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Samsung DU8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Apr 11, 2024 at 09:39 am
Latest change: Writing modified May 16, 2024 at 10:06 am
Samsung DU8000 Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
6.5
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED
6.8
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED
7.2
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
6.8
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
7.5
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
7.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED

The Samsung DU8000 is an entry-level model in Samsung's 2024 lineup and replaces the Samsung CU8000. It sits above the Samsung DU7000 and below Samsung's QLED lineup. It uses Samsung's AirSlim design, which is meant to provide a slim design that blends into your wall, and this TV comes with Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS, which has been updated to version 8.0 in 2024. The TV has a 20W 2.0 channel speaker system built-in and is available in a wide variety of sizes: anything from a small 43-inch model to a large 85-inch model. It's a basic TV but has some optional features like Motion Xcelerator to help smooth out motion and the Mega Contrast feature designed to automatically adjust the brightness and contrast of the image.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Samsung DU8000 is okay for mixed usage. It's best suited for watching movies or playing games in a dark room since it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. HDR content lacks impact due to the TV's unremarkable contrast and inadequate HDR brightness, so blacks aren't deep at all when bright highlights are on screen, and highlights don't stand out the way they should. It also has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good option for watching shows or sports as a group, as anyone sitting to the side sees a degraded image. Fortunately, the TV has incredibly low input lag and a good response time, so it provides a responsive gaming or desktop experience, with minimal blur behind quick motion.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a responsive experience.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • No local dimming to improve contrast.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing with noticeable artifacts present.
  • Calibration has almost no effect on the picture.
6.5 TV Shows

The Samsung DU8000 is okay for watching TV shows. It has sub-par SDR brightness and only decent reflection handling, so it doesn't overcome glare in a bright room. The TV's viewing angle is narrow, which means it's not a good choice if you like to move around your room while watching TV since the image degrades quickly from the sides. It also has unremarkable image processing, so low-quality streams and shows on DVD aren't as clear and sharp as they could be. Fortunately, Samsung's app store is loaded with all of the most popular streaming apps, so it's easy to find your favorite shows.

Pros
  • Easy to use interface and smart features.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing with noticeable artifacts present.
  • Calibration has almost no effect on the picture.
6.8 Sports

The Samsung DU8000 is just alright for watching sports. Its uniformity is decent, but there's some noticeable dirty screen effect when watching sports with large areas of uniform color, like hockey or soccer. Due to its narrow viewing angle, it's not a good choice for hosting game days since anyone sitting off to the sides sees a degraded image. The TV only has decent reflection handling and doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare, so it's not a good option for watching the game in a bright room. Fortunately, the TV has a good response time, which means there's minimal blur behind quick-moving players and objects.

Pros
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing with noticeable artifacts present.
  • Calibration has almost no effect on the picture.
7.2 Video Games

The Samsung DU8000 is satisfactory for playing video games. It has incredibly low input lag, so there's no discernable delay between your controller inputs and what happens on screen. The TV also has a good response time, which means there's minimal blur behind quick motion. If you regularly game in a dark room, the TV's unremarkable contrast delivers fairly deep blacks during dark scenes, but blacks become raised when bright highlights are on screen. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't get bright enough, and its reflection handling isn't good enough to overcome glare in a bright room.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a responsive experience.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing with noticeable artifacts present.
  • No VRR support and is limited to 60Hz.
  • Calibration has almost no effect on the picture.
6.8 HDR Movies

The Samsung DU8000 is adequate for watching movies in a dark room. It has decent contrast that delivers fairly deep blacks in dark scenes, but since it lacks a local dimming feature, blacks become raised and washed out when bright highlights are on screen. HDR content lacks impact due to the TV's inadequate HDR brightness, so highlights don't stand out much at all. Unfortunately, the TV has poor low-quality content smoothing, which means low bitrate content is soft, with noticeable artifacts present.

Pros
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • Easy to use interface and smart features.
Cons
  • No local dimming to improve contrast.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • No Dolby Vision or DTS audio support.
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing with noticeable artifacts present.
  • Calibration has almost no effect on the picture.
7.5 HDR Gaming

The Samsung DU8000 is passable for playing games in HDR, but that's mostly due to its SDR gaming capabilities, as HDR adds very little. Switching the TV to Game Mode makes no difference in dark scene performance, so you get incredibly low input lag with no noticeable delay between controller inputs and what happens on screen without sacrificing picture quality. The TV also has a good response time, so there's minimal blur behind fast motion. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't get bright enough in HDR to make highlights stand out, and its contrast is unremarkable, so HDR content lacks impact. The TV is also limited to 4k @ 60Hz and doesn't have VRR, so it's not a good option to pair with modern gaming consoles.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a responsive experience.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • No local dimming to improve contrast.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing with noticeable artifacts present.
  • No VRR support and is limited to 60Hz.
7.2 PC Monitor

The Samsung DU8000 is decent for use as a PC monitor. It has a good response time, so there's minimal blur behind fast cursor movements, and its incredibly low input lag provides a responsive desktop experience. On the other hand, the TV has a narrow viewing angle, so the sides of the screen don't stay uniform with the center when sitting close to the screen. Unfortunately, the TV only has decent reflection handling and doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare, so it's not a good option if you use your computer in a bright room. Although the TV can display chroma 4:4:4, we encountered an issue that intermittently displays it incorrectly.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a responsive experience.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Intermittent issue displaying chroma 4:4:4.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing with noticeable artifacts present.
  • No VRR support and is limited to 60Hz.
  • Calibration has almost no effect on the picture.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 TV Shows
  • 6.8 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.8 HDR Movies
  • 7.5 HDR Gaming
  • 7.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated May 16, 2024: Mentioned the newly-reviewed Samsung Q60D QLED in the SDR Brightness section of this review.
  2. Updated Apr 11, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Apr 05, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Mar 25, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Mar 21, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Mar 12, 2024: 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 DU8000, but our results are also valid for the 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, and 75-inch models. The 85-inch DU8000 uses a 120Hz panel and supports VRR. Note that the last four letters in the model number (FXZA in this case) vary between retailers and individual regions, but there's no difference in performance.

Size US Model Short Model Code Refresh Rate VRR support
43" UN43DU8000FXZA UN43DU8000 60Hz No
50" UN50DU8000FXZA UN50DU8000 60Hz No
55" UN55DU8000FXZA UN55DU8000 60Hz No
65" UN65DU8000FXZA UN65DU8000 60Hz No
75" UN75DU8000FXZA UN75DU8000 60Hz No
85" UN85DU8000FXZA UN85DU8000 120Hz Yes

Our unit was manufactured in February 2024; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung DU8000 is an okay TV overall, but it's held back by its lack of local dimming, low peak brightness, narrow viewing angle, and lack of modern gaming features. You can do much better with your money by going with a TV like the Hisense U7K or the TCL Q7/Q750G QLED, both of which have much better overall picture quality, more features like local dimming, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for gamers.

It's also important to note that we encountered a bug that negatively affected our initial HDR test results. We don't know how common this issue is, but it's certainly worth mentioning.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best TVs under $1,000, and the best 4k TVs.

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

The Samsung DU8000 and the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D are similar TVs, each with their strengths. The DU8000 has a wider color gamut and better color volume, so colors are more lifelike and vibrant on it. The DU8000 also has better pre-calibration accuracy, with an overall image closer to the content creator's intent. However, the CU7000 has more calibration options, so it's more accurate after calibration. The CU7000 also has better contrast for deeper blacks during dark scenes, and it gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes a bit more glare in rooms with the lights on.

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

The Samsung CU8000 and the Samsung DU8000 are very similar, but there are a few differences. The DU8000 has better contrast and black uniformity, so blacks are a bit deeper on it during dark scenes. The DU8000 also has a much better response time, so there's less blur behind quick motion. However, the CU8000 has better SDR brightness, so it overcomes more glare in a room with some lights on. Colors are also more vibrant and lifelike on the CU8000 due to its wider color gamut and better color volume.

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

The Samsung Q60C QLED is better than the Samsung DU8000. The Q60C has better contrast, so blacks are deeper on it during dark scenes, and its wider color gamut and better color volume deliver more vibrant and lifelike colors. The Q60C is also brighter overall, so highlights stand out more in HDR content, and this TV fights more glare in a room with lights on while watching SDR content. However, the DU8000 has a faster response time for less blur behind quick motion.

Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7K is much better than the Samsung DU8000. The Hisense has much deeper blacks due to its local dimming feature, so it's better suited for watching content in a dark room. The U7K also has better color volume and a wider color gamut, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike on it, and its better overall brightness delivers highlights that pop in HDR and gives it the ability to overcome glare while watching SDR content in a bright room. The Hisense also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, and it supports up to 4k @ 144Hz, so it's the better option for gamers.

Hisense A6/A65K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense A6/A65K is better than the Samsung DU8000. The Hisense is brighter overall, so it delivers brighter highlights in HDR content and overcomes more glare in a room with some lights on while watching SDR content. The Hisense also has better contrast, so blacks are deeper on it during dark scenes, and its wider color gamut and better color volume deliver more vibrant and lifelike colors.

LG G3 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG G3 OLED is better than the Samsung DU8000 in every way. The LG has much better contrast, with deep, inky blacks that stay that way when highlights are on screen. The LG is also a lot brighter overall, so it overcomes more glare in a bright room when watching SDR content, and highlights in HDR content pop. Colors are more vibrant and lifelike on the LG thanks to its wider color gamut and better color volume, and its wide viewing angle makes it an excellent choice for watching TV as a group. Finally, the LG has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz and supports VRR, so it's a much better option to pair with modern gaming consoles.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung UN65DU8000FXZA looks good for an entry-level model. It's a thin TV with slim bezels on three sides and a slightly thicker one on the bottom. Overall, it looks premium.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The TV uses two plastic feet that support the TV well. The footprint of the 65-inch stand is 42.2" x 3.2".

The height of the feet is adjustable, and you can set them to two different positions. The lower position, which you can see in the photo, puts the screen close to the table. The other position is high enough that most soundbars fit below the screen. The height of the lower position is 2.1", and the higher one is 3.07".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back of the TV is identical to the Samsung CU8000. It's made entirely out of plastic and has etched horizontal lines. There are two ports that directly face the back and a cutout where you'll find the rest of the inputs, so these can be hard to reach if you have the TV wall mounted. The TV has channels on the back and comes with a clip that can be attached to either foot for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.02" (2.6 cm)
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung DU8000 has mediocre build quality. It's made entirely of plastic, and there's some wobble from front to back, but the TV recovers quickly. There's also some flex on the back of the TV that increases near the VESA mounting points, but this doesn't cause any issues. However, there's a large gap between the area where the screen meets the border. We don't know if this is isolated to our unit, but it's concerning.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
5,435 : 1
Native Contrast
5,435 : 1

The Samsung DU8000 has unremarkable contrast. Its native contrast is good, but it lacks a local dimming feature, so blacks are deep in dim and dark scenes, but they become raised and washed out when bright highlights are on the screen.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

The Samsung DU8000 doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no blooming around bright objects or subtitles during dark scenes.

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, so it can't adjust the backlight of individual zones to brighten up highlights without impacting the rest of the image. This means that there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move between dimming zones.

7.0
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to Game Mode doesn't result in any noticeable difference in dark scene performance.

5.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
226 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
205 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
113 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
240 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
241 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
241 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
241 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
242 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
241 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
241 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
241 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
241 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Samsung DU8000 has inadequate HDR brightness. It's not bright enough to display HDR content properly. Bright highlights don't stand out, and overall, this TV doesn't provide an impactful HDR experience.

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

  • HDR Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 50
  • Color: 25
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Static
  • Color Tone: Warm 2
  • Color Space: Auto
  • Gamma: ST.2084 (0)

Results with HDR Tone Mapping set to 'Active'

  • Hallway Lights: 219 cd/m²
  • Yellow Skyscraper: 202 cd/m²
  • Landscape Pool: 103 cd/m²

5.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
222 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
228 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
133 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
238 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
238 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
238 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
238 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
238 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
238 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
238 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
238 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
238 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
238 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

Although the TV is slightly brighter in Game Mode, it's not noticeable, and it's still too dim to provide an impactful HDR experience while gaming.

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

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 50
  • Color: 25
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Static
  • Color Tone: Warm 2
  • Color Space: Auto
  • Gamma: ST.2084 (0)
  • Game Mode: On

Results with HDR Tone Mapping set to 'Active'

  • Hallway Lights: 222 cd/m²
  • Yellow Skyscraper: 235 cd/m²
  • Landscape Pool: 135 cd/m²

8.2
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0119
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0119
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0107

The Samsung DU8000 has very good PQ EOTF tracking. Blacks and near-blacks are slightly raised, while shadows and midtones are displayed a bit dimmer than intended. There's only a slight roll-off with content mastered at 600 and 1000 nits, so most details in bright highlights are lost. With content mastered at 4000 nits, there's a more gradual roll-off to retain some detail in highlights.

By changing HDR Tone Mapping to 'Active,' you get a brighter overall image but a less accurate one. It also changes the behavior of the tone mapping depending on the picture setting used. In 'Movie' mode, there's a more gradual roll-off near the TV's peak brightness to preserve more details in highlights. In 'Game' mode, the TV has a sharp cut-off, so it stays brighter near the TV's peak brightness, but details in bright highlights are lost. You can see the results below.

5.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
236 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
227 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
227 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
226 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
226 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
226 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
226 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
226 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
226 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
226 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
225 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Samsung DU8000 has sub-par SDR brightness. It's not bright enough to overcome glare in a well-lit room, so it's best suited for dark or moderately lit rooms.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 45
  • Color: 25
  • Color Tone: Warm 2
  • Gamma: 2.2
  • Color Space: Auto

If you want a Samsung TV that is better suited for a bright room, check out the Samsung Q60D QLED.

7.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
83.72%
DCI P3 uv
89.78%
Rec 2020 xy
61.07%
Rec 2020 uv
68.91%

The TV has a good color gamut, with excellent coverage of the commonly used DCI-P3 color space. Reds, yellows, greens, and cyans are undersaturated, and less saturated reds and blues are displayed inaccurately. The TV has okay coverage of the Rec.2020 color space that is increasing in popularity, with almost all colors being off the mark.

6.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
46.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
20.5%
White Luminance
240 cd/m²
Red Luminance
51 cd/m²
Green Luminance
174 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
13 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
188 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
65 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
226 cd/m²

The TV's color volume is mediocre. It doesn't display darker colors well due to its unremarkable contrast, and it can't display most colors at high luminance levels.

7.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.24
Color dE
3.34
Gamma
2.48
Color Temperature
6,964 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung DU8000 has decent pre-calibration accuracy. Reds, greens, and blues are underrepresented in darker shades of gray, color temperature is cooler than than our target of 6500K, and gamma is much darker than the 2.2 target. Color accuracy is decent overall, but there are noticeable inaccuracies with magentas, reds, and blues.

7.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
3.03
Color dE
3.12
Gamma
2.48
Color Temperature
6,801 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The Samsung DU8000 has good post-calibration accuracy, but unfortunately, calibrating the TV doesn't do much to affect the picture. Using the 2-point offset and 20-point settings had no effect at all, so you're limited to using the 2-point gain setting only. This is unusual and is a bug that Samsung is aware of, but it currently really limits your calibration options.

Reds, greens, and blues are still underrepresented in darker shades of gray, and although the color temperature is a little closer to our 6500K target, it's still too cool. Colors are slightly more accurate, but there are still noticeable inaccuracies with magentas, reds, and blues. Gamma barely changed at all, so everything is still too dark.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.170%
50% DSE
0.192%
5% Std. Dev.
1.133%
5% DSE
0.107%

The Samsung DU8000 has decent gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are darker than the center, and there's some noticeable dirty screen effect towards the middle of the screen with large areas of uniform color. On a very dark or near-black screen, its uniformity is good, but the sides are noticeably brighter than the center.

9.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.524%

The TV's black uniformity is incredible, although there's some minor cloudiness throughout. There's no local dimming feature, so the entire screen is blueish and cloudy when bright highlights are on the screen.

5.6
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27°
Color Shift
27°
Brightness Loss
37°
Black Level Raise
27°
Gamma Shift
13°

The Samsung DU8000's viewing angle is sub-par, so the TV isn't a good choice for wide seating arrangements. There's significant color shifting and brightness loss as you move off-center, and the image looks increasingly washed out as you move further away to the sides.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

The TV's reflection handling is decent. It does an outstanding job with indirect reflections, like when you have glare from a source that isn't directly facing the screen. With more direct light sources hitting the screen, reflections are very noticeable.

6.8
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
8.0
100% Black to 50% Green
4.0
50% Green to 100% Green
4.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
10
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The TV's gradient handling is alright. There's significant banding in greens and noticeable banding in dark grays and dark reds.

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. There's likely a bug at play here since last year's Samsung CU8000 did a much better job at removing artifacts.

7.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The TV's upscaling and sharpness processing is satisfactory overall. Fine details are upscaled well for the most part, but hardcoded text is a bit hard to make out. Adjusting the sharpness value from '0' to '20' has very little effect on the image, but the following setting is the most accurate without adding oversharpening:

  • Sharpness: 5

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

The Samsung DU8000 uses a BGR (Blue-Green-Red) subpixel layout instead of the traditional RGB layout. For video or gaming content, this doesn't cause any issues, but for PC monitor use, it can be a problem as it can impact text clarity.

Motion
7.7
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.7 ms
100% Response Time
13.3 ms

The Samsung DU8000 has a good response time. Fast motion is clear, but there's still some noticeable blur behind very quick-moving objects. Unfortunately, transitions in dark scenes are very slow, which results in black smearing behind dark objects.

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

The TV uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, which introduces flicker that can bother people who are sensitive to it. The amount of flicker varies depending on what picture mode the TV is set to and what settings you're using.

  • In 'Dynamic,' 'Standard,' 'Entertain,' and 'Graphics' modes, the backlight flickers at 240Hz with the brightness at '19' and below, and is flicker-free at all brightness levels above that.
  • In 'Movie' mode, the backlight flickers at 480Hz at all brightness levels.
  • In 'Filmmaker' and 'Eco' modes, the backlight flickers at 240Hz at all brightness levels.
  • In 'Game' mode, the TV is flicker-free across all brightness levels.
  • With BFI enabled, the TV flickers at a very slow 60Hz.

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
N/A

The Samsung DU8000 supports backlight strobing, more commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). The feature is designed to improve the appearance of motion by strobing its backlight and reducing the amount of persistence blur. The BFI feature on the TV flickers at 60Hz, so there's still some image duplication present.

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

The TV has optional motion interpolation to help smooth out low frame rate content. It does an okay job with smoothing slower-moving scenes, but it struggles so much with faster scenes that there are noticeable artifacts, a screen-tearing type effect, and haloing around characters.

7.4
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.4 ms

Due to this TV's relatively slow response time, it does an alright job with stutter in 24 fps content like movies, but there's still noticeable stutter with slower camera movements. It's fantastic with 60 fps content, though, so there isn't noticeable stutter with higher frame rate content.

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

The Samsung DU8000 removes judder from native 24p signals, like DVD or Blu-ray players, as well as from native apps. Unfortunately, it doesn't remove judder from 60i or 60p sources, so movies played from satellite/cable boxes aren't judder-free.

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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 doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies. The 85-inch model of the Samsung DU8000 does support VRR alongside a native refresh rate of 120Hz.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
78.5 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
67.3 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
11.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
76.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
73.7 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The TV has incredibly low input lag when used in Game Mode. To have low input lag while transmitting a chroma 4:4:4 signal, you need to set the input to 'PC' and enable Game Mode.

Unfortunately, 1440p @ 60Hz doesn't work while in Game Mode, so the 1440p @ 60Hz results are with the TV set to 'Movie,' which leads to a lot more input lag.

7.1
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
Yes
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 TV supports all common resolutions at 60Hz. Unfortunately, 1440p doesn't work in Game Mode. The TV displays a cropped window, even though 1440p works fine outside of Game Mode.

There's also an intermittent issue when displaying chroma 4:4:4 that resembles dithering.

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

The Samsung DU8000 is a 60Hz TV, so it only supports 4k @ 60Hz on the P55. It has Auto Low Latency Mode, so it'll automatically switch to Game Mode when the TV detects a game console as its input device, which gives you the lowest possible input lag for games. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't display 1440p properly inside of Game Mode, so you can't game in 1440p with the lowest input lag possible.

The 85-inch variant of this TV supports 4k @ 120Hz, as well as VRR.

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

The Samsung DU8000 is a 60Hz TV, so it only supports 4k @ 60Hz on the Xbox Series X|S. It has Auto Low Latency Mode, so it'll automatically switch to Game Mode when the TV detects a game console as its input device, which gives you the lowest possible input lag for games. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't display 1440p properly inside of Game Mode, so you can't game in 1440p with the lowest input lag possible.

The 85-inch variant of this TV supports 4k @ 120Hz, as well as VRR.

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)

The TV is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, but the 85-inch model does include HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on some of its ports.

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
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
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
No
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

The TV has eARC support, which allows it to pass uncompressed high-quality audio from a connected source to your home theater system or soundbar. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any DTS formats that are commonly used on many Blu-rays.

Sound Quality
6.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
126.99 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.03 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.21 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.29 dB
Max
86.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.27 dB

The TV's frequency response is mediocre. It sounds well-balanced at moderate levels but sounds progressively worse as the volume increases. At maximum volume, which isn't very loud, the TV doesn't sound great, so it's better suited for a quiet environment. Like most TVs, it lacks bass.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.292
Weighted THD @ Max
0.823
IMD @ 80
10.79%
IMD @ Max
12.93%

The TV's distortion performance is unremarkable. Distortion is audible near and at max volume, so you need to listen at lower volume levels for no distortion.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2024 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

The TV comes with the 2024 version of Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS but has a reduced feature set compared to more expensive models, so you don't get features like TV to Mobile or Ambient Mode+. Still, it's fast and easy to use and supports Samsung's popular Multi View feature.

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

Like most TVs, there are ads on the home screen. You can't disable them completely, although you can turn off targeted ads.

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 all of the most common streaming services, so it's easy to find your favorite content. It also includes a great selection of additional apps.

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

The Samsung DU8000 comes with the same minimalistic remote as the 2023 Samsung CU8000. The remote has a rechargeable battery that you can charge via USB-C or solar power. It has buttons for popular streaming services, and the voice control gives you access to Bixby and Alexa. You can ask it to change settings, switch inputs, and answer basic questions, but it can't search for content within apps.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the Samsung branding on the right side of the TV. You can turn the TV on/off, change channels, adjust the volume, and select inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • Power cable
  • Clip for cable management
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 64 W
Power Consumption (Max) 154 W
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