box and the handling and exposure to the public definitely could have affected performance in some minor way or another. Or not ut the precaution is worth bearing in mind. That said, the X930C is definitely the better of the two TVs. It offers stunning color performance, superior black levels and black uniformity and delivers a higher caliber of contrast. Furthermore, it’s the better 4K TV for motion control, motion interpolation and judder control as well. Aside from all these benefits, the X930C came with the best built-in sound of 2015 and the quality of its speakers is still probably the best you’ll find even among 2016 4K LCD TVs. So by buying that model, you’ll save a nice chunk of change in not having to get an external sound system if you don’t want to.

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  • PeyMoon
    June 18, 2016 at 12:04 am

    hi..thanks for your efforts for making reviews..im a emloyee that earn 700$ per month so money is a crucial matter to me.in here i can buy these tvs at these prices.samsung ju7100:1370$ (18 month guarantee)..js8500(in here there is js8000 and js8500 is a curved one!but i think 8500 is 8000 here!): 1915$(18 month guarantee)..and sony x850(8500) c : 1715$ (without any guarantee)..which one do u prefer and choose for me?
    i use tv as PC monitor and watch movies through HDMI on Tv..so thats 24p 60i/p and i heard samsung tvs have judder in playing that format..i use tv just for this purpose not even seeing network based programs or youtube and netflix and i dont have any bluray stuff.i just want play mkv movies on pc and watch them on tv.thats all.so i need very good picture..can u plz help me..im really confused…

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 20, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Hello there PeyMoon, To keep this simple, for top notch picture quality, go for the Samsung JS8500. of the 2015 SUUHD TVs from Samsung it had the best combination of high picture quality and price. It also offers good judder control and works well as both a PC monitor and a TV for playing PC and console games, with a not too bad input lag. Don’t worry about the other TVs you mentioned, I’d strongly recommend this model more than them in your case.

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      • PeyMoon
        June 23, 2016 at 6:43 am

        so many thanks for your replay and time.im so honored.I asked about this js8000 that samsung produce in my country specially for our country (samsung 8980) and i asked a question in neighborhood site:Do you have any info on JS8000 ? Would you anticipate about the same as JS 8500 but flat ? Was about to spring for JU7100 but now thinking I should wait for JS8000. Any help appreciated.
        answer:You can find the JS8000 specs here(http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/UN60JS8000FXZA). It is mostly a change in design compared to the JS8500. A few notable changes are the smaller speakers, thicker frame and no 3D. It’s price is still significantly higher than the JU7100 so the small benefits of it’s picture quality aren’t that much worth it.
        people says these assembled samsungs have poor quality and need to be repaired a lot.thats why im so confused to choose between sony and this js8000.im really ashamed that im taking too much time of yours.i really appreciate it.

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        • niall blehein
          August 20, 2016 at 6:55 pm

          Hey there

          I ordered a Samsug JS7000 and it arrived from amazon with a badly cracked panel. The housing was entirely plastic. So I def paid the price for trying to cut corners,

          Once Amazon gave me my refund (they really were great) I ordered a JS8500 instead. The difference in physical quality is enormous. The frame is metal and the plastic housings at the back are MUCH more solid. It got dropped more than once before I had completed my full install and it survived in perfect condition. Of course this is only a single experience so keep that in mind 🙂

          Basically if you’re getting a TV shipped (read – kicked around by UPS) to you, go for one with a metal frame and be aware of how its being packaged for shipping. I also though the new Vizio P series is very solid feeling and well put together. But their lower models are not.

          BTW the mew KS8000 is brighter and has a better contrast ratio. But no 3D.

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  • Philip
    June 25, 2016 at 8:40 am

    So I am trying to decide between the 65 inch js8500 or KDL-65X830B. Would be for the living room 7-9ft viewing distance moderate lighting but i can shut the blinds for a good dark room. Would be watching Netflix, playing some ps4, and streaming YouTube and sports.

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  • Paul Lowe
    September 3, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Bad experience with js8000, told by PC World fully HDR, and with Samsung review yet they forgot to mention that Netflix will not work in HDR due to wrong revision of 4.1. The KS TV’s have the 4.2 revision. Bought the TV for Netflix HDR but can not watch it in HDR. Samsung new about the this issue but did not inform the retailers, they say they never said the TV’s could receive HDR in Netflix, but they should have been honest about the revision issue. Samsung suggest I buy their new blue ray player and connect to the HML HDMI port to receive Netflix in HDR. When I checked the review it turns out that that can not receive Netflix HDR! They also suggest I buy a new KS TV then I can watch Netflix HDR. I think I have been miss sold, and there are consumer laws saying that they can not do that. I have been in an 4 month email battle with them, all they say is sorry. Also one would expect a premium TV to be able to decode or pass through by bitstream dolby+, dolby atmos, DTS-HD through the USB, but you just either get no sound or unable to play file. I can play all these using a laptop and classic media player.
    Leaves a bit of a sour taste when you spend a lot of money. They are quick to say how good but should let you know of limitations when they know of them.

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