Reviewed on May 01, 2014

Samsung H7150

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  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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This tv has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the Samsung JU7100

The Samsung H7150 LED TV is a very good TV with great picture quality. It has a glossier screen than the Samsung H6350, but reflects less light. It also has better screen uniformity.

  • Excellent picture quality.
  • Beautiful design, with thin borders and depth.
  • Very low reflection of ambient lights. The screen is glossy, though, so the reflections are more defined.
  • Limited viewing angle. The colors lose saturation when viewed from the sides.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.8
Motion 8.5
Inputs 7.9
Smart Features 9.0

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Samsung H7150 Design

The Samsung H7150 is very thin and has small borders. The case is heavier and feels sturdier than the H6350.

Samsung H7150 Stand

The stand has a curved shape. Only the middle touches the table, so you do not need a wide one to support it.

Samsung H7150 Borders

0.43" (1.1 cm)

Samsung H7150 Thickness

1.23" (3.2 cm)


Picture Quality

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4k : No
9.3 Contrast
Samsung H7150 Contrast
Black : 0.022 cd/m2
White : 101.8 cd/m2
Contrast : 4627 : 1

The H7150 LED has good blacks and a great contrast ratio. The colors are true and the calibration was almost perfect out of the box.

8.5 Black Uniformity
Samsung H7150 Black Uniformity

There is no clouding, but the corners have a slight flashlighting issue. It is really minor, though.

7.5 Gray Uniformity
Samsung H7150 Gray Uniformity

Some of the best gray uniformity for an LED that we have seen.

6.3 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 23 °

At about 23°, the colors change and become whiter. You can still see the picture, but it isn't as great as directly in-axis. This isn't a deal breaker unless you always sit at an angle.

9.5 Average Room
Samsung H7150 Average Room
Reflection : 0.7 %
Surface Type : Glossy

The H7150 has a glossy screen. It does a very good job of reducing the luminosity of the reflections. However, they are more defined than the semi-gloss finish on the H6350. If you have a light directly behind you, you will prefer the H6350, but if the lights are overhead or on the side, the H7150 reflects less ambient light, so the picture quality is better.

8.3 Bright Room
Samsung H7150 Bright Room
Max white : 299.2 cd/m2

It also performs very well in a bright room with windows. It can get bright enough for just about any room. You can actually see the picture behind the reflection of our test window, which happens with very few TVs.

10 3D
Samsung H7150 3D Picture
3D : Yes


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8.5 Motion Blur
Samsung H7150 Motion Blur

The motion blur is good on the H7150.

Motion Interpolation
Samsung H7150 Motion Interpolation Picture
Motion Interpolation : Yes


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7.9 Input Lag
Samsung H7150 Input Lag
Input Lag : 43.4 ms

In PC mode, the input lag is average. It is low enough to not be an issue in video games.

Side Inputs
Samsung H7150 Side Inputs

1 RF In

Rear Inputs
Samsung H7150 Rear Inputs

1 Audio Out
1 Ethernet
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Out
1 IR Out


Smart Features

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9.0 Smart TV
Samsung H7150 Smart TV

Samsung has the best selection of smart TV apps on the market. The web browser is also good, but heavy websites feel laggy on it. Check out our full review of Samsung's 2014 Smart TV platform.

Samsung H7150 Remote

This Samsung comes with a very good remote control. It can be used to control the mouse on the TV as you would with a pointer. This is very useful for browsing the web on the TV.


8.0Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
Overall, the Samsung H7150 LED TV is a great TV and should not disappoint you. Choosing it over the H6350 is worth it if you want better uniformity and fewer (although more defined) reflections.
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Questions & Answers

I have a H7150 and I would like to know what the best settings are for watching football What auto motion plus feature should I use?
The settings that we posted in a sub page of our review are good for this, but you will probably also want to turn on 'Digital Clean View' and 'MPEG Noise Filter'. We don't recommend using the 'Auto Motion Plus' for sports. While it increases the fluidity, it creates artifacts, which sometimes makes the the ball/puck disappear.
I'm curious to know what panel was in the Samsung H7150 that you tested? It is known that Samsung uses a number of panels from different manufacturers in their latest LCDs, and that each has its own performance characteristics. It is determined by the option code on the sticker on the back of the TV located between the model and serial number. It should be four digits. i.e. YH02. The first two letters determine the panel and manufacturer as follows; 1. Samsung (S-PVA, PSA) - TDxx, THxx, TSxx, TUxx, UDxx, UFxx, UHxx, USxx, WHxx 2. Sharp (ASV, SVA, UV2A) - HHxx, HSxx, ISxx 3. AU Optronics (A-MVA) - AHxx, ASxx, BHxx, MHxx, MSxx, YHxx 4. Chimei (S-MVA) - CDxx, CHxx, NDxx, NHxx: Chimei Which did you test?
Our 55" had TS01.

Update: Hijacking this popular question to clear up the confusion around the panel lottery and the differences between the H7150's different sizes.

Because the H7150 is a high-end model, there is almost no panel lottery on this series. All sizes have a Samsung panel inside, with the exception of the 60".

The 60" has a Sharp panel. Samsung does not produce any 60" panels, no matter the series. Based on other 60" Sharp panels that we tested this year (inside other brands), this is actually a good thing. They have slightly less motion blur. However, the viewing angle is narrower (but it is not like Samsung panels have great viewing angles anyway).

Keep in mind that the bigger the TV, the more prone it is to uniformity issues. This is true for all LED TVs - not just Samsung. This means you can't expect perfect uniformity with the 75".

Besides these points, you can consider all sizes of the H7150 to have the same picture quality.

Trying to decide between the Samsung H7150 and F8000. The F8000 has hardware-based dimming, which is supposed to produce a better picture.
The F8000 is edge-lit, so the hardware dimming is not very effective. It dims whole areas of the screen, which also affects unwanted parts of the picture. Go for the H7150 and save yourself a few bucks.
I purchased a 55" Samsung 7150. The picture is good, but for some reason the wording on the screen is poor, like it has a shadow. This occurs during newscasts and advertisements. Is the set defective, or are the settings just off?
It probably isn't defective. It is most likely just a calibration issue. Your sharpness setting is probably set too high, so reduce it until the artifacts disappear. You could also set the picture mode to Movie, or try the calibrated settings that we posted.
How volatile is the pricing of the 7150? It was $200 more than the 6400 (55 inch), and there is now a $400 gap. I'd like the 7150, but $400 seems a bit too much of a gap. The 60" currently isn't much more than the 55.
Check our price history charts. It will probably come down back to the same price as before.
I bought the un65h7150. It is a great TV, except one thing that I don't see mentioned here: the side silver panels get very hot to the touch unless I put ECO mode to low, but I hate that. Is this a defect or are they all the same?
We haven't noticed that, but we didn't really look for this anyway. How hot are we talking about? Uncomfortably hot or so hot you can't touch it?

The left and right side get very hot. Not where it burns, but hot enough. This is towards the middle of the side. If I put it on ECO low, it gets cool within 30 mins (cool to the touch) but when ECO is off, it is sure hot to the touch. Please try and see if that is a problem with eco off and light sensor off. I will take it back if it doesn't do that to anyone else. What worries me is if the temperature could start to distort the picture on the sides.

We still have the UN55H7150 with us, so we decided to test it. Backlight setting to the max, ECO/light sensor OFF. It does get very, very hot, so it is not just you. This is probably because the backlight LEDs are located on the sides (it is an edge-lit TV). I wouldn't worry about it though - it is part of their design.

Hi, great site! Thank you for the great advice! I just bought a 60 inch H7100 from Costco. Completely forgot to check the panel version until I got home. It stated that it was version "GH02". I couldn't find anything on it. Any idea as to who the panel manufacturer might be? Should I be safe and return it?
It is the first time that this one is mentioned, so I have no idea which manufacturer it is. How is the picture quality on it? Also, would you mind sending a closeup of the pixels like we do in our reviews? The manufacturer can sometimes be guessed from that.
Update: It is a Sharp panel, like the HH01.
I am buying a new TV and leaning to a 4K, as I do not want to buy a new one in a few years. You suggested that if you buy the Samsung H7150 60" you can upgrade in a few years - meaning buying a new TV, or does Samsung offer an option to upgrade? I am comparing the Samsung UN60HU8550 to the Sony XBR55X900B. I watch a lot of sports and want the ability to download from Netflix, etc. Also, if I buy the Sony, does it pay to purchase the 4K Ultra Media Player now, or wait, since there is not much 4K content right now, but I expect there will be in 12 months?
I meant buying a new TV. You can't upgrade the panel on a TV. We haven't tested that Sony, so we can't compare it to the HU8550. I would wait a year to buy the 4k media player. Not only it will drop in price, but it will also have more content.
Differences between F8000 and H7150? I can't decide which one.
Both usually use the same panel, so there isn't a difference in terms of picture quality. Just get the cheaper one.
I just bought the 75 inch H7150 and have noticed some blur, ball going away in football. Where are the settings you referred to that are best for use in watching sports? Also, you mentioned turning on the Digital Clean View and the MPEG Noise Filter. Should those be in the auto setting, or a different one?
The only setting that affects the motion blur is 'Auto Motion Plus'. 'Digital Clean View' and 'MPEG Noise Filter' don't affect this. It just helps reduce the noise on low quality media (the Auto value is fine for them). How much blur are you talking about? Every LED TV has some blur, unfortunately. If you want the lowest that this TV can achieve, set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom'. Turn On 'LED Motion' and Deblurrer/dejudder to off.
So far this seems to be the best review site I've come across. I am retiring my 50" Samsung DLP model year 2004 (still works) for something more current. I am having a difficult time deciding between three models, all with 65" displays: Samsung HU8550 4k, the Sony X850B 4k, or the Samsung H7150 from this review. Is upscaling a gimmick, or does this actually make 1080p better, if not 4k quality? I keep TVs a long time, so I'm not sure if it's premature to buy 4k and spend an extra grand, or if the 7150 will be good for five years or so without being obsolete. So my two questions come down to 4k or 7150, and if 4k, which is the better set?
Upscaling doesn't really increase the picture quality. It basically just interpolates between the pixels. This results in a blurry picture (when you are close). For example, would you say standard channels look good on a 1080p? Probably not. The same is true for 1080p to 4k. There is no magic - the TV cannot know what lies between two pixels. Check out our full articles on 4k vs 1080p for more reasons why not to get a 4k TV today. I would at least wait for full HDMI 2.0 spec support, especially if you want a future-proof TV. Therefore, either don't retire your current DLP for a few more years or get the H7150.
I picked up a UN60H7150 and perhaps it is just that I am used to plasma tech, but I feel like the motion blur is exceptionally noticeable. I've read that the 60" panel is in fact manufactured by Sharp. Do you have any experience comparing models within a brand across different sizes? People seem to have the opinion (e.g., on forums) that the Samsung panels generally perform better. It seems like backlight uniformity, clouding, etc, are possibly less panel-dependent, assuming that the lighting hardware is independent of the panel (I could be completely wrong there). I'm wondering if the pixel response time is worse for Sharp panels, thus causing worse motion performance. Or, again, maybe I'm just used to plasma. Thanks again for the amazing review site and willingness to offer advice to picky technophiles!
Every LED will be worse than plasma for motion blur. We haven't tested the 60", so we don't know for sure if the response time is significantly different, but I doubt there is a big difference. It is probably just because you are not used to an LED. If you want, display our motion blur test pattern on your TV. Follow our moving logo with your eyes and then compare what you saw with our pictures (with the corresponding Auto Motion Plus setting). If you do, please share your result and I will update this answer.
Update: We tested a few 60" Sharp panels inside other brands. It is actually the opposite; they have slightly less motion blur than Samsung panels. Not by much, though, so most people won't notice the difference.
I just took delivery of a 65 inch 7150 series with a ts01 panel code.
Thanks for letting us know. The table has been updated.
Thank you for this great website. I'd like to know your recommendation for either the Sony W850B ($2,100) or Samsung H7150 ($2,000). Throughout my research and considering my budget I ended up with these two models. In store, these two models were almost side-by-side with each other and I noticed that Sony produces more detail (details of snow texture and contours and also mountains were clearly defined on Sony, where Samsung displayed snow textures poorly and also had washed-out blacks when showing mountains). The sales representative told me that both Sony and Samsung are put on maximum whites and Blacks, and that's why Samsung performs poorly with sharpness and textures. If Samsung is calibrated it will be on par with Sony. Samsung's model is brighter than Sony's, and since both are on maximum, whites and blacks Samsung is washed out. Would you confirm this? What about Sony's X-Reality PRO technology? Can this be another reason why Sony produces much more texture and sharpness than Samsung? Also, can you comment on dimming, since W850B used Local and Samsung used Micro dimming? I am planning on connecting a PC to my TV and using it as an entertainment system (I am not a gamer), so I am not that into smart software and I know that Samsung offers more features on that front. Which one would you recommend buying? Thank You!
The picture quality when all processing options are disabled and calibrated correctly is almost exactly the same (beside the reflections, which are caused by the different finishes used on the screens). The added detail that you perceived on the Sony is in fact due to the X-Reality processing. Samsung has the equivalent, but it is less aggressive and you can't control it as much as you can by toggling various settings on the Sony. Note that when you watch a high bit-rate source, you don't want to turn on these options, because it changes the original picture too much. This is more for low-quality content like broadcast TV shows.
As for the dimming, both are useless so don't worry about that.
The Samsung UN65H7150 is a better overall TV than the Sony KDL70W850B (better uniformity and extra features). The Sony is better if you will mostly be using it for playing video games (lower input lag and slightly less blur).
Update: We received a lot of feedback that the 70" W850B often has a radial banding uniformity issue (about 1 out of 3 units). Therefore, if you don't want to risk it, get the UN65H7150, even for gaming purposes.
I work at a retail store and I have a service award of 30% off any TV. Also, the Hu8550 has decreased in price. Should I spend $900 on a 60" H7150 or $1,000 on a 55" hu8550? I sit seven feet away from my TV.
Because you sit very close to your TV and the price difference is only $100, get the 55" HU8550. 4k is more worth it at seven feet and your screen size, so you will appreciate that more.
When can we expect some reviews of Panasonic's 2014 models?
Not soon. Panasonic LED TVs are not very popular in the US, so they are a low priority for us. That said, most of them have an LG IPS panel inside, so the picture quality will most likely be exactly like the LG LED TVs. This means a low contrast ratio but a great viewing angle.
What are the difference between the Samsung UN60H7100AFXZA at Costco and the UN60H7150?
They are the same, except the one from Costco comes with a wireless keyboard.
Looking at the Samsung H7150 series in 65" or 60", but coming from a Samsung 7000 plasma. I have a bright room, but after seeing the reviews of the F8500's performance in a bright room, am I better off going that way? I watch a lot of sports and play some next-gen games. Thanks in advance.
The F8500 indeed can get almost twice as bright as previous plasma TVs, but it still can't match the max luminosity of an LED like the H7150. If you have a really bright room, the H7150 is better. For an average-to-dark room, the F8500 has better picture quality in almost every respect, as compared to the H7150. If you are OK with plasma's downsides (which it seems you are, if you are coming from a plasma), then go for it.
Can input lag be measured with game mode on and not PC mode, please?
Sure, we still have our UN55H7150. With Game Mode on (and not the input set to PC): 43.7ms.
When you get to shops, they usually make a big thing about the 120/240 refresh rate. Is it really worth the price to go for a 240 model over a 120? If so, under which circumstances?
No, this is just to sell pricier TVs. That said, there are differences between them, but it is not because of the refresh rate. For example, the screen finish is better on the H7150 than on the H6400.
I am trying to decide between the 55" Samsung H6350 and the H7150. Given the $300 price difference, do you think is worth getting the H7150? I will use the TV mainly for movies and video gaming. Or is there another TV that I should consider? Thank you in advance.
This is a hard question because it ultimately depends on how you value the $300. Both TVs are great, which makes it a bit harder to draw the line. Picture quality alone (not considering 3D and the better remote), the picture quality of the H7150 is about 5-10% better (better screen finish and gray uniformity). If you're on a tight budget, go for the UN55H6350, because the picture quality is still relatively similar. But if you have more leeway and don't want to settle for less, get the UN55H7150, because it doesn't really get any better than this.
I have a 55" H7150, and while uniformity does appear to be quite good (save for a little bit of flashlighting, especially on the lower right side), I've noticed that the leftmost part of the screen has a warmer color temperature to it (i.e. reddish tint). Then I saw your review's photo of the gray DSE pattern and I can also see it there. It is minor, however it can be noticeable in black and white movies if you look for it. Another thing I noticed is that at the bottom, right above the bezel, there appears to be a horizontal strip about 1 cm in width that in certain colors and scenes appears slightly brighter than the rest of the panel. I'm guessing this has to do with the very slim bezels of the set. Did you notice such a thing on your set? It can be seen on the Network Settings wizard screens. The reason I ask is because I'm my return period is going to expire next week and I want to see if other sets have these two issues, so that I can decide if its worth swapping my set for another one. Thanks in advance for your time!
Yes, there is a slightly brighter strip about eight inches wide and half an inch tall at the bottom right of the screen. We still have our UN55H7150 with us at the moment, so I tried it on the Network Settings screen like you said. You can't be picky with the uniformity of an LED TV, as they all have defects. We still consider our UN55H7150 to have one of the best uniformity that we have seen for an LED TV, so stop worrying and enjoy your new TV!
How do you change to the PC input setting to get less lag?
Check out our settings sub page of this review for a picture. If you want a video, we show how to do it in our H6350 video review (around the middle of the video). Basically, press the Inputs button on your remote, select your input, hold for a few seconds, select Edit Name, and then PC. Another option is to turn on Game mode instead, which gives similar result (under System, General).
I know it's already been addressed here, but I wanted to ask about the Samsung UN65H7150, a 2014 mid-range model, vs the UN65F8000, a 2013 flagship model with local dimming. From everything I'd scoured across various sites, the local dimming on the F8000 made it one of the best LEDs to date. So if I can buy a 2014 UN65H7150 for $2,100 on sale, or a 2013 (and yes, we're in June, 2104) UN65F8000, which is supposedly one of the greatest LEDs ever, would it make sense to go that route, and if not, why?
The F8000 is edge-lit, so the local dimming is far from effective. While testing, we actually disable the local dimming feature when the TV is edge-lit because it is useless. It only works when there is a complete black bar from left to right and the TV is a few inches thick. Otherwise, it also dims the picture in the same area. If the picture is somewhat bright, it doesn't even trigger. For example, we use a big checkboard pattern for our contrast ratio measurement (4x4, so big rectangles). Our measurements are exactly the same, even if local dimming is turned on, because it doesn't trigger.
The only somewhat good thing about local dimming on a edge-lit is for the blacks bars of a movie. Even then, it also slightly dims the top and bottom edges of the movie, because it isn't precise enough for just the black bars. Here are two pictures taken on our H8000 that demontrate this (left one is off, right is on). The difference is subtle, but you can see that the center part has the same luminosity, but the top and bottom edges of the movie are darker.

All of things considered, you should save some money and get the UN65H7150 instead.

Trying to decide between the Sony Bravia W850B and this 65 H7150. Worried about the extra weight and shape of the Sony for wall mounting. What are your thoughts?
It is wall mountable, but you should still be a bit concerned. Not only because the W850B is a lot heavier, but its shape is really awkward when wall mounted. The H7150 disappears on a wall, but not the W850B, because it is so massive. It all depends on your room decor and what you want the design to be focused on. The H7150 design is definitely more versatile.
In reviewing your settings for the H7150 series TVs, I noticed you refer to setting the input name to PC from the available names (not typed in). Unfortunately, I entered in the names for both our cable STB and Blu-Ray players on day one, before seeing this review, and it appears I cannot return to that menu list of names. I am unable to delete the typed in names (and save that) in order to return to the original menu. Do I need to reset the TV completely in order to calibrate to your settings, or can adjustments be made that will get us close?
We don't have our H7150 with us, so we cannot try it. But you can also turn on Game mode instead, it is very similar (under System->General). Alternatively, you don't need PC or Game mode if you don't game on it. Just set the mode to Movie and copy every setting (even the ones that are grayed out).
UN75H7150 vs UN65H7150, both are on sale. Price difference between both is $1,000. Which one should I get?
The size difference is quite significant. It is 33% bigger, in terms of surface area. How far are you from your TV? If you are more than 10 feet away, get the bigger UN75H7150. You will appreciate the immersion more.
Most of the reviews concern the Samsung H7150, which Samsung says has built in WiFi. Costco does not carry that model. They carry the H7100A model. The Samsung site lists "N/A" for the H7100 model. Does that mean WiFi is not available on the H7100A? Would I need to buy additional equipment or devices to get WiFi? Please elaborate. Thanks.
The Costco version also has WiFi. Manufacturers' specs often have these kinds of typos. Don't worry about this.
I was wondering, for your test with this Samsung model H7150, which screen size did you use for testing/reviewing? I am thinking about the 46 inch. Will gaming with a PS4 be good on that, or worse/better depending screen size?
We tested the 55" UN55H7150. Most of the time, the input lag is exactly the same on all sizes because it is the same software / electronic board on them. The panel (so picture quality) varies a bit more, but it should be in the same ballpark.
In Australia the model is UA55H7000. Is this the same as UN55H7150?
It is the equivalent, save for some minor differences related to country regulations.
Does the Samsung UN55H7150 support audio codec DTS-HDMA for video files viewed from an external hard drive via USB port? It would be a great help if you would share the complete audio codec support.
Taken from the user manual:
File formats: FAT, exFAT, NTFS
External Subtitles
MPEG-4 Timed text.ttxt
Micro DVD.sub, .txt
SubStation Alpha.ssa
Advanced SubStation Alpha.ass
SMPTE-TT Text.xml
Internal Subtitles
SubStation AlphaMKV
Advanced SubStation AlphaMKV
MPEG-4 Timed textMP4
TTML in smooth streamingMP4
ExtFormatMax Resolution
Music Formats and Codecs
.mp3MPEGMPEG1 Audio Layer 3
.flacFLACFLACSupports up to 2 channels
.oggOGGVorbisSupports up to 2 channels
.wmaWMAWMASupports up to 10 Pro 5.1 channels
WMA lossless audio is not supported
Supports up to the M2 profile
midimidiSupports type 0 and type 1
Seek is not supported
Supports USB only
.apeapeapeNonSmart is not supported
Video Codecs
ExtContainerVideo CodecsResolutionFrame RateBitrate (Mbps)Audio Codec
HEVC(H.265) 1920x180 MAX 60 30 AC3
Motion JPEG
H.264 BP/MP/HP
DivX 3.11/4/5/6
Windows Media Video v9(VC1)
Microsoft MPEG-4 v1,v2,v3
H.263 Sorreson
Windows Media Video v7(WMV1), v8(WMV2)
Other Notes
  • HEVC codec is only available in MKV/MP4/TS containers
  • Supports up to H.264, Level 4.1 (does not support FMO/ASO/RS)
  • VC1 AP L4 is not supported.
  • All video codecs excluding WMV v7, v8, MSMPEG4 v3, MVC, and VP6:
    • Below 1280x720: 60 frame max
    • Above 1280x720: 30 frame max
  • GMC 2 or above is not supported.
  • Supports SVAF Top/Botton, Side by Side, and Left/Right view sequence type (2ES) only
  • Supports BD MVC specs only.
  • WMA 10 Pro supports up to 5.1 channels. Supports up to the M2 profile. WMA lossless audio is not supported.
  • WMA 10 pro M3 is not supported.
  • QCELP and AMR NB/WB are not supported.
  • Vorbis is supported for up to 2 channels.
  • DD+ is supported for up to 5.1 channels.
  • The DTS LBR codec is only available for MKV / MP4 / TS containers.
Which TV has better black levels and picture quality, the Vizio 60 inch E series or the Samsung h7150, and is there a big gap between them?
The Samsung H7150 is no doubt better in just about every respect, but it also costs twice as much. For picture quality alone, it is about a 20% picture quality difference.
I know you are sick of panel questions, but I just got a UN55H7150 with a US02 version code. I have some minor flashlighting/clouding during very dark scenes and some minor motion blur, but these issues aren't too bothersome under normal viewing conditions (much better than my previous LG 55la6200). I have heard in forums that the TS01 panel for the 55 inch 7150 might perform better than the US02. Do you think there is any truth to that claim? I think they are both Samsung panels, and I just want to make sure I got the right one before I miss my return window.
The panel lottery does not affect uniformity issues. Clouding/flashlighting can happen with every panel. We tested a U panel on our UN55H6203. It had the exact same picture quality as our UN55H6350, even in terms of motion blur. You have nothing to worry about.
I'm looking at the Samsung UN75H7150 or the Samsung UN65HU8550. Larger screen vs. smaller screen with 4K. I sit about 11 feet from my TV. Which would you get?
Tough one. At 11 feet, 4k isn't really worth it for a 65". 75" is borderline at that distance for 1080p. But for 1080p with a good bit-rate (like Blu-ray), you won't really see the difference on the 75" compared to 4k on the 65". So go for the bigger 75" for a more immersive experience.
Fantastic website! Thanks! I've been reading everything I can find on the various 7150s and am leaning toward the 65". What would you say is the maximum optimal viewing distance for this screen size? Also, there seems to be some problems with the Smart software apps, especially Netflix and "boot looping." Has this been fixed? Is there a relevant date or version number?
A distance of 9-10 feet would be great if you want immersion. I am not aware of major functionality issues for the smart features. Some crashes from time to time, but nothing consistent.
I am looking at the Samsung 65" H7150 vs the Vizio M702i-B3. They are both priced the same. Which of the two do you prefer? I watch a lot of sports, but I'm concerned with image quality as well. Also, the 3D option is not a deal breaker. Thanks.
Both are great. The picture quality is very similar between the two, although the Samsung H7150 has slightly better uniformity and screen finish. If you don't care about the extra features (which are better on the Samsung), get the M702i-B3 for the extra 5".
I'm looking at the UN65H7150 at BestBuy, on for $1,499.99 right now. It's an hour travel to get to Best Buy. A local, independent TV shop where I live says they are the "only authorized Samsung dealer" around, and Best Buy is not an authorized dealer. He informed me of the panel switching that Samsung does, and says I'll get a cheap Chinese panel on the UN65H7150 if I buy it at Best Buy. From what I've read, though, the UN65H7150 is one of the few Samsungs that will definitely have a Samsung panel. Is he right that I won't get a good panel, or is the internet right in saying that it DOES have a Samsung panel? I'm just trying to whether I should go with Best Buy at $1,499.99 (no tax because it's over the state line in a sales-tax-free state), or buy locally from an "authorized dealer" for $1,575 plus six percent sales tax. $1,670 total. If I get it at Best Buy, I'd be saving $170.
Best Buy is an official authorized Samsung reseller. You can see the full official list directly from Samsung here. I would stay clear from a TV shop that blatantly lies, if I were you. All UN65H7150s have a Samsung panel inside. Buy it from Best Buy.
I bought a un75h7150. I really love the TV, however, during completely dark scenes I see some clouding close to the corners of the TV. I noticed this while HD streaming from Netflix. Not sure if this will be the case while playing Blu-ray discs. Is this normal with this TV, and can it be corrected?
You can't expect perfect uniformity, especially on a 75" screen. How bad is the clouding? If it only shows up during very dark scene, don't worry about it. It is normal. If you see it in most scenes, though, return it for another one and hope to get a better one.
Trying to decide between the H7150 and LG LB7200
Unfortunately, we didn't test the LG LB7200. However, we expect it to perform relatively similarly to the LG LB6300, because it is also an IPS panel. This means a poor contrast ratio, but good colors at an angle. Therefore, if you sit directly in front of it, the Samsung H7150 should have a better picture quality, especially in a dark room.
Does Samsung H7150 have full array backlight? It wasn't explicit.
No, it is edge lit.
I will be moving in two months and am leaning toward getting the un75h7150. It is still on the expensive side, with prices ranging from $3,250-3,800 mostly. Should I buy one now if I see a deal, or wait till moving time? Or is there a best time for these purchases? What is usually the pricing trend of this TV (ie 75" models)?
Usually, the prices of TVs drop slightly during the year to hit a plateau around fall. The biggest drop happens early, though (from April to June), and after that the difference is small (maybe 5% from July to fall). So, unless you find a good deal between now and then, I would wait until you have moved - especially lest you risk damaging it when you are moving.
I am about to buy the H7150. My view distance is 8.5 feet. Do you recommend a 60" TV? At this distance, is the H7150 a better option than the HU8550?
60" would be good for that distance. The H7150 is indeed a better option than the HU8550 for that size/distance, because you won't really see the 4k resolution anyway.
In general, are performance benefits of the Samsung un60hu8550 vs un60h7150 worthy of the price differences between the two products?
The higher resolution is the only real difference. If you sit at more than 8-9 feet, the answer is an easy no. It is not worth it. Especially given that the price difference is really big (about $1,000).
I currently have a 55" Panasonic ST50. I want to go bigger, but I don't want to be disappointed in the picture quality. I am debating between the Samsung 75" H7150 and the LG 55EC9300 OLED TV. Yes, I know the OLED is a 55", but the pic quality is supposed to be great. The LG is about $3,000 and the Samsung about $3,798.00. I sit about 12' from my TV. Any advice or suggestions?
The OLED will definitely produce a picture closer to your plasma than this LED. The H7150 is a great LED TV, but it is no match for an OLED or plasma in terms of black level and uniformity. At 12 feet, though, 55" is a bit small. If you bring down your expectations just a little bit, you will be happier with the 75" H7150.
I am looking at 65 inch sets for Black Friday and I've ended up with two options. Amazon has the 65" 7150 for $1,499 and my local TV retailer has a couple of Sony 65x900a 4ks for $1,845. I'm a big fan of passive 3D, but at the same time, I realize there's not much 4k content to take advantage of. Is 65x900a worth the extra $345?
No, it is not worth it. Stick to the cheaper UN65H7150. The problem with the 65X900A is it supports maximum 30Hz @ 4k, so it is not really future proof.
I'm deciding between the 65 Inch H6350 120hz ($1,169) or the 65 Inch H7150 240hz ($1,499.99). $330 difference between the two during black Friday sales. I know the H6350 doesn't have a Samsung panel and the H7150 does. I don't care for 3D or smart apps, but the gloss finish on the 7150 makes the picture much more vibrant and better in my view. Definitely worth the extra $330 in the long run, even if I never plan to use the 3D or apps, right?
Yes, the better picture quality alone makes it worth it. That said, if the H7150 is outside your budget, the H6350 is still a really good TV.
Un75f8000 or un75h7150. I know you said the 7150 is a bit cheaper and therefore to go with that but I think the look of the f8000 is really unique and thinner. What are the differences between the two remotes? Is the latest smart hub of the 7150 really better than that of the f8000? I am ready to buy and I need guidance.
If you prefer the design of the f8000, go for it. The remotes are about the same. The smart hub is slightly easier to use on the h7150, and a bit faster, but the difference is small.
You give excellent reviews on the Samsung Smart TV's. Seeing as Samsung's Smart series TV's are suffering from bad Smart Hubs, software and firmware problems and Samsung's Tech support is practically non-existent, why don't you test and report this on your site? All the H series Smart TV's are experiencing the same problems (you can verify this through the feedback on sites that sell Samsung TV's like is incredible to see the amount of problems that these TV's are having. Clearly Samsung doesn't care about their customer base....They are only interested in selling their products....any problems from previous models are handled by placing a new model on the market every year.....IMHO this appears to be a way of avoiding proper support for their TV's. Samsung, in the past, has been a very good product but their QC has suffered greatly in the last few years. I also noticed that your disclaimer, noted at the bottom of your site, states that you answer most questions via email to prevent cluttering. Don't you believe it is in the best interest of your viewers to provide adequate info on your reviews to include some feedback about the TV's problems that are being experienced by the consumers of such products? Clearly, all features of a TV should be accessed to determine if what the manufacturer states is valid and to give a more accurate assessment of the product currently being tested. IMHO I perceive that this is a area that needs to be approached and added to your rating's site. I sincerely hope you will consider this for a major improvement and an improved informed customer resource site for information. Outside of the above, your site is very good and quite informative. Thank you for all that you have provided in your present site. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Trinity
Thank you for your feedback. We usually try to post the first occurrence of a problem back on the page, and let viewers upvote it for visibility. It's the duplicate questions/comments that we answer by email. You are right, Samsung's software isn't very stable. None of the smart TVs are though, so if someone cares about that he should opt for a third party device (Apple TV/Roku) for their better stability. As a side note, we don't include the smart features into the overall score of our reviews. We also don't consider the smart features in the recommendations that we do unless a person explicitly ask for it.
I am curious about what your thoughts are with regards to the h7150 vs the f8500. I know that plasma is being discontinued, but can you get similar picture quality?
The F8500 has better picture quality in nearly every respect, and especially in terms of uniformity. It doesn't get as bright as the H7150, though, but it can get twice as bright as other plasma TVs. However, because it is a plasma, it has its own set of drawbacks (buzzing, flickering, ABL, image retention, etc). Most people should opt for the H7150 because the picture quality is more than good enough, but videophiles will prefer the F8500, assuming they are willing to deal with the downsides of a plasma TV.
Are all four of the HDMI ports on this model the same in terms of speed? I've read on certain forums that some HDMI ports on Samsung TVs are faster than others.
Yes they are all the same speed on this one. But they have different features. For example, ARC is supported on HDMI 2 and HDMI 1 is for set-top boxes. It is the 4k TVs that have varying speed between HDMI ports due to the current HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0 incompatibility.
Question about the picture quality in Game/PC mode vs standard mode. Does the quality really deteriorate in game/PC mode? Any chance someone can post a picture of what the TV looks in both modes?
All of our tests/pictures/measurements were done in PC mode. It is not true that the picture deteriorates. In fact, it is the opposite: it is more accurate (from a calibration/reference stand point). For some people, this means an inferior picture, because you might like all the added processing (over-contrasted, over-saturated) picture of Standard/Vivid mode. If you want a natural look, Game/PC mode is better. Unfortunately, we don't have our H7150 with us anymore, so we can't take a picture in other modes.
My new apartment has windows directly in front of my current plasma TV which is why I want to replace it with an LED TV to increase brightness and minimize reflections. My question is: With windows directly in front of my TV, would the screen finish of the H6350 or H7150 be more beneficial?
With a window directly facing the TV with no blinds during the day, you will prefer the more matte finish of the H6350.
I finally decided on the 65H7150, thanks to your site, and I love it. Two questions: (1) On the bottom edge, if you look close at an angle, you kind of see the rainbow color spectrum from the light on the left and right. Is this normal from clouding? The picture is amazing sitting dead center; I only notice it on 16:9 and black screens if you put your face up to the TV and look. (2) Also, I have everything hooked up to passthrough a Onkyo receiver. I tried to put it in PC mode, but it seems to make the picture blurry - especially for games. It looks better on a Game/AV receiver input. I'm assuming these would be better? I might have adapted, but I really don't notice any input lag difference between the two settings from .8 to .4 input lag. Is it really that much better? Thanks.
1) If you don't see it normally, don't worry about it. 2) The same applies here. If you can't feel the lag, don't worry. An alternative to PC mode is to turn on Game mode under System->General.
I literally just bought the Samsung UN65H7100 two days ago. I used your calibration recommendations and it improved the overall picture quality a great deal. I noticed that the resolution of the source program is briefly indicated on the upper left corner of the screen when you first turn it on. When I play a blu-ray disk it reads 1920x1080, however when I run a high def program over my comcast cable connection it only reads 1280x720. Is there an adjustment on the tv that I need to make to get full HD, or does comcast really only broadcast 1280x720 even for its HD programming? Thanks!
This isn't the TV. It is your comcast box. You should be able to change the output of the box by going into its settings. Keep in mind that the resolution of the transmission varies per channels (either 720p or 1080i).
After reading about different panels in Samsung TVs, as I'm looking a good 65" TV. I went to Costco to look at the h6300, and the picture was not very good and off-angle viewing had dark areas on the sides. So I looked at one of the 65" unopened boxes on the end where the bar code is and one the #'s I found was AH01, and that was the same # on the back of the TV. Next to this TV, the F7050's picture was excellent and no off-angle problems, and the # at the bar code started with a T, so this shows that there is a difference in panels. With the price drop of the H7100 that is what I'm going to buy, as I hear all 7 series TVs have Samsung panels. Thought this might be helpful.
Thanks for sharing!
Did you buy the Samsung 7150, or was it supplied to you by Samsung? The CNET review of the 6350 mentioned that they bought that model and that it needed much more calibration than another Samsungs they tested that were supplied to them. Just like stereo receivers, they are super-tuned when they know that are going to a reviewer and they don't represent what the average one out of the box bought at retail looks like.
We always buy our own TVs from a local store.
Does the H8000 have better blacks than the H7150?
No, they are relatively similar (0.029 cd/m2 vs 0.022 cd/m2).
Please save me from the confusing sales pitches! I would like to get your thoughts on which TV to get. I am converting a small room into a TV room. There is a window approx. 11' away facing the TV, so glare might be an issue. My five-year-old will probably be sitting on the floor about 5-6 feet away. I will be sitting about 9-10 feet away. We watch Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, H2, Syfy, and various kids shows via Comcast. And the occasional Disney movie, too. No gaming, and I don't care about 3-D or smart content. Here is what I want: 1. REALLY good picture 2. No glare/reflections 3. No motion blur (to the extent possible). There is nothing worse than seeing all those animal shows with motion blur. For 60", there is the Sony W850B and the Samsung 7150. For 55" there is also the Samsung 7150, but there isn't a Sony W850B in that size so for a 55", it would be either the W800B or W950B. What size do you recommend? Which TV? Also, more as an FYI, I might wall mount it, given that my child sits on the floor and we live in an earthquake area. Thanks!
You can't have a TV with absolutely no glare or reflections. There are basically two types of screen finish these days: glossy (like on the H7150) and semi-gloss (like on the W850B). Most people prefer glossy, because even though the reflections are more defined, it reflects less ambient light, so the contrast ratio appears higher. If you have a window directly behind you, though, you might prefer semi-gloss. As for the size, 60" would be perfect for your distance, but it might take a few days to get used to it. The child sitting on the floor closer to it shouldn't be bothered by the size. So get the Sony KDL60W850B.
Great site and great effort! I recently visited Costco and found the UN75H6350 is listed as 6300. Is there any difference between these models? I don't see 6300 anywhere outside. Is the Costco 6300 the same as H6350? I am talking about a 75 inch screen. Price difference between 7150 and 6350 is about $1,000. Is it worth spending $1K on the H7150? Please suggest.
No difference that we know of with Costco's 6300 version compared to the H6350. The upgrade to the H7150 is not worth $1,000. More like maximum $400-$500 in terms of picture quality alone, so get the cheaper one instead.
Do you recommend the Samsung h7150 or the Sony w950B, both in their 65 inch versions? I can't decide between the two. I always watch my TV in a well lit room. I now have a Sony 46kdlnx810 TV. Which do you recommend? It's killing me not being able to choose between the two.
They are significantly different, because they use a different kind of LCD technology. The W950B has better color accuracy off-axis, but the contrast ratio is about five times lower than the Samsung H7150. This translates to the Sony having poor blacks in a dark room. Both have a glossy finish, but the one on the H7150 reflects a lot less light. Therefore, the Samsung performs better both in a bright and in a dark room. The only advantages of the W950B are really the viewing angle and the lower input lag. Go for the Samsung instead, as it is a better overall TV.
People have complained about the UN55H7150's software being bugging, as well as apps like Netflix crashing from time to time. Is that true?
Every smart TV is like that, this isn't just limited to Samsung. Samsung is better than other brands, but it is still a bit unstable sometimes. If you really care about the apps, you will be better off with a third party device, like an Apple TV.
What is the difference in gaming experience between a 65" and a 75" H7150 at a distance of 12 feet? I am concerned that with bigger screen it will be more prone to issues.
The immersion difference is really noticeable. Uniformity issues are indeed more likely on a 75", but that shouldn't prevent you from buying one. It can still happen on the 65".
I have some online discounts and I am getting the 55" H7150 for $905 and the 55" HU8550 for $1,350 - difference of approximately $450. We sit 7-8 feet from the TV. Cannot get a larger TV due to other constraints. What do you suggest? On the one hand, it seems like the H7150 is the right choice (cheaper, marginal improvement in pic quality for HU8550 etc.), but on the other hand, is it worth paying an extra $450 to future proof and enjoy occasional 4K content?
$450 is a really big price difference. That is almost 50% more. 4k is not worth that much, even if you would watch native 4k content all the time.
I returned my 55" H6350 today and got the 55" H7150 from PC Richards & Son because it was on sale for $998.91 - only about $200.00 more than the sale I got on the H6350 ($799.99). I'm very happy. This is the perfect time to buy a TV, and especially this one. Thanks for the reviews and advice, you guys helped me make my decision and I'm very grateful.
Enjoy your new TV!
A word of thanks for your efforts. I ended up getting a 65" H7150 on sale from Fry's after returning a very buzzy F8500 that couldn't be replaced. The H7150 quality is extremely good, although as you have stated plasma does have an edge in many respects. There is definitely some flashlighting in the corners, and with some tweaking I've minimized that to the point that it's fairly minor. I assume it's just inherent to the technology and almost all of these models will suffer from the same issue to a varying degree?
Yes, it's a common issue with LED TVs, and the larger the TV, the more likely it is to experience this kind of black uniformity issue. The problem shouldn't get worse, so as long as it's not detracting from your viewing experience, don't worry about it. Otherwise, you can try exchanging for a different unit. This is a unit-specific problem, so even another TV of the same model might be better.
It is not fun to get a new, expensive TV home and not have the apps work. When I called Amazon and Samsung with this issue, they kept trying to fix it. Only after more than half dozen calls and hours on the phone. Amazon finally told me that the Samsung H7150 is not a supported device. This is not the only app that is buggy on the H7150. I finally plugged in my 7 year old ROKU. I have not decided if I'm going keep this TV. If I do keep it I will be streaming from Roku and not the TV. I'm waiting to hear back from Cedric for advice on keeping the H7150 or returning it. It does have a good picture and it does have a web browser. Both are important to me. I have not tested the web browser very much as of yet. I cannot comment on how well the web browser works.
Thank you for bringing up this issue. Indeed, a few of the apps on Samsung's smart interface are buggy. If you plan on using apps often, a Roku does a better job. If you are happy with the picture quality of the TV, don't return it, even if you won't be using the smart features. Unfortunately, there isn't a dumb TV with the same picture quality as this one.
I am trying to decide between a Samsung 65H7150 ($1,800) and 75H6350 ($2,300). I understand the differences between the two models, but I will be sitting about 15 feet from the screen. I would prefer the 65", but I am afraid of losing quality at that distance
The H6350 is a very good TV, and at a distance of 15 feet, you'll appreciate the extra 10" you get with the 75H6350. You should go for the larger TV.
I notice that you do not test for color accuracy. Is there any reason for this? Is this something you might test for in future reviews?
We will be adding that test in a few months, and we will update our completed 2015 reviews to include the results. We'll be posting photos of pre and post-calibration graphs.
Is the H7150 the same as the H7000 in the UK?
Yes. There is no difference, other than changes to conform to country regulations.
I am in the market for a 55 inch TV. My viewing space is from 6-10 feet. Is this a good size? What gives you a better viewing experience, the matte or gloss screen? It seems that a lot of higher-end TVs use a glossy screen, at least to my knowledge. Also, I am having a very hard time deciding between the 6400 and the 7150. Which do you recommend and prefer all around?
Yes, that is a good size for that distance. A glossy screen like on the H7150 offers a better experience because it gives the impression of a better contrast ratio, due to less reflected ambient light (thus creating a deeper black when the lights are on). This is why high-end TVs use a glossy screen. Overall, the H7150 is a better TV, so go for it if you don't really mind the price difference.
What size TV is best for sitting seven feet away?
50" would be good.
I am looking into getting a new TV and am considering either a 55-60inch Samsung H7150 or one of the new 2014 Vizio M series models with LED backlighting and local dimming, or even one of the new P series Vizios that may/may not come out sometime next month. My living room has lots of natural light and I mostly watch sports and stream content from Netflix. I don't care too much about 3D, don't often play video games, and I have an in-wall surround sound system. I sit around eight feet from the TV. Do you have any advice for which TV you think would be better?
We haven't test the Vizio yet, but we don't have high hopes for their local dimming. In theory it is great, but in practice it never performs well enough for normal footage. The H7150 is really great, and it would be surprising if the Vizio ends up better (we should start testing them in a few weeks). For your distance, go for the UN55H7150.
Update: We tested the M552i-B2, and as expected, the UN55H7150 is better.
Specifically, what are the differences between the Samsung UN60H7100 and UN60H7150? Costco carries only the H7100, but I am willing to buy elsewhere if necessary.
They are the same, but the H7100 comes with a wireless keyboard.
Just tried the Sharp LC-60SQ15U and it had major flashlighting and clouding issues, so had to send it back. After doing some proper research, I've narrowed my choices down to the 55" h7150 LED or the 51" F8500 plasma. I sit roughly 10' away in a room with windows on one side, and my primary uses are for watching Blu-ray movies and console gaming (single-player only). Bad screen uniformity is the major flaw I'm trying to avoid. Which model would you suggest?
The Samsung F8500 has better uniformity, by far. If you can live with the downsides of plasma (dithering, ABL, buzzing, etc), go for the F8500.
Trying to decide if I should buy a Samsung UN46H7150 or a Samsung UN46F7500. Any thoughts?
They are basically the same thing, except the UN46H7150 is a year newer, so it comes with updated software. Get whichever is the cheaper of the two.
Is there a significant difference between 120/240? I'm a PS4 gamer and I'm about to purchase the H7150 the 60 inch model. I mostly play madden, 2k, FIFA and Watchdogs, and I watch football year-round.
No, very minimal. You can see the difference in our motion blur pictures. The H7150 flickers faster, so there is more superposition of our logo. The response time is the same (same trail length).
Yours is probably the best unbiased review site I have come across. I am very much a novice when it comes to HD TVs. In fact, for the last eight years I have had the 50 inch Pioneer Plasma mounted on the wall - it's a bulky 70 lb monster, is not HD compatible, and has no HDMI. The prior owner had it installed when I purchased it. Finally, the beast did not start and am I glad to finally get to buy a new one :) I only watch cable channels on Time Warner - I hardly watch anything else. I sit at a distance of 12-13 feet in my living room. I think 65 inch would be good, considering I am mounting it, or should I go smaller or bigger? The models I am debating on include the H6350 and H7150 - I don't know if I will be surfing the web on the TV, I don't watch any 3D content, and I have never played video games - but I guess it might be coz I have not experienced it. Let's assume money is not a factor (I haven't spent on a TV in ages). What would you recommend for me?
Get the UN65H7150, especially since you don't upgrade your TV often. The difference in price is worth it for the better uniformity and screen finish. At 12-13 feet, you could go bigger, but the price increases significantly for a TV bigger than 65", so it's not necessarily worth it.
Does the Samsung 7150 really have a lot of lag while being used for gaming, or about the same as with other models?
Almost all Samsung TVs have an input lag of about 45ms in Game or PC mode. Most gamers won't notice this amount of lag.
I'm probably going to purchase the Samsung H7150 in a 46 or 55 inch model. I really just care about the picture and motion quality in a TV. I am a sports fanatic and enjoy movies. I am also an occasional gamer, and really only tend to play sports games (FIFA, Madden), so there is a lot of quick movement. I Just played FIFA 14 on an LG 50LB6300, and the players had a blur trail. Action scenes in movies weren't of too great quality either. Is the gaming and movie picture motion better in the H7150? I will also be sitting about eight feet away from the TV itself, so what size would be better - a 46 or 55 inch? Or would it even matter? I appreciate your time.
Yes, the motion is better on the H7150, as are pretty much all other aspects of the picture quality. At eight feet, go for the 55". Bigger is almost always better, and very few people regret opting for a bigger size.
I am about to purchase this TV! (60H7150). I have to hang this TV on the wall above the fireplace instead of using the included stand. This can be done, correct?
Yes, but you need to buy a TV wall mount.
What has been your experience with Open Box or Refurbished items, or would you always opt for buying brand new when it comes to high end Samsung or Sony TVs? I've never been one to buy extended warranties either.
In order: New > Refurbished > Open Box > Demo. For open box, as long as you can see the TV beforehand (no scratches, no burn ins, etc), it should be fine. If the savings are substantial, go for it.
The setup guide for the UN65H7150 says that it needs 4 inches on all sides for the TV's ventilation. I have an enclosed space enough for a 70 inch TV (meaning no ventilation space on the sides) which I have been thinking about getting as well. Do you feel it is necessary to have this extra space for the lifespan of the TV? Do these LED TV's get hot?
They can get hot, especially the edges on the H7150 because this is where the LEDs of the backlight are. If the TV's enclosed space is completely closed (no opening at the back), it could indeed be an issue. But if the back is open and there is a good airflow, it should be fine.
You stated the UN75h7150 would be a better value than the P702ui-b3. What about the UN75h6350? Keep in mind that all I care about is picture quality on my Blu-ray, and that I watch sports and want smart TV functions.
It is a tougher choice, because the UN75H6350 doesn't have the good screen finish of the UN75H7150, 3D, and the better smart remote. Price aside, it ultimately depends on if you value the extra 5" vs 4k.
What is fxza at the end of 7150?
This is the full model number: UN55H7150AFXZA. UN55H7150 is the short version that is shared with a few countries. The AFXZA at the end is for the US version. The Canadian version, for example, has AFXZC instead.
Deciding between this and a 65 inch Panasonic S60. Same price ($999, thx black friday). Which would you pick? I have good control over the light in the room.
Do you mind plasma's downsides (buzzing, dithering, ABL, flickering, image retention, etc)? The H7150 is a safer bet, but if you are familiar with plasma TVs, go for the S60, it is a great plasma TV. You really need to control the light in your room, though.
UN60H7150 Vs UN55HU7250. If I get both for same price and there is a 5" inch difference, which one do you suggest? The UN55HU7250 is curved. Does it really matter?
We haven't tested the UN55HU7250. We expect the picture quality to be similar to the H7150 (besides the 4k). So if you don't really care about the 4k, get the bigger UN60H7150 instead. The curve of the UN55HU7250 is more of a novelty; it doesn't really matter.
Is it true that current broadcast 720p/1080i looks better on a native 1080p TV than it does on a native 4K TV? This is what I have been reading on various forums; just wanted to get your expert opinion. Excellent site BTW, keep up the good work!
It depends on your personal preferences. As explained here, upscaling blurs the picture a little bit. Some like it because it removes the jagged lines, but most people tend to prefer native 1080p TVs for lower resolution media.
Fantastic website, great unbiased reviews! UN55H7150 for $999, KDL-60W630B for $999 or UN60H7150 for $1,299? Viewing distance will be about 8-10ft. Don't care about the Smart TV options - just the picture quality and best bang for the buck. Which TV would you recommend?
Either the UN55H7150 or the UN60H7150. The Sony KDL-60W630B is a good budget TV, but you can get a high-end TV for the same price at a size of only 5" less, so it is not worth it. At your distance, you could go either way and be happy with it. That said, very few people wish they got a smaller size, and everyone wants to go bigger after a few years once they are used to the set they have purchased. So opting for the 60" will (hopefully) delay your next purchase.
Almost ready to buy 60H7150, however, I, too, felt the very hot sides of the panel display in store while looking for the settings controls - before reading about it here. Certainly seemed excessive. Beginning to worry about long-term reliability. Do the other H7150 sizes get this hot as well? Do other edge-lit sets get this hot, or is this a possible design defect? Lastly, what does the ECO mode referenced do, as it was mentioned that it ran way cooler, i.e. can you run the set in eco-mode and still get expected performance?
Pretty much all edge-lit TVs get this hot. It is aggravated in stores, though, because the luminosity is set to the max. The ECO mode reduces the luminosity of the screen based on data from the ambient light sensor. It doesn't change the picture quality - just the brightness. Turning it off means you have full control over how bright the TV is. The brighter it is, the hotter it gets.
Which of the rated Samsung models here is the Samsung HU6950 most comparable to? And would you recommend going for it, or for the H7150? Equal gamer/TV/movie in an average room, alternating between dim and bright.
The Samsung H6350 is the closest to it that we reviewed. Assuming you don't really care about 4k, the H7150 would be better.
How do we support Love the site! Especially appreciate your taking the time to answer all these questions. Wow. My couch is 18 feet from the TV space. I mostly watch sports, and some movies. I've decided on the UN75h7150 or the UN75h6350. With Black Friday pricing, the difference is about $1,000. I'd prefer to get the 7150, but don't think I can justify spending $1,000 extra. I compared both models side to side at Costco, and I can live with the screen finish of the 6350. The other difference you often mention is the superior uniformity of the 7150. I can see the uniformity difference in your test results, but how would inferior uniformity manifest itself on the 6350 in normal TV watching, such as sports? Would I notice blotchy colors on uniforms or playing fields? Does uniformity affect anything besides color, like motion blur, sharpness, or contrast? I'm leaning more towards the 6350, mostly because of the price, but also because I can buy it from Costco. They do not carry the 75h7150. Thanks!
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Get the UN75H6350. The picture quality difference with the UN75H7150 is not worth $1,000, more like $300-$400. There is no difference in terms of contrast ratio, sharpness, or motion blur. The uniformity issue is visible on large areas of the same color, like fields while watching sports. If you don't look for it, though, you might not notice it.
I am trying to decide between the Samsung UN55HU8550 and LG 55UB8500. Both are about the same price. I am more concerned with the image quality and smart features and sit about eight feet from the TV. Which of these TVs would you recommend?
We didn't test the UB8500, but it has an IPS panel, so we expect it to have better color accuracy at an angle, but worse contrast ratio. Therefore, if you sit straight in front of your TV, get the UN55HU8550.
Thanks so much for your detailed website. What a gem! I'm definitely going to get a Samsung H7150. I'm torn between getting the 55 inch vs 60 inch. I really want the 60 inch, but I'm concerned about the Sharp panel at this size. I'm also worried that the picture may be worse and/or that it will develop problems later. And the 65 inch is too big for the room. Should I be worried?
Do not worry about this. It is still a great TV, and you will appreciate the bigger size.
In the specification of this TV there's a feature called 2D to 3D. How well does this feature work?
Every 3D TV has this feature. It is not very good, and nowhere near a real 3D Blu-ray. Don't bother with this. The TV doesn't have access to the real depth information, so it only guesses, which results in sub-par 3D.
Thank you! I simply want to thank you guys for all your hard work in providing us with very valuable information. Your detailed information has proven to be invaluable and is not found on any other website. I wish you continued success and a happy holiday to all of your staff!
I have a new 65 inch model coming my way. Will my current HDMI cables be ok, or should I upgrade? Current cables are maybe three or four years old.
Yes, your current HDMI cables should be fine. You do not need to buy new ones.
In terms of response time (least input lag), is naming the source "PC" with Game Mode enabled the fastest? Naming the source "Game" or "AV Receiver" results in more vibrant colors, but I'd prefer the quicker response time (with some games a few milliseconds is noticeable).
Just a correction: don't confuse response time and input lag. They are different things. As for your question, it doesn't matter; the input lag will be the same. Therefore, don't put a name on the source. Just turn on Game mode under System, General.
I just ordered the UN46H7150 from Amazon. I have question about 3D playback. Let say I downloaded a 3D movie in mkv format to my computer. Can I stream it from my computer or play it back from a USB stick?
Both will work. You just need to select the correct type of 3D encoding on the TV (side by side or top - bottom).
What should the Samsung h7150 contrast be set to in average lighting?
Do not touch the 'Contrast' or the 'Brightness'. If you want to change the luminosity of the screen, change the 'Backlight' instead. Turning off the ECO sensor also helps.
I just purchased a Samsung UN55H7150. Mine has the US02 panel. I have had a very hard time finding information to decipher the info on the panels (TS01 and US02). You have the TS01 listed as THE panel for the UN55H7150. You also have the US02 panel listed as THE panel for the UN55H6400. Did I just strike out in the Samsung panel lottery?
Thanks for letting us know, we updated the table to add it. Both the T and U are Samsung panels, so the US02 is still a good one.
I've seen on this site that the HU8550 is the same tv as the H7150, just with the addition of 4k. If that is true, why the higher rating on the H7150 (8.5 vs. 8.2)? Is the lower rating on the HU8550 just because of its poor input lag? I'm not a gamer, so I do not care about input lag. Could you please provide a revised rating in your answer if input lag was not considered for both TVs?
Yes, only because of the input lag. If you compare all of our sub scores (dark room, bright room, etc), they are the same. Without the input lag, they would have had the exact same score (we don't factor resolution into the overall score).
I am looking at a 65" television. I am trying to choose between the Samsung UN65H7150 or Sony XBR65X850B. Which would be the better of the two?
Unless you really want the 4k, get the Samsung UN65H7150. It has a better contrast ratio and a better screen finish.
I bought the UN60H7150 and realized it has the GH02 panel, which I believe is a Sharp panel. I'm now a bit concerned, having read that the Samsung panel is better. For an extra $300, I could move up to the 65" 7150 with the samsung panel, however I've read that bigger TVs have more uniformity issues. Do you think the upgrade to the Samsung panel would outweigh any of these uniformity issues? Love the site.
The differences between a h7150 with a Sharp panel and a Samsung one are very minimal. If you want to upgrade to a 65", do it for the extra size, not for other reasons. Don't worry about any of this and just enjoy your new TV!
Is the h7150 only in 3D?
You don't need to use the 3D feature if you don't want to. By default, the TV displays content in 2D.
Thanks for this awesome site. I've looked through all these questions, but didn't find out what an acceptable viewing angle is for the Samsung UN60H7150. I saw where someone asked about a 40 degree angle and was advised to get a different TV. What works in degrees? Thank you.
Check out our viewing angle video. At about 25° off-axis, the picture quality degrades.
I am in the market for a 65" - 70" Samsung TV. I do not care about or want the 3D feature. What TV do you recommend?
The Samsung UN65H7150. Even if you don't care about the 3D, the 2D picture quality is better than that of other TVs.
My H7150 seems darker than the H6350 was (or any other Samsung TV I had, for that matter), even with the backlight set to high and contrast all the way up, the picture still seems dark - almost like there is a tint on the screen. Do you know of any other way to get the TV to be brighter, in terms of light?
Turn off the ECO sensor (located under the System tab).
Hi Cedric, thanks for all the good advice. So I finally made up my mind and bought the un75h7150! It's huge and I love it Would you give me the link to the proper full-picture calibration, please?
They are posted in page three of the review, but here is a direct link to them.
Hi. Based on what I have read on your website, I purchased the UN65H7150 from BB. It has the TH01 PANEL. It is an OPEN BOX purchase, so I'm slightly skeptical. I asked the salesperson why it was returned and he stated he did not know and that the store does not ask. They do ask if it is defective and they also inspect it upon its return. What questions should I ask the BB manager or what should I look for upon delivery? If I keep it, where would I find the necessary info to do the calibration? Again, thanks for this informative website.
People return TVs for many reasons, even when it works perfectly. Sometimes it is only buyer's remorse from going over budget. Check to see if there are any scratches on the screen. Turn on the TV and look for uniformity issues (clouding spots or vertical bands). Some uniformity issues are normal, as long as they aren't too obvious/distracting. As for the calibrations, check the ones that we posted and read the Q&A below them.
We want to buy the 60" 7150 model. We remodeled our house a couple of years ago and the wall cavity for the TV is 52.5" wide (including sheet rock), which is about an inch short of the width of the 7150. I read here about the heat generated by the TV. I plan to cut in to the sides of the cavity to accommodate the TV. I was thinking perhaps 54" wide so that the TV just fits, but has a little wiggle room. Is the approx. 1/4" per side adequate? Thanks.
Samsung recommends a 4" clearance around the whole screen for good airflow. It will work with less, but you increase the risk of the TV overheating, potentially reducing its lifespan.
I have a question regarding the viewing angle of the H7150. I sit 9-10ft away from the TV, with the couch directly in front of the TV (65" model). When adjusting the brightness using a calibration screen (three gray bars on each side of the screen), even moving slightly off-center on the couch makes a huge difference. Should I be noticing such a difference in dark scenes from moving even slightly off-center of the viewing angle? It is only noticeable in darker scenes, but any movement from sitting dead on the couch can easily be seen on the TV.
This is normal on this TV (as well as on the majority of LCD TVs). The problem is the TV loses contrast as soon as you are off axis, resulting in brighter blacks.
Do you know when the new 2015 models are releasing? Should I wait until then to buy?
They usually hit the store around March to May (depending on the model). Picture quality-wise, it will be about the same (like it has been for a few years now). Unless you want the latest software interface/gadget, you are better off buying a discounted 2014 model instead of a 2015 one.
I recently purchased the 7150 and have noticed that sometimes pullback shots and videos in news programs can be out of focus, and also that SD video really looks bad. I did not notice this with my Plasma TV from before, or with my new Vizio TV. Is the TV bad, or do you have suggestions for settings that I can use for the HD and SD? I could even use different picture modes for the HD and SD if that would work. Thanks.
Try using the settings we used for our calibration (available here) and see if that improves the picture quality. Please let us know if that solves your issue, or if you continue to have problems with the picture.
Do you know if the number of hours an H7150 has run shows up anywhere in either the basic menu or the service menu? On both my LG TVs that information is readily available (Customer Support link off the main menu) and I find it really handy.
You'll need to enter the service menu to access that information. We don't have an H7150 anymore, but here were the steps we used for our H5500. The process should be similar.
-With TV off, enter this sequence on your remote: MUTE, 1, 8, 2, POWER (If that doesn't work, try INFO, MENU, MUTE, POWER).
-Select "SVC"
-Select "Info"
-The number will be listed as "Panel Display Time"
Would you still get this TV or wait until the 2015 Samsung UN65JU7100? Seems like there won't be a 2015 model for the LED version of the h7150.
We haven't reviewed the new TV, so it's tough to say how different it will be. Picture quality has been about the same for a few years now, so in all likelihood the main difference will be the new Smart capabilities being introduced in the 2015 Samsung TVs, as well as the JU7100's 4k resolution. The H7150 is a great TV and will be cheaper than the UN65JU7100, so unless you want 4k, you're probably better off sticking with the H7150.
What would you say is a good price for a 75" H7150? I keep getting confused because several websites have a cheap price, but then I come to find out they're South American models or something. So, it seems like around $3,500 or so should be considered a good price. What do you think? Thanks.
Around $3,500 is probably what you can expect to find most reputable dealers selling them for. If you want to shop around, you can find a full list of Samsung Authorized Resellers here.
Great reviews and great site! I'm wondering if the 55" 7150 supports Chroma 4:4:4. Is it that significantly better for PC connections?
I am debating on the 55" Vizio 2014 P series and 2015 M Series as well. They are both at $999 now. What would you recommend buying out of the three mentioned? I would like to get the P series for this size, since it has more zones. The Samsung 7150 seems to be a better TV technically, other than having 1080p only. I'm sitting about 10' away. Thanks for your help!
The H7150 does support Chroma 4:4:4, and that is something that makes a big difference for PC connections (especially for getting clearer text).
If motion blur or screen finish are important to you (the H7150 reflects less ambient light because of its glossy screen), the H7150 is the best choice. If you don't care about those, the two Vizio TVs are very similar. The M has better upscaling (low-res content looks better on it than on the P), and neither TV's local dimming feature works very well (even though the P has more zones), so the M would be the better of the two.
Should I get an H7150 or get a TV from this year? Most are "4k" now.
If you don't care about 4k, get the H7150. In terms of picture quality, we haven't seen anything better than it among the 2015 models we've reviewed.
I have a Vizio P50 for $750 after tax, an LG 55UB8500 for $950 after tax and just ordered a 55h7150 for $950. I have been having trouble deciding between the Vizio and the LG, so I decided to split the baby and give up on 4k for now since
a) the Vizio can't display 4:4:4 and
b) the LG has significant gaming lag, the blacks aren't great, and isn't copy protected in its 4k 60 htz port.
I sit around 5-9 feet from the TV, did I make the right choice? Does the 7150 have that much better of a picture? I mostly watch internet apps, like sports and would like to game more.
Also, can you use a PC at 120 hz, or only 60? Thanks.
Yes, you made the right choice. It has better picture and can display 4:4:4. At your distance, 4k would have been nice, though.
We didn't test to see if the H7150 accepted a 120 hz signal, but we don't expect it to.
Is the h7150 the same as the h7090 in Germany?
Yes, it is the equivalent model.
I just purchased the UN65H7150 and I'm looking for a compatible sound bar (or alternative for audio, if the price is reasonable). I'm not an audiophile by any means. I don't need monster sound or the best possible setup. I want something compatible with this TV that is as user-friendly as possible, ideally under $500 all-in. I've seen sound bar (w/ sub) setups for as little as $200... are these worth a look? I understand you typically get what you pay for...
Unfortunately, we do not test sound bars yet, so we can't really recommend one for you.
Does the clear motion setting on this TV have a lot of jitter and picture noise when on? I currently have the Panasonic 55et5 and it's a horrible TV for noise and uniformity, so I'm thinking of replacing it with this one. It's mostly used for Directv Blu-rays, and then video games every other weekend.
Yes, the Auto Motion Plus setting does introduce a significant amount of artifacts. All TVs are like this, especially when things are moving fast. This is why most people prefer that option off.
The Samsung h7150's stand is curved, and only the middle touches the table. What is your recommendation for the size of TV I should buy if I have a 50-inch-wide table?
The 55" TV that we had touches the table 20" apart. Therefore, even the 75" will fit on your 50" wide table.
I'm planning to buy the Samsung H7150 but can't decide on what size to buy. If I'm seated 10 feet away, what is your recommended size? Also, I have TV furniture that measure 50 inches in width. What is your recommendation for the TV size I should buy, since I'm considering using my TV furniture stand instead of wall mounting.
The 65" will be good at that distance and will also fit your table.
I'm planning to buy a Samsung TV. I am leaning towards the h7150, or any samsung 4k UHD. Is Samsung H7150 comparable to or similar in terms of picture quality to 4k UHD? If yes, which model? Cause I understand all 4k UHD TVs are still very expensive.
Given the same 1080p input, you won't see any difference between the two - especially at a normal distance. Therefore, you can save some money by going for the H7150.
I've been doing a fair amount of research on this TV. I understand it's a great overall TV. I'm mostly curious about gaming with it, as I have a PS4 and squeeze in gaming time when I can. I mostly play fast-moving games like Destiny, racing games, and Battlefield. Is this going to be a good choice for overall quality picture and movement in movies, and also for when I have time to game?
You won't have any problem gaming on it if you set it to Game or PC mode. The input lag is good enough for almost everyone. So yes, it is a great overall TV - even for gaming.
I have the Samsung H7150 - how do you turn Game Mode on? I have searched and cannot find it. I have had the soap opera issue as well.
It is not under picture settings. It is in System->General. This will also disable the soap opera effect feature (which you could also have disabled by turning off 'Auto Motion Plus').
I purchased a Samsung UN65H7150 a couple weeks back and noticed a jerk or stutter to the video playback when using AMP on any setting other than "Clear". Essentially, it looks as if the playback does a quick pause. Thought the set was defective, exchanged it, and the new set does the same. So this is a model-specific issue. Can you comment?
It depends on your source frame rate. If your source is 24fps (like Blu-ray), you need to enable Film Mode to remove the shutters. You should also make sure that your Blu-ray player outputs at 24p. If your source is 30fps, try enabling PC or Game mode, as this will reduce the variation of the input lag, which creates a smoother frame rate. Using the motion interpolation feature can introduce judders when things move too fast for the processor to interpolate.
I am viewing my TV from approximately 11 feet away. Would the UN65H7150 be a good choice, or would a larger screen size be in order for this distance? I would love the 75" 7150, but cost is a factor. If larger would be better, do you have any recommendations around the 65" 7150's price point? Thanks for your help.
If you go larger but within the same budget, you will not get as good of a picture quality as this Samsung H7150. A 65" at 11 feet is quite good, so stick to this UN65H7150. It is a great TV.
I have three questions. Will the picture quality be better on a 65 inch 65H7160 versus a 70 inch 70W850B because of increased pixel density alone? Does a glossy screen have a more clear picture than a semi-gloss or matte screen? Also, my viewing area is about 15 feet away, will I be able to tell the difference between 1080P and 2160P?
1) Not really. The pixel density difference between the two is minimal, especially at 15 feet. 2) Yes. The glossier finish of the H7150 increases the perceived contrast ratio because it reflects less ambient lights. 3) 4k is not really worth it at that distance / size combination.
Trying to decide between the 60" Sony w850 and the 60" Samsung 7150. The price just dropped on the H7150 and it is now the same price as the Sony. Which one do you recommend for a bright room (windows, overhead lights)? It will also need to be wall mounted, and I am a little worried about the weight of the Sony (but it is manageable).
At the same price, the UN60H7150 is a better deal overall. The screen finish is glossier, but it reflects less ambient light. So if the lights are overhead and the windows are on the sides, you should be fine.
I am looking at the 60" version of the H7150 (the UN60H7150), which as everyone is saying, has the Sharp HH01 panel instead of the Samsung one the other sizes of this model have. You used a 55" (i.e. Samsung panel) for all measurements in your review. Might the 60" with the Sharp panel be completely different, especially in critical (to me) tests such as reflections, motion blur, viewing angle and contrast ratio? It would seem that there is no way of knowing where the 60" with a different Sharp panel would come out on these tests?
We tested a few TVs this year with a 60" Sharp panel, even if they weren't Samsung models. They were great and handled motion even better than the 55" H7150 that we tested. Same contrast ratio and reflection issues. The viewing angle is slightly narrower, but it isn't like Samsung's panels are great at this anyway. Slightly more uniformity issues, but that is to be expected when the size is bigger. Overall, Sharp makes great panels. Most people wouldn't see the difference between them and a Samsung panel. So don't worry about this. It is a great TV.
Why does game mode tend to make the picture appear slightly pixelated? Overall, I notice a slight degradation in image quality with game mode on, however any stuttering will have disappeared. Also, do you know anything about the BD Wise feature? Should this be turned off?
Game mode disables a few processing functions in order to reduce input lag. Usually this is a good thing, but if the picture appears more pixelated, this probably means that you like a few of the processing functions that it turned off. The BD Wise feature just lets the TV and Blu-ray player figure out the resolution themselves. Turn it off and you will have full control.
Do all 65 inch Samsung H7150's have Samsung panels?
Yes. All UN65H7150 TVs have a Samsung panel.
With the early Black Friday sales going on, I'm trying to decide which TV to get. I'm between the 60" H6350 and the 60" H7150. Where I am struggling is that the H6350 is $980 and the H7150 is $1,300. I don't plan on watching 3D movies, so I know that is a little bit of a waste. I tend to just watch TV shows, Blu-rays, and sports. Is there enough of a difference to justify the price gap? What would you recommend?
The picture quality of the H7150 is better, mostly in terms of uniformity and screen finish. Enough to compensate for $300? Only you can answer this, because it depends on how you value your money. Arguably, the picture difference is maybe 15%. The H6350 is still a great TV, but the H7150 is even better.
I was considering the Sharp Aquos Q+ 60", but now have come across the 7150 and it seems like a better quality TV overall. What are your thoughts on these two? I will only be watching cable and DVD/Blu-ray.
Unfortunately we didn't had time to test Sharp TVs this year, so we can't comment on them.
I'm sitting 9-10 ft away and I am upgrading from a LG 55LB7200 to the Samsung H7150 series. I was going to go for 55 inch, but jumped up to 60. Would I have noticed a difference in size?
Definitely. Even a 5 inch increase is noticeable. It might not seem like much, but it corresponds to a 19% surface area increase.
Great site, thanks. After comparing many displays, I am down to deciding between two. The 65H7150 ($,1499) and Vizio 70M ($1,799). Best Buy has great pricing on the 65H7150 for Black Friday. I am wondering if Vizio will offer the same deals on their website as has. This display will be in a bright room and we will be sitting approx 13 feet away. This will be wall-mounted and used for kids' shows during the day, and then streaming, normal broadcast TV, movies, and lots of sports (NASCAR, Football, Baseball) after they go to bed. Not too concerned with 3D, but I guess it would be cool and used once in a while if we had it. No gaming. It would be the main house TV. Any advice?
Unless you have a window directly in front, go for the UN65H7150 over the Vizio M702i-B3. The Samsung TV's screen finish is glossier. While it does reflect less ambient light, a bright window directly in front of the TV would be quite visible on the TV. The only advantage the Vizio has is the extra five inches, but it is also pricier, so that negates the bonus. Overall, the H7150 wins over the Vizio M.
I'm trying to decide between a Samsung UN55H7150 or the UN55HU6950. The 6950 is 4k, but only 60Hz native refresh rate. The 7150 is 1080p and 240Hz. I don't care about 3D. I sit about 8-12 feet from the TV, and mostly watch movies and sports. The 55" 6950 is $200 pricier than the 55" 7150, but I can also get a 50" 6950 for $200 less than the 55" 7150. Any thoughts on which set is better for me (7150 vs. 6950)?
Get the cheaper H7150 instead. At your distance, you will see a difference with a 4k resolution, but it is minimal and that also assumes you have real native 4k content. You will appreciate the better picture quality of the H7150 more.
I'm considering either the Samsung UN65H7150 (65-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED TV) or the VIZIO E700i-B3 (70-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV) but undecided. My viewing distance is about 10-11 feet (might be able to stretch it to 11.5 if the TV was mounted on a slim mount), and from the couch on the side it's about 6.5 feet, but this viewing distance isn't a priority. I'd be using the TV for streaming TV shows and movies, and also for playing video games. Wouldn't really be using the smart TV options as I have a Roku, and would rarely use the 3D option. Both TVs are currently the same price on Amazon ($1,500). Could you please let me know which TV you'd recommend? Thanks so much!
If they are the same price, get the UN65H7150. The picture quality difference is significant (especially in terms of uniformity, which is really poor on that Vizio), so even though it is 5" smaller, you will appreciate it more.
Your site has been greatly helpful! I have narrowed it down to two choices. I'm torn between the Samsung UN75H6350 and the UN65H7150. My main seating is about 12ft from the screen. The 65" 7150 would be $500 cheaper, but also 10" smaller. I understand it is better overall. Which would you recommend? I watch movies, play PS4, and also watch sports. Thanks!
10" is a big difference in size. The picture quality difference between these two TVs is less important than that. So the question can be simplified to: is 10" worth $500 to you? I am sorry if this answer isn't more cut and dry, but it is a personal choice at that point. I can see people going either way, because neither choice is bad.
I'm trying to decide between the 55" and the 60" h7150 TVs. I'm an active fps gamer, but I want a large TV that I can mount on the wall and that is great for movies. I'm worried that the 60" will have more response time lag, and the fact that the panel is sharp and not Samsung also concerns me. Would the 55" be a better compromise, or should I go for the 60"?
Go for the 60". The input lag is the same under Game mode, so you don't have anything to worry about.
I just bought the 7150 and the picture is good. However, I have an unusual question. The TV sits on its base, but it's tilted back two degrees, or about 1/2" vertically, and it's noticeable. The cabinet is level. Is this common, or is it just this particular TV? I also noticed the frame is slightly curved and not a straight horizontal line, but that's not noticeable when viewing. I'm deciding whether to take it back and go with the Sony w800b.
This actually varies by unit. Most are perfectly straight, but sometimes the TV tilts forward or backward. If it bothers you, return it. If you like your picture though, you should return it for the same model. The Sony W800B is good, especially for gaming, but it is a slight step down in terms of picture quality.
I like to watch sports and movies in HD. I want to upgrade to a 75" Samsung 7150 or 6350. I have been watching our current Samsung UN65F7100 from a distance of 14'. Will the H6350 have better or worse picture than my current 7100? The 3D and remote are not that important. Also, will the lack of micro-dimming on the H6350 result in a noticeably worse picture? I don't want to be disappointed if I choose to go with the H6350.
The H6350 will be slightly worse than your current 7100, but not much. The biggest differences are a different screen finish and slightly worse uniformity. Micro Dimming is software-only processing, and we disable it in our reviews because it messes with the picture's contrast. Go for the UN75H6350. It is really hard to justify the extra cost to upgrade to the UN75H7150 at that size.
Yesterday I purchased the 55" Sony w800b from Best Buy. It was $944 plus my 10% 0ff = $850. Nice deal, this is coming in the next week (no stock), but I later saw this Samsung 55" for about $999. I can use the same coupon for a formidable $900, so at this point I'm debating between Sony and Samsung, cause that Samsung has stunning visuals for me, but the Sony has better input lag. I want to see movies and play Xbox One. Also, I'm hardcore Call of Duty player, but most of time I use my ASUS monitor (24", 1ms and 144hz). I about whether that input lag difference is sufficient to be annoying when I play fps games. I'm looking for better visuals when I'm playing, too.
Most people won't see the difference in term of input lag (assuming the Samsung has Game mode turned on), so you don't need to worry about it unless you were gaming on it 100% of the time.
How does the picture quality and side viewing of the UN55H7150 compare to the PN51F8500?
The PN51F8500 has a far better viewing angle - almost perfect. The overall picture quality is also better, unless you are in a very bright room. However, it comes with the downsides of a plasma TV, so it isn't for everyone.
What about this model's remote? People have complained about connectivity issues between the remote and the TV.
We haven't had any issues with ours.
I am considering a 60". I want the H6203 or H7510. I skip the 6350 and 6400 because of limited gain in picture quality. I understand the H7150 has much better quality, but at what price difference is it worth going for it? Say the H6203 is $1,200; when would the H7150 be worth buying? $1,500? $1,800? More/less?
The worth of the difference is personal preference. But if I had to say a number (assuming the same size and that you really only care about picture quality, not 3D, bezel, smart features, etc), maybe $400, at that size?
I'm having a tough time getting DirecTV (or other more compressed content) to look good on my 65" inch H7150. Looks either washed out or crushed blacks. In a dimly lit environment. Do you have any settings to recommend? I have no trouble dialing in Blu-ray movies on this TV.
Low quality content is always an issue. If you want a natural look, try Movie mode with the same settings that we used, except increase the sharpness and turn on 'Digital Clean View' and 'Mpeg Noise Filter'. If you want even more processing, try the default Standard mode, but you might want to turn off 'Auto Motion Plus' on it (and maybe 'Dynamic Contrast' if you don't want crushed blacks).
I am buying a UN55H7150 FOR $999.00. Should I get the Extended Warranty? Price is between $89.00 - $249.00 for three years depending on where I purchase the TV.
It depends. You lose money in the long run with the extended warranties (otherwise, they wouldn't sell them if it wasn't profitable). However, if it will really bother you financially to lose the TV in two years, buy the plan for the peace of mind.
I am comparing the 75" Samsung H7150 vs. HU8550. For movies, we sit at 11 to 15 feet, so from what you've written many times, there is no real advantage to 4k resolution (hence - save money and buy the H7150). However, my kids are always sitting up close (four to five feet) when playing video games, often in split-screen mode (we have an old Sony Bravia 40" TV). Two questions: (1) will the 75" 4k screen of the HU8550 make the gaming experience much better from that distance than the 75" H7150, and (2), is there any concern in general related to sitting that close to a 75" screen (eye strain or dizziness, etc.), and if so, is increased resolution a helpful factor? (I'm guessing not - and that brightness is more likely an issue for that.) -- BTW: FANTASTIC SITE -- THANK YOU!
You will see a difference with the 4k, but it won't be big, especially for content with a resolution of 1080p and under. 1) Gaming consoles don't output at 4k. The TV's upscaling will smooth the picture, but some people perceive this as blur. For simplicity, you can consider the picture quality to be the same in this scenario. 2) Eye strain and dizziness shouldn't be a problem unless they watch 3D. The resolution doesn't help there.
I'm trying to enable "film mode" when playing Blu-ray movies, but the option is grayed out in the picture settings menu. Why is that? I know I have my PS3 set to output at 24p. Also, does film mode make a difference? Thanks in advance.
Verify that the PS3 really outputs at 24p. After you select the correct input, the TV should display the frame rate that it receives. If it doesn't display 24p, it means the PS3 doesn't really output at 24p.
I am buying a Samsung un55h7150. I would like to get a Samsung 3D, Blu-ray, DVD player. I want a good one. Not sure which one. Do I need a smart DVD player? I looked at the bd-h6500 and bdh-5900. I just need a good one, since I am getting a good TV. What do you recommend?
You do not need a smart Blu-ray player, because it will just be redundant with your already smart TV. Unfortunately, we do not test Blu-ray players yet, so we don't feel confident in recommending one over another.
1. I tried to upgrade my eight-year-old Panasonic 42" TH-PX600U plasma with the 60" Samsung 7100 LED. I thought this was supposed to be a top of the line LED, but my old plasma looks 10 times better no matter how much I fool around with the settings. The picture just looks washed out, dark, and blurry. Is there a TV around today (in the 55" range) that will look as good as my old TV? Are all LEDs really that much worse than plasma? 2. The video from the apps on the 7100 TV looked pretty good but when I tried to play video through my Xbox360, with component connection, it was horrible and DVDs were so bad they are unwatchable. Is this because of the low resolution/processing power of the xbox360 or because of the component connection? If I got an xbox one would the picture match the TV apps?
1) An LED will never beat a plasma for certain aspects of picture quality, like uniformity or viewing angle. That said, it shouldn't be that much worse, and especially not dark and blurry. Have you tried Movie mode and increasing the 'Backlight' setting? Also, you need to disable the ECO mode on the Samsung - otherwise it caps the maximum luminosity based on its ambient light sensor. That should produce a natural, very bright picture (at least 3-4 times brighter than your current plasma).
2) Have you tried an HDMI connection? That should increase the quality slightly, though DVDs are not a quality source. You should try Blu-rays instead. DVDs were good enough on your 'small' 42", but the defects will be more exposed on a 60".
Hello. I want to run audio from my TV to my receiver. I use my USB Harddrive to play movie files and on my last Samsung LN46B640 I ran Red/White Audio out to my receiver and it worked. With this new TV I have no idea what to do. Ideas? I've searched everywhere.
You have two good options: connect via HDMI arc or the digital optical audio out. You could also use the 3.5 mm jack output, but it is analog, so the quality is inferior.
Are there any specific settings in the 3D settings that get changed to make it better, or do most people leave those as is?
Leave them as is.
For the 65 inch H7150, does game mode change or darken the picture quality? The same question for the 60 inch Vizio E Series and M Series. In game mode, does the picture quality change or darken or look worse?
Game mode disables most of the processing features. From a calibration point of view, this is a good thing, and what we often use in our reviews. Does it look worse? No, it is actually more accurate. But some people don't like this and find it worse. It shouldn't be darker, though. If it is, just bring up the Backlight setting or disable the backlight flickering feature.
I plan to upgrade my family room TV. Considering H7150 (65inch and 75inch) and H6350 (75inch) and the cost for each of these: UN65H7150 - $1,500, UN75H7150 - $3,000 and UN75H6350 - $2,000. The room has a lot of sunlight, but no windows directly behind - they are at sides (both the side walls). Could you please tell me which one is the best choice?
What is your viewing distance? This will help in figuring out if a 65" screen is big enough. For your room, you will prefer the screen finish of the H7150. The price difference between the 65" and 75" is really big, though, so the UN65H7150 is a better value. If you sit far (13 feet +), then go for the UN75H6350. At that distance, you will appreciate the size more than the picture quality difference (they are both great anyway).
I have a UN55h7150 that tilts slightly backwards in its stand (similar to a previous post). It only tilts the TV about 1/2" and does not bother me or distort the picture. I just want to make sure that the tilting of the TV will not harm the TV by putting unnatural pressure on certain parts of the panel. Could the fact that my TV tilts affect the picture over time, causing more rapid wear and tear? The picture is nearly perfect, and I would hate to return the TV over such a minor imperfection. I just don't want to dismiss something that could harm the TV over time. Thanks!
No, I wouldn't worry about it - especially if the picture quality is great.
Was comparing the 75 in Samsung H7150 and H6350 while surfing the internet over the holiday weekend and bumped into the 75 inch ES9000, which was similar in price to the 7150 that I was leaning towards. Can you tell me the difference between the models?
The ES9000 is a two-year-old model. It has local dimming, but it is edge-lit, so not effective. Therefore, the picture quality should be similar to the H7150. If they are both the same price, get the H7150, because it is more recent.
I thought the difference between the scores of the H6350 and the H7150 used to be only .1. If that is true, what changed?
We update the weight of the different tests from time to time. In this case, we increased the weight of the gray uniformity results. Also, we updated all motion blur scores to only include the length of the trail (so now both H6350 and H7150 have the same motion blur score).
Trying to decide between the 60" Vizio M and 55" H7150. Which one would you get?
Get the UN55H7150. If you care about picture quality, the 5" loss is worth the better picture quality.
Are the Samsung TVs in general (or the 60H7150 specifically) VESA compatible in the wall-mount screw locations? It wasn't on my older Sony, and I had to add an extra 2" adapter, which sets it away from the wall that much more.
Yes. VESA 400x400.
So I'm going with the UN55H7150, but I have a question regarding the mount. For the location this is going to be at, I need an extension of a few feet from the wall to account for an older entertainment stand, which sat like bookends around our large 65" DLP. This process seems excessively complicated, and Samsung's own website doesn't recommend any. Could you give me suggestions? Thanks.
Unfortunately, we do not test wall mounts, so I can't really recommend one. Depending on how far away from the wall you want the TV to be, it could be difficult to find one. Search for an articulating mount.
I got the 65" 7150 two weeks ago and noticed a brighter band (about a quarter to half an inch thick) next to the frames - especially the top frame. This is mostly visible when lighter colors are onscreen (a sky view, for example). I exchanged the first panel and the second has the same issue, and paying attention I noticed it on other Samsung sets as well (maybe a characteristic of edge lit LED lighting). Have you noticed this?
If you look closely at our gray uniformity picture, you can see that ours also had that (although minor).
What is the measurement from the bottom of the stand to the very bottom of the screen? Would I be able to put my 4.5" tall center speaker in front of the 65" H7150 without it blocking the screen? Thanks!
We didn't measure it, but from the specs it appears to be only 2".
Have you noticed or heard of any longevity issues with the Samsung TVs? My Samsung UN55D6900W failed (lost entire rows of pixels) after just two years and I am hesitant to buy another TV from them, considering they offered me nothing since my TV was just outside of warranty.
These issues are common to all brands. You can mitigate this by buying an extended warranty.
I just got a 65" TV and the 3D has a lot more crosstalk than this picture shows.
What is the content that you are watching? Often, the crosstalk is inside the footage.
Hello, Thank you for all the information that you post on here. I am going to buy a TV, but it's hard to make a decision with all the information about the new 4k TVs. Can you tell me which one you would buy between the H7150 and the Sony XBR55X850B? They are close in price, but the reason I am doubting the Sony is because I read that it is an 8-bit TV and they will be practically obsolete very soon, since everything in 4k will need a 10-bit TV. So does the Sony still outweigh the Samsung just by being 4K?
Get the H7150, even if it isn't 4k. It has a far better contrast ratio than the X850B. You will appreciate the better picture quality more than the 4k. As for 10-bit vs 8-bit, yes, 10-bit is coming, but it won't be here anytime soon, nor will you be able to get your hands on 10-bit content on a daily basis. The adoption will probably take even longer than 4k alone.
I am currently looking to upgrade to a Samsung 7150 for our living room, I have a 6350 in our office/gameroom for gaming and found your calibration settings extremely helpful on that TV. For the 7150, I was wondering whether, if I plan on using a PS4/PS3 as a Blu-ray player for watching movies, should I still have it set for gaming on that input if I do some gaming, or use your calibrations, or a combination of both. I kinda thought that when you set it to game mode it auto-inputs the other settings? Thank you, and I love your website.
If you will also you use your PS3/4 for some occasional gaming, you could just turn on Game mode and leave it there even for movies. There is no downside to it for Blu-ray movies because the quality is high (unless you want the soap opera effect).
I just received this TV (65h7150). I read many of your reviews and comments before purchasing. I noted that many times you mention that the screen of the TV absorbs ambient light and has reduced reflections and has one of the highest ratings for bright room viewing. Unfortunately, my h7150 is the most reflective television I have ever seen. Every light is visible and pops through the TV image, even in bright scenes. If this weren't distracting enough, the TV reflects these lights with a very obtrusive multiple rainbow effect -- so that not only is the light visible, but it is joined by 2-4 equally bright rainbows! I am so frustrated right now -- the TV is in the identical spot as the four-year-old Samsung it's replacing under the same lighting conditions -- that one only reflected a dull image of the same lights that eventually melted away into the picture. This h7150 is nearly impossible to watch, as the reflections dominate the picture. Did I just get a dud, or is this typical of this TV and I just misunderstand what Samsung means by touting its ultra leer panel and your ratings for a bright room?
As mentioned in the review, the screen is glossy. So yes, it is normal that you see more reflections, which is why we don't recommend it if you have something bright directly opposite the screen. However, the amount of light reflected is actually less than more matte screen finishes. We measured about 60% less light reflected. You can see it in our pictures: the lamps appear less bright. This is why Samsung puts that screen finish on the higher-end models; it increases the perceived contrast ratio. If you prefer a more matte screen, go for the UN65H6350 instead.
Does Samsung have an equivalent model (in 60"), that is not 3D?
No, there is no TV that has the same picture quality without 3D. But the cheaper H6350 isn't far off.
Is there a big difference for gaming between the un55h7150 and the 55" w800b in terms of lag and motion blur?
There is a difference, but it isn't big. Most people won't see it (assuming good calibration settings).
How does ECO work? Should I use it? I have a UN75H7150 in a room that is pretty bright during the day. What setting should I use?
The ECO feature is a sensor on the TV that adjusts the luminosity of the screen (the 'Backlight' setting) depending on the amount of light in your room. This is only useful if you watch the TV both at night and during the day and don't want to change any of the settings. That way, the TV will adjust itself. The downside of that feature is you cannot control what it does with any precision, which is why we disable it for our reviews.
I purchased a UN60H7150 and am very pleased, especially coming from a plasma. I keep quite a few of my movies on a WD MYCLOUD device. Is there some way to name the 3D movies so that 3D kicks in automatically, rather than having to manually pick 3D? I have tried adding the H-SBS and H-OU, with no success. Thanks much!
No. You have to do it manually.
So I tried the PC VS GAME MODE options, and for some reason, when I set it to PC mode, it washes out the color TREMENDOUSLY. I noticed someone else mention this too, yet you guys said you haven't seen this. I have it on GAME MODE now and it seems ok, but everything is boosted (brightness and all), is that normal?
It depends what you mean by washed out. We used PC mode for our review, because it gave us the picture closest to the original by default (and then we tweaked it a little bit). Game Mode is less strict than PC and it allows more processing to be added, which could explain what you are seeing. It also depends on what kind of encoding you are sending to the TV (RGB or not).
Right now the 55" H7150 is sold around $1,000 USD. Do you anticipate this going any lower than $1,000 in the near future?
No. That is the lowest it has ever gotten (even on Black Friday), so it won't go down any further.
Love my Samsung 65 H7150, but how is it when watching anything I cannot engage 'Closed Caption'. When selecting CC, it brings up a window "Accessibility Shortcuts"; the selections are "Voice Guide" - which is off, "Video Description" - which is off, "Caption" - which is off, "High Contrast" which is on, and "Enlarge" - which is on. When selecting 'Caption', the TV responds by saying "Function isn't Available." What am I doing wrong? I have checked for system updates. Also, the manual mentions time shifting via USB storage. However, that is not available in USA. Is there a work-around for this?
The source that you are watching needs to send the TV CC data. Otherwise, the TV can't display them. As for the USB storage feature, there is no workaround to get it to work in the US, unfortunately.
I am also having issues with rainbow glare, as the question from 12/23/14 stated. I am OK with the reflections of the light fixtures in my house - I expected those. But every fixture reflection is accompanied by four red and green reflections, in an array, around the fixture. This can be very distracting, so I am trying to find out if it is an issue that can be addressed by using different types of light bulbs, or if any light will create this rainbow effect. The TV is beautiful other than this one issue, so I'd hate to "downgrade" to a 6350 if I don't need to.
This is unfortunately common to most LED TVs. It is also present on the cheaper H6350, although it looks different. You can see a bit of it in our pictures. As far as I know, changing the light bulb won't help.
I just returned a Vizio 70 inch e-series because I found the picture a bit dark and grainy, despite using your suggested calibrations. I have ordered the Samsung 65 inch H7150 instead, which I got on sale for $1,900 and which I hope will be brighter and will have better picture quality after calibration. Given my poor experience with the Vizio at 70 inches, however (which I would rate as average to very good, depending on the source, but not excellent), I am tempted to instead the 65 inch 4K HU8550 instead, because my local box store has it on sale for what seems like a steal: $2,650. Unfortunately, the store was unable play anything for me on the HU8550 but 4K demo material, and in the end I was not willing to spend the extra $750 without being able to even see a Blu-ray or DVD play on it. (Despite the claims of the salesperson that the "upscaling is amazing," I remain skeptical about this after reading materials on this site and others.) So here's my question: in my home, I will use the TV for HD cable, Blu Rays, HD Netflix streaming, PS4, PS3, and XBox games. Seating is 8-12 feet and the room is very narrow, meaning I will not have too many side angle issues. In the end, I went for the 7150 based on the recommendation here and on the theory that 4K is unnecessary if you are using it to watch 1080p material in the setup I've described. I also had a secondary concern about lag on the HU8550 for gaming, although I have heard conflicting reports that this MAY have been fixed on a firmware update (your review here still cites lag as an issue). So these are my two questions: first, for a 65 inch set, is it worth it to step up to the 4K (for viewing distances of 8-12 feet) at the $2,650 price point? And second, is lag still an issue on this 4K set? What matters most to me is picture quality and getting a reasonably good deal. Thanks for your thoughts. You run the best HDTV site on the web.
1) At your distance and size, 4k does make a difference. Not so much when watching content with a resolution of 1080p or lower (upscaling isn't amazing), but in the future, when real 4k content is available. 2) No, the lag issue should now be fixed.
Between the Visio P series, which is a 4k TV with a refresh rate of 120hz, and the Samsung H7150, which is 3D and has a refresh rate of 240hz, which do you think would be the best purchase for a long-term TV? I want a TV with a good, smooth picture quality for movies and sports, and I plan on getting an Amazon fire. As for size, between 55"and 60". Which do you think is a better buy if money is not a concern?
Don't look at the refresh rate number, it is almost meaningless. The Vizio P Series has more motion blur than the H7150. Therefore, unless you really want a 4k TV, the Samsung H7150 is a better choice for you.
I just bought the Samsung un55h7150. The version I received was US02. I was hoping for a TS01. Is there a difference in quality? Are there any differences? I heard the TS01 version has great side-angle view, awesome contrast, and also that the picture is outstanding. Will the US02 be equal in every way?
Yes, the US02 is also very good and it has the same contrast ratio as the TS01. The viewing angle is an issue for both the US02 and TS01 (and every Samsung LED TV, for that matter).
I upgraded to a UN55H6350 from an older Panasonic plasma. I am not loving the black levels and ghosting when I watch movies, etc. Sports and "brighter" scenes seem to be okay. I sit about 11 feet from the TV. Do I stick with the 6350 at $1,000, or should I go to the 7150 at $1,400 or the 8550 at $1,700?
No LED TV will match your Panasonic plasma in terms of black levels. If you are not happy with your H6350, you will most likely also not be happy with higher-end models. Instead, you should look at the Samsung F8500 plasma TV.
I have a Samsung 7150 75 inch with TS01 panel. I recently calibrated it with a spears and munsel disc. Should I go a step further and have Best Buy ISF calibrate the TV for better picture? Do you think it's worth the money?
Disc calibration gets 95% of the job done. The remaining 5% is the white balance and gamma adjustment. If you care about the accuracy of the colors, then yes, it is worth it. But keep in mind that most people can't tell if colors are slightly off.
Do either the Samsung 6350 or 7150 pass through Dolby Digital 5.1 signal via the Optical Audio output? I would be connecting Digital Optical Audio Out from TV to Digital Optical Audio In on Paradigm Soundscape soundbar.
To our knowledge, no.
How does this TV compare to the Sony w802a? I ask because they have a floor model for $1,000, 55". Should I get the brand new 46" h7150 or the used 802a? They're both $999.
We didn't test the W802a, so we can't compare it directly.
I'm curious about the black levels on this TV. Other reviews say this TV has poor and lighter black levels, but you guys rated it good, so I'm not sure what to believe? Any help?
We measured 0.022 cd/m2, which is good. Keep in mind that we are using a checkboard pattern for the black measurement, which helps prevent TVs from 'cheating' at this test. Some other websites are using a different test methodology, which could produce different results.
I just purchased the 65" H7150 and noticed that the panel code, UH02, isn't listed for this size or model. A chart posted earlier lists it for the 55" H6350. Why the discrepancy? Also, is it typical of Samsung to have the Contrast factory set at 100? Seems odd that it would be at maximum right out of the box. Thanks for your site, it greatly influenced my decision as to which TV to purchase. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for letting us know, I updated the table. The contrast set to 100 is normal. If you check out our calibrated settings, we set it to 100 for almost every Samsung TV also. The thing is the 'Contrast' setting is not really the contrast of the TV. Setting a contrast too high used to clip the whites of the pictures. But now, this never happens anymore. On some TVs, we do reduce it, but not because of the clipping of the whites, but to flatten the gamma curve.
Hi there! I need some advice here if you can provide it. I'm in the market for a 60" TV. I have split uses for my tv. 34% of the time I play games, 33% of the time I watch Movies, and the other 33% I just watch cable. However, when I watch movies I want the best black levels while maintaining clarity. I'm a stickler on this as I've had several tv's in the past where black levels during dark scenes have been abysmal. I also like great quality, sharpness, and colors when gaming though as well. My choices are narrowed down to the 60" Samsung H7150 and the 60" Vizio P series. I don't really care for the 4k in the vizio but the full array LED's and 64 Zone control promises better black levels. I should also point out that, sound from the tv, available apps, and 3D don't concern me at all. With this in mind and the uses I have intended, which can you recommend?
First, read the section where we talk about local dimming on the P. It is not perfect, so not everyone turns it on. Assuming you don't mind the blooming, it will produce better blacks than the Samsung. It has one downside for gaming though: the trail of motion blur. It doesn't appear on every scene, but when it does it is really bad (you can see the trail in our picture). The UN60H7150 is a safer bet and feels like a higher end TV overall. But if you do want the best blacks, then yes, go for the P and turn on local dimming.
I just purchased a 55" h7150 and I'm noticing a lot of uniformity issues during dark scenes. Also, has anyone commented on how a rainbow effect surrounds reflections on the screen? It is very odd... thanks
Uniformity issues are fairly common in dark scenes displayed by LED TVs. If it's bad enough that it's ruining your experience with the TV, bring it back and exchange it for another unit of the same model.
As for the rainbow effect, that's also very common. The only fix for that is to watch your TV in the dark.
I have a Samsung UN60H7150. Is it normal for the Smarthub apps to not turn on and go back to the TV? It happens a lot, and I have to unplug the set every time to get it to work. I know it can't be good for the TV to unplug while frozen. Is there another way to fix this? Thanks.
Try updating the Smarthub software, as it's possible there has been a fix for this particular bug. If that doesn't work, consider performing a factory reset on your TV.
If none of this works and the problems persist, you could try investing in a media streaming device like a Chromecast or Apple TV. These are generally better at handling streaming than the Smart Hub is, and you wouldn't have to rely on Samsung's glitchy software anymore.
Is this TV edge-lit or backlit?
It is edge-lit, with the lights on the left and right edges of the screen.
Hi, my two-month-old Samsung 7150 has a stuck pixel already. Is it possible to fix this? I'm very disppointed right now. Any advice for me? Thanks.
Try applying slight pressure to the pixel and turning the TV on, then off. This works about half the time when trying to correct stuck pixels, but won't work for dead ones.
Great site! At eight feet, would you get the 55" 8550 or the 60" 7150? Price is no object.
At eight feet, the difference you'd see with the improved resolution of a 55" 4k TV would likely not be very big. It's a perfect distance for a 60" 1080p TV, though. Go for the H7150.
Great site! I have an eight-year-old 42" plasma Samsung TV that has great picture (720p) and no blur when watching sports, and I want to get a newer, bigger TV. I was turned off of 4k after I saw how bad it looked when displaying live sports on a local HD station. I know it sounds strange, but it seems like I'm downgrading. Would sticking to the 7150 be a better choice than the 4k 8550 for average TV/sports watching? Thanks.
No LED TV can match the low motion blur you get with plasma, so it's likely you'll notice the decrease in quality no matter how good of a TV you get, and whether or not it is in 4k.
That said, the resolution of the TV should not make a difference for the motion blur. The HU8550 and the H7150 both have the same picture quality, with the difference being that the HU8550 has 4k resolution. Some people find upscaled content looks smooth/blurry on a 4k TV, but that can be tweaked with the Sharpness setting if you decide you don't like it. All in all, live sports should look more or less the same on either TV, so pick whichever you want.
I am looking for a 65" TV for my basement. I read a lot of reviews about the UN65H7150 and think it would be a great fit, but was just wondering if you thought a different TV would be better. Best Buy's price on the UN65 is $1,699.99 this week, was also looking at the Vizio M-series 65" and P-Series 65". I watch a lot of sports and no gaming, but I have two kids that might start gaming someday. Is it worth buying a 4K right now? Thanks for your input and great website!
Overall, the H7150 was the best TV we reviewed last year, and would make the best choice. The Vizio P is also quite good, but it has a long motion blur trail, which means it would not be ideal for sports. The Vizio M also has more motion blur than the H7150, and its uniformity is not as good as either the P or the H7150.
4k is nice to have, but it's not the most important element when picking a TV. There's a limited availability of 4k media, and you need to sit close to fully appreciate the increase in resolution. For overall picture quality, the H7150 is the best pick.
I purchased a UN65H7150 today and in looking at questions regarding the panel lottery, I am now concerned that I may have gotten the wrong set. The set in the store display (BB) was a TSO1 panel, but when I got my set home it had a UH02 Mexico panel. Should I return this set and search for a TS? I'm an old, tired, & disabled vet, and want this set to be of the best picture quality & my last one. Any advice would be appreciated.
Both the UH02 and TS01 panels are made by Samsung, so any difference in quality will be negligible. Also, all Samsung TVs sold in America are assembled in Mexico. All in all, there's no real need to exchange your TV for one with a TS01 panel.
You suggested I choose the 75" 6350 over the 65" 7150 at a distance of 15 feet. The prices for both went up substantially in my area.
First, when do most new models get released (prompting lower prices on older models)? I can wait a while. Also, there is a $1,000 difference between the 65-75" 6350, which would go a long way towards a sound bar, new router, streaming box, etc.
The 2015 models should start hitting shelves within a couple of months. TV prices should already be trending downwards, so don't hesitate to act if you spot a good deal in the coming weeks.
As for taking a smaller TV and using the price difference to buy other items, that is entirely up to you, and should be dependent on what you want, and when. In an ideal scenario, you might get the larger TV and add on to your setup piece by piece over time, thus ending up with a better overall setup. If you don't want to wait to save for those other items, go ahead and take the smaller TV.
Hi. I just got my new UN75H7150. This thing is a beast and the picture is awesome. After a few minutes of playing with it and adjusting some settings following what others have found best, I noticed two major flaws. I hope my set is a bad one, since I really like the picture. 1) Corner flashlighting. As you can see from this picture of my set, there is some flashlighting in the corners, bottom right being the worst and most bothersome. Now, this is my first large TV, and I don't really know what to expect for a 75". Is this acceptable to you, or should I return it to get another one? 2) Bad motion blur. The first thing I did is fire a quick video from YouTube. I really like hockey, so I did test this video first: Man, this was the worst thing I've seen on a TV!! There's trailing with each player movement. Tried turning off all picture options (auto motion plus turned off) and it was worse. Turning auto motion plus to Smooth alleviated the blur a bit while introducing other artifacts. I took a video of my set playing a motion blur test video: - Original: - Mine (auto motion plus turned off): (around 0:15 and 0:40 being the worst) Is my set defective? I may exchange for the H6350, as I have big windows in front of the TV. A large TV and good motion blur is important for me, as I watch lot of hockey. Why is the H7150 is so bad for motion?
The flashlighting doesn't look too bad, but that's definitely a lot of motion blur. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that exchanging for a new unit, or even an H6350 of the same size, would get you a different result in terms of motion blur. Larger TVs sometimes have more motion blur than smaller versions of the same model, and this is not the first time we've heard of this being the case for the H7150.
If you'd like to try out our motion blur test pattern and email us a video recording of that, we'd be better able to judge the difference between your H7150 and the one that we tested and guide you appropriately.
I understand that the H7150 is a great HD TV, but does it make sense to spend a (modest) bundle on a TV now when you'll feel completely left behind in two years or so?
There are a few reasons why 1080p TVs are still a good idea. You need to sit much closer to a 4k TV to fully appreciate its higher resolution, 4k TVs are still more expensive than 1080p TVs, and the supply of 4k content is still quite limited.
An H7150 that is purchased now will still look great in a few years. There's also no point in waiting forever to buy a new TV, since there's always something newer on the way - there are already 8k displays showing up at tech shows.
There are big price differences on the web for the UN75H7150. I went to the cheapest one for $2135.00, made the order, then got a phone call from the rep saying this is the South American TV and I could upgrade to the U.S. version for a price of $3000.00. Sounds like a bait and switch, but maybe not. Is the rep telling the truth? Anyway, is there a noticeable difference between the South American TV versus the U.S.?
This is a common bait-and-switch tactic. It's unlikely that the 'South American version' of the TV even exists. Often, these retailers just cancel the order when you don't buy the pricier version. If the TVs have the same model number, they should be the same.
You might want to order from a Samsung Authorized Reseller to avoid running into this problem in the future.
Hello. I recently bought a Samsung 65" H1750. I saw your review and put my TV in PC mode for better input lag. I noticed that after I changed it to PC mode, TV broadcasts and Movies all got lip sync issues. I have a new receiver and tried tweaking the lip sync option, but the sound is still not matching. Why does PC mode cause this issue? Do I have to switch my TV to PC mode every time I play games and switch it back for Movies and TV?
If you use different inputs for TV and gaming, you will be able to put the gaming input in PC mode and leave the TV input alone. Otherwise, you will need to switch back and forth, or else play with the lip sync options a bit more to improve the sync.
Is the 7150 good with DIRECTV? Looking for picture quality - don`t care about 3D or gaming. Seating is about 9.5 feet away
Yes, the picture will look good, but you would get even better picture from Blu-rays.
You state that "the Samsung UN65H7150 is a really good TV, with just about the same picture quality as the UN65HU8550." Some reviewers have noted, however, that the 8550 uses hardware-based local dimming, which they claim is superior to the software-based dimming used in the 7150 and thus achieves better blacks and deeper contrast. Do you agree with this assessment of the two different types of dimming systems and with the opinion that the 8550 has superior blacks and contrast because of its use of hardware-based dimming?
Hardware local dimming on edge lit TVs isn't very effective. On the HU8550, the LEDs are on both the left and right side. When it tries to dim something, it does it across an horizontal band. And due the the light dispersion layers, these bands overlap by a few inches. This is okay for darkening the black bars on 21:9 content, but it is near useless inside the footage (for example, our measurement of the contrast ratio on a checkboard pattern isn't affected by this type of local dimming). Even on 21:9 letterboxes, the top and bottom part of the picture gets dimmed too, which is far from ideal. This is why we don't consider the edge local dimming on the HU8550 a worthy feature.
I noticed that the rating for this TV went up from 8.5 to 8.6 in the last couple of days. While of course that's a good thing, I'm wondering what would have caused the rating to change. I recently bought this TV so I'm very familiar with the rating you originally gave it. Thanks for your help.
We completely changed the way scores are calculated. More info here. The scoring is a little bit less accurate for 2013 and 2014 models though, because we didn't have a test suite as complete back then compared to this year.
'In order: New > Refurbished > Open Box > Demo. For open box, as long as you can see the TV beforehand (no scratches, no burn ins, etc), it should be fine. If the savings are substantial, go for it.'
I would put it in this order; New, Demo, Refurbished, Open Box. Demo models can be great bargains. Just be sure to buy from a dealer that takes care of their products on display. The time on display is a good burn-in period and will reveal any weak points, such as a bad power supply.
Refurbished can be good, but you never know until you get it. Open box means it was returned, and often people don't disclose a fault to the dealer.
I recently bought a Samsung UN60H7100 display model from Costco and it's great. I got it for $800 and Costco gives you 90 days to test it out and a two year warranty. Plus, Costco offers the Square Trade five year warranty for $60.
I've sold a lot of display models over many years when I worked in retail electronics and I can tell you that the display models had a lot lower failure rate after purchase because they had already gone through the burn-in period.
You make some really good points, and you're right that there are often some perks to buying a demo unit that you won't necessarily get with new or refurbished models. Thanks for sharing your perspective.
I am trying to decide between last year's H7150 for $1,699 at a local retailer who still has one, or the JS7000 for $1,799. Both 60". I like the look of the JS7000, but I'm concerned that the JS7000 has no 24 fps support. I have a PS3 that we use to play games on rare occasions, but we mostly watch Blu-rays and lots of Netflix. Any suggestions? And is judder something that is noticeable? Thanks.
The H7150 has great picture quality, and is better for most people. If you really want to watch 4k and don't mind judder, get the JS7000. If you want the more versatile TV, get the H7150.
Many people don't notice judder at all. Take a look at the comparison video here. If you don't see anything wrong, you don't need to worry about judder.
Trying to decide between the Samsung H7150 and Hu7000. Hu7000 is UHD with 200 cmr. There's a discount on Hu7000 which made it cheaper than H7150. I mainly play ps4, watch sports and movies. Please help.
Unfortunately, we can't recommend the Hu7000 since we didn't review that TV. All we can say is that the H7150 has a really great picture quality and motion handling that is great both in movies and sports. It is also a good TV for gaming so you can't go wrong with this one.
Excellent Site. I am looking for a 46 inch 1080P TV around $700 with smart features and 3D. Looks like this TV is discontinued. Do you still recommend this tv? If there is any issue will i get replacement parts?
This is a good TV and we still recommend it if you can find one in store. Replacement parts won't be an issue. On top of that, there was no 46" TV released in 2015 so there aren't many other options for you.
Purchased the Samsung 60" JS7000 4K and haven't taken it out of box yet due to second guessing myself. I paid $1,599, so I believe I got a good deal, but I'm wondering whether this TV is a good choice overall. We are not gamers. The TV is mostly used for sports and movies, so I'm worried about judder. Don't REALLY know what that means, but I see it's a big topic. I'm also worried by the fact that the motion is only 120, and not 240. Please help.
The only issue with the 120 motion rate (really a 60 hz refresh rate) is the judder you're talking about. Judder on 24p movies is not very obvious to most people, so it's likely nothing to worry about.
To help you decide whether to keep your TV, watch the video here and see if the judder bothers you.
Is this model very different to UN50HU7000? Or shall this review render similar scores? Thanks!
The biggest difference is that the HU7000 is 4k while the H7150 is 1080p. Beside of that, the HU7000 have less features such as worse image interpolation, sound and no 3D.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.