Updated May 27, 2016
By Justin St-Laurent
Samsung KU6300 LED TV Calibration Settings
The following calibration settings were used for our review of the Samsung KU6300. They will work fine for most content, especially for watching movies. If you want to use the same settings for gaming, first select the 'Game' picture mode under 'Special Viewing Mode' and copy the rest of the settings.
Like on most other Samsung TVs, the 'Movie' picture mode is the closest to our calibration goal so it has to be picked first.
Under 'Expert Settings', we used a backlight value of 4 for our totally dark room. Adjust this value to your room lighting or to a comfortable level. High values won't deteriorate picture quality. Leave 'Sharpness' to 0 so no extra sharpness are applied to the picture.
Turn on 'Digital Clean View' when watching low quality content like cable TV and DVDs. Leave it off otherwise. The 'Auto Motion Plus' setting will smooth motion and add the soap opera effect (SOE). Use low custom values like 3-4 for slightly better motion without much of the soap opera effect. 'Color Tone' is set to 'Warm2' so to get that warm movie picture look. If you find the picture too dull or yellowish, use a colder value.
If you are planning to use a HDR enabled device (like an HDR UHD Blu-ray or a HDR compatible game console) or want to use the TV as a computer monitor with high details resolution like 4k@60Hz 4:4:4, you will need to turn on the 'HDMI UHD Color option for the port 1. If this option is not turned on, you won't be able to use the full bandwidth necessary to transmit all the information needed to display HDR or to display correctly the 4k@60Hz 4:4:4 resolution. Note that only on the HDMI port one that the 'HDMI UHD Color' can be used.
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
Questions & Answers
18 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
Just purchased KU6300F and it is fine during the day. In the evening it dims really bad and is hard to see from a distance. Is this normal or is there a setting to fix this?
Under 'Settings' -> 'System' -> 'Eco Solution' disable 'Eco Sensor'.
I just purchased this model at local store in NJ. It states on the back:
Model code: UN55KU6300FXZA
Version No: CA02
Is this a Samsung Panel? Looked all over internet and could not find this version code CA02.
been on a few forums and see that its a crap shoot if you get an actual Samsung panel. Only had TV for a week. a few minor settings out of box but so far picture is good. Have not watched movie yet hopefully soon.
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Interesting. Best way to know is through the service menu but we are still investigating how to access that menu with the new bundled Samsung remote. If ever you have access to a basic Samsung remote than you can get in the service menu by pressing Mute followed by 1-8-2-Power. The manufacturer code is represented by the first letter in the code beside 'Option' (the first number is the size of the TV). A is for Samsung; P for CMI; R for AUO and S for Sharp.
The service menu lists 55S6AUOVK as the panel, which means it is a Sharp. If you are happy with your TV, keep it. As you can from our testing here
, the differences are usually minor and Sharp isn't necessarily worse.
I just want to say thank you SO much for posting these settings. My 65" KU7000
was absolutely horrible straight out of the box and after a weekend of fiddling with it on my own I almost returned it. Your settings really made a huge difference and I've been able to make minor adjustments to suit my viewing preferences. The picture now rivals my old plasma set and I'm really happy with it. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for the feedback, I'm glad that worked out well for you.
Hi, I was wondering if you could give us directions on how you accessed the service menu for the KU6300
using the bundled smart remote. I am also curious on checking to see which panel I got in my UN55KU6300
We haven't found found a way to access the service menu with the smart remote. If you can get hold of a full remote or a universal remote then power the TV off and press Mute, 1, 8, 2, Power. It is also possible to using with the 'Version' printed on the rear of the TV. If you let us know what the 'Version' is we can look it up for you. If it begins with 'T*', 'U*' or 'F*' it is a Samsung panel.
I just bought this TV for computer use. When I try to put it in gaming mode I get an error "This function is not available". I am plugged into "HDMI 1". For general desktop use do I want it in gaming mode?
When a PC is detected, the KU6300
changes the input label to PC. This enables chroma subsampling support, for clear text. With this label it is not possible to enable 'Game' mode, but you can re label the input to something else if you want to. For general desktop use, you're better off with the PC label and 'Standard' picture mode.
ECO on mine is off and the TV is still dimming. When there are dark scenes, it's barely visible.
Does this depend upon the ambient light in the room, or the scene displayed on the TV? The KU6300
also has frame dimming, which can be reduced by setting the 'Picture Mode' to 'Movie'. You can disable it completely by setting the input mode of the input source you're using to 'PC' but this limits the settings you can adjust.
Which HDMI port is the best for gaming input lag? Which port were you using to test the gaming functions?
We tested the input lag on HDMI 1, however for the other ports it is the same result. HDMI 1 is the only ports which supports the highest bandwidth for 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 or HDR however.
Do you know if the model UN60KU6300
will be capable of syncing a bluetooth headset? I've looked for the specs and can see that it has bluetooth but nothing specifies if its BT HID!
Yes it is possible. Under 'Settings'->'Sound'->'Sound Output' select 'Bluetooth Speaker' and pair with your headset.
I have the KU6290 (the Costco version of this TV), and setting the Sharpness to 0 actually adds *softening*. Setting it to 50 disables sharpness correction. This can easily be verified by finding a image with single-pixel-wide lines and turning down the sharpness below or above 50. You can quickly see that artifacts are introduced.
Thank you for pointing this out, in PC mode the sharpness settings work differently to the other picture modes. In PC mode a sharpness of 50 is equivalent to 0 in the other modes.
I have recently purchased the UN60KU6300
and I'm unable to access the service menu using power off mute 182 power on, or info menu mute power on options as found online. Any suggestions?
We have just tested on the newest firmware. You may have to try a few times, but it should work for you. Put the TV into standby (power button on remote) and wait for 5 - 10 minutes. Then press Mute, 1, 8, 2, power on. It should display the 'SMART TV' logo and then takes ~10 seconds to appear.
Would you happen to have any recommendations on picture settings for this model when it's set to game mode? A lot of the options you list above are no longer available if you have it on game mode and this is what my set will be primarily used for with the exception of Netflix and UHD BR from time to time.
Adjust the backlight to your preference. Put the 'Sharpness' to 0 to avoid over sharpening. Disable 'Dynamic Contrast'. Adjust the color temperature to your preference.
I may have damaged my HDMI 1 port when hanging the TV. Is there any disadvantage to using HDMI 2 for my cable box?
I recently purchased a UN55KU6300
, on the sticker, the version is "CA02". Is it possible to tell what brand panel is in this set by using that number?
This is probably a CMO panel. If you have a universal remote you can confirm this in the service menu. To access the service menu (on a non-smart remote only) turn the TV off and press Mute followed by 1, 8, 2 and the Power button. Next to the 'Option' is a code, eg. 55A6AUOVK. The A (shown bolded here) indicates the manufacturer. If it is A it's Samsung, D is CMO, S is Sharp and L is AU Optronics.
Update:It is a Sharp panel.
Hi, I read your review.
Very informative and helpful.
Now what interesting me is to how to get in service menu on Samsung KU6300
On update 1125, latest.
I tried Mute+1+8+2+Power but it didn't work.
The TV turns on before I can press the sequence.
I try slow and fast, none of it work.
Because when I press 1 TV will turn on.
I want to find out my panel type but on the box the sticker is just 02.
Not FA01 or CA02 just 02.
I try to look through rear vents and there is sticker on panel which say Hansung LTD CO.
Also, does contrast set to 90 shorten the lifespan of TV?
And Backlight to 15-20?
Turn the TV off and wait ~10 minutes before trying the code. If this doesn't work, you can try a different remote control (such as a universal remote control). On the rear of the TV at the top left should be a sticker with the 'Version No'. Changing the contrast and backlight doesn't noticeably shorten the lifespan.
I can get the Samsung KU6500 TV right now for $900 on clearance and my main purpose will be gaming and I sit about 12ft away from my TV. Are curved TVs good for gaming?
The curve does not change any performance of the TV and it is more a design preference than anything else. You can expect the same gaming performance from the KU6500 as the KU6300
I used to be able to set up a list of favorite channels for quick access on the TV - however that option has disappeared and after resetting still can't get it to return.
Unfortunately this option has been removed with the 1142 firmware update. We don't know if Samsung has plans to bring it back in a future update.
Update 12/09/2016: With the newest firmware update (1150) the favorite channels are available again.
I just purchased the KU6500. Will these be close to the KU6300
Yes. It is the curved version of the Samsung KU6300
and should offer near identical performances.
I bought this tv to do 4K 60hz 4:4:4. My computer is fully capable of it. I messed with computer settings endlessly, and the text looked blurry. I had PC Mode and UHD Color turned on, and pulling up a Chroma test seemed to show that the TV was receiving and displaying a 4K @ 60Hz with 4:4:4 signal. But for some reason it looked like garbage. So I switched from PC Mode to Game Mode. And just like that, text looked sharp. I have no idea why. And I kept it like this for a few weeks. Up until I came across a page on your website that recommended turning "Sharpness" to 50 when using a Samsung TV in PC Mode. So I tested it out. And it looks great! But why? Why does '0' Sharpness look garbage when in PC Mode, but is recommended for every other type of input, and why did Game Mode fix the issue originally?
In PC mode the sharpness setting works differently. 50 is actually sharpness off, less than 50 adds softening; while in other picture modes such as game mode a sharpness of 0 is off.
Game mode doesn't support 4:4:4, only the PC mode does. You were not seeing 4:4:4, but it still looked much better than in PC mode with sharpness set to 0, which adds maximum softening.
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