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Samsung KU6300 Review – 4k UHD Smart Flat LED TV Series (UN65KU6300, UN60KU6300, UN55KU6300, UN50KU6300, UN40KU6300)

by on May 19, 2016
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Overview

Samsung first unveiled the successors to their great and popular 2015 SUHD TVs with the 2016 SUHD KS-Series (Series 8 and Series 9) HDR 4K TVs, and now they’ve done roughly the same thing for their 2015 JU-Series 4K UHD TVs through their own successors, the new KU-Series models.

Among the four new KU-Series 4K “HDR” Samsung smart TVs, the multi-range KU6300 occupies the bottom spot in terms of price but as far as its quality goes, this 4K TVs is essentially identical to the recently reviewed KU6500 4K TV we’ve also looked at. In fact, the one major difference between the two is the curved display on the KU6500 and its absence in the KU6300 is if anything actually a bonus, since it brings down the price of this TV in all its display sizes by a hefty margin and only because you “lose out” on what is in any case a design feature that’s 99% gimmick. Thus, overall, the KU6300 is pretty much the same for quality and core specs as the KU6500 and in comparison to its somewhat better built KU7000 and 7500 cousins , the KU6300 delivers nearly the same quality but at a considerably more reasonable price.

Thus, what you get with the KU6300 HDR 4K TV is is a robust and well-rounded level of picture quality, solid color, contrast and black performance, well-performing refresh rate and the same high quality smart OS and upscaling engine as those found in any other major Samsung 4K TV. On the other hand, what the KU6300 lacks for its lower retail cost is the higher caliber of HDR found in the 2016 SUHD TVs and the rather impressive quantum dot color enhancement technology we also lovein those pricier models. Along with these missing features there is the absence of a few other key display technologies that Samsung has reserved for its best TVs.

The Good

The main best features of the KU6300 are the same technologies that we have enjoyed in all of Samsung’s 4K UHD TVs to-date from 2015 to-date. These consist particularly o the excellent Tizen smart platform and its features, the company’s high quality display panels even in lower-end Samsung TVs outside the SUHD lines and on top of all these, Samsung’s fantastic upscaling engine for the SD and HD content which still makes up a majority of what most users view on their 4K TV and which is so important for this reason above all.

Starting off with Tizen, in the KU6300 and the other major 2016 4K TVs, it’s better than it has ever been, with further refinements for this year in the form of a simplified menu of options and controls, better overall usability and faster, more efficient functionality. Tizen now also features some great new extras like easier, simpler management of content streamed from external devices and mobile phones as well as an improved system of console-free gaming for the games apps you can download through the smart platform itself or through other smart interfaces from set-top boxes and so forth.

In 2015 we considered Tizen to be the second best 4K TV smart platform on the market, after LG’s even more streamlined and intuitive WebOS, and in 2016 our opinion of both smart OS systems remains the same. Tizen continues to outperform other rival smart platforms like Sony’s also excellent Android TV and Vizio’s now much more broadly revamped and improved SmartCast interface.

Moving on to display performance, the KU6300 delivers some great viewing quality even if it doesn’t fully match the kind of stunning quality we’ve seen in the SUHD TVs or some other competitor models. Nonetheless, this is a great model for solid contrast, deep nicely rich blacks with great uniformity and some very good color performance despite the lack of advanced HDR Wide Color Gamut specs or even Samsung’s own quantum dot color nano particle technology as it’s offered in the SUHD TVs from 2015 and 2016.

Furthermore, the KU6300 offers the slightly unique feature of direct-lit LED backlighting technology with LEDS’s across the back of the entire display space. And though there aren’t nearly as many LEDs arranged in this pattern as there are in 4K TVs TVs with Full-array LED backlighting, the KU6300’s somewhat limited array of such LEDs does create a slightly better level of brightness uniformity we do like. In addition to these positive aspects of the TV’s display, the KU6300 also comes with the same excellent upscaling engine we’ve seen in all other 2015 and 2016 Samsung TV models. The quality with which even well-mastered 480p SD content is upconverted to look sharper looks great for the most part and Full HD content sources such as Blu-ray in particular look superb when viewed on the KU6300’s screen. As for native 4K content and especially native 4K content with HDR technology, it looks just superb.

Additionally, we should mention that we really like the HDR technology in this TV. It’s not the premium caliber of HDR that you’ll find in Samsung’s SUHD TVs or Vizio’s excellent P-Series models but it still delivers a superior viewing experience that is notably better than what you’ll see in any normal SDR 4K TV on the market. Peak brightness and black level are both rich enough to deliver the sort of dynamic range that stands out with its quality to the naked eye and Samsung additions like Ultra Clear Panel, which works to reduce glare in the KU6300’s screen further augment the quality of this TVs somewhat limited HDR capabilities.

We should also note that as far as its physical design goes, the KU6300 simply looks beautiful. Samsung has always been a master at creating what we consider to be elegant looking 4K TVs that can be proudly put on display in any home and the 2016 SUHD and KU-Series models are no exception to this at all. This model and its cousins take Samsung stylishness to a new level even.

Finally and crucially, the KU6300 delivers better value for its price than its cousin the KU6500. Samsung has created two 4K TVs with essentially identical specs and display quality but has made the curved version considerably more expensive (roughly $300 more) and this leap up in price is almost entirely due to the 6500’s curved display panel design. Since curvature does nothing to really improve the quality of viewing experience in a normal-sized 4K TV, the price jump is unjustified. Thus, with the KU6300 you get a much better value for your money without pointless gimmicks thrown in at a premium price margin.

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The bad

While we consider the KU6300 to be the better choice over the KU6500 4K TV in terms of the value it delivers for its price, as we explained above, it’s also not without a few flaws of its own.

First of all, there is the lack of full high dynamic range technology in the entire KU-Series TV range. Like the KU7500, KU7000 and KU6500, the KU6300 comes with HDR but in a much more loosely defined sense of the technology. None of these TVs offer high dynamic range that matches the quality defined either by HDR10 standards from the UHD Alliance or by Dolby’s Dolby Vision rubric. Furthermore, none of these 4K TVs offer Wide Color Gamut technology and as a result, their overall value is reduced slightly. In the case of the KU6300, this is mitigated by the fact that this is a really affordable 4K TV in all of its size ranges but it would have been nice to see a more robust caliber of HDR installed in 2016 4K TVs like these.

Next, the number of HDMI and USB ports in the KU6300 is lower than it is in comparable 2015 JU-Series 4K TV models. Last year, all of Samsung’s 4K UHD televisions offered up 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports, at least but in 2016, every single one of the KU-Series TVs including the KU6300 only come with 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. We don’t know why Samsung decided to scale these specs down slightly but it’s a disappointing move in a market where the majority of 4K TVs across all brands come with at least 4 HDMI ports.

Next, we need to mention that the functionality of the smart remote that comes with the KU6300 is a bit iffy at best. From what we’ve heard, Samsung originally planned on releasing the KU6300 with a traditional button remote control and replaced it with their smart remote only at the last minute, leaving in place TV programming that wasn’t geared to the more advanced control device. As a result the TV (at least as of this writing) doesn’t actually work well with its own smart remote control, with only limited functionality being responsive between control and TV smart interface and hardware. We assume Samsung will be sorting this out sooner or later via firmware updates.

Finally, the viewing angles on all of Samsung’s 2016 4K TVs, from the SUHD models on down to the KU6300 are not the best we’ve seen. Due to the company’s use of Vertical Alignment technology in the screen of the KU6300, viewing angles to either side from dead center are limited to only about 20 degrees or so, with sharp drop-offs in color accuracy and contrast quality beyond that. On the other hand, the VA panel is partly responsible for the excellent contrast of this 4K TV.

Final Thoughts

Our final opinion of the KU6300 is that it deserves a full thumbs up. This 4K TV isn’t without its flaws but its many display quality and other benefits outweigh them all and the size options for this series are great. Furthermore, all of the different models sell for what we consider to be very affordable prices.

Specs

• Screen size: 49.5 diagonal inches - UN50KU6300, 54.5 diagonal inches - UN55KU6300, 60 diagonal inches - UN60KU6300 , 64.5 diagonal inches - UN65KU6300
• Smart TV: Tizen OS, Smart Hub, Smart TV with Apps and Full Web Browser
• HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
• VP9 Included. Yes
• HD to UHD upscaling: Yes
• HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
• Refresh Rate: 60Hz native refresh rate (Motion Rate 120Hz)
• Screen Lighting: Direct-lit LED backlighting
• Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes both built-in WiFi and Ethernet port
• Remotes: Samsung smart button remote
• Connectivity: 3 HDMI 2.0a ports, 2 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 Component, 1 composite, 1 Audio Out, 1 Digital Audio Out
• Sound: 40W (20W x 2, ) Down Firing Down Firing w/Tweeter (2CH) speakers with Dolby Digital Plus
• Contrast Ratio: 3,600:1
• Other Display Features: Curved display, Auto Depth Enhancer and Ultra Clear Panel technology
• Processor: Quad-core
• Weight: 35.3 lb (55 inch model, with stand)
• Dimensions: 48.9" x 28.3" x 2.5" (55 inch model, with stand)

Highlights

HDR Premium: Once again, the KU6300 doesn’t offer the same full range of 4K high dynamic technology as its 2016 SUHD cousins with their compatibility to HDR10 standards. This means that the TV doesn’t deliver the peak luminance of 1100 nits or more and same Wide Color Gamut as those top-shelf 4K HDR TV models do. Furthermore, its color coverage doesn’t offer quite the same realistic richness we’ve seen in models like the KS9500 2016 HDR television. However, the KU6300, like the KU6500, does come with HDR Premium capacity and this does offer up a level of dynamic range that’s at least comparable to high dynamic range as we’ve seen it in some 2015 4K TV models with this technology. It’s not the best in HDR that you’ll find in the KU6300 but the TV still delivers a range of contrast that’s better than what you’ll find in the vast majority of SDR 4K TVs.

Tizen and Smart Hub: Tizen in the 2016 4K TVs of all types from Samsung is even better than it was in 2015. Last year we called this the second best smart TV platform on the market and we stand by that view in 2016. The new additions in Tizen and Smart Hub for this year definitely work to the platforms favor, with console-free gaming, the ability to access games from a cloud server and simplified access to streaming media from external mobile devices and content sources in the TV itself. The Tizen user interface is also wonderfully clean and user-friendly.

UHD Upscaling: Samsung’s UHD upscaling technology, which is called, you guessed it, UHD upscaling, deserves mention of its own as a highlight of the KU6300. Samsung seems to program the same caliber of non-4K content upscaling in all of its ultra HD TVs because from what we’ve seen to-date, both the premium SUHD TVs of this year and a lower-tier model like the KU6300 perform about the same in this regard. When it comes to upscaling Full HD TV or media device content, the KU6300 does a superb job (particularly for Blu-ray HD media) and for upscaling of 720p and 480p SD content sources like some cable TV content or DVD movies, the upscaling engine in this TV performs almost as admirably. A well formatted DVD movie can look downright superb in the KU6300 and will certainly look better than it would if viewed in most HD TVs we’ve seen, with a minimum of haziness to boot.

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Visual Specs

The KU6300 doesn’t quite come close to matching the truly impressive visuals we’ve seen in this year’s SUHD TVs but among the non-SUHD TVs, it’s pretty close to being on par with the rest of the KU-Series lineup. The display specs of this particular model are just slightly inferior to those of the KU7000 and KU7500 “top-shelf” KU-Series 4K TVs but in comparison to the considerably pricier KU6500, the display quality of the KU6300 is identical as far as we could tell across the board. In fact, the only real notable difference between the two TVs is the fact that the KU6300 offers no curved display and as far as we’re concerned, this is a good thing, since the absence of curvature knocks about $300 off this model’s price tag with no real loss of display quality.

Furthermore, while the KU6300 also doesn’t match the great to very impressive visuals we’ve also seen in the HDR 4K TVs of some other major brands for 2016, such as the 2016 Vizio P-Series or Sony’s also very robust X850D and X900D 4K TVs of 2016, it still holds up well as an HDR 4K TV.

The HDR in this model may not be of the same caliber as that we’ve seen in the other TVs linked to above but it still delivers superb contrast at over 3,200:1, fairly decent peak brightness at 480 nits and black levels that go below the 0.05 nits stipulated for HDR10 compliance. Furthermore, the overall black uniformity of the display is great, with no blooming we could see and little in the way of light bleed for an LCD TV, though activating local dimming in the KU6300 does sharply reduce black level depth in darker parts of the screen. Colors also look very good even if they don’t come with the twin augmentations of Quantum Dot color and Wide color Gamut for HDR standards that we’ve seen in the SUHD TVs.

To explain a little better on these color differences, 10-bit Wide Color Gamut for high dynamic range is what’s necessary for full HDR10 certification for the “Ultra HD Premium” label from the UHD Alliance, and the inclusion of this color means over 1 billion color values and 1024 Red, Green, Blue (RGB) color variations. This essentially means that the KU6300 can’t produce the deeply smooth and varied color gradients or 90%+ Digital cinema level DCI-93 color space coverage we saw in other full HDR TVs like the 2016 Vizio P-Series models, Sony’s X930D and other 2016 XBR-D 4K HDR TVs or Samsung’s own 2016 SUHD TVs.

Thus, while the KU6300 doesn’t come close to the 10-bit color vibrancy and 1400 nit+ peak brightness levels of 2016 SUHD TVs like the KS8000 from the same brand , it delivers decent HDR contrast range and definitely beats most SDR 4K TVs we’ve seen on sale to-date in overall display quality.

Additionally, Samsung’s motion control technologies and motion interpolation quality in the KU6300 all work very well. While judder control could be better, and especially for 24p content sources, the Motion Rate 120 specs of the KU6300 do definitely deliver a smooth viewing experience even for fast-paced native 4K content sources, despite the TV’s actual native 60Hz refresh rate. As for the upscaling engine, as we’ve already detailed extensively in other sections above, it’s as superb as we’ve ever seen it in any Samsung 4K TV.

Connectivity

As we’d already mentioned, the connectivity options of the KU6300 are oddly limited from what we saw in 2015’s non-SUHD 4K TVs from Samsung. 3 HDMI 2.0 ports and 2 USB ports isn’t a bad level of key connectivity specs but it’s also not up to par with the average in 4K TVs today. That Samsung should have changed this downwards from what they offered in last year’s models is disappointing and unusual.

On the other hand, the KU6300 does come with full internet browsing capacity through Tizen and access to all the major 4K streaming apps along with many others. Additionally, you can always also hook up a 4K set-top box like the excellent Roku 4 to this model via one of its HDMI ports if you want an even more connected and apps-rich content smart platform operating in the KU6500 on top of its native Tizen OS.

Also, as a 4K TVwith the complete Tizen smart TV package with apps and full web browsing, This KU-Series 4K TV obviously delivers Ethernet connectivity, full built-in WiFi for content streaming from external devices like mobile phones and its HDMI ports are fully compatible with HDCP 2.2 content copy protection and both the H.265 and VP9 4K video compression codecs.

Pricing

Samsung’s KU6300 4K TV comes in several different size ranges with each selling for its own price. The currently available models come in the following price and size ranges:

• UN40KU6300 40 inch model: $597.99
• UN50KU6300 50 inch model: $797.99
• UN55KU6300 55 inch model: $997.99
• UN60KU6300 60 inch model: $1,121.30
• UN65KU6300 65 inch model: $1,499.99

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Not so Great

To summarize briefly on the negative aspects of the KU6300 4K UHD HDR TV from Samsung, This TV lacks wide viewing angles, doesn’t include the full scope of HDR technology as it has been standardized in 2016 and could definitely use more connectivity ports. Furthermore, its judder control could use some more improvement, particularly for 24p content.

Positives

• Tizen smart OS is superb
• Great brightness in display
• Excellent upscaling
• Solid contrast
• Lovely design
• Reasonable price range

Negatives

• Lacks full HDR
• smart remote functionality glitches
• Few USB, HDMI ports
• Peak brightness could improve
• 60Hz native refresh

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Despite some issues in its overall quality compared to similarly priced rival TVs on the market and a lack of full HDR specs, the KU6300 is one robust and offers great display specs for the most part. It’s also reasonably priced and looks great physically. As a budget-oriented 4K TV we definitely recommend it, though you can get similar or possibly better value from comparable 2015 JU-Series models.

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  • Michael
    May 23, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I’m really having a tough time deciding which model to go with, either the Samsung UN65KU6300FXZA or the Sony XBR65X810C. They are both priced the same right now, and it would be used for mainly movies, and PS4 gaming. Thanks!

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    • Rocky
      May 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Even I am having some confusion between UN65JS8500 and UN65KU6300FXZA . UN65JS8500 is available for $1589 on buydig. Which one is better?

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      • Stephen
        Stephen
        May 23, 2016 at 8:07 pm

        Hey there Rocky, all things considered, the JS8500 is your better buying option. It doesn’t have HDR of the same HDR10 caliber as the 2016 SUHD TVs but the KU6300 also fails to offer that kind of HDR. Furthermore, unlike the KU6300, the JS8500 does offer Wide Color Gamut and a somewhat superior level of peak brightness and contrast. The JS8500 also offers superior motion interpolation technology and we think it delivers somewhat better judder control. Overall, it’s still a fine 4K HDR TV and unlikely to disappoint.

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  • steve
    May 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Hey Stephen, thanks for the great review.!

    I have a question I was hoping that you could answer, about the panel version #.

    Are you familiar with the “Samsung Panel Lottery”? Samsung has it’s panels made by Samsung, Sharp and a couple of Chinese companies. You can tell by the Version on the sticker, on the box. In a store, you can see the box. When ordering online, you don’t know what you are going to get (hence the “Lottery”)

    Do you happen to know what the version # was, of the actual model that you reviewed? I’m looking to buy the UN40KU6300, but only if I am getting a Samsung panel, and not one of the sub-standard Chinese panels. I had one of the sales people look at one in their warehouse, and was told that it was a Version starting with FAO … and the F indicates Beijing Optoelectronics.

    Thanks for any help,
    Steve

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  • Richard
    May 25, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Stephen, Can you tell me which of these televisions the Samsung UN55KU6300 or the LG 55UH6150 is the better set for the money?

    Thanks.

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  • Terrence
    May 26, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Great Review ! – Do you know the difference between the UN55KU6300 and the UN55KU6290? On Samsung’s website all of the specs are the same but the sales prices are $100 cheaper for the 6290 – weird??

    Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 27, 2016 at 3:15 am

      Hey there Terrence. From what I can tell there is no real important difference between the two TVs and more importantly, no notable difference in display specs. However, the KU6290 apparently lacks Bluetooth and a feature called Briefing on TV, which is not exactly one of the must-have aspects of Tizen. Aside from this, the KU6290 is a sort of limited release model with only one size and it’s likely not going to be found in as many retailer’s stocks. Both of these could be good reasons for why it costs $100 less. That said, i’d still go for the KU6300 since the price difference isn’t major and the model is more likely to have received a better quality of attention when being manufactured.

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  • Mario
    May 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Hey Stephen, you mentioned this TV didn’t handle judder all too well. So I’m curious, how bad is it? Is it something that is very noticeable? Or is it something that isn’t a problem unless you are actively looking for it? I watched a video RTINGS.com has on their YT channel, giving an example of judder and i honestly can’t tell the difference, so I’m curious if this will affect me in any way.

    Thanks.

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  • Paul
    May 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Great review thanks I’m in the UK which has a different model number but is the same TV, unfortunately I’m looking for a 40″ hdr TV so there are ONLY 2 tvs I can find that are new this model from samsung & 1 from LG so for me I think this will be my new tv, just wish it has higher refresh rate.

    Can you also do a quick video comparisons with a non hdr 4k tv?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 30, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Hello Paul. I’m sorry, I don’t think I clearly understood your question. You want a video comparison of the KU6300 with a non-HDR 4K TV? Assuming this is the case. I can tell you right now that the KU6300 delivers some excellent contrast and black levels, as well as very good peak brightness, in both cases superior to most of the SDR 4K TV’s we’ve ever seen. However, in terms of color, the model is not nearly as vibrant or realistic as a SUHD model or for example the Vizio P-Series HDR TVs from this year and Sony’s XBR-D 4K HDR TVs, all of which do offer 10-bit Wide Color Gamut range.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Hello there Paul, the KU6300 isn’t a true full HDR 4K TV, so in terms of quality difference from this model and a high quality SDR TV like the Samsung JU6500 from 2015, you’ll notice little difference. However, if you examine picture quality on a full HDR model like, say the KS8000, then the difference is quite stunning, even on smaller display screens. Colors stand out more vibrantly thanks to wide color gamut, gradation between colors is much finer and most importantly the sheer range of dark and bright levels between peak brightness and maximum black level is much more realistic.

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  • Mark Mozaffar
    May 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you for the reviews. It seems that the KU6300 and KU7000 are extremely similar but have a $700 price difference. Can you elaborate on what the differences are to justify this price difference?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Hello Mark. The main difference between these two TVs lies in the fact that the KU7000 is edge-lit while the KU6300 comes with Slim FLED (Direct). In addtion to this, the KU7000 (and KU7500, which is identical except for its curved screen) comes with Active Crystal Color, which the KU6300 lacks. TThus, what you can expect from the KU7000 is superior contrast, superior black levels and a better range of display colors than those of the KU6300. Whether this is enough to justify the extra $700 in price you mention, It’s tricky to say but the KU7000 definitely delivers a moderately better display performance and better color rendering with higher color accuracy. However, neither of these two TVs offer the kind of color and contrast you’ll find in any of the 2016 SUHD TVs.

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  • Kevin
    May 31, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Hey Stephen,

    I’m torn between the Ku 6300 and the Vizio p50-c1. They are both 60 Hz but I haven’t read anything about the Vizio p50 having judder issues. If they both have judder issues the ku6300 might make more sense due to it having the lower price. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Helo there Kevin. Between these two TVs i’d absolutely recommend you go for the Vizio P50-C1 2016 HDR TV. It’s definitely the superior model across the board in its display specs and picture quality. The P50 offers higher peak brightness, better contrast, far better color quality (it offers wide color gamut instead of the 8 bit color of the KU6300 and the judder control of the P50 is much better than that of the KU6400, which offers rather poor judder management.

      The only aspect of the KU300 which we like more than its counterpart in the P50 is Samsung’s excellent Tizen smart TV platform but even here, Vizio has greatly improved their smart platform for 2016 thanks to SmartCast and the includded tablet remote.

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  • Dave
    June 3, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    just bought this 60 inch at Frys for $797 with promo code.

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  • Luis
    June 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Is there a difference between ku6290 and the ku6300?

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

      Hello there Luis. I believe I answered a similar question above earlier but to rehash the point, from what I’ve been able to tell, there is no real practical display difference between the KU6300 and the KU6290. They are different in only a couple of minor smart TV specs apparently.

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  • Cman
    June 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    A correction in the spec section above, it says edge lighting which is incorrect. The review.is.correct.

    I got the 60″ in the Fry’s deal mentioned above. Not very impressed with the screen especially motion and judder which this review mentions but does not say how bad it really is. The white screen uniformity is bad with vertical bands of tinting across the screen. All four corners have small dark areas. The panel serial no is EA01.

    With calibrations the colors are acceptable.

    The firmware version it came with is 1007. Many glitches. The Tizen platform may look better based on the evolution of TV platforms but given the evolution in smartphone software, it is very primitive and not user friendly, clearly two different business units at Samsung.

    Strangely, the TV overscans by default on all sources. On a digital source, it should be the opposite. Have to turn the counter-intuitively labeled Fit To Screen option on to turn off overscan. This should be mentioned in a review.

    To see how poor the UI design is for usability, you can edit the source icon using the up arrow pop-up menu. The edit screen has fields for changing the icon and the label so it just looks like customizing the home icon. But it has serious undocumented side-effects if you choose the PC or HDMI DVI option. It turns off overscan so this is mentioned as a solution to the overscan problem in forums rather than the Fit To Screen. But this also turns off much of the color calibration in settings because it is designed to be a monitor for a PC and the display calibration done on the PC. Not feasible if you are attaching a media stick/player.

    When influential reviews do not go to this depth to point out software silliness, they don’t get corrected.

    Some annoying UI design bugs. You can add a source to the home dock to for quick switching using the up arrow pop-up for the source along with edit. But if you remove it from the home dock, you cannot add it back again since the add to home screen menu item does not come back on the source unless you reset the TV! Not acceptable for a platform that has been around for this long.

    The remote capability is fine for TV but for universal remote capability it only works if the equipment you have is listed in the TV, otherwise there is no way for the TV remote to learn the device remote. There should be a manual option to read it button by button. The other device’s remote with universal capability cannot learn the Samsung codes because it does not use IR except for power.

    These are some of the reasons why I hope Apple will come up with its own TV even I might not buy it. They will not have most of these stupid design shortcomings, have better UI design paradigms and all of these TV manufacturers will then copy it and get better, not by themselves.

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    • Cman
      June 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Just wanted to update my comment.

      The firmware update to latest version 1103 fixed the problem mentioned above of a source not being able to put back on the home dock after removing it once. Now Add to Home screen remains available for the source even when it is already in the dock.

      But here are the new bugs introduced with this firmware:

      OTA EPG is gone. Doesn’t work anymore. Just says no information for all slots.

      The source label.cannot be changed anymore because the Done button in the on-screen keyboard is disabled when it comes up and does not get enabled!

      How a brand name company puts this kind of sloppy software with no testing is beyond me.

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  • Jaime
    June 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    The Samsung is better. I recently retuned the lg one for the Samsung 6290 (same as this one on the review but without Bluetooth). The blacks on the LG sure due being an IPS panel. Also the LG isn’t a real UHD, it uses the RGBW pixel arrangement. Beat buy has the 55″ 6290 on sale for $699.99 and I got a Samsung panel. Get one if you don’t care about Bluetooth as its the only difference withe the 6300.

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    • TraderJoe
      November 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Just learned from Samsung support 6290 used different internal component (likely cheaper) than 6300, so even though they have same spec except 6300 has the smart remote (with bluetooth), I would go for the 6300.

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  • Steve Rizzo
    July 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Stephen, I am trying to decide between the Samsung UN55KU6300 and the LG 55UH6150. This TV will primarily be used outdoors to watch sporting events during the summer. Look like pretty similar TVs. Thanks for your help.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Hey there Steve. Between these two models, I’d definitely suggest the Samsung KU6300 over the LG model. While we don’t consider the KU6300 to be a superb 4K TV, it performs quite well and delivers some very good black levels, excellent contrast, decent motion control and solid color performance for a 4K TV without wide color gamut. The KU6300 is also a great TV for PC and video gaming if that’s your thing. Furthermore, though LG’s WbOS 3.0 is better than Samsung’s Tizen smart TV platform, Tizen is still excellent and even better than it was last year. Both TVs have the same level of connectivity and oddly, both come with only 3 HDMI 2.0 ports. As a general rule so far, we’ve noticed that LG’s LCD (non-OLED) 4K TVs lag behind their Sony or Samsung counterparts on overall quality. We don’t highly recommend most of them, except notably good models like the UH8500 and the UH9500.

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      • Steve
        July 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        Thanks Stephen. Are both these tvs Bluetooth enabled? That would be key for outdoors

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          July 18, 2016 at 6:31 am

          Hi Steve, the Samsung model definitely is and from what I recall, the LG TV as well. Bluetooth is mostly a standard feature on almost all 4K TVs now.

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      • Gary
        November 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm

        Hi Stephen,
        LG 55UH6150 is costing 400$ cheaper here in Canada than Samsung. in that case is the LG is good value for money?

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  • Steve
    July 5, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Also I saw the two side by side today and my impression was that the Samsung was brighter but the LG was sharper detail wise

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 6, 2016 at 5:53 am

      Hey there Steve, the sharpness of the content might also be due to differently formatted content being used on the display. Normally, both 4K TVs, if displaying the same source of native 4K content should more or less have the same sharpness,especially for two models like these, both from high quality brands.

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  • Andre
    July 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

    How many HDMI’s does an average person need? Isn’t 3 enough?

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  • Thad Watson
    July 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Is there a go by for calibration of the Samsung UN65KU6300FXZA? There is a short, non-complex config example on an amazon review, but looking to do it better than the limited information listed there. I am also looking to not have to use a pro or a device to calibrate.
    Thanks

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  • Steve
    July 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Just wanted to know the difference, if there is one, between the KU6300 and the KU6290.

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  • Steve
    July 31, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Great review Stephen. I have the 6290 (only UHD model sold in Canada, other than the 7000). When viewing photos through native Tizen app, all pictures are being down scaled to 1080 (all of my pictures are 20mp jpegs). Is this normal for this model or for all Samsung 4K TVs? If so, are there 3rd party apps I can download that will utilize the full 4K resolution of the TV?

    Thank you

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  • Gary
    August 3, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Hey Steve,

    I’m torn between the UN50KU6290 or the VIZIO 50″ 4K UHD LED Smart TV (D50u-D1). Thoughts?

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  • Paul
    August 4, 2016 at 5:25 am

    thanks for the great review. trying to decide between the KU6300 and the 8000 for a 70 inch. by the way about a $600 jump going from 65 to 70 inch. what are your views on the merits of those extra 5 inches ?

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  • Matt
    August 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Stephen, I’m considering getting the Samsung KU6300 – 50″ version or Vizio’s 50″ M-series.
    What would you recommend?

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  • Laura
    August 5, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I’m looking at the ku6300 and the ju6500. I know the Ku is the 2016 model.. What are the differences in these two models spec for spec? Do they both run tizen?
    Which is the better tv?

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  • Alain
    August 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Stephen,
    If you had to choose between LG 49UH6500 and Samsung 50KU6290 given price is the same which one would you pick?

    Reply

    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Hello there Alain, between these two models, I’d pick the Samsung 4K TV. However, we don’t consider either model to be superb. If you’re going to go for the KU6290, I’d suggest you spend just a little bit more (about $100) and simply go for the mainline KU6300 which is the TV that the KU6290 “special” edition TV is based off of. We’ve reviewed this model and can vouch for its qualities and characteristics. Those of the 6290 should be about the same only slightly less precisely manufactured we suspect. Whether it’s the KU6290 or the KU6300 you choose, the Samsung TV offers superior contrast, black level, black uniformity and color performance to the LG UH6500. Furthermore, we prefer the motion control qualities of the KU6300/6290 as well. They’re not superb but they’re definitely better than those of the LG TV.

      In general, with the exception of the rather great UH8500 and UH9500 4K “Super UHD” 2016 LCD TVs from LG, we don’t recommend the company’s LCD mmodels as much as we do the TVs of Sony, Samsung or even Vizio.

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      • Alain
        August 12, 2016 at 3:55 am

        Thank you for you prompt response Stephen !

        I have a last question in relation to these two products, which is extremely important to me (I Use the TV mainly for movies and netflix);,
        Do you know if the level of Judder on KU6300 is superior or the same as. LG UH6500? Is judder as noticeable as Motion blur?

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  • Robert
    August 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Hello Stephen,

    I had the choice in store to buy the Samsung 50KU6300 or pay an extra 300$ for LG’s 2015 model, LG 58UF8300 (I was told it was VA panel with quantum dot) …Is it worth considering the LG model? How would you rate quantum dot panel?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Hello there Robert, While the UF8300 may not be a bad 4K UHD TV, it’s not a great performer either and even though it supposedly does come with quantum dot color, this delivers only minor benefits to the model since it does not come with wide color gamut and offers inferior DCI-P3 color space coverage to the Samsung KU6300. The VA panel design is a good feature of the LG TV but the KU6300 model also comes with a VA display and furthermore delivers better color performance and generally much better black performance as well as contrast. I’d suggest the Samsung TV instead of the UF8300.

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      • Robert
        August 15, 2016 at 11:51 am

        Thanks for your help !
        On a scale of 1 to 10 ( 1 been terrible and 10 being excellent) , how noticeable is judder while watching a movie on 24p with KU6300?

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          August 17, 2016 at 9:26 am

          Hi there Robert, hmm, i’d say that judder control on the KU6300 would be about a 3. The TV offers no support for judder removal in 24p content sources via any mechanism and you’ll definitely notice some judder at all times, though it isn’t too severe given the lack of support for 24p, which is why I give the TV a 3 instead of a 0.

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  • Ayhan Korkmaz
    August 15, 2016 at 2:59 am

    i have a question. im about to buy samsung 55ku7000 or 55ju7500. and im really comfused about it. which one should i buy ?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

      I’ve replied to your other copy of this comment in the KU7500 review but here it is pasted again Ayhan,

      “I’d recommend the JU7500 over the KU7000 on the whole. The 2015 TV may be older but it offers superior general performance on local dimming (the KU7000 doesn’t support it at all), motion control and color performance. It truly is a fine 4K TV overall and better than it’s 2016 non-SUHD cousins.”

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  • Sarunas
    August 18, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Hi Stephan,
    Samsung 50JU6800 vs Samsung 49KU6400
    Trying to choose one from these two and could not decide which one is better.
    From all reviews 50JU6800 seems to have better picture quality, more port connections (usb 3.0), but 50KU6400 is faster, could have better view angles, HDR.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hey there Sarunas, the KU6400, despite claims of so-called HDR doesn’t actually have the capacity to display high dynamic range content in any serious form. It can read the data due to its HDMI 2.0a connectivity and it manages decent peak brightness but not at a level that’s far above normal SDR 4K TVs. Also, the TV does not feature the wide color gamut and 10-bit color needed for formal HDR. As for its viewing angles, since this is a TV with a VA panel display, they shouldn’t be much different from those of the JU6800. Speed-wise, the KU6400 is a dolid performer and perhaps a bit faster than the JU6800 but the difference will be small. That said, both mdoels are more or less equally matched and I’d suggest you decide based on price more than anything.

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  • charlie
    August 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Absolutely lousy remote and interface with no “tools” button. Several controls such as naming inputs don’t work as advertised. TV will not recognize and therefore assign a name to the device connected to one of the (few) HDMI inputs but automatically switches to that source once the device is turned on. If one goes to another input they cannot return to the former input source without turning of the device and then turning it on again. I am hoping a universal remote might fill in some of these deficiencies. Good picture quality but that’s about it.

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  • Avi
    August 23, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Hey Stephen,

    Your reviews are excellent! With that being said, I am very confused re: a few models
    UN70K6300 vs XBR 65X850D vs UN65KS8000 vs UN65KU7000

    I am all about picture quality and I watch everything on streaming devices (Netflix, Hulu, HBO2Go etc) as well as a separate Android Box for google TV.

    I don’t watch blue ray DVD’s or high tech video games except for the Wii and I have my own sound system (Sonos)
    Big fan of watching sports as well.

    I currently own a Panasonic Viera Plasma 50″ (2008) and it’s awesome by my standards.

    The 4 models are all within the same price range (1500-2000) and I plan on keeping my new TV for at least 10 years.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Peter
    August 24, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Just bought a 40KU6300 to use as a computer monitor, replacing two Dell 24 inch 1920×1200 monitors. After getting used to the humongous screen I absolutely love it. No complaints. It even powers down if I leave it for a while. So for less than $500 I have a larger than 32 inch monitor, which would cost a minimum of $800 to $900, with a slightly higher dot pitch than my old monitors, which is great for reading a full page document. In retrospect, buying a 28 or 24 inch 4K monitor seems pointless. And I have a 4K TV for no additional cost.

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  • Shawn
    August 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    How good is Samsung un50ku6300 4k tv picture quality on it

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  • Mark Barnard
    August 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    What traditional button remote will give the UN55KU6300FXZA the most capability, thus overcoming the shortcomings of the smart remote that is included?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 2, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Mi Mark, I’d go for one of Samsung’s own button remotes for their TVs. It’s the most likely to offer full compatibility.

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  • john
    September 7, 2016 at 6:50 am

    On the other hand, what the KU6300 lacks for its lower retail cost is the higher caliber of HDR found in the 2016 SUHD TVs and the rather impressive quantum dot color enhancement technology we also lovein those pricier models.

    After reading your untangling 4k Tv piece, I thought that the Ultra HD premium badge meant that the tv met the best specs for uhd dislays. What am I missing?

    Compared to sony 800D for example, does the sony have wide color gamut – is that what triluminous does? and does it have better HDR quality?

    Anxiously awaiting your X800D review (49 “) and IPS/VA panel test result…
    thanks

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  • Lowell Greenberg
    September 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Excellent review. After reading reviews on other sites, I was concerned as to whether mating the KU6300 with a 4K HDR Blueray DVD player would make an appreciable difference in picture quality. But with a well mastered 4K Blueray DVD- such as “The Revenant,” it certainly does. Yet I wonder if the average consumer can fully appreciate and/or cost justify 4K Blueray HDR versus 1080p Blueray. Both look quite good.

    In fact streamed HD video seems sufficient for most. And with regards to streamed 4K and/or HDR content from Netflix and Amazon- it looks only marginally sharper than 1080P and lacks the color vibrancy and sound of a well mastered 1080P Blueray disk. I assume this is due to excessive compression of the streamed signal. So while many people are embracing SUHD TVs, my guess is that few are really benefiting from their picture potential. And even if they did, the number of quality 4K HDR titles is quite limited.

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  • Carlos
    September 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Hey stephen, been in some doubt for about a month now: Should i pick a JU6500 x JU6700 or the 2016 series KU6300?

    The price diference is about $300 between KU x JU6500 ans $120 between KU x JU6700 (i’m from brazil so the prices diferences may be a little strange), My use will be basically NETFLIX and a PS4

    Any thoughts? The curved screen is a game changing after all?

    Thank You!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Hey there Carlos, the 2016 models are better than their 2015 counterparts among those you mentioned. They offer better black level and contrast performance, slightly better general color accuracy performance and superior motion handling in our view. The one thing in which the 2015 JU6700 or JU6500 is better is its connectivity specs, which include one more HDMI port, but this is a small benefit over the other detriments.

      Also, I’d suggest you completely ignore curvature for a 4K TV. It’s useless in terms of picture quality improvements but it also doesn’t really do any harm either. Simply ignore it. If it’s there in a TV you want, okay, and if it’s not, probably better since Samsung tends to price their curved models higher than the flat versions even though both are often identical. So for example, the KU6300 and KU6500 are the same TV in all regards, but the KU6500 has a curve and thus sells for a slightly higher price. Go for the KU6300 model in that case. Apply this any time two 2016 Samsung models with the same starting number appear but one is curved and the one with the lower number flat. The flat version will be identical but cheaper due to a lack of curve.

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  • Chris
    September 26, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Hi Stephen,

    Thank you for the review. I’m seriously looking at the 65″ KU6300 because it fits well within my budget. My wife and I currently own a 7 year old 55″ Samsung LCD; to be honest, we would basically like to move to a 65″ because of the larger screen. However, on a few forums I’ve looked at, a number of people seem to have a low opinion of the KU6300 series and point out more of what it can’t or doesn’t do, as opposed to what it DOES do well. I don’t have $2000.00 to spend on the KS8000 series, but I want to make sure what I DO have is spent wisely. For the “average” person, who isn’t heavily into HDR and such and wats to move into UHD, is a 65KU6300 a good investment, or AM I better off waiting longer and saving up in order to move into another level? I don’t need (or want) the “Mercedes” level UHD, which costs an arm and a leg, but I want to make sure what I DO invest in provides quality, satisfying video. Thank you!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Hey there Chris, Id say that the KU6300 isn’t at all a bad TV if you’re not concerned about premium technologies like HDR and wide color gamut. However, if that’s the case,I’d actually suggest the 2015 JU7100 or JU7500 models even more. Overall, they’re slightly better TVs than the 2016 KU6300 and KU6500 and also offer superior connectivity and motion performance on the whole. I’d also say that you can have both decent pricing and premium specs if you switch from Samsung and go for one of Vizio’s P-Series models. They’re not as cheap as they were in their 2014 editions but they’re cheaper than the Samsung SUHD TVs and offer stunningly good display specs, though they do lack a tuner port, which is unfortunate.

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  • Wilson Galeano
    October 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    It has the ISBDT, for digital technology to Ecuador?. Thanks.

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  • Mark
    October 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Hi i would like to ask which of these t.v is better in terms of overall performance: samsung KU6600 curved 2016 or Sony X8000D? Thanks.

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  • mike Roudpo
    October 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Hi Stephen,
    thanks for the great article. I have recently purchased a samsung UN60KU and have just realized that it does not come with bluetooth capability. I was wondering if there is another option other than buying extra hardware that I might be missing in pairing my non samsung laptop to my tv for streaming content. could you please let me know if I am missing a feature.
    Thanks,

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  • John
    October 13, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Obviously you know a lot more about TV tech than I do, so forgive me if this sounds stupid.
    Which of the color spaces in your graph does the ku6300 series implement?
    With an 8 bit color panel, I would have thought it was just Rec.709 color, but that doesn’t seem to be one of the choices.
    Can you please explain?

    Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Hi there John, the KU6300 offers only conventional color space coverage. This means that it covers Rec.709 color and not 90% or more of DCI-P3 color space.

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  • Jeremy Powers
    October 15, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Why do so many tvs run 60hz native it looks so bad when watching sports.

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  • Josh
    October 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I have the 55″ KU6300 and I have to admit, I’m kind of disappointed. It got it for $599 on Prime Day, but from Best Buy (to compete with Amazon) so I thought I was getting a steal, considering at the time, the listing the price of the TV was $999. I now know why they were trying to get rid of it. When the TV is playing something in 4K, its beautiful. Otherwise, which is 99% of the time, it has some pretty bad blurring, especially with sports and video games. I’m going to try some new calibration settings I found on 4k.com and see if that helps at all.

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  • Shane
    November 15, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Would this tv be a good choice to use with my PS4PRO?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Hi there Shane, yes it would. Samsung’s 2016 4K TVs are especially good choices for gaming with the PS4 Pro and they offer particularly good input lag with HDR activated during gaming.

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  • T
    November 15, 2016 at 9:40 am

    How does UN65KU6300FXZA (via Newegg) compare with Vizio E70-E3 (via Bestbuy)?
    I want to get a 65+ inch screen. Is Samsung TV’s quality superior to Vizio? If that’s the case, I’m thinking of going with the UN65KU6300 over Vizio’s 70″

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hey there T. We have not yet reviewed the E-series models for 2016 but I’ve had a chance to look a couple of them over and I definitely consider the KU6300 to be the better of the two. The Samsung offers superior contrast, better brightness, deeper blacks and much better motion handling. It’s also a better TV overall. Vizio makes some great TVs and we even like their low-price D-Series models, especially for their wickedly low input lag for console gming, but the E-Series is not a particularly good 4K TV by 2016 standards.

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  • Nate
    November 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    not one mention on the wifi card built in this model , i know there are a wide difference with wifi tech. some could not connect outside a paper bag and at a very lousy rate/speed .. i do a lot with my main DT and server apps mostly through Roku devices how well would those work with this model across my house

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  • Rick Ray
    November 21, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I am considering purchasing the Samsung model UN60KU6300 smart TV. However, I am concerned with the remote that comes with the TV. Can a “universal remote control” be programmed to work with this TV? Thanks

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  • Micah
    November 28, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I’m noticing that on my Xbox one s when I play something that’s hdr the screen dims a little bit. Is this normal?

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  • Sharyn Lee
    November 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I needed a TV in October and replaced a 1080 40” with Samsung 40 J6200. for $329. Great picture after going through a lot of adjustments to get it how I like it. Refresh rate is 120hz. I turned off Auto Motion Plus to eliminate the “soap opera effect”. I sit about 9 feet away. It’s now on sale for 279. darn.. Now the Samsung 40 KU3290 is on sale for $299. and I am wondering if it will give me any better results at 9 feet or in other features? The refresh rate is 60hz. Also I’m confused if it is full direct back light, or edge, and which really is better? I picked up a KU6280 but haven’t opened it yet. I can put the J6200 in another room if I keep it. They were sold out of the KU6300 at $349. I’m also concerned that the KU3290 may be of poorer quality, than the KU6300 based on what I have read on other comments on here? Budget is a factor. I watch mainly TV and some Blu Ray or DVD movies. Possibly will stream in the future.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 5, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Hello there Sharyn. We’ve never reviewed a KU3290 model version of the KU6300 but We do definitely like the KU6300 and Samsung assured us that the two are in all practical respects basically the same. The different model number is a retailer agreement thing that has nothing serious to do with varying TV performance quality according to them. I have gotten a chance to do a very quick hands on look at KU6290 models on a couple occasions and couldn’t note a difference in their display performance from that of the KU6300 but these were admittedly brief basic looks at the TV.

      Bottom line, it’s very likely that the KU6290 will perform just fine or almost identically to the KU6300 for the fairly normal needs you describe.

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  • Garth
    November 29, 2016 at 11:35 am

    UHD upscaling on or off?

    Hello and thank you for all the incredible information.

    In your above description of Samsung’s ku6300 series Tvs, you refer to UHD up scaling
    and show comparison pics of up scaling ‘on or off’, implying there is a way to toggle this
    feature. Please explain how to engage the up scaling feature. Thank you 🙂

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 5, 2016 at 1:07 am

      The photo example of upscaling on or off was for demonstration purposes and rendered from a comparison of an HD screen and a 4K UHD display. In the KU6300 itself, to our knowledge, you cannot deactivate 4K upscaling as long as the TV is displaying content across its entire screen. This is because the TV display literally contains 3,840 x 2160 (8.29 million in total) pixels and has to fill them all with a displayed image. Thus, it upscales to the best of its capacity automatically for any given piece of non-4 content.

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  • Victor
    November 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I currently have the Samsung UN55HU6840 and I would like to know if it is worth changing for this model (UN55KU6300)

    Thanks.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 5, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Hey there Victor, if you’re already thinking of a change to a newer TV, i’d absolutely recommend the KU6300 over the HU6840. Or, if you want to spend just a little bit more, go for the KU7000 since it also offers HDR wide color gamut. This will make the latter TV a much better choice for the growing selection of 4K HDR movies, programming, Blu-ray discs and finally console games that is now emerging in late 2016 and 2017.

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  • Pushkar
    December 2, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Do this tv need a stabilizer

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  • Drew
    December 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I just bought a UN50KU6300 for Black Friday and received it in the mail a few days ago. When I load up the YouTube app that’s built in, the background that fades from Grey to Black has a bunch of visible semi-circles in it. Is this normal for the built in YouTube app background or do I have color banding and should try to exchange it if possible? Here is a link to a picture I took of the bottom left corner of the YouTube app. https://s14.postimg.org/j05bvet01/20161202_133911.jpg
    Thank you.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 4, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Hello Drew, what your image shows appears to b color banding, which shouldn’t generally be the case since this is indeed a 10-bit 4K TV. The KU6300 can show slight anomalies like this on rare occasions with darker color shades but for most content the problem shouldn’t appear. Have you noticed the effect with any other content or any other app graphics? If it’s only appearing in this one specific context, I’d argue that there’s no need to exchange your TV since it’s a very minor issue and almost all 4K TVs will have their slight details.

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  • Gianni
    December 6, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Hello, Can someone help me, please. I recently bought the Sony 49x800d at best buy. I do notice that TV and Streaming content looks great!! but cable movies look very very dark. I was wondering which TV would be better in the $650 price range. Before I bought this tv I was considering the Samsung 50KU6300. Would you keep the sony or go for the 6300? I have 4 more days to return the Sony. Thank yoU!

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  • Alto
    December 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Actually,
    the remote is the same. I purchased the 6290 and I got the smart remote, not the button remote.

    just an FYI.

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  • Mark
    December 24, 2016 at 7:53 am

    So If I buy a 4K DVD Player for my Samsung UN60KU6300 will it be compatible since it does not have a 2.2 port?

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  • Tucker
    December 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Having issues with this TV (that I love) with the PS4 Pro and DHCP 2.2 even though it supports it.

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  • JStiel
    December 26, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Better not count on mirroring from TV to mobile as they advertise:

    Chat Information Please wait for a Samsung Agent to respond.
    You are now chatting with ‘Vaibhav B’. The reference number for this chat is 4337898337.
    Vaibhav B: Hi, thank you for reaching out to Samsung technical support. How may I assist you?
    Visitor: Where can get the app that will enable this: “Watch your TV entertainment on your mobile device – or your mobile media on your TV via the Smart View App”
    Vaibhav B: Just to confirm, do you want to mirror the mobile phone to the TV?
    Visitor: No – TV to mobile
    Vaibhav B: For better assistance, please tell me with the complete model code of the TV.
    Vaibhav B: You can find the code starting with LN/UN/PN through Menu/Home > Support > Contact Samsung using TVs remote or you can locate it on the rear panel of the TV.
    Visitor: 55″ Class KU6300 4K UHD TV
    Vaibhav B: Thank you for the model code.
    Visitor: un55ku630
    Vaibhav B: The smart view can be used to mirror the mobile to TV, but at preset as it is in developing stage, we can’t mirror TV to mobile.
    Visitor: It says on the product web site: “Watch your TV entertainment on your mobile device ”
    Vaibhav B: It is the feature under development, once it is completed, it will be available to use.
    Visitor: When is that expected to be? That is the main reason I purchased this tv.
    Vaibhav B: I will provide you with the link from where you can see the latest release for the Samsung products.
    Vaibhav B: http://www.samsung.com/us/news/
    Vaibhav B: Please check the above link accessibility.
    Visitor: I can access it. What am I supposed to be looking for?
    Vaibhav B: As soon as the smart view feature for mobile to TV is released it will be shown there.
    Visitor: Are you sure? I can’t imagine you would advertise it as having this feature on your web site if the feature were not really available.
    Vaibhav B: The smart view is presently in the beta version, the feature will be available in the future after the testing is done for the feature.
    Visitor: Will this be 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years?
    Vaibhav B: It might be released in the first quarter of next year.
    Vaibhav B: Is there anything else I can assist you with?
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  • marc
    January 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Hi Stephen,
    1. you mention turning on or off the local dimming feature, and that has a negative impact on black levels.
    Where in the menu is the ability to turn on or off local dimming, I don’t see it. Do you mean “HDMI black level” – this only applies to hdmi, not streaming or component?

    2. As far color spec for this TV vs the KU 7000, you say it has slightly inferior color performance, what is the difference in color features exactly? I am within the return window for th 6500 so still evaluating for a couple more days

    I like the tv overall but it does not have the color performance of the 43 inch (not 49) sony x800d, although it does seem to upscale blacks better than the Sony for 1080i content. The Sony was too small otherwise I would probably have kept it, great build quality and OS nice blacks on the VA 43 inch.

    3. Artifcats in movies, complex scenes – I am watching 1080i or 1080p movie content on the 6500 – “in the heart of the sea” for example (from tv provider – TMN). My 2012 samsung 6500 plasma (great tv!) does a better job in (both tvs in movie mode, low brightness, high contrast, low sharpness, etc) overall i would say (although i cant compare side by side). On the 6500, on complex water/harbor cgi scenes with lots of ships ans waves, I can see noise and artifacts that are either gone or completely smoothed out on the plasma. Is this just because the 6300/6500 is adding a lot of pixels to display in 4k and the signal is not pristine? or is it still the case that most recent plasma produce a much smoother, artifact-free picture than led (God I wish you could buy 4K plasma)? What are the ideal movie settings for movie mode you are using as far as brightness/backlight/sharpness (i am playing with 20-45/8-10/10-30) and color temp cool vs warm2?

    4. Does anyone know whether the upgraded remote ($30 on ebay) with the voice command microphone button that comes with the 7000 and up models will work with this TV?

    5. Does anyone know if the tv has HID (i.e. wireless not bluetooth) support for mice keybd? I have attached USB dongle and while i can get mouse motion, selection does not work across the board and the keyboard part does not seem to work. Also is it possible to connect simultaneously bluetooth kepboard and headphones?

    thanks much

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 20, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Hi there Marc, okay, so point by point:

      The mention of local dimming was a mistake on our part and I apologize for it. This TV doesn’t in fact have local dimming and the HDMI Black level setting is an entirely different thing for setting black level compensation from HDMI video feeds due to issues with the connectivity option of HDMI.

      Between the KU7000 and the KU6300/KU6500 The KU7000 will definitely give you slightly superior overall performance. It has wide color gamut, which the KU6500 lacks (the KU6500 only has 10-bit color support). However, we found the KU6500/6300 to have much better contrast and peak brightness, at least a quarter better than those of the KU7000. However, these settings can vary a fair bit between specific TV units from each brand due to panel manufacture source differences.

      For your third point, I can’t comment in great detail because I’ve not seen your plasma TV in action or reviewed a similar model but the small bit of noise in the KU6500/KU6300 can actually be reduced by DEACTIVATING ‘HDR+ Mode’ mode. Sounds odd but I’ve found it to work quite nicely. That noise is something that I do believe to be a product of some small level of pseudo HDR upscaling (all new 4K HDR TVs practice it to some degree) done by HDR+ mode instead of due to resolution upscaling. Also, I personally prefer natural viewing mode with Warm3 settings, since this produces what I consider to be the best overall picture quality and contrast richness. HHowever, these settings are a bit subjective based on viewer preference.

      fourth point: No I don’t believe the voice remote will work with this model. The KU6500 does not support voice command. For this you need to upgrade to the KU7000 or higher.

      As for your fifth point, the KU6500 does indeed support HID, so it should support mice and keyboards via this medium. One keyboard i’d suggest trying due to hearing many good things about it is the Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus from Logitech. I’m not being paid to promote this device by the way, it’s just a suggestion with more traction for smart TV usability than many other keyboard/mouse combos I’ve seen.

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  • Christal
    January 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Hi. I have a question. Is the KU6290 pretty much the same TV but different remote?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Hey there Christal, yes, the KU6290 is essentially the same model as the KU6300 in all of its key specs and smart functionality. I have not been able to detect anything but cosmetic differences between them and both models will perform the same on displaying and rendering content or games. Their connectivity specs are identical as well.

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  • Stuart
    February 3, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    LG 55UH7700 or Samsung UN55KU6300. Which would you recommend?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Stuart, I’d absolutely recommend the Samsung KU6300 for one key reason. It comes with a VA display panel instead of the IPS found in the LG UH7700 TV. The VA panel means far superior contrast levels and black performance. these are two crucial specs for higher quality HDR and for more vibrant looking colors and picture quality overall. Otherwise, both TVs are very similar in their specs, motion handling and color performance. The IPS display lowers the value of the LG model quite a bit to us though.

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  • Henrik
    February 8, 2017 at 6:51 am

    is the UE40KU6075 in Sweden the same as ku6300?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Hello Henrik, yes the two models are pretty much identical. There may be some minor smart TV and contrast, color, brightness performance differences but you’re highly unlikely to notice them. In any case, Samsung’s 4K TVs come with panels from different manufacturing sources, depending mostly on luck, so even televisions with the same model number can have their variations. The KU6300 is a great budget 4K TV by the way. It’s HDR specs aren’t incredible but it delivers solid general performance and smooth upscaling.

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  • CJ
    February 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’m a little confused here. This article in the specs states “Screen Lighting: Edge-lit LED backlighting” but Samsung says “DIRECT LED BACKLIGHTING” for their KU6300 series.

    For their KS8000 series Samsung states “EDGE-ARRAY BACKLIGHTING” so that I would believe is edge lit.

    The fact that the UN65KU6300 is 2,5″ deep and the UN65KS8000 is 1.7″ deep furthers my belief that as Samsung states the 6300 is back lit not edge lit and the 8000 is edge lit.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Hey thre CJ. this was a bit of an error in the specs listing on our part. It’s been corrected. The KU6300 is indeed direct-lit (though not full-array)

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  • Barry
    March 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Hey Stephen,

    I just bought a Samsung UN60KU6300FXZA and installed last night with my younger neighbors programmimg help. He just bought a similar LG 55″ so was good on controls and settings. The picture is so much sharper than my 10 year old Samsung 55″ HD set. My question is that when we change channels it takes couple of seconds for sound/talking to come back. When I change to a Spanish language channel it takes 5-6 seconds. When we watched 4K YouTube videos, at times the picture froze a second. My friend thinks the freezing was due to need a faster server speed. We have AT&T. Could the server be the problem on the 4K freeze and also the sound slowness?
    Thanks
    Barry

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Hey there Barry, the problems you describe does indeed sound to me like a server issue, though it could be a defective unit. Internet speed issues more often manifest in the form of pixelated picture quality that slowly or quickly resolves itself as signal speed smoothes out. but they can also cause picture freeze and slighlt audio signal delays. Also, I should mention that I own a KU6300 as well and they are known for being a bit slow and slightly freezing sometimes when you use their smart platform. This can sometimes manifest a bit in the apps as well but the fact that the TV delays in picking up sound sounds a bit odd.

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  • JL
    March 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Hi, I am considering between Samsung 55′ KU6300 and Sony 55′ X70D, any suggestions on which to go for? Mainly used them for movie watching in living room. Thanks a lot

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Hey there JL, Quite frankly I recommend the KU6300 over the X750D. There’s one main reason for this and it’s the Samsung model’s VA panel. This means much better black performance and superior contrast ratios, by far. Both TVs offer about the same level of HDR quality (pretty basic) and the same color performance but those IPS black levels (without local dimming to improve them) are a major picture quality killer in the X750D. The Sony TV does however deliver superior motion handling and a great level of 24p content playback support for judder-free viewing (though this is usually not even that noticeable even if it’s absent). The KU6300 also comes with a brighter image based on our reviews, so this helps its picture quality as well.

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  • Timothy V Noecker
    April 8, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Just Had My New SAMSUNG UN65KU6300 Curved UHD Delivered This Past Wednesday, November 16th 2016 – I Did Not Purchase This Television Through Amazon.com Though I Bought At My Local Furniture Fair Retailer Here In Jacksonville, N.C. I Had Help From My Room mate Assembling It (T.V. Stand/Feet to the T.V. Itself) and Lifting It Into Place Onto To My Entertainment Stand.
    I Did All The Necessary Hook-ups Such As HDMI From My Wi-Fi Panasonic Blu-Ray Disc Player and ROKU Stick 3600R, and Toslink Cable Connection From My Yamaha RX-V473 AVR. I Finally Turned On The Television And It Automatically Does The Start-Up via Menu Screen, It Immediately Looks/Scans For Home Internet Signal And OTA Channels And Stores The Channels It Picks Up. All This Takes About a Quick 20mins Or So.
    My Blu-Ray Player For Some Reason Has Quit On Me As Far As Actually Playing Blu-Ray Discs. It Stills Connects To NETFLIX, HULU+, VUDU, and YouTube Beautifully Though. (I Just Ordered a New SONY BDP-S6500 From Amazon.com To Replace The Panasonic) I Watched TRON: Legacy via HD on VUDU and Man, The Picture Is Fantastic!!! I Can’t Imagine What 4K Is Gonna Look Like Because Even 1080p Source Material Looks Fantastic On The UN65KU6500!!! I Upgraded From a 2012 Samsung 51″ Plasma (Which I Still Have)…
    Now If 4K Players Prices would Drop and 4K Source Material Would Be Abundant Life Would Be Perfect!!! In The Meantime I’ll Be Re-Watching My Collection Of Blu-Ray Discs and Digital Stored Movies and T.V. Shows I Have on VUDU.
    BTW, I Suggest If You Can Afford To Upgrade Your HDMI Cables To Fusion4K Brand, They Are Fantastic Quality HDMI Cables That I Believe Are Better Than Monster Cable Brand, At Least As Good As AudioQuest Brand at Only 75% Of The Price Of AudioQuest and There are Available Through Amazon.com

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  • Shawn Fath
    April 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I can get the 60inch of this tv for $699 open box at BB. Should I grab it before it’s gone or wait for other models to drop.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Shawn. That’s a pretty good price for this model and I doubt you’ll be unhappy with it. You might want to wait until later in the year for further deals or discounts but if you’d rather have the TV now instead of holding off for a few months, I’d suggest going for the purchase as long as it’s new and warrantied. See our post on the dangers of buying used 4K TVs for more details on why these sorts of discounts are best avoided.

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