The Samsung J6200 has a cheap bezel and slow smart features. However, it has very little motion blur, and excellent black uniformity (although the blacks are not deep).
- Very little motion blur
- Great black uniformity
- Slow and outdated smart features
- Cheap and bulky design
- Limited viewing angle
The stand is cheap and not very stable. It doesn't swivel. Our 55" J6200 had a footprint of 9" x 22.75".
3.35" (8.5 cm)
This is a solid, but basic, TV in terms of picture quality. The blacks are fairly deep, and there aren't many uniformity issues. Upscaling of low quality content is quite good. Unfortunately the TV can't get very bright to deal with reflections, and the picture quality degrades when viewed from the side.
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The contrast ratio is average on this TV. If you turn off the lights in your room, you'll see the blacks look a little gray.
SDR Peak 2% Window
SDR Peak 50% Window
Our unit's gray uniformity is poor. The corners are darker and there are a few brighter spots on the screen.
The viewing angle is limited. The colors desaturate when you sit at an angle. While you can still see the picture, this isn't ideal if you have multiple viewpoints.
Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.
Native Std. Dev.
The black uniformity is great. No major flashlighting or clouding.
DVDs and SD content looks good.
Surprisingly, a 720p input looks softer than normal. If you are watching cable TV, you should let your receiver do the upscaling to 1080p instead
1080p content like Blu-rays looks good.
The J6200 handles reflections pretty well. There is a slight rainbow effect around lightbulbs, but nothing distracting.
It can't get very bright. You can get by with one or two windows, but this TV is really only suited to dark rooms.
This is a good TV at handling motion. It has extremely little motion blur due to the fast pixel response time. When watching movies via a blu-ray player it is very smooth. It is able to interpolate content up to the native refresh rate of 120Hz.
It currently has the fastest response time that we have measured so far. The amount of motion blur is really minimal, which is great. As you can see in our picture, you can barely see any trail following our logo.
PWM Dimming Frequency
Judder-free 24p via 60p
Judder-free 24p via 60i
There is no judder when a movie is outputted at 24p (like via a Blu-ray player). Over 60i or 60p though (like on cable), the TV can't always do the reverse 3:2 pulldown correctly. At least, if you like the soap opera effect, you can turn on 'Auto Motion Plus' to get rid of this.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
There's not much delay between when you input a command and when you see the result onscreen due to the average input lag. It is a 1080p TV so doesn't accept any higher resolution signals. It also doesn't accept a 120Hz input.
1080p With Interpolation
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
Under game mode and PC mode, the input lag is 44.5ms, which is average. It is not really noticeable.
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
To get chroma 4:4:4, set the type of the HDMI input to PC.
Digital Optical Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith
Variable Analog Audio Out
The sound of this TV isn't great. It's pretty inaccurate, can't get very loud, and has noticeable distortion when the volume is turned up.
On the upside, the bass is pretty good (for a TV).
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Std. Dev. @ 70
5.72 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
5.55 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.15 dB SPL
Poor frequency response all around. At higher volumes significant pumping may be present. The TV doesn't get loud either, but the bass extension is decent.
Total Harmonic Distortion
Decent distortion under light load, but the distortion increases noticeably as the volume increases.
The remote is very basic.
Power Consumption (Max)
Overall the J6200 is a pretty average TV. This is great for those who only care about picture quality, not the design or smart features. Great for video games though thanks to the excellent pixel response.
Average movie performance. Picture quality is average but lacks features found on high end TVs. Uniformity is quite good.
Slightly above average for TV shows in a bright room. Average picture quality. Upscaling of content is good. Unfortunately can't get very bright to deal with reflections and picture deteriorates when viewed from the side.
Above average for sports. Very little motion blur which is great for fast plays. Can interpolate content up to 120Hz. Uniformity is quite good.
Great for video games. Excellent motion performance for fast paced games. Input lag is average which should be good for most people. Decent picture quality.
Doesn't support HDR. Color range is limited to SDR content. Can't achieve bright highlights. Decent picture quality.
Average PC monitor. Very responsive, which is great. Average picture quality. 1080p panel but supports chroma for clear text.
Questions & Answers
72 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
In the J6200
a true 120Hz TV? The specs say it's Clear Motion 120. What is the actual panel refresh rate?
Yes, it's 120 hz. The TV was able to interpolate 60 fps footage up to 120 fps, which is how we confirmed.
LED Motion Mode
Like the J6300, the J6200 has a backlight strobing feature, but it doesn't work well. It does the same thing as reducing the 'Backlight' setting.
LED Motion Mode
Samsung has updated this TV with Tizen.
Thank you for letting us know. We have just tried the new firmware version (1018) available on the Samsung web site and although it definitely look better than before, it still has some older looking menus and lack the animations higher end models have. We have changed the appellation to 'Tizen (2014)' to reflect the latest changes and changed the 'Smart TV' score from 6.0 to 7.0. It is a welcome update for J6200
owners. Thank you again for sharing the news!
The 720p upscaling is terribly disappointing for what would have otherwise been a solid TV for PQ. This is not normal for Samsung, which generally has a reputation for great upscaling algorithms. The fact that 480p and 1080p are good, while 720p is weak, is even further perplexing.
We agree that it's odd. We'll check it out again if we see an update is out for the TV, just in case a firmware change fixes the problem. For now, though, it looks like the J6200
is just an oddity in Samsung's lineup.
Is the J6200
this year's version of the H6203
? Would this be about where the H6203 would be rated on the new testing format? Thanks for the site, great info.
Yes, it is the equivalent of the H6203
for this year. The H6203 would probably rate a bit better though, because of its higher contrast ratio.
So I see 6.9 for picture and for 7.0 movies, so is this set bad then for movies? If so, then are there any images to show me how bad?
It's not really bad. It's just missing some features you get with pricier TVs, like local dimming, HDR, 4k resolution, etc. The blacks are decent, and quite uniform, and there's little blur. Pretty much anything you'll want to watch will look fine.
First of all, many thanks for the hard work, eye strain, and long hours that you all spend preparing the reviews on your site. I wish that I were smart enough to appreciate all the data and information. A question of confusion, however: On 6/22/15, you wrote that the native panel refresh rate for the J6200
is 120 hz. On 6/29/15 in response to a question about the JS7000
, you wrote that the panel's native refresh rate was 60 hz, or half of the new Samsung marketing term, Motion Rate. Since the J6200 is listed as a Motion Rate 120 product on the Samsung website in 55" or 40" (the size I can afford), I'm confused or don't understand. Would the native panel refresh rate be 120 hz? Or could Samsung have despec'ed the TV since its introduction?
For 2015, Samsung's 1080p TVs 'Motion Rate' equals the real refresh rate. For 4k TVs, 'Motion Rate' is double the real refresh rate. Since the J6200
is a 1080p TV and advertised as 'Motion Rate' 120, it is a 120Hz TV. You can find more details on real and fake refresh rate here
Thank you for having a great site. Trying to decide between Vizio E65-C3
vs Samsung J6200
. Using your information, I have made a comparison between the 2 sets. So your reference regarding reflection & brightness is important. And motion blur while important should be manageable with Vizio.
We watch a lot of cable and view some significant amount of streaming using Netflix and Amazon.
I am not sure if I understand the reference that watching DVDs on the J6200 is better. We have a Bluray player but don't rent Bluray discs. Can you explain in more laymen's terms why the J6200 is better for watching DVDs.
DVDs play at a lower resolution of 480p and the J6200
just look smoother at that resolution. It might not be an issue for the Vizio E if your blu-ray player can upscale/transform that resolution to the native TV resolution of 1080p (instead of letting the TV do the work). If that is a possibility, get the Vizio E for it's extra brightness. If your blu-ray player can't do that and you don't expect to rent blu-ray discs anytime soon, the J6200 will be better.
Does this TV have a Web Browser?
I just purchased the j6200
. All my apps work great (YouTube, UFC TV, etc.) except HBO GO. There's no audio. It's baffling. What could be causing this? If it were all the apps, I'd be sure I missed something. But it's only HBO GO. Perfect video, zero sound. Please and thank you.
Are you using the TV speakers or another external audio device? HBO GO uses Dolby Digital Plus so your TV and audio device must be set to accept this signal. Verify that on the TV by going under 'Menu' - 'Sound' - 'Additional Settings' and set 'HDMI Audio Format' to 'Bitstream'. 'Audio Format' should be set to 'Dolby Digital'. If there is any compatibility issue, then set both settings to PCM. You won't get 5.1 audio if using an external audio device but that will at least output 2.1 sound.
Hi, could you please explain the two lines below mentioned in this review? I'm confused why cable shows which are 30 or 60p (I think) would have 24fps judder? My assumption was that 24, 30, and 60fps all divide into 120Hz nicely so there shouldn't be any judder. What am I missing?
Judder-free 24p via 60p: No
Judder-free 24p via 60i: No
TV shows won't have judder since they are shot in native 30 or 60p and fit perfectly on a 120hz panel. Judder will happen on content that are originally shot at 24p then "converted" to fit a 60hz signal, like movies and cartoons. Those content goes through an automatic 3:2 pulldown process to fit the 60hz signal of TVs. To be judder free, the TV needs to detect that 3:2 pulldown process and reverse it (reverse 3:2 pulldown). The J6200
does it but not consistently. Even then, not many people will see judder. You can find more information on judder here
I purchased a 60" J6300
. I watch soccer and Netflix. Blur is okay while watching soccer on cable, and on one channel it is actually great (I would give it 9.5). On another channel (NBC Sports) there is more blur, but it is tolerable. Why is that? Can the blur depend on the source?
My main problem is with watching soccer on NBCsports and ESPN apps on Roku. Blur is fairly bad. I am confused. I have the option of free access to these apps, in which case I would not need to pay for cable TV (savings of $70 a month). But the blur is very bad. I turned off Auto Motion, as it is only worse with it.
I also realized that I could go with the 55" size (because I can move my seating position) and I would also get the Samsung panel (if I am correct, all the 55" TVs are Samsung panels?)
Do you think that the J6200
's excellent response time would solve this problem?
That way, I could get the better blur and save some money. I am not concerned with bad design or lack of HDMI inputs. Money is not an issue, and I am trying to get the best available 1080p TV for my usage. Are there any benefits to the J6300's picture that I would lose if i go to the J6200?
About the upscaling difference: If I keep the cable, my box will do the upscaling, right? What other content comes in 720p and needs to be upscaled? Is Netflix always in 1080p?
Why is blur worse with streaming?
Will the J6200 improve it over J6300?
What are the potential problems with lower-quality 720 upscaling?
Will I lose picture quality if go with J6200, or are they pretty much the same?
You only tested the 55" version of 6200 and 6300 right?
The NBC Sports channel is interlaced, and interlaced channels do indeed have a bit more blur. That explains why the blur for cable sports is inconsistent across channels.
It's likely not that the blur is worse, but rather that the quality of the video is worse. If your internet connection isn't strong enough, you won't get the best video quality. You could maybe improve it a bit by enabling 'Digital Clean View'.
I don't think the J6200
would be better for this, and you do get worse gray uniformity by switching to the J6200. That's something that has a negative impact on sports.
The downside to the worse 720p upscaling is that the image looks fuzzier.
And yes, we only tested the 55" models.
You and other reviewer speak quite favorably of Vizio TVs. However, checking Amazon's Customer Reviews (most critical), one soon realizes that the Vizio design is incompatible with file-sharing WiFi setup; numerous users report that a file-sharing setup causes the Vizio to freeze up. This sort of design defect is inexcusable. Second, Vizio's are apparently more vulnerable to damage in shipping. Third, Vizio's Customer Service is seriously deficient (read: horrible). I was all ready to go purchase a 60-65" Vizio, until I began reading the Critical Customer Reviews (just a few of the many). Your technical reviews are the best - but we have to live with what we choose for purchase. Perhaps you cannot report negative anecdotal information, but at least warn the uninitiated to do their own due diligence. Thank you.
Thanks for the feedback. It is indeed hard for us to account for these type of issues in our reviews. To compensate for it, we rely on people exposing these issues in the Q&A section (just like you did, thanks!).
Can you please explain what the difference is between the Auto1 and Auto2 options under Film Mode? Which one do you recommend using?
Auto1 is the anti-judder feature for genuine 24 hz signals, and Auto2 is reverse 3:2 pulldown for 24p via 60 hz. For Blu-rays, use Auto1. For everything else, use Auto2.
Is there a reason that this TV is so deep? Also, why is it that Samsung places the inputs facing out the back instead of sideways? I just ordered this model from Costco and now it would seem that I need to get a 90 degree HDMI to install on the wall. Am I better off with an adapter or new HDMI with built in 90 degree to limit the number of connections or splices, so to speak?
For both design questions, the answer is that this is a cheaper TV, so more expensive choices (slimming the TV down, putting ports on the sides) were avoided.
There's no functional difference between getting the adapter and getting a new cable, so go with whichever choice you prefer.
Best budget 55" TV? Looks like the price difference between this TV and the E55-C1
may be wide enough to crown a new budget 1080p recommendation. Best Buy has the Vizio E55 for $599.99 and the J6200
at $750. Thoughts?
You're right that the E55 is cheaper, but since it isn't sold by Amazon, we aren't listing it. It's worth a look if you're shopping at Best Buy for a budget TV.
I'm looking to replace a dying 9 year old Samsung DLP 42" and last week purchased an LG UF6430 49" Ultra 4K. While the picture with IPS panel is very nice, the motion blur while watching sports is unacceptable. I've tried all the adjustments under the Trumotion setting (including OFF) to no avail. With that said, the TV will be going back to the store shortly. I probably watch 75% sports, 25% regular programming including an occasional movie, and no gaming. Most of my programming comes from DirecTV, though I also stream from a Fire Stick. Distance from TV is about 11' in a low lit living room. Considering I watch a lot of sports, would you recommend the J6200
, Visio E Series
, or Visio M Series
? As I was researching the blurring issues with the LG, I came across your website and really appreciate the information you provide!
If your cable box can upscale lower resolutions (mainly 720p) than the J6200
is the best as far as motion handling. If the TV have to do the upscaling, than you will be better with the J6300
. Both are really good for sports.
The Samsung UN55J6200
has very poor OTA reception at times. It can be caused by something simple like a truck going by, or even by me walking past the set. I just moved my older 46" Samsung upstairs from the same spot, and that had much better reception. I believe they cut corners on this set with a crummy digital tuner.
I get a lot of pixelization at times. It comes & goes, doesn't matter which channel or which antenna I use (or where I put it). I've dealt with a crummy tuner before in a TV in the past, so that's why I believe that's the problem with this TV & its 'OTA demod'.
The other time I replaced a cheaper TV & the reception issues cleared up. The fact that my better 46" Samsung had much better reception in the same spot is further indication that it's the J6200
I only have a couple of weeks to decide if I'm sending it back to Amazon. The weather has been moderate in my normally windy location, so it can't even be blamed on that, and I have a feeling the reception will get much, much worse here in frozen Green Bay, WI.
I also just checked & a website said I have the right indoor antennas for my location & distance from towers (less than 10 miles).
Again, this is all related to antenna reception, no cable involved.
I have to decide very soon!
It sounds like you've worked this through and have a pretty good handle on the problem. You might want to try using the 'Digital Clean View' and 'MPEG Noise Filter,' just to see if that handles some of the noise. Apart from that, though, you would probably need to get a different TV to get rid of the problem.
Thanks for sharing your experience!
How can I find out if the 40" model has a 120Hz panel? I know how some companies tend to strip features away from smaller units.
The 40" is real 120Hz. You can test this by sending a 60fps input, and turning on 'Auto Motion Plus' to smooth it out by bringing it up to 120Hz.
Does the fantastic motion control hold up when game mode is enabled? And can I keep motion control on while gaming?
You can't use the interpolation or LED motion mode features in game mode, but the low amount of motion blur will apply both in and out of game mode.
On contrast, you said in a dark room the blacks look a little grey. Is it noticeable?
It depends on how sensitive you are. The blacks are still very dark, but are just more of a dark gray than true black. They'll be fine for most.
Just bought the 65" TV and notice a very large space between the LCD panel and the backlight, which is noticeable on the sides while watching and clearly visible when up close to the TV and looking at it from the sides.
I am wondering why this was not mentioned here. Is this something only on larger models? I believe the correct wording is a gap between the LCD and backlight diffuser. It's really odd and I've never seen it before. Your thoughts? Is mine just a anomaly or is it known?
also has this, and it's quite noticeable. Every LED TV has this - though some more than others - so it's nothing to worry about.
Does this TV have the HDMI ARC port for a soundbar? If not, is there a way to connect a sound bar and have them sync (TV turns the sound bar on and controls it)?
Unfortunately, no. ARC is not possible, and neither is CEC, which would allow you to power both devices on at once.
Very impressed with Samsung overall. We watch movies that range from 480P to 720P to 1080P (probably 1/3 each) and are undecided between the UN60J6200
60" (1080P) @ $649 and the UN55KU6300
(4K) @ $699. We usually sit 4-8 feet from the TV. Don't care about 1080 vs 4K - just want the best picture overall. Recommendation???
Go with the Samsung KU6300
. The smart interface is a bit more easy to use, is a bit more future proof since it support HDR and the picture quality is superior to the J6200
in general. Also, at the distance you are sitting, you have a better experience with a 4k TV over a 1080p TV.
How does this fine response time compare to CRT and plasma TVs?
It's tough to compare this TV to all CRT and plasma TVs. Plasma TVs, for example, have a phosphor trail on some movement, which can look similar to what you'd see with an LED TV with a high response time.
is a video example of a plasma TV with bad motion blur.
Plasma TVs (and CRT, though we haven't reviewed any CRT TVs) tend to be praised for their movement handling because they have a good deal of flickering, which does clarify movement (similar to Sony's Clearness feature on this year LED TVs). By any standard, the Samsung J6200
is a solid performer.
I currently own a Samsung J6200
and I am moving soon to Singapore, where there is a different voltage. I like the TV. Will there be an issue if I just buy a converter to adapt the TV. Is this advisable? Thank you.
You'll be fine as long as you get an adapter with a voltage converter.
During the 2015 holiday there was a firmware upgrade to this model. Do you think that after updating the test results may be better? I cannot decide between the H6400
, and JU6000 - all at 55". I use the TV mostly for watching cable TV and playing games on my Xbox 360 (so the signal's maximum quality is 720p).
The only thing that could really be improved on is the 720p upscaling, and that doesn't seem to have changed.
We haven't reviewed the JU6000, so we can't say how good it is, but the H6400
will be great for what you want to do, so we recommend picking that.
We are looking to purchase a 55" - 65" TV for wall mounting in a darkened family room where the screen will be at a 10 - 11' distance. For our use, we don't see the need for 4K at this point. Usage will mostly be streaming movies with some DVDs. We would also want to occasionally be able to hook our laptop up as a monitor to view pictures stored in the cloud. We will likely use a Roku for most content. We are considering either a Samsung J6200
- in either a 55" ($750) or 60" ($950) or perhaps for roughly the same money going with the next size up in a larger Visio E60-C3
($800) or the E65-C3
- ($1,000). In our case, would you recommend that we would get more value out of the correspondingly larger screen size vs. the premium Samsung? With appreciation for this very helpful and informative web-site!
The bigger size of the 65" Vizio will be more pleasing for high definition cable TV and streaming HD movies but it won't be as good as the Samsung J6200
to watch DVDs. If you don't plan on getting a bluray player down the road (it could do a better job than the TV to upscale DVDs), get the 60" Samsung J6200. If a bluray player is a possibility in the near future, the bigger screen of the Vizio E would be a better choice and more future-proof.
I am looking for the best 43" LED 1080p hdtv to fit into my entertainment center, which can take a TV with a width of 38.5". (Currently holds an old Sony Bravia 40" which is dying). The Samsung you recommend is a 40" but would that good review apply to the 43" J5200 or the J5000, both 2015 models according to Amazon. Or should I just opt for the LG 43LF6300
or Vizio E43-C2
? Sorry, but you don't specifically reference a 43" so not sure whether your reviews apply. We mainly watch cable TV shows and movies only. Thanks.
We will review the J5200 and J5000 in about a month. We can't compare them right now but they are different than the J6200
. For a 1080p 43" TV, Vizio is probably the best choice.
Hi. I really like the in-depth reviews on this site. My question is, if i have a discrete graphics card (GTX 980 TI) that supports HDMI 2.0, will I be able to get 120 fps with this TV, since you said it has a native 120 hz refresh rate? I am not sure I want to get a 4k TV at this time, so I was looking around for a cheaper 1080p TV that can be used to get the 120 fps in games with decent, if not great picture and decent input lag and motion blur. Thanks in advance.
No. Unfortunately, Samsung TVs can only accept a signal of up to 60 hz. In this case, the 120 hz panel just allows the TV to interpolate the video up to 120 hz.
Unfortunately, there are no 1080p TVs that can do 1080p120, so you'll need to get the Vizio M (the 60" size or larger; the smaller ones don't work) or any of the Sony X* series TVs for that capability. They're all decent picks, though the M has a bit more blur than ideal on some movement in games, and the Sony X830C
has weak blacks (but a wide viewing angle).
Hey I'm looking to get this tv or a Vizio 50" D Series. I noticed you don't have a review for the Vizio D Series and its a 4k tv. I sit roughly 6 feet away from the TV and mostly stream from a PS4. I care mostly about quality of picture. Which one should I go for?
A 50" 4k TV would be good at your viewing distance assuming you watch 4k contents. It won't make a difference for 1080p contents like most streaming services and video games. The Vizio D is likely to use a cheaper panel than the M series
with worst uniformity but unfortunately, we haven't tested one. The Samsung J6200
is a safe pick for a 1080p TV. It doesn't have any major flaw and is well suited for all kind of contents.
Does the Samsung J6200
Can I stream ESPN3 from the web browser?
The short answer is no. But some have success with it and some don't. The ESPN website uses flash player. Depending on the browser version you have on the TV, it could play well, play with no sound or just don't play at all. Since you can't update flash independently on the TV, you never know if it will work after any TV updates or ESPN website updates. Unfortunately, the WatchESPN app isn't much of an alternative since it isn't available on the Samsung smart platform. You would have to use an external device such as the AppleTV or Roku to watch ESPN3 on the TV.
Is it best to have the 'Native' setting on or off when upscaling from a DirecTV HD DVR to 1080i/1080p in regards to this model?
'Native' won't look right for cable TV. Leave the 'Color Space' to 'Auto' so it will always set itself correctly for the incoming source signal.
I don't understand the difference between PC Mode and Gaming Mode. Are they mutually exclusive? If so, what do I get enabling one vs the other? To be more specific, which is better for use with a Steam Link?
Usually, both modes bring the input lag down. Game mode usually more so but that isn't always the case (for example, on the J6200
, both modes have the same input lag). PC mode also enables chroma 4:4:4 for sharper text when using with a computer. Since that is not needed with the Steam Link, use either PC or game mode. Both modes will work with any connected devices too.
You didn't specify, but in the first picture the 'Sharpness' setting is all the way down; This is where it should be? I read that some TV's will go below negative on sharpness if turned all the way to 0.
Yes it is correct. You cannot under-sharpen a Samsung TV so 0 mean no added sharpness. On Sony TVs, 50 is the same as 0 for Samsung. Anything below 50 for a Sony TV will under-sharpen the picture (make it more blurry artificially).
Which one is better? Samsung J6200
40inch or Sony KDL-W600B 40inch. I want a TV for my PS4 and movies.
The Samsung displays fast moving images more clearly, which is better for fast paced games. The input lag is slightly higher, but this should not be an issue. Both TVs have similar picture quality and features, so go with the J6200
I have two questions/concerns. Is it normal for the J6200
's speed to be inconsistent when going through the settings menu? I notice that sometimes it's unbearably slow when trying to launch the settings menu or change/adjust a setting, like a long delay between the remote and TV, then it'll speed up normally and become slow/inconsistent again, like it's a back and forth thing that happens randomly. One time it was extremely slow when I first turned on the TV then it sped up in the menu after like one minute. I'm on the latest firmware, and I don't think it has anything to do with input lag because I was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and it was pretty consistently fast, also when I power on/off the TV with the remote it's almost instant, so it's only an issue mainly with the settings menus and smart hub. Have you guys noticed this with your units?
NOTE! I've owned two J6200s. The first one I ordered online and when I received it, it had a dead pixel and was painfully slow in the menus, so I didn't even see if there was an update available. The current replacement one I got in the store is a lot faster in the menus "most of the time", but this one also has the slow/sluggish delay when trying to scroll through the menus(as stated above with my first question), just not all the time (probably do to being updated to the latest version). So, do you guys think it has to do with Samsung's software and not the TV itself?
Also, my second question is if it's normal for the TV's volume to sometimes fade in when changing TV channels on the cable box? Like when changing the channels the TV's volume will be low then it'll fade in to normal volume after like a second of switching between channels. I have auto volume turned off and it happens whether it's off or not. I think it has something to do with the TV preventing itself from being loud when changing the channels, but I'm not sure. I have my sound settings set to "music".
Thank you :)
We have experienced something similar to this on our Samsung TVs. After turning on the TV, it can be very slow when trying to change settings or inputs. This is a result of the software and the processor in this model of the TV, not your individual TV. It may have been improved over your previous TV due to a software update which generally are to fix bugs or stability issues. The smart menu processor is independent of the video processing and so it will not affect the input lag or picture quality.
We are not able to test the sound occurrence at the moment, but this may be due to the TV or the cable box. If you can test with another TV you can see if it is because of the TV or the box. As you said, this may be a feature to transition between channels. Check your cable box settings to see if it can be disabled.
How do I connect a wireless headphone set to my Samsung UN50J6200
Unfortunately, this TV doesn't have Bluetooth so it is not possible to connect wireless headphones.
Is there a TV equivalent to this one but with lower input lag? I really like the fast response time, but would like something in the sub-30ms range for gaming.
We haven't seen anything equivalent, but the Vizio E series
has comparable picture quality (its motion blur and uniformity are a bit worse), and its input lag is under 30 ms. It's a good compromise.
Samsung has a new TV (JS7000
) coming out. If the Motion Rate is 120hz, does that mean it has a native 60hz panel?
Yes. That would be consistent with what we've noted from the Motion Rate to Refresh Rate relationship of Samsung's other TVs.
It seems based on your picture that the backlight stays on longer the higher you push it. Does this potentially also increase the motion blur?
Yes. It doesn't affect the trail, but it can affect the clarity of the movement.
For example, take a look at these images from the Sony W850C
's review. This image
is of the screen while the backlight flickering feature (called 'Clearness') is enabled and set to the lowest setting. Compare that to this image
, which has the same feature enabled, but to the second-most aggressive setting.
There's better definition to the letters in the second image, but it comes at the cost of backlight brightness. So, yes, it does have an effect. That said, without enabling the flickering feature, and using only the default backlight settings, it's likely that the difference would be pretty minor.
So I can essentially get the 60" UN60J6200AFXZA
for $650-700 today. The Vizio E65-C3
is around $950-1000. How does it really compare to the Vizio E65-C3?
From your comparison charts, the J6200
has way better black uniformity/motion blur, similar contrast, and poor gray uniformity, bright & avg. room, upscaling, 60i specs.
Input lag and viewing angle do not matter to me. Other than the J6200 being chunky, only having two HDMIs, and not having local dimming (which you say is ineffective on the Vizio anyway), would the J6200 be a great TV for that price?
If you sit 8.5 feet or more away from your TV, the extra screen size of the E-series
will be more important. If you're closer, then yes, the better overall picture quality of the Samsung J6200
is what you should go for.
Does this TV need to upscale/upconvert 720 to 1080 or is there a way to turn it off? I have had plenty of TVs that just displayed the signal(720) that they received, which I always thought looked fine. It seems like a lot of the newer sets want to turn up the resolution, which seems to degrade the picture. Is there a reason for this?
Do you mean that your other TVs would letterbox 720p and just play the smaller image on the screen?
The only way for a TV to display a lower resolution on the full screen is to upscale, and that is the case with the Samsung J6200
. It does lead to slight-to-moderate image degradation, but it's not a big problem for most people.
I have two questions. (1) How will I know if the input lag on this Samsung J6200
set will make or break my gaming experience on classic and current gen games like Halo? (2) Which 1080p plasma would you recommend I get if I can?
It's tough to say. Most people won't notice an issue, but for fast-paced games like Halo, it might be a problem. If you're really concerned about input lag issues, you'll be better off getting a TV like the Vizio E-series
For plasma, the Samsung F8500
or Panasonic S60
would be the best options for you.
What adjustments did you make to the picture settings to make the coloring better?
You can find our calibration settings here
. Note that the settings we used won't be right for everybody. If your picture looks worse after using our settings, just set all the 10 pt. and color space settings to default and use only the other settings.
I currently have a Samsung UN46EH5300 - I primarily play xbox one and care about input lag and picture quality. I'm upgrading to a 55" and was wondering if this TV is a step up from the 46" I currently have? My fiance is commandeering the 46" for her use upstairs, so I need to get a new TV.
It won't be a huge improvement in term of picture quality, but it should indeed be better. We haven't reviewed the EH5300 though, so we can't quantify by how much.
Hello. My Sister was wondering if there is any way to disable this TV's WiFi. She doesn't want the kids on Netflix constantly and she knows they can figure out the password somehow if she changes the WiFi password. It would also be nice to not have constant WiFi waves being emitted. Thanks.
Unfortunately, there's nothing in the menu that lets you block certain networks. The best solution here is to go into the router's settings and block the TV from there. Note that the WiFi waves are coming from the router, so blocking WiFi on the TV isn't going to be much help.
J6200 vs J6300
. Does it come down to paying a bit for more inputs, or are there other tangible differences?
is quite a bit thicker, and it is worse at upscaling 720p. It does have less blur, though.
Apart from that, they're both about the same.
First, kudos for the great job you have done here. I am planning to buy a 55" TV from Costco, however they do not carry many models. I wish they had a 55J6300, but my options are the J6200
. I do not think 4k is necessary for me, but it's nice to have. Would you recommend the JU6500 with judder issue for $300 more? My use of the TV is movies > games > sports > TV > PC. Let me know. Thanks again.
Both are good for what you want to do, so it's the judder that should decide for you.
Take a look at the video on this page
and see if you notice the judder. If you don't, the JU6500
will be right for you. If you notice it and it bothers you, the Samsung J6200
will be the better buy.
Which TV would be better for movies, the H6203
60" (Sharp panel) or J6200
55" (Samsung panel)? I'm sensitive when it comes to motion blur, and I hate the soap opera effect. Thanks. PS: Both TVs are priced the same.
The larger H6203
is a better deal for most, just because of the size, and it doesn't have much blur. If you're really sensitive to blur, though, get the J6200
. It has the least blur of any LED TV we've tested this year.
Both TVs have good blacks and no judder with 24 fps video, so they're very good for watching movies.
I'm looking at the J6200
, can you tell me why the 50" is priced less than the 48"? This is true on nearly every website and is very puzzling.
It's probably a matter of supply/demand. Samsung can probably produce more of the 50" size, which would drive down the price.
On the upscaling issue: We watch a lot of over the air (OTA) TV. Most is 1080i, Fox is 720p. Will the J6200
have the same problem with both? Thank you.
No. In our tests the J6200
was upscaling a 1080i resolution better than a 720p resolution. We suggest you let the receiver do the upscaling instead of the TV.
Hi guys. If I am operating this in game mode and can't adjust the 10 point white balance, should I still apply the rest of your custom settings?
Love the site, and love the TV for gaming. Thanks!
Yes. The white balance settings are only guaranteed to work for our TV anyway. The rest of the settings will be great for your TV.
I have a question about 120 hz panels. This TV, the J6200
has a native 120 hz panel. But it can't accept a 120 hz signal. At least not from a PC, according to your review.
So does that mean when its running through a set top cable box, for example, the refresh rate is still only 60 hz, but the interpolation kicks it to 120? So the 60 fps game of hockey will be interpolated to 120 fps for smoother motion?
Is the fact that it can't accept a 120 hz source why it doesn't support 24p over a 60p connection?
Yes, you've got the right idea for the interpolation.
For the 24p via 60p, the J6300
is sometimes able to detect the 24p within the 60 hz and remove the judder. It's inconsistent in doing so, which is why we consider its result a failure, but it is capable of doing it. Regardless, the inability to accept a 120 hz signal isn't related to this.
Thinking of getting the J6200
(actually the J6250 from Costco, same tv, right?). Anyway, my question has to do with comparing the J6200 to the J6300
. According to your review, the J6300 does a better job at upscaling 720p, but I would prefer not to have the micro-dimming feature based on your review of the Samsung technology. How much better is the J6300's upscaling. I am leaning towards the J6200 to avoid the micro-dimming, but the 720 upscaling issue worries me.
The J6250 is probably Costco exclusive. They do this so price cannot be compared with competitors. This model should be the same or very similar to the J6200
with maybe some slight differences in design. There is no setting to turn off micro dimming on the J6300
but you can still do so just by using the 'Movie' picture mode where the micro dimming feature isn't active. You can then get the J6300 and get the best of both worlds (with better 720p upscaling) as long as you use the 'Movie' picture mode.
Does this TV have an actual 120hz panel built in? In other words, before articifical things factor into the refresh rate, is it a native 120Hz? The picture does not look as clear and crisp as I had anticipated. How can I know what TV's have a 120Hz panel built in? Thanks.
Yes, it is really 120hz. You can tell by the way the motion looks when activating 'Auto Motion Plus'. A higher refresh rate TV does not make the picture look more clear or crisp. That really depends on the quality of the source you are watching.
Why are some websites (Walmart) advertising this set as "Samsung UN55J6200
55" 1080p 60Hz Class LED HDTV," yet your website lists it as 120 hz? What gives? Who is correct? That information was copied and pasted from their website.
We don't know why they're listing it that way, but we were able to interpolate 60 hz video up to 120 hz on our J6200
, which confirms that the TV is 120 hz.
I am looking to add a 50" TV for a 2nd living room at the new house. Would you recommend this Samsung 6200 or the vizio e series
? The TV will pretty much be used for basic cable programming, sports, and blu-ray movies. Thanks for your input!
They are close, but the Samsung J6200
has a slight edge, especially for your usage because it upscales low quality content (like basic cable programming) better.
Hi. Does this TV support a sound bar? I just bought a J6200
and a HW-JM25 sound bar for it, but the option doesn't come up on the TV to say "add new device," so I can't connect it to the TV. I was wondering if maybe the TV does not supporting the sound bar. Also, what year was this TV manufactured? Thanks!
Yes, it does support soundbars. You need to go into the 'Speaker settings' menu (located in 'Sound') and make the switch to the soundbar.
This model was released in 2015.
How do you set the HDMI input type to PC (in order to get chroma 4:4:4)? I can't find it anywhere in the menus. Thanks!
Press the 'Input' button and then highlight the input you wish to change. Next, press the down arrow on the remote and then change the device type.
I have my J6200
connected to a Home Theater PC that I use roughly 65/35 for gaming and video watching (Netflix, TV/Movie files in h.264 format). I see that Game Mode and PC Mode cannot be enabled at the same time and, while PC Mode severely limits your ability to change picture settings, my understanding from your review is that PC Mode is the only way to get chroma 4:4:4. With all this in mind, which setting would you recommend I go with: PC Mode or Game Mode?
Go with Game Mode. The h.264 codec by default is chroma 4:2:0 (even Blu-rays), so you won't lose anything when watching videos. For gaming on a PC, you do lose slightly but the difference is subtile, and mostly only visible on small text.
I just purchased a J6200
and tried to download a third-party remote app in order to use my iPhone keyboard instead of the standard Samsung remote. I was unable to use the app, and the crash report from the developer said my firmware was for a J6203 (which is unsupported) even though I purchased a J6200. Do you have any information about this? How is the J6200 different from the J6203?
There shouldn't be a difference. Most likely, the issue you're having is with the app. Only the Samsung TV & Remote app is guaranteed to work for controlling your TV, and that only works as a remote on certain Samsung Galaxy phones.
We have a collection of AVI, MP4 and other video format types of movies on a USB harddisc. Does the Samsung UN60J6200
60-Inch USB port support playing of movies directly from a USB3 harddisc?
Trying to decide between the 65" j6200
and 60" j6300
. For smart apps, we mainly use amazon instant and Netflix to watch everything, so does the Tizen system make a huge difference? We also hook up the computer to hdmi to watch movies. Which one out of the 2 would you recommend is better?
The Tizen smart platform won't make a difference for streaming and both would behave the same connected to a PC. The main difference for you is that the J6200
isn't as good with 720p resolution like for some streaming contents. For this reason, you would be better with the J6300
Hi. I picked up this TV on Black Friday this year for just $300 and it's pretty decent with your calibration settings for video. But, as you said, the audio is pretty bad. Can you recommend an equalizer setting for normal TV viewing that at least takes advantage of the good bass it has? Thanks.
We don't adjust equalizer settings, since there's really no way to make most TVs sound good. Your best option here it to try different sound modes and see if there is one you like best.
I noticed under the list of settings (when you press the Menu button on the remote) that if you select "Settings", there is a mode called "Sports Mode" that seems buried (and in the wrong place, should be within the picture settings). Nevertheless, I see no mention of anyone in the review or in the comment section asking about "Sports Mode"? What does that do exactly? All I know is when I turn it on it completely changes the way my picture looks on my screen. Also, I see throughout the review and comment section people talking about a "PC Mode" and "Game Mode". For the life of me I can't find it within my settings. Where do you find those modes? I have a 60" Samsung J6200
We agree that the 'Sports Mode' isn't at an intuitive position in the menu. Among some other adjustments, when you activate the option, it mainly brighten the screen and over saturate colors. 'Game Mode' is also hidden and can be found under 'System' - 'General'. To activate 'PC Mode' it isn't really better, go in the input screen and hold down the selection button on the remote over the corresponding HDMI input, then select 'DVI PC'.
Looking at possibly purchasing a Samsung UN58J5190AFXZA and was wondering if you had a chance to review the model yet, or if there's a set that has been reviewed that it's comparable to.
With the new 2016 TVs coming soon, we have no plan to review the UN58J5190AFXZA as of now. This TV should be slightly inferior but comparable to the Samsung J5200
I checked over all questions and responses on this page and have not seen this question posed. I purchased the Samsung UN55J6200
Series 6 this past December. Although I am very satisfied with the picture quality, etc., I absolutely hate using the remote control to key-in selections or web addresses. What, if any, wireless keyboards are available and compatible with this unit? Also, the remote "CC" function always displays "not available". What gives and how does one get closed captions on this "smart? TV" ? Thanks so much for any help you can send my way.
Unfortunately, this TV doesn't have bluetooth functions and isn't compatible with any keyboards. For close caption, it will work only on over the air or direct cable (not through a cable box) since HDMI connections doesn't support closed captions. That is the same on all TVs. If you want closed captions when watching cable TV through your cable box, it must be enabled from within its settings. Same thing for blu-ray / DVD players.
I'm thinking of replacing my 4-year Plasma LG 50PV350 with the UE50J6200. Is it worth it?
Will a have a better optical/overall performance?
Going from a plasma to an LCD TV, you will notice changes to the picture as described here
. The J6200
may have a slight increase in picture quality, however worse dark room performance and viewing angles. For an increase in picture quality, go with an OLED display.
Is the J6200
a better option for cable viewing and sports over the J5200
Yes it is. For sports watching, the most important differences are the motion blur and uniformity. The J6200
has much less motion blur which means fast moving objects such as players or balls are better defined. The picture quality and uniformity of the two TVs are similar, so go with the J6200.
Recently got the 6200 based on your review of it's great motion handling. Terrific TV. Great picture. Not surprised it got such great motion ratings from your site. I never would have known if I hadn't found these pages. So thanks. Great resource. One nagging issue I have is that youtube videos often pause and start up again sporadically. Usually the video plays right through with no problem, but typically, when I stop the video and come back later and start it again it won't play through without the pausing. How can I tell if this is related to the speed of my internet or from the 6200 not processing the signal fast enough or correctly?
Try connecting it via wired Ethernet and see if the issue persists. If it doesn't help, and assuming your internet bandwidth is high enough, it could be just due to the slow software on the TV.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.