Reviewed on Aug 06, 2015

Samsung JU7500 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.7
Movies
7.4
TV Shows
7.5
Sports
8.4
Video Games
7.4
HDR Movies
7.8
HDR Gaming
6.9
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Samsung JU7500 is a great 4k UHD TV. It's especially good for gaming, due to its incredible motion handling. Its main downside is that the picture quality degrades when you view it at an angle.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.6
Motion 8.8
Inputs 8.0
Sound Quality 5.9
Smart Features 8.5
Pros
  • Very low input lag and motion blur
  • Great overall picture quality
Cons
  • Color loss at an angle

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8.5

Design

Curved : Yes

The Samsung JU7500 is a mid-range curved 4k TV. If you don't like the look of a curved TV, you can get the JU7100 for less money. It has comparable picture quality, although it's a noticeable step down.

Stand

Dimension of the 55" stand: 34" x 12"

Borders
Borders : 0.55" (1.4 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.23" (8.2 cm)

7.6

Picture Quality

The JU7500 does a good job with movies, even in a dark room, but it isn't exceptional.

If you exclusively watch movies in a controlled room, you will prefer the Sony X930C, the Samsung JS9500, or even the Vizio M-series. For casual movie watching, though, this JU7500 is more than enough.

8.0 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
3163 : 1

The contrast ratio is average, just like most Samsung TVs. The blacks will look a bit gray if you have all the lights off, but not too bad.

3.0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Direct

Turning on 'Smart LED' enables the local dimming feature, but as you can see, the zones are really big.

6.3 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
326 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
326 cd/m2

6.9 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.827 %
50% DSE
:
0.195 %

The gray uniformity is average. There is no noticeable banding, but you can see a few DSE spots, as well as darker edges and corners.

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

At an angle, the colors desaturate significantly.

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

9.2 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.876 %

Our unit had no issues with the black uniformity.

8.6 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.87
Color dE
:
2.2338
Gamma
:
2.2

9.8 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.42
Color dE
:
0.3435
Gamma
:
2.19

8.0 480p Input

The Samsung JU7500 has no problem displaying any kind of resolution, even low quality content like DVDs or SD cable. For those, though, you might want to turn on 'Digital Clean View' under 'Picture Options' to help reduce the noise.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV looks good once upscaled.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content like Blu-rays also looks good.

10 4k Input

Native 4k content looks sharp and without any issues.

7.1 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
80.73 %
DCI P3 uv
:
84.53 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
57.57 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
60.51 %

9.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
0.7 %
Screen Finish
:
Glossy

The glossy screen handles the ambient reflections very well, which increases the perceived contrast ratio. There are a few rainbows around bright objects, though.
It can get bright enough for most rooms.

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

There is no noticeable crosstalk when watching 3D content. Our panel version is TS01. We heard a report that the MS01 has worse crosstalk.

Pixels
8.8

Motion

This is a great TV for watching sports, because it is very good at displaying fast movement without blur.

From time to time, you might see some darker spots on the field when the camera pans (like when watching soccer), but this is a really common problem for LED TVs. You will need to upgrade to the JS8500 or JS9000 if you want to get rid of most of this issue.

9.4 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
8.9 ms
Overshoot
:
1.7 ms

The response time is very low, at 8.9 ms. Surprisingly, it drives the pixels differently than the JU7100. The response time is faster, but there is more overshoot. Overall, this is a better compromise, because the overshoots are less noticeable.

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

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

This is a 120Hz TV with motion interpolation. You can control the soap opera effect with the 'Auto Motion Plus' setting. It supports 24p movies without problem, except when it is sent over 60i or 60p. In that case, it can sometime remove the 3:2 pulldown, but not always. Find out more about the effects of Auto Motion Plus in our Additional Review Notes.

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

8.0

Inputs

This is really a great gaming TV. Not only does it have very little motion blur, but the TV is really responsive in fast games. You will need to make sure to turn on 'Game Mode' under System-General, otherwise the TV reacts very slowly.

For gaming on a PC, the picture is very clear, even at 4k. However, it cannot support an input of 120 fps.

7.9 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
21.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
130.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
119.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
37.3 ms

The input lag of the Samsung JU7500 is a very low 21.1 ms when you turn on game mode. PC mode, which you need to use if you want full chroma 4:4:4, has 37.3 ms.

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

Like all Samsung UHD TVs, it supports chroma 4:4:4 under PC mode, but can't handle 1080p @ 120 fps.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs

The TV comes with the mandatory One Connect Mini box.

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

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 3)
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

5.9

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the Samsung JU7500 is a mixed bag. It can get very loud and has more bass then most TVs, but the quality isn't as good and you can hear distortion from time to time.

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.

6.3 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
7.68 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
7.62 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
8.00 dB SPL
Max
:
95.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
67 Hz

Very good loudness and low-end extension, but the frequency response is poor throughout. Too much bass and not enough high-end.

5.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.026
Distortion @ 80
:
0.166
Distortion @ Max
:
0.269

Negligible distortion at very low volumes, but there will be a noticeable increase in distortion at moderate volumes and higher.

8.5

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen

The smart features on this TV work well. The included remote is useful for browsing the web with, because it can be used to control an onscreen pointer just by moving the remote.

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

Remote
Remote : Smart

Misc
Power Consumption : 83 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 181 W
Firmware : 1219

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung JU7500 UHD TV is really great TV, and it particularly excels as a screen for playing video games. It has a very low input lag and response time. It is also very good for other uses, like movies and sports, although the JS8500 beats it there due to the better gray uniformity, as well as its wider color gamut. If you don't play video games and the JU7500 is already a stretch of your budget, go for the cheaper JU7100.

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