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A Review of the Samsung JS9000 4K Ultra HD LED 3D TV Series (2015 Curved Screen Model) – (UN48JS9000, UN55JS9000, UN65JS9000)

by on June 11, 2015
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Overview

Like its higher end cousin the Samsung JS9500 and its budget-oriented cousin the JS8500, the JS9000 is a member of the SUHD line of 2015 4K TVs, Samsung’s flagship televisions for the near future.

Additionally, like its two cousins, this 4K TV offers some of the newest and most revolutionary technologies Samsung has yet emerged with. Most importantly of all, the much vaunted and genuinely impressive quantum dot technology of color enhancing nano-crystals built into the screen and a completely revamped Tizen OS for smart TVs are key features of the JS9000. There is three versions for sale: 48 inches - UN48JS9000, 55 inches - UN55JS9000, and 65 inches - UN65JS9000

On the other hand, this model, like the JS8500 doesn’t come with the Peak Illuminator Ultimate HDR-ready technology of its top-shelf cousin the JS9500. Thus, for those of you who are thinking of buying a Samsung SUHD TV because you want to have a 4K TV that’s ready for the next generation of content with High Dynamic Range, the JS9000 is not your TV of choice. It doesn’t even come with full-array LED backlighting.

The Good

While the nano-crystal quantum dot/DPI P3 color enhancement is the same between the JS9000 and the cheaper JS8500, this particular, and pricier, line of UHD TVs also features additional goodies like a slightly superior Motion Rate 240 refresh rate technology, a Smart TV platform that’s powered by an Octa-Core Processor instead of just the weaker Quad-Core engine of the JS8500 and a full-blown, futureproof One Connect box that gives you access to external connectivity features for all your audio and 4k video needs. Best of all, the One Connect box can be replaced as new connectivity and codec options emerge without having to replace the JS9000 itself.

The single best feature of the JS9000, however, is the one it shares with all of its SUHD cousins. This is the Nano-crystal quantum dot technology. As we’re going to cover more thoroughly under visual specs, a film of light dispersing nano-crystals that augment the color created by the TVs existing LEDs, LCDs and pixels to levels that are definitely more notable in comparison to those of any ordinary 4K TV. Nano Crystal color is at least as good as the Triluminous Display technology of Sony’s 4K TVs, and quite possibly even a superior performer.

Furthermore, and this is another trait that the JS9000 shares with all of its SUHD cousins, there is the addition of a new and revamped Tizen OS, which surrounds the usual Smasung Smart Hub smart TV platform. With much faster and more refined search/usability features, the Tizen OS is a definite improvement from the OS of last year’s Samsung 4K TVs.


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The bad

The JS9000, like the rest of its SUHD cousins, is one absolutely fantastic and highly advanced 4K UHD TV. However, relative to higher end models in the same line, it does have a couple of notable “defects”.

Most glaring of all is the lack of full-array LED backlighting. This crucial feature of HDR-compatibility and much more precise local dimming for sharper dark levels has been reserved strictly for the more expensive JS9500 and it’s a shame that Samsung couldn’t at least include it in the still pricey JS9000. Even Vizio managed to install high quality full array backlighting in its ridiculously affordable 4K TVs and Samsung could certainly manage the same, even if they don’t also decide to offer HDR-readiness via their Peak Illuminator Ultimate technology that the JS9500 has.

Finally, there is also the curved screen design.. While it certainly looks nice and doesn’t take anything away from the TV’s overall quality, it’s also hardly the “immersive experience” that Samsung likes to make it out to be. In fact, it’s more of a gimmick than anything, especially on a TV screen that’s not more than 80 inches across. Worst of all, we suspect that it’s at least partly responsible for a higher retail price, and needlessly so.

Final Thoughts

Make no mistake about it, the JS9000 series of 4K UHD TVs is nothing short of superb. Despite their minor deficiencies in comparison to their more expensive counterparts in the SUHD lineup, these 4K models are some of the best home entertainment systems on sale today from any brand and the color gamut they offer is nothing less than exquisite.

Specs

Screen size: 48-inch UN48JS9000, 55-inch UN55JS9000, and 65 diagonal inches UN65JS9000
Smart TV: Yes (Tizen OS with Samsung Smart Hub)
HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
HD to UHD upscaling: Yes, Samsung UHD upscaling
HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
Refresh Rate: 240 CMR (Effective)
Screen Lighting: edge-lit LED backlighting
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels 4k 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
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Over 1 million
Audio: Dolby MS11 60W (20W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2) Front Firing (4.2CH) 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: Octa-Core processor


Highlights

The most interesting and “revolutionary” characteristic of the JS9000 is the Nano-Crystal color augmentation technology it shares with its other SUHD cousins. This has been developed thanks to the quantum dot research that Samsung has been busy with for at least a few years now and the results have paid off beautifully. The company first built a superior color spectrum technology into their TV pixels.

This, known as DCI P3, basically enhances the ordinary color palette released by the TV pixels as they pass LED light through them. And then to top this improvement up even further, the light from the JS9000’s LEDs is also passed through an extremely thin film that’s covered with molecule-sized semiconducting nano-crystals that generate different colors as light passes through them, depending on the specific shape of each crystal. The overall effect is an even further broadening of the color palette. On the screen, this translates to color gamut, vibrancy and saturation that create spectacular depth and realism of a kind no normal LED/LCD 4K TV can match.

Then there is the Tizen OS that has been built into all of Samsung’s SUHD TVs for 2015. This newly revamped and optimized operating system is not only much faster and more intuitive than previous versions, it’s also great in how it lets you save off programs or movies at a certain point and come back to watch them from there again, later without having to fast forward.

Things are helped along even more by features like voice search and Samsung’s proprietary S-Recommendation engine, which learns to follow your viewing and browsing preferences for better search recommendations in the future. Furthermore, the Tizen OS features the Samsung Smart Hub with its streamlined access to thousands of web apps and full internet browsing functionality.

Another highlight we need to mention is the enhanced contrast ratio of the SUHD TVs. The absolute best of this is found only in the JS9500, which features full-array LED backlighting and a brightness technology called Peak Illuminator ULTIMATE. These two combined are largely what give this top TV in the SUH line its HDR-readiness for the next generation of 4K content.

The JS9000 unfortunately doesn’t have this same technology but it does still offer better than average dynamic range thanks to a mix of particularly strong edge-lit LED lighting and very solid dimming technology for dark spots on the screen. The two are going to be described in more detail below but suffice to say that they do create a contrast ratio which is more than great for most viewer’s eyes, as described in the image below, comparing ordinary dynamic range, Peak Illuminator Pro and Peak Illuminator Ultimate.


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Visual Specs

The visual specs on this particular Samsung line of SUHD TVs are definitely impressive. Not as good as the best of the SUHD TVs but for this price, you still get your hands on one of the best 4K displays available today. The JS9000 easily competes with the latest mid-level 4K TVs from Sony and even LG in certain ways. While no, it’s not as good at creating contrast as LG’s OLED TVs it definitely gives them a hard run for their money in terms of color gamut and brightness.

While the JS9000 line doesn’t offer full-array LED lighting and thus isn’t fully HDR capable like its more expensive 9500 counterpart, Samsung’s LED technology is exceptionally luminous and even the edge-lit LED array on this TV gives you some excellent brilliance in the form of its Peak Illuminator PRO light enhancement technology.

Furthermore, what Samsung calls UHD dimming provides for the necessary darker spots on the screen. In this, you’re definitely not getting the contrast quality of the full-array local dimming found on the JS9500 or many other 4K TVs with HDR-readiness but the overall effect is certainly great in the JS9000 too.

Also, and most importantly of all, the JS9000 offers the same exceptional, expanded color gamut as even the best SUHD TVs we’ve reviewed. When it comes to Nano-Crystal quantum dot color enhancement, Samsung apparently didn’t shirk on any of its SUHD models and the result is very noticeable. This TV really saturates its on-screen content with brilliant, vibrant and highly varied colors, creating an excellent level of realism.

Finally, the Octa-Cor processor and ClearMotion 240 refresh rate work together to create a smoothness of motion that is more than good enough for even the most fast paced action scenes in ultra HD movies, games and TV shows. While some people have complained about ClearMotion technology’s tendency to create a sort of bizarre visual experience in movies, it is a very useful technology when it comes to sportscasts.

Connectivity

Like all other 2015 Samsung 4K UHD TVs, the JS9000 line delivers a perfectly complete connectivity package for enjoying all that’s available in terms of Ultra HD, HD and web content.

Video compression technologies like HEVC and VP9 let you view anything streamed to your TV in 4K from Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video or other sources and HDCP 2.2 content copy protection makes sure that ultra HD content delivered via set-top boxes and VOD is fully accessible without fear of it being cut off for security reasons.

Furthermore, the JS9000 offers several HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB ports, full internet connectivity via WiFi and Ethernet and best of all, it offers compatibility with the external (and thus replaceable) Samsung One Connect Box, which the company has designed to future proof its TVs as connectivity technologies advance and change.

Pricing

The JS9000 is the mid-level option among the SUHD line of TVs, meaning that it’s not as “affordable” as the JS8500 but also nowhere near as expensive as the top-shelf Full-array JS9500. Thus, the 65 inch UN65JS9000 model is retailing on Amazon for $2,997.99 and the 48 inch UN48JS9000 and 55 inch UN55JS9000 models are going for $1,5978.99 and $1,997.99 respectively.

Check the Samsung JS9000 Curved 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV

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Not so Great

We’ve already covered the less than ideal aspects of the JS9000 above but to quickly summarize them:
This TV really could have been made with full array LED backlighting. The edge-lit LED array and Peak Illuminator PRO technology do wonders for the dynamic range of this line of TVs but full-array LED backlighting wouldn’t have killed Samsung for this price.

Furthermore, the curved screen doesn’t really add anything extra to the overall viewing experience. None of these models are anywhere near large enough to make it worthwhile and while it looks cool, it mostly seems like something of a gimmick that might be contributing to price tag which is unusually high considering how few differences there are between the JS9000 and flat-screen JS8500.

Positives

• Superb Tizen OS
• Exquisite Nano Crystal color enhancement
• Full connectivity package
• Excellent luminance for an edge-lit LED array
• Great dynamic range
• Octa-Core Processor

Negatives

• No full-array backlighting
• Not HDR-ready like JS9500
• Curved screen offers little but probably adds to price

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If you want an excellent, modern 4K TV with some of the best color reproduction around, this is a great choice, but you could also just as easily buy the considerably cheaper Samsung JS8500 and still get virtually all of the same features and lose only a bit in terms of sound quality and processing power.

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  • Bob Gorvett
    August 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    “On the other hand, this model, like the JS8500 doesn’t come with the Peak Illuminator Ultimate HDR-ready technology of its top-shelf cousin the JS9500. Thus, for those of you who are thinking of buying a Samsung SUHD TV because you want to have a 4K TV that’s ready for the next generation of content with High Dynamic Range, the JS9000 is not your TV of choice. It doesn’t even come with full-array LED backlighting.”
    It’s quite clear from the above excerpt that you don’t consider the JS9000 to be HDR ready. I do, however, find other reviews which appear to have a different view. For example, this UK review as is obvious from the title has a different perspective – “Samsung JS9000 4K SUHD TV review – hands on with HDR video. Is the UK version of the JS9000 different?
    Should Samsung choose to do so, can the JS9000 be made HDR ready through a firmware update which could be loaded on OCB? If so, would you consider this likely?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Hello there Bob, thanks for your interesting point and questions. First, to be fair, the JS9000 and JS9100 (Right above the 9000 in the SUHD scale) both do have absolutely superb contrast levels via their Peak Illuminator Pro and Precision Black technologies and this may be why they’re called HDR TVs. However, the one “true” HDR model is the JS9500 because, if you look carefully at its specs, you’ll note that it comes with Peak Illuminator ULTIMATE and Precision Black PRO technology for truly maximal HDR. However, I cannot vouch for differences in UK models, though I suspect that they’re technically the same as the US versions.

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    • Timothy Smith
      April 18, 2016 at 4:20 am

      The JS9000 is HDR capable as confirmed by Samsung directly.

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  • Julian
    August 14, 2015 at 5:12 am

    This is what CNet said on the subject:

    Samsung is calling its version of HDR Peak Illuminator Ultimate or Pro. Ultimate, found in the very expensive JS9500 curved series of SUHD TVs, employs true full-array local dimming. Pro indicates edge-lit local dimming, found in the cheaper (but still pretty expensive) JS9000 curved and JS8500 flat SUHD TVs.

    Samsung seem to be saying that both the JS9500 and JS9000 are both HDR in the UK. Incidentally the JS9500 costs around $9000 in the UK for the 65″ so few people are buying it. I spent 2 hours in the showroom comparing both sets and couldn’t spot the difference, the salesman said he’s spent a month doing the same and couldn’t really choose between them.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Hello Julian, While the difference may be hard to spot visually, the only SUHD model with the “extra” specs for what we could technically call true HDR is the JS9500: The JS9000 and JS9100 (Right above the 9000 in the SUHD scale) both do have absolutely superb contrast levels via their Peak Illuminator Pro and Precision Black technologies and this may be why they’re called HDR TVs. However, if you look carefully at the specs of the JS9500, you’ll note that it comes with Peak Illuminator ULTIMATE and Precision Black PRO technology for truly maximal HDR. However, I cannot vouch for lack of difference on a showroom floor. Thank you for your interesting comment, it’s definitely something to chew on.

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  • Stephen
    Stephen
    August 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Hello Sara, More precisely: While the difference may be hard to spot visually, the only SUHD model with the “extra” specs for what we could technically call true HDR is the JS9500: The JS9000 and JS9100 (Right above the 9000 in the SUHD scale) both do have absolutely superb contrast levels via their Peak Illuminator Pro and Precision Black technologies and this may be why they’re called HDR TVs. However, if you look carefully at the specs of the JS9500, you’ll note that it comes with Peak Illuminator ULTIMATE and Precision Black PRO technology for truly maximal HDR.

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  • Peter
    August 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Your review’s upfront summary indicates that I shouldn’t buy the 9000 because it’s “not ready” for the “next generation” of HDR. The Samsung people (via “Chat”) insist that the 9000 series of SUHD sets are all “have HDR ” — meaning Peak Illuminator Ultimate and Pro. In the body of your review, you discuss the differences between edge-lit and back-lit technologies, and seem to imply that Samsung’s version of HDR will work on the edge-lit sets, but not as well as on the back-lit ones. Could you please clarify your position?

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  • F.P
    September 15, 2015 at 5:59 am

    The js9000 has about 600 nits and The js9500 about 1000 nits .. thats the big differense. 600 nits is God for hdr playback and 1000 even better. .. sorry If my english is bad 🙂

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  • Frings Carsten
    September 24, 2015 at 3:19 am

    There is no such thing as “truly maximal HDR” – either it has HDR or not.

    Picture might look better with Back-Lit instead of Edge-Lit (in theory) – if you you compare them side-by-side you would hardly notice any difference.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 26, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Well for example, the Samsung JS9500 comes with a higher degree of dynamic range than the JS9000, according to the formal specs of both at least, even if the difference may not be readily visible to the naked eye, and both are considered to be HDR TVs. There seem indeed to be degrees of HDR, it is called dynamic range and just like normal contrast, it has its variations. Though yes, the spec known as HDR is either there in a TV or not.

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  • Chris
    December 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    You claim that the JS9000 doesn’t feature HDR fully and then in your score you say its not HDR ready. So the JS9000 has HDR just not as good as the 9500? The JS9000 still has HDR right?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Chris,

      Yes, to be specific, the JS9000 is an HDR TV, according to our review, other reviews and the specs from Samsung itself. However, the JS9500 offers a superior quality of HDR according to Samsung’s own specs, with higher nits of brightness in particular. When looking at the two TVs side by side with HDR content, it’s honestly very hard to tell if there’s any visible difference at all but Samsung does claim superior peak illumination and deeper darkness for the JS9500.

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  • Alex
    January 1, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Hi! enjoyed the review. i just have one quick question. Is it about right that the larger the screen size of the TV the more noticeable increase detail you get with this NCT technology becomes? If so, is it worth purchasing the 48inch model? is there really a noticeable difference with this TV using NCT to say the JU7500 which doesn’t? and is far cheaper!

    Thanks,
    Alex.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hello Alex. Color enhancement technology like nano-crystals is somewhat subject to the quality of associated variables like HDR-support and overall screen vibrancy. Thus. it’s quality may vary from one model to the next. However, based on size. We haven’t noticed that larger or smaller screen sizes affect it significantly. As for the color difference that NC offers in the JS9000 over that of the JU7500, they’re definitely there and you’d particularly notice the difference with native 4K content and upcoming 4K Blu-ray video sources but for normal HD content and conventional Blu-ray video that’s been upscaled, the two TVs won’t perform that much differently in terms of color. In simple terms, the JS9000 delivers color and contrast as well as other visual specs better but the JU7500 still does a great job at display.

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  • Melissa G.Butler
    April 17, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I have an JS9000 in the 65 inch & after getting home I felt the size was a bit much, called my local big box electronics store & got the
    manager on the horn & got him to offer the 65 for $473.86 less than what I paid, he didn’t want me to return the set & have to resell
    for an open box item !!! So I paid like $ 2,726.14 for the UN65JS9000 & the UN65JS9500 sold for $ 4,500.00 before tax !!!
    I love it, the picture is fabulous, have you hooked up an new Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player to one of these babies !!!???
    The 2016 KS9000 didn’t look as good to me & just because Samsung could make the UN65KS9500 doesn’t mean they should have
    because it is bottom lit & the picture pukes !!!! The next flagship Samsung will be the UN65KS9800 & for $ 4,500.00 !!! For now I am enjoying the JS9000 for a price I can live with !!! Watch the “Martian” & “Chappie” on a JS9000 with UBD-K8500 & tell me your views then !!!

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  • Melissa G.Butler
    April 17, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I paid $ 2,726.14 for my UN65JS9000FXZA & the last almost $500.00 was returned to me because the big box electronics manager
    didn’t want me to return it because it was almost too large for my 12″ ×”14 living room & he didn’t want to have to resell it for an open
    box item !!! I think the picture is fabulous & have you hooked up an UBD – K8500 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player to one of these babies !!!???
    Watch the “Martian” & “Chappie” & then post an veiw !!!
    BTW the 2016 KS9000 didn’t look that much better with HDR 1000 & just because Samsung could make the JS9500 doesn’t mean they should have, the picture pukes & has bottom lit lighting instead of edge lit !!! I post for AV Forums as TechieGal too !!!

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  • Tommy
    June 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I have the UN65JS9000. When using the Amazon App, shows come up as HDR in the description and look amazing but the Netflix app does not come up as HDR, only Ultra 4K. Has anyone changed any settings or managed to get Netflix in HDR on a JS9000?

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  • Adith
    November 21, 2016 at 1:51 am

    What 3d glasses will work with thus model

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