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A Review of the Samsung JU7500 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Series) – (UN65JU7500, UN55JU7500, UN78JU7500, UN48JU7500, UN40JU7500, UN50JU7500 Versions)

by on July 21, 2015
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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 Good

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 bad

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Specs

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


Highlights

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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Visual Specs

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.

Connectivity

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.

Pricing

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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Not so Great

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.

Positives

• 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

Negatives

• Too expensive for its specs
• No QD color
• Backlight uniformity could use improvement
• Heavy, bulky TV

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The JU7500 is an excellent 4K TV despite not being up to par with Samsung's SUHD models and its massive screen offers an excellent size for really appreciating 4K content. Nonetheless, it's a bbit too expensive for what it offers.

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  • Sad Bol
    April 7, 2016 at 4:47 am

    This is not an Edge-Lit TV. It has a Full Array Backlighting. Very embarassing.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 7, 2016 at 5:20 am

      Hello Sad Bol, no actually, I believe you’re mistaking this TV with the JU7100, which does come with full-array LED backlighting. The JU7500 is edge-lit. Also keep in mind that specs can vary between different sizes of the same model and this review covered the TV as a whole, not so much a specific size range.

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  • Sad Bol
    April 7, 2016 at 9:05 am

    All sizes of 7500 have full-array backlighting. 7100 is the flat and 7500 is the curved design of basically the same TV.

    http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN78JU7500FXZA

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 9, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Quite frankly, we don’t entirely trust Samsung’s own specs at times. We’ve seen them mis-state a particular spec or two on their TVs before. In the case of the JU7500, we’ve heard it described as direct-lit, edge-lit and full-array, each of which is different.

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      • Sad Bol
        April 12, 2016 at 7:13 am

        There are two types of backlights on LEDs: Direct-Lit and Edge-Lit. Full array is a subtype of Direct-Lit backlight. All sizes of 7100 and 7500 series have full-array, direct lit backlights. 9500 series have Multi-Zone Full-Array, direct lit backlight, whereas 8500, 9000 and 9100 series have edge-lit backlights (which is, in general terms, is inferior to full-array). In this case, Samsung’s own specs are correcttly written for the mentioned series. Knowledge of the exact backlight type on a LED TV is important if you are writing a review about it because it is one of the fundamental features of picture quality and may influence the buying decision for the consumers.

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          April 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

          Hello Sad Bol, after looking at the DSE pattern for the JU7100 and JU7500, it is indeed the case that both are direct lit. You are correct and the review is being edited to include the backlighting description change. Picture quality will however vary based on many factors and some edge-lit 4K TVs, particularly from Samsung, tend to produce excellent edge-lit quality. The review itself reflects observed qualities in this TV, regardless of backlighting such as it may be. However, thank you for bringing this matter up.

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  • Marion williams
    May 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Will my un65ju7500 be updated to hdmi 2.0a to match my ubd k 8500 4k ubd hdr blu ray player?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 8, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      Hello Marion, to the best of our knowledge, the JU7500 already has received an HDMI 2.0a firmware update, since late 2015 in fact. Since this was a firmware update, it may have been tricky to spot when it happened. However, the JU7500 in any case doesn’t really support full HDR technology despite certain claims that it does, so the need for HDMI 2.0a in this model is minimal. The 2015 Samsung 4K TVs with genuine HDR support were the top-shelf SUHD models, the JS8500, JS9000 and JS9500 particularly.

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      • Dyvurcz
        August 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

        So that means the announcement at CSEA about all 2015 models being updated to HDR was a lie then? That sucks if so. I was looking forward to playing HDR on Xbox One S with this set.

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          August 11, 2016 at 3:09 pm

          Hello there Dyvurcz, The last announcement regarding HDR for the JU-Series 2015 TVs that we’re aware of was that they would be receiving a firmware update to HDMI 2.0a. This means that they can accpet HDR metadata from HDR content sources in HDR10 format. This was done by Samsung in late 2015. However, it’s not the same as being able to DISPLAY the HDR encoding in the content. That is something the JU7500 and other 2015 JU models are not capable of. They also lack wide color gamut and any of the black level and peak brightness specs needed for the HDR10 (Ultra HD Premium HDR) standards that the 2016 SUHD and some of the 2015 SUHD TVs do match.

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  • Mike
    July 20, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Hi Stephen,

    In general, as someone who wants the best quality and size available now for a budget of about $4,000, am I better off buying a great 2015 tv like this one or investing in a television that was released in 2016? Thank you in advance!

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  • Matthew
    September 5, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Does this TV automatically upscale content to from HD to UHD, or do I have to select an option in the menu? Has does the upscaling compare to Samsungs 8500 Blu Ray player ability to upscale normal blu-rays?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 7, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Hey there Matthew, all 4K TVs automatically upscale non-4K content to fit their 8.29 million pixels of screen space. They generally have to otherwise the much lower resolution of the SD, 720p or 1080p content would fit only part of the total display space. However, how well they do this and how well their reprocessing engines sharpen the content as they upscale it can vary from model to model. The JU7500 delivers excellent upscaling quality and particularly for Full HD video sources. TV upscaling is generally better than that found in the Samsung Blu-ray player and in either case, using the Samsung 4K BD player with your Samsung 4K TV will create the same level of upscaling quality as you’d have without the player’s upscaling engine there to do its part. You’d likely notice little difference.

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  • Joe
    September 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Hello,

    I recently purchased a 65″ curve TV (UN65JU7500 model) and during the move to my new place, the screen crashed. I’m now looking for the specs of the TV LED to request for replacement at Samsung Service Centre.
    The warranty will not cover it I know. But any idea from you guys on the screen specification?

    Joe

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