What is the Samsung HU7500?
It is most definitely a sign of the times that the 55-inch Samsung HU7500 carries a recommended retail price only just North of £2,000.
Design & Connections
The fact that the 55HU7500 doesn’t come with a One Connect Box means that all the inputs and outputs are located on the chassis, but the base stand features a nifty wire tidying system that means a very neat install is still possible. As we said above, HU7500 owners can upgrade to the One Connect Box later, but we still get 4 HDMI ports, three of which face sideways with the other pointing outwards at the back. We also get all the other expected inputs and inputs including support for legacy video connections, an optical digital audio out and both wired and wireless LAN.
As well as the voice commands – which are extensive and carried out with a great deal of accuracy – you also get a touchpad and the controller is fitted with gyroscopes so it has Wii-like motion controls that also work in a highly efficient manner. There’s not much to be said of the rather down-market standard handset. It’s black, fairly stubby and wholly unremarkable so just gaze at the picture above to get the idea.
We though the HU8500 was good in its out of box Movie Mode setting but the HU7500 was even better. Barring a slight excess of blue energy in the greyscale, throughout, and a gamma response that left images slightly wishy-washy, it was a truly excellent out-of-the box set of measurements. The colour accuracy was equally as impressive with only an oversaturated blue primary to trouble the scorers and even that was very difficult to detect by eye.
As we’ve come to expect from the Samsung controls, ironing out both gamma and greyscale response to ruler-flat levels really wasn’t too difficult. We could actually get delta Errors down to under one – right across the board – using just the two-point controls and the ten-point just allowed us to refine things further. We were unable to remove the slight blue tint, near black, but it was only faintly noticeable.
Contrast, Black Levels and Screen Uniformity
Wow! It’s not since we last measured a plasma TV (remember those?) that we’ve seen screen uniformity like this. From a chequerboard pattern the black portions all measured within 0.004 cd/m2 of one another, which means a mostly black screen looked almost evenly dark. That’s almost unheard of with LED/LCD tech and we can’t overstate what a positive impact that has on viewing enjoyment. Or at least, it takes away a lot of the frustrations we’ve had in the past. That's not to say that every single model bought will provide exactly the same results we see with our review sample, it will vary from set to set, but it is impressive.
For those that like to play the numbers game with the Smart LED set to Standard, black measurements averaged out at 0.052cd/m2 whilst peak white averaged 111.85, giving an ANSI contrast figure of 2135:1, which will be more than good enough for most. Deactivating the Smart LED control gave average black measures just topping 0.055cd/ m2 so it’s only a small on-paper boost but worth it with real world material. You will get a little bit of haloing where there’s a mostly black screen with a small bright object upon it, but it happens so rarely we’ll take the compromise. We could give you an On/Off contrast ratio but, frankly, it would be meaningless as the HU7500 shuts down all the lights when a black signal is received so it would be wholly unrepresentative of actual levels.
It should come as no surprise, at all, that the HU7500 proved almost identical in this area of testing to the HU8500. Scaling of signals right from 576i – and up – was just about as good as one could reasonably expect. We’re not recommending that you buy one of these and then plug a set-top-box into it via Scart, as your main source, but should your TV diet be mainly 720p, and higher, you’re going to be very happy with the results. As we’ve come to expect from the Samsung processing chips, the tasks of deinterlacing and cadence detection are carried out with distinction and there’s absolutely no issues with the delivery of 1080p24 content, so your Blu-rays will look exactly as they should.
Perhaps it’s the slightly lesser powered chip inside of the HU7500 which means its input lag is a little higher than that of the HU85 but so it was. With the Game Mode engaged from the System Menu, we clocked response input at around 66 milliseconds, which is the kind of number that begins to get noticeable when twitch reactions are required.
• Standby: 0W
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:
• Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 121W
• Calibrated – Movie Mode:109 W
• Calibrated - 3D Mode: 177W
Samsung HU7500 Picture Quality - 2D
At those kind of distances the differences are more textural than seen in pure resolution terms but the extra pixels allow for more nuance in how light affects objects, thus giving a more realistic feel to images. Get up a bit closer and you’ll be amazed at the clarity and lack of blur that you’ll get with 1080p from such distances, but it’s questionable whether anyone would want to sit quite so close. Still, there’s a depth and denseness to pictures that impresses from more usual seating positions too so it’s still worth considering a 55-incher over a Full HD set, even if you can’t pick out every pixel.
The inherent pluses of the UE55HU7500, i.e. great contrast performance, rich and accurate colours and super video processing means it hardly puts a foot wrong. But it does stutter (literally), from time to time. We’ve been mentioning for four years, or more, that the higher-tier Samsung’s imbued with CMR (Clear Motion Rate) processing, can suffer with motion glitches with changes of pace in action, on screen, and the ‘feature’ is present and correct here. It’s very occasional and always momentary but it is there and you will see it. It – and the odd instance of haloing – are frankly small prices to pay for the rest of the package but if you’re likely to be annoyed by it, at least you’re forewarned.
Samsung HU7500 Video Review
Samsung HU7500 Picture Quality 3D
- Plasma-like screen uniformity
- Solid blacks
- Perceivable contrast performance is great
- Excellent dimming system
- Superb scaling & video processing
- First rate Smart TV Features
- Occasional motion judders
- A teensy bit of haloing
Samsung UE55H7500 (HU7500) 4K Ultra HD TV Review
The HU7500 doesn't come with Samsung's clever One Connect Box, although it is compatible with, but it has almost every conceivable input and output you could wish for, including 4 HDMI, 3 USB ports and wired and wireless LAN. The Menu systems hold a host of interesting options and a generous calibration suite, whilst the array of Smart TV features offered are so wide-ranging, we thought we'd better produce a dedicated review to cover them.
Those calibration controls allowed us to dial in a supremely accurate picture and the fidelity of the colours was nearly matched by the punchy native contrast performance which, in turn, was helped along by a very effective dimming system. We have to make special mention of the incredible standard of screen uniformity, too, which was almost plasma-esque in its flawlessness. The quality of the video processing is simply outstanding, as well, and the fact the HU7500 is able scale lower resolution content so well is an enormous plus, given there's so very little native 4K content currently available.
That said, we've now worked our way through the entire Netflix Ultra HD catalogue and, lest it need saying, 4K House of Cards is the new benchmark in video streaming quality. From 'normal' viewing distances you're not likely to fully appreciate the resolution hike but there's no mistaking the enhanced textural quality and more realistically nuanced lighting effects. The HU7500 is no slouch in 3D either and the quality of extra-dimensional scaling is nearly a match for that in 2D.
The Samsung HU7500 is amongst the very best LED TVs we've ever covered, irrespective of resolution, but the fact that it is future-proofed, yet able to handle the demands of the present day so ably, means it comes Highly Recommended!
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