A Review of the Samsung JU7500 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Series) – (UN65JU7500, UN55JU7500, UN78JU7500, UN48JU7500, UN40JU7500, UN50JU7500 Versions)
The Samsung JU7500 lines of 4K ultra HD TVs aren’t exactly on the same level as the company’s SUHD JS lines of 4K releases for 2015 but they’re pretty much the second best of the entire current Samsung 4K TV line and this means that they’re some of the best conventional LED/LCD TVs on sale today. And among the different JU7500 models, one of the biggest and most impressive is definitely the UN78JU7500.
This TV combines some of the best specs on the market with a gigantic screen size and what is a truly excellent display quality for a conventional LCD/LED TV. Furthermore, unlike their top-tier SUHD JS cousins, these models and the UN65JU7500 in particular are priced much more accessibly for a majority of potential buyers.
Without going to the max on highly specialized features like HDR-readiness or quantum dot nanocrystal display, the JU7500 still manages to deliver some truly excellent processing, brightness, display and contrast specs while offering the best possible package of connectivity specs, on par with that of the company’s very top 4K TVs.
The JU7500 has plenty going for it in general but the specific model we’re reviewing here, the 78 inch has one obvious feature that’s more effective than any other single thing, it’s massive screen. At 78 inches, the UN78JU7500 is not only a giant of a home theater system, it also offers a superb level of immersion that will truly make the 4K resolution stand out in its clarity. 4K TVs all offer millions of extra pixels but the TVs in which this superb clarity becomes really, truly notable are those in the 65 inch+ size ranges and the 78 inch behemoth that is the UN65JU7500 delivers the goods here wonderfully.
Furthermore, the curved screen design on this TV, a feature which we’ve often called a silly gimmick with little real effect actually works at its stated purpose of creating an “immersive experience”. With a screen this big, the curvature actually makes you feel more a part of the picture.
Secondly, the overall picture quality of this model (and most of its JU7100 cousins) is genuinely impressive. While the JU7500 doesn’t come with HDR readiness or the particularly cool spec of quantum dot enhanced color, it still delivers remarkably good contrast ratios, color saturation and some excellent brightness, mainly thanks to Samsung’s particularly powerful LED technology and the ultra-clear pro screen specs they’ve added to this specific model.
While there are further good features we’ll cover in the sections below, well finish here by also mentioning the JU7500’s design. In typical Samsung style, it’s elegantly beautiful. The TV, for all its size, doesn’t look in the least bit clumsy or clunky. This is a slim, minimalist machine that enhances a living room instead of overwhelming it. Furthermore, even the connectivity of the TV has been simplified with future proofing and design in mind since the JU7500 comes with an external connectivity box loaded with all the HDMI and USB ports.
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The UN55JU7500 is a great 4K TV even by the high standards Samsung models set but it’s certainly not an extraordinary 4K ultra HD model and well below the company’s best in certain ways. That said, what negative aspects it has are very far from being deal breakers in any way. For the most part it’s a question of deficiencies instead of outright flaws in the UN55JU7500’s design.
Thus, we can first focus on the fact that while this model is identical to its SUHD cousins in terms of connectivity and select other features, it does lack the same high quality and innovative quantum dot nanocrystal display technology those newer models offer. QD tech offers a much more vibrant color spectrum and though the UN55JU7500 has done the best it can in this area, it doesn’t compare to those quantum dots.
Second, despite the lack of QD tech or enhanced dynamic range, the JU7500 still isn’t significantly more affordable than some of the larger mid-grade SUHD models. It’s priced more attractively than other, smaller JU7100 series TVs but it could be slightly cheaper still.
Moving beyond these deficiencies in comparison to the SUHD models, the JU7500 also suffers from the lack of a built-in camera --which would have been particularly useful for video conferencing on such a beautifully screen--, this feature also isn’t common on many other 4K TVs released in 2015 but it has been seen in a number of Samsung models, so it would have been nice here.
One more thing we don’t like about the JU7500 is the fact that it offers an edge-lit LED backlighting system. While Samsung’s backlighting is excellent even with edge-lit models, the company could and should have gone for a full-array back-light design with a screen this big and at this price. There’s little excuse for not having done so.
Finally, this is one massive TV. Despite its elegant appearance, that 78 inch screen doesn’t come without a price that also gets paid in some weight and bulkiness. The UN78JU7500 is not only obviously very wide, it’s also heavy at more than 80 lbs and quite thick. If you need a TV that’s going to fit comfortable into a cramped space, this isn’t your model of choice.
All things considered, the JU7500 is an excellent choice if you want a truly huge 4K UHD TV that offers some of the best specs on the market at a decent price (for its size and class). The connectivity on this model is top-notch and the display specs are really good even if they lack a few of the premium features found in pricier Samsung TVs or their newest counterparts among the other major 4K brands.
Weight: 87.3 lbs wo stand/ 100.3 lbs with stand
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 69.1" x 42.6" x 14.1" inches with stand/ 69.1" x 40.0" x 6.1" inches without stand
Screen size: 40 inch - UN40JU7500, 48 inch - UN48JU7500, 50 inch - UN50JU7500, 55 inch - UN55JU7500, 65 inch - UN65JU7500, 78 inch - UN78JU7500,
Smart TV: Yes, Smart TV with Apps, S-Recommendation
HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
HD to UHD upscaling: Yes
HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes (all 4 HDMI ports)
Refresh Rate: 240Hz
Screen Lighting: edge-lit LED backlighting
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes WiFi, Ethernet port
Remotes: Standard button remote and Samsung Smart Remote Control
Connectivity: 4 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, Component/Composite, Digital Audio out
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: over 1 million
Audio: 40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2) speaker setup with DTS Premium Sound 5.1 and DTS Studio Sound
Processor: Quad Core
The UN65JU7500’s highlights are surprisingly robust in a few key characteristics, In terms of display features mainly but also in other specs of its physical and software construction.
For starters, this model couples its giant screen with a very powerful speaker array relative to a number of other Samsung models. The 40W (10W x 2 plus Woofer 10W x 2) speaker setup with DTS Premium Sound 5.1 and DTS Studio Sound offers the same Premium 5.1 Sound and Studio sound features as those found in all other newer 4K Samsung TVs but in this case, the manufacturer also beefed things up with an extra 20 watts of woofer power that aren’t found in a number of other manufacturer models we’ve covered.
The added boost definitely amps up the sound quality from the UN6578JU7500. Mind you, the sound isn’t as great as the real kick offered by Sony’s X850C Bravia models and their giant side mounted speakers but it’s still impressive enough.
Next, there are the smart TV features on the UN65JU7500. While this TV doesn’t feature Samsung’s augmented and updated Tizen OS/ Smart Hub combo that’s found in the company’s SUHD 4K TV models, it still offers an excellent Smart TV with Apps package that features the surprisingly useful S-Recommendation engine and a full web browsing capacity. S-recommendation offers new programming based on previous viewing habits and the web browsing along with a large portion of the smart TV functions in general can also be controlled through the voice interaction controls that the TV gives you. Again, the older smart TV platform on the UN65JU7500 isn’t as intuitive and efficient as Tizen in the newer 4K models but it’s better than many other 2014 OS platforms for smart TVs.
Furthermore, the UN55JU7500 is quite a powerful model when it comes to visual specs. Technologies like Peak Illuminator, Precision Black, Auto Depth Enhancer and the excellent Samsung UHD upscaling engine are all present. In addition to these, the exceptionally bright LEDs and Ultra Clear panel technology of the TV offer some excellent display brightness and light flow behind the screen, much more than one might expect for such a large edge-lit 4K UHD TV.
Finally, there is Smart View 2.0 on the UN55JU7500. Thus, you as a user can watch TV entertainment on the UN55JU7500’s screen from wirelessly synched mobile devices like smart phones, tablets, laptops and even WiFi connected camera screens and the reverse is also possible, with content from all of these devices being watchable on the gigantic 78 inch screen, where it can furthermore be upscaled to above-HD clarity from its native small screen resolution.
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Visually, this model doesn’t quite have the same slam dunk impact as its SUHD counterparts but it still delivers a spectacular picture quality. The UN78JU7500’s giant 78 inch screen really helps thigs out by offering some exquisite display space in which you can definitely appreciate 4K ultra HD resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels in a way that no small 4K TV really lets you have. The slightly curvature augments this immersive effect thanks to this same large screen size and it furthermore adds a bit of off-angle clarity to viewing of the UN55JU7500’s display. We’ve previously stated that screen curvature in most 4K TVs is little more than a physically aesthetic gimmick and we stand by this claim. However, when a screen as large as the 78 inch JU7500 model has a slight curve, it’s a helpful bonus.
Next, the UN48JU7500 comes with an edge-lit LED backlighting system and this technology is generally not ideal and even less effective in larger display panels. However, Samsung has managed to pull off quite a coup with its JU7 TVs by making sure to include ultra-clear pro screen technology as a means of enhancing the brightness off those LEDs along the TV’s edge. The result is surprisingly uniform light flow throughout the screen and very good brightness that both enhances contrast and makes the color palette of the display shine more.
The Peak illuminator technology takes the bright and dark areas of the display to even further accentuate overall display contrast. Thus, the net effect is one of surprisingly clear images, very accurate color information and a generally sharp contrast. Samsung’s exceptionally bright LED technology definitely helps out in all of this. However, because these same very bright LEDs along only the TV’s edges can cause some problems with brightness uniformity on the display, it’s a good idea to tone their luminance down for darker room settings, this can be done in the Picture Settings menu on the smart TV and a toning down to about 85% of peak brightness is probably ideal.
On the other hand, darkest possible black levels in this TV are also remarkably good. The Edge-lit display definitely seems to help in this regard and the UN48JU7500 can manage calibrated black levels of as little as 0.05 cd/m2. That’s some excellent black reproduction, even by SUHD standards.
As for the color reproduction itself, the color enhancer plus technology that Samsung built into the pixels of the JU 4K TV models is no match for the quantum dot nanocrystal tech of its SUHD TVs but it’s still remarkably vibrant on the whole. In fact, with a bit of calibration, the UN48JU7500 is capable of generating color accuracy of a quality that results in a Delta E which never goes above 2.5. Since Delta E of less than 3 isn’t even noticeable to the naked human eye, this is a great level of color accuracy for a non-QD TV.
The UN48JU7500 comes with the same built-in physically connectivity specs as almost any high end Samsung 4K TV and in this regard it’s top-notch. You get the full nine yards of HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 compatibility, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, HEVC and VP9 decoding capacity built in and of course, full web browsing capacity thanks to the smart TV platform and both Ethernet and WiFi.
Furthermore, the UN48JU7500 is at least partly future-proofed thanks to the Smart Evolution Ready technology Samsung has added to it. This includes an external “One Connect Mini” box that comes with the TV and can be used for all of the HDMI 2.0 and USB connections to the TV.
The Mini box isn’t quite as large as its full-blown “One Connect” box version which comes with the JS9500 and JS9000 SUHD TVs from Samsung but it’s tightly built and completely silent due to its fanless design. However, because of its size, the One Connect Mini Box doesn’t offer all of the same connectivity options as its larger version and thus some ports stay on the TV itself, thus, less future proofing than that found in the SUHD models.
For a 78 inch 4K TV of its caliber, the Samsung 78JU7500 sells for a not so affordable but also not too expensive price. The 78inch is currently retailing on amazon.com for $5,497.99 while the 40-inch UN40JU7500 is only $1,297.99. The 48 inch UN48JU7500 is retailing for $1,397.99, the 50 inch UN50JU7500 for $1,497.99, the 55 inch UN55JU7500 for $1,797.99 and the 65 inch UN65JU7500 for $2,497.99.
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To summarize briefly, the UN50JU7500 suffers from a very heavy, bulky physical design, comes with no built-in camera, no quantum dot color and no full-array LED backlighting. Furthermore, it has some mild brightness uniformity issues that can become visible from time to time.
• Excellent giant screen size, ideal for 4K
• Surprisingly sharp contrast for an edge-lit for up to 78 inches
• Excellent connectivity
• Great color accuracy and vibrancy
• Too expensive for its specs
• No QD color
• Backlight uniformity could use improvement
• Heavy, bulky TV