Reviewed on May 17, 2017

Samsung MU6300 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
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.

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

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 6.1
Inputs 8.8
Sound Quality 6.5
Smart Features 8.1
  1. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  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. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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8.5

Design

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.  

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"

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.

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

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

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.

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 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.

7.4

Picture Quality

The Samsung MU6300 TV has a better than average picture quality. Its excellent contrast ratio and amazing black uniformity help the TV to display dark scenes with a lot of detail, especially when set in a dark environment. When set in a brighter room, the MU6300 doesn't fare as well since it cannot really get bright enough to fight glare from bright lights or sunny windows. The gray uniformity is not that great and dirty screen effect is visible, especially when watching sports like hockey. The viewing angle is bad on the MU6300, so it will be better suited for rooms with a narrow seating since the picture quality is best when viewed from directly in front. When it comes to HDR, the lack of local dimming and of a wide color gamut really hurt its capacity to make HDR stand out when compared to SDR content.

9.0 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 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

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

7.7 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

9.4 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 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 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 1080p Input

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

10 4k Input

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

6.7 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 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 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 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 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.

Pixels
6.1

Motion

The motion handling of the MU6300 is mediocre. The response time is good, resulting in a fairly short trail following fast moving objects but those sensitive to judder will notice it when watching movies from any source. The backlight uses PWM to flicker so motion isn't quite as smooth as some other TVs. The TV has a 60Hz panel which can interpolate lower frame rate content.

7.6 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

8.8

Inputs

The MU6300 supports nearly all the common input signals, including HDR, so most content will be properly displayed. It also has very low input lag which should please all but the most competitive gamers.

9.2 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
:
20.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
97.9 ms
4k With Interpolation
:
97.6 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A

Very low input lag. When in game or PC mode the input lag is a low ~20 ms, which should please all but the most competitive gamers. This is an improvement over the KU6300, which had higher input lag in PC mode than in game mode.

6.7 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
:
No

All the common input resolutions are supported, except 120 Hz input because this is a 60 Hz panel. All three HDMI ports now have enough bandwidth for 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 when 'HDMI UHD color' is enabled, an improvement over the KU6300 which only supported full bandwidth on HDMI 1.

4:4:4 color is only properly supported in PC mode, which is activated by changing the icon of the input used to 'PC'. PC mode doesn't work for some input frame rates such as 24 Hz; the icon may still display PC, but the settings that are normally disabled in PC mode such as color and tint are not disabled, indicating that PC mode isn't active.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs

All of the inputs are on the side of the TV.

Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Composite In : 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0


Since the MU6300 doesn't have an analog audio out, to connect a pair of headphones you will have to either use bluetooth headphones or headphones with a digital optical audio input like the Turtle Beach Elite 800.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
Yes
3D
:
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 (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Full Bandwidth
:
No
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3.0
:
No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Only one of DTS or Dolby Digital can be enabled at a time, the TV will not switch modes depending on the input. This is the same behavior as the Samsung TVs from last year.

6.5

Sound Quality

The sound reproduction capabilities of the MU6300 are very reminiscent of the KU6300 from 2016, which is to say, not exceptional. It's about average for what's found in TVs, but it will greatly benefit from an upgrade.

6.5 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
106.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.50 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.66 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.08 dB
Max
:
87.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
4.05 dB

Decent frequency response. The MU6300 produces a relatively flat response, but higher volumes produce a lot of compressions rendering them not recommended. The TV's bass extension is below average as well at 95W.

6.6 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.242
Weighted THD @ Max
:
1.691
IMD @ 80
:
1.31 %
IMD @ Max
:
11.52 %

Passable THD performance. The TV produces decently low amounts of distortion, but it effectively doubles at higher volumes. This isn't very audible though.

8.1

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2017

The MU6300 runs Samsung's 2017 Tizen smart platform, which is easy to navigate but has more frame drops in its animations than last year's Tizen. The home menu is a narrow bar at the bottom of the screen, and most smart features can be accessed without leaving this home menu, making the interface easy to use. Voice commands from the remote's microphone also allow many tasks to be done directly, such as changing settings and searching for content, without having to navigate the TV's interface.

8.0 Interface