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  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Borders
    3. Thickness
  4. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Pre Calibration
    9. Post Calibration
    10. 480p Input
    11. 720p Input
    12. 1080p Input
    13. 4k Input
    14. Color Gamut
    15. Reflections
    16. 3D
    17. Pixels
  5. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  6. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  7. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Total Harmonic Distortion
  8. Smart Features
    1. Ads
    2. Remote
    3. Misc
  9. Conclusion
  10. Q&A
Reviewed on Mar 30, 2015

Samsung JU7100
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.6 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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7.6 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.5 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.4 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.1 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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7.3 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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7.5 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
6.8 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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This tv has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the Samsung KU7000

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Samsung JU7100 is a great 4k LED TV. With the exception of the discoloration it gets when viewed at an angle, it has impressive picture quality. It is also a great gaming TV, with low input lag and minimal motion blur.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.6
Motion 8.2
Inputs 7.7
Sound Quality 6.6
Smart Features 8.5
Pros
  • Great gaming TV. Very low input lag and minimal motion blur.
  • Great picture quality in both dark and bright rooms.
Cons
  • Loss of color saturation at an angle.

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8.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 Design Picture
Curved : No

The bezel looks great on the Samsung JU7100, but the borders are slightly thicker than most 2014 models. They also slant towards the screen a little bit.

The stand is very stable, but it doesn't swivel.

Stand
Samsung JU7100 Stand Picture

Dimensions of 55" TV stand: 33.75" x 11".

Borders
Samsung JU7100 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.63" (1.6 cm)

Thickness
Samsung JU7100 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.9" (4.9 cm)

7.6

Picture Quality

This is a great TV for movies. The blacks are pretty deep, and the uniformity is good, too.

If you're only interested in watching TV and movies in a dark room, an even better choice is the Sony X850C.

8.0 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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3141 : 1

The contrast ratio is average. It's a little bit sub-par when compared to some other VA panels, but unless they are side to side, you won't really notice the difference between blacks of 0.032 cd/m2 and 0.020 cd/m2.

3.0 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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Yes
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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Direct

The local dimming feature is not effective. In this video, 'Smart LED' was set to high. You can see that the backlight adjusts for the moving dot, but it affects only about 50% of the screen at a time.

6.2 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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324 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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323 cd/m2

HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.

7.2 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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2.934 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
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0.195 %

The gray uniformity isn't great, but it's better than most of the TVs we have reviewed. The DSE is relatively minimal.

4.2 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
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LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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VA
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
20 °
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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30 °
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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19 °

All Samsung TVs lose color saturation when viewed at an angle. You can still see the picture, but it is nowhere near as good as when seen from directly in-axis.

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.

7.9 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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1.554 %

The uniformity of a black frame is sub-par on this TV. There is faint clouding on the left side that covers a large portion of the screen.

8.8 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 Pre Calibration Picture Samsung JU7100 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Samsung JU7100 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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1.73
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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2.7063
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.23

The colors pre calibration are quite good.

9.8 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 Post Calibration Picture Samsung JU7100 Post Gamma Curve Picture Samsung JU7100 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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0.37
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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0.3472
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.2

We had no problem achieving an accurate calibration on this TV.

8.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 480p Picture

For lower resolutions like DVDs, 'Digital Clean View' set to high does a great job of reducing compression artifacts and increasing the amount of detail, without softening the picture.

8.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 720p Picture

Cable TV can also benefit from turning on 'Digital Clean View'.

9.0 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 1080p Picture

Upscaled 1080p looks nearly as sharp as with native 1080p, which is great. In comparison, the Vizio P 2015 looks a lot softer/blurrier.

10 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 4k Picture

4k content looks great.

7.1 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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No
Samsung JU7100 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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81.91 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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84.08 %
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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55.60 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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62.01 %

The colorspace set to 'Native' has a color gamut coverage of 55.5978%. The default 'Auto' has 55.4258%. If you want a wider color gamut, go for the pricier JS8500.

9.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 Reflections Picture Samsung JU7100 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
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0.7 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
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Glossy

The Samsung JU7100 reflects very little ambient light due to its glossy screen, which is great for improving the perceived contrast ratio when a few lights are on. However, this type of finish has two downsides: direct light sources (like bulbs) get a rainbow around their reflection, and the eye tends to focus instead on reflected objects because they are well-defined. Therefore, this TV is ideal when you have the lights either overhead or behind the TV - not facing the TV.
It can get bright enough for a bright room. You're able to see the picture even through the reflection of the window we use for tests.

9.0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 3D Picture
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
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Yes
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
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Active

No noticeable crosstalk with 3D content. The JU7100 doesn't come with 3D glasses included.

Pixels
8.2

Motion

This is quite a good TV for watching sports. It has little blur on fast movement, which is ideal for watching athletes taking off at full tilt across the screen.

It has a bit more of the smudginess on the screen than you get with higher-end TVs like the JS8500 and JS9000, but it's still better than most of the TVs we tested this year. You'll have no issues watching sports on this TV.

8.5 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 Motion Blur Picture Samsung JU7100 Response Time Chart
Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
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13.9 ms
Overshoot
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What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
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0.7 ms

The amount of motion blur on this TV is pretty good.

4.8 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
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120 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
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Yes
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
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60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
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No

7.1 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
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Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
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No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
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No

Movies don't have any judder when you are watching via a Blu-ray player at 24p. Via 60p or 60i though (like when playing on a PC computer), it can't reliably do the reverse 3:2 pulldown. You can turn on 'Auto Motion Plus' to fix it, but at the cost of the soap opera effect.

10 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
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Yes
Samsung JU7100 Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
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Yes
Samsung JU7100 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

7.7

Inputs

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The minimal blur is also really important for gaming. Fast movement should look good and crisp on this TV, so you'll be all set to enjoy your favorite games.

There's a teensy bit more delay with this TV than you get with the JS9500 and JS9000, but not much. This is still one of the best TVs for people who play games requiring fast reflexes.

7.6 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
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26.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
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116.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
127.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
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44.3 ms

In game mode, this TV can achieve a low 26.1ms, which makes it a good gaming TV. In PC mode, the input lag is 44.3 ms.

8.0 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
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Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
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No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
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Yes

4k @ 60 fps worked at chroma 4:4:4. You need to turn on 'UHD Color' and also set the input to PC. If it doesn't work for you, try changing your cable. It didn't work with our Monoprice 18 Gbps 15ft Redmere cable, but it worked with a cheap 3 ft one.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Samsung JU7100 Rear Inputs Picture

The TV comes with a One Connect Mini box. That's the only HDMI inputs it has, which means more clutter near your TV.

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
Composite In : 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
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Yes
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
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No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 3)
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

6.6

Sound Quality

For a TV, the JU7100 has decent bass. It can also get pretty loud, though the louder the TV gets, the more distorted the sound.

The sound isn't all that accurate, so if you're looking for a good audio experience to go along with the really good picture quality you get with this TV, you should consider getting a separate speaker system.

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.

6.5 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
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5.55 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
5.70 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
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6.86 dB SPL
Max
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What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
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91.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
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What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
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95 Hz

Good low-end cut off and loudness. The frequency response however, is rather poor. There may be some pumping at higher volumes.

7.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Samsung JU7100 Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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0.011
Distortion @ 80
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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0.010
Distortion @ Max
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
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0.080

Low distortion level at comfortable listening volumes with a slight increase as the volume increases.

8.5

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung JU7100 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Tizen

The included smart features work really well. The app selection is pretty good, and the remote has the handy motion and voice control features, so navigation and search are pretty smooth.

The HDMI inputs are all on the OneConnect Mini box, which may not be ideal for mounting purposes. The included cable that is used to connect the box to the TV is 7' long.

0 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
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What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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No
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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No

Remote
Samsung JU7100 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

Misc
Power Consumption : 85 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 188 W
Firmware : a0531000

Conclusion
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The Samsung JU7100 has great picture quality, assuming you don't sit at an angle. It is better than last year's Samsung 4k TVs for gaming, thanks to the lower input lag. Upscaling works better than the competition, so you don't need to worry about 1080p content looking soft on this TV.

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.6 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
7.6 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
7.5 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.4 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
8.1 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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7.3 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
7.5 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
6.8 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
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Additional Review Notes

LED Clear Motion

This TV has a backlight strobing mode, which can be enabled by setting 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom', and 'LED Clear Motion' to 'On'. This reduces the apparent blur, but adds flickering and darkens the screen. Unfortunately, you cannot turn on that feature in game mode, so it is useless for gaming due to the high input lag.

Difference between sizes

We tested the 55" (UN55JU7100; version: TS01). As with all Samsung TVs (and a lot of other brands too), the panel provenance varies between sizes. We do not expect a significant difference between them in terms of picture quality (with the exception of the uniformity, which is more of a problem on bigger TVs). Let us know if you got one with significantly different results from ours, and we will update our review.

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Just got a JU7100, but I notice the picture is very jumpy, and not smooth. Have any suggestions for the fix?
What is the source you are trying to watch? As a first step, try disabling the 'Auto Motion Plus' feature and see if that helps.
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Do you prefer the Samsung JU7100 or the Sony X850c? I'm torn. I own both brands and tend to prefer Sony, but would appreciate your advice. Thank you!
Both are great TVs, but the Samsung JU7100 is slightly better overall because it gets brighter, has lower input lag, has less reflections (although more defined), and has better smart features.
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Please tell me, how long is the One Connect Mini cord? This may be a deal-breaker
It's seven feet long.
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I wanted to let you know that the 65" version of the 7100 has a version with panel type IH02 does not conform to your review. The game mode suffers from judder spikes every 1.5 seconds, and the motion blur is really bad. You should really let your viewers know that this version of the TV should be avoided at all costs if you plan to game with it
Thanks for letting us know. We'll investigate further and add a note to our review.
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Does the JU7100 play 1080p @ 120HZ?
No.
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Do you have any insight into the Samsung JU7090 now available at Best Buy and Amazon? It seems similar to the 7100 and at around $1300 (60"), seems like a good deal.
Interesting. There is no obvious differences from the specs but it seems to come with a standard remote instead of the smart one. It would be expected tu use lesser quality panels too so screen uniformity wouldn't be on par with the JU7100. Without testing it, this is as much as we can tell.
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The JU7500 has a curved screen. Would you expect the picture quality to still be on par with this set? Or perhaps even better? Also will you please review one of the new LG 4k TV's?

We bought a JU7500, but the screen was cracked, so we are waiting for a replacement. We expect the exact same picture quality on it, and we will confirm this in a few weeks when we review it. We currently have 3 new LG TVs here, but they are 1080p, not 4k. We will get to a 4k LG probably in about a month or so.

Update: The review of the JU7500 is up.

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HU8550 or JU7100?

Short answer: get the cheaper of the two because their picture quality are in the same ballpark.

Long answer: Even though the picture quality is about the same, there are other differences that might swing you one way or another:

  • The JU7100 doesn't have HDMI inputs on the TV, only via the One Connect Mini. The HU8550 does, and you can also connect a One Connect (sold separately).
  • The JU7100 doesn't come with 3D glasses (4 for the HU8550).
  • The JU7100 has the new smart TV OS (called Tizen).
  • The HU8500 is slightly thinner and has a smaller bezel.
  • The HU8550 doesn't support VP9 codec (though Samsung could add VP9 with the 2015 Evolution Kit).
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Can you buy longer One Connect Mini cables? What type of cable is it?
It's a proprietary cable, and it looks like longer cables aren't available for sale.
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65" does support 4:4:4 at 4k@60Hz: Proof. There is also a lot of other proof of this on the internet.
Upon further testing, we discovered the HDMI 2.0 cable we used for the test was the issue (it was a Monoprice 15 ft Redmere Ultra Slim 18Gbps HDMI 2.0). When we tried using a cheap 3ft HDMI 1.4 cable instead, we were able to get 4:4:4 when the TV was in PC mode and 'UHD Color' was set to 'On.'
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have updated the review accordingly.
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So, I just had a 65" JU7100 delivered, and found the post above about the IH02 panels. Any idea how to find out which panel mine might have? Vizio's that use IPS instead of VA panels can be identified by the fourth character of the S/N, for example.
The version is listed on a sticker on the side of the box.
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Will the JU7100 TV or Mini Box pass Digital Dolby 5.1 from connected HDMI devices? If, yes, what other multi-channel formats will it pass?
We have not yet begun testing our TVs' audio capabilities, but we hope to add info from our upcoming tests within the next few weeks.
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Does the JU7100 series support 10-bit color? Does it have a 10-bit panel as well? Specifically the 85" model?
We don't currently test for 10-bit color capability, so we can't say for sure.
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Is this TV direct or edge-lit? Thanks, as always!
Direct lit. If you look at our DSE pattern, you can see the grid of the LEDs of the backlight.
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Does the 60" version and the 65" version have different panels like last year, where the 60" only used Sharp panels? Thanks!
Yes, they do. It's likely the 65" uses Samsung panels.
Update: Some 65" panels are made by Innolux (version IH06).
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Hi there. Can you explain something to me about HDMI cables? There are conflicting opinions out there.
The Best Buy guys claim that you need to spend $100-150 (or $300) on a good HDMI cable to go with my 55JU7100 Samsung TV, claiming that this magic cable is needed to get a super sharp, crisp image.
So is there a real difference in between a $40 HDMI cable and a $150 HDMI cable? When they have almost the same specs? Is my Monster cable no longer good?
You never need to spend a huge amount of money on an HDMI cable, and there is often a bunch of useless, misleading information listed with an HDMI cable in order to try and sell you something really expensive.
Not only do you not need to spend $150 on an HDMI cable, you probably don't need to spend $40 on an HDMI cable. We were able to transfer a 4k @ 60hz signal over a cheap (<$10) HDMI cable.
Your Monster cable should still work fine, and if you need to get a new cable for a different device, get something like this one and you'll be all set.
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Passive or active 3d?
This TV has active 3D.
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Which 3D glasses do you recommend for this TV?
These are the ones we used.
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I am trying to decide whether to buy this TV or to wait for the new Samsung SUHD TVs to drop in price. Are there any features in the new SUHD TV's that are worth me waiting for?
The SUHD TVs will have quantum dot technology, as well as support for HDR content. We haven't tested them out, so we don't know how big of a difference that will make, but we expect it won't be a significant one for non-HDR content.
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Is this TV Directv 4K Ready with built-in RVU technology?
Yes.
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Should I be concerned about future HDMI 2.0 compatibility if this TV only has HDMI 1.4 ports?
This TV has four HDMI 2.0 ports, so there's no need to worry about compatibility.
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Many TVs have a great picture. I am mainly looking for a TV that handles fast-paced action scenes, football and basketball, and video games. Would you recommend this TV or another?
This TV is good for your uses. It has good contrast and uniformity, good motion handling, and good upscaling capabilities, so action scenes and sports will look great. It also has low input lag, so it's a good choice for gaming.
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Do you all plan to review the JS8000?
Nothing planned for now, but if enough people request it, we might.
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What is the difference between PC mode and Gaming mode? As in, can I use the gaming setting while connected with a PC? I do mostly PC gaming and would love the lower input lag.
Yes, you can use Game mode with a PC connection.
Both settings turn off many of the processing features on the TV. PC will let you get Chroma 4:4:4, but doesn't result in a significant decrease in input lag. Game mode drops input lag very low, but doesn't get you Chroma 4:4:4.
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Why did you change the black uniformity rating from 8.5 to 7.1?
We changed our method for scoring the test. Originally it was a subjective test, but now we automatically calculate the standard deviation of the values of the pixels. Our new test more accurately reflects the uniformity.
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How severe is the off viewing angle?
Check the video that we posted. Some people don't mind it at all, but if you walk past the TV you will definitely see the color shift.
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I just bought a UN40JU7100. All I can say is WOW! Did a lot of research and rting.com was a very big help -- THANKS! I'm an engineer and was concerned about a few things: viewing angle, sunlight glare, and upconversion as nearly all sources will be upconverted. This TV is fantastic and I'm not easily impressed.
Happy to help. Enjoy the new TV!
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You keep on saying "chroma 4:4:4 is what keeps text looking sharp". Prove that! Show us a picture where the Vizio M-series has text that is not as sharp as the Samsung TVs when both TVs are receiving a 4:4:4 signal. What you will find is that the test pattern you are using doesn't just test for chroma subsampling. It tests for a whole host of things including 1:1 pixel mapping, bit depth, chroma subsampling, and color gamut. The issue is that you can't tell from that test pattern what aspect or aspects are actually failing and which aren't. You have claimed that some TVs are 4:2:2 because they fail the test pattern. However, those TVs are actually 4:4:4 and don't show any of the typical signs of 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 like color bleeding and rainbows with text at all. However, they fail that specific test pattern for other reasons that aren't issues for normal monitor uses. What you have done is misled your readers into thinking that some TVs are not 4:4:4 and therefore they simply must be worse for desktop use. However, in reality if you actually tried to use the TVs that you said were 4:2:2 or lower as a monitor you would see that they don't have any of the chroma subsampling issues that you claim they do. Really you need to change how you are labeling these TVs. That is not to say that there aren't differences between the Samsung and Vizio TVs. There are most definitely issues with Vizio. However, 4:4:4 is not one of those issues. The Vizio TVs are not capable of displaying the colors that any of the Samsung TVs are capable of. That can affect that test pattern you are using. That is why you have to turn on "UHD Color" in the Samsung to get it to pass your specific test. If you are only testing for 4:4:4 you wouldn't have to turn on "UHD Color" as 4:2:2 would have issues even with black text on a white background. In addition the Vizio TVs might not be 1:1 pixel mapped and they might not have 10 bit processing. All of those things could cause the TV to fail the test despite it being able to display 4:4:4 color sampling and some of those things won't be an issue for the majority of your readers.

The M60-C3 is really 4:2:2, and that blurs the text (although not on all text color/background combinations). Here are a few pictures to illustrate our point.

M60-C3
4k @ 30Hz
4:2:2

4:2:2

UN55JU7100
4k @ 30Hz (Outside PC mode)
4:2:2

4:2:2

UN55JU7100
4k @ 60Hz (Outside PC mode)
4:2:0

4:2:0

UN55JU7100
4k @ 60Hz (PC mode)
4:4:4

4:4:4

You can see above that the Vizio makes the text look exactly like 4:2:2 on a Samsung TV in 4k @ 30Hz outside PC mode. It is clearer than 4:2:0, but not as clear as 4:4:4.

When we test for chroma, we always make sure to eliminate other aspects from the test, like 1:1 pixel mapping or color gamut.

Note that this only really matters when you use it as a PC monitor. It does not matter at all for movies/sports/TV shows.

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So which is the better TV? The UNxxJU7100 or the UNxxHU8550? Looking at the 75" model. $5000 for the 7100 and $4500 for the 8550. Thanks.
Their picture quality is the same, so go for the cheaper HU8550.
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Do you have a chart or comparison between 4k vs Distance? I don't know if I should get the UN48JU6500 vs UN48H6400 vs UN48J6300 vs UN48JU7100? I am not sure if I need to spend a few extra $$ on a 4k TV if it is not going to be too advantageous. My viewing distance won't be more than 10-11 ft.
This chart helps illustrate the relationship between resolution and distance. At that size and distance, it's unlikely you would notice a big difference between 1080p and 4k, so the H6400 or J6300 would be a better choice. They have similar picture quality; the main difference is that the H6400 has a smart remote and 3D. Go with the cheaper option if you don't care about those options.
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It looks like the motion blur on this tv is way better than other sets scoring an 8.5 and even sets scoring a 9.0. It is definitely the sharpest by far so why the lower score?
We look at the length of the motion blur trail to assign the score. The reason the JU7100 looks better in our picture is due to the flickering of the backlight. Check out the Clearness pictures posted in the Q&A section of the Sony X850C review. You can see exactly the impact of the backlight on the clarity of a picture, so the Sony can achieve the same look as Samsung for this. Not everyone likes that look, which is why we only rate how fast the pixels can transition from one color to another, and not how the backlight behaves.
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I bought the UN75JU7100 and it's getting delivered this Saturday, but I noticed the XBR75X850C is $500 cheaper this week. Apples vs apples, which TV is better? 4K picture and upscaling is my main priority. Should I exchange for a Sony? Thanks.
The Sony has better contrast and black uniformity, so it's better for 4k material. Both TVs are equally good at upscaling 1080p, but the Samsung is a lot better at upscaling 480p and 720p.
If you're prioritizing 4k, go for the Sony. Otherwise, keep the Samsung.
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I just returned a un55ju6500 because it wasn't 120hz and bought the un55ju7100. The picture quality actually looked better on the ju6500 in terms of color and brightness. Is this possible?
It's likely just that the settings were different. With both TVs calibrated, they would look similar. The un55ju7100 has a glossy finish though, which helps improve the perceived contrast ratio if you have a few lights in your room.
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Could you all please do a review for the JS8000? Thanks!
Unfortunately, we don't have any current plan to review it.
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I noticed you don't test color at all - is there no good way to test color accuracy, color range, etc? Otherwise, I can't imagine the 8500 Samsung scoring higher than the 7500/7100, as they should have similar contrast, color uniformity, with the only difference being the quantum dots.
We do plan on adding color test results to our reviews, hopefully in about a month.
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I've heard that the VIZIO-4051 5.1 sound bar does not work with the UN65JU7100F TV set, do you know anything about this? It would be a deal breaker for me. Thanks!
We tested this sound bar with the UN65JU7100F and it worked well with the HDMI ARC connection as well as with the optical output.
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The 55" HU8550 is currently in same price range as the 55" JU7100. Which is better in terms of picture quality?
Their picture quality is pretty much identical, so you might as well go with the cheaper option.
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Leaving aside features such as 4K and 3D, how does the picture quality of the JU7100 compare with the picture quality of the H7150 in key areas such as contrast, color fidelity, uniformity, and overall aesthetic impression? Is the newer model markedly superior for HDTV viewing in any of these respects, or are they essentially the same? If 4K is not a major consideration, would one lose out in a significant way on picture quality by buying an H7150 on closeout rather than getting a JU7100?
As far as picture quality goes, the two are pretty much the same across the board. If you don't care about 4k, the H7150 is a better deal for the money.
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The 2014 Samsung H7150 is now on sale at many vendors. The 4K feature is equivocal for my viewing distances. Are there any other significant differences in picture quality or performance between the H7150 and J7100.
They're pretty much identical when it comes to picture quality and performance, so if you're unsure about 4k, the H7150 is a far better deal.
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Not doubting you on direct lit, but other websites say edge. Please confirm. Also, I see you lowered the black uniformity rating? Great website, thanks.
You can see the individual LEDs in the screen in our DSE pattern.
Our old score was subjective, whereas this new one calculates the variation between the values of the pixels. The new score is more accurate.
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When do you think we'll get a video review? I really enjoyed your videos from last year.
We're still working on a couple of things we need done before video reviews go up. We're hoping to have a few up by the end of next month.
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Hi. I read today that Samsung released a firmware update for HDMI 2.0A to all of its 2015 SUHD and UHD TVs. I just got the UN65JU7100. Does this apply to my TV as well? This firmware update gives the ability to pass HDR content over HDMI. If this is true, then the JU7100 can now use HDR content, correct?
Yes, the JU7100 is a UHD TV, so it would have gotten the update. It may be able to play HDR content, but it doesn't have HDR functionality (the ability to brighten highlights of the picture), so it won't do HDR as well as Samsung's SUHD TVS (the JS* line).
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Comparing the black uniformity image here to other TVs, I'm surprised this earned an 8.5. For example, the W800B black uniformity image looks significantly better than this TV, yet it earned a lower score (8.0). Is there a new rating scale? Or perhaps increased exposure when taking the picture? Thanks.
We're using a new camera and different settings for this year's tests, which is why the images aren't really comparable.
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I am considering the UN65JU7100 and the XBR65X850C. The price for the Sony is only $100 more. I plan on using my home theater pc connected to it. I noticed the Sony does not do 4:4:4 at 60Hz. Since I am using a HTPC should I go for the Samsung for the 4:4:4 at 60Hz? My video card is an Nvidia 960 and my AVR is the Onkyo 737. Also, will my UN55C8000 3D glasses work with the UN65JU7100?
It depends on whether you need the TV for productivity. If you don't, 4:4:4 probably isn't important for you.
If you're not gaming, pick up the Sony X850C. It has somewhat better uniformity, which is good for movies and TV.
Your glasses should work fine.
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I'm extremely torn between getting the Samsung 65JU7100, the Sony 65X850C, and the Samsung 65JS8500. I mostly watch HDTV shows and Blu-rays. I'd probably use the TV for gaming about 25% of the time. I have a PS4, however I may also use it as a monitor for PC gaming. I know you haven't reviewed the JS8500 yet, but if time were a factor would you risk it and buy it over the other two based on the specs Samsung has shown and the fact that it is an upper model of the 4K TV you've already chosen as your favorite of the year so far?
We would stick with the JU7100. It's likely that the JS8500 will have a wider color gamut, but we don't expect the difference to be substantial. Apart from that, the picture quality should be in line with the JU7100. The X850C is also a very good TV, but its input lag is higher than the JU7100, so it's not as good for gaming.
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So after weeks of research I think I am finally ready to commit to this TV (thank you for all assistance). One thing that is bothering me, however, is its lack of ability to display HDR.
Wouldn't buying a 4K without this capability be like buying a car with no engine? It is my understanding that HDR is how all next-gen content and Blu-rays will be formatted. So my question is, should I wait for an HDR-compatible TV? Or will I be safe for the next five years with this set and still be able to display 4K content once it is made available in Blu-ray form? Thanks, as always.
At present, there is no set standard for HDR. That means that a TV that is labelled as 'HDR Ready' now might not actually meet the requirements for HDR when they are finally set.
In terms of compatibility, 4k and HDR are separate specs, so you won't need to worry. Everything that releases for the next several years will be available for, and look fine on, regular 4k TVs (and even 1080p TVs).
Not only that, but it's taking a while for content to be made available in 4k alone, and HDR is just more complication being added on top. In all likelihood, HDR will continue to be a rarity for a while.
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How come the JU7100 is labeled 120Hz when it doesn't display 1080p at 120hz? Also, how is the JU7100 better than the Sony X850c at playing video games? Cause the Sony does play 1080p at 120hz.
It's pretty common for 120 hz TVs to not accept a 120 hz input. Instead, they're just able to increase the frame rate of material up to 120 fps. It's arguably misleading, but again, fairly common.
The JU7100 is better for two reasons. First, its input lag is lower, which means games will be more responsive. This is especially important for fast-paced games. Second, it has less motion blur. You're more likely to see a trail on moving objects with the Sony X850C, which isn't ideal for fast-paced games.
We agree that accepting a 120 hz signal is nice, but this is only true for PC gamers because console can't achieve that frame rate.
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Hey, love your site! Any plans on reviewing the JU7500 or JS9000 series?
Yes, we ordered both of them already. The reviews should be published before the end of the month.
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I love sports. Mainly Basketball and Football, but cannot stand the picture during fast movement. It gets choppy. Is there a dramatic difference between the JU7100 and JS8500 in regards to motion blur? Which TV would you recommend for crisp picture for watching these sports? Also, what would be the proper calibration?
Not a dramatic difference. The JS8500 has a bit less blur, but both have great picture, and both are great for sports.
You can find our recommended settings for the JU7100 here, and there are links to calibration settings at the top of each review.
Also, try playing with the 'Auto Motion Plus' setting to change how the motion looks.
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What use does 120hz serve on the JU7100 if it can't display 120hz inputs? Is the 120hz only for the Clear Motion feature (which many dislike the look of)? How else would the TV use 120hz if not for things like PC gaming? I'm guessing that it's a hardware restriction and not something that would be patched in?
It's used for the Auto Motion Plus interpolation, yes. It's a way to advertise that the TV is 120 hz without having to add in the hardware to make it accept a 120 hz signal. Other TVs (the Sony X850c, for example) do accept a 120 hz input.
We do expect it's a hardware decision, so a patch to change that is unlikely.
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For many years now Samsung has offered several settings to their AMP motion handling/interpolation feature, including a custom setting. Within Custom you can set Blur Reduction and Judder Reduction between 0 and 10. CNET has always recommended Blur setting of 10 and Judder of 0 to give the best motion resolution without the soap opera effect. However I have never seen any description of exactly what the judder and blur settings do. It would make sense that judder reduction affects the amount of interpolated frames that are inserted to make the motion smoother, but what does the Blur reduction setting do? You guys seem to have the most advanced process and equipment for testing motion blur and judder. Have you ever tested these controls to see exactly what is going on? If not can you perform those tests? Thanks for your great in depth reviews and testing.
Both interpolates (creates the soap opera effect). 'Blur Reduction' does it for 60 fps content, while 'Judder Reduction' is for lower 30 and 24 fps. It creates the exact same effect. Samsung separated it into two for people that don't want the SOE for movies, but like it for other content. Vizio recently did the exact same thing, and we posted pictures of all the different values in the M Series review. If you are interested in this, we can post pictures of all values in our upcoming review of the JU7500 too.
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I have two questions. First, what options are there with respect to the one connect box if mounting the TV on the wall with no TV console below? Second, is there a big difference in sound between the JU6840 and the JU7100?
You can leave it disconnected if you don't plan on using HDMI inputs. Otherwise, the easiest thing would be to put it wherever your source devices (game console, Blu-ray player, etc) are. The One Connect mini box's cable is 7' long.
Unfortunately, we have not yet begun testing for sound, so we can't say how they compare. We should have results from the sound testing up toward the end of June.
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I'm deciding between the 60" and 65" JU7100. I sit 8-8.5ft away. Is there any downside to getting the 65" (will it be too big, will there be a drop in PQ, etc.)? I was set on the 60", but the 65" will be discounted for Fathers Day.
At that distance, the 65" will let you enjoy more of the detail from the increased resolution, so go for it. There aren't any downsides.
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What happened? It seems all the 40-48" TVs are garbage now. Aren't there any with better gray uniformity?
Last year's gray uniformity was not really better. We reduced the scores this year to better represent reality.
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Can you explain what I am seeing when I look at the DSE pattern?
A TV with perfect gray uniformity would display the exact same color gray on every pixel. Unfortunately, no LED TV is perfect. So we consider two things when evaluating a TV for its gray uniformity: the standard deviation of the color values of the pixels, and the amount of dirty screen effect (patchiness and banding in the center of the screen).
You can find our explanation of what to look for in a DSE pattern, as well as how we score our TVs based on those above criteria, here.
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I've read that many owners have tested and played HDR content with the JU7100 and it looked very good. Did you try to play content? Thought you might want to try. Also, when you rate % of rec 2020, does that mean how far beyond 709 it goes?
We haven't tried playing HDR content on the JU7100 yet. The main upside to HDR is the localized brightness increases, which the JU7100 isn't capable of. It's possible, though, that depending on what is done to content that is mastered in HDR, there are benefits to overall picture. In that case, it's likely that HDR content would look good on non-HDR TVs like the JU7100.
Our percentage isn't how far beyond rec 709 it goes, but rather how much of the rec 2020 color space it covers.
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Like the sound of this TV. I watch a lot of sports, movies, Netflix, and console gaming. Only problem is I feel like I'm paying extra for 3D when I don't really care for it. Anything you'd recommend?
In this price range, there's really nothing else that is as good for that variety of uses. You should stick with the JU7100 and consider the 3D an extra.
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I'm having a hard time deciding between Sony's XBR55X850C and Samsung's UN55JU7100FXZA. Both seem like great TVs. I'm going to be placing the TV in a room with several windows and sunlight from the opposite side which makes me weary of Samsung's glossy screen based on ratings. However, I like vibrant colors and it seems the Samsung is better in this sense. I'm primarily going to be watching shows and movies on the TV. Both TVs are currently the same price at Best Buy. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated!
Since you have windows directly opposite the TV, you should get the Sony. The reflections really will be an issue with the JU7100. And if you want, you'll be able to adjust the colors to make the Sony's image more vibrant, so there's not much of a downside there.
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Hello,
I have a quick question about the judder section of the review. In that section it states:
Judder-free 24p via 60p: No
Judder-free 24p via 60i: No
Can you please explain this in layman's terms and what instances during viewing this would cause an issue?
I appreciate the help.
Sometimes, a device's output signal might be 60 hz (60p or 60i), but the video it is playing is 24 hz. If the TV can't recognize this and activate its 24 hz playback mode in response, there will be judder with the video. Note that it's usually only movies that are 24p. TV shows or sports won't have any problems.
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Does the JU7100 have an 8-bit or 10-bit panel?
Unfortunately, we don't currently test for 8 vs. 10-bit panels.
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Did your score just go down for the JU7100? I literally just ordered it last night.
We changed our method for calculating the uniformity scores. It used to be subjective, but we now calculate the standard deviation of the values of the pixels, and we're also more strict about the scores. Pretty much every TV's score dropped, so don't worry. The JU7100 is still a good TV.
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What does 4:4:4 do. Does it help with judder?
It means the color information of the image is not compressed. You want chroma 4:4:4 if you plan on using the TV as a computer monitor, because it makes text look sharp and clear. It doesn't impact judder.
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I am about to return a Vizio 2014 M series because whenever I watch a baseball game, I see alot of blur. For instance, watching a shortstop throw across the diamond to first base, the ball looks like Haley's comet going across the screen. I'm seriously considering the Samsung 7100 50 inch series. Did you test this model for this behavior?
We did. The Samsung JU7100 has less blur than your M-series TV, so sports should look better.
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What HDMI cables do you recommend for this particular TV?
You should get an HDMI 2.0 cable so that you can watch 4k @ 60 hz. No need to get an expensive one - any HDMI 2.0 cable will work fine.
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Am considering the Sony 850C and Samsung JU7100. Which would be better for watching Tennis? Will Samsung come out with a 70" JU7100?
They're both about equally good for sports, but the JU7100's glossy screen is better for ambient light, so it's a bit more versatile, and a better choice overall.
It's very unlikely that a 70" version of the JU7100 will be released.
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I plugged my auxiliary speaker system to my TV. On my older TV, I could control the speaker volume using the TV remote, but on the JU7100 I can't seem to control it. My only solution is to walk up to the speaker and turn the dial on my system. Is there any way around that?
If your speaker system is controlled by a remote, you should be able to program the TV's remote to control the speakers. Check out the User manual and follow the instructions there. That should get it working properly.
If your speakers aren't controlled via remote, and you were looking to use the TV to adjust the output volume of the speakers, you won't be able to do so with this TV.
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Did you guys get a chance to calibrate? If so, what settings?
We did. You can find our preferred settings here.
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Does the JU7100 upscale 1080p in a direct one pixel to four pixels way?
No. We haven't encountered any TVs that do.
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I'm considering this TV as a computer monitor. I note this TV doesn't have a display port connection, but other than that, the specs look pretty good for me. Anything I should know or consider when thinking of it as a 'monitor'?
It depends on what you're looking to do. It can't display 1080p @ 120 fps, so it might not be right for you if you want really high frame rates from a gaming PC. It can, though, display 4k @ 60 hz @ chroma 4:4:4, which makes it an ideal choice for productivity purposes.
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I'm trying to find the right TV and I'm curious what "24p via 60p and 24p via 60i" means. I'm looking for something mainly for gaming or watching movies in low light. Thanks!
It just means a 24 fps video is being displayed on a 60 fps connection. A TV with a 'Yes' result doesn't have judder in that situation.
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What % would rec709 make up of rec2020 on your testing. I've read 2020 is about 75% of the visual color spectrum and rec709 at 30%. So can you multiply 75 by 1.334 to get to 100% then multiply 30 by 1.334 and say rec709 is about 40% of 2020?
52.95%, as you can see in the normal gamut TVs that we reviewed. There is no official way to calculate the % of coverage. It depends on which space you are using. Our coverage is calculated based on the CIE 1931 xy surface, and is a ratio of the areas (we are using CalMAN Ultimate to calculate it). If you are interested in this subject, read this paper.
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Hello. I'm torn between purchasing the Samsung UN65JU7100 and the Vizio M70-C3. There's a definite price difference, so I'm trying to justify the cost of the 7100. I'm more of a movie watcher who watches very little sports, for the most part. I've never had 3D, but it would be nice, and something that would be cool.
My question is with the 3D capability and picture - is that enough to justify the current price increase over the Vizio M70-C3? Is the picture different with movies? Is reliability of either or both manufacturers different in your experiences? I've had my current TV for over 10 years and I don't see me replacing this one for a long time. The price difference as of this question is $600.
The Vizio M-series is actually a better TV for your needs. The blacks are deeper and more uniform, and while the TV has a bit more blur, sports will still look good.
We don't think 3D is a particularly compelling feature, but if you really want 3D, then go for the JU7100. If you're more concerned with the overall movie watching experience, then you can save money and get a better TV with the M-series.
We don't have any long-term data to compare brand reliability, but we expect that if there is a difference, it isn't a big one.
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I noticed that the rating for this TV recently got chopped down for some reason. Why did you do that?
We added some tests to our scoring, and also changed the weight of existing tests. You can find the full breakdown of our scoring here.
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This is the best review site on the web. Details. Facts. Comparisons. Thanks!
I lucked up and got Sammy to exchange my 65h7150 for a new 65JU7100 (after nagging the heck out of them because of the crappy app and browser interface and functioning that made the 7150 freeze/lock). The difference is quite noticeable and the quality of features is exceptional. The picture competes with and in many aspects exceeds my Panny 60ST60 plasma. Had it for about a month and I'd say that the off-angle viewing is much better than with my h7150. Yes, I know. It's 4K with a lot more pixels. Makes a big difference. I don't know how regular 1080p HD stacks up against last year's 1080p models as far as picture quality goes, but this 4K is really the bomb. With regular 1080p content, the upgrading and color enhancement makes it pop. Game mode is a must if you sit close otherwise you'll get a headache from the frame rate IMO.
I was about to give up on Sammy, but this TV is really great. Excellent interface with the remote once you get the hang of it. I got to keep the old remote from the h7150, but I don't use it (except when the new one gets lost in the sofa cushions). It really does everything well. I'd call it intuitive. If I had to buy another big set today, this would be it. So that said, would the SUHD sets make sense for anyone other than a videophile with too much time on their hands and a video spectrometer in their knapsack?
The average person probably wouldn't see the difference you get with SUHD TVs. The main thing people might notice is the TV's ability to display more colors than average, but that won't be useful until material is released that takes advantage of that feature. At the moment, all it will do it make video look oversaturated.
The JU7100 is a really good TV, so we recommend sticking with that.
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Looking at sets around 40". How does the Sony XBR43X830C compare with the Samsung UN40JU7100? The Sony is cheaper price-wise. Gaming, Netflix, and Blu-ray are used mostly at our house, along with a couple 4K camcorders, and cameras.
The Sony X830C has an IPS panel, which means that while it has a wider viewing angle, its blacks are weaker. The JU7100 has less blurring on fast movement and not much input lag, which combined with its deeper blacks, makes it the better TV both for gaming and overall picture.
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Did you update your review to account for the user who posted about the 65" and the problems with Game Mode that results in Judder? I was about to purchase this TV as my primary gaming machine but then discovered this and am nervous about buying.
We haven't updated the review since we didn't get other similar reports. So without having the 65" in hand, our review stay true to the size we reviewed. If we get more reports, they will be listed in the question sections.
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Can you guys please review the Samsung JS8000 60" from Best Buy prior to black Friday? This looks like an exclusive Black Friday set. Please. Also, do you have any info on this set? Appears to be using an AUO VA panel with direct backlighting, but that's all I can gather.
Unfortunately, we won't have time. We already bought 5 other TVs not reviewed yet. Spec wise, it looks like a JU7100, but with a wider color gamut. Sometimes these special black friday models don't have as good panels though.
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I recently purchased the 60" version of the Samsung JU7100 and the picture is absolutely stunning. My question relates to the 4k upscaling ability of the TV, since I'm using an older receiver that does not allow for 3D passthrough, I'm planning on upgrading. Do I need to spend the extra money on a receiver that upscales to 4k or is it a waste of money since the television should also upscale the signal? Should I just go with a receiver that will allow the passthrough of both 3D and 4k but without upscaling? Thanks!
As long as the receiver is 4k passthrough you don't need an upscaler. The TV does great upscaling on its own.
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The Samsung website lists this TV as having full-array backlighting in the specs.
The two terms are currently used interchangeably by most; it's equally correct to say the JU7100 has a full-array or direct backlight.
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Are you going to review the js8500?
Yes, eventually, but it isn't on top of our priority list.
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I understand that during the initial setup you must connect to the internet to update the software on the 40" JU7100. Are there any problems during this process?
You don't technically need to connect to the internet unless you want to use apps; your TV will still display your sources the way it should. We didn't have any issues connecting to the internet or updating.
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As firmware continues to mature, do you re-evaluate your scores? Especially if firmware affects picture quality or functionality.
We will be keeping the TVs we test for a few months, and we will update scores to reflect any changes we notice during that period.
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Is the input lag on the H7150 the same as on the new JU7100?
No. Samsung improved on input lag a lot this year. The JU7100 is able to get as low as 26.1 ms in game mode, whereas the H7150's lowest was 43.4 ms.
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I currently have a HU7500 65" TV. I am planning on giving it to my college grad son and getting a 75" TV. I noticed the contrast and gray uniformity was not as good on this TV as my current one. Would you recommend this TV or the Sony X850C for my new 75" TV? Or something else?
We changed our uniformity scoring methodology this year, so comparing across years isn't really possible. The JU7100 is the best all-around option we've seen, so go for that.
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My AV was supposed to set me up with the 2014 Samsung 65HU8550 and instead showed up with 2015 65JU7100F saying it was an upgrade b/c its a new model. But isn't the 7000 series a step down from the 8000 series? Should I stick with the 2014 8550 or go with the 2015 7100, assuming both are the same price?
In terms of picture quality, the HU8550 and JU7100 are pretty much the same TV. If you need to choose between the two, get the JU7100, just because it has the newer Samsung smart TV platform.
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I've been going back and forth over the JU6500, JU7100, Sony X850C, and the higher range Samsung models in the 55" category. I was all set to go for the JU7100 until your mention of the glossy screen. It's going to be in a room where there are three windows with room darkening blinds facing the TV. I'm worried about the reflections. The primary use of this TV is to watch cable, movies, some football, and the occasional Wii game for the kids.
I discounted the JU6500 because of the 60Hz panel and less than stellar reviews. The Vizio M-series also fell off my life because of the motion blur. The X850C also seems to get mixed reviews as well and the wobbly stand wouldn't be that good either with children running around. Honestly, the JU7100 would have been a perfect fit except for that glossy screen.
So, with that said, I'm prepared to pay a little more than I was originally to step up to the JS8500. Do you have any other recommendations? Is there a Samsung that's the same as the 7100 without that glossy screen?
The JS8500 also has a glossy screen, so switching to that is not going to solve the problem.
Really, the X850C is probably the best choice for your needs. It has great contrast, good black uniformity, and minimal motion blur. Its input lag is average, but still fine for your gaming needs. It also does not have a glossy screen, so you won't need to worry about direct reflections as much.
Beyond that, no, there is no JU7100 equivalent that does not have a glossy screen.
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I want to buy a JU7100. Will the picture quality be damaged if I connect my PS4 via HDMI on the One connect mini? Thank you.
That's the only way to connect HDMI devices, and no, it won't.
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Thank you so much for answering all my questions. Do you know if the Samsung JS8500 plays 1080p at 120hz? I'm thinking of returning the JU7100 for the F8500. I usually use the TV for gaming.
We haven't tested it yet, so we can't be sure. None of our other Samsung TVs have been able to accept a 120 hz signal, though.
Plasma TVs have much better picture quality (better contrast, uniformity, motion handling, and viewing angle) than LED, so if you're in a position to acquire an F8500, you should go for it - especially since the F8500 looks good even in bright rooms.
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I'm looking for a great gaming TV, and 4k would be nice as I sit pretty close to the TV (9' feet for movies, but 5' when gaming). I've narrowed it down to the 55" Samsung JU7100 ($1180) or the 60" Sony W850B ($1100). The Sony has better motion blur, lower lag, and is 5" larger. But I would think 4k would be worth it at how close I'll be sitting, plus it would be more future proof. I am open to any and all advice. Thanks.
If you're playing on a console or a PC that can only output 1080p, the games aren't going to look any better or be any easier on the eyes with a 4k TV. The upscaling doesn't really enhance the look, so it will basically be like using a 1080p TV. For genuine 4k, though, you would notice a difference.
That said, both of those TVs are great picks for gaming (low input lag, minimal blur, good contrast and uniformity), so you can't go wrong. You might as well get the Samsung JU7100, just because you get the option to stream 4k if you want to, and eventually play 4k games (or now, if you do have a gaming PC with a strong enough graphics card).
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I have the choice of getting either the JU7100 or the curved JU7500. Price is not an issue. I'm just wondering how it would look mounted on a wall, as well as how it would do for angled viewing? Are there any key advantages of one or the other?
We recently published this article, which goes into the curved vs. flat question in a bit more detail.
The short answer is that curved TVs are a very little bit better than flat TVs for angled viewing, but the difference is so minimal that it doesn't really matter. They also might be more difficult to mount on the wall because they bulge a bit in back.
We recommend sticking with the JU7100 unless you really like the aesthetics of the JU7500's curved screen.
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Can you tell me or help me predict if and when a 4k TV will be reviewed that can do 4.4.4 @ 4k @ 60fps and 4.4.4 1080 @ 120fps, With good 1080 upscale, decent motion blur and input lag and ability to remove judder? The JU7100 is so close but I'm not sure I'm ready to sacrifice the 120fps. Any TV that can provide those listed features is what I will buy regardless of all other scores (smart features, colors, local dimming etc.)
Probably not this year. The first TV to match your needs will most likely be one of the Sony TVs next year, given that Samsung probably doesn't care about 120 fps. Maybe the Vizio refresh of the P will have it in fall?
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Hi.
I just bought this TV and set it up. I am having a huge problem with the input lag. When I put the TV in Game Mode, honestly, the time it takes for my Xbox One to register movement is pretty bad. However when I put the TV in PC mode, it's significantly better, and I mean significantly better, I've had multiple people test between the two and every single person can notice the difference.
I want to find a TV with really competitive input lag. I want to be able to aim at least as good if not better when I play Destiny or other FPS games. Am I doing something wrong with the settings? Have I missed something I need to turn off in game mode?
Can someone help me out?
You need to enable Game Mode in the General settings section (under System - General). Just labeling the input as Game won't result in a big reduction in input lag.
Enable Game Mode and the JU7100 should be very good for gaming. If that doesn't solve your issue, send us an email and we will investigate.
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I'll start off by saying I'm looking to purchase a new TV for my 11 by 11 bedroom and will mostly be using it for PS4 gaming, Netflix, and Blu-ray movies.
I like to sit directly in front from between 5.5 ft and 8ft so what size would be ideal for that distance? The TVs I am looking at are the Samsung 50JU7100, Samsung 55H7150 and Samsung 48JS8500/55JS8500.
A 50 inch fits perfectly in my space, I'm worried the 55 inch may be too big and the 48 may not look as good. I really was not looking to spend more than 1000 for a bedroom TV but comparing picture quality and input lag these were the best of the best.
I originally was looking for a 1080p TV, since I barely watch cable and don't plan on paying to stream Netflix in 4K, but the sales rep at Best Buy said 1080p scaled is better than native 1080p on a good 4K TV.
The only thing is I don't want to have to sit really close to enjoy 4K. I would like your thoughts and suggestions on my dilemma. P.S. I love scary and horror movies, so black uniformity is important.
At 5.5 feet, the best size would be about 40". For 8, the best would be 55". You should choose based on whichever distance you sit at most frequently. Or sit in the middle and get the 50". That would also work well.
1080p doesn't look any better on a 4k TV, so there's really no need to go for a 4k TV if you don't want to. The H7150 is a great TV, and if you want something a little less pricey, the Samsung J6300 also has very good picture.
All of those TVs have good black uniformity, so any will work well for your horror movies.
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Is the Samsung JU7100 a better TV for picture quality than the Samsung HU8550 from 2014? I noticed your HU8550 review had a higher score for most categories.
We added tests this year, changed the weighting of existing tests, and changed our methods for scoring several of the tests. That's why the scores don't really match up. Both TVs are really about the same.
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I'm getting either the 60 or 65" of the JU7100, but I've heard and read a lot of negative things about the 65" version (especially while gaming or watching 4k contest!) Do you know whether or not there are actually some major differences that would be worth consideration?
We haven't seen anything to suggest a step down in quality for most TVs, so you should be fine with the 65" TV.
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For the 65', 60' or 55' 4K Tvs, which one do you recommend (Samsung JU7100, JS8500, Vizio M/P Series)? I will plug the TV to the computer but force the graphic card output as 24fps (mainly to watch movies). Thanks. BTW, can I force the graphic output at 1080p@24Hz and use the TV to upscale and interpolate?
The JS8500 has the best overall picture of the three, so we recommend going for that if you have the space in your budget. If you really only watch movies and want a great deal, the Vizio M has great contrast and black uniformity, so movies will look great. It just doesn't have the JS8500's extra features, like HDR and the ability to display a wider range of colors.
Yes, you can send a 1080p @ 24 hz signal and the TV will have to upscale. A TV has to upscale to play resolutions that are smaller than its native resolution. You'll also be able to interpolate.
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Thanks for all of your info on the site. Have narrowed choices down to the 65JS8500 and 65JU7100. I predominately watch sports on TV and the occasional DVD/Netflix movie along with other basic cable. I am coming from a 5 year old Samsung right now. Is the 8500 going to be worth the extra 700 or will the average casual tv watcher like myself not even notice the difference? Thanks again.
The JS8500 is better, but by about 10%, so if you are just a casual TV watcher, you will prefer more the price/quality ratio of the JU7100 instead.
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With a viewing distance of 10 ft, is there a significant difference in viewing experience between a 65" JU7100 and the Vizio M 70"?
A 5" extra size is noticeable, but less than a 5" increase on smaller sizes (like 50" to 55" for example). For your research, you can consider a 65" and 70" the same, and look at the other aspects of the picture quality that matters for you.
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Is there much difference between the 55HU6840 and the 55JU7100. Difference in price is about $500.
Unfortunately, we didn't review last year's UN55HU6840. It is probably similar to the UN55JU6500 that we tested, so the UN55JU7100 is indeed better, especially for movies. For the rest though, the difference isn't big.
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One of your answers to a panel question was that 65" models should be Samsung. I just checked with two different Best Buys and one had a 65" IH06, which should be an Innolux; the other had a 65" H02, according to the guy who checked it for me. If that really is the whole number (it's not four digit, so I question that), that should be a Sharp.
Thank you for this information. We updated the previous answer. Sharp doesn't make 65" panels though (only 60", 70" and 80" in the bigger sizes), so the H02 version that you saw is probably just missing the first letter.
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I am finally ready to upgrade to an HD TV from my current 31-inch "tube" TV. I don't have cable; so when I watch TV, it's the local channels in SD (primarily sports). I have a media player that has files at 720p that I like to watch. Is there any advantage to purchasing the JU7100 over a 1080p set for upscaling purposes? If not, which unit would be best for my situation? Thanks for your help.
No. For your needs, a JU7100 would be overkill. The best choice would be the Samsung J6300, as it does a good job of displaying SD channels and 720p video. If you don't mind slightly worse picture, the Vizio E-series is a good deal cheaper, and the quality isn't that far off of the J6300.
Keep in mind though that SD channels will look blurrier even on a good 1080p TV compared to your old CRT. You really need HD signals to make new TVs shine.
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I have just purchased UN50JU7100 after exhaustive research. Does anyone have best calibration suggestions for movie setting?
You can find the settings we use here.
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I just bought a 50" JU7100 a few weeks ago. Could you recommend how to calibrate this for PC Gaming?
It depends on what your priority is. If you just want the best picture and lowest input lag, you should copy these settings, and then also enable 'Game Mode,' which can be found in the general settings.
If you want chroma 4:4:4 and don't mind slightly more input lag, change the input type to PC and then enable 'UHD Color.' You should also use the same settings we linked to above.
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Do the smart TV apps like Netflix and Amazon play content judder-free at 24p? I've never seen this clarified since most places don't differentiate between disc-based content and streaming content.
Yes, they do on this TV.
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I'm just curious why you always reccomend the 7100 over the 7500 when the 7500 outperforms the 7100 in almost every test and is really close in price? At the 65" the 7500 is only $200 more. At only $200 more, it seems like the 7500 is the clear winner. You even score the JU7500 overall higher than the JS8500, leaving it tied with the JS9000, but it seems to get no love or recommendations.
When I compared the JS9000 next to the JU7500 they seemed almost equal, with a 10% pop in the color costing about $1,000. The price/performance ratio reminds me of flagship video cards, which are almost never worth the premium price over the 2nd tier except for for bragging rights.
So just curious why the 7100/8500 always get pushed over the 7500? The 7500 even comes with a pair of 3D glasses instead of being 3D ready. Does it just boil down to a personal aversion to curved screens?
Unfortunately I can't find the 8500/7100 on display but did find the 7500/9000. So the JU6500 I just bought to get chroma 4:4:4, and actually really like, is already moving to the bedroom and a 7500 is on it's way to my house. If my honeymoon with the 7500 lasts, I could see going with a 78" when they go on clearance and the 2016s hit the shelves.
Thanks for running such an awesome site!
You make a good point. The difference in price was more substantial earlier in the year, but the drops have made the JU7500 a more compelling option. We still think most people will be happier with the JU7100, just because there is a price difference, and the picture quality differences aren't that noticeable to the average person, but the JU7500 is certainly a great pick.
We also agree that the difference between it and the JS9000 isn't that substantial, but since we don't take price into account, the JS9000's slim edge still puts it over the top in our rankings.
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I am looking for the right 4k TV for gaming and watching my beloved Packers. I don't watch a whole lot of movies, and I sit slightly off-center of the TV at home. The JU6500 for $1,000 or the JS7000 for $1,300 (I have read many of your reviews and I'm still a little confused. On the Samsung box for the JU6500, it says 120 hz refresh, but it says here 60 hz?) Is it worth the extra $300 for the JS7000 model? And what is the NANO-CRYSTAL technology? I am mainly going to be using my PS4 over the winter, as well as watching football games.
Your review says the JS7000 has a low contrast ratio. I was wondering how it compares to the contrast of the JU6500. Besides gaming, I like the bright, vivid colors that Samsung offers compared to Sony or LG, and I watched a bunch of videos and cannot pick up on the judder effect. I have a good eye for detail otherwise and want my games to look as bright, vivid, and fluid as possible (low motion blur).
For Samsung's 4k TVs, the listed motion rate is equal to twice the refresh rate. So it lists 120 hz, but it has a 60 hz panel.
For your needs, the JS7000 is the better pick. It has a wider viewing angle, can produce more vivid colors (use the 'Native' color space), and has less motion blur, which is good for sports and gaming.
The only downside is that JS7000's blacks aren't as deep as what you get with the JU6500, so keep that in mind when making your decision.
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Hi. I recently purchased the 65JU7100, however I'm now having second thoughts about whether I should have gone with a 70 inch TV (I sit about 11 feet from TV). If I were to go with a 70 inch, I would be looking at Vizio P702 in order to stay roughly in the same price range. My question is, do you think I would be giving up more in terms of quality than I would be benefiting from the gain in size? given that my distance from the TV is on the border of requiring a 65 vs 70 inch, which do you feel is the better choice? Thanks.
They both have similar picture quality for 1080p and 4k sources. However, if you watch any lower resolution contents like DVDs or even 720p HD channels, the Vizio P doesn't perform as well as the JU7100 and we would advise against. At your viewing distance, the bigger the better but 5" isn't much of a difference. Unless you are willing to go with a 1080p TV in an even bigger size (the J6300 is our best 1080p TV and available at 75"), keep the JU7100.
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I am EXTREMELY torn between purchasing either the JU7100, or the JS7000. Either would be the 55" model. The JU7100 seems to have significantly higher ratings on here than the JS7000. But also the data seems to be from earlier this year, and I'm sure there have been firmware updates for the JS series.
The ONLY source that will be connected to the TV would be my Xbox One, and will be used mostly for online gaming, but also for video apps like Netflix. I play a lot of first person shooters, and mmo rpgs, for what that's worth. At first I really wanted the JS7000, but after reading all of the reviews on here I am leaning more toward the JU7100 now.
HOWEVER, I plan on having this TV a very long time. I only purchase a set every 5 to 7 years. That being said, I am inclined to go with the JS7000 in the interest on "future-proofing," as they say. I'm usually eight feet away from the TV, and I plan on mounting it to the wall, so it would be at a higher elevation than if it were sitting on a credenza or something.
I really like the idea of getting the SUHD "nano-crystal" JS7000 to get ready for future content and gaming improvements. But looking at the reviews of the JU7100, it seems like I would almost be compromising the picture quality by purchasing the JS7000. Which, honestly, is REALLY confusing to me! Because, as far as I can tell, the JS7000 is "higher" on their product line than the JU7100, unless I am mistaken?
"SUHD"... "Nano-Crystal"... all says "Top-of-the-line" to me. Am I just getting sucked in to the marketing scheme? But at the same time, the JS7000 is currently cheaper than the JU7100 by about $300. I know that price does not always reflect quality, especially at this time of the year. But now I have no idea which of the two would be the best purchase. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, the JS7000 has the ability to display a wider range of colors, which is one of the hallmarks of Samsung's higher-end TVs, but is also has a 60 hz panel, which means it will have judder on 24 fps movies (and is also a big reason why it is cheaper). The JU7100 is a 120 hz TV, so it won't.
It's also worth noting that the 55" JS7000 is an IPS TV, which means a wider viewing angle, but weaker contrast (and worse overall picture).
If you want a 50" or 60" TV, watch the video on this page and see if you notice the judder. If you don't (or if you never watch movies), get the JS7000 - you'll appreciate the extra features. If the judder bothers you, or if you're getting a 55" TV, get the JU7100, since those will be more important. The firmware updates from throughout the year won't have changed anything significant.
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Are the different panel makers for Samsung TVs a concern? I've seen articles/posts on the web where the quality and experience can be very different between panels. What panel makers/codes are the best? Do Sony TV's have similar issues? Would you lean toward Sony because of this?
Btw, this is a great site. I've only been reading for a few days and have learned so much already.
There are some differences between panels from different manufacturers, but we don't consider this a big deal. The majority of people won't see any difference between different panels. The lottery also doesn't happen often with the high-end models.
Generally, for Samsung TVs, Samsung panels are held in highest esteem, and then the rest of the panels are considered a bit worse. Sony doesn't have a panel lottery, but we don't consider that reason enough to get Sony over Samsung.
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Hello! Excellent website! I recently tested the LG 43UF6430 on sale and it does 4:4:4 at 60Hz. This was upgrading from a Qnix 2710 IPS. The size and resolution really made me enjoy my photos much more than before so I now want a 40" at least tv as my monitor. I returned it because of the RGBW and gray dark levels. My plan is to get the Samsung JU7100 because of the deeper blacks and I like the colors as well. My main use is photo editing and some gaming (don't have a lot of time) with my gtx 980 ti. My other choice was the cheaper ju6500 but I kind of like getting the dimming feature on the 7100. You guys think this is my best choice at this size for this price (I will buy used if possible). Thanks!
Take a look at our article on the subject here. Our best pick for a PC monitor is the JU7500 and the JU7100 is right below. It has a little more blur on fast movements but nothing to really worry about. If you consider the price, you can't get better than the JU7100 for your usage.
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I was wondering what the width of the 65" JU7100 stand is. I have a Klipsch sound stand and TVs with wide stands/legs like Vizio models won't work with my sound setup. The 65" X810C stand fits fine on there, but I had to return it, as I wasn't satisfied with the IPS panel.
Unfortunately, we have not had an opportunity to measure the 65" stand (we have the 55" here with a 33.75" x 11" stand).
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Would buy the JU7100 based on your overall rating and ability to handle judder. However we don't need/want 3D. What other Samsung 60inch 4k has comparable specs without the 3D? Thanks.
Unfortunately, none are the exact same but without 3D.
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About the remote: I see they call it a smart remote, but it claims to be able to control your home theater, cable box, etc. I'm finding that it is very lacking in devices supported, as well as actually working with the devices it does list.
In my case, I have an AudioSource sound bar. Not on the main list, but found in the search list, as was my model, but no luck with it actually working. It would be nice if the remote could be programmed to work with the Amazon Fire stick, etc, but I find those also missing.
Very off-center question, and I noted many claiming to use the Harmony remote, which makes me think they ran into the same lack of supported functionality (turn on my sound bar, vol. up, vol. down, mute). Any insight is appreciated, and it looks like I will give Samsung support a shot. Wish me luck!
You're not wrong; the devices supported by the remote are unfortunately limited, and the process to make the universal remote functionality work isn't the best (our receiver is listed as being supported, but the remote doesn't seem to be able to control it either).
Does your soundbar support ARC and CEC? If it does and you connected the TV to the soundbar via ARC, you could enable the TV's Anynet+ CEC control option, which would let you control the volume and power options of the receiver through the TV (power on the TV, soundbar powers on; volume up button on the remote increases the volume of the soundbar, etc.).
For other devices, though, you'll likely need to either get a different remote or contact Samsung for support in getting your current remote to work better.
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Hi guys. Just found it interesting that the Samsung 7100 55" was priced at $1,197 for Black Friday and has since gone up and is now bouncing between $1,497 and today's price of $1,597! However, the more expensive JS8500 model is $100 lower, at $1,497. I am surprised that with the 2016 models around the corner, the TV has not dropped in price. Why would they want more for the JU7100 than for the JS8500? Won't they both be dropping soon? Anyone have any idea when the 2016 models are due?
That's definitely interesting pricing. Most likely this is just a temporary thing, however it's also possible that they just haven't moved that many JS8500s, and are now trying to get rid of them.
LG has already released a 2016 model (we'll be reviewing that shortly), and most brands will start releasing new models in spring, so keep an eye out for price reductions for the next few weeks. They should start happening relatively soon.
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So, does Ju7100 also use PWM panel technology which causes uncomfortable viewing experience?
It does have PWM. The panel flashes rapidly. This can be seen in our backlight graphics here. Most aren't bothered by this but some find it slightly uncomfortable.
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I notice that there are lots of judders when watching the blu-ray movies under "Game Mode" through my PS4 on 50 inches of JU7100. I thought this set supposed to support judder-free at 24p.
It is normal. There is no 3:2 pull-down detection under the 'Game' picture mode. Other Samsung TVs behave the same. To remove judder from 24p content, select the 'Movie' picture mode.
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Would you recommend the JU7100 or the KU7000 for playing Xbox and watching TV shows/movies?
Save the money and go with the JU7100. They have similar input lag but the JU7100 has better motion performance, and slightly better picture quality for movies.
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Just wanted to say I have a PS4 pro and the 4k HDR content looks amazing on this TV!
Thanks for the feedback, good to see that you are happy with your TV.
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Why do some shows or movies cause the screen to shrink with a black frame around it? This takes away from the 75 inch screen we bought it for. Several channels it did this, even HD. Not good.
Go to the 'Picture Size' menu on the top menu bar and choose the desired aspect ratio. For HD content, you'll want to have '16:9' selected. For SD content, you might want to try 'Zoom' or a custom option. Keep in mind that for SD content and films, it's normal to have black bars (because the aspect ratio is different from HD TV signals), and so getting rid of them will crop or distort the image.
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Coming from a Samsung 55H8000, do you recommend this model? 50% Cable, 30% Blu-ray and 20% Xbox One.
It's not a big step up from your current TV. The picture quality and features are largely the same. The main differences are that it is 4k, and has lower input lag. If you do want to upgrade, though, it will be great for all of your needs.
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On the Samsung JU7100, does the Component In and Composite In adapters come with the set? Does the One Connect Mini box increase input lag for game consoles? If there are multiple consoles, how do you switch between them? Are you planning on reviewing any of the 2015 Sony's later? Thanks for the great site.
Yes, the adapters are included.
There's no way to connect consoles without the One Connect Mini box, so it doesn't 'add' input lag - that's just how the lag is.
There are multiple HDMI ports to select from, or you can use a splitter if you want to share one port.
We have started testing Sony's 2015 models. Reviews will be up soon.
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I'm really confused about the benefits of 4k. From your descriptions, it looks like the best one can hope for if watching 1080p is that it looks almost as good as on a standard 1080p TV. Lower resolutions seem to be problematic as well. Since there is very little 4k content at the moment, does it make sense to look at these TVs for the next year or so?
Lower resolutions are equally problematic on 1080p TVs as they are on 4k TVs. Also, there don't seem to be any really high-end 1080p TVs now, so if you want top-quality picture, you do need a 4k TV.
Ultimately, if you'd like to be able to watch 4k content now, get a 4k TV. If you don't care and just want something that's good for 1080p, a good 1080p TV should serve you well.
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You show the depth of the 65ju7100 @ 1.9". Is this at it's deepest (thickest)? I will be mounting this onto a wall and would like to know what the overall depth will be.
It is 2.3" at its thickest point (there is a slight bulge at the bottom).
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Hi, I was wondering if you're planning on testing the JS9500?
We are, but likely not for at least a couple of months.
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What if I do not want/need 3D? Does the Samsung UN40JU6500 have the same picture/performance? Would it be preferable over the Vizio M43-C1?
The JU7100 and JU6500 are very similar, but there are a couple of key differences. The JU6500 is only a 60 hz TV, and it doesn't have a judder-free 24p playback option, so it's not as good for watching movies. Between the JU6500 and the M-series, for gaming, TV watching, and sports, the JU6500 is better (it has less blur), but if you watch lots of movies, you'll want the Vizio M43-C1, as it does have a judder-free 24p playback option.
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I installed a 30 ft Monoprice Redmere HDMI cable in our new house. I was planning to buy the js8500, which I assume is similar to the ju7100 you reviewed. I am worried I won't be able to use all the inputs for this TV based on your comment regarding 4:4:4 chroma and the PC input. Is this input necessary? What exactly will I be missing out on if I keep the Redmere cable?
The only downside we've noticed with that cable is that it could not carry a chroma 4:4:4 signal at 4k and 60hz. If you don't plan on using your TV for productivity purposes, that's not a big deal; chroma 4:4:4 is what keeps text looking sharp, like you'd expect from a typical computer monitor.
Aside from chroma 4:4:4@rk@60Hz, the redmere cable has handled everything fine, and you won't be restricted in which ports it will work with. It should work fine for any device and any of the JS8500's - which we do expect to be similar to the JU7100 - HDMI inputs.
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Can this TV handle streaming from a Slingbox via the browser? Not sure which streaming apps it comes with.
Officially, Slingbox claims smart TVs are not supported, but they may just mean there is no app. We don't have a slingbox device to test out whether or not it works with the browser. The list of officially supported browsers can be found here.
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I noticed that when I attached my Samsung JU7100 to the stand supplied with it, there was a little wobble to it. Is that normal?
Yes, a bit of wobble is normal.
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Does the Samsung JU7100 or Sony X850C have 2D to 3D upconverting?
The Samsung JU7100 does, but none of Sony's 2015 3D TVs do.
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I am planning to get a JU7100 55" and mount it on the wall. Do you think I can stick the One Connect Mini box to the wall behind the TV with the help of duct tape? I don't like much clutter visible next to my TV. Or do you have any workarounds so that the One Connect Mini box is not visible?
You could duct tape it to the wall, but it's designed in a way that doing so would cover up at least a couple of ports. The best way would be to use a double sided tape.
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I just ordered a UN65JU6500 ($2000), but after looking here, I may change it to a JU7100 ($2300). We have a lot of windows in our open floor plan, but the sun is not ever shining directly on the TV. We will be watching movies, TV, gaming, & using a harmony remote. Not really fond of the silver JU7100 frame, though. Which do you recommend? Thanks!
The JU7100 is a much better buy. The glossy screen finish will help cut down on reflected ambient light, and it doesn't have judder when playing 24 fps content, so it's much better for movies. If you have room in your budget, get the JU7100.
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I would like a TV for PC gaming and movies. Which one do you recommend between the Samsung JU7100 and the Vizio M-series? Does the chroma 4:4:4 capability lacking in the Vizio strongly affect the image quality? Thanks in advance!
The JU7100 is the better bet. The M has more blur, which will negatively impact the look of your games, and the lack of chroma 4:4:4 could be an issue if you plan on using your TV for productivity purposes. Chroma 4:4:4 isn't really that big of a deal if you just plan on using your TV for gaming, though.
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You guys really helped me out on choosing my New TVs that i wanted to get.
First of all, was gonna get an LG 4k TV with a 65" screen and was reading that the reviews were not good for any of the LGs. I saw the Samsung reviews were far better and went and purchased the 65" JU7100 model. The TV is just VIVID in color, and I love the low input lag when playing PS4 on it. I also bought the 50" JU7100 for my bedroom, since I was just amazed by the 65" in my sports room. I also bought a 32" J5500 as the second TV for another sport event or favorite show on when I play video games on the UN65JU7100. The J5500 does have a lot of motion blur, but for a secondary monitor it's not a big issue to me, and it does have vivid color to it as well.
I saw the review of the JS8500 and it was only a few hundred bucks more, but I really like the JU7100 model better due to the low input lag, and it's just as good the JS8500.
I do have a question, though, about the one connect box. Will the Silver One Connect box work with the JU7100 model that comes with the JS9000 and JS9500 models for upgrading later on.
Big thanks for what you guys do here.
No. The cable can't be plugged in to the TV, it doesn't fit.
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I currently have a 42" Toshiba Regza set, and am looking to upgrade to a 50" TV. I'm leaning towards this set, but I have a Vizio S3821c sound bar, and use the optical audio cable to connect it to my TV. This allows me to feed all my audio through one input on the sound bar, instead of jumping inputs. I notice this set doesn't have an optical audio output option. Is it going to be a big deal switching to a 3.5mm to RCA input, or should I look into a new soundbar when I upgrade my TV.
It does have an optical audio out option. It's just located on the One Connect mini box. Your current preferred setup will work fine.
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Hi. Thanks for all the great info on the Samsung JU7100. If you don't do games but are more of a movie watcher, is there a less expensive TV, but just as good, in the 40" size that should be considered?
Also, I love the swivel base on my older Samsung (that just died after 10 yrs). Is this feature being phased out?
For watching just movies, the Vizio M43-C1 is a good pick, and quite a bit cheaper. It has good contrast and black uniformity, and its 1080p upscaling is quite good, so Blu-rays and high-quality streams will look great.
We haven't seen any swivel stands yet this year, so yes, it looks like that feature is going away.
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I recently purchased a UN60JU7100 and I cannot locate "PC" mode. I called Samsung support and they informed me this model does not support a "PC" mode. Can you please explain what you mean by "PC" mode and how you got the input lag at 45ish ms and 4:4:4 chroma?
Open the list of inputs. Highlight the HDMI input that you are using, press down and 'Edit Type'. Select 'PC' from the list.
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I currently have 3 HDMI cables, but I'm not sure if they are 1.4 or 2.0. Will either work on the new JU7100 65" set I just ordered?
They will all work for most of the stuff, except 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. For that signal, there is no way to know without trying. We have HDMI 2.0 cables here that don't support it, but cheaper 1.4 cables that do.
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AV guy says to get the JU7100 over the H7150 "because of a better processor". I'm not exactly sure what that means though. How marginal or relevant is that, and would he say the same thing over the HU8550? It'd be mainly for shows and streaming on Netflix. I'll be sitting 11-12' away, so I don't necessarily need the 4k, but since they're all price comparable I wouldn't mind it either.
It's not really relevant for overall picture quality, which, in the end, is the most important thing. If they're all about the same price, you might as well get the newest version, just so you get the latest smart features, as well as the option to watch 4k if ever you're sitting close enough to take advantage of the resolution.
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Can this TV be used to play older game consoles that use the old connectors (sorry, my TV vocabulary is pretty terrible, I'm referring to the red, white, yellow connectors)? I regularly play consoles like N64, Gamecube, and Playstation.
Yes. It includes an adapter that will let you plug in those consoles, as well as other composite/component devices.
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One thing I am consistently annoyed by is manufacturers failing to specify which WiFi protocol the TV operates on. I've searched and cannot find the specifications listing whether this TV operates on AC or still uses the N protocol. Do you have access to this info?
It uses Wireless AC.
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Can you advise the height measurement between the bottom of the viewable picture and the floor/stand (whatever it would rest on)? I'm wondering about soundbar height in order to not block the picture. Thanks!
It's 2 3/4" from tabletop to the edge of the bezel, but you should also keep in mind that the stand sits in front of the TV, and might get in the way. From the center black bar of the stand to the edge of the bezel, it's 2 1/8".
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78JS9500 or 75JU7100?
It depends. If you're a gamer, stick with the JU7100. For other uses, you get a little bit more from the JS9500. If you're not turned off by the price, it's a better buy.
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Just purchased a Samsung UN55JU7100 and noticed that when I turn on the setting to upconvert to UHD, there is no sound. Also, the salesman told me this model's remote would control my cable box inside a closed cabinet (no need for an IR Repeater). It only works with the cabinet door open. Any ideas for these issues? Thanks.
There is no setting to upconvert to UHD, as the TV has to do this automatically to be able to display the picture. Do you mean the 'UHD Color' option? If so, there's no need to enable this unless you're using your TV as a PC monitor for productivity purposes, so you should disable it and see if that corrects the sound issue.
The remote will control your TV through other objects, but it will need IR to control other devices.
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Which 50" 4k TV would you recommend as the best overall for use as a PC monitor? I am considering the Samsung JU7100 because of the 4k @60hz 444 capability and low input lag. But, I have read that in game mode (to get the low input lag) you do not get 444 chroma. Is that accurate? If so, the Sony 850c seems like maybe a better option because of the additional 1080p @120hz capability?
We list our picks for the best TVs for use as PC monitors here.
You're right that you don't get 4:4:4 with game mode, but the input lag in PC mode is only 44.3 ms, which isn't bad. Unfortunately, no TV we have seen this year can do both chroma 4:4:4 and 1080p @ 120hz, so you need to choose. For 4:4:4, take the JU7100. For 120 fps, take the X850C.
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Is the JU7100 here equivalent to the JU7005 in Europe? I was reading some European reviews too and would like to know if it is exactly the same TV, just with different names in different regions?
Yes, it looks like they are equivalent models. There may be minor differences, but they should at least be mostly similar.
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HDMI cables. Not sure you're providing accurate info because, I currently run a 50' HDMI 1.4 from PC to TV and it worked perfectly with my older Samsung, but failed to work with Sony or new Samsung. My research indicates that with the new 4K TVs, if the HDMI is over 6', you need an HDMI 2.0 cable. Have you tested or noticed this to be true?
P.S. In past year I bought & returned 5 4K TVs: 2 VIZIO, 1 LG and Sony X850C (Android OS is very slow to boot TV, gray contrasts very disappointing, non-removable power cord 0. Bought a UN55JU7100 which is first 4K where I instantly saw better picture, color and contrast than my 4 year old UN55D7000.
This is not necessarily true. We now have a cheap 20 feet 1.4 HDMI cable that works at 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. Our 15' HDMI 2.0 Redmere doesn't work for this. The longer the cable, the harder it is to work at full 18 Gbps bandwidth, but the HDMI 1.4/2.0 specs is not an indication of whether it will work or not.
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If this TV doesn't do 1080p @ 120Hz, does that mean it will be locked at 60 fps in PC games? If it can't, can you recommend a comparable TV that will? I'm looking for a similar size that's 4K, has low input lag, and can do 120hz @ 1080.
Yes, exactly. Its maximum accepted frame rate is 60 fps, and it can then interpolate that to 120 (not ideal for gaming). The Sony X850C can do exactly what you're looking for. We talk about it and our other favorite TVs for use as PC monitors here.
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Hello. I am getting a TV for my basement. I have a couple of windows, but shutters to block light if I want.
I will use this TV for general DirecTV, and am mainly interested in Xbox One, sports, and occasional Netflix/Amazon. I don't have much interest in 4k or 3D, but I like the picture quality.
I am deciding between the 75" J6300 or the 65" JU7100. Seating is 12 ft and can go closer or further. Also have a pool table about 20' back that needs a good view. My main concern with the 6300 is NFL and Xbox one. I currently have a 50ES6100 that I am happy with, so I'm not too picky. Thoughts?
You'll have a hard time noticing the higher resolution of 4k at those distances, so you might as well save money and get the Samsung J6300. It doesn't have much blur and the input lag is average, so games will look good and play well, and sports and streaming will likewise look good.
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Audio question: I mostly listen to my TV thru a soundbar. But for movies, I like to fire up my receiver. I see this has optical audio out and also an audio out on the TV itself. If both of these are connected (one to the soundbar, one to the stereo), will they both be active? If not, would it be better to split the optical to two cables? Would doing so degrade the optical audio in any way? Thanks for a great site!
Both will be active, so your proposed connection would work fine. You could also split the optical connection without degrading the audio connection, should you wish to do so.
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I just got this TV however the version I got was the IS01. Do you have any information on what type of panel this is? Do you know if the performance will be significantly lacking compared to the TS01?
We don't have any specific information about that panel, but most people can't notice the differences between the panels used for a given model, so don't worry about it.
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Do I need an HDMI 2.0 cables for my Samsung JU7100 to get the full benefit and future proofing of the TV's capabilities? (I need a 15 ft. cable inside the wall.) Thanks.
We've found that some cheap HDMI cables are capable of everything we need, so for the JU7100, there's no need to buy a full HDMI 2.0 cable.
This is the cheap cable we use for our testing.
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Hi, I just bought the Samsung JU7100 due to your review which I love how in depth you guys are its fantastic stuff. Curious about the DSE and what you consider as in severe to exchange. It's the only negative I have had with the tv when I watch football or play FIFA on Xbox One. I notice you do say there is no avoiding it and that really all tvs have it. Is what I see most likely normal or should I exchange for another because besides that I love the TV and credit your review.
Send us a picture by email. As you can see from our picture though, it is normal. All LED TVs have some.
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Just bought a un65ju7100 for my HTPC running a GTX750 with HDMI 1.4 & DisplayPort outputs. 75% of my HTPC viewing is for video content. Should I attempt to get 4:4:4 or stick with your phenomenal calibration settings? Which will look better for video vs desktop use? I definitely want 4k @ 60hz, am I going to be forced to use my display port output adapted to HDMI 2.0 to achieve this? Thanks for the in depth article & making my decision easier!
You won't be able to do 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with your graphic card. A DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 converter won't work. You can get 4:4:4 in PC mode, but only at 30Hz. So either you live with 4:2:0 in 60Hz or upgrade your graphic card. But because most of your viewing is video, 4:2:0 is fine.
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I am getting very serious about purchasing the 65 inch 7100 but don't want to jump ahead of myself before I know everything. Unfortunately the 60 inch is not available anymore and I'm tired of seeing posts about different panels. Does this TV have actual 120z and I mostly watch sports and play a lot of ps4 so is there any tv out there you would suggest besides this one? Samsung only by the way.
Yes, it is actually a 120hz TV as you can see from our motion interpolation picture. The JU7100 would be good for your needs, and there isn't really one better unless you are willing to spend more (and get something like the JS9000).
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Does this have the "soap opera effect" and if so can it be turned off? A lot of tvs make regular programming too smooth and look like a video game.
Yes, you can turn it off via the 'Auto Motion Plus' feature.
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Do any of the HDMI ports support HDCP 2.2?
Yes, they all do.
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I have a JU7100 and 2015 13" Macbook Pro. I have successfully connected the two using an HDMI 2.0 cable (though I understand it's not necessary). However, the MBP only allows this at 30Hz. Apple says it's only possible using the Thunderbolt port @ 60Hz. Does such a cable or adapter exist that will allow the two to connect at 4k@60Hz@4:4:4? Please help!
No, there is no connector that can connect HDMI to DisplayPort and do 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
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I recently purchased the JU7100 60", and noticed a good amount of background blur when watching sports - especially golf, when the camera zooms in on putts. I was considering returning it and getting the JS8500 instead, but would have to go down to the 55" (for financial reasons, and because this model is only 55" or 65", which is too big). Do you think the increase in quality for sports is worth losing 5" of size? Viewing distance is about 9-10 feet. Thanks very much!
We don't think there will be a huge difference between the two when it comes to the look of sports. Use our recommended settings and make sure you disable 'Auto Motion Plus' and see if that fixes up the look of sports on the JU7100.
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Was curious as to what Sports Mode does and if I should be using it. Seems to make the speakers 10 times better and the picture more lively. Does it do anything in particular?
It maxes out the backlight and increases sharpness, and then also changes the color temperature to be colder. There are also some audio differences, but nothing that is objectively an improvement.
We still recommend the settings we list here, but if you like the look of it, you might as well use it.
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For a short run - say 4 ft or less - do you recommend any certain brands of HDMI cables that will produce 4.4.4 at 60 hz? I know a lot claim to, but then don't when you try them.
The shorter the cable, the more likely it will work. We use an Amazon Basics HDMI cable 15 feet and it works perfectly.
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Judder-free 24p: Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p: No
Judder-free 24p via 60i: No
Motion Interpolation (30 fps): Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps): Yes
Movies don't have any judder when you are watching via a Blu-ray player at 24p. Via 60p or 60i though (like when playing on a PC computer), it can't reliably do the reverse 3:2 pulldown. You can turn on 'Auto Motion Plus' to fix it, but at the cost of the soap opera effect.
Regarding this, can auto motion plus be enabled when you have the TV in game mode? I plan to use the TV with my home theatre PC. It would be very tedious to have to enable/disable game mode every time I go between a game and a movie. Thanks in advance!
No, it won't work in game mode.
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I was planning on purchasing the Samsung JU7100 in Nov. I'm using mostly for 4k gaming and I know besides Netflix and a few other places 4k movies are scare. I know back in 2014 Samsung put out the UHD Video Pack (CY-SUC10SH1/ZA). Would this be compatible with the JU7100? I've been seeing it going for fairly cheap prices and just wanted to pick up some good movies/docs in 4k for viewing and to show to family.
Yes, it will work with the JU7100.
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Thanks for all the excellent info. I was considering the JU6500 until I saw the potential for judder issues and then started looking at the 7100. I wouldn't mind saving some money, and I see both the UN75HU8550 and the UN75JU7100 are very similar, but does the 8550 have 24hz judder reduction like the 7100?
Yes.
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I'm trying to decide between the 55" JS8500 and JU7100. There is a $400 difference. I like to watch sports, while the rest of the family primarily watches a mix of network shows and movies. What are the key differences between these two models?
They are close in picture quality. The main difference is that the JS8500 has the ability to display a wider color range that should be beneficial when HDR comes. Our JS8500 also came with better gray uniformity. If HDR is not something you are looking for, save your money and get the JU7100.
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How does the HU8550 compare to the 2015 models? I was going to purchase a 50" JU7100 but found the HU8550 for $850 and purchased it. Should I have spent more money and bought the JU7100?
Picture quality wise, the HU8550 is virtually identical to the JU7100, so you made a good choice. Enjoy your TV!
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Great site! I recommend it to all of my friends. Question: I am trying to decide between the UN65JU7100 and the UN65J6200 for 80% gaming on the Xbox One and 20% Netflix movies. I typically play FPS and racing games, so the input lag is a concern. I am wondering if the 4K upscaling of the JU7100 adds more lag to a console gaming system. I will not be using them for PC, only console gaming. Which would you recommend? Are there any other choices that would be better in the 65" range?
The JU7100 won't add any lag to console gaming. We measured 26.1 ms while in 1080p, perfect for the fast reflexes games you play. On the other side, the J6200 will give you more bang for the bucks. It doesn't have 4k or a really low input lag but it will still be very playable and would offer you the least amount of motion blur. If money is not an issue, get the JU7100. Get the J6200 if you want to save some cash or maybe upgrade another piece of your home theater.
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I am getting three new TVs and have decided on Samsung, however I want the silver frame around the TV. I do not want curved or the one connect mini box cluttering up the space. Can I get the silver frame in a 50", a 55", and a 65"? With 4K?
I am not very technical am more concerned with how it looks, but would like great picture for movies and sports.
Is the silver frame available ?
I read and readbut couldn't find mention of this. Much thanks.
The only Samsung TVs with a silver frame also have a OneConnect or OneConnect Mini Box.
If you want 4k and with no OneConnect box, the only option that will get you good picture quality is the Samsung JU6500. It's great for sports, but it has judder when playing 24 fps movies. Take a look at the video here to see if the 24 fps judder bothers you. If not, the JU6500 is a good choice. If it does, getting the 1080p Samsung J6300 is the way to go.
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I love my JU7100, but when I change channels on the cable box, the screen turns black and it takes three seconds or longer for it to sync up on the new channel. What am I doing wrong?
It sounds like an issue with the cable box. The TV is just receiving the signal, so the lag is likely created by the box being slow to change channels. You should contact your cable provider for assistance.
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Looking at the 75ju7100, but have hit the 10 bit vs 8 bit question. I can't seem to find this answer. Is this TV 10 bit? As it will support Netflix HD streaming, I assume yes? Someone told me there are both 10 bit and 8 bit versions? Don't want to buy this if it's going to quickly become obsolete.
We currently don't test panels for 8 vs 10 bit so we can't say for sure what kind of panel is inside the JU7100. But as of now, there is no 10 bit content widely available (including streaming services like Netflix HD) and it will take a while till we see it widespread. The picture quality of the JU7100 is great. Don't hesitate to get it now.
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I need a 40" 4K monitor for use in a digital audio workstation. Is the JU7100 the best choice? The computer will be located at some distance to the screen. My current large format screen and computer are connected via a 25' HDMI cable. Is there a limitation on the length of the HDMI cable with regard to the ability to transmit 4k content? Will I need a graphic card that supports HDMI 2.0 to use this screen at 4k resolution? Do you have any recommendations as the specifications or manufacturer/model for a graphic card that will work with the JU7100 in the above scenario?
The JU7100 would be a good choice and your current HDMI cable might already do the job. There is a limitation in length for HDMI cables but at 25 feet this is not a concern as long as the cable is fast enough. If ever you have problem with your cable, we use this one at the office and it support 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 on the JU7100. Any graphic card that is powerful enough to output 4k will work although if you want 4k @ 60HZ @ 4:4:4, go with at least a GeForce 960 GTX or higher.
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Hi, I currently have a Vizio E420D-A0 that I really like, but I will be giving it to my nephew for an upgrade, rather than buying him a new TV. This is going in an armoire, so I'm restricted to a 40"-43" TV. I watch a lot of fast paced sports, movies (usually in a dark environment), DirectTV HD programming, (which I believe is 480p-1080I unless it's a special movie channel with 1080p), video games, PS4, 360, Wii U, PS3. I also enjoy passive 3D content and love my 42" Vizio for that, but my 61" active 3D LED DLP Samsung HLT6187SX/XAA, makes me dizzy/sick, which it is odd, so IDK if Active has gotten better in regards to that. I also did a lot of research on 3D, and have a somewhat cool device that converts 2D-3D because my Vizio doesn't do that, and it works pretty decent and probably the best box out there. So these are the 4 TV's I have to choose from, and I will spend top dollar if I'm going to keep it for 3-6 years and it's worth it in performance, quality and being future ready. UN40JU7500 and 7100: You rated the 7500, the best 40" TV but from a few guys on another forum who have had both 7100 & 7500 at the same time, have said that the blacks and colors were better on the 7100 and they returned the 7500. There is a minimal price difference between the two, and the curved concept is cool but if the picture quality is better on the 7100, if it's true, it would be a no brainer. Does the 7100 have a better pic then the 7500? Has active 3D gotten better, in regards to 4k TV's? My issue with getting dizzy/sick could maybe only be my issue, but I'm fine with passive. I’ve also never tried a newer active TV. I'm losing 2" from my Vizio and 3" from the other two TV'S I'm looking at. Is that a big size loss in your opinion, with already a small TV? M43-C1: You rated this, the best bang for your buck. My Cons: the worst of all my choices with up converting 480p-720p, artifacts and judder with sports, no 4k YouTube, with not a lot of 4k content out there already, firmware updates that you need to randomly wait for, even if you're in need, and no 3D, which I guess I could live without. Pros: Cheapest set so I wouldn't be that hurt in a few years if I were to upgrade, great blacks and movie watching and good up converting for better content, Blu-Ray, Etc. Last is the, Sony XBR43X830C: You and others are saying the blacks are gray, it's meant for a lighter environment, the picture and colors look washed out, no 3D also, $250 more than the Vizio. All these things turn me off of this set besides Sony's build quality. Which TV would you suggest? I have everything Passing-through on my Onkyo TX-SR707 1080p receiver, using 1.3a and 1.4 HDMI cables. Would I still be ok using this setup and get good clarity, seeing I won't be displaying 4k content threw the receiver rather another HDMI cord from the TV? I would be sending the optical audio out from the TV to the receiver for sound, but would be losing HDMI HD audio formats though. Do I need to upgrade all of my HDMI cords to 2.0 and are they backwards compatible? With a receiver, do you connect the main HDMI out to the TV, to the 60 FPS?
The main difference between the JU7100 and JU7500 is that the later is curved. They have the same black levels. Active 3D has gotten better in the way that there is less cross-talk nowadays but if you are sensible to the technology, it shouldn't be much different. The problem is that there is no 40-43" TV that do passive 3D so if you want 3D you will have to go 'active'. A 2" size difference isn't really noticeable for those sizes. Only get faster HDMI cables if there is problems with those you already have. Your current setup is probably fine as it is. The Vizio M has more blur than ideal so you would be better with the JU7100 for its better motion handling and great picture quality.
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Is there a way that I can use headphones with the ju7100 (50 inch)?
You can use the 3.5 mm Audio Out connection on the back of the TV or use the optical out to a receiver (or DAC) then connect your headphones to it.
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Best Buy has the JU7100 65" at $2,300. When the new models are released early 2016, how much do you think the price will drop on the JU7100? Thanks!
It is hard to say and it may not even drop considerably when the new models come but as we have seen in the past, the best deals to be had are usually around black friday so you may want to keep an eye on the JU7100 at that time.
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I have a $2500 budget. I pretty much only watch sports/tv and movies. Smooth picture for sports is important to me. Ideally I'd like something in the 70-75 inch size, but I don't want to sacrifice picture and performance for size. 65 inch is the bare minimum requirement. I figured the 65JU7100 was a good bet. Given that 4k and 3D are not deal breakers for me, what would you suggest I spend my money on? thanks
The Samsung 65JU7100 is indeed a great choice in your case, and there isn't something better in this price range.
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What type viewer would you recommend a 4K TV for? A 1080P?
It's really just down to the kind of media you watch. If you'd like to watch (and have access to) 4k video, get a 4k TV. If you don't plan on watching 4k, get a 1080p set.
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I have seen many bad reviews on Samsung 4K TV's on Amazon because of problems with the OneConnect Mini box and the long wait to receive a replacement. The Mini box is the one thing that concerns me about buying a Samsung. Do you have an opinion on how reliable the box is?
The first OneConnect Mini box that we received with the JU7100 isn't working anymore. We didn't went through the process of returning it since we took one from a broken TV we had (JU7500). It is working well since then but we don't put a lot of use on our TVs after reviewing them.
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Thank you guys for all your help and hard work. I am going for the JU7100, but I'm going to wait for the BF sales to see if I can afford the 60" vs the 55". I do have a quick comment on Vizio and their reliability. I just packed up my 3rd 55" Vizio in 5 years. They look good and perform for awhile, but the panels, capacitors, and chips end up going bad because they are cheap. The first was the 2010 VXT. Loved the full array and it had great upscaling but the pixels in the panel went in 2 years (of course they won't do anything for you out of warranty). The 2nd, the M razor series, went black in 13 months (again out of warranty and again Vizio could not help except to tell me the panel was bad and not repairable). The latest was the new D series. Another bad panel but this time it is at least still under warranty and is being picked up by fed-ex tomorrow (it's only 7 months old). Of course I will be receiving a refurbished tv, not a new one! I will give it to my grand children for their video games for as long as it will last. I will never have another Vizio in my home at any price, they do not last and are junk from my experience! (FYI)
Seems like you have been very unlucky. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and the others.
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I just bought this TV and am confused with the upscaling. I assumed it was a feature you turn on but cannot find it anywhere on the TV... Or maybe I'm confused with how upscaling works. For HD video or games in 1080p how do you upscale them to 4K? Also, thanks for the great work you do on this site. Your setup guide helped me greatly with the overwhelming custom options.
Everything is always upscaled to the TV native resolution, so don't worry about that. There is nothing you need to do; it is not a separate setting.
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Hi , I just bought un65ju7100, I want to go for 75" . Is there any way I can exchange? It's been about 2 months. I am willing to pay the difference . If it's not possible can I get longer OneConnect Mini cable about 15 ' long . Thank you.
For the return, you will have to ask a store representative from where you bought the TV. Unfortunately, there isn't any longer OneConnect Mini cable neither extensions that exists. If you need more length, you will have to extend the cables that go to the OneConnect Mini box (your HDMI cables).
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I had a Sony KDL 1080 P 55inch Tv for the past 5 years and it died on me two months ago and could not find the part for it to fix it. I am looking to buy the 55JU7100 and just wondering how reliable it will be to last for at least another 6 - 9 years ? Tvs are expensive and don't want to keep replacing often lol. Just wondering how reliable is Samsung compared to Sony in terms of overall performance of the TV? Please advise. I am new to this 4K TVs.
Samsung TVs are about as much reliable as Sony TVs. That is saying among the best. So don't worry about it, the JU7100 should last you a good time (6 years would be realistic but 9 is a long stretch).
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I'm thinking of getting a Samsung 50 inch 7100. Since it uses a connect box, can you program the different inputs on the box like you can on most upscale TV's? Like the picture, game mode? Say I have my XBOX one on input 1, then my blue-ray player on 2. Can I program different settings for each? Thanks, great site!
Yes.
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After reading the reviews we had decided to buy one of the Samsung 65" 1080p tvs and get a 4k/OLED tv next time around. Then the 65ju7100 dropped to $1699 for black friday so we bought it (it has a Samsung panel - I checked the version number). The picture is disappointing. We used your settings but the picture looks soft and jumpy (I almost feel sea sick when watching it). We mostly watch sports and some cable tv shows and netflix movies. Netflix looks somewhat better than sports. Is the problem with upscaling? I swear my 55" '09 Samsung looks better. Should we return it and get a 1080p? If so, which one? Or should we pay a bit more for one of the higher end Samsung TVS? Thanks!
It is probably a configuration issue, because your TV shouldn't look worse than before. First, make sure 'Auto Motion Plus' is disabled, this is probably what is making you sea sick. It is normal that a 4k TV looks softer on non-4k videos, but it shouldn't be really soft. You might want to increase 'Sharpness' a little bit. If you want to switch to something cheaper, get the Samsung J6300, it is virtually the same TV but with the 1080p resolution.
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What is the main difference in the JU7100 and the JS8500? I was going to buy the JS8500, but the price went up suddenly, so now I am leaning towards the JU7100. What makes UHD models different from the SUHD? And will I be losing out on much? I would say I do a very, very large amount of gaming, from Xbox One to PC gaming, and will be using the next TV I buy as a monitor. I can sit anywhere between 5 and 10 feet away, so I am also considering getting the 55" 8500. What are you thoughts?
The SUHD models have HDR capability (brighter highlights), and can also display a wider range of colors than average. For your purposes, the JU7100 should work just as well as the JS8500 (better, even, since the JU7100 has less input lag).
And 55" is a good size for those distances.
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I am interested in a 40"-43" 4K TV to use as a computer monitor and as a television for watching cable channels and streaming video from Netflix and Amazon. I will not be using it to play video games. If you were deciding between the Samsung JU7100 and the Sony X830C for these purposes, which would you choose? Thanks for your excellent reviews and helpful answers to our questions!
The JU7100 has better blacks, and so it is better for streaming video and watching cable, but you'll likely notice discoloration at the sides when using it as a PC monitor. The X830C won't have that discoloration issue when you're using it as a PC monitor, but the weaker blacks aren't ideal for watching movies and TV.
In the end, you should choose either based on whichever of those downsides will bother you more, or based on whether you intend to use the TV more as a PC monitor, or for watching videos.
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I am having issues getting Smart Hub audio (netflix, etc.) to my receiver. I have the HDMI cable plugged on the JU7100 HDMI 4 (labeled ARC) and to my ONkyo 828 HDMI labeled ARC. What am I missing?
By the way, thanks for the in-depth review /analysis of this TV. It was a great help in my decision-making process. Not to mention the settings that you shared. Great picture!
You need to go into 'Sound' > 'Speaker list' and then choose your HDMI ARC connection.
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Sony XBR65X850C vs. Samsung UN65JU7500 vs. Samsung UN65JU7100
This would be our main living room TV. Not a bright room, but not completely dark. Main uses would be television shows and sports, streaming services and Blu-ray for movies. Most future proof would be nice. Any one stand out most? Also, can we get away with using any of these TVs without separate speakers?
Get the Sony X850C. The picture is really great, the smart platform is quite good (and still improving), and you get the ability to display a wider range of colors, which will be useful for the upcoming UHD Blu-rays (and likely other upcoming UHD media).
None of those TVs has good sound, so if that's a concern, even a relatively inexpensive soundbar would be a better choice.
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In each previous comparison, you've always selected the UN65JU7100 over the XBR65X850C. Like many others, I am looking at one or the other. However, in your last answer on Jan 11, you chose the X850C, citing the wider color availability. Like the previous person, I will use this TV for Cable Sports, streaming, and Blu-Rays, primarily with a little bit of PS4 gaming. Does your Jan 11 suggestion for the X850C hold true? Does the little bit of gaming sway things enough toward the lower input lag of the JU7100? Both cost $2,000 right now at that size, so cost is not a factor. Thanks for all of the helpful information this site provides.
That particular asker was concerned with getting the most future-proof option, and since the X850C has the wide color gamut feature and the JU7100 does not, the X850C was the better choice for them.
So it depends. If you care more about the ability to display a wider range of colors, which will only really be useful once UHD Blu-rays are released, then you should get the X850C. If you're more concerned with general picture quality & gaming performance, get the JU7100 (mostly for the better motion handling and lower amount of input lag).
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I am considering the 40JU7100 or 40JU7500 mainly as a productivity PC monitor. It will be paired with a GTX 960. I also want to watch some 3D home video content (SBS) and perhaps play some 3D video games. Does 3D work over the PC HDMI 2.0 input, and would it be able to up convert any 2D movies or games?
Yes, 3D does work over HDMI 2.0, and both TVs can convert 2D to 3D.
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I'm currently between this and the Sony X850C like most people on here. My usage for a TV probably breaks down to about 40% console gaming, 40% movies/tv, and 20% sports. I've seen you recommend this as the all around better of the 2 TV's, but it's currently $2-300 more in the 55 inch over the Sony. I guess my question is would you still recommend this over the Sony giving the current pricing and my usage of the TV? Or would I be better off with the Sony and a decent sound bar with the extra money?
It really depends on what you value the most. The JU7100 hits all the right notes for your TV usage but that doesn't make the x850c a bad choice at all. The biggest downside of the x850c would be its poor gray uniformity that is mostly noticeable when watching sports, 20% of your time. Since this isn't your main usage, it shouldn't weight too much in the balance. If you are interested in a sound bar, then just get the x850c. You should be happy with it.
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Great site. I have a bright living room 20x20 sitting 17ft from screen. I have pretty much chosen the Samsung UN60JU7100 for added size, view angle, styling and smart features over the XBR55X810C. The UN55JS8500 is too expensive. I will be hooking up a Yamaha RX-A710 receiver with 7 channels Pioneer speaker system. I am sure being 4 years old the receiver does not upscale to 4k. Would my receiver limit the new TV's potential? Will I even get 4K content when available? I do utilize pass thru and do not always use the surround. I have no plans of replacing my receiver, so do I need to hook it up in a specific way to not limit the TV?
Your receiver most likely won't passthrough a 4k signal. The only work around would be to connect your devices to the TV and to use the HDMI ARC or optical out connection of the TV to get the sound to the receiver. Unfortunately, like this, you won't be able to use your full 7.1 setup since the TV only output a 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS signal.
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About two months ago I was finally able to track down a 50" version of the 7100 and I absolutely LOVE this set!
So far there is only one real issue I've seen come up that I am very curious to hear your thoughts about:
I usually leave the Digital Clean View/MPEG Noise Filter settings on Auto or High, unless I am watching a Blu-ray (in which case I turn them to "off")
One day I started watching an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" on Netflix and noticed that in the intro to the credits, where there is a panning shot across the star field as the Enterprise comes into the shot, the stars had dragging trails behind them.
I knew this was not as I had ever remembered seeing the opening before, and after going back and forth changing many settings and re-watching the opening sequence I finally realized that turning the Digital Clean View/Noise filter to "off" was the only way in which it stopped the panning stars from having trails behind them. Setting them to low also caused them to occur.
While one doesn't exactly see panning shots of a starfield that often, I have noticed this "lag" of star trails in other shows as well when the panning of a starfield is involved and the Clean View/filters are set to anything other than off.
However, I do like having these settings on Auto or high, but I am very curious as to what it is about having them turned on (even to low) would cause this strange effect.
We don't have this issue with our model, and we tried both with that video and with a Blu-ray of 'Gravity.'
Our guess is that it this is arising as a combination of the noise removal algorithms and your TV's panel. Unfortunately, because we don't see it ourselves, we can't offer a suggestion to correct the problem.
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On my 55JU7100 I am having an issue when viewing 3D content. There are dark grey transparent bars on the sides of the picture that move when perspective changes in the picture. They will vary in width but never go away. Any ideas on how to get this to stop?
It is normal and can't be stopped. 3D is composed of two overlapping pictures so to create depth. One of the picture is more to the left and the other is more to the right. Since your eyes are getting 1 picture at a time, the edges will appear darker because you don't get the two pictures overlapping there. That little 'gap' is needed to create the appropriate depth without having to stretch/zoom and crop the content. In the end, your TV is playing 3D like it is supposed to.
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You noted:
"4k @ 60 fps worked at chroma 4:4:4. You need to turn on 'UHD Color' and also set the input to PC. If it doesn't work for you, try changing your cable. It didn't work with our Monoprice 18 Gbps 15ft Redmere cable, but it worked with a cheap 3 ft one."
I'm having issues with this set with my 2010 Mac Pro and nVidia GTX980. I had originally tested this set (before the Christmas holiday) and the Sony 43X830C. The Sony wouldn't play well with the video card and it would show up as a TV w/ overscan settings to tweak.
With the settings you recommended the Samsung went from having all sorts of unconventional resolutions to being recognized as a monitor (no overscan setting stop adjust) and offering resolutions that make sense for the TV, including the HiDPI resolutions that made 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 looks very crisp on the TV. It's the reason I chose to keep this set. With that said, after having been away from my desktop computer over the holidays, I returned to find that the functionality was lost, which I'm guessing is due to automatic firmware updates on the TV.
The issue I'm seeing now is that I can't have UHD Color enabled and have the typical resolutions available. With UHD enabled the resolutions are now weird. For example, instead of 2560x1440 being available for the scaled resolutions, 2560x1350 is available while 2560x1440 disappears. I turn UHD off and the expected resolutions return. Further, I seem to have lost the ability to run the set at 60Hz. I've reset the TV, tried 3 different HDMI 2.0 cables (one of which was the one that had worked previously), unplugged and replugged the cables, etc., without a return to the prior functionality.
I contacted tech support and they noted that no one has reported these kinds of issues, which I noted as unsurprising. I figure most folks are using this set primarily as a TV and the PC/60fps settings are for folks with Windows computers as well as those using gaming consoles. Not too many folks with the hardware that I have, especially since there isn't any Apple hardware that comes with HDMI 2.0 via the 980GTX. In any case, I'm not sure if you can offer any feedback with the noted hardware, but wanted to see if you've noticed any aberrations like this with the newer firmware updates. I'm currently on version 1440 while the Samsung website has 1432 available for download. I'll be doing a manual flash down to 1432 in the meantime to see if it is in fact firmware related but would love an expertise you might be able to offer.
Update: The original poster sent us an email to mention that he fixed his issue after disconnecting and reconnecting the OneConnect Mini.
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I'm trying to understand whether the UN75JU7100 or the UN78JU7500 have 10 bit panels and processing. Here's what the Samsung manual says: "If HDMI UHD Color is set to On, it appears you can get 10 bit YCbCr4:2:2 and 4:2:0 color depth/chroma sampling". However the footnote says "For the 6401 to 6800, 641D to 700D, 7000, 7200, and 8000 series models, make sure to connect to the HDMI IN (STB/DVI) port of the TV." My confusion is whether the 7100 and 7500 fall under the category of "7000" series above. One might think so, but I'm not sure. The manuals also suggests that RGB 4:4:4 and YCbCr 4:4:4 (10 or 12 bit processing) is unavailable on ANY of their TVs. Really, even the 8600 which is a "S" UHD TV?
We would expect the JU7100 and JU7500 to fall in the '7000' category. We have come up with a 10 bit test for our future reviews but since we don't have the JU7100 and the JU7500 at hands anymore, we can't run the test on them to confirm the kind of panel they use. 4k @ 10 bit @ 4:4:4 requires a lot of bandwidth so it isn't surprising even for high end TVs to not support it.
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From what I have gathered, Samsung and LG are pretty well the top tier TVs as far as quality and picture. I am looking for a 60" TV and have read, that because of the size (60") these manufacturers are outsourcing their inner workings/panels to Sharp, which in my opinion, is an inferior brand of product. Please recommend a 60" TV, that in your opinion, ranks right up there at the top, if any. If not, then I will probably downsize to a 55" TV with a Samsung JU7100 or JS8500.
There aren't a lot of manufacturers of 60" panels anymore, only pretty much Sharp and LG. Sharp panels aren't bad by any means, so don't let that prevent you from buying a 60" Samsung JU7100.
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Just as I have decided to buy the Samsung 65ju7100 over the 65ju6500 I read where the one connect box can be problematic. I use a Yamaha Aventage receiver to connect my Direct TV receiver,bluray player,X Box, via HDMI, and out from the receiver to the TV via HDMI. I am assuming that I would connect to the one connect box from the receiver via HDMI and from the one connect to the TV via its cord. If the one connect box dies how do I connect to the TV? Should I stay away from the ju7100 if I don't have the option to connect to the tv directly with HDMI cable?
You must connect all your devices such as your Direct TV receiver, your Blu ray player, and your Xbox to the One Connect Mini Box via HDMI. You will then connect the Yamaha Aventage receiver to the "Arc" port to the One Connect Mini Box via HDMI, and then configure your sound settings on the television to allow it to play from the "Arc" port. Unfortunately you do not have an option to connect directly to the television via HDMI.
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Could you suggest/recommend a good wall mount for the 50JU7100? Low profile but sturdy enough? There are so many with varying price ranges, its downright confusing! Thank you!
Unfortunately, we don't test wall mounts yet, so we can't really recommend you one.
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I have researched and read reviews for months on 4k TVs and finally decided on the mid-level Samsung 65JU7100. For the past 6 months your review on this TV was a 7.8 overall. After I bought this TV I noticed your review dropped to a 7.4. Why? The Movies/TV rating dropped from 7.8 to 7.4 and the HDR from 7.1 to 4.9. What happened? I'm a little disappointed.
The JU7100 overall score dropped from 7.8 to 7.7 (0.1 point) because of recent changes made in our score weights. The changes have been done to reflect new 2016 TVs capabilities and the score of the JU7100 got adjusted automatically so to stay comparable with those new TVs. HDR is just one place where the JU7100 lost points in the process. We still think the JU7100 is a great TV though.
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I noticed this TV got HDR support via a firmware update. But you list that it does not support HDR10. Does that mean UHD Bluray movies with HDR will not provide HDR through this TV since this is the standard HDR codec for blu ray discs?
After the update the TV may be able to play HDR content, however the JU7100 doesn't support the higher peak brightness and larger color space of HDR. This means that it is not able to provide any of the benefits of HDR.
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Anyone use the 75 inch 7100 with a Sonos playbar? The playbar is 3.35 inches high and I am concerned it will block the viewing. Wall mount is not an option.
We don't have the 75" in hands unfortunately so we can't measure the clearance space it has between the table and screen. From the specs though, the height without stand is 38.2" and 40.8" with the stand on. That leaves 2,6" of clearance space, not enough for your Sonos playbar unfortunately.
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I own the UN60JU7100. I want to get the Xbox One S but am unsure if even after firmware update if the gaming HDR content will be supported. Does anyone have the new Xbox One S and does it work with this model?
It is likely that HDR will work with the Xbox One S as they use the same HDR standard (HDR10), however this is not likely to look any better than SDR content. The JU7100 doesn't support any features to improve HDR performance such as a wide color gamut (for more saturated colors) or very good local dimming (for brighter highlights). As such, even if HDR works you probably won't notice any difference compared to SDR gaming.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.