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Samsung JS7000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 13, 2015 at 12:00 am
Samsung JS7000 Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.5
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.6
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.3
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.1
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
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.

Our Verdict

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.

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
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 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

Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
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.

Design
Stand

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

Design
Borders
Borders 0.59" (1.5 cm)

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.77" (4.5 cm)

Picture Quality
5.5
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
308 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
324 cd/m2

6.5
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

8.1
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
480p Input

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

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

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

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k is displayed well without any issues.

8.3
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
9.3
Motion
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
Motion
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz
BFI
Yes

0
Motion
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
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

Inputs
7.5
Inputs
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
Inputs
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.

Inputs
Side Inputs

Inputs
Rear Inputs

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
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

Sound Quality
6.8
Sound Quality
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
Sound Quality
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.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
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
Smart Features
Ads
Ad-free
No
Opt-out
No

Smart Features
Remote
Remote Basic

Smart Features
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.

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