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Samsung UN85S9 Review: Massive 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

by on May 27, 2014
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Ready to splash down just under $40,000 for a TV? Of course, this isn’t just any ordinary TV, it’s the Samsung UN85S9 Ultra HD “4K” television and at 85 inches, it’s absolutely huge. Its sheer size alone will make sure it totally dominates any room you put it into and the fact that it represents the latest in high resolution viewing technology only makes the whole thing even more impressive.
Before you go ahead and empty your savings account on this massive new 4K TV from Samsung, read through this handy guide and inform yourself completely on just what you’ll be getting and whether it’s worth the price.

The Good

For starters, the visual appeal of the Samsung UNS9 is pretty fine. Its enormous size, 189 pounds of weight and aesthetically pleasing artist’s easel design all combine to make it a great show piece for any living room or den. However, those aren’t reasons enough to drop 39+ thousand dollars on this bad boy.

The bad

The $40,000 price tag in a market where there are plenty of slightly smaller but equally excellent (in terms of image quality, smart capacity 3D viewing and connectivity) 4K TVs makes the UNS9 a big turn off in terms of budget. Furthermore, for virtually any normal entertainment needs, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the UNS9s 3,820 x 2,160 pixels and a high quality 1080p/HD TV that costs a tiny fraction of this 4K monster even with the same size or larger screen dimensions.

Final Thoughts

You should probably wait a little while for the price of really big 4k TVs to go down, this is still a major vanity buy with a price that plays to vanity. If you really need a gigantic screen, go with an 1080p/HD version at a fraction of the cost and if you absolutely must have a 4K TV, then buy a slightly smaller (65 inch) Samsung model with equally excellent specs that costs only 5 to 8 thousand bucks.

Check the Price of Samsung UN85S9 on Amazon:

Specs

• Weight: 189 pounds with Easel, 151.5 for the TV alone.
• Screen size: 85 inches, measured diagonally
• Dimensions: 78.9" x 64.4" x 2.8" (without easel)
• Smart TV: Yes, with Apps platform, voice control and personalized Smart TV S-recommendation capacity
• 3D Capable: Yes
• 3D Glasses: Includes 4 pairs of Active glasses
• Refresh Rate: High Quality 120 Hz refresh rate
• Screen Lighting: full array local dimming backlight
• Resolution: 3,820 x 2,160 pixels/Ultra HD
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, Built in WiFi and WiFi direct
• Remotes: Samsung Smart Touch Control
• Connectivity Ports: 3 USB ports, 4 HDMI ports, 1 Ethernet port.

Samsung 4k Ultra HD Smart TV UNS9

Highlights

The UNS9 also comes with ultra high-quality hidden speakers that, although hardly visible, pack an enormous volume of crystal clear audio power into its design. In addition to these, you also get access to full WiFi connectivity and Smart TV voice control that lets you full interact with streaming content and web browsing.

An HD camera that can be turned on or off also gives you the ability to conduct video calls through your Samsung UNS9 and of course the TV comes with a high tech Smart Touch remote control that lets you control not only the TV itself but also all the devices you connect to it such as your Blu-Ray player and home entertainment system.

Finally, we should also mention the UNS9’s S-Recommendation system, which is powered by the above mentioned voice control. With S-Recommendation, you can watch your favorite shows by simply asking your TV what’s on or what types of shows are on for specific categories. Your UNS9 will recognize your voice and use your recorded viewing preferences as guidelines

Visual Specs

In terms of specs, the UNS9, also kicks some serious butt. Instead of the edge lit local dimming configurations of many other Samsung 4K TVs, the UNS9 features the much less common full array local dimming backlight for massively improved picture quality. 3,820 x 2,160 pixels of Ultra High-definition picture resolution and a 120 Hz Refresh Rate complete the visual specs to create a truly outstanding level of image performance, particularly for action movies, sportscasts and video games.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the UNS9 gives you access to Samsung Smart View so you can stream content between your TV and any Samsung mobile device you have on hand. Additionally, the TV features an extended Allshare platform that lets you enable monitoring of Samsung smart appliances such as air conditioning, cleaning machines and kitchen machines right from your UNS9. Also, the UNS9 comes with full web browsing and Apps capacity.
Finally, we should also mention the OneConnect Box, which is an external input dock that cleans up connectivity by letting you attach all of your other sources and devices to it and then taking the OneConnect’s single cable and connecting it to the TV. To add icing on this convenient connection setup, the manufacturer has also made sure the OneConnect is upgradable via Samsung’s Smart Evolution kit, so when future 4K developments, HDMI 2.0 or new software come along, your UNS9 will be good to go.

Pricing

As we’ve already mentioned, the UNS9 does cost almost $40,000 dollars, 39,997.99 to be exact, at least according to Amazon.com and most other major retailers. You can probably expect this price to drop significantly over the next year as more competitive products enter the market and the technology streamlines.

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Samsung 4k Ultra HD Smart TV UNS9

Not so Great

For one thing, you’re still not going to get that much display quality difference for your 39,000 bucks. While the difference between 3,820 x 2,160 and 1080p/HD is definitely there at a technical level, in practical terms it’s still hardly noticeable unless you’re using your TV to view the latest and best in 4K demonstration material on a really damn big screen and at a close distance –your eyes simply aren’t capable of noticing the resolution difference from any normal viewing range.

Check out this handy chart for more details on viewing distances: 4k Resolution Viewing Distance Chart

As far as most regular HD TV viewing and Blu-Ray watching is concerned, you essentially won’t need all those pixels that come with the UNS9 and 4K content is still very uncommon on the broadcast TV market. Because of this, you’re probably better off saving a ton of money and simply going for a larger 1080p/HD screen.
According to this article from the International Business Times, that scarcity of 4K content is going to change soon but they also mention how 4K TVs will definitely come down in price as this content expansion happens. Again, what this means is that for now, 1080p is likely still more than enough for most of your entertainment needs.

Positives

• Spectacular Ultra High Definition 3,820 x 2,160 pixel viewing quality that’s perfect for 4K content, Blu-Ray and Ultra HD TV programs
• full array local dimming backlight for massively improved picture quality
• 120 Hz Refresh Rate that creates outstanding rendering, particularly for action movies, sportscasts and video games.
• 85 diagonal inches of gigantic screen size
• Easy, fully upgradable connectivity to all sorts of other devices through its single-cable-to-TV OneConnect box
• Full WiFi capacity with built in web browser, voice activated browsing and wireless connectivity to nearby Samsung devices such as tablets and smart phones
• Full 3D compatibility and built in subwoofers
• Smart TV capacity that connects to voice control, letting you ask the UNS9 for recommendations and program listings that it selects based on your preferences and viewing history.
• Built in quad core processor for lighting fast web browsing, software interaction and screen rendering
• HD Camera for video calling right from your TV

Negatives

• It costs 39,999 dollars!
• In practical terms, the Ultra HD 4K Benefits of the screen resolution will be lost as far as most TV content goes.
• You can get nearly identical viewing quality from numerous models of 1080p/HD TVs at a tiny fraction of the UNS9s monstrous cost
• Weighs 189 pounds
• Price is guaranteed to decrease drastically within 1 or 2 years as the technology streamlines
• Virtually any home entertainment and TV based web browsing needs you could possibly have can be served at a tiny fraction of the cost of the Samsung UNS9 by any number of 1080p/HD TV models of equal size.

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You should probably wait a little while for the price of really big 4k TVs to go down, this is still a major vanity buy with a price that plays to vanity. If you really need a gigantic screen, go with an 1080p/HD version at a fraction of the cost and if you absolutely must have a 4K TV, then buy a slightly smaller (65 inch) Samsung model with equally excellent specs that costs only 5 to 8 thousand bucks.

Check the Price of Samsung UN85S9 on Amazon:

 
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  • Jonathan A. Bennett
    March 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Takes watching TV to a new level with Samsung UN85s9. Its 8.3 million pixels displays vivid, flawless colors, delivering 4X the resolution of full HD. I hope you not surprised that those sitting close to the TV reach out their hands to touch the characters in the screen, because of the realness. For your record this tv is not comes cheap!

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