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Samsung UE65KS9000 User Review

  • tausifs
    Samsung makes a quantum leap...
    Review of Samsung UE65KS9000 LED LCD TV by tausifs, Dec 24, 2016.
    forgive the pun , but they do IMHO. For this is the first time that a Samsung TV took more than just my passing interest.

    Whilst last years JS and this KS were both SUHD, the images on this TV have more "immediacy" about them that hits you in the eye , whilst the JS to me seemed to be almost covered by a haze.

    First of all I want to mention that with HDR mode engaged , whilst images do really pop , with the bright highlights on a dark background , I do see a saddening torch bleed effect in the lower left corner and upper right edge. Whilst a deal breaker for many , I forgive this limitation for the price point. The Full array local dimming upgrade model KS9500 is a good £1000 more that would help circumvent this.

    Now I want to touch on some points that I feel have not been made enough of:

    No dirty screen effect that I can see. The usual dead giveaway is when DSE rears its ugly head on panning shots. But this TV is a delight from that point of view , the illusion of reality is maintained.

    No banding on panning shots. I think this paradoxically is a plus point of being edge lit vs array lit .

    IMHO , excellent audio for the hidden speaker camp, almost physics defying - a tip : I suggest selecting the "Music" mode for audio and cranking the volume way up. I tried using the sound bar and subwoofer bundled with the TV and honestly... "Music" mode audio setting with the volume cranked up whooped its butt.

    Finally, the thing that swung it for me enough to pull the trigger on this with the fullest of conviction.
    This TV can perform reverse pull down on 60Hz film based material . Meaning even if you stream an iTunes movie rental via eg. Apple TV set top box, the TV can reconstruct 24 frames per second from it and you can view it judder free, a not inconsiderable feat of video processing. To enable this , you need to use the correct TV settings: set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' with both sliders to 0.

    PS. The last living room TV that I bought prior to this Samsung one was a 8th generation Pioneer plasma.
    This item was purchased in 2016. The reviewer still owns this product.

    Pros

    • stellar SDR performance , excellent audio for the invisible speakers,
    • 24 fps can be reconstructed from 60Hz film based content
    • Gorgeous design, virtually bezel-less, curve makes images look more 3D

    Cons

    • HDR let down by corner light bleed

    Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level

    9

    Screen Uniformity

    9

    Colour Accuracy

    10

    Greyscale Accuracy

    9

    Video Processing

    10

    2D Picture Quality

    9

    Picture Quality Out-Of-The-Box

    9

    Sound Quality

    10

    Smart Features

    10

    Build Quality

    9

    Ease Of Use

    10

    Value for Money

    10

    Verdict

    9
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