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Samsung AU8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Review updated Jan 09, 2024 at 04:23 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Jun 11, 2024 at 03:58 pm
Samsung AU8000 Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
7.0
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED
7.0
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED
7.1
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
6.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
7.1
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
7.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED
This TV was replaced by the Samsung CU8000

The Samsung AU8000 is one of the entry-level models in Samsung's 2021 lineup, replacing the Samsung TU8000. It's the only TV in the Crystal UHD lineup in North America, but in Europe, it sits between the AU7000 and AU9000 models. It competes with other entry-level models like the Sony X80J, LG UP8000, and Hisense A6G. It's a simple model that lacks features like variable refresh rate (VRR) and HDMI 2.1 support. It runs a simplified version of Samsung's 2021 Tizen OS smart interface, which offers most of the same features as more advanced models but has fewer animations to keep the interface running smoothly. It comes with the same great remote as more expensive models, and it even supports voice controls to make it easy to find your favorite content.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Samsung AU8000 is an okay TV overall. It's best suited for watching shows or sports in a moderately lit room as it can handle some glare due to its great reflection handling. It's a decent TV for gaming thanks to its low input lag, but it has no advanced gaming features, and its slow response time means there is noticeable motion blur with fast-moving objects. The TV displays a wide color gamut that displays vibrant colors with HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out, so HDR content has little impact. Due to the TV's lower contrast ratio and lack of local dimming, blacks aren't very deep and have a cloudiness to them. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
7.0 TV Shows

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for watching TV shows. Although it doesn't get very bright, it still has great reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be an issue in a moderately lit room. It doesn't have upscaling issues with lower-resolution content, so it's a good choice for watching shows from cable boxes or DVDs. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal if you like to move around your room while watching TV or have a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed from the side.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issues.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
7.0 Sports

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for watching sports. It has great reflection handling, so it can handle some glare in a moderately-lit room, but bright lights or windows are still distracting. Unfortunately, it has a slow response time, so fast-moving action in sports looks blurry. Also, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal for watching the big game with a group of friends, as anyone not seated directly in front of the TV has to view a degraded image.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issues.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
7.1 Video Games

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for gaming. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, so there's very little delay between your controller inputs and the action on-screen. However, it has a slow response time that makes faster-moving motion look blurry. The TV supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that switches your TV into game mode when launching a game, but it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate and is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't support 1440p @ 60Hz.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
Cons
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
  • Limited to 60Hz and no VRR support.
  • No 1440p @ 60Hz support.
6.5 HDR Movies

The Samsung AU8000 is okay for watching movies in a dark room. It has excellent black uniformity, and there's no distracting blooming around bright areas, but since the TV has a low native contrast ratio and lacks a local dimming feature, blacks aren't very deep. The TV supports a wide color gamut, which results in vibrant colors when watching HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough for highlights to stand out the way they should. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+ but lacks Dolby Vision, which is unfortunate since a lot of 4k Blu-rays and streaming services use the format.

Pros
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
7.1 HDR Gaming

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for HDR gaming. It has low input lag, so there is very little delay between your controller inputs and the actions on the screen. However, it has a slow response time, so there's noticeable blur with quick-moving objects, and due to the lack of VRR, you'll have screen-tearing. The TV can display a wide color gamut, so colors are vibrant when gaming in HDR. Unfortunately, it has bad HDR brightness when in 'Game' mode, so highlights don't stand out. It also has a low native contrast ratio and lacks a local dimming feature, so blacks aren't deep. Sadly, there is no 1440p @ 60Hz support.

Pros
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
  • No 1440p @ 60Hz support.
7.2 PC Monitor

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, making your mouse movements smooth. However, due to the TV's slow response time, there's noticeable motion blur with quick-moving objects. It has great reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in a moderately-lit room. It also displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC. Unfortunately, the TV has a narrow viewing angle, so the image looks washed-out at the sides if you sit too close to the screen, and it doesn't support 1440p @ 60Hz.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • No 1440p @ 60Hz support.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 7.1 Video Games
  • 6.5 HDR Movies
  • 7.1 HDR Gaming
  • 7.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 11, 2024: Unfortunately, this TV died as part of an in-depth investigation into edge-lit TVs. It has been removed from the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Mar 27, 2024: Unfortunately, the backlight on our unit has failed. We've started looking into it, and we'll post updates in the Accelerated Longevity Test section of the review.
  3. Updated Feb 13, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  4. Updated Jan 09, 2024: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology and to update text about the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. Updated Dec 05, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  6. Updated Oct 12, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  7. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  8. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.11. With this update, we've added a new Upscaling: Sharpness Processing test and revamped our Blooming test so the scores and picture better match the real world experience. With this change, it was necessary to remove the Black Crush test. Finally, we've updated our usage scores to better align our scores with user expectations.
  9. Updated Jun 27, 2023: Added mention of DTS 5.1 support over ARC under Audio Passthrough.
  10. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  11. Updated Apr 21, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.10. With this update we've revamped our Gradient testing, added a new test for Low Quality Content Smoothing, and expanded our Audio Passthrough testing.
  12. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  13. Updated Feb 27, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology updates.
  14. Updated Feb 15, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  15. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  16. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  17. Updated Aug 04, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.8, adding a new box for PQ EOTF tracking and updating our Color Volume and Color Gamut tests to better reflect real world usage. You can see our full changelog here.
  18. Updated Jul 25, 2022: Changed the HDR result in the PS5 and Xbox Series X Compatibility sections because there was a mistake that listed it as not supporting HDR.
  19. Updated Jul 14, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.7 with an updated HDR Brightness test that better reflects real world usage. We've also split the console compatibility boxes into separate PS5 Compatibility and Xbox Series X|S Compatibility tests. You can see our full changelog here.
  20. Updated Feb 17, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  21. Updated Feb 07, 2022: Switching to 'Game' mode in SDR results in frame dimming with dark scenes.
  22. Updated Jun 01, 2021: Review published.
  23. Updated May 27, 2021: Early access published.
  24. Updated May 19, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  25. Updated May 18, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  26. Updated Mar 14, 2021: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Samsung AU8000, and the results are also valid for the 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 70-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch models as well, but the 70-inch model isn't available in North America. The warehouse variant is known as the Samsung AU800D. The 43-inch model has an IPS panel in some regions, so it has a wider viewing angle but worse contrast.

Size US Model Short Model Code
43" UN43AU8000FXZA UN43AU8000
50" UN50AU8000FXZA UN50AU8000
55" UN55AU8000FXZA UN55AU8000
65" UN65AU8000FXZA UN65AU8000
70"  - UN70AU8000
75" UN75AU8000FXZA UN75AU8000
85" UN85AU8000FXZA UN85AU8000

Our unit was manufactured in April 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung AU8000 is a basic entry-level 4k TV with decent overall performance. It's a nice improvement from the Samsung TU8000, and although it doesn't get as bright as the higher-end Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED, it offers better value for the dollar.

See our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best 40-42-43 inch TVs.

Samsung CU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung CU8000 is slightly worse than the Samsung AU8000. The CU8000 is better in a few areas, as it has a wider color gamut, better color volume, higher HDR brightness in game mode, and much better low-quality content smoothing. The AU8000, however, has much better reflection handling, better build quality, much better color accuracy both pre- and post-calibration, and is easier to calibrate. It also has much better black uniformity, but this can vary between units. The newer CU8000 does have an upgraded version of Tizen OS, which now supports MultiView on this TV. 

Samsung CU7000/CU7000D
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D are very similar TVs. Both TVs are limited to 4k @ 60Hz, but the CU7000 is slightly better for gaming, as it has a faster response time and the ability to play games in 1440p. The AU8000 is better for use in a bright room due to its better reflection handling and slightly better SDR brightness, so it overcomes a bit more glare than the CU7000.

Samsung TU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 replaced the Samsung TU8000 in 2021 and is a slight improvement over its predecessor. The AU8000 is better in a few areas, like reflection handling and improved gradient handling, but it doesn't have frame dimming with small highlights like the TU8000. The newer model even has an upgraded version of Tizen that feels smoother. However, the TU8000 still has better motion handling, and it has a much better contrast ratio, but this can vary between units.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 is a bit better overall than the Samsung TU7000. They have similar features, but the AU8000 is better in a few areas. The AU8000 gets brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms. It also has an upgraded version of Tizen OS, which feels smoother to use, and it comes with a mic for voice control in the remote, which the TU7000 doesn't have. On the other hand, the TU7000 supports 1440p, which the TU8000 doesn't.

Vizio V Series 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio V Series 2022 are both okay entry-level TVs. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, as the Vizio has more gaming features like VRR support and better motion handling. However, the picture quality is better overall on the Samsung because it gets brighter in SDR, has better upscaling, and has fewer uniformity issues.

Samsung TU690T
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Samsung TU690T are similar TVs, but there are some minor differences. The TU690T is better for gaming thanks to its quicker response time and the ability to play games in 1440p. However, the AU8000 is better with HDR content, as it can display a wide color gamut, has higher peak brightness in HDR, and has better PQ EOTF tracking, so it can display a wider range of colors, can show highlights a bit better, and is more accurate when it comes to the creator’s intent.

Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are decent TVs from Samsung's 2021 lineup. There's not much difference between the two, but since the Q60A sits in the higher-end QLED lineup, it performs better in a few areas. It has a much wider color gamut and gets brighter in HDR, making highlights pop more than the AU8000. On the other hand, the AU8000 has much better reflection handling.

LG UQ8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 is better than the LG UQ8000 in most ways. The AU8000 is better at overcoming glare in a bright room due to its higher SDR peak brightness and its better reflection handling. The AU8000 is also better for watching HDR content as it can display a wide color gamut, has better contrast, and has slightly better HDR peak brightness. However, if you regularly watch shows or sports in a group setting, the UQ8000 has a wider viewing angle, so its better for that because the image doesn’t degrade as quick from an angle.

LG UQ7590 [UQ75, UQ7570]
43" 50" 50" 55" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and the LG UQ7590 are similar TVs, but the Samsung is better in most situations. The Samsung looks better in a dark room thanks to its better contrast and black uniformity. The Samsung also has a higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. Both TVs lack modern gaming features, but the Samsung has a faster response time, so there is less blur with quick moving objects in games. The LG does have a wider viewing angle, so it’s a bit better if you regularly watch TV in a group setting, as anyone watching from the side won’t have to deal with a significantly degraded image like on the Samsung.

Sony X75K
55" 65"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Sony X75K are similar TVs, but the Sony is slightly better in a few ways. The Sony is a bit better for gaming due to its quicker response time, so you will have less blur behind quick moving objects, and it also supports 1440p gaming. The Sony gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare in a bright room better than the Samsung. The Sony also gets brighter in HDR, so highlights pop a bit more with HDR content than the Samsung. Finally, the Sony has a wider viewing angle which makes it the better choice for watching TV with friends, as the image doesn’t degrade nearly as fast from the sides as the Samsung.

LG UQ9000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 is much better than the LG UQ9000. The LG UQ9000 uses an IPS panel, which looks bad in a dark room, and it can't get very bright, so it isn't ideal for a bright room, either. The Samsung, on the other hand, looks much better in a dark room, with deep, uniform blacks, and it can handle a bit more glare than the LG. The only advantage of the LG is if you have a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains accurate to a wider angle, but it still looks worse overall.

Samsung TU8300
55" 65"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Samsung TU8300 are similar TVs with only some minor differences. The TU8300 has better contrast and slightly deeper blacks, so it looks a bit better in a dark room. Both TVs don’t have the HDR peak brightness to fully take advantage of HDR content, but the AU8000 supports a wide color gamut, so colors look more vibrant and lifelike than on the TU8300. When it comes to gaming, both TVs support 4k @ 60Hz, but the TU8300 also supports 1440p.

LG C3 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C3 OLED is better than the Samsung AU8000 in every way. The C3 has a much better picture quality due to its perfect contrast and the ability to display much deeper blacks, so it’s the better choice for a dark room. The C3 is significantly better for gaming due to its much faster response time, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, 4k @ 120Hz, and VRR support. The C3 is also better for watching shows or sports as a group because of its much wider viewing angle. Finally, HDR looks significantly better on the C3 thanks to its wider color gamut, better color volume, and higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the AU8000.

Samsung Q60C [Q60, Q60CD] QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60C QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are both decent TVs, but the Q60C is slightly more polished overall. The Q60C displays a wider range of colors and has much better out-of-the-box accuracy. It also has higher peak brightness, but the AU8000 has better reflection handling. The Q60C is better for dark rooms as it has a higher native contrast and improved black uniformity. In terms of smart features, they both have Tizen, but the Q60C has a few extra features that the AU8000 doesn't have, like the support for different voice assistant features.

LG UR8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and the LG UR8000 are very similar TVs, but there are some minor differences. The LG is better for gaming due to its quicker response time and 1440P support. The LG also gets a bit brighter in SDR and has better reflection handling, so it’s the better option for a bright room. However, the Samsung is a bit better for watching content in HDR because it supports a wide color gamut, so it can display more colors in HDR content.

Samsung Q60B [Q60, Q60BD] QLED
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60B QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are both decent TVs, but the Q60B is slightly more polished overall. It displays a wider range of colors, and it has much better out-of-the-box accuracy. It also has higher peak brightness, but the AU8000 has better reflection handling. The Q60B is better for dark rooms as it has a higher native contrast and improved black uniformity. In terms of smart features, they both have Tizen, but the Q60B has a few extra features that the AU8000 doesn't have, like the support for different voice assistant features.

Sony X85K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Samsung AU8000. The Sony is much better for gaming due to its quicker response time for less blur with fast moving objects, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and 4k @ 120Hz support. HDR content looks significantly better on the Sony thanks to its wider color gamut, better color volume, and higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the AU8000. Finally, the Sony gets a lot brighter in SDR, so its also the better choice for a bright room as it overcomes glare better than the AU8000.

Hisense U6/U6H
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6/U6H is better than the Samsung AU8000. The Hisense is better for use in a dark room as it has a much higher contrast ratio and a local dimming feature, so blacks are much deeper. The Hisense is also better for watching HDR content as it has a wider color gamut, better color volume, and has a higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and bright highlights pop more than on the AU8000. On top of that, the Hisense is better for gaming because of its VRR support and the ability to play games in 1440p.

LG NANO75 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 is significantly better than the LG NANO75 2022. The Samsung has much higher contrast and better black uniformity, so it looks better in a dark room. The Samsung is also a bit brighter, so it can overcome more glare in a bright room.

Hisense A6H [A6, A65H]
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 is much better than the Hisense A6H. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio, so blacks look black instead of gray in a dark room, and it has much better black uniformity. The Samsung also has better reflection handling and higher peak brightness, so it looks a bit better than the Hisense in a bright room.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Hisense A6G use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses, but the Samsung is much better overall. The A6G uses different panel types with different sizes, so the exact performance difference may vary. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, so it looks much better in a dark room. The Samsung also has much higher peak brightness and better reflection handling, but the Hisense has better viewing angles.

Sony X80K/X80CK
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Sony X80K are similar TVs, but the Sony is a bit better. The Sony has a better viewing angle, making it the better choice for watching shows or sports in a group setting, as the image doesn't degrade nearly as fast from the sides. The Sony is also a bit better for playing video games, as it has a slightly faster response time and supports 1440p. Regarding HDR, the Sony is also a bit better because of its higher HDR peak brightness, wider color gamut, and better color volume, so it has more vibrant and lifelike colors, and highlights pop a bit more than on the AU8000.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is much better than the Samsung AU8000. The LG is a high-end TV with an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, and wide viewing angles. The LG also has more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 and VRR support to reduce screen tearing.

LG NANO75 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and the LG NANO75 2021 use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall the Samsung is much better. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, better reflection handling, and it's significantly brighter. The only advantage of the LG is its wider color gamut, so it might be a better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, but only if you're not in a bright room.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6G is better than the Samsung AU8000. The Hisense is better for use in a dark room as it has a much higher contrast ratio and a local dimming feature, so blacks are much deeper. The Hisense is also better for watching HDR content as it has a wider color gamut, better color volume, and has a higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and bright highlights pop more than on the AU8000. On top of that, the Hisense is better for gaming because of its faster response time and the ability to play games in 1440p.

Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are both decent 4k TVs. Being Samsung TVs, they have many of the same features, but the main difference is that the Q60T uses quantum dot technology to produce a wide color gamut for HDR content, which the AU8000 can't do. The Q60T also gets much brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms or watching HDR content. They each have similar panel types, and even though the Q60T has a higher contrast, this can vary between units.

LG UP7000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 is better overall than the LG UP7000, but they use different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with higher contrast for deeper blacks, while the LG we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. However, there are variants of the LG with a VA panel. The Samsung has much better reflection handling and gets slightly brighter than the LG, so it's a better choice for rooms with lights. The Samsung also comes with a much better smart remote with voice control, which the LG doesn't have.

Samsung RU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Samsung RU8000 are very similar TVs, with some minor differences. The RU8000 has better contrast and black uniformity, so it’s a bit better for use in a dark room as blacks are a little deeper than on the AU8000. The RU8000 is also the better option for gaming, as it has VRR support, up to 1440p @ 120Hz, and a faster response time for less blur behind quick moving objects.

Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED is better than the Samsung AU8000. The Q80A has much higher peak brightness in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room, and its wider viewing angle makes it the better choice for watching TV with friends. The Q80A looks much better in a dark room thanks to its local dimming feature, so blacks are deeper than on the AU8000. The Q80A also has much higher HDR peak brightness, a wider color gamut, and better color volume, so HDR content has more vibrant and lifelike colors, and highlights really standout. Finally, the Q80A is better for gaming as it has a faster response time, VRR support, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and the ability to play games in up to 4k @ 120Hz.

Hisense U7H [U7, U75H]
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7H is better than the Samsung AU8000. The U7H is better for gaming due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and the ability to play games in 120Hz. It’s also the better option for watching content in dark rooms because of its better contrast, a local dimming feature, and better black uniformity. HDR also looks much better on the U7H due to its wider color gamut, much better color volume, higher HDR peak brightness, and better PQ EOTF tracking, so HDR content is more accurate, more vibrant and lifelike, and bright highlights pop much more than on the Samsung. The U7H also gets much brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room.

Hisense U7G
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U7G is better than the Samsung AU8000. The U7G is better for gaming due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and 4k @ 120Hz support. The U7G is also the better option for watching content in dark rooms because of its better contrast, a local dimming feature, and better black uniformity. HDR also looks much better on the U7G due to its wider color gamut, much better color volume, and higher HDR peak brightness, so HDR content is more vibrant and lifelike, and bright highlights pop much more than on the Samsung. The U7G also gets much brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare much better in a bright room.

Sony X800H
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X800H and the Samsung AU8000 are two decent TVs with different panel types. The Sony uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel with higher contrast. The Sony gets brighter, making it a better choice to use in well-lit rooms, and even though it displays a wide color gamut, which the Samsung doesn't, the Sony isn't a better choice for HDR content because of its lower contrast. The Sony also has a quicker response time, so motion looks smoother.

Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 are both decent TVs. The Vizio uses quantum dot technology, so it displays a much wider color gamut, and it also has VRR support, which the Samsung doesn't have. The Vizio also has much better contrast, but this can vary between units. The Samsung does a better job at upscaling lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes, and the built-in Tizen OS is a better smart platform than the Vizio SmartCast system.

Vizio V5 Series 2021
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio V5 Series 2021 are both decent TVs. They have the same panel type, so they each have high contrast but lack local dimming. The Samsung is a better choice for well-lit rooms because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. Samsung's Tizen OS is better overall than Vizio's SmartCast because it has an app store, which the Vizio doesn't, and menu navigation feels smoother.

Sony X85J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85J is better overall than the Samsung AU8000. The Sony gets brighter, has a higher contrast, and displays a wide color gamut, delivering a better HDR experience. The Sony also has a 120Hz panel compared to 60Hz on the Samsung, so motion handling is better, and it has HDMI 2.1 inputs, while the Samsung is limited to HDMI 2.0. Despite the Sony's better gaming features, the Samsung still has lower input lag for a more responsive gaming experience.

TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED is better than the Samsung AU8000. The TCL has higher peak brightness in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The TCL also looks better in a dark room due to its much higher contrast ratio and local dimming feature, so blacks are much deeper than the AU8000. HDR content looks better on the TCL due to its better color volume and wider color gamut, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike. The TCL is also better for gaming, as it supports VRR, 1440p gaming, and has a quicker response time for less blur behind quick moving objects.

Samsung Q80B [Q80, Q80BD] QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80B QLED is better than the Samsung AU8000. The Q80B has much higher peak brightness in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room, and its wider viewing angle makes it the better choice for watching TV with friends. The Q80B also has much higher HDR peak brightness, a wider color gamut, and better color volume, so HDR content has more vibrant and lifelike colors, and highlights really standout. Finally, the Q80B is better for gaming as it has a faster response time, VRR support, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and the ability to play games in up to 4k @ 120Hz.

LG NANO85 2021
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and the LG NANO85 2021 are decent TVs with a few differences. They have different panel types with strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung is better for dark room viewing because it has a higher contrast, and even in bright rooms, it has much better reflection handling. However, the LG has an IPS-type panel with wider viewing angles, so the image remains accurate from the side. Also, the LG has more gaming features than the Samsung, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, both of which the Samsung doesn't have.

Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021
50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 is better overall than the Samsung AU8000. The Vizio has more features like a full-array local dimming feature, which improves the contrast ratio, but it causes blooming around bright objects. The Vizio also has FreeSync support, which the Samsung doesn't, and it has a quicker response time. The Vizio displays a much wider color gamut for HDR content, but neither get bright enough to make highlights pop. The Samsung doesn't have trouble upscaling lower-resolution content like the Vizio, and the Tizen OS has a built-in app store, which Vizio's SmartCast OS doesn't.

LG UP8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and LG UP8000 are both okay TVs with different panel types. The Samsung has a much higher contrast because of its VA-type panel, and the LG has wider viewing angles due to its IPS panel type. The Samsung is a better choice to use in well-lit rooms because it has better reflection handling and gets brighter, but it's still not enough to truly fight glare. On the other hand, gamers should appreciate the LG's quicker response time for smoother motion. It also supports 1440p, which the Samsung doesn't.

Sony X80J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X80J and the Samsung AU8000 are both okay TVs, but they have different panel types. The Samsung has a VA-type panel with higher contrast, while the Sony has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. The Sony gets a bit brighter and displays a much wider color gamut, but it still delivers a worse HDR experience because of the lower contrast. Motion looks smoother on the Sony because it has a quicker response time, and it's a better choice for PC use because it can display 1440p.

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The TV has a surprisingly premium design for an entry-level model. It comes with new feet compared to 2020's Samsung TU8000, and they sit flat against the table. It has thin bezels all around and looks nice in any setup.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

Update 06/11/2024: We've completed our investigation of the uniformity issues this TV developed, and, unfortunately, it can't be fixed. It has been permanently removed from this test.

Update 03/27/2024: Unfortunately, the backlight on our Samsung AU8000 has failed completely. We're looking into it to determine if we can repair it or not and to better understand the cause of the backlight failure.

After 12 months on our accelerated longevity test, the brightness of the TV has dropped.

Design
Stand

The stand consists of two plastic feet that support the TV well. You can customize the feet to place the TV in a higher vertical position (in photo) to place a soundbar in front without blocking the screen, or it can be placed closer to the table as seen here.

Footprint of the 55-inch stand: 42.6" x 11.1". The height of the lower position is 1.78", and the higher one is 3.08".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back of the TV has similar etched horizontal lines as other Samsung TVs. It doesn't offer much in terms of cable management, but you can run cables through the clips in the feet and the tracks in the back panel. The ports all face to the side, but because they're placed inside a cutout on the back, they're nearly impossible to access when the TV is wall-mounted, so a mounting arm that pulls out from the wall is recommended.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.22" (3.1 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

This TV has decent build quality. It's made entirely of sturdy plastic, and everything is well-built with no significant issues. The back panel flexes a lot near the center and inputs, which is noticeable when plugging in HDMI cables, but this is common and won't cause any issues.

Picture Quality
5.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
4,050 : 1
Native Contrast
4,050 : 1

The TV has disappointing contrast. Its native contrast ratio is alright, but since the TV lacks a local dimming feature, blacks aren't deep, and they become raised and washed out when bright highlights are on the screen.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

Since this TV lacks a local dimming feature, there's no blooming around bright objects in otherwise dark scenes. Since the entire backlight is always on at the same intensity and it has a low contrast ratio, dark scenes look washed out.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
N/A

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature; the entire backlight is always on at the same intensity, so there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move across the screen.

6.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to 'Game' mode doesn't result in any noticeable difference in contrast or blooming.

5.1
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
204 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
233 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
112 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
170 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
310 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
309 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
169 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
311 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
310 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
308 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.040

The HDR brightness is poor. It's not bright enough to display HDR content properly, and small bright highlights in dark scenes are dimmed considerably by the TV's frame dimming feature.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max

3.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
120 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
117 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
69 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
115 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
256 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
256 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
256 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
115 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
256 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.054

Unfortunately, the TV is significantly dimmer in the 'Game' HDR Picture Mode.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Color Gamut: Auto
  • Color Temperature: Warm 2
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max

8.2
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0117
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0116
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0117

This TV has great PQ EOTF tracking, ensuring that most HDR content is displayed at the correct brightness level. Like most TVs with no local dimming, near-blacks are raised a bit. Midtones are also slightly too bright, but it's very close overall. There's a very smooth roll-off near the TV's peak brightness, so fine details in bright scenes are preserved.

6.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
302 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The SDR brightness is okay. It's bright enough to overcome glare in a moderately lit room, and there's no noticeable variation in brightness with different content. Unfortunately, when gaming in SDR in the 'Game' Picture Mode, very small highlights in near-black scenes are dimmed considerably, flashing briefly at 145 nits before dropping to 104. This is extremely rare in most games.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Default
  • Gamma: 2.2

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
82.15%
DCI P3 uv
88.11%
Rec 2020 xy
59.88%
Rec 2020 uv
67.39%

The Samsung AU8000 has a decent HDR color gamut, with very good coverage of the DCI P3 color space. This results in vibrant colors when watching most HDR content, but it can't display the full range of colors available, so some content can look dull and muted. It has very limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space that is increasing in popularity, so it's not very future-proof.

5.6
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
35.8%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
17.0%
White Luminance
170 cd/m²
Red Luminance
31 cd/m²
Green Luminance
114 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
6 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
113 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
38 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
153 cd/m²

Due to the narrow color gamut, the color volume is sub-par. It displays darker colors fairly well but struggles more with brighter colors.

7.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.59
Color dE
2.75
Gamma
2.16
Color Temperature
6,620 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

With just a few quick settings changes out-of-the-box, the Samsung AU8000's accuracy before calibration is good. Most colors are slightly inaccurate, but reds, yellows, and cyans are the most off. The white balance is okay, but brighter shades of gray are a bit off. The color temperature is near the 6500K target, and gamma follows the 2.2 target very well.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.32
Color dE
1.32
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,655 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. Any remaining inaccuracies to the white balance and most colors are almost impossible to notice, except for saturated reds, which are a bit off. The color temperature is also closer to the calibration target of 6500K. It's very easy to calibrate, and it features a full-color calibration system, which is uncommon for entry-level TVs.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.672%
50% DSE
0.198%
5% Std. Dev.
1.082%
5% DSE
0.113%

This TV has just decent gray uniformity. There are a few patchy areas throughout the screen, which are distracting when you're watching anything with large areas of uniform color, like sports.

8.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.728%

This TV has excellent black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout but very uniform, so it's not very distracting. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to reduce the cloudiness of the screen.

5.9
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
42°
Color Shift
29°
Brightness Loss
38°
Black Level Raise
24°
Gamma Shift
14°

The Samsung AU8000 has a narrow viewing angle. Colors start to shift, and the image looks darker as you move off-center, so it's not ideal for a wide seating area or if you like to move around your room with the TV on.

8.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
3.3%
Indirect Reflections
1.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.3%

The reflection handling is impressive. It handles a moderate amount of light well, and even though it struggles more with stronger light sources, it's still better than most entry-level TVs.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
6.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
6.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
6.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The gradient handling is excellent, which is a significant improvement from the Samsung TU8000. There's a bit more banding in the reds and greens, but it's not too noticeable. The Noise Reduction setting, which is designed to smooth out gradients in low-quality content, doesn't appear to do anything at all.

4.8
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
3.0
Detail Preservation
9.0

The TV has poor low-quality content smoothing. Although it preserves details well, there's no noticeable smoothing done, and artifacts are still present in dark scenes.

6.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The Samsung AU8000 upscales 480p content, like from DVDs, without any issues.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

The panel is different from the Samsung TU8000 and looks like an MVA panel, which is a type of VA panel and performs the same. There's dithering with blue pixels, but it's only visible with a full white screen. It has BGR subpixel layout, which negatively affects text clarity when using it as a PC monitor.

Motion
6.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.9 ms
100% Response Time
15.3 ms

The Samsung AU8000 has an okay response time. Transitions in dark scenes are very slow, resulting in a long trail behind dark objects, known as black smearing. Motion looks blurry because of this slower response time, and there are noticeable duplications due to the TV's backlight flicker.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The Samsung AU8000 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, which results in flicker that can cause headaches and eye strain. It's flicker-free in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Brightness set to anything '25' and above, but it flickers at 480Hz at '24' and below. It flickers at 120Hz with Picture Clarity enabled or in Game Mode. It also flickers at 120Hz in the 'Dynamic', 'Standard', and 'Natural' Picture Modes, but it's flicker-free in those modes if the backlight is set to its max.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Samsung AU8000 has a backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). BFI is designed to improve the appearance of motion by reducing the amount of persistent blur. It flickers at 60Hz outside of Game Mode if you enable LED Clear Motion, but once Game Mode is enabled, there aren't any motion settings and it always flickers at 120Hz, which leads to motion duplication. Unfortunately, the flicker introduced is poorly timed, resulting in noticeable crosstalk, so the overall usefulness of this feature is limited.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The Samsung AU8000 has the option to interpolate 30fps content up to 60fps, which gives motion the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It looks okay in slower scenes but stops interpolating altogether during busy scenes, which is distracting due to the sudden change in frame rate.

7.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
26.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
1.4 ms

Since the TV has a slower response time, there's very little stutter when watching low frame rate content, like movies.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

Like the Samsung TU8000, this TV can only remove judder from sources that can send a true 24p signal, like a Blu-ray player or a streaming box with a "match frame-rate" feature. It can't remove judder from sources that don't have this feature, like most cable boxes.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

This TV has a basic 60Hz panel without any variable refresh rate support. If you want a budget-friendly TV with VRR support, check out the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
18.0 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
11.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
18.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
34.8 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has incredibly low input lag as long as Game Mode is enabled. Surprisingly, input lag is still low enough for most casual gamers even outside of Game Mode.

6.4
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Samsung AU8000 supports most common resolutions, but only at 60Hz, as it doesn't support a 120Hz refresh rate. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly when the TV is set to 'PC' mode, which is important for clear text from a computer.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

Since it's a 60Hz TV, it only supports 4k games up to 60fps from the PS5. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode to get the lowest input lag possible when a game is launched.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

Since it's a 60Hz TV, it only supports 4k games up to 60fps from the Xbox Series S|X. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode to get the lowest input lag possible when a game is launched. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't support Dolby Vision.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
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

Unlike the Samsung TU8000, the Samsung AU8000 has no component or composite inputs. You'll need an external HDMI adapter to connect older devices like retro game consoles.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
Yes
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
2.0
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

Even though the Samsung AU8000 doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs, it still supports eARC. This allows you to pass uncompressed audio in the Dolby Atmos via TrueHD format to a compatible receiver over a single HDMI connection. It can also pass through a DTS 5.1 signal through ARC, which is great, although it can't do the same through optical, nor does it support advanced DTS formats through eARC.

Sound Quality
6.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
119.87 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.56 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.64 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.56 dB
Max
86.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.70 dB

The frequency response is mediocre. It doesn't produce much bass, and there are compression artifacts at its max volume. You have to listen at moderate levels if you want a more well-balanced sound profile.

6.1
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.480
Weighted THD @ Max
1.245
IMD @ 80
7.30%
IMD @ Max
18.15%

The distortion performance is mediocre. Although there isn't too much at moderate listening levels, it increases quite a bit at its max volume.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2021 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung AU8000 comes with an upgraded version of Tizen compared to 2020's Samsung TU8000; the menu navigation feels smoother, and it's easy to use. However, it has fewer features than some higher-end models like the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED as it lacks things like MultiView.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Sadly, there are ads on the home page and app store, and there's no way to disable them.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

Samsung's app store has a great selection of apps, including all major streaming services.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

This TV comes with the same new redesigned remote as other Samsung TVs in 2021, except it requires disposable batteries instead of a rechargeable one. There are shortcut buttons to popular streaming devices, and the voice control gives you access to Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant. You can ask it to change settings and switch inputs, but you can't ask it to search for specific content in apps.

Smart Features
TV Controls

A single button below the Samsung branding on the bottom right side can be used to adjust the volume, change channels, switch inputs, and turn the TV on/off.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control (with 2x AA batteries)
  • Power cable
  • Clips for cable management
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 63 W
Power Consumption (Max) 139 W
Firmware 1054