Samsung TV Buying Guide – What Should be Considered before you Buy Samsung LED TV?

 


As we know, Samsung is one of big names of TV’s manufacturers where almost of their products has become market leader for each of class. Form entry level to premium class, almost of them has been best seller product. Of course this cannot be separated from the great picture performance and features that offered by Samsung LED TV lineup. In 2016, Samsung has labeled their lineup with K series and divide their lineup with 3 categories, Full HD 10080p with K series, 4K UHD TV with KU series and 4K Super UHD TV with KS series. KU series and KS series is differentiated by their color technology.

So, what kinds that should be considered before we buy Samsung TV and what effect on the performance?

Panel Type

Samsung Curved Panel TV

Samsung Curved Panel TV

Samsung Flat Panel TV

Samsung Flat Panel TV

There are two categories type panel that used by Samsung TV lineup, the first is flat panel and the second is curved panel. The impact is about their side viewing angle performance. As we know, the use of backlight on led TV makes quality of contrast and color looks degraded from side viewing angle. But with curved panel, this degradation can be minimized, so LED TV with curved panel offer wide range of viewing angle than flat panel type. But of course, with the same specification, curved TV is sold more expensive than flat panel type. As example, Samsung KS8500 with curved panel sold about $200 more expensive than Samsung KS8000 series that comes with flat panel although they have same specification. But even so, if you place your seat center and in front of TV screen, their different performance is not too noticeable.

Color Technology

In 2016, Samsung used 3 color technologies for their 2016 4K TV lineup where the higher level of this technology, the color that created is more accurate. Special for Samsung 1080p lineup, Samsung uses Wide Color Enhancer Plus as the technologies behind it, the old technologies that used by Samsung for previous model in couple years. As mentioned, there are three technologies that used by Samsung for their 2016 4K TV lineup.

  • PurColor

The lowest level is PurColor technology where this technology is used for Samsung 2016 lineup 6 Series. You need to know, for producing accurate color, PurColor is the technology that combines accurate primary and secondary color. By unique algorithm, combination of primary and secondary color producing wider range of color spectrum so the color that produced looks more accurate.

  • Active Crystal Color

The second level is active crystal color and this technology is used for mid class of Samsung 4K TV lineup 7 Series. Unlike PurColor, active crystal color adds extra source of light in blue LED. The result, white looks purer while color gamut that created is wider. And of course, the result is better than what produced by Samsung 4K TV that used PurColor. The other benefit, this technology reduces energy consumption so it is more energy-efficient than traditional LED.

  • Quantum Dot

It is highest color technology that used by Samsung for their 2016 4K lineup is quantum dot where this technology is used for their SUHD lineup. For last year lineup, Samsung has labeled this technology with Nano Crystal Color. To produce the purest medium, this technology uses quantum dots as a light source. I will not explain how this technology works because it will very long.  But essentially, quantum dot technology offers up to 30% wider range of color spectrum but otherwise, it uses less 30% to 50% power than traditional LED TV.

quantum dot panel

quantum dot panel

UHD Dimming

It is a local dimming technology that developed by Samsung to enhance contrast and black level of the picture that produced by their lineup. The level of this technology has an impact on how strong the contrast that created and how dark black level that created. As we know, Contrast and black level one of factors that have an impact on quality of picture. For their 2016 lineup, Samsung used 2 technologies, UHD dimming and Supreme UHD Dimming. Because these technologies based on local dimming technology, theoretically, the more zones of local dimming, the stronger and darker contrast and black level that created. Supreme UHD Dimming has more zones than UHD Dimming and with unique algorithm, it produces stronger contrast and deeper black level than UHD Dimming. UHD Dimming is applied on mid class 2016 Samsung LED TV lineup or 8 series below while Supreme UHD engine is applied on 9 Series of Samsung’s 2016 4K TV lineup.

UHD Dimming

Backlight Type

Samsung uses 3 backlight technologies for their 2016 lineup and this has an impact on back level and brightness that created. For KS9800 series as the top model, Samsung uses full array backlight and of course the result is the best between other backlight technologies. The second is edge lit LED. This technology is applied on Samsung 9 series, 8 series, and 7 series. And for entry level 6 series, Samsung uses direct lit technology as their backlighting.

LED Backlighting

LED Backlighting

HDR

HDR or High Dynamic Range is the technology that offers more detail picture quality in shadow or night scenes. As we know, it is originally used for Digital Camera. For SUHD series, Samsung use HDR 100 technology while for UHD series, Samsung uses HDR premium technology. HDR 1000 can produce peak of brightness up to 1000 nits so HDR picture that produced looks very clear and detail with very bright white while black scenes looks very dark. HDR premium also offers high level brightness and contrast but its performance is still below HDR 1000.

 

Motion Rate

Motion Rate is a Samsung’s advanced technology that developed for minimizing motion blur when displaying fast moving images. This technology is based native refresh rate panel and combines the speed of processor and unique algorithm by Samsung. The higher level of motion rate, the result certainly will clearer and smoother. But of course, this also depends on the resolution of the screen. TV with 1080p resolution and native 60 Hz refresh panel of course will produce smoother and clearer motion clarity than 4K TV that use the same refresh rate panel. Motion Rate is not same to native refresh rate panel. As example, Samsung TV that has Motion Rate 120 Hz, this doesn’t mean it is powered by native 120 Hz panel. Usually, Motion Rate is doubling of native refresh rate panel. TV with Motion Rate 240Hz means it has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, except Motion Rate 60 Hz, it also has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. For top class Samsung’s 2016 lineup, Samsung uses Supreme Motion Rate technology for them. But basically, this technology is based on same native refresh rate panel than Motion Rate, the difference is about their software where there is an improvement software that makes its performance better.

Motion Rate Native Refresh Rate Panel
Supreme Motion Rate 240 120 Hz
Motion Rate 240 120 Hz
Motion Rate 120 60 Hz
Motion Rate 60 60 Hz

Smart TV Features

Samsung uses two smart TV platform for their 2016 lineup. The first is Samsung Smart TV with smart hub for middle to lower models, the second is Tizen Operating System for middle to upper Samsung SHUD TV lineup. The difference is about their performance where Tizen OS offers faster and more responsive performance than Samsung Smart TV. The other difference is about their compatibility to apps. About apps and features that provided, there are not many different. And the other component that affect on performance is about processor that support them. A quad core processor certainly offers faster performance than dual core processor.

Samsung Smart TV

Samsung Smart TV

They are some important aspects that have great impact on the performance of each model of Samsung LED TV lineup. The higher model of Samsung TV, it certainly is powered by higher level or more complete technologies and of course, its performance is also better. I hope, this can help you to know about term that used by Samsung for their lineup before you buy a Samsung TV. So you can know, what difference between each series of Samsung 2016 LED TV lineup.

Samsung 2016 LED TV Lineup

Series Size Available Type Panel Type Color Dimming Motion Rate HDR Backlight CEA 4k Certified
KS9800 88" 78" 65" 4K Curved Quantum Dot Supreme
UHD Dmming
Supreme MR 240 HDR1000 Full Array Yes
KS9500 78" 65" 55" 4k Curved Quantum Dot Supreme
UHD Dmming
Supreme MR 240 HDR1000 Edge Lit Yes
KS9000 75" 65" 55" 4K Flat Quantum Dot Supreme
UHD Dmming
Supreme MR 240 HDR1000 Edge Lit Yes
KS8500 65" 55" 49" 4K Curved Quantum Dot UHD Dmming MR 240 HDR1000 Edge Lit Yes
KS8000 65" 60" 55" 49" 4K Flat Quantum Dot UHD Dmming MR 240 HDR1000 Edge Lit Yes
KU7500 65" 55" 49" 43" 4K Curved Active Crystal UHD Dmming MR 120 HDR Premium Edge Lit Yes
KU7000 65" 55" 49" 43"
40"
4K Flat Active Crystal UHD Dmming MR 120 HDR Premium Edge Lit Yes
KU6500 65" 55" 49" 4K Curved PurColor UHD Dmming MR 120 HDR Premium Slim FLED
(Direct Lit)
Yes
KU6300 70" 65" 60" 55"
50" 43" 40"
4K Flat PurColor UHD Dmming MR 120 HDR Premium Slim FLED
(Direct Lit)
Yes
KU6290 65" 55" 4K Flat PurColor UHD Dmming MR 120 HDR Premium Slim FLED
(Direct Lit)
Yes
KU6250 55" 49" 1080p Curved Wide Color
Enhancer
Micro Dimming MR 120 HDR Premium Edge Lit