Samsung MU6300 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated May 17, 2017 at 09:19 am
Samsung MU6300 Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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6.7
Movies
7.5
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
8.2
Video Games
6.8
HDR Movies
7.7
HDR Gaming
7.8
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Samsung NU7100
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA (except 43")
Resolution 4k

The Samsung MU6300 is a better than average 4k Smart LED TV. It's not very extravagant, but it provides decent picture quality and a good set of features. Its input lag is noticeably better than average, making it a good choice for gamers. Picture quality does, unfortunately, degrade quite rapidly at an angle, and it could be a bit brighter to better accommodate well-lit environments.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The MU6300 is a decent TV for a mixed usage. Picture quality is passable, and it has most of the features needed without any major flaws. That also means it doesn't excel anywhere though.

Pros
  • Great native contrast ratio
  • Low input lag, games are responsive
Cons
  • Limited HDR capabilities
  • Picture quality degrades at an angle
6.7 Movies

Below average TV for watching movies. The MU6300 produces deep and even blacks, but it lacks a local-dimming feature and has some issues displaying native 24p content without judder. Not everybody notices that issue though.

7.5 TV Shows

Decent TV for watching TV shows. It handles reflections well and gets sufficiently bright for most environments. The Samsung SmartHub also provides a decent amount of apps to access content.

7.2 Sports

Average TV for watching sports. The picture is decently uniform, but the motion performance leaves a bit to be desired. Some dirty screen effect is also apparent.

8.2 Video Games

Very good TV for playing video games. Input lag is amongst the lowest available. Motion is decent also, which is good for clarity of faster-paced games.

6.8 HDR Movies

Passable HDR movies performance. While the MU6300 has some of the essential features on board, it doesn't get particularly bright or cannot display a wider range of colors.

7.7 HDR Gaming

Better than average for HDR gaming. Input lag remains low at every setting, which is essential. The actual effect of HDR could be better though.

7.8 PC Monitor

Below average for use as a PC monitor. Essential resolutions are present, but trails following moving objects are a bit longer than desired. The narrow viewing angles also cause corners of the screen to darken if used from up close.

  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Movies
  • 7.5 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 8.2 Video Games
  • 6.8 HDR Movies
  • 7.7 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 PC Monitor
  1. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 9/21/2017: The 43" size likely uses an IPS panel, according to many user reports. Thus our review is not completely indicative of its performance, as it will have much worse contrast but a much better viewing angle, which will change our overall scores dramatically.
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The design of the MU6300 is good. It is almost identical to the KU6300 from 2016, and won't turn many heads. The stand supports the TV quite well and the borders are an average thickness. The build quality is similar to other competing TVs.  

Design
Stand

The V-shaped center stand is iconic of Samsung TVs, and looks very similar to the KU6300 from last year. If knocked, the TV does wobble quite a bit but is still quite stable.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 12.1" x 33.2"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

The back of the TV looks the same as the KU6300 and is all plastic. All of the inputs can be accessed from the side, which is great for those who place the TV near a wall. The controls are also relatively easy to access.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders of the TV have an average thickness. They are made of plastic.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.56" (6.5 cm)

The thickest part of the TV is near the bottom, but it won't stick out too much if wall-mounted.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
102 °F (39 °C)
Average Temperature
97 °F (36 °C)

The MU6300 gets warm to the touch along the top, sides and at parts of the back of the TV, but this shouldn't be a problem.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is the same as the KU6300 from 2016. The stand feels a bit cheap but the TV certainly isn't going to fall apart from normal use.

Picture Quality
9.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5768 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Excellent native contrast ratio for the Samsung MU6300, like the 2016 KU6300. With 5768:1 contrast ratio, the MU6300 can produce very deep blacks and can provide a good movie experience when set in a dark room.

Update 09/21/2017: The 43" size likely uses an IPS panel, according to many user reports. This means that it will have a contrast ratio of ~1000 cd/m², which results in a sub-par contrast score of 6.0.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

There is no local dimming on the MU6300. The video is for reference only.

7.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
326 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
199 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
362 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
357 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
357 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
357 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
198 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
353 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.039

Good SDR peak brightness. The TV will appear bright even in a fairly bright room, though in a very bright room it may appear too dim. The MU6300 has less aggressive CE dimming than the KU6300 from last year, as the 10% window test was not dimmed unlike on the KU6300. However the MU6300 is not as bright as the KU6300, even with this less aggressive dimming. A plot of peak brightness over time is shown here.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
330 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
200 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
363 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
359 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
356 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
355 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
198 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
358 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
354 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
352 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
350 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.039

Okay HDR peak brightness. Most of an HDR scene will be shown bright enough, but highlights will not reach anywhere near the 1000-4000 cd/m² they're intended to reach. Very dark scenes will be dimmed by the TV's CE dimming, but because the TV lacks local dimming, the highlights will be dimmed along with the rest of the scene. A plot of peak brightness over time is shown here.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.958 %
50% DSE
0.212 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.887 %
5% DSE
0.107 %

The MU6300's overall gray uniformity is ordinary. There are some large vertical bands visible in the center of the screen, which unfortunately creates some dirty screen effect when watching sports like hockey. Both the left and right sides are also darker than the rest of the screen, but since the center is ok, it results in less dirty screen effect.

The top and bottom edges are brighter than the rest of the screen and this is clearly visible on both the 5% and 50% gray test picture. This problem is less visible when watching normal TV content, but can be visible when uniform colors are displayed near the edge and can be distracting.

4.1
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Shift
21 °
Brightness
31 °
Black Level
10 °

Poor viewing angle. Blacks turn grey very rapidly at an angle; colors shift and brightness decrease not long after. People sitting to the side of the TV will not have as good picture quality as people seated directly in front.

Update 09/21/2017: The 43" size likely uses an IPS panel, according to many user reports. This means that it will have a much better viewing angle, resulting in a decent score of ~6.5.

9.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.592 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The MU6300 has an excellent black uniformity, similar to the 2016 KU6300. Looking at our test picture, you can see that the blacks are pretty even and the whole screen is free of major clouding issues, which is great especially for dark scenes in movies.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.9 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %

The MU6300 is okay at handling reflections. It has a semi-gloss finish which reduces the intensity of direct reflections but also diffuses them across the screen. For an average room this isn't much of an issue, but in a bright room this may be a problem.

8.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Movie
White Balance dE
3.08
Color dE
2.19
Gamma
2.28
Color Temperature
6380 K

Out of the box, the pre-calibration had some issues, but most of them are because the Samsung MU6300 is tracking the gamma BT.1886 instead of the more traditional gamma 2.2 (LG TVs also use BT.1886 out of the box). This is not a bad thing on its own and overall, the TV could be used as-is without too many issues.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Movie
White Balance dE
0.22
Color dE
1.62
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6583 K

The calibration process is a bit more difficult to perform on the MU6300 and Samsung TVs are in general a bit more tricky to calibrate. Even with the slightly trickier calibration, the final result is excellent. The white balance dE was brought down to a negligible 0.22. which is very good. As a result of the white balance correction, the gamma curve was flattened and now tracks closer to our 2.2 target.

The color dE was also brought down to 1.62 using the color management system, but some saturation targets in the blues and reds were still a bit off and could not be corrected without creating other problems. Overall this is a good result.

You can see our recommended settings for this Samsung MU6300 TV here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality content such as DVDs is good. The image is a little bit soft, but details are preserved.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content such as cable looks good. The image is a little bit soft but there is a minimum of upscaling artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content is upscaled well. The image remains clear and detailed.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content looks good. No issues can be seen.

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
74.97 %
DCI P3 uv
80.50 %
Rec 2020 xy
53.80 %
Rec 2020 uv
58.70 %

The TV has a narrow color gamut, which can only properly show colors in the SDR Rec 709 color gamut. Most colors in HDR content will be shown properly, but deep colors will be desaturated to fit within the TV's gamut. On the bright side, the TV is fairly accurate when showing the colors within its gamut.

The TV's EOTF follows the HDR PQ curve fairly well, and rolls off gently to its maximum brightness, though it starts rolling off sooner than most TVs. This EOTF was taken in Movie mode; the EOTFs for game and PC mode are shown here and here, and aren't much different.

5.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
67.2 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
22.6 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
48.0 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
16.1 %

The TV has a narrow color gamut and lacks local dimming, so it can't produce a good color volume. Its CE dimming helps it darken dark colors, but its color gamut also narrows for dark colors.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.122 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.141 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.101 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.159 dE

The MU6300 can display our gradient test image without too many problems. Some small irregularities can be seen in the darker shades of color and grayscale, but overall this is a good result.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

The MU6300 does not have any image retention and this is the same result as the 2016 KU6300.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
7.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
8.0 ms
100% Response Time
18.7 ms

The response time of the MU6300 is good, resulting in only a short trail following moving objects. It isn't as good as higher-end Samsung TVs such as the MU8000, but is similar to the KU6300 of 2016. This isn't a problem for most people.

4.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz

The MU6300 uses PWM at 120Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 12/20 backlight setting. Lowering the setting from 12/20 shortens the duty cycle, while amplitude remains constant. PWM causes a duplicated trail following moving objects in 60Hz content so motion isn't as smooth as TVs without a flickering backlight.

8.6
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

It is possible to reduce the flicker frequency to 60Hz by setting 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' and activating 'LED Clear Motion'. This helps to clear up fast moving content if you don't mind flicker.

7.0
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The MU6300 has a 60Hz panel which can interpolate lower frame rate content. To add the soap opera effect, set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' and increase the 'Judder Reduction' slider.

8.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
23.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

The Samsung MU6300 is great at displaying content without stutter, even for low frame rate content such as movies. The response time helps to transition between frames, producing a smoother image.

0
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

The MU6300 can't remove judder from 24p movies playing from 60Hz sources, and can't adjust the refresh rate to display 24Hz sources with the correct cadence. This is the same result as the 2016 KU6300. Note that not many people are sensitive to judder so it may not necessarily be a deal breaker.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
N/A

Like most current TVs, the MU6300 doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
20.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
19.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
80.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
19.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
20.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
21.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR