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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
    5. Temperature
    6. Build Quality
  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 Mar 31, 2017 , Ian Cumming, Eric Bousquet, Mehdi Azzabi

Samsung MU8000
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
7.9Mixed 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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7.9Movies
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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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7.4TV 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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7.6Sports
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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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8.5Video 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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8.0HDR 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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8.2HDR 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.
7.1PC 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 (except 49")

The Samsung MU8000 is a capable 4k LED TV that offers good picture quality. Most content will do well on this TV, and it supports modern features such as HDR. Unfortunately, it can't display as many colors as other TVs in its class, and picture quality degrades at an angle.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 7.7
Motion 8.8
Inputs 8.5
Sound Quality 5.1
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Great blacks and contrast
  • Low input lag
  • Good brightness
Cons
  • Mediocre color gamut
  • Image degrades at an angle

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9.0

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung MU8000 Design Picture
Curved : No

The design of the MU8000 is great. The stand may be too wide for most tables, but it supports the TV well and looks good. The borders are very small, and the TV is very thin so it looks good on a wall or freestanding. The design is an improvement upon the KS8000 from 2016 with the addition of cable management.

Stand
Samsung MU8000 Stand Picture

The MU8000 has a similar wide stand to the KS8000 from last year. It supports the TV well and feels stable, and also provides cable management routing through the left leg. Unfortunately the remainder of the power cable is quite short (25.2") when routed through the tracks. There are two stand positions available on the 55" model: the narrower position is pictured.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 9.7" x 35.5". There is a secondary wider stand position which is 9.7" x 43.4".

Back
Samsung MU8000 Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 400x400

The rear of the TV has a textured finish very similar to the 2016 KS9000 and KU7000. It looks good and has tracks for cable management (visible here). There are spacers included in the box for wall mounting.

Borders
Samsung MU8000 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.31" (0.8 cm)

The borders are very thin and look good, similar to the KS8000. The finish is a bit different though.

Thickness
Samsung MU8000 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.69" (4.3 cm)

The TV is quite thin when viewed from the side and would look good when wall-mounted.

Temperature
Samsung MU8000 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 °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
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33 °C

The TV stays fairly cool even after extended use, only getting a little warm to the touch along the bottom. The OneConnect box also stays cool, never getting hotter than 32 °C.

7.0 Build Quality
Samsung MU8000 Build quality picture

The build quality of the MU8000 has improved slightly upon the KS8000 from 2016. The back feels to be more secure, and the joins are more flush.

7.7

Picture Quality

The Samsung MU8000 has a good picture quality. The high native contrast provides nice deep blacks which provide a good movie experience when set in a dark room. Bright room performance is also good since the TV can get bright enough to fight glare, but isn't as good as some other TVs at handing reflections. The MU8000 uses a VA panel with a relatively low viewing angle so when sitting off center the picture quality degrades. The gray uniformity is good with very little dirty screen effect which is good for watching sports. When it comes to HDR, the MU8000 performs well and can display a wide range of colors. On the other hand, the local dimming is not that great and the peak brightness in movie mode is good, but not enough to make HDR stand out from SDR.

8.7 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.
Score components:
Samsung MU8000 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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4723 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) 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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4727 : 1

The native contrast ratio is great on the Samsung MU8000. The high contrast will let the TV produce deep black scenes, especially when viewed in a dark environment.

The contrast ratio, when local dimming is set to 'High', is almost the same (4727:1) as the native contrast ratio. When turned on, the local dimming doesn't really make blacks deeper when measured on our checkerboard pattern. This is because the local dimming feature on the MU8000 doesn't work well.

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

The local dimming feature of the MU8000 is bad. When compared side by side with the Q7F, both perform almost the same way. It is an edge-lit TV and vertical blooming is visible which follows the bright moving highlight. When watching a movie, blooming is visible in the 2 black bars. Even if the local dimming is not the best, enabling it is still recommended especially for HDR content as it is necessary to produce bright highlights.

7.8 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.
:
385 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
:
459 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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870 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
:
484 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
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408 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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393 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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345 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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395 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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445 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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395 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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380 cd/m2

Very good SDR peak brightness. Under certain conditions local dimming can make small areas incredibly bright, but this only lasts for a short time. In normal usage, the TV will rarely hit this peak, but its sustained brightness is still good enough for even bright rooms. Unlike the Q7F the backlight algorithm doesn't dim scenes of high APL (eg. 100% white window), which is an advantage for rooms with glare. The difference between the Q7F and MU8000 brightness in movie mode can be seen here.

7.9 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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416 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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527 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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583 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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574 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
:
429 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
:
411 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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400 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
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500 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
:
505 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
:
405 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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395 cd/m2

Great HDR peak brightness. The TV is able to show all content at a good brightness, and is able to use local dimming to make small highlights even brighter for a short time. The Q7F can get brighter windows in test patterns (see here), but the real scene brightness reflects performance in normal content and the MU8000 performs slightly better in this test.

7.8 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 MU8000 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%
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4.068 %
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%
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0.15 %
Samsung MU8000 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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0.867 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
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0.08 %

The overall gray uniformity is good for this Samsung TV. The standard deviation is a bit high though, and this is caused by some darker regions on the screen, especially on both sides. The bottom edge is also a bit problematic since the left side is a bit darker than the right side.

Luckily the TV's dirty screen effect is less problematic, leaving the center region of the screen mostly even. When watching content like football or hockey, where panning shots are more frequent, you don't really notice any dirty screen effect.

The 5% gray uniformity is also very good. the standard deviation and dirty screen effect numbers are even better than the 50% gray, and when looking at our test picture, nothing really negative can be noticed.

4.2 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
Samsung MU8000 Color Shift Picture
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°
:
19 °
Samsung MU8000 Brightness Picture
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°
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30 °
Samsung MU8000 Black Level Picture
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°
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20 °

Poor viewing angle. Blacks turn grey and colors shift when viewed from the side. People sitting at an angle to the TV will not have as good picture quality as people viewing from directly in front.

8.4 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 MU8000 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.
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1.271 %
Samsung MU8000 Black Uniformity Picture with Local Dimming
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
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.
:
1.315 %

Black uniformity is great on the MU8000. No clouding can be seen in the corners or near the bottom edge, a problem often seen on LED TVs.

Unlike the 2016 Samsung TVs with local dimming, this feature can't be turned off completely on the MU8000 in order to show the TV’s true black uniformity (we test the local dimming feature in a separate test). The test picture was taken with 'Local dimming' set to 'Low' (the lowest setting) and as a result, some vertical blooming can be seen in our test picture.

9.0 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 MU8000 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 MU8000 can display our gradient test pattern smoothly with only some small banding in the darker color and also in the darker region of the gray scale. Overall, banding in normal content is not very visible and should not be a problem in everyday use.

9.1 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 MU8000 Pre Calibration Picture Samsung MU8000 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Samsung MU8000 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
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1.84
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.40
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
:
2.16

Out of the box, the MU8000 is very accurate. With both the white balance dE and Color dE under 2.0, this performance is quite good and should be more than enough for normal home use. The only aspect where the MU8000 is a bit less accurate is the gamma, which is not tracking our target of 2.2 very closely. But even then, the overall value is not far from our 2.2 target.

9.6 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 MU8000 Post Calibration Picture Samsung MU8000 Post Gamma Curve Picture Samsung MU8000 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
:
0.38
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.20
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

After calibration the MU8000 is even more accurate, with the white balance dE error being reduced to a mere 0.38 which is excellent. The Color dE was reduced a bit less than the white balance dE, but at 1.20 this is still a great result. As for the gamma, after calibration it was flattened to track the target 2.2 gamma more closely.

Overall the calibration process went well, but as is often the case with Samsung TVs, the white balance calibration took a bit longer to accomplish and the color space management could have been more responsive. But in the end, this TV is very accurate, and even with the process taking a bit longer, the results are very good.

You can see our recommended settings here.

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 MU8000 480p Picture

Low quality content such as DVDs look quite good. Some halo artifacting can be seen along edges.

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 MU8000 720p Picture

720p content is upscaled well. Edges are smoothed well but some haloing is visible.

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 MU8000 1080p Picture

1080p content such as Blu-rays look good. No issues can be seen.

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 MU8000 4k Picture

Native 4k content looks good, and no issues can be seen. The MU8000 doesn't produce the same artifacting as the Q7F when using a warm color temperature, which is good.

7.7 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 MU8000 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%
:
83.20 %
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%
:
93.67 %
Samsung MU8000 Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
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%
:
62.24 %
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%
:
68.30 %

Wide color gamut, but not as wide as other comparable TVs like the X900E or Q7F. Colors in HDR content will be reproduced fairly well, although the TV can't show deep green as well as the other colors.

6.4 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 MU8000 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 %
:
71.865 %
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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44.635 %
Samsung MU8000 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 %
:
55.384 %
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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35.482 %

Mediocre color volume. The TV is able to show its wide color gamut at a range of moderate brightness values, but it struggles to show extremely bright or dark deep colors. This should be good enough for most people, but some other comparable TVs like the X900E and Q7F have better color reproduction.

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.
Samsung MU8000 Image Retention Picture
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%
:
0 %
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 %
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 %
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%
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0 %
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%
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0 %
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 %

The MU8000 is free of image retention. Even right after the burn-in scene, no retention is visible, which is good, especially for the gamers out there.

7.0 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 MU8000 Reflections Picture Samsung MU8000 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%
:
2.4 %
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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Semi-gloss

The TV reflects quite a lot of light, which may be an issue for a bright room. With a few small light sources this is not a problem but if there are any large windows behind the TV then the semi-gloss finish diffuses light across the screen. This is worse than the higher end Q7F.

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

The Samsung MU8000 doesn't support 3D.

Pixels
8.8

Motion

The motion handling of the MU8000 is great. The response time is low, which results in only a short trail following fast moving objects. The backlight of the TV flickers, which helps to improve motion even more, but can't be adjusted for people who enjoy a lot of flicker. Movies played from any source can be displayed smoothly, and fans of the soap opera effect can enable very strong motion interpolation.

9.0 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Samsung MU8000 Motion Blur Picture Samsung MU8000 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
:
11.5 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
:
0.3 ms

The response time of the MU8000 is very fast, resulting in only a very short trail following moving objects. This is excellent for fast-paced content.

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 MU8000 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 MU8000 BFI Picture Samsung MU8000 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

The TV uses PWM dimming at 120Hz to reduce the brightness of the backlight. This results in duplications following moving objects, but does clear up motion slightly. Unfortunately the 'LED Clear Motion' option doesn't reduce the BFI frequency and only dims the backlight. This is the same behaviour as the KS9000 and Q7F.

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 Samsung MU8000 can play movies without judder from any source, such as DVDs, Blu-ray players, native streaming apps or cable and satellite boxes. To remove judder from any source without adding any soap opera effect, set the 'Auto Motion Plus Settings' to 'Custom', 'Blur Reduction' to 0 and 'Judder Reduction' to 0. Leave 'LED Clear Motion' since this does not relate to judder, but to the black frame insertion feature.

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 MU8000 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 MU8000 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

The MU8000 has a 120Hz panel which can interpolate lower frame rate content. To do so, set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' and increase the 'De-judder' and 'De-blur' sliders. The 'De-judder' slider affects 30 fps or lower content, and the 'De-blur' slider affects 60fps content.

8.5

Inputs

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The MU8000 has very low input lag when in game or PC mode which makes it feel very responsive, and it supports almost all of the common HDMI input signals so it should be able to play nearly any content, including HDR.

8.6 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
:
24.2 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
:
79.2 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
:
79.1 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
:
19.9 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
:
24.6 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
:
19.7 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
:
24.2 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
:
21.7 ms

Very low input lag. In game or PC mode, the input lag is 19-25 ms regardless of input, which is great for nearly any game. PC mode had ~ 5 ms less input lag than game mode, but this is negligible. The input lag outside game or PC mode is much higher but is still relatively low, so navigating the TV and using peripherals feels responsive.

Update 06/13/2017: The PC mode HDR bug has been fixed as of firmware 1106, and the 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR input lag was remeasured as 21.7 ms.

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

This TV supports most of the common input resolutions. Chroma 4:4:4 is only supported when the input label has been changed to PC. To display 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 and 4:2:2, "HDMI UHD Color" must be enabled.

HDR is not supported in PC mode; the TV displays that it is showing HDR (and the gamma in the settings changes to ST. 2084 as it should), but it does not follow the PQ curve, as shown in this gamma measurement.

Update 06/13/2017: This problem has been fixed as of firmware 1106. HDR is now displayed properly in PC mode, as shown by how this EOTF plot roughly follows the HDR PQ curve.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Samsung MU8000 Rear Inputs Picture

The MU8000 uses a mini One Connect box, similar to the KS8000 but smaller than the full size of the Q7F.

Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
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.
:
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.
:
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.
:
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 (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

For 5.1 audio passthrough, only one of Dolby Digital or DTS can be enabled at a time, the TV will not change between them automatically.

5.1

Sound Quality

The sound reproduction of the MU8000 is poor. The TV's speakers produce a good amount of distortion at all levels and the experience would benefit greatly from adding a set of speakers.

5.6 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Samsung MU8000 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
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4.58 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
:
7.30 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
:
9.45 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
:
85.4 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
:
71.2 Hz

Poor frequency response performance. The MU8000 offers a fairly flat response at lower levels, but it quickly turns dark at higher volumes. The TV gets fairly loud, but the volume is better kept under 80dB as compression and pumping artifacts become more apparent past that point.

4.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Samsung MU8000 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
:
0.136
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
:
0.328
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
:
0.425

Below average distortion performance. THD rises as the volume is raised and is audibly noticeable at high levels.

8.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung MU8000 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Tizen (2017)

The MU8000 uses Samsung's 2017 Tizen platform. Tizen received a visual overhaul for 2017 and now has a white theme and nicer animations. Unfortunately this visual overhaul caused the interface to have much more frame drops and choppy animations, although responsiveness and speed when navigating the interface are unaffected. Indeed, Tizen is one of the better smart TV platforms when it comes to ease of navigation; the interface is simple and it's easy to find what you're looking for. Voice commands spoken to the microphone on the remote can help the user skip navigating the interface entirely by opening apps and changing settings directly. Content can be played from USB flash drives when they are plugged into one of the three USB ports.

Apps
Samsung MU8000 Apps Picture

Out of the box, the TV has many of the most popular apps installed such as Netflix and YouTube, and many more can be downloaded from the included app store. The included apps run smoothly and work properly.

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:
Samsung MU8000 Ads Picture
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.
:
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.
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No

The MU8000 has a small ad box on the home screen and in the app store, though it doesn't appear all the time. There is no way to disable these ads.

TV Controls
Samsung MU8000 Controls Picture

The TV has one physical button which can be used to change basic settings. A single press changes between power, input, volume up, volume down, channel up and channel down, while a long press activates the command. This button also doubles as the TV's power button.

Remote
Samsung MU8000 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

The included remote is very similar to the KS series from last year. It has few buttons which makes it simpler to use, but also means that fewer settings can be accessed directly. This is mitigated somewhat by the voice command functionality of the remote, which allows the user to change settings and open apps directly by speaking commands to the remote's microphone. The remote can also act as a universal remote to control other devices by HDMI CEC or IR.

In The Box
Samsung MU8000 In The Box Picture

  • Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote
  • Wall mount spacers
Note that when the stand of the TV is used for cable management, the remainder of the power cord is quite short at 25.2".

Misc
Power Consumption : 51 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 122 W
Firmware : 1012

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (UN55MU8000) version FA01. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 49" version (UN49MU8000), 65" version (UN65MU8000) and 75" version (UN65MU8000). The 49" variant does however have a lower panel refresh rate of 60hz instead of 120hz.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung MU8000 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model US Canada UK Refresh Rate
49" UN49MU8000 UN49MU8000FXZA UN49MU800FXZC UE49MU7000 60hz
55" UN55MU8000 UN55MU8000FXZA UN55MU800FXZC UE55MU7000 120hz
65" UN65MU8000 UN65MU8000FXZA UN65MU800FXZC UE65MU7000 120hz
75" UN75MU8000 UN75MU8000FXZA UN75MU800FXZC UE75MU7000 120hz

Compared to other TVs

Samsung MU8000 Group Shot Picture
Top left: Samsung Q7F (QN55Q7F). Bottom left: Sony X900E (XBR55X900E). Middle: Samsung MU8000 (UN55MU8000). Top right: Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Bottom right: LG UH8500 (55UH8500).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Samsung MU8000 is a good TV, but it isn't very competitive in its price range. It doesn't offer any exceptional features compared to competing TVs at the same price or even cheaper. Overall, the MU8000 doesn't offer great value.

Sony X900E
49" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X900E performs better than the MU8000 in almost every aspect. It gets about as bright but has better local dimming and contrast. It can reproduce a wider range of colors, and motion is about as good as the Samsung. The MU8000 has slightly better input lag, which is good for gamers, but the X900E still does well enough for it to be a much better buy.

Samsung Q7F
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q7F is a higher end model in Samsung's TV line. It can produce a much wider range of colors, but it is an overall very similarly performing TV. A big advantage it has is its superior handling of reflections. The Q7F has advantages over the MU8000 in HDR, but it is also significantly more expensive. Most people should buy the MU8000.

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

The Vizio P Series 2016 is one of 2016's best LED TVs and is a better TV than the MU8000. It has a great local dimming feature that greatly helps the TV produce better blacks. Motion is about as good as the Samsung, and the Vizio P Series 2016 can display a wider range of colors. The MU8000 deals with lower resolution content a bit better, but the P Series still offers a better overall image for less money.

LG UH8500
55" 60" 65" 75"

The LG UH8500 uses a different type of LCD (IPS) that retains its picture quality much better at an angle. Overall, though, it has worse image quality than the MU8000 when viewed directly in front and doesn't get as bright. Only pick the UH8500 if you're planning to watch it often from the side.

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7.9Mixed 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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Good TV for mixed usage. Good picture quality when viewed from directly in front, but it degrades at an angle. Motion handling is great for sports or gaming.
7.9Movies
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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:
Good for watching movies in a dark room. Picture quality is good, but unfortunately local dimming doesn't work well to improve dark scene performance.
7.4TV 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:
Better than average for TV shows in a bright room. Picture quality is good, but degrades at an angle. The TV can get quite bright but unfortunately the reflection handling is worse than ideal. Smart OS works well for casual viewing.
7.6Sports
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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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Good sports performance. Motion handling is great, so only a short trail is seen. Picture quality is good but degrades at an angle. Very little dirty screen effect which is good.
8.5Video 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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Great for gamers. Low input lag at a range of resolutions and very little motion blur which is great. Picture quality is good when viewed from directly in front.
8.0HDR 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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Very good for HDR content in a dark room. Picture quality is good, but the local dimming doesn't work well to improve it further. Can produce a wide range of colors but can't produce bright highlights.
8.2HDR 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.
Great for HDR gaming. Picture quality is good, and very little motion blur can be seen. Input lag is great, even for more competitive gamers. Can produce a wide range of colors for vivid scenes but can't produce bright highlights.
7.1PC 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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Average for PC use. Supports chroma subsampling for clear text, and has little motion blur. Input lag is low and the picture quality is good, but the viewing angle is narrow so the sides of the TV degrade when the TV is viewed from close.
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Additional Review Notes

Samsung MU8000 LED TV vs Samsung Q7F QLED TV

The overall score of the MU8000 and the Q7F are very similar, but there are differences in picture quality.

  • Both TVs have similar dark scene performance (similar contrast ratio and local dimming performance)
  • The Q7F can display more vivid colors at a wide range of brightnesses for HDR
  • The MU8000 gets much brighter for high APL SDR content in 'Movie' mode, like our 'Real Scene' test. This seems to be a firmware limitation of the Q7F since the backlight can get very bright at other APL (or in HDR mode)
  • The Q7F has a better screen finish for handling reflections

Overall the Q7F performs better for HDR content, but the MU8000 performs better for SDR content. Due to the significant price difference most people should go with the MU8000.

Samsung MU8000 LED TV vs Samsung KS8000 LED TV

The 2016 KS8000 performs better than the MU8000 overall.

  • The KS8000 has a higher native contrast ratio for dark scenes
  • The KS8000 gets significantly brighter for HDR and SDR
  • The KS8000 has a wider color gamut, and can display a larger color volume
  • The KS8000 is better at handling reflections
  • The MU8000 has better motion handling due to the faster response time

If you can find it, the KS8000 performs better and is available at a lower price.

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Thanks for another Awesome review! Now the current Costco deal on the 55" KS8000 for $949 is looking even better!
Thanks for the positive feedback!
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How is the back panel held together on the MU models? With glue like on the KS models or screws? Thanks in advance.
It appears to be using clips, but the finishing isn't any better.
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This is somewhat astounding to see the replacement vastly under perform its predecessor. In fact, from your scores it looks like even the KS9000 might be a better pick (at a lower cost than the MU8000 and if the KS8000 stock finally runs out). If you're looking at a top of the line TV (other than OLED) it seems to me like everyone should run to get the 65" KS8000 over just about any other high end TV unless you want to jump to OLED. So, this is a somewhat surprising development (especially when you compare the new Sony E line to the older D line where it seems that Sony has upped its game considerably). Do you expect similar disappointments when you look at the mid range (and one of the 2016 Best Buys) 6300 line?
We expect the mid range models to perform similarly to their 2016 equivalents. The MU8000's regression vs the KS8000 is likely a special case because the KS8000 was part of the 2016 flagship series whereas the MU8000 is not part of the 2017 flagship series (the QLED TVs).
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You need to be sure that the wall mount spacers are secure before trying to mount the set. Samsung's specs for the 49 inch mu8000 are M8 1.25 43mm to 45mm. I used 45mm and the spacers were too long to seat the screws properly. Almost lost the TV when the brackets fell off when attempting to hang on the wall mount. Shortened the spacers by about 1/8 inch and they worked fine. There's no way a 43mm screw can be used with the supplied spacers.
Thanks for sharing your experience, it seems like longer bolts are necessary for the MU8000. We usually recommend getting a little longer bolts than necessary, because it's easy to add washers and spacers afterwards.
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Love your website; you guys do excellent work. What 2016 model would the MU8000 succeed? I don't see any mention of the MU8000 having Quantum Dot nor being listed as SUHD, so I'm confused if it follows the KU7000 or KS8000. The specs look like a step up from the KU7000 but a step down from the KS8000.
The MU8000 is not really replacing any model, it more an 'in-between' model that would be between the KU7000 and the KS8000 and performance wise, the MU8000 is really between the KS8000 and the KU7000.
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Is MU8000 Quantum dot color?
In 2017, Samsung is using a different marketing term to promote their wide color gamut feature on their lines of TVs, and the MU8000 is being listed as using '4K Color Drive Pro'. 'Quantum Dot Color' was used for the 2016 KS Series, which had the widest color gamut. We measured the color gamut of the MU8000 and it is more in line with the KU7000, which were marketed with the 'Active Crystal Color' term.
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Thanks for the timely and, as always, carefully objective review. The degradation in 8-Series PQ from 2016 to 2017 is mind-boggling to this reader. That being stated, I now plan to purchase a KS8000 for my family right away as they are still widely available with excellent discounts. This particular display will replace a well and truly loved TC-P65ST60 in my living room, relocating the Panny our master bedroom. With our XBOX One S, and quickly proliferating 4k, HDR content options from Comcast, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Fandango Now and others, I don't have the self-restraint to go without 4k HDR any longer. I do hope I won't miss the long-appreciated PQ advantages of high-quality PDP hardware, but it's time to upgrade. In a mixed-use living room, lacking significant ambient light control measures, luckily without specific reflection sources and commonly using this set for HDTV viewing and next-gen gaming, would you recommend spending an extra grand+ on the LG OLED65B6P? Although I am a card-carrying member of the “plasma always beats LCD” camp, and I personally consider OLED to be the contemporary torch-bearer of plasma video superiority, I assume you will still recommend the KS8000 to me. You do great work with this site; I sincerely hope to follow your reviews for many years to come... THANKS!
The B6 will do better than the KS8000 in essentially every way except full-screen brightness, but if you're coming from plasma, it's still going to be an upgrade in that regard. If you can afford it, the B6 is definitely the best of the two. Not to say that the KS8000 is a bad choice, but the B6 will perform closer in style to a plasma TV.
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I just got a 55 inch samsung mu8000, and I'm experiencing excruciatingly slow menu responsiveness. When the TV is reset (or unplugged and replugged) it behaves ok. I use a PS4 on it primarily, and after a few minutes, accessing the smart hub and settings menus via the smart remote is painfully slow. Navigating the menus can take upwards to 10-15 seconds per button press to respond, which makes setting the TV up correctly difficult. I've tried factory reset, updating firmware, wired to lan, wifi on, wifi off, HDMI CEC on/off. Is this normal, am I doing something wrong, or is something wrong with the unit?
We did notice that the newer version of Samsung's Smart Hub platform suffers from slow-downs more often than before (enough to warrant a different score), but not to the extreme that you are noting. If the issue persists after a factory reset, it might be worth contacting Samsung's customer support or returning the TV altogether.
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I am very disappointed that the sound is worse on the MU8000 vs the KS8000. On Samsung's website of the specifications, it reads that the speaker type for the MU8000 are "Down Firing + Front Firing (2.1CH)" whereas on the KS8000, the speaker type is "Down Firing w/Bass Reflex (2.1CH)." I thought for sure that the addition of "Front Firing" speakers would make the sound for the listener in front of the TV better. Is there any way this could be true just from this description?
The MU8000's sound signature has a bit too much bass which reduces the clarity of speech and causes it to sound boomy. The KS8000, on the other hand, is able to remain more balanced across its volume range. The speaker positioning doesn't appear to be different between the two TVs.
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