Answered Confused with Samsung models - compare MUxx and NUxx TVs (49"/50")

McBainUK

Standard Member
(FYI)
  1. What are your sources going to be? Virgin Media V6 box (mix of SD and HD), Xbox One, Amazon Prime.
  2. SD vs HD vs UHD use percentage? 20% 80% ?%
  3. TV, Movies, sport, console games (in percentage)? 50% 20% 20%, 10%
  4. How close can you view the TV? approx 2.5m
  5. Do you need to view the TV from the side or only straight on? 0 - 25 degree angle
  6. What conditions do you like to view in? During the day? At night with lights on? In the dark?
  7. What are you currently using and what do you expect by upgrading to a new TV? Panasonic plasma (TX-P42S20B) - it has a fault
  8. Are you interested in being able to use motion enhancements on your TV to reduce judder and/or reduce motion blur? not really
 
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Dodgexander

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There are TVs equal to the MU7000 at 49"/50" and are cheaper such as the Panasonic 50EX700 and Hisense 50N6800. More in the guide here: My best value TVs, 2017 Edition

There is no point comparing 2018 models since they are so overpriced. If you can spend as much as 700-800 consider looking at 55" instead where there are lot better choices in the mid range such as the 55MU7000 (better TV than the 49" version).
 

McBainUK

Standard Member
Thanks for the input dodge. I have been studying your post but finding many are no longer for sale from recognisable outlets - will work through the list.
 

McBainUK

Standard Member
I've remeasured and can fit a 55" :)

Ideal budget is ~£600, but can go to £800 if there's a good reason to do so.

Other considerations are a preference for black and a stand which is central.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Try and pick up a deal on one of the fantasticly priced 2017 models right now like the 55MU7000 or the 55MU9000 (curved).

eg:
Samsung 55 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR 1000 Smart LED TV TVPlus
or
Samsung UE55MU9000 55 inch Curved 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV | Crampton and Moore - better anti reflection filter, but curved.

The MU9000 is particularly a fantastic deal having been reduced a lot more but the Samsung MU7000 is just as good and flat, minus the better anti reflection filter.

Now is the time to pick up a 2017 clearance bargain before we are left only with 2018 models.
 

McBainUK

Standard Member
I enquired about the M7000 but it's sold out at Richer Sounds.

The MU9000 looks good but are there any bad points with a curved screen?
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
You can barely notice the curve to be honest. People seem to want to avoid them though, I guess they care about in the future having a curved TV looking outdated...but who knows. They aren't really any better or worse as per the article :)

Are there any Samsung 55Q6F in stock still?
 

McBainUK

Standard Member
One thing that is strange/annoying is that the Samsung 'One Connect' box does not take the ethernet LAN cable. For that you need another cable to the TV, and one which looks unlikely to fit in the stand.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Glad you are happy with the TV! Indeed that's an odd decision from Samsung. Perhaps you could get a lower profile Ethernet cable?

Alternatively just use the WiFi, WiFi on my TV is faster as it uses only a 100mb Ethernet port. Not sure if it's the same for the MU9000.
 

McBainUK

Standard Member
I use WiFi now but assumed wired would be better. Although I just ran a speed test using the TV's web browser and it reports 52Mbps. This should be quick enough for Amazon Prime et all surely.

How did you find out the speed of the Ethernet port? The specs don't list that detail.
 
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Dodgexander

Moderator
Wired is better usually yes, faster response time but not necessarily with throughput. I tested playback of high bitrate sample videos and concluded the WiFi was faster but even with just a 100mb port if your TV has bad WiFi signal the wired option may be better. You could ask Samsung or test samples like I did. Stupid its not mentioned but 100mb is all a TV really needs I guess.

Are you planning to use anything other than smart TV though? If you aren't then you'll be more than fine with WiFi. Even with the highest bitrate on demand stuff. That's if your range is okay :) test it out.
 

zeppelino

Distinguished Member
I had to use WiFi after upgraded router came with only two Ethernet ports - but not noticed any degradation with apps. Get 38MB here
 

McBainUK

Standard Member
Range is about 2ft so shouldn't be a problem.

I expect to use Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer. I also have a Plex server in the house with TV shows and movies ripped from DVDs.

I only thought of trying a wired connection as I experienced Amazon Prime kept changing quality level while watching a movie. Can be quite distracting.
 

McBainUK

Standard Member
I'd like to apologize to the Samsung engineers, it is possible to fit a LAN cable in the hidden tunnel of the stand, you just need to not be a dumb ass and remember to move the clips out of the way before routing the cable
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
I'd like to apologize to the Samsung engineers, it is possible to fit a LAN cable in the hidden tunnel of the stand, you just need to not be a dumb ass and remember to move the clips out of the way before routing the cable
Brilliant :thumbsup:
 

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