4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN65HU8550 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN65HU8550 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

$2,297.99($3,999.99 43% off )(159 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Clear Motion Rate 1200 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit w/Local Dimming)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Motion and Voice Control with Camera Accessory (sold separately)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand : 57.1” x 32.8” x 1.4”, TV with stand : 57.1” x 34.4” x 11.6”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.0, 3 USB, 1 Component, 2 Composite
  • Accessories Included: Smart Remote Control, 4 Pairs of 3D Active Glasses (SSG-5150GB)

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Samsung UN65HU8550 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Awesome TV you will love it but set it up! (By FALCON)

I am not affiliated with Samsung or CNET.
[Side Note: I believe Samsung should provide free 2014 One connect boxes to F9000 owners because of the H265 codec, Google's superior VP9 codec, and HDMI 2.0 as a gesture of good faith toward early adopters.]

This review will help you get the most out of your HU8550. I won’t waste your time listing all the specs.

I am posting here because some people badmouthed and down rated the Samsung F9000 because they did not know how to use it. I do not want the same thing to happen to this excellent TV. I have last year’s top-of-the-line F9000 4K model which is virtually the exact same TV as this, released only 5 months earlier. Only the Smart Hub software and HDMI ports changed.

I cannot believe how absolutely amazing the picture is. It’s colors explode, it’s blacks are black, it’s whites are white, flesh tones are real, and all of it is super sharp. With newscasts or interviews, people look like they’re sitting right in front of you. It’s almost scarey. Aerial shots and night shots of cities will blow you away. You cannot ask for a better picture. And that’s not just my opinion, read all of the professional reviews. Every single one of them love this TV.

NOTICE: Do not worry about 4K content not being available. This TV upscales. It has to because the screen is made of 3840 X 2160 pixels. Go to [....] and check the US news section. I quote it in the comments section. The upscaling of Samsung’s Quadmatic Picture Engine works wonders, especially with anything in HD (1080P). It also works fine with SD material but not as well because upscaling works with the material it starts with. That’s what it scales up. I can honestly tell you that I do not want a sharper picture than this.

You can see every facial feature including eyelashes. Blu Rays and 4K YouTube’s will make you cry. Pause the picture anywhere, even get close to it, and be amazed.

Any person giving this TV anything less than five stars reveals their own foolishness for not setting it up, or they got a weird factory defect. You have to set it up(calibrate it for your room). If you are a newbie to electronics you have three options.

1. Learn how to set it up and you’ll love it. It is very easy.(I will help you in this post).
2. If you’re too lazy, don’t buy a piece of high-quality electronic equipment like this. You don’t deserve it.
3. Pay someone to calibrate it for you. Actually that’s a waste of money because in 20 minutes you can easily do it yourself with this post. You can make this TV look anyway you want it to look. Which is why comparisons in stores are superfluous unless you make all settings equal between the TVs.

Out of the box the picture looks disappointing , that’s Samsung’s fault, although most manufacturers do the same thing for the retail store lighting. When I first turned on this TV it looked like a soap opera or documentary. I knew this was not right.

Because I researched the F9000 (same internals as Hu8550) I knew what to do. The first thing to do is go to the System menu, scroll to the Eco-Solution Submenu, and turn OFF the accursed eco-saving feature and eco-sensor.

CNET has evaluators that are among the best in the industry. A professional named Katzmaier uses $30,000 worth of equipment to calibrate these TVs. Don’t know if I can post links here, so search for CNET’s HDTV picture settings forum forUN65f9000 or HU8550-a bit early for this as of this date. (The 55 inch versions take the same calibrations.)

However, there’s one problem with their settings. They calibrate their TVs in a dark room. Therefore their brightness levels are way too low. They acknowledge this, but it is a necessary starting point and equalizer for the different models. No problem, use Samsung’s default settings for Movie and set Backlight to their setting(12). It worked great with gamma at +1. The first thing you want to do is set it to Movie mode, which is what CNET uses. Play with other modes later.

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The settings I’m about to list are based on Katzmaier’s from CNET(get them and print them out) with some tweaks of my own made by going between his and the Samsung defaults. Do that, that’s safe. If you set your TV to these, you will love the picture. If not, tweak it for yourself somewhere between his settings and the defaults.

It is very easy, so don’t freak out. If you can turn your volume control up and down you can change your settings. The settings have a combined effect, so do not just do one area.

HOW TO SET A FANTASTIC PICTURE AND REMOVE MOTION BLURR/Judder:

Picture menu – Use all Samsung’s defaults for Movie mode with a slight color tweak
mode: Movie – the most important change.
backlight: 12 – CNET’s setting of 7 is way too low unless you are in a really dark room. We use lamps at my house. Backlight is the main brightness control

contrast: 95 – pretty standard for most modes
brightness: 45 – leave this alone
sharpness: 20 – CNET setting of 0 Is WAY too low, especially for a 4K TV
color: 52 0r 53 – a slight tweak over 50 that will give you more of a richer plasma TV quality
tint: 50/50 – leave this alone

I discovered the real trick for getting the correct lighting level for your room is to work with gamma and backlight, not brightness. Samsung’s default is 45 for all modes, and it’s right.

Advanced Settings Click it for the submenu

dynamic contrast: off
flesh tone: zero
RGB only mode: off
color space: custom – there is a submenu for this below.

White balance: SEE BELOW. Click it to get into it.
10 P white balance: – you don’t need to mess with this.
Gamma: +1 –this is an important setting and affects the entire picture, not just contrast.
Expert pattern: off
motion lighting: off
black enhancer: off

Color Space Submenu
I recommend keeping everything at default rather than using the ones from CNET. However, I do not like the cold (bluer)picture of LEDs as compared to plasma or my old Pioneer elite 98 which had the best picture ever in its day and even for today except for sharpness. Therefore I change the blue setting to this:
blue: red 2, green 2, blue 45. Not drastic changes over 0, 0, 50 but it’s warmer and prettier.
Leave yellow at the default, or change the yellow setting to have less blue than the CNET setting
yellow: red 50, green 50, blue 6 (Katzmaier had blue at 14, that’s too much)

WHITE BALANCE – use all of the Katzmaier’s settings: 25, 24, 22, 23, 24, 26
EDIT: Thanks to James Goss who says:
For the 8550, the white balance numbers range from -25 to +25, with 0 being the defaults. So your figures equate to 0, -1, -3, -2, -1, +1.

Wxplanation — Goss is saying that the default for the 8550 is zero (0), whereas my F9000 has a default of 25. That means you either leave it at zero where I had 25, or go plus/minus whatever digits are equivalent, i.e. -1 for 24, +1 for 26, or whatever. The total range is 25 changes in either direction, but you won’t need that full range. It’s NOT complicated.

Picture Option Submenu -
color tone: warm 2 – important, this also gets rid of the cold blue LED effect
digital clean view: off
MPEG noise filter: off
film mode: auto one
auto motion plus: custom. Make sure you change it to custom, click it.
Smart LED: high

Auto Motion Plus Submenu. Numerous sources recommend these to remove motion blur.
blur reduction: 10
judder reduction: 0 yes, zero
LED clear motion: – not much visible difference either way. Leave it on if you increased backlight to the default.

System Menu. As already mentioned go to the eco-solution submenu and shut off energy-saving and eco-sensors. They will knock your picture into dismal oblivion at will.

Sound menu: For a TV, the sound can be good, but the default sound is horribly muddy as are all of the choices except Clear Voice. The high frequencies are weak, and you should never expect good bass from any TV. Go into the Sound menu and set to Clear Voice if you sometimes watch without your stereo system.

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GREAT INTERFACE FEATURES:

This TV works great with Smart Hub and smart phones, tablets, or Blu Ray, especially for Samsung products. Other Android and Apple products should be compatible, but I can’t speak for them. I am a Samsung Galaxy XX fan myself.

You can wirelessly stream from TV to Phone or tablet with the Samsung Smart View app, and your phone functions as a remote. It works! However, get the app for your phone manufacturer. Don’t expect Samsung’s app to work on a different phone.

You can wirelessly stream from Phone/tablet to TV by setting your TV Source to Mirror, and your device to Mirror in your settings >connections, and allow the connection. You do not need to register the TV and agree to Samsung’s invasion of privacy policy. If you go through the YouTube app on the TV it even asks you if you want to mirror. Search for some YouTubes to see how to set these up. It’s too long to include here.

You can also wirelessly view pics, video.etc, from your phone on the TV by enabling the DLNA device connection on your phone and going into Smart Hub Picture/video section (up top, far right, go to the bottom and select all files, and enable the connection. It’s easy.

You can also use a hardwire HDMI connection for any of the above but why bother.

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Complaint Section
1. Samsung – Stop defeating your own purpose with the horrible original settings. I want a free 2014 One connect box and it needs VP9 not just H265.

2. People do not want the ridiculous hand controls that only work half the time at best, or the worthless voice controls the get activated by the TV program you’re watching. Thanks for the great picture though, stick with what matters.

3. Your privacy policy stinks. I want to be able to interface my devices without doing your lousy Samsung All Share/ now Samsung Link that makes me agree to privacy policies that promise you NO privacy, and sit a Samsung representative in your living room every time you watch the TV. NO Thanks.

NOTICE *** 2 WAY WIRELESS STREAMING:
In all fairness to Samsung, the Smart View App in the Android Play store does let you wirelessly stream content from the TV to your device without registering with Samsung Link. That’s great.

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Why you should get this TV
1. Best picture of any TV on the market from the largest TV manufacturer on the market. I sometimes pause the program just to look at it.

2. It is future proof. Because it is 4K, the screen is capable of outstanding resolution for a long time to come. There’s another great benefit – the Evolution kit. HOWEVER, this TV write up by Samsung and thus Amazon is unclear.
It comes with the built in evolution Kit but NOT the One connect box. To get that, you have to get the HU9000 model which costs more money, and has a useless curved screen. However, the write up infers One-connect future upgrades. This TV is One Connect READY according to Samsung. My guess is that they will upgrade this unit and all 4K units with one, One-connect for all, but see below.

3. It really looks elegant.

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What about this new 2014 8550 compared to last years 4K F9000?

If you can save a pile of money, then hurry and get the F 9000 before they sell out. Amazon’s price and service are both good and you save around $500. The picture, CPU, memory, everything will be the same as the F9000 which is only 5 months older, and clear motion rate is the same. Its true. HDTVvs.com has a comparison and the main difference is the smart hub software. You can save $500.00 and get a 4K blu-Ray with the diff.

EDIT AFTER PRICE DROP: On the other hand, if the prices are the same, the decision is tougher, but you should probably go with the newer model even though it is almost the same.

Back on the other hand, F9000 has two advantages. The One-connect box is a separate unit that houses the CPU, memory, main board, firmware, and smart TV software. This is better than the evolution kit in the HU8550. A true One connect box is still on the H9000, but it costs more.

The One Connect box that separates from the screen itself is better because you get new connection ports, less heat build up for a longer lasting screen, and you have less cable clutter. If you know anything about computers or electronics, you know that the CPU, memory, and motherboard generate the most heat and eventually cause the units to fail. Mine is a few feet under the screen, you can touch it and feel the heat, although it is more of a high warm than hot.

The One-connect box is a genius idea that Samsung should employ for all of its TVs, and so should every other manufacturer of high-end TVs. The 8550 is “One connect ready” for future updates but for now its evolution kit is on the TV. So it is not really a big deal either way.

The second reason: The 8550 base is nowhere near as stable or as cool looking as the arch base on the F9000.

Although the 8550 model does do 4 screens, this is not with 4 channels, but 4 different inputs. Which isn’t really needed. Updates to Smart hub are superfluous compared to the F9000.

Bottom line: Both TVs are spectacular and as soon as you get new one connect boxes, they will be the same. Be sure to set it up right and anyone you show this TV to will pick up their jaw off the floor. You will love the picture and the features. You will also save big time over the HU9000 with its gimmick curved screen.

Hope this helps you enjoy your TV
Blessings

Samsung Second Generation 4k UHD – Very ImpressiveTOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE (By Professor H)

This is the best picture quality of any TV I have had. It is a 4K TV and even though there isn’t any 4K content yet without getting movie on a hard drive and paying out the nose. This Samsung upscales the content up and it looks pretty darn great. Noticeably sharper then others that I looked at. The sound is also very good. There are plenty of smart features and internet hookup without having any external devices like Roku, Apple TV. Upconverts any source inputted. Samsungs latest backlighting technology.

I bought the TV for the picture quality not really for the 3D. Most of the smart features are just extra pluses.
It does a decent job of upscaling the HD content, but remember it is trying to upscale from HD to near 4K and the information is just not there for it to do real 4K. It, for the lack of better terms, makes a guess on what 4K should be. That withstanding it does guess well, and will offer a better picture than standard HD, just not UHD so expect that. Samsung isn’t talking about what the specs are for the up scaling at the time of this review.

Pros:
1. Excellent color and sharpness. Also controls to can easily adjust the picture to any way you wish (moe color saturation, less saturation, sharpness, brightness, etc) Lots of smart features I am still learning.

2. Excellent sound upgrade from standard HD Samsungs. For the price it should have good sound huh.

3. Watching Lord Of The Rings On This Will Make You Cry

4. 3D works great and comes with four sets of glasses.

Cons:
1. Dialog box pops up telling you that you can use voice controls. This is very distracting and I don’t need the a dialog box on the TV to pop up to tell me this. Its in the instructions booklet.

It doesn’t happen very often- but it is annoying. You can disable this but it takes some time to dig through the screens until you are there.

2. Heavier than standard HD versions of Samsungs, like the 8000. Good info for those mounting on wall.

3. No Content to justify early adopter purchase price.

4. Friends watching Lord Of The Rings (Also crying picture is so good) begain plotting to take “Precious” from us.

There is just nothing to watch right now and the prices of these 4K sets are going to drop at least another 500 just like when the HD sets came on the scene. Plus the 4k technology will most likely get better when they decide just how the content is going to be implemented. On the upside Samsung uses what they call a Hub or One Connect box so if content inputs get better you can just replace the hub box instead of kicking yourself that you have to get a new set.

I tried the Netflix 4K streaming and it’s a mixed bag at this stage. Some of the nature documentaries look like 4K and some look more like 1080P.

The UHD dvd players are coming so if you have this Samsung you will be ready from day one. I think even the xbox is going to offer 4k content when connected. Does have a superior picture than non UHD tv’s. Its just gonna cost ya a little more brother. I had to have it. I couldnt wait. My current tv died on me and I had to do something. The only thing I could rationalize, being addicted to great new technology, was to go into debt to feed my habit. I am so ashamed at my weakness.

In all seriousness:
My suggestion is if you must have the latest 4k tech then here it is. Much better than Sony especially with their no customer service. The LG’s do look good, just not this good.

UPDATE 4-25-2014

Ok there has been a big controversy on whether this model comes with a one connect box or not. You get a different story everywhere. Found a Samsung training representative who spent two hours educating me on every 4k tv on earth and what was what. One Connect; 2013 version of this model had the external One Connect box. 2014 version of this model has internal One Connect with no external box. When One Connect technology is updated you can get the external box and it overrides the internal to keep everything cutting edge. He said samsung is supporting One Connect for a guaranteed four years to guard against your tv becoming obsolete. I asked him about the 1080p to 4k upscaling. He said yes it does a good job at kicking up standard HD better than Sony or LG, but if you want to see something great, get a 4K bluray player, then he drug me around to show what it could do. It was very impressive. He shared a story about the 9000 which requires an external One Connect box to opperate as all the technology is in the box and the tv is basically a monitor, said stores all over the place are misplacing the boxes when they move a tv and have all these dead big screens everywhere.This TV is a keeper.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Glossy screen, black bezel and cabinet, silver T-Shape stand

The Tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (Seperate HDTV antenna required)

QAM cable TV tuner

RVU-compatible (for DIRECTV) — DIRECTV subscribers with the Genie Whole-Home HD DVR can watch live broadcast and stored content on this TV without an additional receiver

Ultra High Definition TV with 4K screen resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels)

HEVC for compatibility with streamed 4K content from sources like Netflix®

TV Displays 3D images when you wear Samsung’s active 3D glasses (4 pairs of glasses are included)

2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources

LED edge backlight with Precision Black hardware-based local dimming and UHD Dimming software-based dimming for superb contrast and black levels

Clear Motion Rate 1200 blur reduction 240Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning

UHD video upscaling seamlessly upconverts SD and HD content

Internet-ready Smart TV

Supports up to 5.1-channel audio with streaming movie services like Netflix and Vudu(tm) (audio quality depends on your connection speed)

Built-in Wi-Fi to link to a wireless network

Quad-core processor for seamless web browsing and app multitasking

Quad Screen splits the TV screen into four quadrants so you can watch live TV, video clips, and the web all at once

AllShare video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows PC

MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV’s screen

2-way screen mirroring — send content wirelessly from device-to-TV or TV-to-device with compatible smartphones and tablets

Built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2 plus 20 watts for woofers)

Comes with two remotes: a touchpad remote with built-in microphone for voice control, plus a standard illuminated button-based IR remote

Great for Blu Ray and 4K content, not so much sports (By matt kramer)

I waited a few weeks to write this review b.c I wanted to be sure I had time to really appreciate the TV. It is closer to 3.5 stars for me and my personal use.

First of all, the TV makes Bluray content look fantastic. The tv’s built in upscaler does a great job. 4K content is out of this world good (netflix, house of cards). It brings a whole new level of clarity to television that I did not think was possible. Last night I was watching Pacific Rim on Bluray and it made my jaw drop!

The built in apps are really fast and convenient. If you are not using a separate audio source, you will struggle to get proper lip sync with the built in apps. It gets close, but without a separate receiver it is slightly off.

So far so good, right? Well, I am a huge sports viewer, and this is where this TV struggles. I tried literally all of the settings possible and there is always a slight judder. It is mostly noticeable when watching hockey, and it irks me just enough to totally ruin my viewing experience. I previously owned a plasma, so I am use to a buttery smooth experience when watching live sports. This set just cannot provide that judder free experience I am use to.

I would highly recommend this TV to anyone, but if you do watch a lot of sports you will probably be better served with a plasma. I was hoping the 2014 sets would have all judder issues sorted out, but it still seems like the technology (LED) cannot handle the speed of live sports.

This Samsung is very future proof (HEVC, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, and future one connect). The design of the TV is beautiful with minimal bezels and a classic stand.

I did read reviews prior to buying the TV. I know that plasma’s have always been deemed better for sports, but I was hoping for something different. Phenomenal TV, but still not for the avid sports viewer.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN60HU8550 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN60HU8550 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

$1,997.99($3,499.99 43% off )(159 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Clear Motion Rate 1200 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Motion and Voice Control with Camera Accessory (sold separately)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand : 53.6” x 30.9” x 1.4”, TV with stand : 53.6” x 32.5” x 11.6”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.0, 3 USB, 1 Component, 2 Composite
  • Accessories Included: Smart Remote Control, 4 Pairs of 3D Active Glasses (SSG-5150GB)

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Samsung UN60HU8550 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Awesome TV you will love it but set it up! (By FALCON)

I am not affiliated with Samsung or CNET.
[Side Note: I believe Samsung should provide free 2014 One connect boxes to F9000 owners because of the H265 codec, Google's superior VP9 codec, and HDMI 2.0 as a gesture of good faith toward early adopters.]

This review will help you get the most out of your HU8550. I won’t waste your time listing all the specs.

I am posting here because some people badmouthed and down rated the Samsung F9000 because they did not know how to use it. I do not want the same thing to happen to this excellent TV. I have last year’s top-of-the-line F9000 4K model which is virtually the exact same TV as this, released only 5 months earlier. Only the Smart Hub software and HDMI ports changed.

I cannot believe how absolutely amazing the picture is. It’s colors explode, it’s blacks are black, it’s whites are white, flesh tones are real, and all of it is super sharp. With newscasts or interviews, people look like they’re sitting right in front of you. It’s almost scarey. Aerial shots and night shots of cities will blow you away. You cannot ask for a better picture. And that’s not just my opinion, read all of the professional reviews. Every single one of them love this TV.

NOTICE: Do not worry about 4K content not being available. This TV upscales. It has to because the screen is made of 3840 X 2160 pixels. Go to [....] and check the US news section. I quote it in the comments section. The upscaling of Samsung’s Quadmatic Picture Engine works wonders, especially with anything in HD (1080P). It also works fine with SD material but not as well because upscaling works with the material it starts with. That’s what it scales up. I can honestly tell you that I do not want a sharper picture than this.

You can see every facial feature including eyelashes. Blu Rays and 4K YouTube’s will make you cry. Pause the picture anywhere, even get close to it, and be amazed.

Any person giving this TV anything less than five stars reveals their own foolishness for not setting it up, or they got a weird factory defect. You have to set it up(calibrate it for your room). If you are a newbie to electronics you have three options.

1. Learn how to set it up and you’ll love it. It is very easy.(I will help you in this post).
2. If you’re too lazy, don’t buy a piece of high-quality electronic equipment like this. You don’t deserve it.
3. Pay someone to calibrate it for you. Actually that’s a waste of money because in 20 minutes you can easily do it yourself with this post. You can make this TV look anyway you want it to look. Which is why comparisons in stores are superfluous unless you make all settings equal between the TVs.

Out of the box the picture looks disappointing , that’s Samsung’s fault, although most manufacturers do the same thing for the retail store lighting. When I first turned on this TV it looked like a soap opera or documentary. I knew this was not right.

Because I researched the F9000 (same internals as Hu8550) I knew what to do. The first thing to do is go to the System menu, scroll to the Eco-Solution Submenu, and turn OFF the accursed eco-saving feature and eco-sensor.

CNET has evaluators that are among the best in the industry. A professional named Katzmaier uses $30,000 worth of equipment to calibrate these TVs. Don’t know if I can post links here, so search for CNET’s HDTV picture settings forum forUN65f9000 or HU8550-a bit early for this as of this date. (The 55 inch versions take the same calibrations.)

However, there’s one problem with their settings. They calibrate their TVs in a dark room. Therefore their brightness levels are way too low. They acknowledge this, but it is a necessary starting point and equalizer for the different models. No problem, use Samsung’s default settings for Movie and set Backlight to their setting(12). It worked great with gamma at +1. The first thing you want to do is set it to Movie mode, which is what CNET uses. Play with other modes later.

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The settings I’m about to list are based on Katzmaier’s from CNET(get them and print them out) with some tweaks of my own made by going between his and the Samsung defaults. Do that, that’s safe. If you set your TV to these, you will love the picture. If not, tweak it for yourself somewhere between his settings and the defaults.

It is very easy, so don’t freak out. If you can turn your volume control up and down you can change your settings. The settings have a combined effect, so do not just do one area.

HOW TO SET A FANTASTIC PICTURE AND REMOVE MOTION BLURR/Judder:

Picture menu – Use all Samsung’s defaults for Movie mode with a slight color tweak
mode: Movie – the most important change.
backlight: 12 – CNET’s setting of 7 is way too low unless you are in a really dark room. We use lamps at my house. Backlight is the main brightness control

contrast: 95 – pretty standard for most modes
brightness: 45 – leave this alone
sharpness: 20 – CNET setting of 0 Is WAY too low, especially for a 4K TV
color: 52 0r 53 – a slight tweak over 50 that will give you more of a richer plasma TV quality
tint: 50/50 – leave this alone

I discovered the real trick for getting the correct lighting level for your room is to work with gamma and backlight, not brightness. Samsung’s default is 45 for all modes, and it’s right.

Advanced Settings Click it for the submenu

dynamic contrast: off
flesh tone: zero
RGB only mode: off
color space: custom – there is a submenu for this below.

White balance: SEE BELOW. Click it to get into it.
10 P white balance: – you don’t need to mess with this.
Gamma: +1 –this is an important setting and affects the entire picture, not just contrast.
Expert pattern: off
motion lighting: off
black enhancer: off

Color Space Submenu
I recommend keeping everything at default rather than using the ones from CNET. However, I do not like the cold (bluer)picture of LEDs as compared to plasma or my old Pioneer elite 98 which had the best picture ever in its day and even for today except for sharpness. Therefore I change the blue setting to this:
blue: red 2, green 2, blue 45. Not drastic changes over 0, 0, 50 but it’s warmer and prettier.
Leave yellow at the default, or change the yellow setting to have less blue than the CNET setting
yellow: red 50, green 50, blue 6 (Katzmaier had blue at 14, that’s too much)

WHITE BALANCE – use all of the Katzmaier’s settings: 25, 24, 22, 23, 24, 26
EDIT: Thanks to James Goss who says:
For the 8550, the white balance numbers range from -25 to +25, with 0 being the defaults. So your figures equate to 0, -1, -3, -2, -1, +1.

Wxplanation — Goss is saying that the default for the 8550 is zero (0), whereas my F9000 has a default of 25. That means you either leave it at zero where I had 25, or go plus/minus whatever digits are equivalent, i.e. -1 for 24, +1 for 26, or whatever. The total range is 25 changes in either direction, but you won’t need that full range. It’s NOT complicated.

Picture Option Submenu -
color tone: warm 2 – important, this also gets rid of the cold blue LED effect
digital clean view: off
MPEG noise filter: off
film mode: auto one
auto motion plus: custom. Make sure you change it to custom, click it.
Smart LED: high

Auto Motion Plus Submenu. Numerous sources recommend these to remove motion blur.
blur reduction: 10
judder reduction: 0 yes, zero
LED clear motion: – not much visible difference either way. Leave it on if you increased backlight to the default.

System Menu. As already mentioned go to the eco-solution submenu and shut off energy-saving and eco-sensors. They will knock your picture into dismal oblivion at will.

Sound menu: For a TV, the sound can be good, but the default sound is horribly muddy as are all of the choices except Clear Voice. The high frequencies are weak, and you should never expect good bass from any TV. Go into the Sound menu and set to Clear Voice if you sometimes watch without your stereo system.

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GREAT INTERFACE FEATURES:

This TV works great with Smart Hub and smart phones, tablets, or Blu Ray, especially for Samsung products. Other Android and Apple products should be compatible, but I can’t speak for them. I am a Samsung Galaxy XX fan myself.

You can wirelessly stream from TV to Phone or tablet with the Samsung Smart View app, and your phone functions as a remote. It works! However, get the app for your phone manufacturer. Don’t expect Samsung’s app to work on a different phone.

You can wirelessly stream from Phone/tablet to TV by setting your TV Source to Mirror, and your device to Mirror in your settings >connections, and allow the connection. You do not need to register the TV and agree to Samsung’s invasion of privacy policy. If you go through the YouTube app on the TV it even asks you if you want to mirror. Search for some YouTubes to see how to set these up. It’s too long to include here.

You can also wirelessly view pics, video.etc, from your phone on the TV by enabling the DLNA device connection on your phone and going into Smart Hub Picture/video section (up top, far right, go to the bottom and select all files, and enable the connection. It’s easy.

You can also use a hardwire HDMI connection for any of the above but why bother.

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Complaint Section
1. Samsung – Stop defeating your own purpose with the horrible original settings. I want a free 2014 One connect box and it needs VP9 not just H265.

2. People do not want the ridiculous hand controls that only work half the time at best, or the worthless voice controls the get activated by the TV program you’re watching. Thanks for the great picture though, stick with what matters.

3. Your privacy policy stinks. I want to be able to interface my devices without doing your lousy Samsung All Share/ now Samsung Link that makes me agree to privacy policies that promise you NO privacy, and sit a Samsung representative in your living room every time you watch the TV. NO Thanks.

NOTICE *** 2 WAY WIRELESS STREAMING:
In all fairness to Samsung, the Smart View App in the Android Play store does let you wirelessly stream content from the TV to your device without registering with Samsung Link. That’s great.

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Why you should get this TV
1. Best picture of any TV on the market from the largest TV manufacturer on the market. I sometimes pause the program just to look at it.

2. It is future proof. Because it is 4K, the screen is capable of outstanding resolution for a long time to come. There’s another great benefit – the Evolution kit. HOWEVER, this TV write up by Samsung and thus Amazon is unclear.
It comes with the built in evolution Kit but NOT the One connect box. To get that, you have to get the HU9000 model which costs more money, and has a useless curved screen. However, the write up infers One-connect future upgrades. This TV is One Connect READY according to Samsung. My guess is that they will upgrade this unit and all 4K units with one, One-connect for all, but see below.

3. It really looks elegant.

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What about this new 2014 8550 compared to last years 4K F9000?

If you can save a pile of money, then hurry and get the F 9000 before they sell out. Amazon’s price and service are both good and you save around $500. The picture, CPU, memory, everything will be the same as the F9000 which is only 5 months older, and clear motion rate is the same. Its true. HDTVvs.com has a comparison and the main difference is the smart hub software. You can save $500.00 and get a 4K blu-Ray with the diff.

EDIT AFTER PRICE DROP: On the other hand, if the prices are the same, the decision is tougher, but you should probably go with the newer model even though it is almost the same.

Back on the other hand, F9000 has two advantages. The One-connect box is a separate unit that houses the CPU, memory, main board, firmware, and smart TV software. This is better than the evolution kit in the HU8550. A true One connect box is still on the H9000, but it costs more.

The One Connect box that separates from the screen itself is better because you get new connection ports, less heat build up for a longer lasting screen, and you have less cable clutter. If you know anything about computers or electronics, you know that the CPU, memory, and motherboard generate the most heat and eventually cause the units to fail. Mine is a few feet under the screen, you can touch it and feel the heat, although it is more of a high warm than hot.

The One-connect box is a genius idea that Samsung should employ for all of its TVs, and so should every other manufacturer of high-end TVs. The 8550 is “One connect ready” for future updates but for now its evolution kit is on the TV. So it is not really a big deal either way.

The second reason: The 8550 base is nowhere near as stable or as cool looking as the arch base on the F9000.

Although the 8550 model does do 4 screens, this is not with 4 channels, but 4 different inputs. Which isn’t really needed. Updates to Smart hub are superfluous compared to the F9000.

Bottom line: Both TVs are spectacular and as soon as you get new one connect boxes, they will be the same. Be sure to set it up right and anyone you show this TV to will pick up their jaw off the floor. You will love the picture and the features. You will also save big time over the HU9000 with its gimmick curved screen.

Hope this helps you enjoy your TV
Blessings

Samsung Second Generation 4k UHD – Very ImpressiveTOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE (By Professor H)

This is the best picture quality of any TV I have had. It is a 4K TV and even though there isn’t any 4K content yet without getting movie on a hard drive and paying out the nose. This Samsung upscales the content up and it looks pretty darn great. Noticeably sharper then others that I looked at. The sound is also very good. There are plenty of smart features and internet hookup without having any external devices like Roku, Apple TV. Upconverts any source inputted. Samsungs latest backlighting technology.

I bought the TV for the picture quality not really for the 3D. Most of the smart features are just extra pluses.
It does a decent job of upscaling the HD content, but remember it is trying to upscale from HD to near 4K and the information is just not there for it to do real 4K. It, for the lack of better terms, makes a guess on what 4K should be. That withstanding it does guess well, and will offer a better picture than standard HD, just not UHD so expect that. Samsung isn’t talking about what the specs are for the up scaling at the time of this review.

Pros:
1. Excellent color and sharpness. Also controls to can easily adjust the picture to any way you wish (moe color saturation, less saturation, sharpness, brightness, etc) Lots of smart features I am still learning.

2. Excellent sound upgrade from standard HD Samsungs. For the price it should have good sound huh.

3. Watching Lord Of The Rings On This Will Make You Cry

4. 3D works great and comes with four sets of glasses.

Cons:
1. Dialog box pops up telling you that you can use voice controls. This is very distracting and I don’t need the a dialog box on the TV to pop up to tell me this. Its in the instructions booklet.

It doesn’t happen very often- but it is annoying. You can disable this but it takes some time to dig through the screens until you are there.

2. Heavier than standard HD versions of Samsungs, like the 8000. Good info for those mounting on wall.

3. No Content to justify early adopter purchase price.

4. Friends watching Lord Of The Rings (Also crying picture is so good) begain plotting to take “Precious” from us.

There is just nothing to watch right now and the prices of these 4K sets are going to drop at least another 500 just like when the HD sets came on the scene. Plus the 4k technology will most likely get better when they decide just how the content is going to be implemented. On the upside Samsung uses what they call a Hub or One Connect box so if content inputs get better you can just replace the hub box instead of kicking yourself that you have to get a new set.

I tried the Netflix 4K streaming and it’s a mixed bag at this stage. Some of the nature documentaries look like 4K and some look more like 1080P.

The UHD dvd players are coming so if you have this Samsung you will be ready from day one. I think even the xbox is going to offer 4k content when connected. Does have a superior picture than non UHD tv’s. Its just gonna cost ya a little more brother. I had to have it. I couldnt wait. My current tv died on me and I had to do something. The only thing I could rationalize, being addicted to great new technology, was to go into debt to feed my habit. I am so ashamed at my weakness.

In all seriousness:
My suggestion is if you must have the latest 4k tech then here it is. Much better than Sony especially with their no customer service. The LG’s do look good, just not this good.

UPDATE 4-25-2014

Ok there has been a big controversy on whether this model comes with a one connect box or not. You get a different story everywhere. Found a Samsung training representative who spent two hours educating me on every 4k tv on earth and what was what. One Connect; 2013 version of this model had the external One Connect box. 2014 version of this model has internal One Connect with no external box. When One Connect technology is updated you can get the external box and it overrides the internal to keep everything cutting edge. He said samsung is supporting One Connect for a guaranteed four years to guard against your tv becoming obsolete. I asked him about the 1080p to 4k upscaling. He said yes it does a good job at kicking up standard HD better than Sony or LG, but if you want to see something great, get a 4K bluray player, then he drug me around to show what it could do. It was very impressive. He shared a story about the 9000 which requires an external One Connect box to opperate as all the technology is in the box and the tv is basically a monitor, said stores all over the place are misplacing the boxes when they move a tv and have all these dead big screens everywhere.This TV is a keeper.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Glossy screen, black bezel and cabinet, silver T-Shape stand

The Tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (Seperate HDTV antenna required)

QAM cable TV tuner

RVU-compatible (for DIRECTV) — DIRECTV subscribers with the Genie Whole-Home HD DVR can watch live broadcast and stored content on this TV without an additional receiver

Ultra High Definition TV with 4K screen resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels)

HEVC for compatibility with streamed 4K content from sources like Netflix®

TV Displays 3D images when you wear Samsung’s active 3D glasses (4 pairs of glasses are included)

2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources

LED edge backlight with Precision Black hardware-based local dimming and UHD Dimming software-based dimming for superb contrast and black levels

Clear Motion Rate 1200 blur reduction 240Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning

UHD video upscaling seamlessly upconverts SD and HD content

Internet-ready Smart TV

Supports up to 5.1-channel audio with streaming movie services like Netflix and Vudu(tm) (audio quality depends on your connection speed)

Built-in Wi-Fi to link to a wireless network

Quad-core processor for seamless web browsing and app multitasking

Quad Screen splits the TV screen into four quadrants so you can watch live TV, video clips, and the web all at once

AllShare video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows PC

MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV’s screen

2-way screen mirroring — send content wirelessly from device-to-TV or TV-to-device with compatible smartphones and tablets

Built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2 plus 20 watts for woofers)

Comes with two remotes: a touchpad remote with built-in microphone for voice control, plus a standard illuminated button-based IR remote

Great for Blu Ray and 4K content, not so much sports (By matt kramer)

I waited a few weeks to write this review b.c I wanted to be sure I had time to really appreciate the TV. It is closer to 3.5 stars for me and my personal use.

First of all, the TV makes Bluray content look fantastic. The tv’s built in upscaler does a great job. 4K content is out of this world good (netflix, house of cards). It brings a whole new level of clarity to television that I did not think was possible. Last night I was watching Pacific Rim on Bluray and it made my jaw drop!

The built in apps are really fast and convenient. If you are not using a separate audio source, you will struggle to get proper lip sync with the built in apps. It gets close, but without a separate receiver it is slightly off.

So far so good, right? Well, I am a huge sports viewer, and this is where this TV struggles. I tried literally all of the settings possible and there is always a slight judder. It is mostly noticeable when watching hockey, and it irks me just enough to totally ruin my viewing experience. I previously owned a plasma, so I am use to a buttery smooth experience when watching live sports. This set just cannot provide that judder free experience I am use to.

I would highly recommend this TV to anyone, but if you do watch a lot of sports you will probably be better served with a plasma. I was hoping the 2014 sets would have all judder issues sorted out, but it still seems like the technology (LED) cannot handle the speed of live sports.

This Samsung is very future proof (HEVC, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, and future one connect). The design of the TV is beautiful with minimal bezels and a classic stand.

I did read reviews prior to buying the TV. I know that plasma’s have always been deemed better for sports, but I was hoping for something different. Phenomenal TV, but still not for the avid sports viewer.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Sony XBR55X850B 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Review

Sony XBR55X850B 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

$1,498.00($2,999.99 50% off )(66 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Skype, Twitter, Internet Browser (Opera)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 48.6” x 29.25″ x 2.6”, TV with stand: 48.6” x 31” x 11.25”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, MHL
  • Accessories Included: Remote, 2 3D Glasses, Touchpad Remote Control, IR Blaster, Table Top Stand

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Sony XBR55X850B 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Excellent picture quality, beautiful set, amazing 4K (By Nutwiisystem.Com)

I remember back in the 1980′s, Sony TVs were the thing to get. Those Trinitron CRT sets just seemed to have a brighter, crisper picture than anyone else out there. They suffered a little bit in the last few years as their competitors closed the gap of price and quality. This new series of 4K TVs may be just the thing Sony needs to remind everyone that they’re still one of the best out there.

I had a couple things on my list: 4K, 3D, a decent-looking design, a set that wouldn’t be obsolete in a year, and a set that was relatively affordable. Here’s how the set did.

4K:

The first time I walked into a Best Buy and saw a TV with a 4K picture, my jaw dropped. Seeing 4K for the first time reminded me of the time I saw 1080i for the first time in a Tokyo airport. The picture improvement is that much clearer and crisper. Sure enough, the 4K rendering on this set is terrific–color fidelity is spot-on and the picture is bright.

Of course, 4K is really only good for early adopters and technophiles right now, as there isn’t much 4K content out there and likely won’t be for years. Cable companies aren’t going to support it until there’s a critical mass (heck, most are still broadcasting at 720p). The only other ways outside of the TV to get 4K content is through a PC (you’ll need an upgraded video card) or a media server, which will cost extra.

That said, I was able to connect directly to NetFlix through the TV. There’s a handful of 4K programs available, which as of this writing includes movies like Ghostbusters, Philadelphia, and Smurfs 2; TV shows like Breaking Bad and House of Cards; and a couple of mediocre nature films. I loaded up House of Cards and I was blown away; it was surreal, more like watching a home movie of Kevin Spacey than a TV show.

As a bonus, I started up the YouTube app on the TV, and tried playing a few 4K videos. They were also beautiful and exceptionally sharp on a 50Mbps Internet connection.

3D:

It looks like companies have all but given up trying to market 3D to a mass consumer audience, but I appreciate Sony continuing to support 3D for the niche that continues to be enthusiastic about it. I’m one of those; I bought a 3D camcorder from Sony and I actually have guests to my house asking me to show them my vacation videos :P

I also have a PS3 which plays 3D Blu-Rays, and not surprisingly, the picture is fantastic. I know in last year’s model there were rumors that Sony deliberately cut down the resolution in each eye for the 55″ set. I don’t know if that’s still the case with this set, but the picture was very clear regardless.

This set does support passive 3D, something I wanted because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of charging batteries, wearing bulky glasses, or dealing with the ‘darker’ picture that comes with active 3D. Surprisingly, the 3D quality was still excellent. I popped “How to Train Your Dragon” into the PS3 and the colors were vibrant, the textures detailed and crisp, and the 3D depth just like in the theater.

Design:

One thing I absolutely hated about last year’s passive 3D/4K set was that they put these butt-ugly “Dumbo ears” speakers on the sides of their set. Happily, this year they got rid of it and replaced it with a simple, sleek black border. While it’s a 53″ set, it fits perfectly on my entertainment console which is about 50-51″ end-to-end. The screen is a glossy sheen which is almost mirror-like, so if you have bright lighting in the house near where you sit you’ll want to turn it off.

A set that wouldn’t be obsolete in a year:

One thing I liked is that once I connected the set to the Internet, it asked me if I wanted to do a software update. That’s one way of ensuring that the TV is going to be kept up-to-date. I do like that HDMI 2.0 is supported out of the box. And of course, 8K is not coming out anytime soon :)

A set that was relatively affordable:

This is the second-generation of 4K sets, and Sony is being pretty aggressive with the pricing; the 55″ set retails for $3000, but street price seems to be around $2300 as of this writing, only a few weeks after launch. Considering that the equivalent first-generation set retailed for $5000, the drop in price is definitely more precipitous than typical.

Yes, in a year you’ll probably be seeing sub-$2000 street prices, but I decided to jump now. It’s no secret that Sony has been losing money and market share in its TVs for years, so expect them to continue to be very aggressive in their pricing.

While the photos all show the stand on the far left and right of the unit, you can also install the stand so that they’re closer to the middle of the unit (just to the left and right of the LED in the center). This might be a better option if, say, you’ll be placing it on a cabinet that’s less than 48″ wide.

The unit comes with two remotes, a more traditional remote with a ton of buttons and a smaller remote with a trackpad. It also comes with two passive 3D glasses (the ones from the movie theater will work too), and an “IR blaster” that you can use to control other devices with your remote (I have mine set up to control my TiVo). It has 4 HDMI connectors. USB ports will let you attach things like a PS3 controller (for Playstation Now, coming in the Fall) or a keyboard. There’s also an MHL connector that will let you mirror photos and videos on smartphones, projectors, and other devices that support it (Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony, and Toshiba).

The one thing I did NOT like about this set was how convoluted their on-screen display was. Using the trackpad remote was not intuitive at all, and this is exacerbated by really poor software design where it’s impossible to navigate from screen to screen without getting completely lost. I think the UX people at Sony must have made the poor decision to steal ideas from Microsoft.

That aside, this was a purchase I was completely satisfied with. As another reviewer said, the brightness and color richness of the display rival a plasma set and the 4K is just stunning.

Love – With Three Small Gripes (By David A. Giroux)

I just bought this TV a few days ago, and since receiving it and using it, I can honestly say I love it. It is my favorite TV of the many I’ve owned, a spot previously held by a Philips 1080p with Ambilight which, while dated, was reliable and beautiful. But this new XBR takes the cake. That said, I do have three small complaints, two of which could be fixed with software/firmware updates (hint, hint if anyone at Sony engineering is reading this). I’ll start with the good, and move to the complaints.

THE GOOD:

The Picture – This is probably the most important thing to most TV purchasers, and I can tell you that this TV does not disappoint. The color is beautiful, which is apparently to be expected based on professional reviews of past years of the XBR line. The colors are bright, motion is smooth, blacks are deep, and I have yet to see an artifact that isn’t the result of Internet streaming. The 4K is very impressive. There isn’t a ton of 4K content out there, but from what I have been able to watch on this unit (a few Netflix shows), this TV handles 4K wonderfully. I don’t know that the 4K picture is necessarily better than competing units from Samsung or LG (after all, they all are the same resolution), but the 4K on this unit is top of the line. Combine that with the beautiful color, even lighting (even though it’s side lit), and great contrast, and you have what I think is one of the best 4K pictures on the market. The upscaling works pretty well, but it’s still upscaling, so don’t expect upscaled 4K pictures to look like native 4K pictures. For backgrounds and normal surfaces, it works very well, but for fine detail, you can’t fill in what isn’t there in the initial data stream – the TV can’t put hairs on someone’s head, for example.

Still, everything is crisp and clean, and, at least to me, noticeably better than 1080p, even with upscaling. Absolutely no complaints about the picture – I love it.

The Industrial Design – Honestly, the industrial design of the unit was a big factor for me in getting this unit. My girlfriend and I had a 37" Toshiba in our apartment, and I wanted something newer and better. She was initially against getting a 4K and/or 3D TV, but once I started suggesting things like a curved TV or a 65" unit, she told me I could get anything 50" or smaller. This baby was 49", and once I looked over the specs, we were sold. It actually turns out she was right on size/shape (bigger or curved would have not worked in our apartment), and she has come to love the 4K and the 3D. Anyway, this unit is very slim, especially given the technology packed in, and, as pictured, the bezel is pencil-thin. I was worried briefly after ordering that Sony had the wrong picture on the website (of a 1080p TV) because I popped into Best Buy and saw an XBR on display with a tag I’m pretty sure was this model. The bezel was thicker, as was the depth of the unit. But it wasn’t the case; must not have switched the floor model yet or something. Anyway, the TV is minimalist in design, elegant, slim, light, and all around one of the most beautiful and unobtrusive TVs I have ever encountered. It’s just as sleek as pictured. It will look great in any room, and the design should never become dated. It’s a great fit for any room.

The Menus – The menus on this unit are fairly intuitive and easy to use. It’s even better than the menu on the PS3 (I’ll be doing a PS4 next – even sooner if 3D BluRay support is added, hint, hint if anyone from Sony engineering is reading this). You’ll be able to pick up the menu navigation on this unit quickly, and everything is well organized and relatively intuitive. It’s actually quite like the AppleTV menu system, if not better. And I’m a HUGE Apple fan.

The Simulated 3D – Okay, so, I had no idea this feature even existed when I bought this TV, and only happened upon it while playing around with the menus (it’s not hard to find – in fact, there’s a 3D button on the regular remote, and accessible from the options menu on the touch remote). I was skeptical when I saw this feature, but was actually quite surprised when I turned it on. It REALLY works well. Is it as good as a native 3D picture? No, of course not. But all I can say is wow, does it work well. My girlfriend, who didn’t really care about getting a 3D TV and is ambivalent about 3D movies, texted me the night we got it and wrote "simulated 3D is fun!" She’s right, it really is. She and I have watched World Cup matches on the unit, and it works brilliantly. Still not as good as ESPN 3D was (hint, hint if anyone from ESPN is reading), but it works very well. We both thought it made the games much more engaging, and we’re both big soccer fans. I’ve also watched (parts) of Lethal Weapon and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in simulated 3D, and was equally impressed. The technology adds depth to movies, and when things fly at you, they actually fly at you in 3D. The algorithms handling this do a great job. Simulated 3D is a great plus for 3D fans (like myself) since content providers seem to be pulling back on the pace of 3D production. This adds a lot of 3D functionality to the unit. One small gripe: you can’t use simulated 3D from built-in apps (like Netflix on the TV). Not sure why, but I suspect the processors in the TV are busy with the streaming and there’s not enough power to convert to 3D simultaneously. I assume it works from apps from streaming boxes or media players external to the TV since it works on stuff from cable, but have not tried it.

The 3D: Not much to say beyond what was said above other than the 3D is great. Works beautifully. I love the fact that it’s passive (though apparently active on the 70"+ models). Passive means cheap glasses (Sony’s are like $10, and I think you could take home glasses from theaters and they would work) that don’t need charging and are light and silent. And the Sony passive 3D glasses look nice and are easy to store.

The Remotes – The remotes are good. The regular remote is fine, and for a regular remote, is good. Logically laid out, light, etc. The cool thing is the touch remote. It works very well and is very intuitive to those of us nowadays who are used to touch interfaces like phones and tablets. Combined with the great menus, it’s a great way to interface with the TV. Much simpler and more fluid than traditional remotes. Both remotes take AAA batteries, so nothing proprietary there. One small gripe: the iPhone app remote is only okay. It would be great if it could pull up a keyboard to type in letters when you’re typing in a field. Like when you sign in to Netflix or something (like on AppleTV with the Remote app, hint, hint).

The Internet Connectivity and Apps – Very easy to set up. There are tons of Apps. Netflix is awesome, and I love that there’s 4K support in the app. Also, I LOVE that there is Amazon Prime functionality. This obviates the need for purchasing a Fire TV or other box. I’ve been wanting to get this on my TV for some time.

The Setup – Setup is super easy. Installation of the TV is a breeze. The instructions call for two people out of an abundance of caution, but you can do it with one, at least if you’re putting on the legs. I laid the TV over our coffee table, screen up, and laid on the ground to screw in the legs (like working on a car). Took no time. The TV is light enough to be carried by one person. One delivery person carried it up six flights for us (sorry, if you’re reading this, man), and I set it up myself. You may need two for VESA mounting. Initial software setup is easy and intuitive, too. Took no time to do.

The Cost – Okay, so $2000 for a TV nowadays may seem like quite a bit (which is why my girlfriend objected to a 4K and 3D TV). That said, this TV is actually a GREAT value for something with this kind of technology that is so future-proof. First of all, my girlfriend didn’t really object to the $2000 price tag; she objected to the cost of other 4K+3D TVs, and maybe for good reason, but vis-a-vis other 4K+3D sets on the market, this is a bargain. And not only is it a bargain, I think it’s one of the best sets out there. Keep in mind this is a very well designed TV with the resolution and features that will keep it future-proof for years. And honestly, $2000 for a top-of-the-line TV has never been that bad, and Sony makes better 4K TVs than this (though not in this size). For a reasonable price, I got exactly what I wanted feature-wise, size-wise, and usability-wise. And, if it holds up as well as my other Sony stuff, this TV will be with me for a long time (we still have a launch day PS3 in the family that works great). If you want a TV that is future-proof, good looking, has a lot of great content and features available, and affordable, you cannot beat this TV. I was ready to spend the $2300 it was initially listed for, so when it was priced at just $2000 when released, I was more than happy to buy (especially because at the time Sony had 36 month no interest financing). Great value.

THE COMPLAINTS:

The Height (or lack thereof) – The industrial design of the unit is great but for ONE thing: the height. The bottom of the screen (not the bottom of the bezel, but the actual screen) is about 3" from whatever surface you set it on if you’re using the legs that come with it. I have no idea how this happened, and Sony should offer longer legs (hint, hint if someone from Sony engineering is reading this). Why? Because you can’t put a sound bar in front of it! Even Sony’s own sound bars! I was going to drop $1300 Sony’s HT-ST7 7.1 surround sound sound bar, but won’t now because it would block the bottom part of my screen. I guess I’ll either have to track down a sound bar that fits or get a 5.1 or 7.1 with wireless speakers. This is a dumb oversight; make your stuff compatible and functional with your other stuff, Sony.

Video Unlimited – From what I can tell, Sony’s video rental/purchase service does not sell 4K content if done via the TV. You can apparently do this from the sold-seperatly 4K box, but not the TV itself. This is stupid. I like 4K, but I’m not willing to drop an extra $500 on a box to pay Sony to watch 4K content when they could do it in-app. How do I know they can do it from the TV itself without the box? The built in Netflix app streams 4K. If a third party can do it, so can Sony.

Cable Box Interface – The least of all my gripes. First, you can’t apparently control the power of your cable box from the Sony remotes. Second, and more importantly, the guide feature is lacking. It is slow, and for some reason always starts at the bottom of the guide rather than the channel you’re on. I know the data for TV listings comes over the Internet and not directly from the box, but it’s still a bit slow. And it takes forever to scroll through channels if you don’t know which channels have which number since it takes a few seconds for the TV station names to populate. And the remote won’t natively control the cable box menu, apparently; rather, it "blasts" your commands to the TV via a separate IR blaster to the box. Stick to changing channels via your cable remote. However, the TV does learn your most watched channels if you turn on the feature (which it will apparently ask you about automatically), which could make the Sony remotes useful for frequented channels.

SUMMARY

Overall, I LOVE my new TV. I have gripes, but they can be fixed through updates, and I hope they are (except the legs). Even without fixes, though, this TV is wonderful. It’s beautiful, easy to use, minimalist, smart, and fun. If you’re in the market for an affordable, cutting-edge TV full of features and technology, this is your TV. Even if you don’t need all the bells and whistles, this TV will serve you well, is a great value, and will be compatible with forthcoming technology for years to come.

Good job, Sony.

Absolutely beautiful, but some significant annoyances. (By Kevin L. Gries)

Beautiful 4K television, but with some flaws that are not so insignificant.

Pros:
-Picture is outstanding. Colors and blacks are very good, better than average non-plasma screens
-Upscaling 1080p (24p only) is surprisingly good
-Plenty of features
-Looks good, small bezel, I personally like the stand

Cons:
-Startup time is annoying. If you want to change inputs or access a menu after turning the TV on, you have to wait 15-30 seconds while it powers on. And then for a further 15-30 seconds after that the remote inputs are clunky and delayed (like a computer that is low on memory).
-Input lag is around 30-40ms at best in game mode. 100+ms at its worst in sport mode. This is an issue because if you have your audio going to a separate audio system (which most people do), and are watching in sport mode (if you’re into the image smoothing features), you get lag between picture and audio which is very significant. Basically you hear people talk before their mouths move on screen. This issue can be solved if you just have your audio go into the TV first, and then use the audio output of the TV to send the signal to your audio system. However, if you have surround and are using optical audio (like I do), you will be severely limited on output options. The TV does not output 5.1 at all. For surround you must have your audio source connected directly to your audio system. And unless your audio system has a very significant lag (which it almost certainly won’t) your audio and video will be out of sync to some extent.
-There is a decent amount of back light bleed around the corners especially, however the back light (it’s actually edge lit) will dim when the screen is completely black to make it less noticeable.

I only ever actually notice it on things like PS3 loading screens when it’s mostly black, but with a little white text on screen or something (in which case the back light won’t dim because there’s something on screen).

After owning this TV for about a month, those are the things which have stood out to me. Everything else is either as expected (like so-so TV speakers, lots of inputs, etc) or not really used (like the apps and stuff). There are also a couple of issues I’ve had with my TV that I believe are specific to mine in particular and probably aren’t an issue on most other people’s TVs. They are:

-3D is awful. I believe the right 1/3 of my screen is improperly polarized, making both eye’s images visible to both eyes when wearing the polarized (passive) 3D glasses. The left 2/3 of the screen look great in 3D, only one of the two images is visible to each eye. But both images can be seen with both eyes on the right 1/3 of the screen. It’s beyond the “ghosting” that is expected with passive 3D, there’s almost no polarization at all. The right 1/3 of the screen looks the same with the glasses on as it does with the glasses off. It completely ruins the 3D experience. However, I never really use the 3D function anyway, so I didn’t feel it was worth the hassle of trying to get a replacement or repair. Hopefully this issue is not present on all of their TVs.

-The bezel does not sit flush with the screen all the way around the frame. The left 1/2 of the bottom bezel comes out away from the screen and does not sit straight and flush with the screen like it does the rest of the way around. This makes the edge lighting visible if you’re looking down into it. However, not really an issue at normal viewing angle, and only noticeable when walking by the TV.

Overall, I’ve kept my TV because the issues are not, in my opinion, worth the hassle of trying to get it repaired/replaced. When I’m sitting on my couch playing PS3 or watching TV or a movie, I am having a very enjoyable experience. I don’t use 3D, but that polarization issue on my TV would completely ruin the TV for anyone who uses it. The bezel issue is cosmetic and only noticeable if you look for it. Definitely not an issue when I’m immersed in what I’m watching.

Minus 1 star for the input lag, minus 1 star for the annoying start-up time issues and light bleed. These issues are noticeable and are going to be present on everybody’s TV, not just mine.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN50HU8550 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN50HU8550 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

$1,297.99($2,499.99 48% off )(159 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Clear Motion Rate 1200 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit w/Local Dimming)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Motion and Voice Control with Camera Accessory (sold separately)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand : 43.9” x 25.4” x 1.4”, TV with stand : 43.9” x 27” x 10.6”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.0, 3 USB, 1 Component, 2 Composite
  • Accessories Included: Smart Remote Control, 4 Pairs of 3D Active Glasses (SSG-5150GB)

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Samsung UN50HU8550 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Awesome TV you will love it but set it up! (By FALCON)

I am not affiliated with Samsung or CNET.
[Side Note: I believe Samsung should provide free 2014 One connect boxes to F9000 owners because of the H265 codec, Google's superior VP9 codec, and HDMI 2.0 as a gesture of good faith toward early adopters.]

This review will help you get the most out of your HU8550. I won’t waste your time listing all the specs.

I am posting here because some people badmouthed and down rated the Samsung F9000 because they did not know how to use it. I do not want the same thing to happen to this excellent TV. I have last year’s top-of-the-line F9000 4K model which is virtually the exact same TV as this, released only 5 months earlier. Only the Smart Hub software and HDMI ports changed.

I cannot believe how absolutely amazing the picture is. It’s colors explode, it’s blacks are black, it’s whites are white, flesh tones are real, and all of it is super sharp. With newscasts or interviews, people look like they’re sitting right in front of you. It’s almost scarey. Aerial shots and night shots of cities will blow you away. You cannot ask for a better picture. And that’s not just my opinion, read all of the professional reviews. Every single one of them love this TV.

NOTICE: Do not worry about 4K content not being available. This TV upscales. It has to because the screen is made of 3840 X 2160 pixels. Go to [....] and check the US news section. I quote it in the comments section. The upscaling of Samsung’s Quadmatic Picture Engine works wonders, especially with anything in HD (1080P). It also works fine with SD material but not as well because upscaling works with the material it starts with. That’s what it scales up. I can honestly tell you that I do not want a sharper picture than this.

You can see every facial feature including eyelashes. Blu Rays and 4K YouTube’s will make you cry. Pause the picture anywhere, even get close to it, and be amazed.

Any person giving this TV anything less than five stars reveals their own foolishness for not setting it up, or they got a weird factory defect. You have to set it up(calibrate it for your room). If you are a newbie to electronics you have three options.

1. Learn how to set it up and you’ll love it. It is very easy.(I will help you in this post).
2. If you’re too lazy, don’t buy a piece of high-quality electronic equipment like this. You don’t deserve it.
3. Pay someone to calibrate it for you. Actually that’s a waste of money because in 20 minutes you can easily do it yourself with this post. You can make this TV look anyway you want it to look. Which is why comparisons in stores are superfluous unless you make all settings equal between the TVs.

Out of the box the picture looks disappointing , that’s Samsung’s fault, although most manufacturers do the same thing for the retail store lighting. When I first turned on this TV it looked like a soap opera or documentary. I knew this was not right.

Because I researched the F9000 (same internals as Hu8550) I knew what to do. The first thing to do is go to the System menu, scroll to the Eco-Solution Submenu, and turn OFF the accursed eco-saving feature and eco-sensor.

CNET has evaluators that are among the best in the industry. A professional named Katzmaier uses $30,000 worth of equipment to calibrate these TVs. Don’t know if I can post links here, so search for CNET’s HDTV picture settings forum forUN65f9000 or HU8550-a bit early for this as of this date. (The 55 inch versions take the same calibrations.)

However, there’s one problem with their settings. They calibrate their TVs in a dark room. Therefore their brightness levels are way too low. They acknowledge this, but it is a necessary starting point and equalizer for the different models. No problem, use Samsung’s default settings for Movie and set Backlight to their setting(12). It worked great with gamma at +1. The first thing you want to do is set it to Movie mode, which is what CNET uses. Play with other modes later.

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The settings I’m about to list are based on Katzmaier’s from CNET(get them and print them out) with some tweaks of my own made by going between his and the Samsung defaults. Do that, that’s safe. If you set your TV to these, you will love the picture. If not, tweak it for yourself somewhere between his settings and the defaults.

It is very easy, so don’t freak out. If you can turn your volume control up and down you can change your settings. The settings have a combined effect, so do not just do one area.

HOW TO SET A FANTASTIC PICTURE AND REMOVE MOTION BLURR/Judder:

Picture menu – Use all Samsung’s defaults for Movie mode with a slight color tweak
mode: Movie – the most important change.
backlight: 12 – CNET’s setting of 7 is way too low unless you are in a really dark room. We use lamps at my house. Backlight is the main brightness control

contrast: 95 – pretty standard for most modes
brightness: 45 – leave this alone
sharpness: 20 – CNET setting of 0 Is WAY too low, especially for a 4K TV
color: 52 0r 53 – a slight tweak over 50 that will give you more of a richer plasma TV quality
tint: 50/50 – leave this alone

I discovered the real trick for getting the correct lighting level for your room is to work with gamma and backlight, not brightness. Samsung’s default is 45 for all modes, and it’s right.

Advanced Settings Click it for the submenu

dynamic contrast: off
flesh tone: zero
RGB only mode: off
color space: custom – there is a submenu for this below.

White balance: SEE BELOW. Click it to get into it.
10 P white balance: – you don’t need to mess with this.
Gamma: +1 –this is an important setting and affects the entire picture, not just contrast.
Expert pattern: off
motion lighting: off
black enhancer: off

Color Space Submenu
I recommend keeping everything at default rather than using the ones from CNET. However, I do not like the cold (bluer)picture of LEDs as compared to plasma or my old Pioneer elite 98 which had the best picture ever in its day and even for today except for sharpness. Therefore I change the blue setting to this:
blue: red 2, green 2, blue 45. Not drastic changes over 0, 0, 50 but it’s warmer and prettier.
Leave yellow at the default, or change the yellow setting to have less blue than the CNET setting
yellow: red 50, green 50, blue 6 (Katzmaier had blue at 14, that’s too much)

WHITE BALANCE – use all of the Katzmaier’s settings: 25, 24, 22, 23, 24, 26
EDIT: Thanks to James Goss who says:
For the 8550, the white balance numbers range from -25 to +25, with 0 being the defaults. So your figures equate to 0, -1, -3, -2, -1, +1.

Wxplanation — Goss is saying that the default for the 8550 is zero (0), whereas my F9000 has a default of 25. That means you either leave it at zero where I had 25, or go plus/minus whatever digits are equivalent, i.e. -1 for 24, +1 for 26, or whatever. The total range is 25 changes in either direction, but you won’t need that full range. It’s NOT complicated.

Picture Option Submenu -
color tone: warm 2 – important, this also gets rid of the cold blue LED effect
digital clean view: off
MPEG noise filter: off
film mode: auto one
auto motion plus: custom. Make sure you change it to custom, click it.
Smart LED: high

Auto Motion Plus Submenu. Numerous sources recommend these to remove motion blur.
blur reduction: 10
judder reduction: 0 yes, zero
LED clear motion: – not much visible difference either way. Leave it on if you increased backlight to the default.

System Menu. As already mentioned go to the eco-solution submenu and shut off energy-saving and eco-sensors. They will knock your picture into dismal oblivion at will.

Sound menu: For a TV, the sound can be good, but the default sound is horribly muddy as are all of the choices except Clear Voice. The high frequencies are weak, and you should never expect good bass from any TV. Go into the Sound menu and set to Clear Voice if you sometimes watch without your stereo system.

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GREAT INTERFACE FEATURES:

This TV works great with Smart Hub and smart phones, tablets, or Blu Ray, especially for Samsung products. Other Android and Apple products should be compatible, but I can’t speak for them. I am a Samsung Galaxy XX fan myself.

You can wirelessly stream from TV to Phone or tablet with the Samsung Smart View app, and your phone functions as a remote. It works! However, get the app for your phone manufacturer. Don’t expect Samsung’s app to work on a different phone.

You can wirelessly stream from Phone/tablet to TV by setting your TV Source to Mirror, and your device to Mirror in your settings >connections, and allow the connection. You do not need to register the TV and agree to Samsung’s invasion of privacy policy. If you go through the YouTube app on the TV it even asks you if you want to mirror. Search for some YouTubes to see how to set these up. It’s too long to include here.

You can also wirelessly view pics, video.etc, from your phone on the TV by enabling the DLNA device connection on your phone and going into Smart Hub Picture/video section (up top, far right, go to the bottom and select all files, and enable the connection. It’s easy.

You can also use a hardwire HDMI connection for any of the above but why bother.

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Complaint Section
1. Samsung – Stop defeating your own purpose with the horrible original settings. I want a free 2014 One connect box and it needs VP9 not just H265.

2. People do not want the ridiculous hand controls that only work half the time at best, or the worthless voice controls the get activated by the TV program you’re watching. Thanks for the great picture though, stick with what matters.

3. Your privacy policy stinks. I want to be able to interface my devices without doing your lousy Samsung All Share/ now Samsung Link that makes me agree to privacy policies that promise you NO privacy, and sit a Samsung representative in your living room every time you watch the TV. NO Thanks.

NOTICE *** 2 WAY WIRELESS STREAMING:
In all fairness to Samsung, the Smart View App in the Android Play store does let you wirelessly stream content from the TV to your device without registering with Samsung Link. That’s great.

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Why you should get this TV
1. Best picture of any TV on the market from the largest TV manufacturer on the market. I sometimes pause the program just to look at it.

2. It is future proof. Because it is 4K, the screen is capable of outstanding resolution for a long time to come. There’s another great benefit – the Evolution kit. HOWEVER, this TV write up by Samsung and thus Amazon is unclear.
It comes with the built in evolution Kit but NOT the One connect box. To get that, you have to get the HU9000 model which costs more money, and has a useless curved screen. However, the write up infers One-connect future upgrades. This TV is One Connect READY according to Samsung. My guess is that they will upgrade this unit and all 4K units with one, One-connect for all, but see below.

3. It really looks elegant.

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What about this new 2014 8550 compared to last years 4K F9000?

If you can save a pile of money, then hurry and get the F 9000 before they sell out. Amazon’s price and service are both good and you save around $500. The picture, CPU, memory, everything will be the same as the F9000 which is only 5 months older, and clear motion rate is the same. Its true. HDTVvs.com has a comparison and the main difference is the smart hub software. You can save $500.00 and get a 4K blu-Ray with the diff.

EDIT AFTER PRICE DROP: On the other hand, if the prices are the same, the decision is tougher, but you should probably go with the newer model even though it is almost the same.

Back on the other hand, F9000 has two advantages. The One-connect box is a separate unit that houses the CPU, memory, main board, firmware, and smart TV software. This is better than the evolution kit in the HU8550. A true One connect box is still on the H9000, but it costs more.

The One Connect box that separates from the screen itself is better because you get new connection ports, less heat build up for a longer lasting screen, and you have less cable clutter. If you know anything about computers or electronics, you know that the CPU, memory, and motherboard generate the most heat and eventually cause the units to fail. Mine is a few feet under the screen, you can touch it and feel the heat, although it is more of a high warm than hot.

The One-connect box is a genius idea that Samsung should employ for all of its TVs, and so should every other manufacturer of high-end TVs. The 8550 is “One connect ready” for future updates but for now its evolution kit is on the TV. So it is not really a big deal either way.

The second reason: The 8550 base is nowhere near as stable or as cool looking as the arch base on the F9000.

Although the 8550 model does do 4 screens, this is not with 4 channels, but 4 different inputs. Which isn’t really needed. Updates to Smart hub are superfluous compared to the F9000.

Bottom line: Both TVs are spectacular and as soon as you get new one connect boxes, they will be the same. Be sure to set it up right and anyone you show this TV to will pick up their jaw off the floor. You will love the picture and the features. You will also save big time over the HU9000 with its gimmick curved screen.

Hope this helps you enjoy your TV
Blessings

Samsung Second Generation 4k UHD – Very ImpressiveTOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE (By Professor H)

This is the best picture quality of any TV I have had. It is a 4K TV and even though there isn’t any 4K content yet without getting movie on a hard drive and paying out the nose. This Samsung upscales the content up and it looks pretty darn great. Noticeably sharper then others that I looked at. The sound is also very good. There are plenty of smart features and internet hookup without having any external devices like Roku, Apple TV. Upconverts any source inputted. Samsungs latest backlighting technology.

I bought the TV for the picture quality not really for the 3D. Most of the smart features are just extra pluses.
It does a decent job of upscaling the HD content, but remember it is trying to upscale from HD to near 4K and the information is just not there for it to do real 4K. It, for the lack of better terms, makes a guess on what 4K should be. That withstanding it does guess well, and will offer a better picture than standard HD, just not UHD so expect that. Samsung isn’t talking about what the specs are for the up scaling at the time of this review.

Pros:
1. Excellent color and sharpness. Also controls to can easily adjust the picture to any way you wish (moe color saturation, less saturation, sharpness, brightness, etc) Lots of smart features I am still learning.

2. Excellent sound upgrade from standard HD Samsungs. For the price it should have good sound huh.

3. Watching Lord Of The Rings On This Will Make You Cry

4. 3D works great and comes with four sets of glasses.

Cons:
1. Dialog box pops up telling you that you can use voice controls. This is very distracting and I don’t need the a dialog box on the TV to pop up to tell me this. Its in the instructions booklet.

It doesn’t happen very often- but it is annoying. You can disable this but it takes some time to dig through the screens until you are there.

2. Heavier than standard HD versions of Samsungs, like the 8000. Good info for those mounting on wall.

3. No Content to justify early adopter purchase price.

4. Friends watching Lord Of The Rings (Also crying picture is so good) begain plotting to take “Precious” from us.

There is just nothing to watch right now and the prices of these 4K sets are going to drop at least another 500 just like when the HD sets came on the scene. Plus the 4k technology will most likely get better when they decide just how the content is going to be implemented. On the upside Samsung uses what they call a Hub or One Connect box so if content inputs get better you can just replace the hub box instead of kicking yourself that you have to get a new set.

I tried the Netflix 4K streaming and it’s a mixed bag at this stage. Some of the nature documentaries look like 4K and some look more like 1080P.

The UHD dvd players are coming so if you have this Samsung you will be ready from day one. I think even the xbox is going to offer 4k content when connected. Does have a superior picture than non UHD tv’s. Its just gonna cost ya a little more brother. I had to have it. I couldnt wait. My current tv died on me and I had to do something. The only thing I could rationalize, being addicted to great new technology, was to go into debt to feed my habit. I am so ashamed at my weakness.

In all seriousness:
My suggestion is if you must have the latest 4k tech then here it is. Much better than Sony especially with their no customer service. The LG’s do look good, just not this good.

UPDATE 4-25-2014

Ok there has been a big controversy on whether this model comes with a one connect box or not. You get a different story everywhere. Found a Samsung training representative who spent two hours educating me on every 4k tv on earth and what was what. One Connect; 2013 version of this model had the external One Connect box. 2014 version of this model has internal One Connect with no external box. When One Connect technology is updated you can get the external box and it overrides the internal to keep everything cutting edge. He said samsung is supporting One Connect for a guaranteed four years to guard against your tv becoming obsolete. I asked him about the 1080p to 4k upscaling. He said yes it does a good job at kicking up standard HD better than Sony or LG, but if you want to see something great, get a 4K bluray player, then he drug me around to show what it could do. It was very impressive. He shared a story about the 9000 which requires an external One Connect box to opperate as all the technology is in the box and the tv is basically a monitor, said stores all over the place are misplacing the boxes when they move a tv and have all these dead big screens everywhere.This TV is a keeper.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Glossy screen, black bezel and cabinet, silver T-Shape stand

The Tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (Seperate HDTV antenna required)

QAM cable TV tuner

RVU-compatible (for DIRECTV) — DIRECTV subscribers with the Genie Whole-Home HD DVR can watch live broadcast and stored content on this TV without an additional receiver

Ultra High Definition TV with 4K screen resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels)

HEVC for compatibility with streamed 4K content from sources like Netflix®

TV Displays 3D images when you wear Samsung’s active 3D glasses (4 pairs of glasses are included)

2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources

LED edge backlight with Precision Black hardware-based local dimming and UHD Dimming software-based dimming for superb contrast and black levels

Clear Motion Rate 1200 blur reduction 240Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning

UHD video upscaling seamlessly upconverts SD and HD content

Internet-ready Smart TV

Supports up to 5.1-channel audio with streaming movie services like Netflix and Vudu(tm) (audio quality depends on your connection speed)

Built-in Wi-Fi to link to a wireless network

Quad-core processor for seamless web browsing and app multitasking

Quad Screen splits the TV screen into four quadrants so you can watch live TV, video clips, and the web all at once

AllShare video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows PC

MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV’s screen

2-way screen mirroring — send content wirelessly from device-to-TV or TV-to-device with compatible smartphones and tablets

Built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2 plus 20 watts for woofers)

Comes with two remotes: a touchpad remote with built-in microphone for voice control, plus a standard illuminated button-based IR remote

Great for Blu Ray and 4K content, not so much sports (By matt kramer)

I waited a few weeks to write this review b.c I wanted to be sure I had time to really appreciate the TV. It is closer to 3.5 stars for me and my personal use.

First of all, the TV makes Bluray content look fantastic. The tv’s built in upscaler does a great job. 4K content is out of this world good (netflix, house of cards). It brings a whole new level of clarity to television that I did not think was possible. Last night I was watching Pacific Rim on Bluray and it made my jaw drop!

The built in apps are really fast and convenient. If you are not using a separate audio source, you will struggle to get proper lip sync with the built in apps. It gets close, but without a separate receiver it is slightly off.

So far so good, right? Well, I am a huge sports viewer, and this is where this TV struggles. I tried literally all of the settings possible and there is always a slight judder. It is mostly noticeable when watching hockey, and it irks me just enough to totally ruin my viewing experience. I previously owned a plasma, so I am use to a buttery smooth experience when watching live sports. This set just cannot provide that judder free experience I am use to.

I would highly recommend this TV to anyone, but if you do watch a lot of sports you will probably be better served with a plasma. I was hoping the 2014 sets would have all judder issues sorted out, but it still seems like the technology (LED) cannot handle the speed of live sports.

This Samsung is very future proof (HEVC, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, and future one connect). The design of the TV is beautiful with minimal bezels and a classic stand.

I did read reviews prior to buying the TV. I know that plasma’s have always been deemed better for sports, but I was hoping for something different. Phenomenal TV, but still not for the avid sports viewer.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN55HU7250 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN55HU7250 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV

$1,297.99($2,199.99 41% off )(44 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Clear Motion Rate 960 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit w/Local Dimming)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Voice Control
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 48.5” x 28.1″ x 4.4”, TV with stand: 48.5” x 29.9” x 11.6”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Component In, 1 Composite In
  • Accessories Included: Smart Remote Control

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Samsung UN55HU7250 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Purchased this tv from Best Buy 10/1/14 (By JonathanL)

Purchased this tv from Best Buy 10/1/14. Returned it 10/6/14.

+’s:

1) Very unique style
2) Great user interface and smart features
3) Bright colorful picture
4) 4k content looks awesome

-’s:

1) The curve is a gimmick… it really is. I didn’t want it to be, but I mistakenly bought into the hype. If you sit DIRECTLY in front of the tv and are about 5-6 feet away, the curve makes a big impact and does feel like it hits more of your peripheral vision. If you are anywhere off-center, you get distortion, color changes, and brightness variations. Bottom line, viewing angle is really bad and I thought it was advertised as a positive. This was a big factor due to our living room furniture constraints.
2) No matter how much I played with settings (even those recommended online by “experts”), I could not get rid of motion blur. It did not feel 120Hz. This was another big factor as a smooth picture makes viewing that much more enjoyable. I want to add that I tried all viewing inputs possible with the highest quality peripherals. I bought an up-convert 4k Sony blu-ray player. I was using an XBOX One for gaming. I streamed 4k via Netflix. I bought upgraded HDMI cables for all sources and have high speed internet through bright house.

Summary: I honestly tried my best to love this tv. I WANTED to love this tv. It blew me away in store and I just had to have it. It looks beautiful. It’s really a piece of art. I wanted family and friends to come over and be blown away. The picture is outstanding if you are close and directly in front. That’s really the only configuration I can recommend this tv. If you plan on using it for solo gaming or movie watching at close range, then you will be thrilled.

If you are at a normal viewing distance or off-center you may be highly disappointed like I was. After having it in house almost a full week, I sat back and said, “this is supposed to be better?” In my opinion, it just isn’t.

If you still want to give this tv a chance (I can understand why), buy it somewhere with a great return policy. Take it home and flex its muscles all you can.

Excellent overall. (By Jacob Lilly)

Great picture. Probably the best I’ve seen. 4k content on YouTube and Netflix are quite impressive. The smart features are excellent and processor speed is top notch. Sound is sufficient for a thin panel. Colors are vibrant and lifelike. In my opinion, the true strength of this tv is its ability to upconvert 1080p content. Whatever video processing algorithms used to "create" those extra pixels is truly remarkable. So for all of those who may be on the fence about 4k tvs due to the lack of content available should consider this one just for its ability to really improve and sharpen standard HD.
The only negative thing I’ve noticed on this tv is image judder and distortion with fast moving scenes. The "Clear Motion" engine really sharpens and smooths out the object in motion but unfortunately when things move too fast the image distorts and "judders". Luckily you can disable this feature, or just scale it down a bit. There are many functions and calibration settings to tinker with. I was able to really improve the picture from the factory settings, however the TV does have a great picture out of the box.
The curve is pretty subtle. It’s really a matter of taste and you either like it or you don’t. It in no way distorts the image unless you are at a very extreme angle. I’m happy with this TV and feel as it was money well spent.

curved hyped just a bit too much (By Renning)

I went to a store to look at TVs in person before buying here and while looking for a TV, I completely bought into the hype: I needed a 4K curved TV.

having 4k I don’t regret, but only if I disregard the fact that the only thing I know that is available in 4k is house of cards on Netflix and I’ve already seen it.

I do regret purchasing a curved TV, though. it is supposed to make your viewing experience more immersive, and when you sit 5 feet from the screen (as suggested by some arbitrary THX formula), it is. but who sits 5 feet from their TV?

my couch is about 8 feet away, and it just looks gimmicky. everyone that has come to see it had the same reaction: this is better?

so if you’re on the fence about curved TVs, I’d suggest passing on them unless you really are buying a huge tv (anything more than 70 inches).

It is easy to assemble (By jarrod mcsherry)

I did a ton of research on curved TVs before making a purchase. I didn’t want or need a 3D television and decided to save a ton of cash by purchasing this TV. It is easy to assemble, and install your devices on. The picture quality is amazing, and the clarity is UNREAL! I am a gamer as well, and decided to give it an inaugural test by playing some "DESTINY" on it. the backgrounds and scenery in that game will literally suck you into the game when played on this TV! I can’t express how amazing the picture quality is in both streaming TV and gaming options! I highly recommend this!

Samsung makes great TV’s that are best in their classTOP 500 REVIEWER (By Christopher J. Cowen)

Samsung makes great TV’s that surpass every other manufacturer in their class. I have two Samsung’s in my house and I can tell you the image is beautiful. This TV has an LED screen and in my opinion this the way to go (LED is similar to LCD its back-lit better so that they are no dark spots on the screen).

Now add in that this TV can directly connect to the internet and I’m sold. TV’s of this class have never been cheaper.

One thing that I have found with TV’s that its very important to actually look at the TV in person. Now when you look at the TV’s, go to a place like Walmart to see them, because many times specialty stores like Best Buy play with the lighting controls on the TV and in the store to skew the image to there advantage. Once you look at the TV simply look and decide which one looks better to you.

The next step to take into consideration is features. Here are a few that come with this TV:

This Samsung comes with Auto Volume which automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel, lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low. This reduces the difference in volume when changing channels. The Auto Volume feature can be set to Normal, Night or Off.

As far as outputs most of these TV’s will come with more than enough Inputs and Outputs. This TV comes with 3 HDMI Audio/Video In, 1 Ethernet LAN In/Out, 1 RCA Component Audio/Video In amd 1 Digital Coaxial Audio Out.

Next thing when shopping for a TV is in box technology. Here are some of the features of this TV:

With this Smart HDTV there is a full web browser with WiFi built-in apps made for TV. Some of the apps this TV features is Hulu Plus, YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter.

Browse the web while you watch movies and TV shows, and enjoy TV while you chat with friends and family online, all on one screen with this Samsung.

Thank you for reading my review, if you have any questions feel free to email me, I would be happy to help you with any questions you have.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN65HU7250 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN65HU7250 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV

$1,997.99($3,299.99 39% off )(44 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Clear Motion Rate 960 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit w/Local Dimming)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Voice Control
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.1” x 33.1″ x 5.3”, TV with stand: 57.1” x 34.7” x 11.8”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Component In, 1 Composite In
  • Accessories Included: Smart Remote Control

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Samsung UN65HU7250 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Purchased this tv from Best Buy 10/1/14 (By JonathanL)

Purchased this tv from Best Buy 10/1/14. Returned it 10/6/14.

+’s:

1) Very unique style
2) Great user interface and smart features
3) Bright colorful picture
4) 4k content looks awesome

-’s:

1) The curve is a gimmick… it really is. I didn’t want it to be, but I mistakenly bought into the hype. If you sit DIRECTLY in front of the tv and are about 5-6 feet away, the curve makes a big impact and does feel like it hits more of your peripheral vision. If you are anywhere off-center, you get distortion, color changes, and brightness variations. Bottom line, viewing angle is really bad and I thought it was advertised as a positive. This was a big factor due to our living room furniture constraints.
2) No matter how much I played with settings (even those recommended online by “experts”), I could not get rid of motion blur. It did not feel 120Hz. This was another big factor as a smooth picture makes viewing that much more enjoyable. I want to add that I tried all viewing inputs possible with the highest quality peripherals. I bought an up-convert 4k Sony blu-ray player. I was using an XBOX One for gaming. I streamed 4k via Netflix. I bought upgraded HDMI cables for all sources and have high speed internet through bright house.

Summary: I honestly tried my best to love this tv. I WANTED to love this tv. It blew me away in store and I just had to have it. It looks beautiful. It’s really a piece of art. I wanted family and friends to come over and be blown away. The picture is outstanding if you are close and directly in front. That’s really the only configuration I can recommend this tv. If you plan on using it for solo gaming or movie watching at close range, then you will be thrilled.

If you are at a normal viewing distance or off-center you may be highly disappointed like I was. After having it in house almost a full week, I sat back and said, “this is supposed to be better?” In my opinion, it just isn’t.

If you still want to give this tv a chance (I can understand why), buy it somewhere with a great return policy. Take it home and flex its muscles all you can.

Excellent overall. (By Jacob Lilly)

Great picture. Probably the best I’ve seen. 4k content on YouTube and Netflix are quite impressive. The smart features are excellent and processor speed is top notch. Sound is sufficient for a thin panel. Colors are vibrant and lifelike. In my opinion, the true strength of this tv is its ability to upconvert 1080p content. Whatever video processing algorithms used to "create" those extra pixels is truly remarkable. So for all of those who may be on the fence about 4k tvs due to the lack of content available should consider this one just for its ability to really improve and sharpen standard HD.
The only negative thing I’ve noticed on this tv is image judder and distortion with fast moving scenes. The "Clear Motion" engine really sharpens and smooths out the object in motion but unfortunately when things move too fast the image distorts and "judders". Luckily you can disable this feature, or just scale it down a bit. There are many functions and calibration settings to tinker with. I was able to really improve the picture from the factory settings, however the TV does have a great picture out of the box.
The curve is pretty subtle. It’s really a matter of taste and you either like it or you don’t. It in no way distorts the image unless you are at a very extreme angle. I’m happy with this TV and feel as it was money well spent.

curved hyped just a bit too much (By Renning)

I went to a store to look at TVs in person before buying here and while looking for a TV, I completely bought into the hype: I needed a 4K curved TV.

having 4k I don’t regret, but only if I disregard the fact that the only thing I know that is available in 4k is house of cards on Netflix and I’ve already seen it.

I do regret purchasing a curved TV, though. it is supposed to make your viewing experience more immersive, and when you sit 5 feet from the screen (as suggested by some arbitrary THX formula), it is. but who sits 5 feet from their TV?

my couch is about 8 feet away, and it just looks gimmicky. everyone that has come to see it had the same reaction: this is better?

so if you’re on the fence about curved TVs, I’d suggest passing on them unless you really are buying a huge tv (anything more than 70 inches).

It is easy to assemble (By jarrod mcsherry)

I did a ton of research on curved TVs before making a purchase. I didn’t want or need a 3D television and decided to save a ton of cash by purchasing this TV. It is easy to assemble, and install your devices on. The picture quality is amazing, and the clarity is UNREAL! I am a gamer as well, and decided to give it an inaugural test by playing some "DESTINY" on it. the backgrounds and scenery in that game will literally suck you into the game when played on this TV! I can’t express how amazing the picture quality is in both streaming TV and gaming options! I highly recommend this!

Samsung makes great TV’s that are best in their classTOP 500 REVIEWER (By Christopher J. Cowen)

Samsung makes great TV’s that surpass every other manufacturer in their class. I have two Samsung’s in my house and I can tell you the image is beautiful. This TV has an LED screen and in my opinion this the way to go (LED is similar to LCD its back-lit better so that they are no dark spots on the screen).

Now add in that this TV can directly connect to the internet and I’m sold. TV’s of this class have never been cheaper.

One thing that I have found with TV’s that its very important to actually look at the TV in person. Now when you look at the TV’s, go to a place like Walmart to see them, because many times specialty stores like Best Buy play with the lighting controls on the TV and in the store to skew the image to there advantage. Once you look at the TV simply look and decide which one looks better to you.

The next step to take into consideration is features. Here are a few that come with this TV:

This Samsung comes with Auto Volume which automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel, lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low. This reduces the difference in volume when changing channels. The Auto Volume feature can be set to Normal, Night or Off.

As far as outputs most of these TV’s will come with more than enough Inputs and Outputs. This TV comes with 3 HDMI Audio/Video In, 1 Ethernet LAN In/Out, 1 RCA Component Audio/Video In amd 1 Digital Coaxial Audio Out.

Next thing when shopping for a TV is in box technology. Here are some of the features of this TV:

With this Smart HDTV there is a full web browser with WiFi built-in apps made for TV. Some of the apps this TV features is Hulu Plus, YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter.

Browse the web while you watch movies and TV shows, and enjoy TV while you chat with friends and family online, all on one screen with this Samsung.

Thank you for reading my review, if you have any questions feel free to email me, I would be happy to help you with any questions you have.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN55HU8700 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN55HU8700 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

$1,797.99($3,499.99 49% off )(24 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Clear Motion Rate 1320 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit w/Local Dimming)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Voice Control
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 48.5” x 28.1” x 3.7”, TV with stand: 48.5” x 30” x 11.3”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Component In, 1 Composite In
  • Accessories Included: Smart Remote Control, 4 Pairs of 3D Active Glasses (SSG-5150GB)

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Samsung UN55HU8700 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Very happy customer! (By Dennis I.)

Simply an amazing TV. I have not had a chance to play with all the bells and whistles, but the set is WORTH THE PRICE if you only use it as a 4K display. So far, the only complaint I have is that the default search engine for the built-in browser is BING rather than Google – but that’s a personal choice. The 3D is simply astounding, my friends were grasping in the air to grab a hold of the subtitles in Avatar! The 4K Mastered discs are stunning. You won’t see the images you see in the stores – many of them are TRUE 4K (recorded at the full UHD resolution). The "4K Mastered" discs are really 1080P but with enough information for a great upscale to 4K. To tell you the truth, I expected it to be MORE curved… The curve is not noticeable once you start watching. Paired with an OPPO 103D, this set gives you just about the best you can get.

It doesn’t get no better than that my friend (By William Ridgeway)

I did an exhaustive research on this style TV and looked at price and reviews as well. I thought it was a little pricey for the one I was originally planning on purchasing, which was the same Samsung TV, but it came with a Video Camera and Update Module, and it was going for 4297.00. The 8700 model was just released a month ago. It was exactly as I pictured it and the delivery by Amazon Prime was exceptional.
The delivery company brought the unit in the house, unboxed the unit, connected the stand, set the unit up and tested it before leaving. It doesn’t get no better than that my friend. I saved over 500.00 dollars by purchasing the 8700 unit and I got set in 3 days after I ordered it online. It was relatively easy to adjust the picture by reading other reviews on the Samsung 9000 system. Individuals who have purchased the 65in curved screen Samsung TV model 9000 have the same settings basically as the 8700. I was impressed with the picture quality and the built sound is ok but if you want better sound get a home theatre setup or Soundbar Speakers. The 4k resolution is a plus and with the Samsung plug in upgrade module feature, it will be a long time before you have to buy another tv unless you want a bigger screen. One other factor you may want to consider is that there is some glare problems with the curved screen but you can eliminate 99 percent of it by how you set it up in your room. Also setting up your screen display settings for optimal viewing.

Great Picture quality, need a 240hz! (By cvue)

I have the samsung 65″ HU8700 for a little over a month now.

Pros: Great picture quality! Probably best I’ve seen. I had a panasonic plasma viera gt30 before this one. I love the curved look. Curve makes it seems like you are in the movie theatre. No problems with glare from the curve. My tv is in a pretty bright room, living room has 8 windows. Although I do keep the blinds down most of the time. 3D on this tv is amazing. With the curved shape it comes to life, as if you are there. Only wish the 78″ was cheaper.

Cons: Only negative about this tv is the motion blurr. If not for this I would give it a 5 star. I wish samsung would have made this tv 240hz. I thought their “CMR” would have helped but I do see what I believe is motion blurr. This is especially apparrent when watching HDTV,especially sports games, or when I have a blu ray on. I’ve never had an LED LCD tv, only have had plasmas in the past, never experienced this before. But I believe it is motion blurr, unless my tv is defective. Looks like a shadow effect when something moves quickly. Does not happen all the time, only occasionally. It is rather annoying that a tv this expensive would still have this issue. The tv stand that comes with the tv is nice looking, but not very sturdy. Seems real flimsy. If you touch the tv, or if my kids run around the living room, the tv vibrates. There is only four little screws that attach the stand(which hooks on from the back, i am use to a stand that goes into the tv from the bottom) to the tv. I had to get a wall mount to feel secure.

My advice would be to wait for next years model to see if they make a 240 hz. But I am sure it would be much more expensive. If you don’t mind the occasional motion blurr than this tv good.

Awesome TV is Awesome (By James)

This TV is amazing. Absolutely prefect. Four HDMI ports, WiFi, USB power port, all the good stuff. It also has a "pointing" controller that works like a Wii remote (for pointing only) and you can control your TV that way. I have not gotten around to using it yet as I just use the voice command on my XBOX One (which works great with this TV by the way). If I find anything wrong with the controller I will update. Also, the delivery for this TV was on time and the box was completely undamaged. This was my first time ordering a TV or any large object from Amazon and I loved it so much I doubt I will go out to by anything big ever again.

However, the one bad thing was the packaging. The instructions on how to lift the TV out of the box tell you to use the Styrofoam to lift. DO NOT DO THAT. Leave the Styrofoam on the front of the TV as instructed (apparently it is easy to crack the screen) but do not lift with the Styrofoam. Force your hand in under the TV and lift that way. If you lift with the Styrofoam, the Styrofoam will break and you will drop your TV. If you are lucky, like I was, it will break quickly and fall inside the box and not break.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

$3,497.99($4,999.99 30% off )(62 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Clear Motion Rate 1440 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit w/Local Dimming)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Motion and Voice Control with Built In Pop-up Camera
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand : 57.1” x 33.4” x 4.4”, TV with stand : 57.1” x 35.1” x 12.9”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.0, 3 USB, 1 Component, 2 Composite
  • Accessories Included: Smart Remote Control, 4 Pairs of 3D Active Glasses (SSG-5150GB)

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Samsung UN65HU9000 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Extraordinary detail. The next leap forward… (By Kram Semaj)

Amazon arranged speedy and convenient delivery. Unit arrived on time in perfect condition.

Pros:

It is disconcerting for a television this large to be so light.
Picture is extraordinary right out of the box. Colors are vivid, detail is incredible with a 4k source. Upscaled 1080i (cable) looks like true 3d. Incredible depth of detail. Can’t wait to see what it can do after calibration.
Basic controls are for the most part intuitive.

Cons:

Despite the curved screen, side views still degrade. Colors wash out to a fleshy beige tone. Best to sit in front of it.
Good thing basic controls are intuitive, features like voice activation, gestures, etc. aren’t obvious, and documentation is lacking.
You need to know how to operate the remotes to find and use the eManual.

Update 5/27/2014-

Just a brief update after living with the TV for a few weeks. After a professional calibration the picture is improved and better than ever. We turned off most of the sharpness settings and other gimmicks and set the grayscale- the picture is more natural from internet and cable tv sources. Upscaled live sports are just as sharp as full 4k content from Netflix. I do on rare occasion see a few moments of action jitter during live sport or the stock ticker. It always resolves after a few seconds.

HU9000 Vs HU8550 (By Shopping Guru)

** I will be constantly updating this as i get more information**

[Updated: Nov 11, 2014]

update nov 11:

So my picture issues had to do with the one connect box. I had it replaced and the difference was night and day. Although i had my 2nd box crash on me every single day but after 3 complete factory resets the problem resolved. I will write more but this there is information i need you to look up before you make your 4k tv purchase. First off i would say not to buy a 4K TV in 2014. The year of UHD is holiday 2015. Blu-ray 4K movies and players will be out then. Problem is they will support HDCP 2.2 (a requirement for any copyrighted 4k content) and the REC 2020 color space. These 2 term are super important when making a UHD purchase decision. Please google it.

a true UHD 4k uses a 10/12 bit panel and the Rec 2020 color space not the current 709 that is meant for 1080. It will not surprise me if they start marketing televisions q4 2015 and into 2015 as TRUE UHD 4K. So if your panel is not 10 bit your TV will not be upgradeable and be obsolete in a year. I can confirm that the HU9000 is a 10 bit panel and it already has a setting in the menus for UHD HDMI color. Not sure if it is active or does anything yet but i guess this what you will have to turn on when you get a 4k BD player. By definition manufacturers can legally call an 8 bit 4k panel UHD as long as it supports one hdcp 2.2 hdmi port. The problem is HDCP 2.2 is not backwards compatible.

If i had known earlier i would have returned the TV. I was so focused on HDMI 2.0 and 60hz and all the PQ testing (and all the other stuff you can see from my OP) that i did not follow through one one question that kept bugging me. i pulled the thread and a lot unraveled.

Why does only one port on all 4K A/V gear support HDCP 2.2 right now (and some gear does hdmi 2.0/60hz but no HDCP 2.2). If you have hdmi 2.0/60hz why not just make HDCP 2.2 standard on all of them rather then on just one port? The answer is that HDCP 2.2 is not backwards compatible. I verified that on this and the flat version of this tv if ARC had HDCP 2.2 support. I confirmed it multiple times with Samsung tech support. However, i am now starting to be believe that that is a lie. Perhaps in a future oneconnect box update but not now and this supports the manual that states that only the MHL HDMI port is HDCP 2.2 supported. So i urge you to research this as i think the Samsung is the only 4K TV that could be upgraded to support REC 2020 and all HDMI ports supporting HDCP 2.2.

As for my PQ imprsssions, First this TV must be calibrated. its great until you watch something with a lot of dark scenes. The backlight goes insane. There are like 4 horizontal backlight bands and it can’t decide or keep up with what should turn on and off. So it looks like it is flickering. Some scenes get so dark that the TV turns the backlight off completely. To me this is an epic fail and i did not notice in store despite all my testing. On TV shows via my Tivo the blacks are not inky.

I should have just trusted my rule of not buying any TV with edge lit backlight. Full aray or OLED nothing else. Considering the original price i am surprised they did not go full array. I wish i had waited as well and paid $500 less then current price. What embarasses me is that i spent years waiting to upgrade my Kuro and i tend to be meticoulous, cautious, well researched and really size up things before i take the plunge just so i would not make a mistake and end up where i am now. The pic for the most part is fantastic but there are days that even in the same show the PQ looks stunning then looks like SD. I think the processor is having a tough time keeping up or lagging. The backlight issues in dark scenes drives me mad. I have personally calibrated this TV using calman and i will post my settings with some alternatives adjustments at a later time.

I researched and waited patiently. Then my wife was like i can’t see well so get me a big screen and thus the pressure. All of this started because of this and i heard about the F8500 plasma and how bright it was despite it being plasma. The Kuro is awesome but in daylight it is barely watcheable. The price on the F8500 was right and picture fantastic and so we thought get it now and then move it to the bedroom when the 4k OLED we wanted was available. But then the price drop on 4k and it was like well this only xxx more than the F8500 and we get 4K and upgradeability because of the oneconnectbox option and we would then move it to the bedroom when we bought our OLED set in the future. This way both rooms would have 4k. So we looked at the HU8500 and balked at the concept of curved. We were all decided and were going that route when we thought we should do our due diligence and check out the curved. We did and then fell in love it. Off course it was more but we justified it. We thought of waiting till the holidays but my wife was impatient and wanted the big screen now. We brought it home and started experiencing all these issues. This was not the TV that should have replaced my Kuro. This was not the TV that i waited years and years for the right one to come along. The fact that i ended up exactly were i was afraid of ending up despite all my rules and caution has me dumfounded and wondering how did this happen and what i missed. I know the answer and it embarasses me and bruises my ego. The TV is fanstastic and the price now is pretty good. I can see many being totally happy and blown away and never knowing the difference but we wanted the best PQ money could buy and this is not it. I was hoping to see the LG OLED but first they annnounce a $7000 price then 2 months later bump it up to $10k and only limit it to select dealers. TV is our main form of entertainment and both my wife and i have jobs that have us being around people and their crap all the time. So in our spare, quiet time we just wanted hide ourselves in our media room and binge watch. My buying advice is go for the F8500 plasma while you can get it (2014 is the last year). Fantastic 1080p picture. Wait till 4K matures and goees main stream unless you must watch the 3 shows on netflix in 4k that even with a fast wired connection you have issues with. Not to mention the $K you get is compressed. If you are a gamer and want 4k i get that but there are cheaper options like the P series 4k Visio. The Samsung sucks at lag.

Oh keep in mind that with the curved screen any quare or rectangular object will have a curve to it. For example any flat screen TV set i see in movies or TV shows looks curved. Any 4:3 material will be curved as well as any photos or computer desktops curved. This may be jarring for some.

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Update 5/16/14:

Now that i have my HU9000 TV, my fear has been realized. Earlier in my longer review i mentioned i got to test the TV in home mode and noticed the picture looked less sharp and a bit washed out with colors not as rich. I thought it may have been their wiring/settings, etc. Well it is less sharp, colors not as rich and any light hitting this thing washes out the pic. This is viewing cable and will test other media later. So far i am not as impressed as i was in store. I also discovered that only the MHL HDMI port has HDCP 2.2 support. I will verify if ARC has it too. You will need HDCP 2.2 if you connect any 4K device that requires copy protection handshake. Also any text across the screen like news tickers are curved. this is a bit strange and perhaps will get use to it in time. I need to play around with settings and do some calibrating and will report back soon. Only had this thing 2 days. There are way too many settings that effect PQ. They really need to make this simple. That whitish logo light on the middle front can be turned off. I sure hope further home testing/calibrating gives me back that wow factor.
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ORIGINAL POST:

Here is some information I have collected from my personally odyssey into the complex world of Ultra HD (UHD)/ 4K and my extensive first hand research and analysis and experiences on differences on both the HU8550,HU9000 and other 4K/HDMI 2.0 stuff so you can see what the extra money is buying and find everything you need to make an informed decision. Personally IMHO the HU9000 is the better deal and TV.

CALIBRATION PICTURE MODES

The only question i can’t get an answer on is if either TV has the Cal Day and Cal Night picture modes in the service menu. If anyone who owns either model and knows for sure, please post ASAP. These should be in the regular picture mode settings with 2 additional user modes. At the very least they should have 2 user modes that can be renamed. I hope they can fix this with a firmware update. A high end TV should have user modes.

PICTURE QUALITY IMPRESSIONS AND TESTING

I was startled when i read it was 120Hz but TV’s nowdays use clear motion rate instead of Hz. Just another ridiculous term to make even the most tech savy consumer pull their hair out and run screaming. Samsung has taken this to a new art with their naming of direct or edgelit local dimming. The answer to your question is forget all that. I threw all the reference and torture test Blu-rays at it both 3D and non 3D on both the HU8550 and HU9000 with the TV in showroom mode and the HU9000 in normal home mode. Not once did i see any motion blur or haloing in either set. If i did not know beforehand that either set was edgelit and you told me afterwards that it was, i would think i was being punked. I typically walk away from such sets and go for direct lit full array local dimming sets. The picture quality on both was breath taking. I never thought that i would find a TV that would make me feel totally cool leaving my Kuro Elite 9G behind. I felt giddy and excited like when i first bought the Kuro. I started with the HU8550 first because i have always perceived the whole curved thing to be a dumb fad. But i tend to be a tenacious consumer and decided to do my due dilegence and just take a peak so as to satisfy my OCD. I am so glad i did as the curved screen is no gimmick. It adds a lot of depth and you really notice it on 3D animated movies. Also the colors and detail was amazing. The HU9000 has more local dimming zones than the HU8550 so maybe that factors in. My only concern was the glare on the curved screen but looking at other sets even the HU8550 it was the same but it could be an issue for some in specific scenarios . When i tested the HU9000 in home mode i thought it was less bright and detailed but that could be because it was not set up correctly. I personally am going with the curved. Let me tell you if you knew me, you would truly understand how hell has frozen over for me with this experience vetting both sets. I am in the freaking twilight zone. So i have to give kudos to the engineering geniuses that were able to pull this off. This is the very definition of making lemonade out of lemons. So now i wonder how magnificent the Panasonic AX900 with its full array direct lighting and its glorious 128 zones will peform. This is the ZT60 replacement and from what i have heard its killer as well. It releases in the fall and yes it supports 3D. They kept telling me the AX800 did not have it. Talk about poor corporate communication. Luckily for me i will get both the HU9000 and the Panasonic AX900 if i decide it is the right time. The upgradeability of the Samsung is the only reason why i am moving forward now. I always thought that Panasonic would be the one that came out with that innovation first. The very fact that i am even looking at a Samsung and that its edgelit has me shaking my head in profound disbelief. My wife and i watch a LOT of TV and have a none existant social life so for me it was worth paying for the best even if i have to wait forever. Both samsung models and the upgradeability has me deep diving in the perfectly colored and detailed samsung sea. The blacks are black and the whites white. I saw details and colors in Avatar that i did not even see in IMAX.

HDMI 2.0 SPEC

HDMI 2.0, which is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI specifications, significantly increases bandwidth up to 18Gbps and adds key enhancements to support continuing market requirements for enhancing the consumer video and audio experience. New functionality includes:4K@50/60, (2160p), which is 4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution

* Up to 32 audio channels for a multi-dimensional immersive audio experience
* Up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency for the highest audio fidelity
* Simultaneous delivery of dual video streams to multiple users on the same screen
* Simultaneous delivery of multi-stream audio to multiple users (up to 4)
* Support for the wide angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio
* Dynamic synchronization of video and audio streams
* CEC extensions provides expanded command and control of consumer electronics devices through a single control point

The spec does state that current high speed can handle the new bandwidth but i called 20 different manufacturers and all of them confirmed their max was 4K@24Hz, some said maybe 4K@30Hz but was stretching it. None said 4K/60Hz and were not willing to go on the record that it did.

HDCP 2.2 COPY PROTECTION

is only for 4K content. If the either device in the handshake detects no support it will automatically downgrade you to 1080P then like a champ your TV will probably upscale it, LOL. So there are special apps for 4K meaning a 4K version and a regular version. It is one app on all devices as long as your device is running the most current version. The app checks to see if you have HDCP 2.2 if it detects it will offer you the 4K stream. if not it will give you the 1080 or lower stream dpending on what is offered and what your TV can handle resolution wise.

HEVC H2.65

is a Highly Efficient Video Coder/c for 4k content

UPGRADE KITS

Samsung UHD Video Pack 1 (CY-SUC10SH/ZA $299) Pack 2 ETR Summer 2014
2014 One Connect Box Model #: [B]SEK-2500V model# has now changed to SEK-2500U/ZA[/B]: $399.99 (june release)
2014 Evolution Kit Model #: SEK-2000/ZA: $249.99

This change in model#’s explain why the Best Buy listings were removed.

Samsung UHD Video Pack Redemption Form (Free Offer Valid 4/27 thru 6/30 for HU9000 series TV only). 10 to 12 weeks for delivery

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HU9000 MANUAL

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HU8550 MANUAL

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HU8550

- Only the ARC and MHL ports support HDMI 2.0/HDCP2.2/4K@24/30/60Hz/FPS. The rest are regular (website is a typo). I have verified this 6 times with tech support. So if you are using this with an AVR/Pre-Pro your golden but if you need more than 2 HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 ports you will need to buy the 2014 OneConnect box. I wonder if the other HDMI ports will be updated via a firmware update.

- Recommended Seating distance 9ft this is not an exaggerated claim, you will need the distance for 3D especially., see more below)
-Clear motion rate 1200
-Quad Core Processor
-Smart hub older version
-Smart remote older version
-Sound effect DTS Studio Sound
-No Camera (optional)
-No motion control (ready for it)
-UHD Upscaling: Quadmatic Picture engine
-Less local dimming zones then HU9000
-No Auto Dept Enhancer
-No PurColor (color accuracy)
-Works with Universl RF (Bluetooth) Panasonic 3D Glasses
-Samsung’s 3D Active glasses are being replaced by model# SSG-5150GB (difference apparently a smaller battery) from SSG-5100GB (4 pairs)
-Samsung UHD Video Pack 1- $299 (CY-SUC10SH/ZA). Pack 2 this summer

HU9000

- Recommended Seating distance 10.5 ft. this is not an exaggerated claim, you will need the distance for 3D especially. 10.5ft is the bare minimum for the right spot for 3D. the measurment i took on 2 HU9000 confirmed this. to be comfortable i would say 11-13 but that will be subjective but you need the 10.5ft

-All HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2/4K@24/30/60Hz/FPS
-Clear motion Rate 1440
-Quad Core Plus
-Smart Hub latest version
-Smart remote lastest version
-Sound effect DNSe+
-Built in Camera
-Motion control buit in
-UHD Upscaling: Quadmatic Picture engine
-More local dimming zones then HU8550
- Auto Dept Enhancer
-PurColor (color accuracy)
-Comes with free Samsung UHD Video Pack 1- FREE from April 27- June 30 2014 (CY-SUC10SH/ZA). Pack 2 this summer
- Works with Universl RF (Bluetooth) Panasonic 3D Glasses
- Samsung’s 3D Active glasses are being replaced by model# SSG-5150GB (difference apparently a smaller battery) from SSG-5100GB (4 pairs)
-There is a mount adapter available that works with all universal mounts
-Oneconnect balances nicely on the mount or you can secure with cables or zip ties.

Samsung HU8500 and HU900 use hardware local dimming

The 2013 F9000 has both software and hardware based local dimming (direct lit= Micro Dimming Ultimate).

The 2013 F9000 has both software and hardware based local dimming. the HU8550 and HU900 has only hardware local dimming.

The curve on the 9000 is 2″ out on either side from the flat screen and really adds a lot of depth. This is no gimmick. Screen reflection looked like an issue but then comparing others it is the same. Both TV’s look fantastic when in Showroom mode but i got to see the HU9000 in home mode and it seemed a little less bright and sharp but i think it was not set up right.

I was going to buy the HU8550 and totally dismissed the curved version thinking it was a wast of time and gimmick. But doing my due diligence i thought i’d just check it out. OMG! It makes one hell of a difference and if you can’t see it you must be blind. It is more noticeable on animated 3D BD. I decided i am hands down switching to the HU9000.

REMOTES

Both TV’s come with:

Smart Touch remote control (BN59-01184A)
IR universal remote control (BN59-011798)

SMART VIEW 2.0

is a cross-platform multi-screen app that enables you to load the TV screen on an NFC
compatible device (cell phone, tablet, etc), share multimedia content between two devices, and control the TV remotely

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT
65″ Without Stand
HU9000: 57.1″ x 33.4″ x 4.4″
HU8550 57.1″ x 32.8″ x 1.4″

65″ With Stand

HU9000: 57.1″ x 35.1″ x 12.9″
HU8550 57.1″ x 34.4″ x 11.6″

65″ Product Weight (with/without stand)

HU9000 68.3 lb. (with), 59.1 lb.(without)
HU8550 62.6 lb. (with), 54.2 lb. (without)

HDMI 2.0 AVR (RECEIVERS) and Other External 4k Devices

Also in case you need a new receiver. Onkyo has 2 coming out with HDMI 2.0 spec, the $499-suggested 5.2-channel TX-NR535 and $699 7.2-channel TX-NR636, which features HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. They become available in March and April and also Pioneer, Denon and Marantz have one releasing in the summer (june time frame).

Onkyo’s AccuEQ replaces Audyssey’s MultEQ room correction which has me really worried that the next Integra models will do the same. Looks like only the TX-NR636 is using the QDEO processor (WTF at this price point) like the Integra not sure if this same chip model (might be a lower or cheaper version or Integra is getting to drop a coll higher end processor in the upcoming integra and this just a hand me down to their cousin. 4K/60Hz inputs, 4K/60Hz pasthrough output. No info if it supports HEVC H.265. 4k Upscaling and pass through, so a new receiver just for 4K/60Hz input and pass through. Right now only gamer’s benefit and if broadcast and blu-ray decide to use 4k/60Hz otherwise useless. You don’t need an HDMI 2.0 spec AVR/Pre-Pro now as there are no external sources for 4K yet. unless you have a gaming console, PC, 4K media player or the Nuvola NP-1 streaming player for $299 with the NVIDA Tegra 4 and Google Play support (you can play android games and PC ones).

HDMI CABLES

Another thing worth mentioning is that if your external 4k device source uses 4K at 30Hz/fps or higher (or the cable connecting the ARC on both the TV/AVR) you will need to get new HDMI cables that support 18Gbps at minimum or higher (10.2 Gbps cables max out at 4K@24Hz some may claim 4K@30Hz as well but no way is it handling 4k/60Hz). Don’t overpay, these cables are slowly showing up. Monoprice just added some redmere ones. If you are running the HDMI cable through a conduit try these cables: Monster HD1000 (connector size is around 0.75″), Monoprice Redmere in wall rated cable not 18gbps (18 coming soon, connector size around 0.82″) and Cablesson Maestro 15gbps rated but they claim full hdmi 2.0 spec so i am assuming a typo n the rating but you will need to import this from the UK. The connector shells come off and can be put back on after running through conduit. Stay away from Rapidrun, great concept but it uses s-video like connectors and i can see those pins getting bent easily and it is pricey.

HDMI EXTENDERS AND RUNNING CAT CABLE

As of now there no HDMI extenders not even HDBaseT that that can do anything above 4K@24Hz. There are only 2 that support ARC, Audio Control BVHD-20, $450 (not HDbaseT and uses 2 Cat 6) and Transformative Engineering HD-1($799) which is true HDBaseT with a Valens chip. Atlona also does not go above 4k@24Hz and does not support ARC. Transformative Engineering’s HD-1 has 3 port Ethernet switch on both ends, has ARC, IR and RS232 as well as an optical audio port that rides on HDMI ARC for legacy equipment. However, it is very finicky with Samsung TV’s as apparently Samsung does not confrom to standard HDMI protocols. Atlona, TE and Audio Control all have HDMI 2.0 Spec products in the works. As for Cat i suggest run 2 cat 6 or better. I’d go Cat 7 for future proofing. Make sure you research what connectors you buy as i bought cat 6 shielded cable and got two different types of Cat 6 connectors and boots and they don’t fit the cable as it is too thick (24AWG) but the sites i bought them from said the connectors and boots would support cables sizes 23-28 AWG. You’d think that cat 6 shielded connectors and boots would fit cat 6 shielded cables right? If you are looking for an in wall rated optical cable Amazon sells a CL3 rated Blue Rigger one that seems to have gotten very positive reviews.

MOUNTING

Vesa Mount gate: 400mm x 400m for 55-65″ HU8550 and 9000. 4x M8(4mm x 14mm) screws . The 2014 mounts are not out yet but the Samsung kit is called ultraslim Wall Mount. You can monitor their mount page to see when they make them available. I did see this TV mounted with a standard Vesa mount though and the Oneconnect box rest nicely on top of the mount or can be secured to it via zip/cable ties should need that.

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4K BLU-RAY

Don’t bother buying a 4K upscaling BD player as the TV will do that better for you. 4K blu-ray specs have not yet been finalized so it will be a while before we see true 4K movie players. Some studios are considering 4k@60Hz. Most likely the first “4K” players we will see will have HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 ports and the smart apps will support 4k@60hz/HEVC H.265. Will probably have 4k/60Hz passthrough and 4K upscaling.

4K CABLE/SAT

There have been no announcements from Sat/Cable box makers on 4K devices but Tivo said they will be offering something down the road. I can see Sat TV moving quickly but not cable. Some channels and studios are also considering 4k@60Hz content. Xfinity will be bringing 4K content to the X1 platform but by then it might be the X2.

GENERAL CURRENT 4K CONTENT SOURCES

Samsung UHD Video Pack, Media players from Sony or universal ones, Youtube, Also Samsung and Xfinity have a deal to broadcast 4K content via the Xfinity Smart Hub app and the X1 platform will also be first to get 4K content. Samsung also has a collaboration with 20Th century Fox for content via the smart hub. So you see the trend the 4K content is going to be provided by in built TV apps and there will be some exclusive content partnerships like xfinity and samsung. Netflix, Amazon, M-Go, Comcast is going to leverage there position as owners of NBC Universal. Still trying to get information on VUDU but i would be surprised if they don’t have something cooking.

Love this TV (By Robert M. Schlesinger)

What an truly amazing TV. It was only delivered 5 days ago and I just love the picture and the TVs capabilities.

Here’s what I have done so far:

Watched DirecTV … Great picture. I have heard others say they don’t see the difference in a 4k TV without 4K content. Not so for me. The 1080p transmissions from DirecTV look great.

Watched Blue Ray … also great

Watched 3D Blue ray. Also great. Some have said that the active glasses are a negative. I did not find that so.

Hooked up my android and my windows tablet to the TV through an HDMI port. Worked flawlessly.

Set up my phone (Samsung also) to mirror on the screen. Worked great.

Watched video from my desktop computer hooked up wirelessly through Samsun-Link. Worked great

Listened to amazon Music wirelessly through the Samsung sound bar

Watched 4K video from both YouTube and Netflix

I have pretty much done all the things I wanted to do as part of the "Test it out" phase.

I have no dead pixels; no ghosting; no banding; no flash lighting; no problems except some glare.

The glare is a problem since the TV is located in a room with lots of windows. During the day pulling some shades solves the problem. At night it’s not an issue.

This is a great TV

Awesome TV, Terrible Glare (By laura keating)

We were so excited to bring home this incredible TV. It truly has an amazing picture and everything we were looking for. As soon as we mounted it on the wall above our fireplace, we noticed the presence of the curve was a little diminished, no biggie, but It really is much more dramatic at eye level. The second thing we noticed was a deal breaker, the glare is AWFUL! This is our 4th big screen set. Our last one was a Samsung as well and we have never had this problem. Any light from any source hits the TV and reflects into the curve, making an almost holographic glow stretched across the screen. It is very distracting. We tried everything to reduce this, as we love everything else about the set. We tried to change the angle of the TV hoping to reduce it enough. We tried playing with brighter picture settings. I even called Samsung support to see if there is some type of anti-glare option, nope (I will say, their customer service was great though). In the end, we are so disappointed and will be returning it. My next step is to try the 8550…

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Samsung UN40HU6950 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Smart LED TV Review

Samsung UN40HU6950 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Smart LED TV

$597.99($999.99 40% off )(38 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native); 240 Clear Motion Rate (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Voice Control & Motion Control (camera accessory sold separately)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 36.1” x 21.2” x 2”, TV with stand: 36.1” x 23.1” x 10.2”
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Component In, 1 Composite AV In
  • Accessories Included: Smart Touch Remote

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Samsung UN40HU6950 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Does not support full-resolution chroma (4K 4:4:4): only does 4K 4:2:0 via HDMI2 (By David)

The TV is a mixed bag.

On the one hand, it’s a relatively sharp, saturated display (not that I can rate color reproduction with any expertise) at a good price. It nominally supports 4K@60Hz, unlike the Seiki (the only other contender in the 40", sub-1000 space).

The SmartHub software is very featureful and the remote is fancy, although like most Samsung products, the UI is pretty convoluted. In particular, depending on the display mode and context, the menus will have random items disabled without any explanation why ("Item not available"). You have to unplug HDMI devices in order to enable/disable Game Mode. Who knew? The UI and manual didn’t provide any hints. Along that vein, there seems to be no way to fully disable dynamic contrast: even with everything seemingly off, filling your screen 95% with black will make everything else on the screen suddenly dim, which is unfortunate but somewhat forgivable.

The main reason I’m writing this 2-star review, and the point of contention where I feel the product description here and on Samsung’s webpage is disingenuous and misleading, is that the display is not really 4K@60Hz in the way a consumer would expect, and certainly not "4 times full HD". From my testing (and confirmed by a Samsung tech support rep), the display itself is only physically capable of 4:4:0 subsampling. You can look up the "Chroma subsampling" page on Wikipedia for some background, but it basically means that for every two vertical pixels, the display can only present one color (but different brightnesses).

Unfortunately, HDMI2 does not define 4:4:0 subsampling as a valid subsampling, so when not in SmartHub the display is further downgraded to 4:2:0 subsampling, which is one color (but four brightnesses) for every block of 2×2 pixels. That means that while the display is 4K in luminance (brightness), it’s really only 1080p in chroma (color). In fact, an HDMI2 device can support 4:2:0 without actually supporting the higher bandwidth provided by the spec, so these "HDMI2" ports are only so in the most minimal way possible.

What this means is that the display is fine for TV, and probably fine for gaming (60Hz and general color reproduction is the only thing in this area setting it apart from the Seiki, which at time of writing is a third the cost). It is not good for displaying colored text or sharp drawings. To be clear, it is fine for displaying black-and-white text, since that’s purely luminance.

Frankly, I’m disappointed in Samsung for carefully omitting such a critical spec from their product listings, manuals, and website. It’s disingenuous of Samsung to highlight the HDMI2 advertising point when they don’t support its single most critical consumer-facing feature (4K @60 Hz with no subsampling).

Time to wait for round three of the sub-1000 40" 4K displays…

Not true HDMI 2.0 (By Marton B. Anka)

I’m sorry but I have to rate this TV at one star due to disingenuous marketing practices. This is not a true HDMI 2.0 set.

At 60Hz you are limited to reduced chroma with 4:2:0 downsampling. At 30Hz you can get true 4:4:4 but this is a very limited refresh rate which prevents its use as a computer monitor or gaming display.

These formats have been possible since HDMI 1.4. So where’s the claimed HDMI 2.0 support?

Pop-up ads mean you should not consider this TV model. (By Mark Cardinal)

Crisp, clear picture. Outstanding visual quality, and at a relatively affordable price from a real electronics company, as opposed to a chintzy brand that will be gone within a few years.

However, two factors cause me to recommend against this Samsung 4K television.

One: Subscription apps such as Netflix and Amazon randomly fail, forcing you to have to uninstall and reinstall the app — and it is a MAJORLY, painfully difficult process to uninstall an app. Sure, you can work around this by getting a Roku or using your video game console to run Netflix/Amazon… but that sort of defeats the purpose of a smart TV.

The bigger problem involves pop-up ads. It is difficult to overstate just how offensive it is to receive pop-up ads from Verizon Wireless through a TV that I already shelled out a grand for, ads that do not disappear on their own and require you to actually turn the TV off and on to dismiss. I am not making this up. They are popping up ads, and you cannot dismiss these ads without turning the TV off and on. These are not ads from the cable company or Netflix — they are from my TV, the one I paid a lot of money for. This is the main reason I would recommend against this model — and against any Samsung product, period. I will never, ever buy Samsung again, or from Verizon Wireless for good measure.

Everything else looks great as long as it doesn’t lock up (By R. Craig)

I had this TV for a week. It became unresponsive twice requiring me to unplug the it. Once the HDMI ports stopped working and was corrected by turning the TV off and back on. Some preinstalled apps lock the TV up as well(accuweather) requiring a restart. I am not sure yet if this TV is defective or needs a firmware update. Everything else looks great as long as it doesn’t lock up.

A photographer’s reviewTOP 1000 REVIEWER (By J. Howell)

My perspective may be a bit different than many. I bought this TV to use for photo slideshow presentations. I don’t have any 4K video content, but I do have lots of still images which are much higher than 4K.

Here is my experience:

**IMAGE QUALITY**
4/5 This was the main reason for me buying the TV and so far I’ve been happy with it. Predictably, images look breathtakingly sharp and beautifully clear and saturated on this TV. The panel does not distort color when viewing off-axis, but it does lose some contrast fairly quickly if not looking directly at it. There are MANY different color and picture adjustments and with some fiddling, you will be able to get close to the ideal image with this TV. There is some color inaccuracy in the saturation of some subtle greens and reds, but I consider this a minor issue. Overall the picture will not compare to a calibrated IPS computer monitor, but is still excellent for a TV and sufficient for professional image slide shows.

**BUILD/DESIGN**
5/5 The TV is slimly designed with beautiful touches all around. The screen has a non reflective matte finish, the bezels are thin, and the inputs are easily accessible from the righthand side of the TV. It is also pleasantly light for a 50" 4K television.

**SOFTWARE/CONTROLS**
4/5 The controller for the TV functions in two different ways – with traditional buttons and via a built-in IR pointer. You can point at the screen and click on things similar to how you would a computer mouse, but I find the accuracy of the pointer to be lacking. Maybe it needs calibration or maybe I just need more practice. However I find the pointer fairly tedious to use. The buttons, however, are top notch and very responsive.

The TV also has a slew of built-in smart features with many apps for content viewing and gaming. Though I don’t intend on using this part of the feature set, I was very impressed with the content and functionality relative to our other smart TV here at home (which is a Vizio).

The TV allows for media (video, photo) via inputs on the back of the TV. It has two USB 2.0 inputs, one USB 3.0 input, and several others. I use a USB 3.0 flash drive for viewing photo and video on the TV. Video playback is exceptional and just as smooth/streamlined as any smart phone or tablet you will find. Photo slideshows are good, but not great – the downfall is in the software. With a photo slideshow you can hit "play" and let the TV scroll through the images at a fixed rate (slow, med, fast), or you can manually scroll through them with the remote. My biggest complaint is that the maximum speed of the slideshow is too slow. Even on "fast" mode, the TV displays each image for 5 seconds. If you choose to manually advance the images, the fastest you can scroll through them is one image every two seconds. I can press the forward button 5x on the remote, but I’ll only get one image advance every two seconds. This makes it awkward and tedious to get through large numbers of images. One work around would be to use a laptop and video-in to the TV, but I would lose the beautiful 4K resolution that way.

In summary, I find this to be a fantastic smart TV with a picture which is great for general viewing though slightly sub-par for color critical display work. However my usage is fairly specialized. Given the exceptional design and price of the TV, I really find it hard to fault as-is.

As a side note, I bought mine used through "Amazon Warehouse deals" for about $300 less than retail. If you choose to go this route, get a TV with original packaging. I ordered a repackaged TV the first time around and it came badly damaged due to poor packing by Amazon. The original Samsung packaging of my second TV was much better.

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4K TV Black Friday Deal: Sharp LC-70UD27U 70-Inch Aquos 4K Ultra HD 2160p 120Hz Smart LED TV Review

Sharp LC-70UD27U 70-Inch Aquos 4K Ultra HD 2160p 120Hz Smart LED TV

$2,797.00($4,399.99 36% off )(3 customer reviews)

  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz (Native), AquoMotion 480 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes- SmartCentral 3.0
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV with stand: 61.3″ x 37″ x 12.2″
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 2 Audio Inputs, 1 Composite Video Input

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Sharp LC-70UD27U 70-Inch Aquos 4K Ultra HD 2160p 120Hz Smart LED TV Customer Reviews

Very Satisfied, A+! (By Darith S. Yim)

Very good factory calibration settings out of the box, smooth motion, and acceptable screen uniformity. This one is replacing a defective LC-70LE650U, and the bezel design now looks way better in person and very thin. The TV is lighter than the other 70" models, but the box was a tad bit longer. After upgrading to HDMI 2.0 bi-directional cables, an HDMI 2.0 4K@60Hz capable AV receiver (Onkyo TX-NR636), I’m running ARC successfully with AQUOS Link enabled, and I can fully control the AV Receiver’s audio from the TV remote. It’s functioning perfectly now as it’s only either the sharp TV audio only or the home theater audio only, but AQUOS Link (under the advanced settings) is intelligent enough to switch back and use the TV speakers when I turn off the receiver. ARC is a very cool surprise, and I’m quite impressed.

Overall, I’m very satisfied with the LC-70UD27U. I ran a network firmware update right after I set it up. The out of box factory calibration is very good (human skin may look like pastel at times), but it still needs to be calibrated, the colors are vibrant and the viewing angle is good. The price tag of $3K this TV is a great deal, so much that my father-in-law is getting one for himself. It also has a built-in "chromecast" casting feature that u can cast from ur devices using any app that is chromecast capable (I can spare and move my chromecast to another TV now). The audio is quite loud from the TV (mostly sharp highs and minimal bass). Mounting it was a breeze, and the kids and wife love it.

I highly recommend this TV!

Competitive Price, Great Picture Quality, Small Problems (By Alexander Murdoch)

Great picture with good options for calibrating. One problem is the resolution enhancement at the higher levels. In situations with lots of detail, the image will become grainy or flicker. It was solved by turning the setting down which where turned up OOB. OSD is obviously a straight translation from Chinese or whatever native language. Not really a problem, but when offering a product meant to compete with Samsung and Sony, I expected a little more polish. Definitely an option to consider against the more expensive models.

Joy?!I love it (By noam hadar)

Anybody has anything to say about this tv??

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