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Samsung UN65KS9000 vs LG 65UH9500 Review

by on October 22, 2016
 


Samsung UN65KS9000 and LG 65UH9500 are including top model HDR 4K TVs that released in 2016. Both of them offer stunning picture quality on each of their big screen 65 Inch. In the market, they are sold with the price relatively same that is in price range $2500 where UN65KS9000 is sold about $100 more expensive than 65UH8500. In addition to HDR on big screen as its highlight, Smart TV platform also becomes mainstay features offered by them. Additionally, both of them also offer great performance in some features like UHD Up-scaling, Motion Control, and others. So, which is a superior and a better choice between them?

At a Glance about Samsung UN65KS9000

Samsung UN65KS9000 Review

Samsung UN65KS9000 is part of KS9000, a flat model of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD lineup Series 9. For processing HDR signal, it depends on HDR 1000 picture engine support HDR 10. And of course, there are also many Samsung’s advanced technology behind it that improves its performance. In term of color reproduction, UN65KS9000 is powered by quantum dot panel technology that deliver wide color gamut and support 10 bit depth of color. Additionally, there are also Supreme UHD Dimming with precision black, Ultra Black, Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate, Peak Illuminator Pro, and Contrast enhancer behind strong contrast delivered by UN65KS9000.  For handling motion blur, it is powered Supreme Motion Rate 240 Hz based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, there is also great performance UHD Up-scaling engine behind it that up-scale lower resolutions contents to 4K quality. In term of Smart TV, it features Tizen OS that powered by quick quad core processor. And as its audio equipment, it is powered by 2.2 channel speaker system with 2.2 channel speaker system with total power output 60 watts. To know a lot about performance that offered by Samsung UN65KS9000, please click here.

At a Glance about LG 65UH9500

LG 65UH9500 Review

LG 65UH9500 is part of UH9500 series, the top model of LG’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup. Like UN65KS9000, it also supports HDR with Perfect Mastering Engine and HDR super with Dolby Vision as its HDR engine. This means 65UH9500 doesn’t only support HDR 10 but also Dolby Vision. On its panel, it uses IPS panel with edge lit backlight which deliver wider viewing angle. Behind wide color gamut delivered, it is also powered by quantum dot technology. For improving the contrast and black level, 65UH9500 is powered by local dimming and Tru Black Panel Technology. Additionally, when controlling motion picture, it depends on TruMotion 240 Hz based on native 120 Hz. There is also great UHD Up-scaling engine called Tru 4K Scaler that up-scaling video contents with lower resolution to 4K quality. Unlike UN65KS9000 that comes without 3D technology, LG 65UH9500 comes with Cinema 3D technology based on passive 3D technology. As its smart TV platform, this 65UH9500 features excellent WebOS 3.0 that offer fast and responsive performance and complete features. In term of sound quality, LG 65UH9500 also comes with 2.2 channel speaker system but with less total power output that is 40 watts.  But the advantage, its audio system is designed by HarmanKardon, the one of big names in premium audio system industry. To know a lot about the performance and features offered by LG 65UH9500, please click here.

Samsung UN65KS9000 vs LG 65UH9500 Key Specs

Specs and Features LG 65UH9500 Samsung UN65KS9000
Size 65 Inch 65 Inch
Panel Type IPS Panel VA Panel
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Support HDR Yes (HDR 10 and Dolby Vision) Yes (HDR 10)
Picture Engine Super Mastering Engine with HDR Super and Dolby Vision HDR 1000
LED Backlight Edge LED Edge Led
Dimming Technology Local Dimming Supreme UHD Dimming with Precision Black (Local Dimming)
Color Technology Quantum Dot Quantum Dot
10 Bit Panel Yes Yes
Main Features Tru Black Panel, Ultra Luminance Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate, Peak Illuminator pro, Ultra Black, Contrast Enhancer
UHD Up-scaling Tru 4K Up-Scaler UHD Up-scaling
Motion Control TruMotion 240Hz (native 120 Hz) Supreme Motion Rate 240 (Native 120 Hz
3D Technology Yes (Passive) No
Smart TV Platform WebOS 3.0 Tizen Os
Audio Channel 2.2 2.2
Audio Output 2 x 10 watts (Woofer 2 x 10 watts) 20 watts x 2 (Woofer 10 Watts x2)
HDMI Ports 3 4 (Side)
USB Ports 3 3
Price See the price on Amazon See the price on Amazon

LG 65UH9500 vs Samsung UN65KS9000 Performance

Picture Quality

As mentioned, LG 65UH9500 and Samsung UN65KS9000 already support HDR but the difference, 65UH9500 is powered by Super Mastering Engine that already support two HDR format at once, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision while UN65KS9000 is powered by HDR 1000 engine that only support HDR 10. So, how the HDR performance that offered by them?

HDR Standardization

Let’s start from color performance of each. As we see on comparison table above, both of them are powered by Quantum Dot technology that support wide color gamut. With this technology behind it and supported by the number technologies of each, LG 65UH9500 can cover about 91% of DCI P3 color space while Samsung UN65KS9000 is about 95% of DCI P3 color space.  Additionally, both of them also support 10 bit panel that means, they can delivers about 1.07 billion shades of color. While we may already know that the minimum standardization of HDR 10 in term of color gamut coverage is 90% of DCI P3 color space. This means, color gamut delivered by them meet the minimum standardization of HDR 10 set by UHD Alliance for Ultra HD Premium certification. With other words, when they are displaying HDR contents, the color of the picture that displayed on each of their screen will looks very accurate and of course, Samsung UN65KS9000 offers slight better performance than LG 65UH95000 in this case.

Quantum Dot 10 Bit

Moving on contrast, there is also certain standardization that should be meet by a HDR TV to display HDR contents fully. 0.05 nits – 1000 nits contrast range is the standardization of HDR 10 while Dolby Vision need much more contrast range. Range of contrast reached by Samsung UN65KS9000 is 0.014 nits – 1489 nits while LG 65UH9500 only can reach 0.086 nits – 425 nits contrast range. This display specs shows that contrast reached by UN65KS9000 is much stronger than what reached by 65UH9500 whether it is about black level or peak brightness. Additionally, contrast range delivered by UN65K9000 also meets the minimum standardization of HDR 10 set by UHD alliance while contrast range of 65UH9500 doesn’t.

With display specs in color and contrast delivered by them, this means Samsung UN65KS9000 is compliant with Ultra HD premium certification while LG 65UH9500 is not. With other words, you can enjoy HDR fully on the screen of UN65KS9000 but not for 65UH9500. But even so, we must remember that LG 65UH9500 uses IPS panel, so for a fellow IPS TV, what delivered by it can be said great. The advantage, it offers much better viewing angle than UN65KS9000 that uses VA panel. In other side, LG 65UH9500 already support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. Although it cannot display them fully, at least you can enjoy HDR 10 and Dolby Vision contents on the screen of 65UH9500 while on Samsung UN65KS9000, you only can enjoy HDR 10 contents.

Motion Handling and Judder

Both of these 65 Inch HDR 4K TVs is used the same native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. The difference Samsung UN65KS9000 is powered by Supreme Motion Rate 240 while LG 65UH9500 is powered by Tru Motion 240 Hz. They are motion handling technology from each of their manufacturers. Although they use the same native refresh rate panel but UN65KS9500 delivers slight better performance than 65UH9500. This means, when they are playing fast motion scenes, motion blur will be more noticeable on the screen 65UH9500 than 65KS9000. But even so, what delivered by 65UH9500 is still above average. A better performance is also shown by Samsung UN65KS9000 when they are playing 24 p contents. No matter it is 24p source like Blur Ray, via 60i signals, or 60p signals, it offers judder-free.  LG 65UH9500 may offers judder-free when it is playing 24p contents from Blur Ray,  but when play 24 contents via 60p or 60i signals, the judder cannot be eliminated completely.

UHD Up-scaling

Both of Samsung UN65KS9000 and LG 65UH9500 perform similar a good job when they are handling sources with lower resolution than 4K. With UHD Up-scaling engine behind UN65KS9000 or Tru 4K Upscaler behind 65UH9500, you can enjoy good picture quality in 4K resolution even if the sources are SD o 480p contents like from DVD or SD TVs. And of course, the higher resolution of the sources such as 720p or 1080p, the result certainly is better and finer. As we know, a great performance of UHD Up-scaling engine of a 4K TVs is still required considering most of the contents that available in the market still have lower resolution than 4K.

Tru 4K Up-saler

3D Technology

Their difference about 3D is very clear where LG 65UH9500 is powered by passive 3D technology while there is no 3D technology behind Samsung UN65KS9000. But out of their difference,, 3D performance that offered by 65UH9500 is really amazing moreover it comes with passive 3D technology that offers judder-free and flicker-free. The 3D images looks clear with very noticeable the depth of 3D images. In other hands, it comes with some benefits on their 3D glasses where they are more comfort to uses, lighter, and cheaper than active 3D glasses.  A slight shortcoming, each of eyes only can receive a half resolution of the images where this becomes a technical characteristic of passive 3D technology.

Smart TV

In term of Smart TV, both of them also feature the same attractive and responsive Smart TV platform. LG 65UH9500 comes with WebOS 3.0 while Samsung UN65KS9000 comes with Tizen OS. I will not compare between these OS in detail because this will take a long time. But globally, their user interface of them is designed with the same intuitive and user friendly. On their “Home Screen” WebOS 3.0 comes with strip bar in the bottom across the screen while Tizen OS comes with a “ribbon” contains graphical shortcut also placed the bottom across the screen. Talking about performance, the loading time of apps or switching between apps offered by them is very quick.  Apps provided by WebOS 3.0 is also as useful and complete as provided by Tizen OS. There are Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, Contents Store, Web Browser, and many more.

Samsung Tizen OS Web OS 3.0

In term of controller, LG 65UH9500 is equipped with LG’s magic Remote that has a lot of useful functions like “point and click, voice navigation and many more. While in the box of Samsung UN65KS9500, there is Smart Controller that has a function like universal remote. Samsung has dropped point and click functions, so there is no touch pad like on Samsung Smart Touch Remote. But the advantages, once the other devices connected on your TVs, you can control your TV and other devices connected with a single remote.

Sound Quality

For a slim TV like them, sound quality that offered by them can be said very impressive. LG 65UH9500 is equipped with 2.2 channel speaker system with total power 40 watts and designed by HarmanKardon while Samsung UN65KS9000 is equipped with 2.2 channel speaker system with total power output 60 watts. As the result, both of them offer similar impressive sound quality. High frequency or treble, Middle, and low frequency (bass) sounded balanced. Overall, their sound quality is above average, but compared to stand alone sound bar, it certainly is not quite enough to match. So, although for a slim TV their audio system can be said impressive, but it still can be improved by the additional external sound bar to get the best sound experience.

Connectivity

As their major connectivity, LG 65UH9500 is equipped with 3 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports while Samsung UN65KS9000 is equipped with 4 HDMI Ports and 3 USB Ports. Although about HDMI ports UN65KS9000 offers more but there is no Composite and Component In behind it while 65UH9500 is equipped with 1 AV in and 1 Component In. Their other connectivity is Ethernet Port, RS 232, Audio Out (Mini jack), RF (terrestrial), Digital Audio Out (Optical) where the number of each is 1. The difference, all connectivity port of LG 65UH9500 is installed on the back panel while on Samsung UN65KS9000, not all of ports are installed on back panel. As instead, there is upgradable One Connect Box where all HDMI Ports and 2 USB Ports are installed. This gives a benefit when there is a firmware update of HDMI or USB, you just need to upgrade your One Connect Box without changing your TVs.

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Summary

Performance LG UN65UH9500 Samsung UN65KS9000
Contrast (3.2/5) (4.7/5)
Color (4/5) (4.1/5)
Peak Brightness (3.8/5) (4.3/5)
HDR Performance (3.9/5) (4.2/5)
Side Viewing Angle (3.2/5) (2.4/5)
Motion Blur (3.7/5) (4.1/5)
Input Lag (4.1/5) (4.1/5)
Smart TV (4.5/5) (4.3/5)
Sound Quality (3.2/5) (3.3/5)
3D (4.5/5) (0/5)

Conclusion

As mentioned, Samsung UN65KS9000 supports HDR 10 while LG 65UH9500 support two HDR formats at once, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. This means you can enjoy HDR 10 of Dolby Vision contents on 65UH9500 but on UN65KS9000, you can enjoy HDR 10 contents only. But even so, display specs that offered by UN65KS9000 is better than what offered by 65UH9500, whether it is about black level, contrast, or color, even it is compliant with Ultra HD Premium Certification set by UHD Alliance. This means you can enjoy HDR 10 contents fully on the screen of Samsung UN65KS9000 but not for 65UH9500. The better performance is also offered by UN65KS9000 in term of Motion blur handling and judder when they are displaying 24 contents via 60i or 60p signals. In term of UHD Up-scaling engine, they show virtually identical performance. Additionally, UN65KS9000 also comes with 1 more HDMI port.

The main advantage of LG 65UH9500 than Samsung UN65KS9000 is about 3D technology where it is powered by Cinema 3D technology based on passive3D technology while UN65KS9000 is not equipped with 3D technology. Additionally, It also offers wider side viewing angle. Talking about Smart TV, it seems Tizen OS also slight more attractive and intuitive than Tizen OS although about apps, Tizen OS provides more complete useful apps.

So, which is a better choice between them? As mentioned, in the market Samsung UN65KS9000 is sold about $100 more expensive than LG 65UH9500. The main advantage of UN65KS9000 is about HDR performance while the main advantage of 65UH9500 is about 3D performance. Now the decision comes back to you according to your need. If your main consideration in buying TV is about HDR performance or picture quality, of course UN65KS9500 is a better choice. But if your consideration is more complete features such as 3D technology, support HDR and Dolby Vision, and more, of course 65UH9500 is a better choice for you.  As your further consideration before you decide to choose one of them, there are many opinions about them from their real customers.

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