Samsung MU7000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated May 31, 2017 at 09:00 am
Samsung MU7000 Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
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6.6
Movies
7.5
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
8.1
Video Games
6.7
HDR Movies
7.7
HDR Gaming
7.8
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The MU7000 is a good 4k smart TV. Its blacks are nice and deep thanks to its very high contrast, and it can produce a wide color gamut, which is good for HDR. Input lag for video games is low as well, and it has a design that will look good in any room. Unfortunately, it's not the brightest of its class, and picture quality deteriorates rapidly at an angle.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Samsung MU7000 is a good TV for mixed usage. Input lag is great, and its picture quality is quite good overall.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.6 Movies

Ordinary TV for movies in a dark room. The MU7000 has very deep and uniform blacks, which is important for picture quality. It doesn't have local dimming, and it does produce judder with every source, but not everybody notices it.

See our Movies recommendations
7.5 TV Shows

The MU7000 is a decent TV for watching TV shows. It gets bright enough for most content, but its limited handling of reflections might be an issue with brighter environments.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.2 Sports

Okay TV for watching sports. The MU7000's screen is quite uniform, which makes grassy fields or ice rinks free of annoying blotches. Unfortunately, though, the narrow viewing angle makes it less suitable for wider living rooms.

See our Sports recommendations
8.1 Video Games

Great TV for video games. Input lag is very low on every input. It could have better motion though.

See our Video Games recommendations
6.7 HDR Movies

Passable HDR performance. While it can produce a wider range of colors, it can't produce a very smooth gradient and doesn't get bright enough to give much of an effect.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
7.7 HDR Gaming

Good HDR gaming performance. Input lag remains consistently low regardless of the input type, and wide color gamut helps make HDR games look very saturated.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
7.8 PC Monitor

Below average PC monitor. The narrow viewing angles make it less suitable for use on a desk, and it produces a fair amount of motion blur which leaves noticeable trails on moving objects such as scrolling browser pages.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Movies
  • 7.5 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 8.1 Video Games
  • 6.7 HDR Movies
  • 7.7 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Blacks are very deep and uniform
  • Input lag is low, even with HDR
  • Can display a wide range of colors
Cons
  • Picture quality deteriorates at an angle
  • Could be brighter
  1. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

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Test Results

Design
9.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The design of the MU7000 is great. It looks almost identical to the KU7000 from 2016, including the textured back of the TV. The frame has metal edges and is quite thin. It is a step up from the MU6300 but doesn't feel as premium as the MU8000

Design
Stand

The MU7000 has a familiar central stand, common to most Samsung TVs. It supports the TV quite well and is very stable, but will wobble if knocked.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 13.3" x 34.4"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

The rear of the TV is quite simple, but the textured back looks good. All of the inputs go out the side of the TV and are easy to access even if wall-mounted or positioned close to furniture.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.55" (1.4 cm)

The borders are quite thin and look good. The metal finish is nice and a step up from the plastic borders of the MU6300.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.17" (5.5 cm)

The TV is quite thin with the stand removed, which is great. If wall-mounted, it looks good. The stand does stick out quite a lot and so it can't be pushed back close to a wall without an alternate mount.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
111 °F (44 °C)
Average Temperature
97 °F (36 °C)

Although the screen gets very warm along the bottom edge, where the backlight LEDs are, the bottom of the TV only feels slightly warm to the touch. There should be no problems with this TV's temperature.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the MU7000 is decent. The metal borders feel good but there are some minor gaps or play when pushing on the frame of the TV. The stand is much better built than the MU6300.

Picture Quality
9.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6362 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Samsung MU7000 has an excellent native contrast ratio. With over a 6300:1 ratio, this TV can display deep blacks which make dark movie scenes look very good, especially when the TV is set in a dark room. This is a better result than on the MU8000 reviewed before, even with the MU8000 local dimming turned on.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The MU7000 has no local dimming. The video is for reference only.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
342 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
205 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
370 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
367 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
368 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
368 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
203 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
365 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.039

Good SDR peak brightness. The TV's CE dimming severely dims very dark scenes, as shown by our 2% white window test, but otherwise stays at a consistent brightness of ~350 cd/m², good enough for a fairly bright room. Overall the brightness is very similar to the MU6300, and a considerable improvement over the KU7000. A plot of brightness over time is shown here.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
338 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
198 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
365 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
362 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
361 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
362 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
196 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
359 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
358 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
358 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
358 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.041

Mediocre HDR peak brightness. The TV lacks local dimming so it attempts to make dark scenes darker by dimming the whole screen (called CE dimming, frame dimming), which unfortunately also severely dims the highlights as seen in our 2% white window test. In the other tests the TV's brightness is decent but not nearly as bright as intended for highlights in HDR content. Overall the MU7000's brightness is very similar to that of the MU6300, and a considerable improvement over last year's KU7000. A plot of brightness over time is shown here.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.189 %
50% DSE
0.164 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.161 %
5% DSE
0.108 %

The MU7000 has a good gray uniformity for an LED LCD TV. Looking at our 50% gray test picture, you can see that both sides are a bit darker near the edges and there is a warmer zone fading toward the center. Luckily, dirty screen effect is not a problem here, as the center is pretty even. While watching our sports test clip, we did not notice the dirty screen effect which is very good for people who might use this TV mainly for sports.

The 5% gray uniformity is also very good and only the bottom edge is a bit brighter. This is mostly due to the fact that the MU7000 is a bottom-edge lit TV, but luckily this brighter bottom edge is not really visible while looking at normal content.

4.2
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Shift
21 °
Brightness
34 °
Black Level
10 °

Bad viewing angle. Blacks turn grey very rapidly at an angle, then the colors shift and the brightness decreases. People sitting to the side of the TV will not have as good picture quality as people sitting directly in front. This viewing angle is very similar to the MU6300.

7.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.118 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The MU7000 has a decent black uniformity for a LED TV. Some faint clouding can be seen near the upper corners, but overall the screen is pretty even and this is reflected in the low standard deviation numbers. This means this TV can display dark scenes very well and especially when watching movies in the dark.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.9 %
Indirect Reflections
1.0 %

The MU7000 has a semi-gloss finish which reduces the intensity of reflections but diffuses them across the screen. It is very similar to the MU6300 and KU7000. It is fine for an average room, but in a bright room, the intensity of reflections may be an issue.

7.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Movie
White Balance dE
4.06
Color dE
2.78
Gamma
2.32
Color Temperature
6128 K

Out of the box, the MU7000 has some issues. The white balance is not so accurate and a bit too warm. With a white balance dE over 4, an enthusiast may notice this level of inaccuracy. This, in turn, also affects the gamma, which ends up being higher than our 2.2 target.

Overall, all colors are a bit off, but not by that much and only the blues and cyans are tracking a bit worse than the rest. Even with this, the color accuracy is a bit better than the white balance though and at a dE of 2.78, it is still a good enough result so that it should not be noticeable in a normal home use.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Movie
White Balance dE
0.19
Color dE
1.32
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6564 K

The calibration of the MU7000 was fairly easy and most of the issues that were present out of the box could be fixed thanks to the 2 and 20 points white balance correction. Only the 5 and 10 points of the white balance were still a bit off in the end, but with an average dE of 0.19 for the final white balance, this is still a very good result. With the corrections applied to the white balance, the gamma was flattened considerably and with a final value of 2.21, the gamma is tracking very closely to our 2.2 target.

The color space management system provided some good results on the MU7000. As you can see on the related picture, pretty much all the colors are now tracking their target more closely, with only the deeper blues still being a bit off target. In the end, with a color dE of only 1.32, this is a great post-calibration result.

You can see our recommended settings for this Samsung MU7000 TV here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality sources such as DVDs is good. Some halo artifacts can be seen along straight edges, but details are preserved well.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content such as cable looks good. The image isn't too soft.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p sources such as Blu-rays look good. The image is sharp and details remain clear.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

No issues can be seen with native 4k content.

7.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
84.06 %
DCI P3 uv
92.30 %
Rec 2020 xy
61.61 %
Rec 2020 uv
69.92 %

Wide color gamut, not as wide as many high end TVs but very similar to that of the MU8000. The MU7000, unfortunately, can't show fully saturated red, green or blue. It struggles most with showing saturated green but this is common for almost all TVs. Fortunately its accuracy with the colors it can show is not bad, though it tends to severely undersaturate colors near the white point.

The TV's EOTF follows the PQ curve fairly well, clipping at its peak brightness with a bit of roll off before, though the roll off starts earlier than with many other TVs. This EOTF was measured in Movie mode; the EOTF for game mode is here and for PC mode is here.

6.4
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
71.6 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
25.2 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
55.5 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
19.5 %

Mediocre color volume. The MU7000 can show its wide color gamut at a range of moderate brightnesses, but at the top of its brightness range it has difficulty making saturated colors bright enough, and at the bottom of its range its color gamut narrows.

Update 08/16/2017: With the conversion to the 1.1 test bench, the normalized Rec. 2020 coverage was listed incorrectly and has been fixed.

7.2
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.145 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.144 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.114 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.137 dE

The MU7000 can display our gradient test image without any banding normally seen on an 8-bit panel. Some imperfections can be seen in the darker shades but most of the lighter shades are free of banding. This is good since this is where you normally would notice it more in movies, like in light blue skies.

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 %

Perfect result for the MU7000 on our image retention test, as no retention could be noticed. This is in line with other Samsung TVs using VA panels.

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
7.4
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
8.4 ms
100% Response Time
20.7 ms

The response time of the MU7000 is average, resulting in a faint trail following moving objects. It isn't as good as higher-end Samsung TVs such as the MU8000, but is similar to the KU7000 of 2016. This is okay for most people, but may be an issue for fast-paced content.

6.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
240 Hz

The MU7000 uses PWM at 240Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 9/20 backlight setting. Lowering the setting from 9/20 shortens the duty cycle, while amplitude remains constant. Backlight that uses PWM results in slightly less smooth motion and occasionally in fast paced content, duplicate images may be seen behind fast moving objects.

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 60 Hz, which helps to reduce persistence blur. To do so, activate 'LED Clear Motion' from the 'Auto Motion Plus' menu. Unfortunately it is not possible to activate 60 Hz black frame insertion when in 'Game' mode.

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

The MU7000 has a 60Hz panel which can interpolate lower frame rate content. To interpolate 30 fps content, set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' and increase the 'Judder Reduction' slider. Note that any motion interpolation will introduce artifacts, so use a small value unless you really like the soap opera effect.

8.5
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
21.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

The Samsung MU7000 is great at displaying movies and TV shows without stutter. This is a result of the response time, which smooths the transition between frames. Even for slow panning shots the image is smooth.

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 MU7000 can't play movies without judder. This applies for movies playing from any source whether it is 24p, 60p or 60i. Luckily, not everyone is sensitive to judder, but if you are then the MU7000 may not be the best TV for you.

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 other 2017 TVs we've tested, the MU7000 doesn't support a variable refresh rate.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
21.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
21.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
83.2 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
21.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
21.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
19.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
19.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
84.6 ms
4k With Interpolation
84.5 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A

Excellent low input lag. When in Game mode or when the input's icon is set to PC, the TV's input lag is ~20 ms, which should please all but the most competitive gamers. The PC mode input lag (4:4:4) is a considerable improvement over the KU7000 from last year.

6.7
Inputs
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 the TV has a 60 Hz panel. 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color is only supported when 'HDMI UHD Color' is enabled. 4:4:4 color is only properly displayed when the input's icon is set to PC. 4:4:4 color is properly displayed in HDR content.

4:4:4 color is not properly displayed for some input refresh rates, such as 24 Hz. This is because even if the input's icon is set to PC, the TV acts as if the icon isn't PC if the input refresh rate is 24 Hz. This is visible in the TV's settings because the settings that are normally disabled in PC mode are not disabled.

Inputs
Side Inputs
Inputs
Rear Inputs

All of the inputs are directed out of the side of the TV.

Inputs
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
Inputs
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 Dolby Digital or DTS can be enabled at a time, the TV will not automatically change between them depending on the content.

Sound Quality
6.7
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.70 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.87 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.26 dB
Max
89.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.69 dB

Passable frequency response. While bass isn't very extended with a cut-off at 95Hz, the frequency response is reasonably flat. Unfortunately, higher volumes produce exceptional amounts of pumping and compression, rendering them practically unusable.