Samsung MU7600 Review (UN49MU7600, UN55MU7600, UN65MU7600)
Samsung MU7600 is a curved model of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup Series 7. The excepting of the type of screen, performance and features which offered is similar to MU7000 series. MU7600 comes with 3 screen sizes option including 49 Inch (UN49MU7600), 55 Inch (UN55MU7600), and 65 Inch (UN65MU7600). In the market place, it is sold at price range between $1000 – $1500, depends on the screen sizes. But of course, these prices are not fixed and could still change at any time and usually will tend to drop as time goes by. So, what features that offered and how is its performance?
Technologies and Features
Come as a mid-end of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup, Samsung MU7600 lacks the number of Samsung’s most advanced technology like quantum dot panel, peak Illuminator, precision black (local dimming) and others. But even so, performance and picture quality which offered is not so bad, even can be said fairly well for its class.
Still focus on HDR, Samsung MU7600 is powered by 4K HDR Pro technology as its HDR processor. But unlike LG TV that already support most of HDR formats, MU7600 supports HDR 10 and HLG only. But even so, this is enough to offer good HDR experience in your home. Meanwhile, for delivering good picture quality and HDR performance, Samsung MU7600 is powered by the number of Samsung’s advanced technologies. On its panel, it comes with screen and VA panel technology with Edge-Lit LED backlighting technology. It might not be equipped with local dimming technology, but as the instead, there is UHD dimming technology, a software manipulation for improving black level and contrast ratio. Additionally, for maximizing black level and contrast ratio that produced, there are also Essential Black Pro and Auto Depth Enhancer Technology. Additionally, for maximizing its picture quality when used in a bright room, MU7600 is supported by Ultra Clear Panel which designed for reducing reflection of ambient light. On its color reproduction, it comes with 4K Color Drive Pro that makes it already support wide color gamut required for displaying HDR images. Supported by all of these technologies, this makes the picture displayed on the screen of MU7600 looks fairly well. But unfortunately, since it uses VA panel, poor side viewing angle becomes its major drawback.
Meanwhile, for delivering smooth and clear picture quality when used for displaying fast paced videos like sport program or fast movies, Samsung MU7600 is powered by Motion Rate 120 technology based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, it is also equipped with great UHD up-scaling engine that allows you to enjoy videos with any resolution with the quality close to 4K. The other advantage, It has low input lags that makes it is very comfortable when used for playing any kind of games. And for offering you with simple, attractive and responsive smart TV platform, it features Tizen OS as its smart TV platform that powered by a quad core processor.
Samsung MU7600 Key Specs
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Size Available||49 Inch (UN49MU7600), 55 Inch (UN55MU7600), 65 Inch (UN65MU7600)|
|Dimming Technology||UHD Dimming|
|Black||Essential Black Pro|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Yes|
|Color Technology||4K Color Drive Pro|
|HDR||4K HDR Pro|
|4K Up-scaling||UHD Up-Scaling|
|Motion rate||Motion Rate 120 (60 Hz native)|
|Platform||Tizen Operating System|
|Key Apps||Full Browser, Cloud Games, Smart View, and more|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Touch Remote (TM1750A)|
|AV||1 (incl. adapter, shared)|
|Component||1 (incl. adapter, shared)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1|
|Speaker Type||Down Firing w/Bass Reflex|
|Total Power||20 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung MU7600 Performance
Overall, Samsung MU7600 has good picture quality, even better than average. Its native contrast ratio is strong, even stronger than the flagship Samsung QLED TV. This certainly makes blacks looks deeply, result in excellent dark scenes in a dark room. Additionally, when inputted by HDR videos, the depth of black level of MU7600 is also quite dark to make shadow details of HDR images looks clearly. Indirectly, this also makes colors of the picture still looks fairly saturated, particularly for darker colors. As we know, for displaying dark scene of HDR 10 videos like what intended, a TV must have 0.05 nits of black level or darker. Meanwhile, with about 6000:1 of contrast ratio, the deepest black level that can be reached by MU7600 is about 0.017 nits that means it is great. This certainly is far deeper than 0.05 nits as the recommendation set by UHD Alliance.
While Samsung MU7600 has strong native contrast ratio and deep black level, on the other hand, its peak brightness is not so bright. It is only quite bright to make bright scene or highlight of HDR image looks fairly well when set in a dark room or a moderately lit room. While when it is set in a brighter room, its peak brightness is not bright enough to fight the glare. Additionally, peak brightness reached by Samsung MU7600 is also still far from what required for displaying the highlight of HDR images like what recommended by UHD Alliance. As we know, for displaying highlight of HDR 10 videos fully like what intended, UHD Alliance have set 1000 nits of peak brightness as the minimum recommendation, while peak luminance reached by MU7600 is only about 350 nits. Nevertheless, as long as you don’t use it in a bright room with a lot of ambient lights, bright scene of images displayed on the screen of MU7600 looks fairly good.
Additionally, although not as wide as Samsung’s OLED TV, Samsung MU7600 already supports wide color gamut. Its color gamut even is similar to the higher series MU8000. It can cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space that means it is good. As we know, for showing color of HDR videos like what intended, a HDR TV must be able to cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space. This means, most of colors in DCI P3 of HDR images can be shown fairly saturated on the screen of MU7600. But even so, like most of modern TV, it was a bit difficult to shown green fairly saturated. On the other hand, color volume of MU7600 is average. Color gamut in dark colors is not as wide as in bright colors. Nevertheless, overall, the rendition of color of Samsung MU7600 is fairly good. Meanwhile, for delivering smooth color gradient, Samsung MU7600 is already supports 10 bit depth of color. This means it can deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color. As the comparison, a TV with 8 bit panel can deliver about 16 million shades of color only. The result, color gradient of the picture displayed on the screen of MU7600 looks very smooth. Some little imperfection might still be noticed at darker shades of color, but overall, its gradient color is very good, particularly when displaying HDR images which mastered with 10 bit depth of color.
For anticipating the many of lower resolution videos in the market, Samsung MU76000 is equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. This allows you to watch them with the quality as possible as close to 4K resolution. The result, the final images in 4K resolution looks clearly and sharply, no matter the resolution of the video source. Even when the source of 480p videos likes DVDs movies, the final images in 4K resolution that resulted still looks clearly and not too soft. And the higher resolution of the video source like movies with 720p resolution or 1080p resolution, the final images produced will looks sharper with small details preserved better.
Although Samsung have claimed the use of curved panel can improves side viewing angle coverage, but in reality, the improvement is not too significant. The quality of the picture displayed on curved panel of Samsung MU7600 still look degraded if viewed from an angle, started at 20 degrees off center and front. Color looks shift and black level looks tend to grey. And the wider viewing angle you are watching TV, the picture will look worse. But even so, as long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle, this certainly is not a problem for you.
Motion Handling and 24p Movies
Performance of Samsung MU7600 when used for playing fast moving images is not too bad. Its pixel response time is only average and not as low as the competitors. The result, in certain scenes, a faint motion blur might still be visible following fast moving object when you are watching sport program or fast movies on the screen of MU7600. Nevertheless, for most of people, his is not to disturb their convenience when enjoying their favorite sports or fast movies. Additionally, when used for playing 24p movies, performance of Samsung MU7600 is also not so good. It cannot remove the judder from any source, whether it is 24p videos via 60i like movies from satellite TV, 24p videos via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices or even for native 24p videos like Blu-Ray movies. Luckily, most of people don’t sensitive to judder, so the low performance of MU7600 in 24p Playback is not a serious problem for most of people. On the other hand, since it has native 60 Hz refresh rate, it only has an ability to interpolate 30fps content, while for interpolating 60 fps contents, it doesn’t have this ability.
Unlike most of mid to high end TVs which equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports, Samsung MU7600 is only equipped with 3 HDMI Ports and 2 USB Ports only. Nevertheless, their HDMI ports already support most of the formats required for HDMI connection for this time. In addition to HDMI and USB Ports, there are also 1 Component In, 1 Composite IN (AV In), 1 Antenna In (RF In), 1 Ethernet, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). With all of these inputs/outputs which provided, I think they are enough to cover most of your electronic devices. Meanwhile, talking about their input lag, essentially, Samsung MU7600 has low input lag under “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”. With about 21 ms of input lag, this certainly makes it is very responsive when used for playing any kind of games, even not only casual games but also fast paced games which required fast reflexes.
Like other models of Samsung’s 2017 Smart TV lineup, Samsung MU7600 also features Tizen OS as its platform and powered by a quad core processor. Compare to last year version, there is an overhaul on their appearance where in this version, it comes with nicer animation and white theme, make its appearance is more attractive than last year version. Nevertheless, in term of performance and navigation, there are not many changes. Navigating on Tizen OS is still simple. On its “Home Screen”, there is a ribbon at the bottom of the screen contains quick access to a lot of most popular apps. This allows you to launch your favorite app without leaving the screen. Meanwhile, with the support of a fast quad core processor and large memory, this makes its performance is fast and responsive. Once you launch an app, it will load fastly. Additionally, selecting between different apps also feel responsively. Talking about apps provided, it has a lot of preinstalled apps. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Amazon Videos, Netflix, and more, Web browser, IPTV, Cloud Games, and many more. Additionally, if you are not yet satisfied with the preinstalled apps, you can also download tons of apps, video, games from apps store called “Samsung Apps Store”.
As the controller, Samsung MU7600 uses smart remote called “Samsung Smart Controller”. It is similar to the remote that used by MU8000 series. The remote is simple with few buttons only, even there is no “number” buttons and the quick access button is very limited. But on the other hand, it is equipped with built-in microphone for voice command. This can be used to replace the lacks of quick access button on the remote. The other advantage, this remote is equipped with tons of IR command, make it can be functioned as a universal remote for controlling other devices connected on MU7600 via HDMI ports.
As we have discussion a lot above, overall, picture quality of Samsung MU7600 is fairly good when used in a dark or moderately lit room due it has high native contrast ratio, good dark uniformity, and wide color gamut. HDR performance is also good in a room with these light conditions. Dark scene looks excellently while bright scene looks quite bright. Nevertheless, this TV is not suitable when used in a bright room with a lot of ambient lights due its peak brightness is not quite bright to fight the glare. Additionally, since its side viewing angle coverage is limited, this TV is also not suitable to use in a wide room with viewers watch TV from multiple viewing angles.
Although Samsung MU7600 is an excellent TV when used for watching fast paced contents like sports program or fast movies or 24p movies, but watching them on their screen still feel comfortably. Additionally, playing any kind of games on MU7600 also feel responsively due it has low input lags. The other interesting that offered is about smart TV platform where with Tizen OS, it offers responsive, attractive, and simple smart TV experience.
Should I Buy this TV? Samsung MU7600 is a good TV with affordable price. Picture quality and performance offered might not as good as the series above, but overall, its performance is good for mixed usage. The major drawback of MU7600 is about their peak brightness and side viewing angle coverage. So, as long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle or in a bright room, this TV might be a good option for you who are searching good TV with affordable price.
- Good Black Uniformity
- Strong Native Contrast Ratio
- Wide Color Gamut
- Low Input Lag
- Poor Side Viewing Angle
- Low Peak Brightness