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Reviewed on Jul 13, 2015

Samsung JS7000
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.8
Movies
7.4
TV Shows
7.5
Sports
7.6
Video Games
7.3
HDR Movies
7.3
HDR Gaming
7.1
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Samsung JS7000 SUHD TV's picture quality is a mixed bag. It has a great viewing angle and low motion blur. However, it has poor blacks and bad uniformity.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.0
Motion 7.2
Inputs 7.6
Sound Quality 6.7
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Great color accuracy at an angle
  • Low input lag and motion blur
  • Wider color gamut
Cons
  • No 24p support, which means judder is present while movies are playing.
  • Poor contrast ratio
  • Poor uniformity

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The Samsung JS7000 looks like a mid-range TV. The TV is fairly thin, and the bezel is small.

It wobbles quite a bit, and is made out of plastic.

Stand

Dimensions of 55" TV stand: 33" x 13".

Borders
Borders : 0.59" (1.5 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 1.77" (4.5 cm)

7.0

Picture Quality

This isn't a good TV for movies. The blacks aren't deep, and there are lots of with the uniformity. If you watch TV in a dark room, this TV won't look very good.

This TV also has judder when playing 24 fps movies, so this isn't the TV to get if you love watching Blu-rays, DVDs, streaming movies, or other 24 fps movies.

5.5 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
772 : 1

The contrast ratio is really poor on this TV. It has an IPS panel, and produces gray blacks. Note that the 50" and 60" models don't have IPS panels and would have better contrast.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

It is advertised as a full array backlight, but the 'Smart LED' feature is not even in the menu, so it is a probably an error on Samsung's website.

6.2 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
308 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
324 cd/m2

6.5 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
5.261 %
50% DSE
:
0.200 %

While it doesn't have a lot of DSE, the overall uniformity of solid colors is quite poor. The edges and corners are significantly darker, and you can see a few vertical bands.

6.6 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
IPS (only 55")
Color Shift
:
27 °
Brightness
:
37 °
Black Level
:
75 °

The advantage of LCD TVs with a poor contrast ratio like this one is the color accuracy at an angle, which is great. The 50" and 60" models use VA panels and have narrower viewing angle.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

5.7 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.805 %

Due to the poor blacks, the uniformity in dark scenes is not good. The corners are brighter than the center of the screen.

9.0 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

8.1 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
4.1
Color dE
:
2.8076
Gamma
:
2.25

In movie mode, the calibration of the picture was far off by default.

9.7 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.51
Color dE
:
0.4616
Gamma
:
2.2

After calibration, the colors are a good deal better.

8.0 480p Input

The picture quality on lower-resolution content like DVDs or SD channels is not bad.

8.0 720p Input

720p content looks good once upscaled. So cable TV should looks great on this TV.

9.0 1080p Input

This TV's 1080p upscaling is as good as it gets.

10 4k Input

Native 4k is displayed well without any issues.

8.3 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
93.88 %
DCI P3 uv
:
95.95 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
68.64 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
74.04 %

When you set 'Colorspace' to 'Native', the coverage of the Rec.2020 increases.

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.8 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

Its semi-gloss screen finish doesn't reflect a lot of light.
The JS7000 can get bright enough for any type of room.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels
7.2

Motion

This is quite a good TV for sports. There's barely any blur, so even the fastest movement is going to look great.

There is a lot of patchiness to the look of playing surfaces, though. If that's something that bothers you, another TV would be a better choice.

9.3 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
8.7 ms
Overshoot
:
2.7 ms

The motion blur of the JS7000 is great. It has a little bit of overshoot, but overall, it is one of the best LED TVs in terms of minimal motion blur.

2.0 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
Yes

0 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

It doesn't support 24p, so it has the 3:2 pulldown judder in movies. This is a small and consistent judder, so most people don't see it.

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

7.6

Inputs

For those gamers who want a TV that doesn't lose too much color saturation at a wide angle, this is a great TV to buy. The minimal amount of blur is also really good for gaming, and there's no noticeable delay between making an action in a game and seeing the reaction onscreen. If you play anything that gets competitive, this is a good buy.

7.5 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
27.4 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
122.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
122.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
44.7 ms

The input lag is low when turning on 'Game Mode' under 'System' - 'General'. In conjunction with the low motion blur, it is a great gaming TV.

8.0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes

For 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4, turn on PC mode as well as UHD Color.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 2)
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

6.7

Sound Quality

This TV's bass is pretty good, and it's also able to get pretty loud. It's able to produce reasonably accurate sound, for a TV, but only at normal volumes. Louder volumes are less accurate.

There's hardly any distortion at lower volumes, which is great. There's a bit more when it gets louder.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.8 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.64 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.79 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.50 dB SPL
Max
:
91.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
95 Hz

The low-end cut off and loudness are decent for a TV. The frequency response is OK, but gets worse under load. Pumping may be present at higher volumes.

6.6 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.009
Distortion @ 80
:
0.024
Distortion @ Max
:
0.093

Very good distortion levels under low volumes. Slight increase under maximum load.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen

Overall, the smart features on the JS7000 are good.

Only a basic remote is included, which isn't great for using the smart features on this TV, especially the built-in web browser.

0 Ads
Ad-free
:
No
Opt-out
:
No

Remote
Remote : Basic

Misc
Power Consumption : 88 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 231 W
Firmware : 1219

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We reviewed the 55" Samsung UN55JS7000 (panel version: EH01). It has a PLS LCD panel (a sub category of the IPS family), which is why it has poor contrast and good viewing angle. It is the second Samsung that we reviewed with such panel, the first one being the smaller UN32J4000.

The 50" and 60" models use VA panels and are expected to have better contrast ratios and worse viewing angles.

Conclusion
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7.1 Mixed Usage
Feature-wise, the Samsung JS7000 is simply a JU6500 but with a wider color gamut. The picture quality is completely different, though. It has less motion blur and a better viewing angle, but worse contrast and uniformity.

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