Reviewed on Apr 08, 2015

Samsung JU6500 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.7
Movies
7.1
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
8.1
Video Games
6.9
HDR Movies
7.2
HDR Gaming
6.7
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Samsung KU6300

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Samsung JU6500 is a good and reasonably-priced 4k LED TV. However, it has a few flaws, like judder in 24p content and a loss of saturation at a wide angles.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.3
Motion 6.5
Inputs 7.6
Sound Quality 6.6
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Great overall picture quality in both dark and bright rooms.
  • Very low input lag.
Cons
  • No 24p support, which means judder is present while movies are playing.
  • Loss of color saturation at an angle.

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The Samsung JU6500 doesn't look like a budget TV. The borders are small and the TV is quite thin.

The stand is very sturdy, and the footprint dimension is average.

Stand

Dimensions of 55" TV stand: 29.75" x 10.5".

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 1.89" (4.8 cm)

7.3

Picture Quality

The contrast is decent, as is the uniformity. This TV can't play 24 fps movies without judder, though. If you love watching Blu-rays, DVDs, streaming movies, or other 24 fps movies, you should go with a different TV.

You also don't get advanced features like local dimming, HDR, or 3D with this TV.

7.8 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
2947 : 1

The contrast ratio is average. The blacks aren't as deep as you get with some other LED TVs, but they're still dark enough that it shouldn't be a problem.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

6.0 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
285 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
285 cd/m2

7.2 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.793 %
50% DSE
:
0.197 %

The DSE is reasonably low, and the deviation in the uniformity, while bad, is better than much of the competition.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
19 °

The picture doesn't maintain its color accuracy at an angle, which isn't ideal if you have multiple viewing positions.

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.

9.1 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.932 %

The black uniformity is good. No flashlighting. A little bit of clouding, but it isn't noticeable with normal content.

9.2 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.41
Color dE
:
1.3377
Gamma
:
2.24

9.9 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.22
Color dE
:
0.2615
Gamma
:
2.2

8.0 480p Input

The upscaling of lower-resolution and compressed media looks pretty good when 'Digital Clean View' is set to 'High.'

8.0 720p Input

720p content like cable TV looks good too.

9.0 1080p Input

Upscaled 1080p is also great. It doesn't look soft.

10 4k Input

4k content looks good and sharp.

7.1 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
81.34 %
DCI P3 uv
:
85.39 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
54.83 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
60.87 %

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

The JU6500 has a semi-gloss screen finish which doesn't reflect a lot of light. A few overhead lights won't be an issue.
It's capable of about average brightness, so it should be fine in most situations.

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

Pixels
6.5

Motion

This TV is a great budget 4k option for watching sports. There's little blur, and not too much of the patchiness that can make playing surfaces look bad.

If you want a mid-range TV just for watching sports, there's no need to buy a more expensive Samsung set. This one will work fine.

8.1 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
16.4 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

The Samsung JU6500 is pretty good for motion blur. If you want less, you might want to upgrade to the JU7100.

4.8 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
No
0 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

This TV does not display 24p properly, even though it accepts it as an input. You can see judder when watching movies. It is a small and consistent judder though (called 3:2 pulldown), so not necessarily a deal breaker for most people.
At least, you can turn on 'Auto Motion Plus' to add the soap opera effect to get rid of it.

5.0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No
7.6

Inputs

The little amount of blur also means that fast movement in video games will look great. That, combined with the minimal delay between making an input and seeing the reaction onscreen, makes this a great gaming TV.

7.6 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
26.5 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
117.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
118.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
48.0 ms

When 'Game Mode' is turned on, the input lag of the Samsung JU6500 is low (26.5 ms). Under PC mode, the input lag is 48ms.

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

To achieve Chroma 4:4:4, enable UHD Color and label the input as PC.

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 (HDMI 1)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 2)
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

6.6

Sound Quality

This TV can get loud, and the bass is okay. The accuracy of the sound isn't particularly good, though, and the sound gets a bit too distorted at louder volumes. There's not too much distortion at low volumes, though.

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.

6.7 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
5.33 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
5.53 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.71 dB SPL
Max
:
93.4 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
95 Hz

OK low-end cut off for a TV, and it does get loud too. But the frequency response is poor, especially at higher volumes. Pumping may be present.

6.6 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.010
Distortion @ 80
:
0.019
Distortion @ Max
:
0.115

Good distortion at lower volumes, but there is a moderate increase in distortion as the volume increases.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen

The app selection is limited, and it doesn't have a fancy remote. There is a built-in web browser.

The TV comes with just a basic remote, which isn't a user friendly device for using the built-in web browser.

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

Remote
Remote : Basic

Misc
Power Consumption : 80 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 177 W
Firmware : 1206

7.2 Mixed Usage

Decent TV for a mixed usage. The Samsung JU6500 offers an average picture quality thanks to its high contrast ratio. It doesn't have the best viewing angles though.

6.7 Movies

Average choice for movies in a dark room. The JU6500 produces decent blacks thanks to its good contrast, but it cannot play back movies without judder.

7.1 TV Shows

Passable choice for watching TV shows in a brighter environment. The JU6500 upscales lower resolution content well and has a good anti-reflective coating, but it cannot get bright enough for very bright environment.

7.2 Sports

The JU6500 is decent for sports watching. It doesn't have a lot of motion blur, so fast motion looks quite clear. Its screen is also fairly uniform so fields don't look blotchy. Unfortunately, its picture quality degrades when viewed from the sides.

8.1 Video Games

The JU6500 is a great choice for playing video games. It handles fast motion well and its low input lag makes the gaming experience responsive and immersive.

6.9 HDR Movies

Mediocre HDR performance. The JU6500 does support HDR, but it cannot reproduce bright highlights and lacks a wide color gamut.

7.2 HDR Gaming

Mediocre TV for HDR gaming. While a good gaming TV overall, there are no major picture quality benefits due to the TV's limited HDR capabilities.

6.7 PC Monitor

Mediocre PC monitor. The JU6500 supports chroma 4:4:4, but its narrow viewing angle can cause the picture quality to deteriorate when sitting closer to it.

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