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Samsung UE55MU8000 evaluation

That wasn’t as it became the pleasant-acting TV of 2016. There were objectively more successful alternatives. Instead, it took the prize as it managed to carry a highly incredible 4K and HDR viewing revel in all the way down to an affordable price, at a time whilst most producers had been booking the tech for flagship gadgets.

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This yr, the Samsung has made a factor of dividing its top rate TVs from its midrange. The lovable quantum dot era that propped up older SUHD fashions is now reserved for the pinnacle-tier QLED variety, in conjunction with ramped up luminance and a proportionately better charge tag.

If that’s a bit rich for you, then do not forget the MU variety. The MU8000 sits on the top of that with the Samsung MU9000. While it’s clean that Samsung has reserved its nice for the QLED variety, the MU8000 packs a few nice surprises. If you’re after an excellent 4K and HDR performance and you’re no longer hell-bent on disposing of a mortgage for a QLED version, the MU8000 is probably for you.

 

It’s flat. That might appear like an strange location to start, however Samsung is the handiest producer nonetheless strongly pushing curved TVs. For folks that aren’t fans of the MU9000’s curve, the MU8000 is an appropriate opportunity for the reason that they proportion essentially the equal specs someplace else.

The layout takes its cues from final year’s top KS models – slender bezels (the top and facets, besides) and a Y-fashioned stand. The thin body surrounding the TV is metal, but anywhere else is plastic. To be blunt, it feels a bit cheap up close – I observed a few difficult edges after I turned into putting it up, and the unmarried-neck method method it’s going to wobble a bit in case you nudge it.

Still, it seems high-quality from the couch. And on a practical be aware I’m glad to peer a TV with a center stand, instead of having ft proper on the corners – you don’t then want a bench as huge as the TV.

 

As is now conventional on Samsung’s extra fancy TVs, the majority of the connections are housed one at a time in a One Connect field. There are 4 HDMI ports (all 4K and HDR compatible) and USB ports along the aerial connections and a digital optical output. On the TV itself, there is also an ethernet socket and one more USB port.

Sadly, there’s no sign of the top notch-skinny, almost invisible cable that runs from the TV to the One Connect box. It’s a regular chunky cable, even though the stand’s lower back peels away to show a neat cable management channel.

There are remotes: a conventional one with loads of buttons and a ‘clever’ one with a streamlined layout and fewer buttons. TV smart remotes are usually a piece hit and pass over, but Samsung’s attempt is one of the better ones and I observed myself using it a lot greater than the conventional one. This yr’s clever faraway has been improved with higher grip and rubberised buttons.

 

The MU8000 has a ten-bit panel with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels). It offers high dynamic variety inside the common HDR10 format, as well as the imminent broadcast-pleasant HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma).

Alas, there’s no Dolby Vision, which is generally considered better than HDR10 due to the fact its dynamic metadata can be used to optimize the photograph frame through the frame. But Samsung isn’t ruling out dynamic metadata – it’s presenting HDR10+, a competitor to Dolby Vision. HDR10+ is an open-supply format, that Amazon Video has already signed up to apply.

It’s an area-lit LED unit – Samsung isn’t providing a unmarried direct-lit unit this yr. I’d be truly concerned approximately this if it weren’t for the fact that closing 12 months’s Samsung KS7000 provided some very astonishing dimming competencies. Samsung is virtually assured.

 

The MU8000 has a claimed brightness of 1000 nits. That’s the extent of brightness provided via remaining year’s top models, but less than Samsung’s QLED variety this year, which can hit 1500-2000 nits.

Samsung has been rocking its Quantum Dot generation for some years now, however, this year that’s been reserved for the QLED fashions, which includes the Samsung Q7F. Instead, the MU8000 is based on the ‘Dynamic Crystal Colour’ engine, which claims to supply extra than a thousand million sun shades.

On the clever TV the front, the MU8000 is geared up with Samsung’s Eden interface. It’s a launcher bar system that pops up on the pinnacle of something you’re watching, without making you pause or kicking you out.

A couple of years in the past I would have accused Samsung of shamelessly ripping off LG’s webOS interface, however, these days it’s grown to be a distinct beast. The launcher bar gives two tiers of icons, a number of which might be customizable. It’s a quick way to jump between your preferred apps and resources, and it’s as easy as channel hopping.

I certainly like the manner the interface robotically recognizes what resources you’ve plugged in – the MU8000 efficiently identified my sports consoles and surround sound amplifier.

 

Picture performance may be very stunning, so long as your mood your expectations. After all, 4K HDR TVs are nevertheless in their relative infancy, and in case you step away from the cutting edge models, you’ll grow to be with greater compromises. The MU8000’s photograph excellent is a mixed bag, however the appropriate does outweigh the terrible.

I’ll start with the negatives. As is commonplace with aspect-lit LED TVs, there are some lighting troubles. I every now and then spotted some clouding. It’s specially considerable in dark regions on the pinnacle and bottom of the display screen – in case you’re looking a movie with black bars top and bottom, you’re much more likely to look it. It’s quite moderate, as some distance as clouding is going – there’s much less here than there was on closing 12 months’s KS7000, you’ll most effective clearly see it in a dark room and even then it’s really possible to get used to it. The flat form component of the MU8000 might assist – our overview of the curved Samsung MU9000 had some distance harsher phrases on this branch.

Viewing angles aren’t fantastic. Samsung has long past for a VA panel here, which is right for assessment but negative for angled viewing. If you move out of 25-30 levels from the center, you’ll start to lose out on evaluation and saturation, and the lighting will look incredibly non-uniform.

As for hues, I’ve visible more potent from Samsung, and this is clearly 2d-tier performance. What you get here is lots vibrant, but the Quantum Dot models this 12 months and the ultimate year just look richer and extra subtle, with an extra numerous palette. There is also occasionally a few striping in HDR. Thankfully it’s rare, though.

Moving on to the positives. What I virtually like about the MU8000 is its comparison. It receives masses vibrant, and it gets masses dark. It’s now not pretty 1000 nits – we’re searching at a maximum of about seven hundred, but that’s enough to provide you a tangible visible impact, especially whilst the blacks are so fantastic.

Blacks actually look black, instead of barely hollow and gray, that is what I’ve come to count on from LED LCD TVs. There’s not as a good deal above-black shadow element as you would possibly locate on a very good OLED TV, and also you get minimum crushing on all but the maximum intensity of HDR pictures.

Highlights do simply well too, with little clipping on brilliant areas together with headlamps and explosions. Combine the 2 and also you’ve were given a level of comparison and dynamism strong enough to present you that HDR hit.

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