Questions & Answers
158 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
Do you ever plan on posting recommended calibration settings for things such as the white balance? I know these can vary from display to display and size.
Yes, our complete calibration settings will be posted tomorrow as a sub-page of this review, with pictures of the menus.
Update: It is up now.
What version of the Samsung H6350
was reviewed? (IE: SP01) In the past, different versions of the same model have had varying picture quality.
TH01. Unfortunately, the panel lottery also exists this year, as with most models of Samsung LED TVs.
Here are the panel codes per Samsung's own parts site: H7150
: 46=TS01, 55= TS01, 60= HH01, 65=TH01, 75=TS01. H6400
: 40=unknown, 48=TS01, 50=AS01, 55=TS01,US02, 60=HD01, 65=MD01. H6350
: 32=TS01, 40=TS01, 48=TS01, 50AH01, 55=TH01,UH02, 60=HS01, 65=AH01, 75=TH01. H5500
: 32=TS01, 40=TS01, 48=TS01, 50=WH01.
Hope this helps prospective buyers. One change from last year is that other than the 60" Sharp, only Samsung panels are being placed in the H7150 line. Also curious is that the 5500 series only has Samsung panels. It makes sense, given that I heard David K say that the 5 and 8 series were very solid but the middle lines were a mixed bag.
Just remember A or M = AU Optronics, T, U, or W = Samsung, and H = Sharp.
Thank you for this. This is helpful. Reformatted into a table for increased readability:
If someone has another panel other than those listed, please let us know and we will update this table.
Are the H6300 and the H6350
the same model?
Yes, but the 6300 is exclusive to Costco.
I really enjoyed your review. I bought the TV this week and my review is the polar opposite of yours. I found the black levels very average. I also found uniformity issues throughout the panel. I do agree on the poor viewing angles. I also did not find this set overly bright. Actually, very average. Also, I disagree with your statement that the picture quality is on par with the H8000
model. I have a friend that has that set and the picture quality is excellent. This set's picture quality is average. Sound is excellent and design of the panel and stand is very good.
Thanks for your review. Did you try our calibration settings (and disable the ECO mode to control the TV brightness)? Can you also share your panel version (written at the back of the TV) and its size?
Disabling the eco-mode is the first thing I did. Acts very erratic. Panel version is AH01. The set is not bad enough to return. Total grade would be a B-. For the price it performs as expected. My old set was an LNT-52A650 (2008 model). That set had a fantastic picture. My other set was an LN-5265F (2007 model). A very good set with a very good picture. Both sets had much better black levels and off-axis viewing. This set is a step down from both. I saw my set and a H8000 at Sears and did a quick calibration on both and the H8000 is far superior to the H6350. And yes, I did use your settings and Cnet's settings.
This is due to the panel lottery; and you got a bad one. As a rule of thumb:
Tx0x (Samsung S-PVA) >
Hx0x (Sharp ASV) >
A_0X (AOU A-MVA) >
Cx0x (Chimea S-MVA).
In our review, we had a TH01, so the best kind, which is why there was no difference between it and the H8000. The cheaper the model, the more likely are to get a lower-quality panel in it. You can either keep returning it until you get a good panel, or spend more to reduce the likelihood. This practice from Samsung is very unfortunate. We don't know how we can factor this in to our reviews, so if you have an idea, please let us know.
I am looking into a Samsung UN65H6300AF TV from Costco. I knew that the panel is quite different depending on where it was made. Can you tell me what this TV's version number is? I can't find it in my local Costco store. Is this a TV worth considering?
You need to check the sticker at the back of the TV to know this. Right next to the UPC code, it should look something like 'Version: TH01'. If it starts with T, U or H, you have a good one.
Considering the UN75H6350
and the UN75H7150
. There is a price difference of about $600. This is going in a large room with 15+ feet viewing distance. Mainly watching sports and streamed movies (Plex). Any reason to go with the more expensive model?
The screen finish and the better uniformity, mostly. The H6350
is semi-gloss and the H7150
is glossy. The glossy finish actually reflects less ambient light, so the picture quality pops more (more apparent contrast when you have a few lights on).
I am looking to buy the Samsung UN40H6350
TV, but I am concerned that the input lag will complicate my gameplay with first person shooters. I am not a competitive gamer, so it doesn't need to be perfect. I just want to know if it will really be an issue? Also, it says on your review that it has an input lag of 88ms unless you set it to PC mode. Is that just another option when you click input and it displays all your choices? Please elaborate, if you'd be so kind.
If there is another TV you would recommend that is under this price, has an excellent display for watching TV, and is great for gaming as well, then please feel free to direct me to one.
Thanks in advance!
When the input type is set to PC, input lag is not a problem at all. In our video review, which should be up tomorrow on this page, we are explaining how to do this. Let us know after that if it isn't clear. As for an alternative, this TV will most likely end up being the best value in this price range. We will know for sure when we have tested a few more, but we doubt it will get better than this.
What is the difference between this and last year's F6300
Thinner bezel, updated smart TV platform, and upgraded processor. The picture quality is about the same.
I just purchased a UN48H6350
and the remote is standard. I am wondering if Samsung (or other stores) sells its Smart remote (which comes with H6400
) separately? And will the Samsung Smart remote work with the H6350
They did sell the remote as optional a few years back, but it isn't available separately anymore. We just asked Samsung and they said the H6350
won't support it.
CNET gave the H6350
a mediocre rating for picture quality and called it average, or pedestrian. Your review says it is the best TV reviewed so far this year. Do you think you have a different panel than CNET because of the panel lottery?
Most likely yes, but CNET doesn't list the panel version of their review units, so we don't know for sure.
How would you compare the picture quality of the H6350
to the FH6030
? I just got the UN40FH6030
($490), but would be willing to spend the extra money if the UN40H6350
($630) is a better quality picture (for movies, TV, sports, almost no gaming) (smart vs non-smart isn't important, but I definitely want a 120hz actual refresh rate).
The picture quality is in the same ballpark. The biggest difference is the maximum luminosity (FH6030
= 241 cd / m2
= 329 cd / m2
). The rest of our test results are really close. What didn't you like about your FH6030? Chances are, if you don't like your FH6030, you also won't like the H6350 (unless, of course, you got a bad panel). This assumes good calibration settings.
I am interested in purchasing the Samsung H6350
, but am hesitant to do so. The reason for that is that I have read online that Samsung sometimes uses different panels for the same model television and the buyer has no idea which panel they'll receive until they open up their product and read the sticker on the back of the television. Is this true? If it is, why would a person buy a television made by Samsung if your model could potentially have an inferior picture quality to another television that is the exact same model? I have also read that Sony does not do this, which leads me to lean toward buying the W600B
instead. Is this a valid concern, or am I overthinking it too much?
You are overthinking slightly. Yes, there is a panel lottery with Samsung TVs, but the majority of people won't notice the difference between a good and a bad panel. That said, if you consider yourself a picky user, it is hard to accept that you settled for a lower TV than what you paid for. So, should you buy the W600B
instead? Yes, if you don't mind having worse smart TV features, a cheaper build quality, and slightly more blur (in normal mode, not Impulse). It is cheaper though, so it might offset these downsides.
Just some FYI info on panel lottery. All 55" versions have Samsung panels inside them. 60" all have Sharp panels inside of them. 65" all have AU Optronics panels inside of them. Here is a very informative link on models from last year. It appears that Samsung sends raters the 55" version to increase the likelihood of a positive review. Unfortunately, for me to get a Samsung panel in the 65" version, I have to bump up to the 7150 or the 8000. Samsung has been less than helpful on this issue. They just will not talk to me. I am hopeful that raters like yourself will start rating the same model with different panels so the public can make a informed decision instead of assuming all sizes and models perform equally well. Thanks for all you do. Here is the link: nxsfan.co.uk/mediawiki/index.php/Samsung_Panels#AU_Optronics
Thanks for the info. We don't receive review models from manufacturers; we buy them from a normal retail store. Therefore, we aren't limited to any size. We did investigate the profitability/feasibility of reviewing every size per model. For now, we don't have enough staff for this, but if everything goes well, we might be able to do it next year.
I just purchased this TV and it's a TS-01. Is that good?
Yes, you got a good one.
I'm in the market for a 65" TV, and was thinking about the H6350
before reading the panel lottery situation. Now seeing that table I have just one question.
Is it true that all UN65H6350
use AU panels? Or if I shop around enough stores, will I find one that's with Samsung panel? My plan B is to go for H7150
, but that's like $500 more for something I should have been given in the H6350.
As far as we know, yes - all 65" H6350s have an AH01 panel inside. We haven't tested it thoughn so we don't know how big of a difference there is when compared to the TH01, like we had in our 55".
Thank you very much for reviewing the Samsung H6350
. I especially appreciate your testing gray uniformity! I have one question, too. Many 2013 model (5000, 6000, 7000 series) owners and reviewers have complained about poor SD scaling, i.e. overall softness on non-HD picture. This is a real problem with SD quality TV broadcasts. Both LG and Sony did a much better upscaling job with 2013 models. Did you happen to test SD scaling, and can you tell if there is some significant improvement this year?
We didn't test SD content on it. We might add it in our future tests if we get enough requests for it, though. Upscaling is tricky for TVs, though, and a bit subjective. On one hand, the information is missing, so the new pixels/info will always be guesses (which, if the TV is conservative, results in softness/blurriness). On the other hand, a few techniques can be effective for improving the perceived quality (edge/object detection, noise cancellation, etc). Too much of these techniques and the picture will look fake. Also, the more complex the scene, the more these techniques are useless and start to introduce artifacts. Cartoons are the easiest, because the edges are well-defined and there are no textures. If we do decide to add this test, we might add two pictures, one of a cartoon and one of a movie. But back to your original question; I doubt Samsung changed their upscaling algorithm from last year, so I wouldn't expect a difference. The picture settings options are exactly the same as last year's, and contrary to some Sony TVs, you can't directly control some of the upscaling techniques, like edge detection.
Because the smart remote is not supported by the H6350
, will a Wireless Mouse and/or Wireless Keyboard if connected to H6350 (via USB ports) perform the same way the Smart Remote works on H6400
It is not as convenient (you need to keep a keyboard / mouse laying around), but it does work well, especially when entering a large amount of text.
Would like to connect the h6300 to a sound bar via optical out. The e-Manual isn't clear about what gets passed through optical. Will this TV pass through discrete Dolby 5.1? Hdmi with 5.1 -> TV -> optical out-> sanus soundbar.
No, the TV cannot pass through 5.1 from HDMI to Optical Out.
I'm considering purchasing either the UN75H6350
or the UN75H7150
. They are currently priced $1,000 apart. Is the H7150
worth spending an extra $1,000 for?
No. The H7150
is better, but not $1,000 better for the same size. Get the cheaper UN75H6350
instead. It is still great.
I am so glad I stumbled upon this site. It has by far the most comprehensive and complete reviews!
My question: I am looking for a 60" TV that I will mainly usie for First Person Shooter gaming, with the secondary uses being movies and watching sports. I have narrowed my choices down to three models: the Samsung H6350
, Vizio E-series
, and the Sony W850B
. Each seems to have its respective pros and cons. The 6350 has great picture and low motion blur, but a higher lag rate (at 44ms) than the other two. The Vizio is the cheapest by quite a bit, has great low lag and good motion blur properties, but the overall picture quality is not as good as the other two. The Sony has the best lag rating, picture that is equal to, if not better than the Samsung, 3D capabilities, and better sound. However, the price is the highest of the three, and it doesn't necessarily have better motion blur than the other two.
So my question: how close in quality is the Vizio's picture to that of the Samsung? In my mind, there is no point in playing an HD game if the TV picture is crap- no matter what the lag time is. Motion blur (which I think is not taken into consideration enough when choosing a gaming TV) is rated much better on the Samsung, but lag is almost double. Now, throw the Sony into the mix with the lowest lag and average motion blur, but the highest price and overall picture quality not rated as high as the Samsung, and you can see my dilemma.
At an average of 6-10 hours of gaming per week, will I notice that big of a difference between 24ms and 44ms (essentially 1.25 frames since on average 1 frame = 16ms)? Or will I notice the picture difference between the Samsung and Vizio even less and as a result should just go with the cheaper option? OR do I simply shell out the extra cash and go with the Sony, which seems to be the best compromise in quality and speed, but with a higher price tag?
3D doesn't matter much to me, though I would probably use it once in a while if I had it. similarly, the smart functions don't matter much to me either since I can run all of those apps through my gaming console. I will typically play in a medium to dark room, with a straight on view, so glare and angle aren't much of an issue.
Sorry for the long-winded question. Thank you for your time, and keep up the awesome work! I love this site!
Most people won't notice an input lag difference between 24ms and 44ms. You really need to be sensitive to it or look for it to notice the difference.
The lowest amount of blur of all of these TVs can be achieved on the Sony by turning on Impulse mode. It isn't included in our motion blur score because some people find it too dark or don't like the flickering. See the Q&A section of the W850B
review to see what it looks like.
The difference in picture quality between the Vizio and Samsung is principally in terms of uniformity. It is noticeable on solid colors (like our gray uniformity pattern), panning shots, or sports. Not a deal breaker for most, though.
So, which one should you get? If money was not a factor, the Sony W850B is really the one to go for gaming. Alas, money is rarely not a concern. The price difference between the Vizio E600i-B3 and Samsung UN60H6350
and Sony is significant. For someone who don't care about extra features, the better uniformity alone is not really worth the premium. Therefore, if you are willing to compromise a little bit, get the Vizio. If you just want the best in terms of gaming, get the Sony.
I believe the answer is yes, but I wanted to confirm. Do all the 48" H6350
's have the better panel - TS01? That's the best when it comes to Samsung panels, correct?
Yes, as far as we know. It is also the first year with 48" TVs, so you don't have to worry about getting panels a few years old.
I am getting a new TV for my family room, where I watch TV everyday. I am thinking either the LG 42lb6300
or Samsung un40h6350
. At Best Buy, the LG is $499 and the Samsung is $599. Which one should I go with? Do you think the Samsung picture is that much better that it is worth sacrificing 2" and paying $100 more?
Yes, the Samsung is worth the premium, even if it is smaller. It has about 3-4x the contrast ratio, and even reflects less light. The only thing the LG is better for is a wider viewing angle, but most people don't mind the change of colors of the Samsung at an angle.
I'm looking to buy a 40 inch Smart TV and will do no gaming. What's the difference between the Samsung h5203
and the h6350
and is the difference big enough to justify the cost?
has more motion blur, slower smart features, no motion interpolation and a thicker bezel. If you don't plan on gaming or watching sports, the motion blur won't be an issue. You might prefer the faster smart features, though.
How bad is the gray uniformity problem? Will I notice it with normal usage?
You won't see it with normal usage. It isn't that bad, or at least it isn't on our unit. This varies a lot per unit (especially on Samsung LED TVs). If you have a really bad dirty screen effect, you can probably return it and exchange your TV for another one.
I am have been hearing that this TV (Samsung UN48H6350
) has problems with the motherboard. Many people are facing the issue of the TV switching on & off, thus becoming useless. A couple of years back, Samsung settled some class action lawsuits for this/a similar problem. What is the expected life of these HDTVs?
Hard to tell, because it is a bit too early to know how these TVs end up with a few years of use. If there is an issue with the motherboard, it will covered by Samsung's manufacturer warranty for at least the first year. If this issue is very common after the first year, they will probably have another class action lawsuit brought against them, like last time.
Is there a phone remote app that I can use for the H6350
'Samsung SmartView,' from the iOS app store.
Can you tell me which TV has the best picture quality in both the 40 and 42 inch sets, taking into consideration a budget between $400 and $700?
has the best quality overall. If it is outside your budget, go for the Sony KDL40W600B
. It isn't as good as the Samsung, but it is close and very good for gaming.
Quick question: Will the entire screen dim while playing games in game mode / PC mode? Or is it just in movie mode?
A combination of a post above and a review on a website for this TV makes me think I should avoid this TV as apparently this dimming feature can't be turned off.
No, this does not happen in PC mode or Movie mode. Only in Standard and Dynamic. If you want to use Standard, you can also use the trick mentioned in another answer.
With the 55" Samsung H6350
, are the TH01 and UH02 panels both from Samsung?
Yes. Both are good.
A choice between the UN75H7150
(240Hz) and the UN75H6350
(120Hz); will I notice a huge difference in watching sports and Blu-ray movies? Also, just how much of a difference in picture quality is there between these two TV's?
No, the difference between refresh rates doesn't really matter. They have the same trail length. Check out our motion blur pictures for proof. For picture quality, the differences are only in terms of uniformity and screen finish (reflections).
Hello. I love RTINGS. I did most of my TV research and comparisons using your site. Thank you very much for the in-depth reviews.
I purchased the h6350
just a few days ago and I seem to be experiencing an odd issue. When the menu screen is up, the menu will flash and flicker with whatever is going on in the background. So say there is an action scene. The menu will darken and lighten with all that's going on behind it. All Eco settings are turned off. The ONLY time this doesn't happen is when the picture is set to "movie" mode.
Any idea what this may be and why the movie setting solves this? Also, on a similar note - while changing channels, the bottom part of the screen (where the channel info is displayed) also dims until the channel has completely changed. I thought this might be normal, but it is also solved by the movie setting.
This isn't normal. Try resetting all settings to default (there should be that option somewhere in the menus). If that doesn't work, try resetting the firmware and updating it to the latest version. Your last recourse will be to call Samsung. If you want to identify the problem, you can try mimicking Movie mode in Standard mode (or the opposite). The biggest difference is to make sure 'Auto Motion Plus' is off.
Is the audio out a 3.5mm port? The manual doesn't specify.
Yes it is. Keep in mind that you can't control the volume on it.
I am buying a TV specifically for a PS4 gaming console. I will also watch movies, but gaming will be the main purpose of the TV I am looking to buy. I currently have it narrowed down to the 40" Samsung H6350
or the 40" Sony W600B
because they fit my price range (less than $500). The Sony has a lower refresh rate, but a much better input lag. I am conflicted about which to choose. I keep reading that if you are buying a TV for gaming, you should look for a TV with at least a 120hz refresh rate, but is this not actually as critical? Which TV would you recommend for my purpose? Also, thanks so much for all your hard work on this site!
The refresh rate does not matter for console gaming, because given the same input frame rate, it is not relevant to the amount of motion blur (as you can see in our test results). Get the Sony KDL40W600B
Two more panel versions have popped up. On the UN50H6350
it was a WH02 and with the UN50H6400
, an IS02. Please add those to your chart. WH02 is a Samsung panel but I am at a loss as to who makes the IS02.
Table updated, thanks. We're also not sure who makes the IS02.
First off, great site! Thanks for your work! I just purchased a Samsung H6350
55" that has the UH02 panel. I know this is a Samsung panel, but is it inferior to the other Samsung panels? The only thing I've really noticed is a small bit of graying in all four corners of the screen on white backgrounds. I have not changed any of the factory settings yet. I saw that you posted your preferred settings for this TV. Since your panel is different, should I not mimic those settings on mine?
The UH02 is a great panel. Check out our review of the 55" H6203
, which also had a U panel (US01). Almost every measurement is the same as with the TH01 of our 55" H6350
. So don't worry about this. Darker corners are quite normal for a TV in this price range. You can use the settings that we posted.
Which size of the H6350
did you test?
I will be sitting about 9 to 9.5 feet away from the TV. What size of LED TV, probably the Samsung H6350
, should I get, the 50" or 55", for the perfect viewing experience?
At your distance, you will appreciate getting the 55".
I just bought the Samsung H6350
, but I don't like the remote that comes with it and am considering getting a universal remote. Any suggestions? Do any of them have touch control?
Some have touch screens, but none will be as good as Samsung's smart remote available on the H6400
and up. With Samsung's smart remote, you can just point at the TV to move the cursor, something that no universal remote can do.
I am considering the un75h6350
for the size, but I am also considering the un65h7150
for the 240Hz. Will I see a big enough difference between 120Hz and the 240Hz? I like to watch a lot of sports and action movies, and also to play games. I like the 10 extra inches but I would rather have better picture.
No, there isn't really a difference between 120Hz and 240Hz. The only difference is what you can see in our motion blur pictures, which is minimal. The screen finish is different, though, and the H7150
has better uniformity. If you don't really care about that, get the bigger UN75H6350
I'm looking for a 32" TV for 99% gaming purposes (PC only), and I'm thinking about grabbing a H6350
. I'm aware of their fairly high response times even in gaming mode, but I find Sony TVs have a much worse picture quality in comparison with these Samsung models. I want to upgrade from my 23" Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 monitor (2ms reponse time, has TV tuner). We also have a Samsung UE32D6100 in our living room, and my dilemma is the following: should I buy a H6350/6400 for myself, or should I grab the D6100 and buy something bigger (like 40" min.) for the living room? Money isn't really the question, but what would I end up better with? Thing is, I simply can't find any reliable (or even english...) source for the UE32D6100 specifics so I could compare it with the other two I'm looking at on rtings.com. Especially response time, but blur, ghosting, black uniformity, and side-by-side comparison would be nice too. Can you please help me with this?
Additional info: I just found a shop that says the D6100 has a 2ms response time, I find that hard to believe, knowing the average of 40+ ms in gaming mode of all the other (three years newer) models I can find on rtings. Maybe it uses a TN panel? On Rtings.com, sadly, I found no info about which TV model uses which panel (TN, IPS, VA vartions). Regarding response time, would I notice a really big difference switching from my current monitor's 2ms to a 32" TV's average 40ms?
Also, your calibrations seem to be very useful, but as said, I don't seem to be able to find anything about the D6100 except on some Russian sites - a language I do not speak.
You are confusing response time with input lag. They are not the same thing. Your current Samsung monitor does not have a 2ms input lag. That is impossible. Response time is the time it takes a pixel to switch to another color. Input lag is the delay between when the frame is sent to the screen and when it is displayed. Your old D6100 probably also has an input lag in the 40ms range; nearly all Samsung TVs have an input lag in that range. Get the H6350
. It is great, and the input lag is not a problem (assuming you set it to Game or PC mode).
I am in the market for a 65" LED TV. Based on your reviews, I'm leaning towards a Samsung 6350 or 7150. However, given that we are near the end of the calendar year, I'm thinking of waiting until 2015 to see what the 2015 models offer. Any thoughts on what might be offered by Samsung in 201515 and when do you think they will be released? Thanks!
Samsung announces their models for the year in January, and they hit the stores in April/May. The picture quality of LED TVs has plateaued in the last few years. The 2015 models will have the same picture quality as this year's (the 2013 models are also about the same as 2014's). The improvements will be mostly in terms of software features. Also, 4k will probably be available in more models. As for the prices, 2014 models won't go any lower than this week (unless you buy a demo model in April when they try getting rid of theirs). The 2015 models will be priced higher than current ones, but will drop progressively throughout the year.
If I am looking at picking up the UN55H6300 and it is said to be identical to the UN55H6350
, would it be safe to assume that both use the Samsung panels as noted in the table at the top?
Yes, we expect that they would have the same panels.
If I were to get a bad screen on a UN48H6350
, would the overall picture quality still be as good as say, the KDL48W600b
As far as we know, all UN48H6350
have the same panel, a TS01, so yes. There is of course a variance between units of the same panel, but usually just in terms of uniformity and it is common to every LED TVs.
The UN55H6300 has native 120hz display, correct? I could play games on PC via HDMI connection at 120hz native resolution? As a 3D monitor? Is there any way to force this configuration via windows?
Yes, it is 120Hz. However, it doesn't officially accept a 120fps input via HDMI. Unofficially, it could be supported, but we didn't try it.
I just bought my 55 inch 6350. It has the UH02 panel. Is this a certified Samsung panel? Didn't learn about lottery until after purchase.
Yes, it is a Samsung panel.
Is there a downside to setting the TV to game mode or PC for gamers? I know it decreases input lag, which is good, but does it affect the color or picture while playing the game. If so, by how much?
It deactivates a lot of the processing of the picture. From a reference picture standpoint, it is a good thing. But some people actually like that fake/processed look.
Debating on buying the Samsung H6350
off Amazon. Should I go with the 55 inch or the 60 inch? The 55 inch is $797.99 and the 60 inch is $977.99. It would mostly be for movies and the PS4.
How far away do you sit? If you are relatively far (like more than 8-10 feet), the extra 5 inches is definitely a nice upgrade. Both the 55" and 60" have good panels in them, so don't worry about the panel lottery. Very few people regret going bigger; they all want to go even bigger next year. Therefore, get the UN60H6350
if you can afford it; this is a great price for it.
65 inch is on sale for $1,197 and the H7150
is on sale for $1,497. Is it worth spending $300 for the H7150?
Both are good, but if you really care about picture quality, you will appreciate the better picture quality (uniformity and screen finish) of the UN65H7150
over the UN65H6350
, so yes.
Love the site! Definitely the most helpful one out there. I have my search narrowed down to two choices: the 65 inch Samsung 6350 or the 70 E series
Vizio. It will be used 95% for watching regular TV, most of that being sports, and we watch an occasional movie. Viewing angle is not a factor, and we sit 14 feet away. Which one would you go with? Do you think I need the 70, given that I'll be that far away?
You will be happy with either of them. Picture quality-wise, the Samsung H6350
has a slight edge in terms of uniformity. At 14 feet, though, you will appreciate the extra 5" of the Vizio probably slightly more than the better picture quality of the Samsung, so go for that one. This is assuming that they are priced the same. Otherwise, just get the cheaper of the two.
Currently the 75" H6350
is $2,799 and the 75" H7150
is $2,999. I know you have compared these two models a few times in previous answers, but this week, with the price difference so small, would you recommend the 75" H7150 for the extra $200? Or wait for a potential price drop on the 75 H6350? The 75" H7150 for $2,999 seems like a solid buy. Thanks
For only $200, the upgrade is definitely worth it. The H6350
will probably drop, though, so it depends on if you want to wait/risk it.
When it comes to the scanning backlight/motion interpolation, can I get one without the other? I am looking to buy this for gaming and don't want to introduce the lag of motion interpolation, but I still want the motion blur reduction of the scanning backlight.
Yes, there is a special feature just for this. Set the Auto Motion Plus setting to Custom, reduce the deblurrer to 0, and activate motion LED. That said, it has higher input lag, because the Auto Motion Plus setting is grayed out in PC/Game mode.
I am looking for a UN50H6350
- I have gone to six different stores and they all have the AH01 version. Is it possible there is no UN50H6350 with a Samsung panel? I have found the 55" and 48" inch models with Versions that begin with T* - I am thinking a 48" with a real Samsung panel is preferable to a 50" with an AUO panel in it.
A 2" decrease isn't very significant. Add to that the fact that it is also $100 cheaper, and you should go for the 48". Although, we haven't tested an AH01 version, so we don't really know how big of a picture quality difference there is.
Several years ago, I had a 3rd Gen (IIRC) Samsung 50" plasma. Great set, but even though I used all the anti-burn-in techniques specified in the manual AND had the brightness no higher than about 50%, after two years, the screen had significant and permanent burn-in. Though I vowed to never get a plasma screen again, I am indeed wondering if the burn-in issue has ever really been resolved. Further, I have been reading that plasma sets are basically being discontinued across-the-board as LED and OLED sets evolve. Could you share your thoughts on these issues? (I just got the 55h6350 yesterday and had read your review prior to my purchase.)
One last thing: Where do you see 4k sets in three years in terms of price, reliability, quality, and programming content?
Burn-ins can still occur today. Usually, they go away in a few minutes. Permanent ones are really rare, but temporary retention is frequent. For example, in the last plasma that we reviewed (the F8500
), you can see a slight checkboard pattern in our black uniformity picture because we displayed a checkboard beforehand. As a side note, Samsung just announced yesterday that they are stopping production of plasma TVs this year, which leaves only LG producing them. So if you were planning to buy one, don't wait more than a few months.
OLED are still far away. Sony said a few weeks ago that they will not concentrate on OLED TVs anymore, but instead on 4k LED.
As for 4k LED, the picture quality will always be exactly like LEDs of today, it is just the pixel density that changes. In three years, they will most likely be priced around what mid-level TVs are today ($1000-$1500 for a 55"). Reliability is the same as LEDs, because everything inside the TV is the same, even the backlight and LCD technology. 4k content is another story, though. Physical media is still very far away, because a 4k movie is around 100 GB. Streaming 4k will be available widely, but keep in mind that the bit-rate of it will probably be around what the bit-rate of a 1080p movie is. Better than streaming 1080p (which is about four times lower quality than 1080p Blu-ray) but still not very high quality.
What is the best mid-range 2014 Samsung TV available in 55"? And what is the difference between the H6350
and H6360? I am confused, since I was going to buy some advanced TV like the H8000
series, but then I was told that I will get all the same options as the H8000 series (except voice activation) in H6360. And somehow picture quality is the same as 8 series TV. Is it true?
It is not exactly true, but yes, the picture quality will be in the same ballpark as the H8000
. However, the H8000 has better screen finish and uniformity. It also has a better remote and comes 3D. The H6360 is basically the same TV as the H6350
, but is available only with some retailers in Canada.
Will I get strong soap opera effect with this tv?
You can turn it on or off depending if you like it or not. When ON, the effect is as strong as with other TVs.
When comparing two sets, the UN55H6350
and the UN55H7150
, I noticed that when motion interpolation is turned on for both sets, the UN55H6350 appears to have a smoother picture (more SOE). Without it turned on, the UN55H7150 appeared to have a smoother picture (to me, anyway). Does this make sense? When you rate motion blur, do you have interpolation turned on? Now I am looking at the UN55H6400
. Would it have the same smoothness as the UN55H6350 when motion interpolation is turned on? I realize you rate these models the same in regards to motion blur (9.0), but I wasn't for sure if you took the rating with motion interpolation turned on. Thanks for the site and your help.
Our motion blur score is with all motion options turned off. We don't score the motion interpolation feature, but we do take a picture of it so you can compare it yourself. The smoothness of the UN55H6400
is closer to the UN55H6350
than it is to the UN55H7150
I'm probably going to order the 40" off of Amazon. Is there a sure way to get the TS01 panel, or is it just luck of the draw?
It is random, and you can't request a specific one from Amazon. But as far as we know, all 40" TVs are TS01, so you don't have to worry about this.
I realize it's not possible, but it would be interesting if you could test every size of the H6350
series for gray uniformity. It would seem to be more of an issue with edge lit panels, as the distance from any edge LED to the center of the panel constantly increases.
Direct lit TVs also have poor gray uniformity. Of course, the bigger the TV, the more it is prone to uniformity issues, but for this test, the panel is more important than the backlight. For example, the Vizio M552i-B2 that we tested has a full array but poor gray uniformity.
If you care about the picture quality, yes. But if the UN55H6350
is already stretching your budget, you will still be happy with the cheaper UN55H6350. Both are great.
I just bought the UN40H6350
. During some TV commercials (but not during regular programming), there is a noticeable "wiggling" of the displayed text. If I set Auto Motion Plus to Off instead of Standard (or Smooth/Clear), the wiggling disappears (I can rewind the commercial via DVR). Is the wiggling artifact due to these commercials not actually being broadcast in high def or to some other incompatibility?
Yes, it is due to the low quality of these commercials. 'Auto Motion Plus' sometimes adds artifacts like these.
Hey! Thanks for the review. As many other reviewers mentioned, this is the most in depth TV review site I've ever come across. It's fantastic. I used this site as my sole resource in narrowing down my search. Between the in-depth reviews and the super helpful Q&A, I was able to narrow my search down to about six TVs I wanted to see in person, and then I used the eye test to confirm the reviewed points. Excellent stuff.
I ended up getting the UN40H6350
at Best Buy. Great panel and great display. Watching movies and sporting events on it is fantastic. I still need to play around with the settings a bit more, but right out of the box it has a super natural, crisp looking picture that is just awesome.
As far as playing video games on it, there is definitely noticeable input lag if you don't turn on movie mode or game mode. However, for me, this is the ONLY negative part of the TV. I love how great the picture looks by default, as I mentioned before, but when I turn on game mode, it makes the picture look a bit too bright and processed for my tastes. On the flip side, the input lag turns is nil and makes gaming truly awesome!
My question is this: is there a way to tweak the image settings within game mode that won't jeopardize increasing the input lag? I like the input lag as-is in game mode and don't want to ruin that. But are there recommended image settings that make the TV look its best while in game mode? Thanks so much!
It depends what you don't like under Game mode. If it is too bright, turn down the 'Backlight' setting (also, disable the ECO sensor if you want full control of the luminosity). The picture under game mode should be less processed actually, not more. Make sure the processed settings are turned off: 'Dynamic Contrast', 'Digital Clean View', 'Mpeg Noise Filter', etc.
I see it on eBay for $599 from Ritz Camera. I checked Samsung's website and Ritz is an authorized Samsung dealer, so I`m not concerned about that, but is it worth buying through eBay? I usually shop on Amazon (although I've never bought a TV online) but Amazon has the this one for $699. Link to the listings is below. Any quick advice would help before they sell out (or they recognize the price mistake) www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-UN50H6350-50-Inch-1080p-120Hz-Smart-LED-TV-WH02-Original-Samsung-Panel-/381163469793
You should consult Ritz Camera's return policy to see if there is anything preventing you from returning a TV purchased from eBay. TVs purchased through the Ritz Camera website cannot be returned at all, meaning you're out of luck if you get a lemon (the Samsung warranty should still have you covered, but will likely require a of work to get a replacement TV). In all likelihood, the policy will be the same for their eBay sales. That should be the main concern, so ultimately, whether or not you're comfortable making a purchase with these conditions is up to you.
Black Uniformity and gray uniformity, what sets have both these and contrast, input lag and motion blur with a perfect score pretty much with no issues at all?
None. There are no perfect LED TV, especially when it comes to uniformity. You can't be too picky about that. As a rule of thumb, higher end Samsung TVs tend to score better for uniformity (like the H7150
or the new JU7100
Is this review the closest to the Samsung UE48H6200 model?
That European model is close to it, but not exactly the same. It has 3D, which the US H6350
Hi, thank you for your great reviews. It helped me a lot. Please continue the great work.
Reading your reviews, I would like to ask you one question: Comparing one Samsung H6350
and one H8000
), it seems that when both are calibrated and have the same source (Blu-ray movie, for instance) both will have almost the same picture quality, or at least it would be very difficult to distinguish between any of them. Disregarding, of course, all others features. Is this true?
Very similar indeed, although not exactly the same picture quality. The gray uniformity and screen finish (reflections) are different. But besides these, yes.
I have the Samsung un48h6350
. I find the picture awful. Do you have calibration settings for this? Also, I don't see a game mode. It has Movie, Dynamic, Natural, and standard.
Having the correct settings makes a huge difference in picture quality. The picture settings that we used are posted in a sub page of this review. Game mode is located under Settings - General, and not in the same place as the picture modes.
In general (Samsung TVs) gaming mode seem to take a lot away from picture quality. The screen gets much darker, like brightness setting going down (actually does not, but sure seems 2-3x darker), and colors get washed out while everything gets sharper. Is there a calibration setting that achieves the quality of movie mode color saturation and brightness/contrast, while game mode is turned on (HMDI input renamed to PC also) to keep the speedy responsiveness?
I can test it currently on my 32D6100, but aiming to buy a 32H6350/64000 (depending on which is available in local stores). Not sure if the model is important in this question, or it's a more general thing, just threw the info in, in case if needed.
In term of a calibrated picture, Game mode is more accurate because it removes all unwanted processing (unwanted from a reference picture standpoint). But some people prefer the opposite. For the brightness issue, it shouldn't be a problem. Disable the ECO setting and bring the backlight setting to the max. This should be more than bright enough for every room.
I just bought the un55h6350
and am confused by the auto motion setting options. I understand how to get good smooth pictures for sports and video, but what do you recommend for watching movies or series television with limited blur or jerkiness but no soap opera effect? It has a film mode, but it is always greyed out for me.
It all depends on the frame rate of your source. When a Blu-ray player is connected, the Film Mode option won't be grayed out and it will display 24p. TV shows are 30fps, so there should be no judder. Keep in mind that 30fps is relatively low, so you will see a shutter effect unless you turn on the soap opera effect. This is normal on every TV. The smoothness is really dependent on the source frame rate.
So I got a TS-01 panel. Does anything else matter in terms of picture quality performance (i.e.. serial number, etc)?
No, you got a good one.
I am downsizing from a 60-inch and am now buying a Samsung H7150
55-inch, the reason for choosing the 55-inch instead of a 60-inch H7150 being that the 60-inch doesn't have a Samsung panel. Will I see a noticeable difference moving from 60 to 55 inch? Thank you for your time.
Most people won't actually see the difference in term of picture quality between the two, but 5" less is noticeable. So I wouldn't downgrade size if I were you.
With the version you reviewed, which panel did it have? Also, would you recommend this TV at 55 inch over the Vizio M and/or P series
was TH01. Both the 55" of the Vizio M Series
and P have an IPS panel. They are great for the viewing angle, but in a dark room, the blacks are not as good as this Samsung UN55H6350. So if you have a dark room, you will prefer the Samsung.
I currently have the Sony W630B, but I am debating returning it for the Samsung H6350
due to banding issues and off-angle viewing. Would the Samsung be better in these regards?
Off-angle viewing is about the same. The uniformity of the H6350
is slightly better, but it still isn't perfect (no TV in this price range is).
I'm thinking of buying the Sony X850B 4K 65" TV. What are your views regarding this set?
We didn't test it yet. That said, it has an IPS panel inside, so the picture quality should be very similar to the W950B
that we tested, but with the higher 4k resolution.
The Samsung H6350
's PC mode makes my PlayStation 3 game look washed out, dull, blurry, and dark. The graphics look bad when it's set to that mode. Is this normal? On standard mode it looks fine.
PC mode is the best setting for a reference picture: to display the source as it is, without modification. Standard mode adds a lot of processing. The mode you choose is a personal preference, but from a calibration standpoint, the goal is to be as close to the source as possible, which means no processing. Some people perceive this as a dull image. It shouldn't be dark, though. You can increase the luminosity by increasing the 'Backlight' setting.
I have spent too many hours on this website, and that's because you guys have done a tremendous job of reviewing TVs! A couple questions:
Does the 55" Samsung H6350
LED TV only come with Samsung panels? Also, how would you compare overall functionality of the smart app on this TV versus an Apple TV or Roku? I'd like to prevent buying an Apple TV or Roku if the smart app on the 6350 is strong enough. Thanks so much!
Yes, the 55" H6350
only comes with Samsung panels, and both are good. The smart apps should satisfy most of your needs alone, without the need for a third party device. The only thing you could miss out on is if you have an iPad or iPhone and want to mirror your screen. You need an Apple TV for that.
Is it normal to have a flashlight effect or light bleed on the 6350 when viewing at an angle greater than about 30 degrees in the very dark scenes, or when viewing movies with the black bars at the top and bottom? Mine has a blue and white light bleed at an angle, but otherwise looks great when viewing at a normal angle or straight on.
Yes this is normal, even if it is unfortunate. Black uniformity issues are aggravated on all LED TVs at an angle.
I recently bought this TV, and while I agree that the picture looks incredible, I could not disagree more about your conclusion on the reflections. Any light that reflects off the TV creates rainbows around the bulbs. Th issue is so bad that I'm now debating returning it. My matte LG that I've had for the last five years had glare from the lights, but this thing is like a mirror, and it creates rainbows. Do all TVs do this now? It's ridiculous that I can't sit in certain spots anymore if I want to see all of the TV.
Check out all our reflections pictures
of the TVs that we reviewed this year. All TVs are either semi-gloss or glossy now. We didn't test a single matte screen this year. Manufacturers are moving away from them.
I am looking at purchasing the UN65H6350
. After reading about the panel lottery I am really concerned. Should I be concerned with the panel it comes with? Also, who makes the panel, and does the UN65H6350 have the same input lag for gaming as the 55" you reviewed?
It has the same input lag. AUO makes the panel of the 65" H6350
. They aren't bad, per se, so I wouldn't worry about this. If you want a Samsung panel in that size, you will need to upgrade to the H7150
I plan on buying a new TV. I want good picture and am also planning on buying a PlayStation 4. My budget for the TV would be around $800.00, more or less. 46-55" TV. Should I get a smart TV? Which TV would offer the best picture?
You probably don't need a smart TV if you have a PS4, but they are all smart now anyway. The good news is that you can downgrade to the UN55H6203
, assuming you don't care about the bezel. It has the same picture quality as the UN55H6350
, but with slower smart features.
Is the Audio Output jack pictured in the 'Rear Input' photo a standard 3.5mm mini-stereo jack? (not the Digital Audio Optical Output) I currently just dump the analog sound into an old powered tower speaker from my 7-year old LG42LC7D, and I'm wondering if I can do that with the H6350
too. Thanks in advance!
Yes it is a normal 3.5mm jack. However, you can't control the volume of it with the TV.
I am upgrading from a 2010 model Samsung UN46c630, I am on a limited budget of around $1,000, but will go up a few hundred if needed. The Samsung I have now has great picture, but I definitely need a larger TV, as I currently sit 15 feet away from the TV. I do appreciate picture quality and have been looking at the UN65H6203
, or a 70in Vizio that is close in price range. My question is, even if I get the UN65H6203, will it still have great picture quality over what I have now? I realize that a 75in TV would be ideal, but I think I will be fine with a 65in. What's your recommendation?
The picture quality should be very similar to your current TV, yes. The uniformity might be slightly worse, but it should still be fine, unless you get a bad set. Get the UN65H6203
, unless you care about the bezel or smart features.
How come when I'm in the option under source and when I click on information it always says "@60p"?
This is perfectly normal. Every TV does this. They display the source's frame rate, not the TV's.
I am trying to decide whether I should buy a new TV or not. I'm currently using a 2009 model Samsung LCD. The price of the TV at the time was very similar to the H6350
. I know that there are a ton of variables, but do you think it would be a noticeable upgrade to go from my old TV to a H6203
or a H6350? Also, I'm slightly confused about whether the H6350 has better looking picture quality than the H6203. Going by your reviews, they seem about the same, but I've read reviews on other sites that say the H6350 is better than the H6203 in terms picture quality (I could care less about the SMART TV features). In your opinion, is there really not a difference in picture quality?
The picture quality will probably be in the same ballpark. Therefore, don't buy a new TV unless you want a bigger one. The H6203
has about the same picture quality as the H6350
, except the H6350 can get a bit brighter.
I'm thinking of getting the 55" H6350
from Best Buy, but their model number is UN55H6350AFXZA
I read somewhere the AFXZA models have inferior panels, but the table above seems to indicate there's only one panel for the 55". Do you have any insight into this?
All 55" H6350
TVs end with the AFXZA suffix in the US. This is normal, and it is the full model number. Don't worry about this.
Just want to say thanks. Your reviews and comparisons helped me make my decision. I just purchased this TV and I am loving it. I mainly play video games on my PS4 and XBOX ONE and stream via Netflix and Hulu, and the picture quality is excellent and quite smooth.
Enjoy your new TV!
I just bought the H6350
55" and I'm thinking about upgrading to the H7150
55". I mainly play video games and stream Netflix and Hulu. The H6350 is an amazing TV with really great picture quality, but I was wondering if it is a major leap forward if I upgrade to the H7150. Keep in mind that I absolutely do NOT care about 3D or Smart features - just pure picture quality and smoothness. What are your thoughts? Should I upgrade, or is it a waste? Are they basically the same when it comes to clarity and smoothness?
Don't upgrade if you like your H6350
. The H7150
is better, but not in terms of smoothness or clarity. In terms of picture quality, the only differences are for the uniformity and screen finish. If you don't have any issues with this on your current TV, don't return it.
Hello, Great and informative site. Thank You.
I'm considering the Samsung UN65H6350
. Have you been able to review this model with the AH01 panel? I have read discussions concerning the 'panel lottery' and would simply like to ask if this is an issue to be concerned about and something that should affect my decision? I'd consider myself just an average TV watcher, I do lean toward better quality and understand the basic technology, I work in the electrical/electronics field, but I'm certainly not an avid videophile.
No, we didn't test the AH01 version. In general, you don't need to worry about the panel lottery. People tend to exaggerate the differences between them. Go for it.
On the Samsung support forum, I just posed a question about a wireless keyboard I am now using with the Samsung UN48H6350
I just bought. This particular keyboard works pretty well with the browser, but I cannot enter text in the YouTube search field--I can hover over it and highlight it, but not really get focus in it. I wonder if this is a known problem? I also wonder if anyone else has found a keyboard that works for the YouTube search field. That said, this is a great TV! (I will add that I got it as an open box at Best Buy, and should have checked the box before I left the store, so as to not have to go back to get the power cord.)
I just tried it on our UN40H5500
and it also has the same issue. The wireless keyboard works, but I couldn't figure out how to enter text in the YouTube search field. So this is not related to your keyboard, but the app. Hopefully they will release an update to the YouTube app to fix this issue.
You guys do an awesome job. Keep up the good work. Our viewing distance is 8-10 feet, fairly wide angle. Mainly used for sports, TV shows, and the occasional movie. Budget is $800. Do you recommend the Vizio e60, m55 series, or Samsung h6350
? Or any others out there? Thanks!
If you need a wide viewing angle and don't have a particularly dark room, get the 55" M series
. It has better color accuracy at an angle.
So I hear all the 40" versions are Samsung panels? TS01
As far as we know, yes.
I love my Samsung UN75H6350
, but the CE dimming is driving me crazy, as the dark scenes become too dark, and therefore lose detail. I noticed the only way to get rid of this as annoyance is to set the picture mode to movie. I would like to always keep the TV on game mode or PC, as I do a lot of gaming. My question is, is there anyway to keep the TV in game or PC mode and get rid of the CE dimming, since movie mode is not an option?
We used PC for our testing, not Movie, and it didn't have CE Dimming. Another trick to turn it off is to increase the brightness up to a certain threshold. This will disable it, but you will need to compensate for higher brightness by reducing the offset in the white balance.
I just purchased a Samsung un50h6350
, and it has awesome picture. But I noticed that the picture at the bottom of the screen, just above the bezel, sometimes seems a little lighter than the rest of the picture. It doesn't happen all the time, but I mostly notice it when colors are lighter. I don't think it is a defect because it's not visible all the time. If I'm watching a scene where the color is lighter, the picture still comes through, but just looks like it has this lighter hue to it. It runs along the complete bottom of screen and almost looks like less than a 1/4" line running across bottom of screen. I know in your review you said that you didn't get any light bleed from yours, and I only see it about 20% of the time. I wanted to know if it was something normal or is it something up I should return TV for. I'm also coming of a Samsung plasma that died, so I'm sort of spoiled that way.
It is a minor defect, although quite common. Don't exchange your TV over it unless you notice it most of the time.
I just purchased the UN75H6350
. Do all of them have Samsung panels?
I was getting ready to run and buy the Samsung 55H6350, however I just read that they will be using a new Smart TV platform on their 2015 TVs (Tizen). Do you know much about this change? Time frame? Would it be worth the wait?
Thanks. Really enjoy all of the information you website provides.
We haven't tested any Tizen TVs yet, so it's hard to say just how different it will be. Apparently all Samsung smart TVs will be running on Tizen as of 2015. In all likelihood, the difference won't be great enough that you should hold off for a new TV, so you'll probably be better off saving money by buying last year's model.
You guys are the awesome and the best with reviews! Definitely helped me understand what I should go for. I started thinking 32" initially, and now I have come to senses that 48" or 55" is better. I currently have a 19" tube TV, (but I used to enjoy my housemates 51" [?] plasma till I moved recently). I'm stuck deciding between the Vizio E480i ($455 at BB), Samsung UN48H6350
($549 at RitzCamera - no return policy, though) and Samsung UN55H6350
($699 at RitzCamera). All prices after taxes and cashback and whatnot. The wall-to-wall distance is about 11-12', so about 8' or so viewing distance. I plan to use it for antenna feed, Roku (Netflix, Youtube ...) and movies (got a Samsung Blu-ray/3D player). No cable/gaming for me! Which do you recommend?
Bigger is usually better, and at a distance of eight feet, the UN55H6350
would be pretty much perfect. That said, the fact that RitzCamera has no return policy is not ideal. Samsung does have a 90 day warranty, though, so if anything does go wrong, it just means you would have to do a little extra work and waiting.
If you're comfortable buying from RitzCamera, go for the H6350
. Otherwise, the Vizio E480i is a great TV too.
I am buying the Samsung UN32H6350
and called them to ask about sound bars. They gave me two models, the HW-F355 and HW-F450, that they said would be compatible. The girl mentioned optic cable, HDMI, and Digital Input Analog. I had no idea what she was talking about. Only need improved loudness. There is a huge price difference between the two soundbar models she mentioned. Do I get a choice if I pick a soundbar, as I have no idea what she was referring to when mentioning the Optical cable-HDMI and digital-analog? I don't know which cables to buy or how many I need. It would be greatly appreciated if you could help this lady. Thank you.
Your soundbar choices don't need to be locked in to Samsung - soundbars made by other manufacturers should work just as well. The cables she is referring to are to allow your TV to pass the audio it is receiving along to the soundbar. You'll only need one cable to make that kind of connection. Connecting one end of an optical cable like this one
to the soundbar, and the other to the Digital Audio Out (Optical) port, would let you establish the connection. You'd then need to go into your TV's Menu, open the Sound option, and then select your external audio device for the soundbar to start playing the TV's audio.
Prices on the H6350
are dropping as the 2015 models get closer. Should I wait for the new models or buy a discounted H6350? I'm not sure what the new models might offer.
In all likelihood, they'll have picture that is similar to what we've seen for the past few years. The biggest change will probably be the new smart features being introduced this year. You'll probably appreciate saving the money, so go ahead and get the H6350
So I have the 55" 6350 and watch sports and cable TV most of the time. Is copying your settings and using the PC mode still the way to go? Thanks in advance.
Copying our settings will get you picture that is very close to what is intended by the source, so yes, it would be a good idea. Don't copy the white balance settings, though, as those vary by unit.
Great site. I am deciding between the Samsung UN65H6300 (~ $1,250) or the Vizio M702I-B3 (~ $1,500). I was thinking about Vizio E-series
, but for $100 more, I like the M-series
' styling & remote. I don't care about 4K, 3D, sound (I use a soundbar) or Smart features (I use a streaming stick). I just care about regular TV viewing for < $1500, something that will offer the best picture in a bright room, at a distance of 12-15 feet. I almost bought the Vizio for the extra 5" of screen size, but I then noticed Amazon reviews on reliability. Samsung is rated higher in terms of quality/durability. Do you have an opinion on reliability? Are warranty plans recommended?
One more issue: I see prices are down on most TVs due to anticipated new products. Any insight into 2015 Samsung/Vizio/Sony products that would be worth waiting for in the 70" range in my requirements? Thanks much.
Unfortunately, we have no data on the reliability of different brands. Based on feedback we've heard from buyers, Samsung TVs are indeed more reliable than Vizio TVs, though Samsung TVs do have issues with the Smart Hub crashing (which doesn't matter for you, since you use a stick). Warranties are generally not a good idea. If you can't afford the loss on the off chance something goes wrong, then pick up the warranty. Otherwise, you're better off saving your money.
We're only just starting to review this year's crop of TVs, so we can't say anything for sure about the 2015 models. They'll likely have similar picture quality to last year's TVs, so buying a 2014 model would get you picture quality that is just as good, but for less money.
How do you turn on motion interpolation?
Go to the 'Picture Options' menu and enable 'Auto Motion Plus.' You'll need to be outside of PC mode to do so.
Do you have an ETA on a review for the J6300
that has replaced this model? Currently the 48" J6300, the 50" H6350
, and the Vizio M50-C1
are all in the same price range. I'm looking to buy a new TV in the next three weeks that will be used for video games (and Netflix via PS4), Blu-rays, and a decent amount of hockey. I'm hoping to find one of those three models to fit my needs. Thanks for your excellent work!
We'll have the review up by the end of the week.
Can the remote from the UNH6400 be used on the UNH6350?
How does the H6400
compare to the F8500
plasma? I'm debating between the UN65H6400
and the UN64F8500, and am able to get both for a similar price.
Two completely different TVs. Overall, in a dark room or with a few lights on, the F8500
has better picture quality by far. In a very bright room, the H6400
has a slight edge because it can get twice as bright (we measured a max luminance of 185 cd / m2
on the F8500, which is very good for a plasma, but low for an LED). That said, If you go for the F8500, you need to accept plasma TVs' flaws (flickering, buzzing, change of brightness for very white scene, etc). We reviewed the F8500 last year, but we will review it again in a few months because it got carried over to 2014 and we changed our test suite.
Does the H6350
series perform any upscaling of standard definition signals? Any upscaling at all?
Yes, every TV upscales all signals lower than its native resolution.
Thank you very much for the review. Helpful and really informative. I just got this TV set up yesterday (55 inch, Samsung panel) and was looking around for the best picture settings. I've seen a lot of different suggestions and was interested in yours since it has the same panel. Are those the only calibration settings you changed? If so, I will need to reset the ones I changed and try to follow yours.
Yes, we only changed the settings that we showed in the screenshots. Things that we do not show are left to default settings. Setting the input type to PC has good defaults because it tries to have the picture as close as possible to the original source.
You suggest using the PC input for gaming on the Samsung UN32H6350
,(55" as well) due to the relatively high input lag even when set to Game Mode. Other expert reviews have measured input lag times in the low 30's (ms) when in Game Mode. Any possible explanation for the discrepancy? Could there be differences between individual units?
Game mode had the same input lag as PC in our case (+/- 2 ms). The input lag varies a lot even on the same unit. For our test, we take the median number of a series of measurements. Some other reviewers might do the average or the best case. Anyways, a difference of 10ms isn't something to worry about.
Can I plug in a USB thumb drive (containing movies in avi or mkv format with srt subtitles) into the TV and use it to play the movie with subtitles?
Yes, as long as the name of the srt file is the same as the mkv and is in the same folder.
I have UN50H6350
and have problems with volume control for smart HUB application, including within apps like CNBC and others. It was working ok at first, but today I started to have an issue. NETFLIX, YOUTUBE work without any trouble. Is this issue related to the TV or the application?
Probably a bug on Samsung's side, but we haven't heard of that issue before. Are you updated to the latest firmware?
First, I want to say that your reviews are very well done and comprehensive. Second, your response to my prior email led me to choose a Samsung H6350
over the Sony W600B
. My question is fairly simple. You calibrated the H6350 by renaming the source to PC to reduce input lag. For the F6300
, you used Movie mode. Since gaming is not important to me, would I be better off using Movie mode for basic calibration? My TV is connected to a cable set top box and a Blu-ray player. I'm asking because other sites have been using Movie mode to calibrate. Finally, do you have any recommended settings when using the Movie mode? Thank you in advance.
Yes, you would be better off with Movie mode in your case. Both can achieve similar picture quality but we used PC mode because it is easier to set up for someone only using high quality media (gaming/PC/Blu-ray). For lower quality, like cable or streaming, movie mode will let you tweak more settings. We don't have the exact settings for movie mode because we didn't note them, but just look at our PC mode settings; they are pretty much the same. For cable, you might want to turn on Digital Clean View and MPEG Noise Filter, though.
Is a 40" Samsung h6350
priced at $799 better than a 48" Sony w600b
priced at $649 for someone who watches sports and movies and plays video games online? The Samsung has a 120hz refresh rate, but the Sony has less input lag. The Samsung has better smart services, but Sony seemed to have better picture in-store. I compared a 50" Samsung 6350 to the 48" Sony W600b because the 40" Samsung is online only. The bottom line for me is, I've read that Sony TV's don't read USB/External Hard Drives very well. I'm interested in the best of these two TV's; saving money is just a bonus.
Sony's smart interface is really slow for external hard drives. If you can get past that, get the Sony KDL48W600B
for the reasons you mentioned. Otherwise, go for the Samsung.
How significant is the difference between a native Samsung panel and a Sharp panel in a Samsung H6350
? I am planning to buy a 60" set which, as per your earlier clarification, comes with the Sharp panel.
We haven't tested a Samsung with a Sharp panel inside, but we don't expect a big difference. The panel lottery issue is a bit overblown on the internet. Samsung doesn't necessarily produce the best panels. For example, the Sony TVs that we tested that had AUO inside performed really well.
I beg you to review the 65" H6350
in order to evaluate the differences between the Samsung panel and the AU Optronics panel. I want to know if the 65" panel is truly inferior quality and not worth purchasing.
It is very unlikely that we will test the 65". We want to broaden our selection of TVs first and we are just a small operation, so we don't have a lot of time. We don't expect a significant difference in the picture quality. AUO isn't a bad manufacturer. They are used a lot in Sony TVs and they are great.
I just recently bought a Samsung h6350
and wanted to hook up my Bluetooth sound bar. How do I pair them?
doesn't have Bluetooth.
Is there any motion interpolation difference between the H6350
? If so, how big is it?
No, they both looked the same (as you can see in the pictures).
Does the 60" version of this TV have more than one panel?
Not that we know of. Only Sharp.
Thanks for all the valuable information. I have spent entirely too much time on this site in the last few days learning everything that I can. Sadly, I purchased a Samsung UN55H6350
(with a Samsung panel) and it was fantastic, until I ran into smart app issues and power cycling issues after three hours of use. It keeps turning off and on and none of the apps work. Such a beautiful picture (contrast ratio and soap opera effect) when set to the "smooth" setting. I have read many negative reviews on Amazon that many people are having issues with the smart apps and power cycling on all models of the new Samsung TVs. Have you heard anything about this? Right now, I am sick to my stomach because I am in love with this TV, but its only good when it works half the time... are there any other sets you would recommend that are 1-Easily mounted, 2-Have similar contrast ratio, 3-Provide a good soap opera effect without making the picture darker? Was I just one of the unlucky few to get a TV that power cycles, and should I try to switch out for the same set? Please help. Thanks for any advice.
Update the firmware. If that doesn't solve the issue, call Samsung. It is probably a defect and you were unlucky. We didn't have that issue with our UN55H6350
I'm planning on buying the 48in H6350
, I've been looking around the internet and have been seeing a lot of talk about this lottery that happens with the screen type/manufacturing. Based on the chart above that you posted, is it safe to say that the 48inch model has an excellent chance of having a Samsung-made display? And I have one more question: how are the black levels on this display? Do they reach near-perfect blacks, or is there still a slight glow, even with backlight set around half-way?
Yes, it should have a Samsung panel inside. No LCD/LED TVs have near perfect blacks (except if you include the full array local dimming sets). This TV's blacks are good, but yes, you will see a slight glow if you watch in a pitch black room.
I am looking at buying a 60-inch TV. Will primarily use it for Cable, Netflix and Web features. Is there a big difference between the Samsung 6350, 6400 and 7150, and will I notice them at 9 1/2 feet?
Between the H6350
, no. But the upgrade to the H7150
does improve the picture quality.
I recently purchased the UN48H6350
. Panel is TS01, so it looks like a good panel for my TV.
However, I have noticed two issues. I am not sure if they are really problems or some config issues.
1) Whenever I try to view YouTube videos (either web browser or app), the max resolution I see is 720p. Same with videos when I try on my desktop, I see options for 1080p and 1440p. Is this a TV problem or config issue?
2) I tried viewing 1080p videos on vudu and from my USB stick. I can see 1080p videos & the quality is very good. However, I feel like video is moving a tad faster. If I close my eyes and try to just listen, I feel its going at a normal pace. However viewing the video, it seems like it's moving a tad faster. What is the issue?
It would be very helpful if you can help me on these issues.
1) This is normal, and it is a limitation of Samsung's smart interface. 2) This might be the soap opera effect. Make sure the 'Auto Motion Plus' setting is disabled. It makes the video feel faster because of the increased framerate/smoothness.
When setting the 6350 to PC mode and connecting either to an Xbox One, PS3, or PS4, it seems only standard and entertainment mode now come up rather than movie, natural, etc. Is there a way to avoid this and select PC mode with Movie when using a video game console to play games?
This is normal and you don't need to worry about this. Standard under PC mode is good and very different from Standard outside of PC mode. Samsung should have used another name to eliminate confusion.
I am thinking of purchasing the 65" h6350
. How bad is AU Optronics panel as compared to the Samsung panel? What difference will it make? After all, I am paying for a Samsung product and not AU. Is it still worth buying?
The difference isn't big. AU Optronics makes great panels, and some are even used in high end Sony TVs. It does have slightly more motion blur, but most people can't even tell the difference.
Is the Samsung H6350
easy to hook up? My husband is in his 70s and is a little impatient We have a Cable DVR box that it attaches to, if it hooks up the way our 48" Samsung did then there is no problem. Once hooked up I can fool around with the settings. Love all the information you have on your site!
Yes, it should be very similar to your 48".
I am trying to decide between the UN60H6350
and the UN55H7150
. Both the exact same price. 3D is unimportant to me and I don't know how much difference the extra HZ and CMR of the UN55H7150 make. I sit about 9 feet away from the TV, so it would be nice to have the extra 5" and swivel base for the UN60H6350. I am worried about the panel lottery, though, so am contemplating going for the 7150, even though I'd have to go down 5 inches. Which do you think is more important: extra 5" or better panel? Which do you recommend?
At nine feet, get the better picture quality of the H7150
. If you were sitting further away, the UN60H6350
would have been the answer, but 55" at nine feet isn't bad.
Any reviews for small smart TVs? 22-27" range?
Unfortunately no. To simplify our website, we decided to concentrate only on 32"+ TVs.
I can get the 55" H6203
for $599 or the 55" H6350
for $719. Is getting the H6350 worth an extra $120?
If you care about the thickness of the bezel or the smart features, yes.
10-11ft viewing distance. Would you go UN65H7150
65-Inch or UN75H6350
Or is 75 inch too big for this space?
At your distance, 75" is a bit on the big side, although still manageable. If they are the same price, go for the extra 10" of the UN75H6350
. If not, because you are relatively close, you might prefer the UN65H7150
Both your panel info above and the chart say that the H6350
/6300 uses a TH01 panel; if that's the case, is there still a need to check stickers on the back, or can we buy with some confidence?
You don't need to check the stickers in that case.
I'm considering the UN75H7150AFXZA and the UN75H6350AFXZA. I've read that the difference between 240Hz and the 120Hz is not that big a deal, but I'm curious about the semi-gloss screen vs the glossy screen. The room is full of floor-to-ceiling windows...essentially one whole wall, and then two other windows. But the UN75H7150
is an extra $1000. Is it worth the extra $1000 if it's going in a bright room full of windows? Thanks!
The difference between them is not really worth $1,000. Stick to the UN75H6350
I recently purchased a un55h6350
and I don't think I could be happier with my purchase. Thank you for your in-depth reviews of these TV's. I was leaning toward purchasing a Vizio M-Series
(which I think I would have been happy purchasing as well), but chose the Samsung after reading (and re-reading) your thorough analysis of both TVs. I have recommended this site to everyone I know and will continue to do so. Thanks!
Enjoy your new TV!
Not a question but a thank you! I bought this TV based on your review alone after hating a Vizio I had bought for Black Friday. Let me tell you, this TV is awesome. Leagues over the Vizio, and a great quality picture.
I am glad you finally found a good TV. Enjoy it!
How would you compare the LG LB7200 to the H6300? I was able to get the LG LB7200 for $100 cheaper and the specs are better. But from your review it seems that might not be true. I'm trying to decide which one to keep. Thanks for any input!
We didn't test the LB7200. That said, it has an IPS panel, so it should be similar to the LB6300
that we reviewed. This means worse blacks than the H6300, but better viewing angle.
Your reviews are thorough and amazing and I truly appreciate you taking questions! (1) Is there another remote that can be purchased separately and used to enhance the ease of use for this model? (2) Can you elaborate on the Samsung Soundbar that is available to "enhance the experience of this model"? What is it? Is it recommended? Where does one get it and how is it installed? Thank you so much!
1) Any universal remote will work, although they won't have fancy features like motion control or a mouse pointer. If you want, you can also connect a USB wireless (not Bluetooth) mouse/keyboard to your TV. 2) Any soundbar will improve sound quality. It doesn't need to be a Samsung one. We don't review them, though, so we can't recommend one to you.
Does the H6350
have an MHL compatible HDMI for hooking up an Android phone? The Sony W800B
does, but I don't see it specified on the Samsung.
No, it doesn't. You can always use a converter, though.
What is the difference between CE Dimming and the ECO solution in the H6350
? Both seem to darken the screen when the image goes dark. I turned off ECO but still get the dimming effect.
ECO adjusts the luminosity of the screen depending on the ambient light of the room sensor. CE Dimming is based on the content displayed. You can't turn off CE Dimming directly, but it is off if you set your mode to Movie.
I'm looking at the UN55H6350
and the Visio E550i-B2, the UN55H6350 is $799 and I've found the E550i for around $620. I'm a big fan of the Samsung TVs, so is the Samsung worth the extra $180?
If you want better uniformity and a higher-quality bezel, yes.
My usage with TVs is mostly gaming (PS4) and streaming (Netflix, Amazon). Blu-Ray and Sports aren't watched very often, but occasionally. Would you recommend getting a Vizio E550 or the Samsung 55H6350? The Samsung would be about $200 more and I just can't make up my mind between the two.
The Samsung is better, mostly in terms of uniformity. That said, the Vizio is more than good enough for a lot of people. Therefore, it all depends on how you value that $200. If you are hesitating, it is probably because you care about the price difference, so save money by opting for the Vizio.
Vizio P Series
... learning experience. I recently purchased 60" P series from Sam's club, the $999 deal for the pre-black Friday event. I figured, how could I go wrong? I was replacing an older Sony 52" XBR4. I also own a Sony 46" HX729, which is a few years old. I think the only area where the P series may excel is in producing 4K resolution. Frankly, the Sony 46"'s colors were overall better. Here's the biggie: I just received my Samsung 60" F8500
, as I read everywhere just how good this set is. "Unbelievable," is all I can say. In EVERY possible category, it crushed the P series. Given, in my opinion, 4K is just a novelty at this point, it may not make sense for many of us to focus on that. Now that I own one, I really doubt anything will rival this technology anytime soon. I will probably wait a few years for a 65" OLED 4K. That, I think, will be the ultimate.
Yes, there is no doubt the F8500
is better than the Vizio P Series
(except in term of resolution, like you mention).
In an early post regarding either a 75" H6350
, you recommended saving the money and going with a 6350. My question is for a difference of $800, is it worth upgrading to the H7150 for a 75" home theater with lots of everyday use, or still opt for the 6350?
Assuming you only care about the picture quality and not the extra features, $800 is still a bit too much to pay for the difference. For that size, $500 max would be more appropriate. If you don't mind the price difference, though, go for it.
I have an H6350
40". The first one I bought had very bad flashlighting and uniformity issues, especially with all gray or all white scenes. Swapped for a second one and this was a little better. Both TS01 panels. Now that it's five months old, it seems like there are slightly darker patches on about 1/3 of the screen width in a wide vertical pattern. Does the uniformity get worse with age? I wish I was able to see a Sony W600B
in action with something other than the repeating demo! If I knew I could adjust the judder away, I would have bought that one. The Sony remote was lousy, too many Netflix and other buttons on the remote, and no scene button! Samsung had a rotating stand.
Usually the uniformity doesn't change with time. No LED TVs, especially in this price range, have perfect uniformity, so you cannot be too picky about this.
I noticed a couple times you said the 3.5mm audio out on the un75h6350
can't be controlled by the remote. Can the digital audio output be controlled by the remote?
I recently ordered the Samsung UN65HU9000 online, and then the vendor called me telling me about the panel lottery (bait and switch), and said that the model I ordered is the TH01 'Samsung display' version, not the top of the line version 'TS01'. Is this true? I've read that any TX0X models are Samsung S-PVA panels. So should I listen to him and go for the 'top of the line' version for $1,200 more? Or go with what I read online and rely on TH01? Please help. Thanks!
No this is not true. Check that your vendor is an authorized Samsung dealer (official list
). What you are describing is a technique that retailers use to upsell you.
What inexpensive wireless keyboard would work on my Un55H6350
? Also, how do I hook it up and then access it? Also, is there a way to get digital audio to my older pro-logic 5 channel Denon AVR 800 receiver that has no HDMI or Digital optical in or outputs?
A cheap USB wireless keyboard would work, like this one
. Just plug it in and it should work. For your old receiver, you can use the 3.5 mm audio output on the TV. You might need a cheap cable adapter, though.
I recently got this TV. Overall, it's a great TV. The only downside to my set is the black uniformity is a little off there are a few cloudy spots, however it is unnoticeable while when watching anything. The picture is so clear and the colors are accurate.
Thank you for sharing your experience with it.
Thank you for all your work! I'm currently in the market for a TV, and the H6350
's price just went down to $799 for the 55 inch, nearly matching its low for the last few months. This is a Super Bowl deal, but could it go even lower in another week or two after the game, and now that 2015 TVs are coming?
That's a really good price for this TV. Unless you buy a demo/open box model or haggle with the seller, I doubt you can buy it for less than that.
Which should I buy? Samsung UN55H6350
or Vizio M602I-B3? I do some gaming, but mainly I'm looking for the best picture quality. I know the Vizio is a tad bigger. Thanks.
The Samsung UN55H6350
has better picture quality overall, especially in terms of uniformity.
At the moment on Amazon, the 6350 48" is $684 and the 6350 50" is $650. Would you advise paying a little more for the slightly smaller TV in order to get a Samsung panel? My inclination is to get the 48", but I'm not sure that's the right decision.
No. The 50" is still a great TV, even though it might not have a Samsung panel. The picture quality difference is less than you think.
Just got the 6350, 2 questions that I need help with please. First, when I power the tv on and right after I get the smart logo, in the top left corner I get the HDMI 1 which is what I am using for regular tv, but on both hi def and regular channels it shows as 720/480 60p. Shouldn't this be 1080p? Next question. I have the aspect ratio set to the 16.9 for screen size. On the hi def it is fine, it fills the entire screen. But on non hi def the screen gets a shadow box just on the left to right, not the top to bottom. I have tried changing the aspect ratio to correct this and fill the screen, but it didn't work.
I would appreciate any and all help, suggestions. Thank you.
The TV displays the signal that it receives. If it shows 720p, this means your cable box is only outputting as such. As for the aspect ratio, this is normal. SD channels have a 4:3 aspect ratio. You will need to use the zoom feature of the TV to compensate for it.
I just purchased a 65h7150 and it has a UH02 panel. Is this a Samsung or a Sharp panel?
Looking at purchasing either the 55" H6350
, or the 48" H6400
. Will be used in a 13' by 14' room with a viewing distance between 7-9 feet. Mainly will be using the TV for Netflix and movies, with some light gaming when friends come over or my girl wants to play Mario Kart.
Both are the same price at the moment. Just wondering if losing the extra 7" is worth it over getting the 3D capabilities, and the smart remote.
Go with the 55" H6350
. The picture quality is identical; really, the only difference you get with the H6400
is 3D and the fancier remote for the smart features. The extra 7" of screen size is the better deal.
Hello, do you know why most of the Auto Motion Plus setting causes judder while streaming video from Netflix and Amazon with a Roku? The only setting that doesn't is the clear setting, but it doesn't look as good. Super disappointing. Are the TVs too advanced for the streaming services?
Sometimes TVs have a difficult time interpolating complicated images (fast-motion, explosions, etc). That is the most likely culprit here, as it doesn't sound like you have the same problem when the interpolation settings are toned down. You may need to either get used to the judder or give up watching interpolated video.
Some Roku users have mentioned that they've had issues with judder, so there's a chance that could be it, too. If you have access to another streaming device, maybe give that a go and see if you have the same judder issues.
This is a very valuable service/site; I will be sure to purchase my final selection via one of your links to an online retailer. My question relates to whether this model, the 6350, has the capability to handle video-only via an HDMI input and analog audio via a left/right stereo input together. For background, until I purchase a new PC, I would like to connect my existing PC (with DVI out for video and 3.5mm out for audio) to an HDTV while using the TV's speakers. (The PC would be a good distance from the sound system for the PC.) I know how to convert DVI to HMDI and 3.5mm to left/right component, so, again, I am just asking whether this TV has the capability to handle video from HDMI and audio from left/right stereo. If not, then I would appreciate any thoughts you may have as to which, if any, HDTVs have the capability/feature I am describing.
You won't be able to use a separate audio input with your Samsung H6350
, but some DVI-HDMI adapters will allow audio to be transferred down the connection. This would allow you to use this single connection for both audio and video. Here
is an example of that kind of adapter. It takes the DVI video and L/R audio and combines them into a single signal for HDMI.
I just purchased the UN55H6350
. I am curious about which settings you would go and change or calibrate immediately. I noticed that the blacks in really dark scenes look grainy. Is this something that is normal?
You can find the calibration settings we used on the third page
of our review. Try those out and see if you notice an improvement. If you don't, then the quality issue likely stems from your media source. You can improve this a little bit by changing your input type to something other than PC and enabling the "Digital Clean View" setting.
I noticed you responded to a user that he will not get as good of black levels on an LED as you do from a Plasma. I have an old 42" Viera Plasma (TH-42PD60U) that was 720i but does some kind of virtual 1080i. I also have the next model (TH-42PX60U), which was true 1080i, and I only noticed the difference in a few movies where it was very dark and you would see moire patterns on the 720 model (TH-42PD60U). That said, will a 2015 LED like a Samsung 6350 really not give me a better pic than my 11-year-old Panasonic Viera? I love it, to be honest, but I got an XBOX and the text is barely readable. Damn. They were a bargain back then, like $699.00 (yes, much more than today, but still reasonable).
Unfortunately, the picture quality of LED TVs has plateaued in recent years, so this year's models likely won't compete with the overall quality of even older plasma TVs. That doesn't mean that newer TVs are outright bad. For one thing, nearly all of the TVs being released have 1080p resolution, and large LED TVs are more affordable now than they have ever been.
If you do decide to get a new TV, you'll likely appreciate that you can get something bigger, brighter, and with higher resolution than what you're used to. There are trade-offs, like the worse blacks and motion blur, but most people should at the very least find LED TVs watchable.
Hello. Regarding the panel lottery for H6350
models: Can you see the panel code info in the box? Or is the only way to check to read it off the back of the TV?
There is a label on one of the sides of the box that has the model number written in large print. Below that should be a spot that is marked 'Version,' which will tell you which panel the TV has.
Thanks in advance, RTINGS! I am thinking about two models: the Panasonic TH-60A430H and the Sony 55W800B. In terms of picture quality and refresh rate, which one is better? I mostly watch TV shows and movies.
Unfortunately, we did not review the Panasonic TH-60A430H, so we can't offer a proper evaluation of its capabilities. The Sony W800B
is quite good, though, and has great contrast and color uniformity, as well as little motion blur - it would be a fine choice. The refresh rate is not an important element in choosing a TV, so don't factor that in to your selection.
So the version code on the back of (newer) Samsung TVs supposedly specifies the panel used. I'm confused. I bought a UN65H7150AF
version UH02. I went to www.samsungparts.com (their parts distributor) and looked up the panel for my model. I then called a repair depot. There are two part numbers for the panel:
BN96-30402A - LSF650HQ03-G, 8-bit, 65", open cell
BN95-01341A/BN95-01341B - LSF650HQ03-G, CY-SH065D, LCD-AMLCD
BN95-01341C - CY-SH065DSL3V/H, H7100
My first question is (assuming the LSF650HQ is a Samsung panel), what the heck is the CY0SH065D number? An alternate vendor?
Second (read this carefully!!!) the SAME part number for the panel is listed for BOTH the TS01 *and* the UH02 version of the UN65H7150AF.
1. It appears that people (the Internet) assume that the version and panel are a 1:1 mapping: TS01 is a different panel from TS02 is a different panel from UH02. Is this really correct? It now appears that the versions are a "total build" version, and that all TVs with the same model and version have the same panel; but that does NOT mean that other TVs with the same model but a different version have a DIFFERENT panel...
2. If the CY-SH065D number is a mfg part number that is a different panel than the LSF650HQ number, it appears that TVs with an identical model and version might have different panels...
3. Does anyone know if (assuming that UH02 *is* a reference to a specific panel), is that panel PVA, S-PVA, or A-PVA?
4. Since the part number indicates an 8-bit panel, does that imply that it is a "standard gamut" color range? Are 10-bit panels "extended gamut"?
There is a lot of misinformation on all the different versions on the web (including on our website). Everyone, including us, is guessing.
1) You are right, there is not a 1:1 mapping from version to panel. The version number written at the back refers to the whole TV, not just the panel. A better way to check the panel is to go in the service menu of the TV. But even there it is not the direct panel number listed, but a code instead.
2) I am not sure about that one. LSF650HQ03 is definitely a Samsung panel number (it fits their number convention), but CY-SH65D looks more like a backlight assembly. My guess is the TS01 was assembled from a full panel assembly (LSF650HQ03 + CY-SH65D), whereas the UH02 was assembled from an open cell LCD (LSF650HQ03) and a separate backlight (CY-SH65D). Samsung might be doing this to adjust to the demand of open cell vs full panel.
3) All of the Samsung TVs that we tested (with the exception of the UN40H5203
(TD01)) had S-PVA. But the only way to know for sure is to take a picture of the pixels.
4) Color gamut is not the same thing as color depth. A 10 bit color depth doesn't mean a wider gamut, it just means it has more resolution (gradations in the color range).
I understand the UN55H6350
and the new UN55J6300
are essentially the same television, but 2014 and 2015 models, respectively. Price is virtually identical on Amazon. You rate the 2014 model higher, so is that a better bet?
We changed our scoring methods for 2015, so that's not really an indication of the relative quality. They really do have the same quality, so if they both cost the same, pick up the J6300
for the updated software.