What is the Samsung UE48J6300?
With a suggested retail price of £800 (June 2015) for the UE48J6300, it’s still beyond what many are prepared to pay but this being the cut-throat market it is, you can already pick it up for much less. Let’s see how the UE48J6300 bridges the gap between extra resolution and cutting edge fashion.
Design & Connections
Personally, I find it quite aesthetically pleasing but whether the increase in curvature will be more beneficial with regards to providing the picture with more of the immersion factor than last year’s models remains, quite literally, to be seen. The base stand is also quite fetching, albeit in a more angular way, but it doesn’t allow for swivelled positioning so room placement will be a factor.
Samsung UE48J6300 Picture Quality Features & Specs
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Samsung UE48J6300 Picture Settings
Pre calibrationThe general trend for out of box accuracy would appear to be on the up and the UE48J6300 posted some pretty mean results in the default Movie mode settings. There was, relatively, a little bit too much green in the higher end of the greyscale, although it wasn’t especially visible, and a concurrent lack of red but with a highest delta Error of just over three, this is impressive stuff and not especially good news for pro calibrators. The colour accuracy was even better, if anything, and with the excellent controls available things would only get better.
Post Calibration...And so they did. We were able to get errors in the greyscale well below tolerable levels (<1) just using the two point white balance controls and then with just a few tweaks on the ten point, we then proceeded to ‘iron out’ the gamma response to near perfection. The colours also just needed the minimum amount of tweaking before they were all on target but colour tracking lower down the charts shown here wasn’t quite as good with a lot being under bright. This gave darker scenes slightly less impact than you might hope but at least they tended to look under, rather than over saturated.
That’s most of the bad news out of the way, however, as the UE48J6300 impressed in most other ways. We guess the most important questions to pose ourselves are: does the curve work at 48-inches, and at lower resolutions than we’ve seen before? And the answer is, a resounding ‘sometimes,’ with some scenes given just that sense of added depth but it’s not what we’d describe as a jaw-dropping experience, more something very subtle that we probably wouldn’t miss if it weren’t there. One of the problems with the 2014 curved TVs was there propensity to give off a lot of intrusive reflections. Depending on where you were sat in relation to the screen, during daylight hours they could become near unwatchable but Samsung has made good progress here and that’s now much less of an issue. Viewing angles aren’t what we’d call generous, however, with a noticeable drop-off in contrast and colour saturation when moving anything more than thirty degrees, or so, from the centre of the screen.
Aside from the uniformity niggles – and that’s what they are because we’ve seen far worse – the Samsung UE48J6300 puts in a strong all round performance; it’s got good contrast and dynamic range; very good colour accuracy and video processing; decent enough motion handling and just that occasional sense of added depth facilitated by the curve. It’s not a knock-your-spots-off television but then it gets most of the basics right and its high-mid end stationing seems fully appropriate.
How future-proof is this TV?
|4K Ultra HD Resolution|
|Colour Space (percentage of DCI - 100% best)||100%|
|HDMI 2.0a Inputs|
|HDCP 2.2 Support|
|4K Streaming Services|
|Smart TV Platform|
|Picture Accuracy Out-of-the-Box (score out of 10)||8|
|What do these mean?|
- Accurate colours
- Beautiful design
- Excellent Smart TV features
- Decent blacks and contrast
- The curve occasionally 'works'
- Some uniformity issues
- Weak viewing angles
Samsung UE48J6300 HD TV Review
Should I buy the Samsung UE48J6300?You certainly won’t go far wrong in choosing a Samsung J6300. The design is extremely pleasing, for starters, so if you do value aesthetics and consider the TV as a piece of furniture then the option of going curved definitely makes sense. In terms of it actually doing much for the pictures, we’re still not fully convinced but fleeting moments when you do sense some added depth do happen and there are very few drawbacks to its existence.
The new Tizen Smart TV platform is also on the cutting edge, not only in terms of the well planned user interface but also with the sheer amount of services it provides. Barring Demand 5 – and frankly who would miss it? – all the major UK catch-up services are present and correct, plus there’s support for Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Wuaki, and more, for those that pay for streaming services. There’s also the ubiquitous presence of YouTube, a Skype app, gaming, a media player and near countless other video apps to explore so it’s really very difficult to fault.
You would also have to be a very demanding type to have issues with the out of box picture accuracy of the UE48J6300 in its Movie mode. There was just a touch too much green in the brightest of whites but most would be hard pressed to see that and given the excellent calibration controls within, it is possible to massage this TV in to a near perfect state. The results of such a faithful colour palette are extremely natural looking pictures, given a lift by excellent video processing and ably supported by very decent black levels and dynamic range.
This sample was not without its niggles, however. The backlighting spilled out too brightly around parts of the perimeters of the screen and the structure of the panel could often be seen in darker scenes; and sometimes in lighter moments. These kind of things are more or less par for the course with LCD/LED technology, though, and they didn’t overly infringe on our enjoyment.
The Samsung UE48J6300 is yet another high quality set from the ranks of the Korean’s ranges that could be the beginning of bringing curved TVs to the masses. Recommended.
What else could I consider?
Erm, well we’re a bit short on 2015 1080p TVs, as it so happens. In fact, this is the first 1080p 2015 TV we’ve reviewed. For obvious reasons, the manufacturers want to push their 4K Ultra HD models so it will be later in the year before we have a better idea of the Full HD market. Even then, however, reviews of curved Full HD TVs will be pretty thin on the ground! In the meantime, take a look at our Ultimate TV Buyers Guide to you an idea of what you should be looking for in your next television.
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