The Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV is a great 4k LED TV. The picture quality and its backlight are impressive, but it isn't without flaws. It has poor gray uniformity and a limited viewing angle.
- Wider color gamut
- Low motion blur and input lag
- Bright and doesn't reflect a lot of light
- Poor gray uniformity
- Limited viewing angle
The Samsung JS9500 looks and feels like a high-end TV. It is quite heavy and thick, due to its full array local dimming backlight. The stand, too, is quite stable, given the weight of the TV.
- 11% Contrast
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 2% Gradient
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
This is an okay TV for movies. Its blacks are pretty average, and the same can be said for the uniformity of dark scenes. If you're looking for an exceptional cinematic experience, this isn't the best TV.
It has a few nice extras, though. It has HDR, and is bright objects are able to get brighter than on any other TV we've seen when this feature is enabled. It also comes with really good local dimming, and very good 3D capabilities.
Turning on the local dimming didn't change our contrast ratio measurement at all (we measure it on a checkboard pattern). The native contrast on this TV is only average.
The black uniformity is average. Turning on the local dimming feature helps a little bit to hide this issue, but you can still see some clouding in some dark scenes.
The local dimming is quite responsive, but there is some noticeable blooming around bright objects.
More videos in the Q&A section of the review.
Given the same HDR footage, the difference between how well two TVs display HDR content is based on how wide of a dynamic contrast range they can display. To test this, we display a 2% white window and put the backlight and local dimming to the max. We then measure how bright that rectangle is.
We measured 726.7 cd/m2 on the Samsung UN65JS9500, which is quite bright. You can see a big blooming area around it though, but at least the edges of the screen are completely turned off.
Of course, this test is far from perfect. When the HDR format gets standardized in a few months, we will update the review with a more meaningful test.
Unfortunately, the gray uniformity isn't very good. You can see a few darker spots and edges. Curved TVs tend to have worse uniformity than their flat equivalent.
Like all VA panels, the colors are not the same when you sit at an angle. You will need to watch in front to appreciate this TV's picture quality.
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.
The white balance isn't far off from the pre-calibration.
The colors don't get much better than this TV once it has been calibrated.
Note that to get the full benefit of 4k, you'll need to watch genuine 4k material, and also sit close enough to the TV to see the extra detail. We talk about this in more detail here.
Selecting 'Native' as the color space increases the gamut quite noticeably. It is still far from the full Rec. 2020, though.
The glossy screen does a great job at reducing reflected ambient light. However, direct lights are more defined, and also have a rainbow glare around them.
It can get very bright. It is great for a bright room - unless you have a window right in front of the TV. The reflection will be quite defined, which is distracting.
The 3D is good. A little bit of crosstalk, but nothing noticeable during normal scenes.
This TV doesn't have much blur, so it's a good choice for watching your sport of choice.
Even better, it doesn't have much of the blurry, smudgy look that plagues many LED TVs. That kind of thing can make a playing surface - be it a field, or a rink, or a court - look patchy, and also breaks your immersion in whatever you're watching.
The JS9500 has very little motion blur. We measured an average response time of 15.6ms, which is quite good. You won't have any problem in sports or video games.
Watching movies over a Blu-ray player in 24p has no judder, but you might see some when watching movies over a 60p or 60i source, because it can't always do the reverse 3:2 pulldown (sometimes it works, but not always). 'Auto Motion Plus' gets rid of this, but it comes with the soap opera effect.
Like most Samsung UHD TVs, the JS9500 has hardly any delay between performing an action in a game and seeing it appear onscreen. If you're playing a game that requires fast reflexes, this is a great TV to be using.
Combined with the minimal motion blur, this is a really good option for people who want a good gaming TV.
In game mode, the input lag is very low. PC mode has a higher input lag of 56.6 ms, which is a bit unfortunate if you want chroma 4:4:4.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
It doesn't support 1080p @ 120fps, which is a bit of a shame, considering this is Samsung's best TV. To get 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4, you must enable both PC mode and UHD Color.
For TV speakers, the bass you get here is really good. The JS9500 can also get pretty loud.
That said, the sound at high volumes gets pretty distorted, and isn't especially accurate. With quieter volumes, the sound is decently accurate, and there's not much distortion.
The low-end cut off is excellent for a TV, and it gets loud too. However, the frequency response suffers at higher volumes, most likely due to pumping.
The distortion is good at very low listening levels, but it becomes significant as the volume increases.
Samsung's smart platform is really good, and the included remote is likewise pretty great. It includes voice and motion controls, so navigation is pretty simple.
Unique to Samsung's and Sony's smart offerings is the 'Playstation Now' game streaming feature. If you connect a DualShock 4 controller to this TV, you'll be able to subscribe to a game streaming service that offers old PlayStation games, playable directly from your TV.
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The Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV is a great TV overall. It has a wider color gamut and a good full array local dimming backlight. It is very good for video games, due to its low response time and input lag. Unfortunately, the colors lose saturation at an angle and the gray uniformity is sub-par.
Questions & Answers
Here are our test pattern videos for different value of 'Smart LED'. 'High' maintains the same dot luminosity, but creates more blooming. 'Low' and 'Medium' are less aggressive, but also dims the dot.
Smart LED Off
Smart LED High
Smart LED Medium
Smart LED Low
We added a new color category to our review. We are using the CR-250-RH spectrophotometer for our measurements.
Currently, there is no score assigned to these tests, but we will add one once we retest all 2015 TVs (which should probably take a week or two). The JS9500's overall score will probably increase after this due to its wider color gamut.
There are still competing standards for HDR. Once the dust settles a little bit, we will update our review with a better test than the 2% window used in our review.
We also tried a moving white dot on a 50% gray, as shown in the following video. Even with 'Smart LED' set to 'High', it didn't increase the luminosity of the dot, which was a little bit of a letdown because this could represent a sun in a movie scene. Maybe it will be improved in the future via an update, because the backlight can definitely get brighter than that.
Feel free to send us suggestions on how you want us to test the HDR capabilities of TVs.
No, the price is not part of the score. You can see the current formula here.
Keep in mind that currently, the new color test isn't scored. It soon will be, once we finish retesting all the 2015 TVs for color. This should bring up the score of the JS9500.
Picture quality wise, the JS9500 adds a few things compared to the JU7100: the wider color gamut, the full array backlight (better local dimming/HDR) and can get brighter. Besides that, the JU7100 is very similar if not better (like for uniformity).
Update The local dimming is now part of the score. See our latest formula here. The score of the JS9500 is now higher than the JU7100.
A higher score is possible. A few plasma TVs achieved 9+ a few years ago, like the Samsung F8500. Our test bench wasn't as exhaustive back then, but they still scored a lot higher than their LCD counterparts.
Would I connect all 4 units to the 4 HDMI inputs in the Connect One Box? Or would I connect the xFinity cable box, PS4, and apple TV to the soundbar receiver, and connect just the soundbar receiver to the Connect One Box? Thanks in advance!
The X930C also has better speakers, so you can get by without a separate sound system. Both have similar extra features (HDR, wider color gamut), and there's really no bad choice between the two.
Yes, HDR will definitely have more pop on the JS9500. But because it is still too early in term of specs and content, the HDR capabilities are not part of our overall score or recommendations.
As for local dimming, we are considering including it in the overall score, but are still not sure about it. For example, I showed a few scenes of the movie 'Tron Legacy' to a new coworker (who is not familiar with TVs, he will test the sound, not the picture) and played with the 'Smart LED' setting. He said he preferred it off, because anyway the content still stayed within what the director of the movie could have done. But in 'Interstellar', he actually liked it because it was hiding the black uniformity flaws.
But anyway, don't forget that you shouldn't look at the overall score for your buying decision. We designed our reviews so you can easily compare the parts that you care about, and ignore the rest. Even if we don't score HDR/Local dimming, we still provide measurements/test results so you can see and judge for yourself. The overall score is just a weighted average of the individual tests; it doesn't fit your needs/preferences.
Off viewing axis is not important to me, but the grey uniformity is.
The Samsung JS9500 is still a great TV overall. Even if you get a TV with gray uniformity similar to ours, it shouldn't be a dealbreaker, but a downside.
Most experts agree that neither type of contrast measurement give a perfect assessment of what the viewer actually sees onscreen, considering images are constantly changing, but perhaps by using both types of contrast measurement we can get a fairer reading overall?
We discussed the possibility of putting a white spot on the screen to prevent this, but then that begs the question of where on the screen would be best/fairest for measuring the black level.
All in all, though our current test is not perfect, it's what we feel is the best option we have at present.
We haven't reviewed the UF9500, but we don't expect the picture quality will be very good, so we don't recommend it over the OLED options.
Update: The review of the EG9600 is up.
My question is this: As reviewers who have seen A LOT of high quality TVs come through, if I were to tell you you had up to 10k to buy a TV, with the goal it had to be over 70", be great playing games (PC at 4k 4:4:4 is a must), great at watching NFL games, and great for movies (though we have no care for 3D), what would you buy? I leaned towards the J9500 for the local dimming and future HDR support, but I have no issue waiting until 2016 and hoping a better screen appears.
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The JS9500 does have a few advantages, though. It has better local dimming, better HDR, and can get a good deal brighter.
If you just want great picture quality, go for the JS9000. If you want to use the extras features, the JS9500's better performance is worth it.
For an idea of what it looks like, compare this image of the JU7100's regular amount of blur with this image of its blur when LED Clear Motion is on.
The dimming is quite noticeable, so while this is a good feature to use if you watch TV in a dark space, it won't be as useful in bright room situations.
Update: The review of the EG9600 is up.