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Reviewed on Jun 29, 2015

Samsung JS9500 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.5
Movies
7.7
TV Shows
7.5
Sports
8.0
Video Games
8.2
HDR Movies
8.2
HDR Gaming
6.9
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV is a great 4k LED TV. The picture quality and its backlight are impressive, but it isn't without flaws. It has poor gray uniformity and a limited viewing angle.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 8.1
Motion 8.0
Inputs 7.6
Sound Quality 6.8
Smart Features 8.5
Pros
  • Wider color gamut
  • Low motion blur and input lag
  • Bright and doesn't reflect a lot of light
Cons
  • Poor gray uniformity
  • Limited viewing angle

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9.0

Design

Curved : Yes

The Samsung JS9500 looks and feels like a high-end TV. It is quite heavy and thick, due to its full array local dimming backlight. The stand, too, is quite stable, given the weight of the TV.

Stand

Dimensions of 65" TV stand: 41.75" by 15".

Borders
Borders : 0.59" (1.5 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.54" (9 cm)

8.1

Picture Quality

This is an okay TV for movies. Its blacks are pretty average, and the same can be said for the uniformity of dark scenes. If you're looking for an exceptional cinematic experience, this isn't the best TV.

It has a few nice extras, though. It has HDR, and is bright objects are able to get brighter than on any other TV we've seen when this feature is enabled. It also comes with really good local dimming, and very good 3D capabilities.

7.9 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
3106 : 1

Turning on the local dimming didn't change our contrast ratio measurement at all (we measure it on a checkboard pattern). The native contrast on this TV is only average.

8.0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Full-Array

The local dimming is quite responsive, but there is some noticeable blooming around bright objects.

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7.5 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
727 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
381 cd/m2

Given the same HDR footage, the difference between how well two TVs display HDR content is based on how wide of a dynamic contrast range they can display. To test this, we display a 2% white window and put the backlight and local dimming to the max. We then measure how bright that rectangle is.

We measured 726.7 cd/m2 on the Samsung UN65JS9500, which is quite bright. You can see a big blooming area around it though, but at least the edges of the screen are completely turned off.

Of course, this test is far from perfect. When the HDR format gets standardized in a few months, we will update the review with a more meaningful test.

6.8 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.817 %
50% DSE
:
0.201 %

Unfortunately, the gray uniformity isn't very good. You can see a few darker spots and edges. Curved TVs tend to have worse uniformity than their flat equivalent.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
17 °

Like all VA panels, the colors are not the same when you sit at an angle. You will need to watch in front to appreciate this TV's picture quality.

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.

8.5 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.216 %

The black uniformity is average. Turning on the local dimming feature helps a little bit to hide this issue, but you can still see some clouding in some dark scenes.

9.0 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

8.9 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.07
Color dE
:
1.8922
Gamma
:
2.13

The white balance isn't far off from the pre-calibration.

9.8 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.31
Color dE
:
0.4891
Gamma
:
2.2

The colors don't get much better than this TV once it has been calibrated.

8.0 480p Input

This TV doesn't have any problem upscaling lower-resolution content, DVDs looks good and not too soft.

8.0 720p Input

Cable content looks also very good and is not too soft either.

9.0 1080p Input

The 1080p upscaling is good. It looks the same as on the cheaper 4k Samsung TVs.

10 4k Input

Note that to get the full benefit of 4k, you'll need to watch genuine 4k material, and also sit close enough to the TV to see the extra detail. We talk about this in more detail here.

8.3 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
89.83 %
DCI P3 uv
:
96.23 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
67.60 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
76.34 %

Selecting 'Native' as the color space increases the gamut quite noticeably. It is still far from the full Rec. 2020, though.

9.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
0.7 %
Screen Finish
:
Glossy

The glossy screen does a great job at reducing reflected ambient light. However, direct lights are more defined, and also have a rainbow glare around them.
It can get very bright. It is great for a bright room - unless you have a window right in front of the TV. The reflection will be quite defined, which is distracting.

9.0 3D
3D
:
Yes
3D Type
:
Active

The 3D is good. A little bit of crosstalk, but nothing noticeable during normal scenes.

Pixels
8.0

Motion

This TV doesn't have much blur, so it's a good choice for watching your sport of choice.

Even better, it doesn't have much of the blurry, smudgy look that plagues many LED TVs. That kind of thing can make a playing surface - be it a field, or a rink, or a court - look patchy, and also breaks your immersion in whatever you're watching.

8.2 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
15.6 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

The JS9500 has very little motion blur. We measured an average response time of 15.6ms, which is quite good. You won't have any problem in sports or video games.

4.8 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
No

7.1 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

Watching movies over a Blu-ray player in 24p has no judder, but you might see some when watching movies over a 60p or 60i source, because it can't always do the reverse 3:2 pulldown (sometimes it works, but not always). 'Auto Motion Plus' gets rid of this, but it comes with the soap opera effect.

10 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
Yes

7.6

Inputs

Like most Samsung UHD TVs, the JS9500 has hardly any delay between performing an action in a game and seeing it appear onscreen. If you're playing a game that requires fast reflexes, this is a great TV to be using.

Combined with the minimal motion blur, this is a really good option for people who want a good gaming TV.

7.5 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
23.2 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
145.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
154.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
56.6 ms

In game mode, the input lag is very low. PC mode has a higher input lag of 56.6 ms, which is a bit unfortunate if you want chroma 4:4:4.

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

It doesn't support 1080p @ 120fps, which is a bit of a shame, considering this is Samsung's best TV. To get 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4, you must enable both PC mode and UHD Color.

Side Inputs

The One Connect box is quite big. It also has a fan inside, which produces a little bit of noise.

Rear Inputs

There are only two connections on the TV: the AC power and the One Connect. Everything must go through the One Connect box.

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 (incl. adapter, shared)
Composite In : 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 1
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 4)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 3)
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

6.8

Sound Quality

For TV speakers, the bass you get here is really good. The JS9500 can also get pretty loud.

That said, the sound at high volumes gets pretty distorted, and isn't especially accurate. With quieter volumes, the sound is decently accurate, and there's not much distortion.

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.

8.0 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.34 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.36 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.27 dB SPL
Max
:
91.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
53 Hz

The low-end cut off is excellent for a TV, and it gets loud too. However, the frequency response suffers at higher volumes, most likely due to pumping.

4.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.050
Distortion @ 80
:
0.358
Distortion @ Max
:
0.439

The distortion is good at very low listening levels, but it becomes significant as the volume increases.

8.5

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen

Samsung's smart platform is really good, and the included remote is likewise pretty great. It includes voice and motion controls, so navigation is pretty simple.

Unique to Samsung's and Sony's smart offerings is the 'Playstation Now' game streaming feature. If you connect a DualShock 4 controller to this TV, you'll be able to subscribe to a game streaming service that offers old PlayStation games, playable directly from your TV.

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

Remote
Remote : Smart

The included remote, which doubles as a cursor pointer, is useful for navigating the smart features. The only downside is the lack of number pad directly on it.

Misc
Power Consumption : 153 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 320.6 W
Firmware : 1217

7.9 Mixed Usage

The Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV is a great TV overall. It has a wider color gamut and a good full array local dimming backlight. It is very good for video games, due to its low response time and input lag. Unfortunately, the colors lose saturation at an angle and the gray uniformity is sub-par.

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