Samsung KS9500 LED TV Calibration Settings

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

The following settings are those we used to calibrate the Samsung KS9500 UHD 4k LED TV. They will work well for all kinds of content, especially for movies. If you plan to use these for video games, copy the values in the 'Game' picture mode which has to be selected under 'Special Viewing Mode'.

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.

 Like for other Samsung TVs, the 'Movie' picture mode is the closest to the color temperature we want to achieve.

Samsung KS9500 Calibration Settings 1

We use a 'Backlight' value of 3 which is good in a pitch black room. Set backlight accordingly to your room lightning. High values won't affect picture quality. Don't touch the 'Brightness' setting. 'Sharpness' set to 0 equals to no added sharpness. Anything above will introduce slight artifacts.

Samsung KS9500 Calibration Settings 2

Leave 'Digital Clean View' off unless you watch low resolution content like cable TV and DVDs where it can help to reduce unwanted noise artifacts. 'Auto Motion Plus' is the motion interpolation setting and will add the soap opera effect (SOE). Turn it on if you like the look of it. 'Smart LED' is the local dimming feature and helps get deep blacks. We found that it works well under both 'Low' and 'High', producing bigger blooming effects with the later. If you prefer a brighter display, set it to 'High'. If the  varying luminosity bothers you, leave it off. The blacks the Samsung KS9500 produce are very good to begin with. 'HDMI UHD Color' is needed to get chroma 4:4:4 in 4k @ 60Hz when using the TV as a PC monitor.

Samsung KS9500 Calibration Settings 3

'Color Tone' set to 'Warm2' gives a warm picture. If you find it too dull or yellow, use 'Warm1' to get a little colder (or use a different picture mode like 'Standard'). 'Color Space' is the wide color gamut option. 'Native' will produce more saturated color but it is best left to 'Auto' where it will adjust according to the source.

Samsung KS9500 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

The KS9500 and KS9000 share the same specifications aside from curviture. Looking at calibration, would the KS9000 be more in line with the KS9500 or the KS8000 sharing the same flat panel platform.
It seems as if the Samsung KS9000 does have the same pre-calibration as the Samsung KS8000 but it's not because they are both flat television. Calibration settings varies between units and for these two they just happen to closely match each other.
What setting should should I use for the Samsung KS9000 for gaming that will give me best picture quality and least motion blur?
Try our settings shown here. Select the 'Game' option in 'Special Viewing Modes' for least input lag. Adjust the backlight to your preference, and disable all picture processing. You can also set the color temperature to your preference.
I asked a question on another page about the KS9800 and the local dimming. But I believe I was mistaken. I figured out the problem with the flickering effect. It requires me to turn off the judder on the auto motion plus in order to completely avoid the flickering in the film Man of Steel. But is there any way I could possibly put the judder to its max without compromising the picture? Any advice would help. Thank you!
If turning the 'Judder' off fixed the issue, then it sounds like an interpolation artifact. The 'Judder' slider adds the Soap Opera Effect, but this will always introduce artifacts on any TV so this problem is unavoidable. We recommend to leave if turned off for watching movies.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.