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Samsung KS8500 LED TV Calibration Setting

For additional settings information, please consult the Common Problems and How to Calibrate pages.

The settings listed on this page are the results of our Samsung KS8500 UHD LED TV calibration. They work for most content, especially for movie watchers. If you want to have the best gaming experience with this TV we would advice enabling 'Game Mode' which is located in the 'Special Viewing Mode' menu.  

For HDR gaming, once that game is enabled, increase the backlight to max, set the 'Color Space' to 'Auto' and set 'Smart LED' to high.

On Samsung TVs, the 'Movie' picture mode is closer to our calibration goal so we always pick this first. To enable game mode, select it from the 'Special Viewing Mode'.

Samsung KS8500 Calibration Settings 1

We set 'Backlight' at 3 to get as close to 100 cdm2 as possible. This is suitable for a totally black room but higher values are needed for brighter rooms.  Adjust according to your room. We set 'Contrast' to 95 to eliminate the gamma curve that was present during the pre-caliration.  'Sharpness' at 0 means no added sharpness. Anything higher adds over-sharpening artifacts.

Samsung KS8500 Calibration Settings 2

'Digital Clean View' can be used when watching low resolution content like cable TV and DVDs. Leave it off for 1080p or 4k sources. 'Auto Motion Plus' is the image interpolation feature and will add the soap opera effect (SOE) when activated. To get better motion with a minimum of the SOE, use low custom values. To get sharper text while using the TV as a PC monitor, activate 'HDMI UHD Color'. Turn on 'Smart LED' if you want to enable the local dimming, which provides deeper blacks and brighter highlights. If you see vertical blooming though, or don't like a varying luminosity, leave it off.

Samsung KS8500 Calibration Settings 3

'Color Tone' set to 'Warm2' is close to the cinema standard. If it appears too dull or yellowish for you, use a colder temperature like 'Warm1'. 'Color Space' is the wide color gamut option. 'Native' will produce more saturated colors but it is best left to 'Auto' where it will adjust according to the source.

Samsung KS8500 Calibration Settings 4

The following are the results of the white balance and colorspace calibration on our unit. They are provided for reference, and should not be copied as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model and same size as the TV we reviewed due to manufacturing tolerances. If you want to try them you will need to enter all values shown, as all of them are active at the same time. If you end up with worse picture quality, simply reset them to the default values.

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Questions & Answers

With game mode active, what are the best settings while playing a PS4. I want the picture to look close to what the developer of the games intended it to look. Thank you.
If you copy our settings from this page after having enabled game mode, you should be as close to what it was intended, since most of the image processing will be turned off.
Hi. I just wanted to know if it was better to buy the curved 65" KS8500 or the non curved KS8000?
In the end, it is more of a personal matters than anything else since the curve doesn't really have an advantage in terms of performance or picture quality.
The GPU on my PC supports HDMI 1.4. Since this TV has a 120Hz panel, would be I be able view 1080p content at 120 frames per second on this display? Specifically PC games.
Unfortunately no. Very few TVs can accept a 1080p@120Hz resolution. They can only do 120Hz internally, meaning that they can interpolate a 60Hz resolution up to 120Hz.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.