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Samsung KU7000 Series 2016 4K UHD Smart Flat LED TV Review (UN49KU7000, UN55KU7000)

by on May 14, 2016
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UPDATE: Earlier we had stated in this review that the Samsung KU7000 lacks wide color gamut. After further examination of this model we found that we were wrong. The TV does indeed feature Wide Color Gamut even though it lacks the also important spec of 10-bit color, for 1.07 billion colors instead of the 16.7 million colors of 8-bit color which this TV comes with.

In the follow-up to their superb new 2016 SUHD HDR 4K TVs, which replaced the 2015 SUHD models as the brand’s premium 4K TVs, Samsung has now also put up a whole but slightly limited series of 4K UHD TVs as a replacement to the 2015 JU-Series 4KK models. These are the 2016 KU-Series models and consist of the KU7500, KU7000, KU6500 and KU6300. With the KU TVs, Samsung has created a line of slightly more conservative 4K UHD models with limited HDR support which doesn’t match what’s on offer with their SUHD cousins for this year or last year. On the other hand, these TVs do still offer some great display specs, smart TV features and other key benefits that we’ve liked in nearly every 2015 and 2016 Samsung 4K TV we’ve reviewed so far.

The KU7000 is itself almost identical to the KU7500 we’ve already reviewed but lacks the same screen curvature of its pricier twin and as such can’t quite be called the “top-shelf” model among the KU-Series televisions. Despite this, the KU7000 actually provides superior value to that of its 7500 cousin due to its more reasonable price and what are essentially the same display specs as its pricier curved brother TV. Also comparable to the 2015 JU7100 4K UHD TV, the KU7000 comes with very similar levels of contrast, color accuracy and other key aspects of display quality. Furthermore, because this TV includes the 2016 Tizen smart TV platform and Samsung’s typically excellent content upscaling engine, there’s plenty of high quality to be found here. On the other hand, a lack of the top-shelf high dynamic range specs of the SUHD KS-Series 2016 4K TVs does spoil the KU7000’s high dynamic range technology, which might be of most interest to potential buyers.

Note: This particular review of the KU7500 is not based on hands-on revision of this TV and is more of a preliminary overview based on everything we could find about the TV. We will however be updating it robustly with specific details once we had a chance to look at the TV in live detail.

The Good

First and foremost in our opinion, the KU7000 comes with the same superb new 2016 version of the Tizen smart TV platform with SmartHub that has been included in all of this year’s 4K TVs from the company. This is one very positive aspect of the KU7000 that we can’t help but appreciate. Tizen 2016 comes with all the same benefits and usability of its 2015 predecessor but with the further refinement of some new aspects. These include an even better level of user friendliness, access to a wider range of 4K and other streaming media apps and a few new key user interface and content access options that definitely simplify things.

Some of the improvements to Tizen 2016 include an easier level of game handling without the need for a console and a simplified mechanism for connectivity between KU7000 and external streaming content sources like set-top boxes, cloud storage systems and mobile devices most of all. In 2015 we considered Tizen to be the second best smart TV platform of the year and our opinion remains the same in 2016.

Next along, the overall picture quality in the KU7000 is for the most part superb. While the TV lacks the more robust UHD Alliance-certified high dynamic range specs of SUHD cousins such as the KS9000 2016 HDR TV model , it does still deliver very robust black levels, a high level of peak luminosity and some very solid (but not HDR-level) color accuracy and range. Furthermore, the quality of the KU7000’s motion control technologies is good for the most part. On top of this, the 4K UHD upscaling engine in the KU7000 is as good as anything you’ll see in any other 2016 Samsung 4K model, so this is a worry-free bonus to have available.

Finally, in physical terms, the KU7000 shares the same lovely aesthetic appeal of its other 2016 4K TV cousins. Samsung is particularly good at putting together 4K TVs with a very handsome physical design and the KU7000 is no exception to this, with an elegant nearly bezel-free display, a minimalist but sturdy supporting stand and a very good looking silver-grey tone throughout its body and base. What we also like about this model is its lack of display curvature. Samsung designed the KU7500 with this feature and despite that model and the KU7000 having essentially identical display specs, the KU7500 costs a couple hundred dollars more, due almost entirely to its curved screen. Thus, with the KU7000, you can cut this pointless expense out of the picture (literally in part) and without worry about display quality, since as we’ve carefully explained before, curved displays are little more than a gimmick with little or no practical value to offer.

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The bad

While the KU7000 is definitely a great piece of home entertainment technology, it’s also not without its imperfections. Thus, a few key things keep this 4K TV from being as good as it could have been with a bit of price and specs tweaking.

First of all, there is the simple fact that the KU7000 and all the rest of the KU-Series TVs don’t come with the full package of UHD Alliance-certified specs for Ultra HD Premium levels of dynamic range. The KU7000 does come with what Samsung calls HDR Premium technology but this isn’t the same as the superior brightness, black levels and color of HDR1000 that are found in the SUHD TVs. In other words, for viewing the latest high dynamic range content from sources like 4K Blu-ray and Netflix, the KU7000 and other KU TVs won’t deliver quite the impressive quality we’ve seen in the KS TVs in the 2016 SUHD lineup. Because of this, considering the price of this 49 inch and 55 inch 4K TV, the KU7000 actually offers slightly less overall value than a similarly priced model like the 2016 P-Series from Vizio, which does indeed come with Wide Color Gamut and exceptional brightness specs while being slightly more affordable.

Going into more detail on the KU7000’s visual deficiencies and lower-caliber HDR, the major sticking point is the lack of 10-bit color in this model. The KU7000 does come with Wide Color Gamut at about 94% DCI-P3 spectrum coverage and includes what Samsung calls Active Crystal Color, which is as far as we can tell the same technology as Quantum Dot Color in the 2016 SUHD TVs. In the KU7000 and it's cousin the KU7500, Samsung did indeed includ 10-bit color for a total of 1.07 billion color values.

Finally, in terms of connectivity specs, the KU7000 and the rest of the 2016 KU-Series 4K TVs are all oddly deficient on the number of key connectivity ports they have. In this model and the rest of the KU-Series lineup, we get only a total of 3 HDMI 2.0a ports and 2 USB ports. This is in contrast to the 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports of the 2016 SUHD TVs, the 2015 SUHD TVs and even the otherwise comparable 2015 JU-Series 4K TVs from Samsung. This was a bit of an odd decision on Samsung’s part to say the least.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Samsung KU7000 offers a superior value to the company’s KU7500 curved but otherwise nearly identical 4K TV for 2016. Because of this, we recommend this model even more and consider its display specs to be quite good for the most part. Furthermore, the Tizen smart platform and UHD Upscaling engine in the KU7000 are as good as they are in almost any other major Samsung 4K TV. On the other hand, if you want even better value for your money, go for Vizio’s 2016 P-series 4K TVs with many even better specs and a slightly better price .

Specs

• Screen size: 54.6 diagonal inches - UN55KU7000 and 49 diagonal inches - UN48KU7000
• 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: Edge-lit LED backlighting with UHD Dimming
• 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: 60W (20W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2) Down Firing Down Firing w/Tweeter (4.1CH) 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: 43.4 pounds (55 inch model)
• Dimensions: 48.6" x 31" x 13.1" (55 inch model, with stand)

Highlights

Active Crystal Color: While the KU7000 doesn’t include the Wide Color Gamut of the 2016 SUHD 4K TVs, it does come with Samsung’s Active Crystal Color technology and this is a useful addition to its overall display output quality. This technology, which is essentially the same thing as Quantum Dot Color in the SUHD TVs as far as we can tell, uses filter screens of nanocrystal particles which are then polarized into displaying certain primary colors as the light from the backlight LEDs passes through them. In turn, the colored light mixes with the color capacity of the TVs pixels to create a more broadly mixed palette of colors for broader vibrancy and greater display realism that’s definitely superior to what we’ve seen in a majority of non-HDR 4K TVs for this year and last year.

HDR: Once again, the KU7000 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 KU7000, like the KU7500, 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 KU7000 but the TV still delivers a range of contrast that’s better than what you’ll find in any SDR 4K TV.

Tizen & 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.

Smart Remote: Samsung’s smart remote could have used still further improvements in 2016 and we think that LG’s smart remote control is definitely superior in its overall design and functionality but Samsung has at least made a remote which for 2016 offers an easy to use touchpad for smart TV manipulation, voice command and a comfortable design overall. Furthermore, this year’s model is extremely flexible when it comes to connectivity with other home theater devices, letting you broad amount of control with the comfort of a single control device.

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Visual Specs

In terms of visual specs, the KU7000 doesn’t quite match the truly impressive display quality we’ve seen in several different 2016 HDR 4K TV models, including Samsung’s own KS-Series SUHD TVs, Sony’s X930D model and even Vizio’s P-Series 4K HDR models for this year. However, this TV does deliver what is a definitely solid display quality by the standards of any name brand mid-range 4K TV today. Contrast looks rich and varied, colors are robust and reasonably accurate and technologies like Ultra Clear Panel, Auto Depth Enhancer and Active Crystal Color all do their part to deliver a high quality of realism and vibrancy to the KU7000’s screen in almost any lighting conditions.

The black levels aren’t OLED-perfect and don’t even quite match the black levels we like in the KS-Series premium Samsung TVs but unless you put the two kinds of TVs side by side for a direct comparison, you’re not likely to notice much of a quality decrease here. Furthermore, peak brightness is still good, even if it doesn’t come close to matching the 1400 nits that the KS9000 or KS9500 are capable of.

Furthermore, the KU7000 comes with a Vertical Alignment panel technology which allows for contrast levels to be delivered to their maximum potential even if VA display does also spoil viewing angles to some degree. In the case of the KU7000 and other KU-Series TVs, watching the TV from more than about 65 degrees off dead center will create a notable decrease in contrast and color quality.

Now, to go into this TV’s HDR specs in further detail, the lack of key HDR10 display specs like those in the SUHD cousins of the KU7000 means that this TV can’t manage the profoundly bright peak luminance of the top-shelf 4K TVs for 2016. Thus, instead of delivering 10% window brightness of more than 1200 nits, this model offers something closer to 500 nits and while its black level is fairly close to that of the SUHD models, overall contrast sits at around 3,600:1 instead of the more than 6000:1 we saw in the KS8500 or the KS9500 TVs.

Furthermore, the KU7000 does come with 10-bit color and thus manages the same smooth 1.07 billion color values worth of gradient we've seen in the more robust HDR 4K TVs of 2016. The TV also offers Wide Color Gamut and this means a 94.1% DCI-P3 color space coverage. This at least is an important inclusion in the KU-Series 4K TVs because this level of DCI-P3 color space coverage is key to being able to deliver the level of HDR color saturation that has been standardized with Ultra HD Premium from the UHD Alliance and HDR10 standards. Nonetheless, without the excpetional peak brightness levels of its SUHD cousins, the KU7000 doesn't quite deliver the stunning realism we’ve seen in a number of major 2016 HDR TVs like the X940D from Sony .

Finally, in terms of motion control and upscaling technologies, the KU7000 performs mostly well on the first of these and superbly on the second, non-4K content upscaling. Specs for judder control, motion blur control and motion interpolation in the form of Motion Rate 120 technology are solid performers and the KU7000’s upscaling engine does a great job of cleaning up and refining Full HD content in particular while also deliver high quality 480p and 720P upscaling for well formatted content sources.

Connectivity

Samsung’s 4K TVs come with either the One Connect or One Connect Mini external connectivity box for better future-proofing and expanded connectivity options as needed. That said, the number of built in connectivity options in this and other KU-Series TVs is rather limited with only 3 HDMI 2.0a ports and just 2 USB ports. On the other hand, this TV does offer full Ethernet connectivity, built-in WiFi and a full web browser as well as all the 4K and non-4K digital media apps you could expect from any major name brand 4K TV for 2016.

Also, the KU7000, like all Samsung 4K TVs for this year and last year, come with the latest specs like HDCP 2.2, H.265 and VP9 content encoding support.

Pricing

Samsung’s KU7000 comes in four sizes for the time being. These are the 43 inch, 49 inch range, 55 inch and the 65 inch range, with retail prices on Amazon.com of $921.15 for the 43 inch, $1,099.99 for the 49 inch, $1,399.99 for the 55 inch and $2,277.82 for the 65 inch model TV.

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Not so Great

To summarize briefly, we dislike the following aspects of the KU7000 4K “HDR” TV: It lacks a wider array of HDMI and USB ports, it offers somewhat limited viewing angles due to its VA panel technology and it doesn’t offer the full HDR of other major 2016 4K TVs with the particularly notable absence of 10-bit color being a weakness in this model and the other KU-Series 4K TVs for 2016.

Positives

• Tizen smart OS is even better than in 2015
• Great screen brightness
• Samsung’s great upscaling engine
• Robust contrast
• Beautiful physical design
• Decent price

Negatives

• no full HDR
• fewer HDMI, USB ports than other TVs
• contrast could improve

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We like the KU7000 despite the lack of some select HDR and color specs that the 2016 SUHD TVs come with and we think the 55 inch model in this series offers better value than its KU7500 cousin, mainly because the flat screen means a reduced and much more reasonable price for the specs you’re getting with this particular 4K TV. However, the Vizio 2016 P-Series TVs do offer better value still.

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  • Gregg
    May 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for the review, I have been waiting for this model to come out and, wanted to know if and when someone would do the review. I think after reading the review, I might be looking at the Vizio P55, 2016 model now instead of the Samsung, and I I was leaning to the Samsung over the Vizio. I would love to see a Sony 55xbr850d vs. Samsung vs. Vizio p55-c1 Comparison. Considering they all are pretty much the same price. The Vizio is 100$ Cheaper..

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 16, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Hey there Gregg, Please don’t get the wrong impression. In our view the Samsung KU7000 is quite a good 4K TV in most ways, it just doesn’t offer full, true HDR in the way that the 2016 P-Series does. Also, a word of advice. If you’re going for the P-Series, keep in mind that the 55 inch model comes with an IPS display instead of the VA display technology of the other TVs in the 2016 Vizio P-Series range. The IPS means better viewing angles but it also results in much lower contrast ratios and a black level that doesn’t quite get as rich and deep.

      Also, between the Sony X850D and the Vizio P-Series, we’d say that the overall quality of the P-Series is better for HDR and for content motion handling, though both TV models offer nearly equally excellent color quality in their Wide Color Gamut.

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      • Mitch
        July 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

        Stephen,

        Almost bought the Samsung KU7000 but the VIZIO P-Series sounds like the better deal and picture with true HD. Question 1, I cut cable and use an HD antenna to pick up our local channels and use Apple TV to stream the rest…does the VIZIO P-Series come with antenna connection? Question 2, does the VIZIO P-Series lose picture quality when you go beyond the 50″? Thanks!

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      • Stephen Sands
        August 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm

        How would you compare a new
        purxhase of either the
        Samsung UN65KU7000 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model) as compared with the 2015 KU 6500 curved 65″ 4K for a New York city apartment.

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          August 17, 2016 at 11:37 am

          Hello there Stephen, the two 4K TVs are very similar in fact but the KU7000 is somewhat better at motion control and color performance. It also offers slightly better peak brightness. In most other regards there is very little difference between them aside from the curved screen of the KU6500, which we recommend much less than the flat panel of the KU7000. We should also note that neither TV model supports 24p content support or local dimming, though the KU6500 is direct-lit and the KU7000 is edge-lit, causing slight differences in the quality of each model’s backlighting.

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  • Jay deckhand
    May 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hey there so I’m a first time buyer for a 4K and I understand that Samsung is superior in this class I actually want a 40″ good for a bedroom I was looking at this model you reviewed the ku7000 I want it for the active crystal color feature I want a Samsung TV that has full RGB and wide range of color for gaming. The 4K feature is extra to me until they release the PS4 neo. So is this a good buy if I want a Samsung TV for great color because I have a un40j6300 2015 model with that wobbly stand everyone hates and the TV is nice but color could be better and I was also looking at the ku6300 2016 model also in 40″ looks to me the ku6300 has pur color and the ku7000 has active crystal color which is better? I like your review though really helpful than others I’m really complicated too when it comes to TV like I don’t even use game mode I turn off all the post processing myself get a better picture what people don’t know with game mode on or off theres a light of input lag, but with game mode on is just a lazy way if you don’t know anything about tvs plus your picture looks horrible just though I threw that out there thanks man.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Hello there Jay, To simplify things as much as I can based on what you’ve described. Yes, the KU6500 and the identical (except curved display) KU6300 offer very good color but it’s not at the same level as the 10-bit Wide Color Gamut color scope of the KS SUHD Samsung TVs, or Vizio’s rather affordable P-series models, which you might also consider. That said, between the KU7000 and the KU6500, there isnt much difference and the color performance in the 7000 is only moderately better. The real differences between Samsung’s TVs are only very notable when you start comparing between the 2016 SUHD TVs and the KU-Series models.

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      • Pi
        May 24, 2016 at 1:56 am

        JU7000 or KU6000? thanks.

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          May 24, 2016 at 6:21 pm

          Hi there Pi, overall, i’d argue that you’re probably better off with the KU7000 over the 2015 UHD TV model you mention. The KU7000 offers what we consider to be better color quality and superior contrast specs for peak brightness, black level and overall contrast. We also think that the 2016 Tizen smart TV platform is superior. On th other hand, the 2015 TV does offer superior connectivity with more HDMI and USB ports. This is a definite benefit of the older TV. I also assume you’re referring to the JU7100, in North America there is no mass distribution JU7000 model denomination.

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          • vijay
            June 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm

            Hi Stephen,

            I am deciding between KU7000 and Sony XBR X810C and i mainly watch movies over streaming devices and want better picture quality.


          • Stephen
            Stephen
            June 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm

            Hey there Vijay. Overall, I’d argue that you should go for the KU7000. The X810C is a great 2015 4K TV but it lacks Sony’s color enhancement technology of triluminos Display and has no HDR features at all. The KU7000 also lacks full quantum dot color and has a very limited sort of “HDR” that’s far from that offered by the SUHD TVs but it’s still a better 2016 4K TV model with some very decent Active Crystal Color delivery. Furthermore, with the KU7000, you’re looking at a superior smart TV platform, Samsung’s 2016 Tizen smart OS. The one major spec in which the X810C from 2015 beats the JU7000is connectivity. Samsung gave this TV and its other 2016 KU-Series cousins only three HDMI ports and 2 USB ports for some odd reason.


          • MP
            August 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

            Stephen, i’m considering UN43KU7500 for a computer monitor but can’t figure out it’s input lag. I don’t want to have the mouse respond more than ~20ms, and also need full 4k resolution for crispness. Is this monitor worthy for it?


          • Stephen
            Stephen
            August 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm

            Hi there MP, the input lag of the KU7500 is about 23 milliseconds, so maybe a bit long for your preferences as you describe them. That said, this is actually a pretty good input lag for a 4K TV and overall this model works very well as a 4K PC monitor with multiple options for 4K and downscaled 1080p resolution at different refresh rates (60Hz for 4K and 120Hz max for 1080p). If you’re dead set on a 4K TV as PC monitor but with an input lag of less than 20ms, then I’d suggest the Vizio P-Series 2016 HDR TVs. The 50 inch, 55 inch models are remarkably affordable (comparable to the KU7500 in price) and offer excellent specs for input lag and use as 4K PC displays.


  • Frank
    May 21, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Hi, what do you think in comparison with the JU7100? Do you thinks its still a better choice? In overall comparison I noticed a 120Hz vs 60Hz specs (JU7100 vs KU7000). Like the past JU6500 had judder sometimes that was really annoying for me, do you think it could happen with the KU7000?

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    • Paul Anderegg
      June 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      I also have this question. I passed on the 40″ JU7100 last Black Friday/Thanksgiving when they were selling everywhere for $800 (normally $1200). I was hoping that the 2016 equivalents would add HDR to the already impressive J7100. Not really big on 4K, I have several video cameras that shoot 4K 4:2:0 8bit, but would really be interested in if the KU7000 offers the same or better picture quality than the JU7100. The price drop on the 2016 KU7100 is immense, so is this just a case of 2015’s $1500 technology dropping in a year, or did they just shove out a lower spec/PQ model in the KU7000?

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  • Angela
    May 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    This says comes with either the one connect or one connect mini. I bought a KU7000 today after reading these reviews and it did not come with the box. My HDMI switch box that worked with my old JU6400 Samsung will not work. It wants to program the switch to one item only. On the phone with samsung now and they say this KU7000 is not compatible with either one connect box. Very frustrating.

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  • Tom Tracey
    June 2, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I’m still within sears 30 day return policy for my ku6300. My question to you is if I do return my tv for this one (pay the difference) will I notice an improvement in picture quality? Anything else improved like build quality? I don’t have voice recognition on my remote but I don’t need that. I have a 5 year maintenance agreement on my ku6300 so I paid 1249.00. The Ku7000 goes for 1399.00 at sears. Is it worth it for me to pay the difference. I don’t need a maintenance agreement. I just want better picture quality?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Hello there Tom. The main difference between picture quality performance in the KU7000 over the KU64000 is in the quality of color rendering. The KU7000 (and KU7500) both come with Samsung’s Active Crsytal Color, which is essentially a type of Quantum dot color enhancement that’s weaker than but somewhat similar to that found in the SUHD TVs. Thus, with the KU7000 your color quality and accuracy should increase. Furthermore, the black levels of the KU7000 TVs are slightly superior from what we’ve noted with our examinations. However neither of these TVs deliver the kinds of high-end color and contrast specs you’d find in full HDR TVs like the SUHDs or Vizio’s P-Series.

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  • Paul Win
    June 12, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I’m torn between this and the 2015 model UN55JS8500. Do you have any input for my decision making? I don’t really use the SmartTV aspect of my TVs; I use my FireStick as it is faster than my SmartTVs – from my understanding that’s pretty much the main difference (highlight) between 2015 and 2016 models??? With all that said, I would be going for picture quality over SmartTV.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    TIY!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Hey there Paul, between the KU7000 and the JS85000, i’d definitely recommend the JS8500 2015 SUHD TV over the KU model. Aside from lacking Samsung’s superior 2016 Tizen smart TV platform, the JS8500 delivers better picture quality in all regards. It also offers better color, superior HDR, wide color gamut and comes with a considerably better level of real HDR performance with both color and brightness/black level specs reproduction. Go for the JS8500 if picture quality is your main interest.

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  • Neil
    June 19, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I am trying to choose between the KU7000 and the P-Series 55 inch model. Given the IPS issue with the P Series what would you recommend?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Hello Neil. specifically because of the IPS issue and its weak contrast and black levels. I would suggest the KU7000. The P-Series will still deliver superior color performance and a number of superior motion control specs but contrast and black level are more important than a minor improvement in color for a 4K TV.

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  • Aleksy
    June 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Would this TV work good as a monitor for gaming/movie watching? What other tvs would you recommend?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 21, 2016 at 5:41 am

      Hey there Aleksy, actually yes, the KU7000 is a very good 4K TV for use as a PC monitor and as a gaming display. It offers low input lag and does a very good job of serving as a PC display through its HDMI ports with support for 4K display at 60Hz and Full HD 1080p display at 120Hz. Another even better option for bboth of these uses would be the Vizio P-Series 2016 HDR 4K TV, which has even lower input lag and also offers the benefit of superior display specs to those of the KU7000.

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  • Hassan Hamza
    June 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I bought a 2016 KU 7000 55-in. How to attach the stand

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  • Kathleen
    June 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I need a 40-43 ” tv because of size constraints.
    It seems the KU series is a step down in some respects from the JU series.
    Should I purchase a 40 ” JU if I can find one despite the higher price point?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Hi there Kathleen. In fact, yes I’d recommend one of the JU TVs if you can find it. In terms of display quality, the KU-Series models are about equal or even slightly inferior to some of the JU-Seris TVs and also happen to suffer the defect of fewer connectivity ports. Aside from a superior, newer Tizen smart TV platform and the higher quality Active Crystal color in the KU7000 and KU7500, the KU-Series has little to offer over the JU-models like the particularly good JU7100.

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  • Richard
    July 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Hello Stephen,

    Thank you for your reviews. I’ m trying to choose between the 49KU7000 or the 2015 model 50JS7000. Which tv would you recommend?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 13, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Hello Richard. If you were choosing between any 2016 SUHD TV and a 2015 SUHD model like the JS7000, I’d say go for the 2016 SUHD model without a doubt. However, given a few minor but notable deficiencies we’ve noted in the KU7000, I’d recommend the 2015 JS7000 by a slight margin. This is mainly because it offers superior color gamut coverage (Wide color gamut) and because it comes with better, more robust connectivity specs. However, the KU7000 does a much better job of delivering contrast, black uniformity and black level as well. The KU7000 also offers the updated version of the Tizen smart TV platform. Both TVs are almost equal in the quality of their motion control specs, both offer similar caliber of upscaling engine quality and we think that both handle judder in 24p movie content and local dimming equally, which is to say quite poorly.

      Generally though the two TVs are very closely matched in their overall performance, despite the specific differences I mention above, so you probably won’t be more or less satisfied with one over the other and should take price into consideration more than any other factor.

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  • Eddie
    July 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I actually picked up the 40″ last week as a monitor for my PC. I wish you guys had a review for TV’s to consider under your “Monitor” section. I see a lot of comparisons between this Samsung series and the Vizio and was wondering if the Vizio could actually offer me something better other than the HDR. I don’t think HDR is eomtething I’ll need anytime soon on a PC anyway. I’m also not too worried about watching TV content on this TV since I also purchased the LG OLED55E6P about a month back (which I just freaking love BTW).

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  • Jadayel
    July 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hello , thanks for the perfect review , i need your advice pls as i have the option to buy one of these 3 models 65ku7000 , 60js7200 and 65ju6600 , they all have the same price

    which model u would recommend and why ? thanks

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  • Björn Huisman
    July 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Hi I have a question, Is the lg49uh770v better than, the Samsung ue49ku6400, Samsung and Lg have a 50 hz 200 hz panel which is better

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  • Randy Aron
    August 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Hello, I am considering the KU7000 or the KU7500. The room is a rectangle and the TV will go into the corner with possible viewing 45deg from both sides. Will the curved TV help this? Thank you for your help.

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  • ryan
    August 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Gregg,

    I’m not a very technical type person but want to make sure I’m getting the best tv I can get for my price range. I’ve done a ton of research and read plenty of reviews and have completely overwhelmed myself with info. What started at a $1000 budget is now a $1500 max. I want a 2016 4k model as it seems HDR is the new thing and this tv is going to last me quite awhile. I’ve narrowed it down to the Samsung 65KU7000 and the LG 60UH7700. I need a 60inch minimum for my living room and want as close a profile to the wall I can get when I mount the tv on the wall for a clean look. That has led me to these two tv’s as they are both slimmer than other mid range models(I think 2.5 inches is a little to thick). It’s a wash on the OS as I have read both are great. I know about the VA display and IPS display and richer colors on the Samsung. I thought I was done and getting the Samsung but now I have seen it is not true HDR and only 60hz where the LG has better HDR and 120hz. Are the differences in picture quality that noticeable? Especially to someone like me that isn’t a huge techy. I would appreciate any comment/advice on making my decision.

    Thanks
    Ryan

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  • Elie
    August 19, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Hello can you please tell me which one is better..a sumsung 50js7200 or 50ku7000..i am so confused and i don’t knowwwhich oneto cchoose

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 19, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Hey there Ellie. I assume that the JS7200 is more or less the same TV as the JS7000 SUHD model from 2015, thus, i’d say that the balance is a bit mroe in favor of the JS7200. The deal is this. With the JS7200 you’ll get far superior color performance, more connectivity options and some very decent motion control specs, as well as a more or less decent local dimming capacity (the ability to turn off or expand brightness in more proecise specific areas of the display for better realism in content). On the other hand, the JS7200 delivers rather poor contrast and black level darkness from what we recall. As for the KU7000, it’s a much better performer at black level and contrast but it’s colors are only decent and it offers both poor motion control performance for certain types of movie content and comes with no local dimming. Now, unless you’re paying careful attention to the details of quality, both TVs are actually very good but between the two, the JS7200 should technically be the better performer.

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      • Björn Huisman
        August 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        Hello Stephen wise one is beter
        Samsung ue49ku6400. Or Sony KD-49XD8005
        Can you tell mi your opinion please
        Gr Bjorn

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  • ryan
    August 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Gregg,

    I’m not a very technical type person but want to make sure I’m getting the best tv I can get for my price range. I’ve done a ton of research and read plenty of reviews and have completely overwhelmed myself with info. What started at a $1000 budget is now a $1500 max. I want a 2016 4k model as it seems HDR is the new thing and this tv is going to last me quite awhile. I’ve narrowed it down to the Samsung 65KU7000 and the LG 60UH7700. I need a 60inch minimum for my living room and want as close a profile to the wall I can get when I mount the tv on the wall for a clean look. That has led me to these two tv’s as they are both slimmer than other mid range models(I think 2.5 inches is a little to thick). It’s a wash on the OS as I have read both are great. I know about the VA display and IPS display and richer colors on the Samsung. I thought I was done and getting the Samsung but now I have seen it is not true HDR and only 60hz where the LG has better HDR and 120hz. Are the differences in picture quality that noticeable? Especially to someone like me that isn’t a huge techy. I would appreciate any comment/advice on making my decision.

    Thanks
    Ryan

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  • Mibo
    August 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    So I just posted an extremely long (sorry I get wordy) comment and will be pasting it here. Hoping to hear from you and your take on the two models I have been trying to decide on.
    Here it is verbatim:

    Stephen, dude, you’re killing me. Goodness gracious. I just read your other article on the KU7000 series. I am about ready to pull my hair out. I remember when buying a TV did not require so much researching. LOL While I would love to go big since everywhere I look the phrase “bigger is better” has been thrown around like crazy. it won’t work for me. Two things prevent me: 1. My TV stand will only accommodate up to a certain weight/size before it looks…ridiculous. I’d rather not have to deal with a new one or deal with getting rid of the current one which is in perfect condition. 2. I live in an apartment-a very nice apartment-HOWEVER, until I am in a house with a nicer size living room the concept that bigger is better does not apply. It’s a preference thing I realize but it’s a money thing as well.

    Having babbled all that I want to say that in both articles you talked about how great these series were but the downside of how they lacked certain features/specs unlike that of their cousins, the SUHD models. I’m of the opinion that it may lack in some areas but not everybody is such a TV enthusiast that they would care and there are some people who are watching their pennies. The KU7000 and KU6300 are still arguably pricey for some but it might be worth it to splurge on these so as not to break the bank with an SUHD model. That’s just my thought. I have not researched them extensively but I know they cost more and many of them are Curved which is a turnoff for me. Quite honestly, if I can find an SUHD 50″ or less (not Curved) on sale for under a grand, I just may go nuts! Otherwise I will be deciding between the KU6300 and KU7000 series.

    Lastly, my main hangup on deciding between the aforementioned series is backlighting. Initially my thought process was the KU6300 have better backlighting (Slim FLED Direct) than the KU7000 whose backlighting (Edge-lit LED) may not provide as evenly spread lighting and this “true black” concept. I am trying to decide between 49″ Class KU7000 7-Series 4K UHD TV (2016 Model) and the 50″ Class KU6300 6-Series 4K UHD TV (2016 Model). It’s ridiculous but I have spent hours on this and have finally decided on a Samsung and these two models in particular. I don’t recall you saying a lot about backlightin on the KU7000 series so I am just wondering if you share my opinion or if I am so off base. Either way your opinion on this matter is greatly appreciated.

    (I am pasting this comment on both articles hoping to hear from you)

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  • Kevin
    August 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Stephen, great review. I recently purchased un65ku7000 tv and i was wondering what picture setting is the best for viewing movies and cable tv? I couldnt find anything on the internet that relates to this model regarding tweaking the picture settings. You might have a professional first hand experience that you might share. Thanks!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 31, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Hey there Kevin, I’d recommend watching movies and cable TV on the KU7500 in the following settings: in the Picture settings menu set the TV to “Movie” mode. Then, under expert settings, turn the backlight to 8 if you’re watching mainly in a dark room. If not, lower or raise the backlight settings to whatever looks best for your rooms normal viewing brightness. I’d also suggest putting the contrast level at 100, the sharpness level at zero since over-applied sharpness can look strange on movie and TV content. Furthermore, for calbe TV content, which will be of a lower resolutoon and quality in most cases, I’d suggest activating the TV’s “Digital Clean View” feature. This is also under the “expert settings” menu. Additionally, keep “Auto Motion Plus” off if you don’t like the odd over-sharpened soap opera effect it creates, though this feature does create a sharper picture during action scenes in particular.

      The color tone under Expert settings can also be adjusted for a warmer or colder look as you prefer, a setting of warm2 or warm 3 is probably good for most content.These settings above will likely give you the best and most straightforward general movie and TV watching picture quality.

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  • David
    September 5, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Hi Stephen, Maybe you can answer this because I am getting conflicting responses from salespeople and on other forums. The 43KU7000 is claimed to be bluetooth enabled (there is no RC jack on it for headphones and it purportedly connects to wireless speakers via bluetooth). I need to know if the bluetooth on it will connect the sound to my wireless headphones. Planning on this being a bedroom TV and often must use headphones to preserve the marriage. Will this TV allow me to wirelesssly connect to my headphones? With no RC jack, there wouldn’t be another way to plug in a blue tooth device to the TV that could transmit to my headphones, I think.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Hi David, while we didn’t test this or the T’s Bluetooth functionality, we do know that it does offer Bluetooth support, so it should work for your speakers in the way you describe if they’re Bluetooth enabled.

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  • Gedeon
    September 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Hey Stephen

    Was looking to purchase the 7000 series. Have you ever encountered the “soap opera effect”? If so, is there a way to remove it?

    Also, I was speaking to a best buy associate and he mentioned that samsung has very bright led lights and has a potential to burn out. Any thoughts on this?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 7, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hey there Gedeon. The soap opera effect can easily be avoided by simply deactivating the Auto Motion Plus motion enhancement feature in the “Expert Settings” section of the KU7000’s picture settings. Keep in mnd that for some types of content like sportscasts maybe, where cinematic quality isn’t important and clear motion is, Auto Motion Plus can be a benefit if reactivated.

      As for the claim that Samsnug’s LEDs burn out because they’re too bright. We’ve seen nothing at all to back that up. The company’s LEDs are indeed some of the brightest on the entire LED TV market and we love this about this brand but we’ve certainly never noted them dying faster. Best Buy associates often seem to say nonsensical things that they themselves have made up or simply assume.

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  • Warren
    September 13, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Hey there,

    I would like to know if the KU7000 has the ability to pair wirelessly with a JBL Charge 2+ Bluetooth speaker?

    Thanks and best
    Warren

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  • Matt
    September 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Hello, I have the UN55KU7000FXZA and bought it brand new at Best Buy a few months ago in June. For some odd reason, once I get my Picture Settings specifics all set, it returns the settings to Dynamic only after I turn the TV. I have made sure the mode is set to “Home use” and not in retail demo mode, but still it does this.

    I called Samsung and they said the only thing to would be reset to factory settings and start over again like it was brand new out of the box, meaning I’d have to download all my apps again, which really sux. Also, I am fearful this factory reset won’t slove the problem and I’ll wiped my TV for nothing, any suggestions, advice or thoughts on what this may be?

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  • Matt
    September 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

    After I turn the TV off and then on again I should say.

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  • Sandile
    September 20, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Hi Stephen

    I am looking to buy a PS4 Pro before Christmas this year along with the best display TV. My friend recently bought the KU7000 Samsung TV and he says it will offer good support for the PS4 Pro which will come with 4K Support and HDR. At the Price of R11 000 is it worth it getting the Samsung KU7000 For Gaming with the new upcoming PS4 Pro or is there another alternative?
    As for size am looking for a 50 inch

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Hey there Sandile, the KU7000 your friend recommended is in fact a good 4K TV for console gaming but it doesn’t support high quality HDR of the HDR10 variety. If you’d like a particularly good and full HDR 4K TV model that’s great for a console like the PS4 Pro. I’d suggest the 50″ P50-C1 Vizio P-Series much more than the Samsung. It’s similarly priced but offers much better display specs and a superbly low input lag. The Sony X800D 4K HDR TV is also a great model that’s very reasonably priced. It’s 49 inch model would be a good choice here.

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  • Kevin
    September 29, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Rtings says this TV does have wide color gamut and have since updated their review.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Hey Kevin, we have rechecked this spec in the KU7000 and will be editing the review accordingly.

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      • Kevin
        October 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

        Thanks. Stephen, you mention in the update this set does not have 10bit 1.07 billion colors.. while in fact it does it uses 8bit+FRC to achieve this.

        Just like Sony’s X850D you reviewed and most other “10bit” displays it uses FRC to make a 8-bit panel display 10-bit color.

        “Frame Rate Control (FRC) is a method, which allows the pixels to show more color tones. With quick cyclic switching between different color tones, an illusion for a new intermediate color tone is created. For example, by using FRC, a 6-bit display panel is able to show 16.7 millioin colors, which are typical for 8-bit display panels”

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  • Wasim
    October 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    Trying to decide between Samsung KU7000 and Panasonic CX700 both 60″. Will mainly be using the TV for PS4 and movies. I’m looking for the better picture quality and smoother game performance. What do you recommend? keeping in mind both build & picture quality.

    Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      October 3, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Hello there Wasim, we haven’t reviewed the Panasonic CX700 yet so I can’t give major commentary on its qualities. However I can assure you that the KU7000 is a very good 4K TV for its price. It doesn’t support the best motion control specs and its local dimming capability is nil but this model does offer HDR display, wide color gamut and some great contrast and black level performance. We like it considering its reasonable price. The KU7000 is also a very good console gaming TV due to its low input lag of just over 23 milliseconds.

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  • George Del Barrio
    October 6, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Hi Stephen, thanks so much for this great review! I’m designing a custom install that requires the screen to be as thin as possible with excellent display performance (+good future-proofing) – and not exceeding 40″ in actual width. It seems like the Samsung UN40KU7000FXZA is my best option. I’m also considering the Sony XBR43X800D given it’s fantastic thinness (though I do have reservations about screen quality), and I’m definitely open to other suggestions as well. Your expert opinion on the matter would be enormously appreciated, my sincere thanks in advance for your time!

    Cheers, G.

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  • Abdullah
    October 31, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Hey there. Between the Sony X800D and Ku7500 which one would you recommend ? My only concern so far about the X800D is if its okay if i sit 6 t 8 feet away from the tV?

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  • Shessy840
    November 8, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Hi, I recently purchased the samsung KU7350 55″ but im having trouble for coulour and sound calibration, can someone help me with that so I can fully enjoy this tv, thank you

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  • Chanfle
    November 15, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Hello,

    Do you know why HDR won’t work on HDMI #2 and #3?

    They are supposed to be 2.0a ports but my Xbox one S says that they are regular 4k ports and not compatible with HDR.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hey there Chanfle, I know that all of this TV’s ports are supposedly full bandwidth HDMI (which includes HDMI 2.0a for HDR) but for some reason, at least in some models, only HDMI1 allows for full bandwidth HDMI. Thus I would suggest trying to connect via HDMI port 1. This should resolve your problem.

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  • Faheem
    November 16, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Hi Stephen,
    First of all your descriptions here are highly appreciated.
    I would like to buy 40″ or 43″ UHD TV, please refer me UHD TV which is more better if we compare Samsung UA40KU7000 vs LG 43UH651V, as I was advised as per my budget that LG have good quality parts, more options, user friendly in terms of connectivity, advanced remote control, gives good results in watching movies and playing games, kindly advise.
    thanks very much.
    Regards,
    Faheem

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Hello Faheem, though your model numbers for these TVs are a bit different from those we use here in North American sales, i’m guessing that these are the same as or comparable to Samsung’s KU7000 and LG’s UH6500. Given this, I recommend you go for the KU7000, by far. Yes, LG’s 2016 4K TVs come with the company’s excellent WebOS 3.0 smart TV interface but smart functionality is completely secondary to display performance and the KU7000 is a much better display performer. It offers both 10-bit color and Wide Color Gamut, while the LG model only comes with 10-bit color and the black levels, contrast and overall brightness/black uniformity of the KU7000 are much better than they are in the LG TV model. The KU7000 also delivers slighlty superior motion handling performance, which is important as well for a high quality content experience.

      Finally, both TVs have the same level and types of connectivity specs and we’d argue that Samsung’s TVs are just as good as LG’s LCD TV in the quality of their parts and build.

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  • Haasin
    November 20, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Hi, i am having trouble deciding between Samsung KU7000 vs LG UH8500 in 65inches. I am a fan of 3d and that is why i am more inclined towards the LG. Keeping in mind that i want to connect it to the new ps4 pro 4k (hdr), which one do u think is better, im getting ku7000 almost 800 dollars cheap than the uh8500, and i don’t live in USA, so these are my total options in this category and price range. Do u think i should save money n get ku7000 with lesser hdr capabilities n no 3d or stick with Uh8500 with poor black performance as my room is dark.
    Price in my country : Lg UH8500 65″: 2600 dollars
    Samsung ku7000 65″: 1800 dollars (no 3d)
    Samsung KS8000 65″:3000 dollars (no 3d)
    and if you recommend me lguh8500, do you think i should go for the ks8500 instead, will it worth sacrificing 3d?

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  • Robert
    November 24, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Hi,
    I am shopping for a 55″ 4K tv with a limited budget. My choice right now is limited to Samsung KU7000, or the Vizio P-Series. I hesitate because the 55″ Vizio has IPS, but not sure if that should be a deciding factor. Would you have a recommendation?
    Thanks!

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  • Duc
    November 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    How can you tell if the video playing on this TV is true 4k? I played 4k video from youtube and it shows 1080p when i checked stats. I played some video from ultraflix but how do I know if tt is truly 4k?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 2, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Hey there Duc, if the source content is native 4K, it will automatically play at 4K resolution. If not, this TV will upscale the content by default. The model’s 8.29 million pixels have to be filled for anything displaying on the screen. As for Ultraflix. We’e never tested their service but we have heard that much of their content is not native 4K video in any case. Instead they upscale lower resolution video sources to a sort of faux-4K resolution. This is speculative however.

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  • Nader Ganjbaksh
    December 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Stephen.

    I bought the 43 class of the ku7000 for ps4 pro. Runs almost flawlessly. My only gripe is 2 games. 1 is fight night champion on ps3. And the other is a non 4k title ea UFC 2. The issue is that when the game lags when playing online, character models get a little blurry from the lag (typical) but along with that the colors get distorted on the on the outside of the character models (like a color fringing sun horizon + judder/motion blur effect). I took my TV back and got the 49 class. Same problem. This only last a second, and only when there is bad online lag and only happens once per session (I sometimes play for upwards of 5 hours). . Or sometimes not at all. Can you explain This?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 5, 2016 at 12:29 am

      Hello there Nader. The example you’re showing is so highly specific that im not quite sure what it could be in your KU7000. If you say it happens under such isolated circumstances, it may not even be a TV problem so much as a game or console problem. One thing I’d suggest is that you try switching HDMI ports to see if this improves performance for the console games you mention. The KU7000’s main HDMI 2.0 port is HDMI 1 but the other ports can be used for the other games you describe just fine since they aren’t 4K games or require HDR throughput capacity.

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      • Nader Ganjbaksh
        December 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

        Fight Night is on PS3 Hdmi 3 and EA UFC 2 is on my ps4 Pro which is HDMI 1. The issue is like Blurred motion with color banding. Its very wierd i know. I was told that it might be issue with the game in the way the ea online is broadcasting the compressed vid It only happens due to lag. Not saying that it happens everytime these games lag. Just that it only happens during lagging gameplay online. Is it probably just a miscommunication between a shit game and an otherwise good tv?

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      • Nader Ganjbaksh
        December 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

        P.S Thanks for the Reply 🙂

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  • Parabola
    December 8, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I own a Samsung ku7000 series TV first off excellent for gaming the only difference between the ku7000 and the k u 7500 is a curved screen nothing else nothing that you can visually see on a calibration test if the difference of -110 also if you ever read others describing their calibration on here setting sharpness to zero on your TV is not correct on your set-top box for cable go to the settings select audio video in from the video settings switch it from 720 or 1080 P Tunisia why native? Because if you force your cable set-top box to only be limited to 1080P or 1080i then you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this TV with its 4K quality in 24 frames per second by default now when setting it to Native resolution the set-top box will auto-detect your TV’s quality I’m running one on a Verizon Cisco cheap crappy set-top box Auto detecting resolution from 1080p forced to need it by doing so it enables the set-top box to detect the 24 to 30 frames per second said as well. Now it’s like this requires an HDMI cord of quality not an HDMI cord you’re going to want an HDMI cable there is a difference now as you see there’s a difference between USB 1.0 2.0 so if you walk into the store Best Buy Target and they tell you the most expensive HDMI cord is what you need that’s false if you get an HDMI cord for $9 you’re skipping on your video quality right now it’s between Thanksgiving and December you can go out and get a Rocketfish 62 $70 2433 per second 4K Ultra HDMI cord only 39 to $49 does it make a difference? Yes it does make a huge difference also by using an HDMI port splitter box you can split the HDMI DVI input into for using the DVI HDMI input 1 UHD for gaming and watching TV on your Xbox allow the Xbox to auto-detect the resolution if you force a resolution of 1080p 60 hertz on to it it will only max out at 1080p 60 hertz so the old thinking used to be try to force its highest resolution that looks great that now in the toilet, now with the new technology you wanted to auto-detect by sending it to Native which is against normality and setting your set-top box 1080p however you might find on your box by the native it will enable and auto detect all the features if you would like my calibration settings please email me at a parable Kodi Gmail also if you’re paying more than basic cable or any type of cable then you’re an idiot I suggest you hook up an external hard drive for you hook up box programmed with kodi, why anyone would spend over 10 to $20 for cable when Kodi is out there for free is beyond me, Kodi supports 3D, 4k, 30FPS up to HD 60 hertz, If you dont know how to program Kodi correctly, feel free to contact me as I’m on Microsoft security expert and do sell Kodi products, i.e
    Firesticks, Firetv Boxes up to your highed Nvidia Pro Boxes. The average consumer should only purchase fire sticks for their bedroom and a Fire TV box for their main media viewing rooms, Take Back YOUR TVA, take back your internet, get rid of your cable bill, get all the functions of your TV. Don’t let the cable companies or anybody limit you and your media viewing abilities

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  • San
    December 9, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Hoping to get a response for this.
    LG Uh7700 or Samsung Ku7000?

    Thanks

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  • Abdul
    December 9, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Someone please define the difference between UA40KU7000 and UN40KU7000. Is there any back difference also.?

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  • Hicham Belkasmi
    December 14, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Hey everyone ,
    I’m hesitating between a samsung KU7500 and a sony X700D , which is the best ? in terms of 4k displaying and HDR content , I really need your help guys on this one Thank you

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Hey there Hicham, I think that your best bet would be the Samsung KU7500. It’s the generally better TV out of the two in terms of display performance and color quality in particular. Unlike the X700D, it offers full HDR color with both 10-bit color and WCG (wide color gamut). The KU7500 also delivers slightly superior motion handling. If you were comparing to the X800D, i’d recommend the Sony model but the Sony X700D is the inferior (though still very decent) TV among the two.

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  • Nick
    December 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Looking for a 49″. Can’t decide between the Samsung ku7000 and the Sony x800d… Any advice?

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  • Hicham
    December 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Stephe, i want to thank you for the response. I have one last question , I’m in Morocco right now and i found out that we don’t have the samsung ku7500 , we have the ku 7000 and the ku7350 , is there a difference ? should I get the Sony X70D since it has a 4k hdr and a better response with the sony console

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  • Latif Ahmad
    December 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Stephen

    A very nice review!

    Can you please comment on pros and cons of choosing between KU7000 and X850D.

    Regards

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  • Luda
    December 26, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Hi there,we just bought Samsung ku7000 and picture size is not available. we can not zoom the picture .it says that some settings are not available in Canada and USA. We will return it

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  • Mario
    January 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    According to Rtings the KU7000 is indeed a 10 bit pannel.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Hey Mario, thanks for mentioning that. We’ve reviewed the KU7000 as a 10-bit TV and have regularly referred to it as such in our recommendations. In our initial review of it here, we may have still misread the TV as 8-bit and this has been corrected in the review.

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  • James Bond
    January 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Hi How would you compare the 65 inch sony xbr850d versus the 65 inch samsung ku7000?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 19, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Hey there James. This one is a bit tricky in one major way. The KU7000 comes with a VA display panel that ensures far better black levels, black uniformity and contrast, all of which are crucial for a high level of picture quality, more vibrant looking colors (due to the contrast with the rich shadows) and perceived HDR value. However, the X850D delivers much better motion handling and is a slightly better TV for judder-free 4K video content from discs or streaming media. If you want great motion handling for sportscasts and gaming, go for the X850D, if better overall picture quality is what you’re after, go for the KU7000. The Samsung model is also a much better TV for 4K HDR gaming. (lower input lag).

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  • Michael
    January 21, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Hi there, just wondering if you think its worth the upgrading from my Samsung PS64E8000 plasma tv to the KU7000?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 7, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Hey there Micheal, we have never reviewed the PS64E8000, so I can’t speak too much for its quality, but with a general knowledge knowledge of that TV our experience with the KU7000, I’d say the upgrade is worth it if you want to enjoy the benefit of native 4K resolution, superior color performance and full hdr/4K content future-proofing in the KU7000. The newer TV also completely outperforms the plasma on brightness levels.

      Also, remarkably, the KU7000, despite being an LCD TV, performs about the same as the Samsung plasma model on black levels. LCD technology has advanced enough for this to be the case. Thus, the plasma likely doesn’t beat the KU7000 on any major display performance spec.

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  • Srdj
    January 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Hello Stephen, could you help me out with purchasing one of the 3 TV’s ill list below or something else in there class which you would recommend. I watch mostly movies and do a little bit of gaming (ps4). I havent had the time to do much research. Thanks

    UN55KU6500FXZC curved led tizen
    UN50KU6290FXZC 4k led tizen
    Sony XBR X700D 55″ 4K UHD LED HDR Android Smart TV (XBR55X700D)

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  • Paul
    February 2, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Hi Stephen and everybody.

    I’m in South Africa and we are limited to Samsung, LG, Hi Sense, and Sinotec. I’ve seen in your responses that Samsung (in this range) is recommended over LG. Here in South Africa, the pricing for Hi Sense and Sinotec are very good, I would like your opinion on how they match up against the KU7000 . The specific models are all 55″ and are as follows: Hi-Sense- 55M7000 and Sinotec STL-55G7200M. Looking forward to your response and thanks. Cheers

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Hello Paul. I can’t speak for Sinotec, since we’ve never examined or reviewed any of their models. However, I do have some familiarity with Hisense’s 4K TVs and can say that it is in fact a very good HDR 4K TV with some decent features. However, I’d argue that the KU7000 is a superior performer in its overall color quality, black levels and general brightness, though the Hisense can produce some very good 500 nit peak brightness levels..

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  • Robert
    February 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Hello Stephen:

    I am considering the Samsung 65″ KU7000 and the KU6300. I can get the 7000 series for about $200 more (Canadian $$$). Would you consider it worth it?

    Would you consider the LG UH6150 or 6550 series over the above Samsung TVs?

    Thank-you for your response,

    Enjoy your website.

    Robert

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  • ian
    April 6, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for the review. I’m pleased with my purchase of the 65KU7000, however I can’t get a quality picture when watching sport (there is a trailing/flicker effect on a fast moving ball etc).

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 6, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Hey there Ian, the KU7000 is just like that for motion blur handling and image flicker control. It’s a good TV but for viewing sports with maximal sharpness, it stumbles a bit. You’d need one of Samsung’s premium SUHD TVs or 2017 models for improved sports sharpness. and nearly perfect motion handling. One thing you can however do is activate ‘Auto Motion Plus’ and set it to a middle or slightly higher level. This will create a soap opera effect that I personally don’t like in movies, but it should be okay for sports viewing.

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