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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
    5. Temperature
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Gradient
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. 480p Input
    12. 720p Input
    13. 1080p Input
    14. 4k Input
    15. Color Gamut
    16. Color Volume
    17. Image Retention
    18. Reflections
    19. 3D
    20. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  6. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Total Harmonic Distortion
  7. Smart Features
    1. Apps
    2. Ads
    3. TV Controls
    4. Remote
    5. In The Box
    6. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Apr 15, 2016 , Justin St-Laurent

Samsung KS9500
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
8.1Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.2Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.1TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.9Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.4Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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8.4HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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8.4HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.3PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Samsung KS9500 4k UHD TV is a very well balanced TV. Its picture quality is great no matter the room, source or content being played. It can get very bright and handles reflections well. When viewed from the side though, its picture quality diminishes.

Test Results
Design 9.5
Picture Quality 8.1
Motion 8.0
Inputs 8.2
Sound Quality 7.1
Smart Features 8.5
Pros
  • Great TV for movies especially HDR content.
  • Can get extremely bright and has very low reflection.
  • Great gaming TV with low input lag.
Cons
  • Loses picture quality at an angle.

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9.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 Design Picture
Curved : Yes

The Samsung KS9500 has a great look. Its design is very simple, yet very sleek. The TV is really thin, lines are pure, metal parts boast a chrome finish and even its back have a nice textured dark-gray finish. It will definitely look good in any room.

Stand
Samsung KS9500 Stand Picture

The metal stand has a chrome finish. It goes quite deep against the back of the TV.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 33.9" x 15"

Back
Samsung KS9500 Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 400x400

In rare setups where the back of the TV is visible (TV in the middle of a room), the Samsung KS9500 will look great. A cover hides the One Connect box connection.

Borders
Samsung KS9500 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.39" (1.0 cm)

Borders are thin and sports a simple and elegant metal finish.

Thickness
Samsung KS9500 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 2.6" (6.6 cm)

Everything's thin on the Samsung KS9500. Its maximum thickness, when viewed directly from the side, only appears larger because of the curved screen.

Temperature
Samsung KS9500 Temperature picture
Maximum Temperature
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What it is: The peak temperature found on the TV.
Good value: <35°C
Noticeable difference: <5°C
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38.3 °C
Average Temperature
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What it is: The Average temperature measured on the TV
When it matters: If the TV is placed in an enclosed space.
Good value: 30
Noticeable difference: 5
:
33.4 °C

The KS9500 does better than its lower-end cousin, the 8500. The One Connect box doesn't get very warm either at a measly 34C.

8.1

Picture Quality

Picture quality of the Samsung KS9500 is impressive. Blacks are very deep and the uniformity is good. There is excellent wide color reproduction and a very high peak brightness. From low to high resolutions, details are always crisp. Deals with reflections very well, but unfortunately the picture quality diminishes when viewed from the side.

9.2 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
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Samsung KS9500 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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6663 : 1

Extremely deep and impressive blacks for an LED TV. Among the highest native contrast ratio we have ever measured.

3.5 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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Yes
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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Edge

Local dimming isn't that good. Full array backlight TVs can do much better. We used local dimming ('Smart LED') set at 'High' for this test and unfortunately, the dot in our video stayed pretty dimmed. In practice, more blooming can be seen than in our video. The blooming shape is a big vertical band.

8.5 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
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519 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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1183 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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1116 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
593 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
528 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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530 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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544 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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519 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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500 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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525 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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529 cd/m2

The Samsung KS9500 have a good SDR peak brightness. With a minimum of around 500 cd/ and with a peak of more than a 1000 cd/m², this makes this TV one of the brightest TVs tested with SDR content.

8.6 HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
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486 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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1490 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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1468 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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984 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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542 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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543 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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510 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
513 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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519 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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536 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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536 cd/m2

The brightest results we have seen so far. In this test, we used the 'High' setting for local dimming ('Smart LED') since it was able to brighten our 2% window the most. It went as high as 1490 cd/m². This mean bright highlights can get very, very bright. Good value for the 50% window too which mean the whole screen can also get pretty bright. Peak brightness works a little differently than on the Sony X930D. On the Samsung KS9500, on all window sizes, peak brightness will diminish after some time, but goes back up when something moves on the screen, like our mouse cursor. On regular materials, this mean brightness is more stable. Big blooming areas can be seen around some bright highlights though.
Update: Updated with sustained brightness.

7.7 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
3.258 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.157 %

Very good for an LED TV. The edges of the screen are darker but the TV is free from any obvious banding issue. The dirty screen effect (DSE) isn't much of a problem for sports when camera pans over playing fields.

4.7 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
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LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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VA
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
29 °
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
39 °
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
15 °

Like all VA LED TVs, the picture quality diminish at an angle. The blacks worsen and the colors shift. There is worse VA TVs than this one though but it is still a notable downside of this TV.

9.8 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
0.531 %

There is some faint cloud spots that can be seen on a totally black screen and the top edge of the screen is slightly more lit up than the rest of the screen. Overall though, the black uniformity of the Samsung KS9500 is among the best we have seen.

9.5 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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10 Bit

The Samsung KS9500 displayed a very smooth color gradient with no color banding or color gradations to be seen.

8.6 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 Pre Calibration Picture Samsung KS9500 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Samsung KS9500 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.65
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.3659
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.11

No real issues before calibration except maybe for the blue which was a little prominent.

9.8 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 Post Calibration Picture Samsung KS9500 Post Gamma Curve Picture Samsung KS9500 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.28
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.3281
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.2

As for other Samsung TVs, calibration was a breeze and all issues were resolved. We ended up with very low white balance and color errors which is great.

8.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 480p Picture

Lower resolution content like DVDs maintain a well defined picture that looks good and not soft at all.

8.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 720p Picture

Cable TV looks very good once upscaled on the KS9500.

9.0 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 1080p Picture

Blu-rays looks very good and sharp.

10 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 4k Picture

4k is really where the Samsung KS9500 shine though. Those who sit close enough to pick up all the little 4k details will enjoy the crisp picture this TV produce.

8.2 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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Yes
Samsung KS9500 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
92.31 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
95.53 %
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
67.11 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
73.92 %

Nice coverage of DCI P3 and Rec 2020. Colors are able to get a good deal more saturated when HDR content is playing compared to traditional Rec 709 content.

7.1 Color Volume
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What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Samsung KS9500 P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
81.907 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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58.284 %
Samsung KS9500 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
62.251 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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43.415 %

The Samsung KS9500 performs very similarly to the other KS* TVs, and is one of the best color volume performers of the 2016 models. It can produce bright, saturated colors but unfortunately at low luminosity levels the volume is limited.

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
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0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %

9.5 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 Reflections Picture Samsung KS9500 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
:
0.5 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
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Glossy

Although the Samsung KS9500 has a glossy screen, its screen doesn't reflect a lot of lights. The curve also stretch the reflections so they appear wider but less harsh. Some little rainbow effects can be observed around bright objects but aren't that noticeable.

0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
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No
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
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No
2D to 3D
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What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
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No

Pixels
8.0

Motion

The Samsung KS9500 is great at handling motion. It has a bit of blur on fast moving objects but nothing very distracting. When playing movies from any source they appear smooth. Motion can be interpolated up to the native panel refresh rate of 120Hz.

8.0 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 Motion Blur Picture Samsung KS9500 Response Time Chart
Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
17.1 ms
Overshoot
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What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0.1 ms

Dark to bright transitions, like the 0% to 100%, take longer. This can be seen on our moving logo test, where the right edge of the logo appears darker. As a whole though, motion is good on the Samsung KS9500.

2.8 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
:
120 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
No
Samsung KS9500 BFI Picture Samsung KS9500 BFI Frequency Picture
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
120 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
No

10 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
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Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
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Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
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Yes

The TV is able to detect and do the reverse 3:2 pulldown on all sources inluding 60i and 60p. For those two, we had to set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' with both sliders to 0. This didn't add the soap opera effect.

10 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
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Yes
Samsung KS9500 Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
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Yes
Samsung KS9500 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

Motion interpolation ('Auto Motion Plus') can be enabled on all content. This will smooth out motion, but also add the soap opera effect (SOE). Low 'Custom' values will add smoothness without much of the SOE.

8.2

Inputs

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The input lag of the KS9500 is very low, which is great. It supports a wide range of resolutions and inputs. Text appears very clear when in 'PC' mode regardless of the background. Unfortunately it doesn't support a 120Hz signal.

8.2 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
20.5 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
120.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
112.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
37.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
20.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
37.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
20.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
37.2 ms

Very fast 1080p input lag. All types of games feel responsive. Competitive gamers will like the benefit they get from that low input lag. 'Game' mode has to be selected from the 'Special viewing modes' under the 'Picture' menu to get the lowest input lag. When sending and HDR signal at 1080p resolution under game mode, the input lag is 22.6ms.

8.0 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
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Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
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No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
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Yes

To enable 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4, turn on 'HDMI UHD Color' from the picture menu. For the other resolutions, 4:4:4 can be enabled only by enabling PC mode (on the list of inputs, hover the current input used and press up on the remote, then 'Edit' and select 'PC'). We have measured 37.1 ms of input lag under 'PC' mode. A curved screen is always nice when sitting up close on setups where the TV is used as PC monitor.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Samsung KS9500 Rear Inputs Picture

Inputs are located on the required One Connect box.

Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 0
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
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Yes
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

The TV supports 5.1 passthrough for Dolby Digital and DTS, but it is necessary to select the correct audio type in the sound settings, since it doesn't change automatically.

7.1

Sound Quality

Compared to most TV, the Samsung KS9500 produce an acceptable sound. Anyone that care about sound would still like a sound bar better but those that doesn't have the space required for an external solution or doesn't want to create cluttered around the TV should be somewhat satisfied with the sound of this 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.

8.0 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
1.99 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
2.76 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
5.48 dB SPL
Max
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What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
90.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
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What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
60 Hz

Very good frequency response and low-end cutoff, especially for a TV. But maximum loudness could be better. The TV also seem to be producing compression and pumping near the maximum loudness.

5.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Samsung KS9500 Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.019
Distortion @ 80
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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0.191
Distortion @ Max
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.168

Relatively high distortion. Although this TV doesn't produce audible aliasing, the harmonic distortion could be audible at times.

8.5

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung KS9500 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Tizen (2016)

The revamped interface of the Tizen smart platform is a welcome improvement. It isn't as pretty as LG's WebOS smart platform but a step in the right direction. It is also very responsive on the Samsung KS9500 and provide the most popular apps. A Mini One Connect box come with this TV and offers enough inputs for most needs. The included remote works well too and can even work as a universal remote for devices connected to the TV.

When a new device is detected (such as when a computer is woken from sleep while plugged into an HDMI port) the TV automatically switches to this device. This may be an annoyance if you are watching other content at the time.

Apps
Samsung KS9500 Apps Picture

The 2016 Tizen smart platform offer the most popular apps plus more. Navigation between the different apps menus is quick and straightforward. The different menus of the TV also look better than on the 2015 Samsung TVs.

0 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
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What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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No
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
No

TV Controls
Samsung KS9500 Controls Picture

A single button is found underneath the Samsung logo at the base of the TV. Simple commands can be performed like changing inputs, volume and turning the TV on and off. This button is easily accessible if the TV is wall-mounted, which is handy.

Remote
Samsung KS9500 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

The remote is simple to use and feels good in hand. It can be a little hard to operate in the dark though since not all buttons have tactile feedback. It doesn't work as a pointer like some other Samsung remotes so text input can feel cumbersome at times.

In The Box
Samsung KS9500 In The Box Picture

- Remote
- Batteries
- Wall mount adapters
- Mini One Connect box with cable
- Cable management accessories
- Manuals

Misc
Power Consumption : 53 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 141 W
Firmware : 1008

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (UN55KS9500) version FA01. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" version (UN65KS9500).

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung KS9500 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model US Canada UK Warehouse Warehouse long
55" UN55KS9500 UN55KS9500FXZA UN55KS9500FXZC UE55KS9000 N/A N/A
65" UN65KS9500 UN65KS9500FXZA UN65KS9500FXZC UE65KS9000 UN65KS950D UN65KS950DFXZA

Compared to other TVs

Samsung KS9500 Group Shot Picture
Top row, from left: Samsung KS8000 (UN55KS8000), Samsung KS9500 (UN55KS9500), Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Bottom: Samsung KS9000 (UN55KS9000), Sony X930D (XBR55X930D), LG EF9500 (55EF9500). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Samsung KS9500 is the best LED TV we have reviewed so far for a mixed usage but there are cheaper and near as good TVs that are available which explains why we don't really recommend the KS9500

Samsung KS9000
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung KS9000 is the same TV minus the curve. Between the two, only get the KS9500 if you don’t mind paying more for its aesthetic.

Samsung KS8000
49" 55" 60" 65"

The Samsung KS8000 is way cheaper and offers near identical picture quality. The KS9500 has only slightly better brightness and speakers that really aren’t worth the asking price compared to the KS8000.

Samsung JS9500
65" 78" 88"

The Samsung JS9500 has a slightly inferior but similar picture quality and can be found for cheaper. It has a better local dimming. It also has 3D over the KS9500. The KS9500 has a better picture quality in a dark room and offers better HDR. It also is a better fit in the living room because of its added brightness and low amount of reflections.

Vizio P Series 2016
50" 55" 65" 75"

For watching movies in the dark and playing video games, the Vizio P is better. For cable TV and sports with long camera traveling shots, like in football and hockey, the Samsung KS9500 is better. For a similar picture quality and since the Vizio P goes for a lot cheaper than the KS9500, more often than not, the Vizio P is a smarter buy.

Sony X930D
55" 65"

The Sony X930D has 3D and the KS9500 does not. Beside of this, the KS9500 is the better TV. Movies, including HDR, look better on it. Video games that requires fast reflexes like online shooters or combat games will run better on the KS9500. The KS9500 is also a better fit in the living room with its better brightness and low amount of screen reflections.

LG EF9500
55" 65"

The LG OLED EF9500 has better picture quality except for HDR content. It also has 3D where the Samsung KS9500 does not. For video games that requires fast reflexes, the Samsung KS9500 has the edge.

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8.1Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
Excellent performance for a variety of usages. Picture quality is great. Movies perform excellently. TV is bright enough for any room. Displays any resolution of content clearly. Unfortunately the picture quality diminishes when viewed from the side.
8.2Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
Great movie performance. Dark scenes are rich and detailed. Smooth playback from any source. Excellent picture quality.
8.1TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
Great for daytime TV in a bright room. Excellent picture quality when viewed directly in front. Bright enough to compete with reflections, and coating handles reflections well. Unfortunately when viewed from the side the picture quality diminishes.
7.9Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
Great picture for sports. Pretty good motion handling with little motion blur for fast plays. Very good uniformity.
8.4Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
Great for video games. Pretty good motion handling for fast camera movements. Very responsive with low input lag. Great picture quality.
8.4HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
Very good HDR. Has a wide color gamut. Highlights get very bright. Colors pop and blacks are very deep.
7.3PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
Works well as PC monitor. Supports a wide range of resolutions. Feels very responsive. Supports chroma 4:4:4 for clear text.
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Questions & Answers

15 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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How does the KS9500 compare to the flat KS9000 and KS8000?
Don't know yet. We have the KS8000 here, which we will publish the review next week. We also ordered the KS8500 and KS9000, but their reviews will only be published in about a month or so.
Update: Review posted of the KS8000.
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Additional Review Notes

Peak brightness

Peak brightness behaves differently depending on the 'Active LED' setting. There is no variation of brightness when the setting is off or set at 'Low'. On 'High', the TV will reach its peak brightness, stay at max for a few seconds and start to dim until it reaches its the low value. When something is moving on the screen (our mouse cursor for example), the TV goes back to the peak brightness value of the specific window size. It shouldn't vary much on normal content because of this.

Window SizeOffLowHigh
MaxMinMaxMinMaxMin
2%521 cd/m2521 cd/m2318 cd/m2318 cd/m21412 cd/m2501 cd/m2
10%518 cd/m2518 cd/m2488 cd/m2488 cd/m21400 cd/m2494 cd/m2
25%516 cd/m2516 cd/m2508 cd/m2508 cd/m2924 cd/m2492 cd/m2
50%513 cd/m2513 cd/m2511 cd/m2511 cd/m2617 cd/m2500 cd/m2
100%507 cd/m2507 cd/m2510 cd/m2510 cd/m2507 cd/m2503 cd/m2

Note: This table was done without sending an HDR signal, which is why it is different than the measurements in our review.

Vizio P Series vs Samsung KS9500

Both are great TVs that will satisfy most. They are close on a lot of aspects. There isn't one that is clearly better than the other one. It really depends on your usage and personal preference.

  • Movies in the dark: Vizio P Series (better local dimming)
  • HDR Movies: Samsung KS9500 (brighter and wider color gamut)
  • Video games: Vizio P Series (less motion blur)
  • Sports: Depends which sports. Ones with a lot of panning shots like soccer or hockey, Samsung KS9500 (better uniformity). For other sports, Vizio P (less motion blur).
  • Living room: Samsung KS9500 (brighter and less reflections)
  • Smart features: Samsung KS9500 (more polished experience)

Overall, the Vizio P is really great at some stuff, but falls short on others. The KS9500 is more balanced without major flaws, so a safer choice for the average guy with mixed usage. But as mentioned previously, both are great TVs.

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I wanted to start off by saying great work at what you guys do here. Very detail information and reviews. I've recently purchased an LG 55EF9500 a week before the new Samsung models came out. Would you guys recommend me taking a look at the ks8000/ks9000 or is the 55EF9500 an overall better TV? Would appreciate it so much for a recommendation on those 3 tvs. Thank you for your time and help.

Good timing with your question. We were currently playing a few games on the LG EF9500, Samsung KS9500 and Vizio P Series at the same time.

KS9500 vs Vizio P vs EF9500

Top left: Vizio P65-C1. Top right: Samsung UN55KS9500. Bottom left: LG 55EF9500. (Not good quality picture, do not draw conclusions from that picture).

We haven't tested the KS8000/KS9000 yet, but for sure, the EF9500 is still better overall, and even compared to the KS9500. If you can live with OLED's issues (poor dark gray uniformity for example), and don't mind the more limited color gamut, the 55EF9500 is one step above all LED TVs.

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I've noticed that some scores of other TVs changed recently. Can you go into more details about the changes?

We list all our major updates to the formula of the scores here. Recopied here with a bit more details:

  • Gradient are now scored and part of HDR (with a weight of 20%)
  • Increased weight Local Dimming in Dark Scene (from 17% to 26%)
  • Increased weight HDR in Movies (from 13% to 19%)
  • Increased weight Gray Uniformity in Sports (from 33% to 44%)
  • Increased weight Input Lag in Video Games (from 31% to 35%)
  • Reflections scored adjusted for consistency

You can see the full breakdown of the weights and what is included in each category by clicking the ? next to each category in our reviews, or navigating our full test suite under the 'Tests' tab at top of our website.

Also, don't forget that the overall score is only if you have a mixed usage. If you care more about a certain aspect, for example, movies in a dark room, look at this category subscore instead (which you can sort by here).

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How does this television differ to the ks8000 series besides the curve display. Will you be doing a review of the ks8000?
We don't know yet, but the review will be publish sometime this week.
Update: Review posted of the KS8000.
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This TV is said to have the same issues as last years Sony x900c had. One, it's lit on both top and bottom rather than edge lit. Two, when watching movies in the dark, the screen bleeds and blooms in the letterhead. Other sites like digital trends have let people know this, while I like the picture quality this TV offers, I think last years 9500 was better due to its Full Array panel. Any concerns for hardcore moviephiles? Btw great site and information.
The local dimming on the KS9500 definitely has a vertical blooming that can be seen in the letterbox. This isn't that noticeable in front, but it is at an angle. Reducing the aggressiveness of the 'Smart LED' feature helps a little bit, but won't make it go away unless you turn it off completely. If that is something that bothers you, last year's JS9500 would be better (or the Vizio P Series).
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I witnessed severe light flashing from the bottom edge lit Samsung KS models at the Best Buy. It is really distracting in dark room setting as it was being displayed. I noticed that there was no mention of that in the review. For me this is a dealbreaker as the room I will use this will be completely dark. This is particularly bad with the black bars and this samsung model being bottom edge lit doesnt have the option like the JS series to keep the bars dark.. Is this something Samsung fixed after shipping the show room models?
We also noticed that on ours, the Samsung KS9500 has vertical blooming when local dimming is on high. If you were to set it to low it will not be as noticeable.
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I currently use my old Panasonic ST30 Plasma as my main pc gaming screen(and consoles as well), and I'm leaning towards the Vizio due to the better motion and lower lag. And since i need a 49"-50" max. panel, the max i can go with Samsung is the KS8500, which in other reviews is showing 40ms of lag. And the lower price is also another thing pulling me to the Vizio. My main question is this: As a Plasma user, whom is used to the great motion of Plasma..and dark blacks, which is the better choice? (I'm no fan of LED's and eventually will go with an OLED, when the price drops under 2K, hopefully in 2017/2018?. So my choice is baised on a 2 year usage only) Thanks..and just wanted to say, you're site is the best online, by far :)
We haven't reviewed the Samsung KS8500, so it's very hard to say which one is better than the other. We should be covering it sometime this month, hopefully that will help you decide between the two.
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When will you review the Samsung ks9000? I'm trying to decide between that one and the Sony x930d both in a 65 inch.
We will be reviewing it in the coming months.
Update: Review posted of the KS9000.
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From what I understand the ks9500 and the ks9000 are the same tv with the same features with the exception of one being curved and the other being flat.... According to what Samsung says at least but history and experience are great teachers and have taught me never to take words without evidence - which of course is where you guys step in to set the record straight on things and expose things. On another note, it would've been nice if you guys reviews the Vizio P55 to see how it stacks up to the P65. Or at least give us a number for its contrast so we have quantifiable numbers to see if having Full Array Local Dimming really does counter the shortcomings of being an IPS panel than the somewhat generic answer you wrote for it. It's a small thing, but seeing as it seems like these 2 tvs will be the two ducking it out this year it will go a long way.
Our review of the KS9000 will be posted this week. As you said, we do expect it to be the same thing as the KS9500, but flat. As for the P55, we are not sure if we will have time to do it, as there are a lot of new models that we want to cover first before starting testing multiple sizes per model.
Update: Review posted of the KS9000.
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Are there other panels being used by Samsung for this particular model?
We don't know yet but the one we have is made by Samsung (from the service menu: 55A1MU9XK).
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I've had this TV on preorder since February and I'm scheduled to be receiving it in the next few days. Samsung recently released more of the specs on the KS9800 and I wanted to know if that TV would be worth waiting for instead. Since it will be having a full array and 10-bit display.
We haven't reviewed the KS9800 yet, so we don't know for sure. If the JS9500 of last year (which was full array, like the KS9800) is of any indications, it means the KS9800 will have a better local dimming and picture quality in a dark room than the KS9500, but a bit worse for gray uniformity.
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I'm curious as to how the KS9500 is achieving darker blacks with an edge lit display vs. the Vizio P series with Full array and 128 zones?
We take our black measurements without local dimming, therefore the different zones have no effect on the result. Even when turning local dimming on, it doesn't change our measurement because we use a checkboard pattern for this test. The Vizio P definitely has better local dimming.
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After reading reviews I plan on purchasing the 65KS8000. However, we sit 10'-11' from the TV. Would you still recommend purchasing this 4K TV even though we sit past the 8.5' guideline? If not, do you have another recommendation?
As a rule of thumb, people find the field of view most comfortable for a 65" TV at a distance of 10'. You are slightly far for the size but it is still a great pick.
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Since they are about the same price do you prefer the 2015 LG OLED 65 inch 9500 or the 2016 Samsung KS9500? Could you briefly describe advantages of each? Thanks
Due to the differences in panel types, the LG has better picture quality when watched in a dark room and also retains the quality better when viewed from the side. It also has better motion performance for sports. However it cannot get as bright, and so may have problems from reflections in a typical living room. It also has a higher input lag than the KS9500 which may be an issue for gamers, and suffers from temporary image retention after static screens. For a bright living room go with the KS9500, otherwise the OLED EF9500 is a better all-round TV.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.