Samsung MU7600 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jul 03, 2017 at 09:02 am
Samsung MU7600 Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
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6.5
Movies
7.5
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
8.0
Video Games
6.7
HDR Movies
7.6
HDR Gaming
7.9
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung MU7600 is a good 4k HDR Smart curved TV. It has good deep blacks for an LED TV, giving it a good picture quality. It can also reproduce a wider gamut of colors which is good for HDR. For the gamers out there, the MU7600 also has low input lag even in HDR, keeping it nice and responsive. Unfortunately, it could be brighter, and its picture quality degrades at an angle.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The MU7600 is a good TV for a mixed usage, it has a decent picture quality and is quite versatile overall. Unfortunately though, it is less suited for wide and bright living rooms since it isn't the brightest and loses picture quality when viewed from an angle.

Pros
  • Wider color gamut
  • Low input latency
  • Uniform blacks and high contrast
Cons
  • Could be brighter
  • Low viewing angles
6.5 Movies

Passable TV for movies in a dark room. The MU7600 can produce dark and even blacks, which is important for picture quality. Unfortunately, it lacks a local dimming feature, and it cannot play back movies without minor judder.

7.5 TV Shows

Decent TV for watching TV shows. The MU7600 handles reflections decently, and Samsung's SmartHub gives access to content very easily. However, it's picture quality degrades at an angle, making it less suitable for wide living rooms.

7.2 Sports

Average TV for watching sports. The MU7600 produces a uniform screen which shouldn't cause issues with fields or hockey rinks looking blotchy. It could be brighter though, and its handling of motion isn't great.

8.0 Video Games

The MU7600 is very good for playing video games. It's input lag is low, so it's responsive enough for even more competitive games.

6.7 HDR Movies

Decent TV for HDR movies. The MU7600 isn't the brightest, but it can display a wider gamut of colors and 10 bits of color depth without any major issues with gradations.

7.6 HDR Gaming

The MU7600 does well with HDR games. It keeps its low input lag regardless of the input type, and it's wider color gamut helps make HDR games pop.

7.9 PC Monitor

Passable PC monitor. The MU7600 supports needed resolutions to display clear text and the input lag is fast enough to keep its mouse cursor from feeling sluggish. Unfortunately, though, its narrow viewing angle causes its edges to darken when sitting up close, and the mediocre motion blur makes moving content hard to read.

  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Movies
  • 7.5 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 8.0 Video Games
  • 6.7 HDR Movies
  • 7.6 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor
  1. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

Design
9.0
Design
Style
Curved Yes

The design of the MU7600 is great. The TV looks aesthetically pleasing from any angle, due to the metallic borders and textured back. It is almost identical to the MU7000, but with a curve.  

Design
Stand

The TV has the iconic central Samsung V-shaped stand. It supports the TV well and is quite stable, but does cause the TV to wobble a bit if knocked.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 13.4" x 34.3"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

The rear of the TV looks good due to the textured plastic panels. All of the inputs are located on the side of the TV and are easy to access even if placed close to a wall.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)

The borders are quite thin and look good due to the metallic edge.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.54" (9.0 cm)

The TV measures quite thick from the side due to its curvature. The edges will stick out a bit if wall mounted, but this isn't really an issue as the curve is more of a personal preference.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
108 °F (42 °C)
Average Temperature
93 °F (34 °C)

The TV gets warm along the bottom edge, where the backlight LEDs are, though fortunately, the largest vents are along the bottom edge.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the MU7600 is decent. The metallic edges feel good, and there are a few minor gaps around the frame but this isn't really an issue. The plastic at the back of the TV looks good but isn't as sturdy as some other metal-backed TVs.

Picture Quality
9.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5984 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The MU7600 has an excellent native contrast ratio and is in the same ballpark as the MU7000. This high contrast ratio makes a big difference in terms of picture quality as it permits to display deep blacks. A high contrast ratio is even more important if the TV is to be set in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Samsung MU7600 does not have any local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
343 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
202 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
362 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
362 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
200 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
359 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
358 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
358 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
358 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.039

Plot over time

Good SDR peak brightness. The TV performs CE dimming during very dark scenes, as shown by our 2% white window test, but otherwise the brightness remains very consistent. This CE dimming is not performed for an HDMI input when its icon is set to 'PC' (aka PC mode), but this is not possible for 24 Hz sources. This brightness is very similar to the MU7000 and MU6300, and is brighter than the Vizio M Series 2017, but isn't as bright as the rival TCL P607.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
341 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
190 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
350 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
347 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
347 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
347 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
189 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
344 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
343 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
343 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
343 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.040

Plot over time

Mediocre HDR peak brightness. While the brightness is not bad and is consistent, the TV's lack of local dimming prevents it from making highlights in HDR content nearly as bright as intended. Worse, in very dark scenes the TV's CE dimming dims the highlights, as shown by our 2% window test. This CE dimming isn't done to an HDMI input when its icon is set to 'PC' (aka PC mode), but this isn't possible for 24 Hz sources. Overall, this brightness is very similar to the MU7000 and MU6300, but isn't as bright as the rival TCL P607 and Vizio M Series 2017.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.642 %
50% DSE
0.166 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.635 %
5% DSE
0.095 %

The overall gray uniformity of the MU7600 is very good. Some little imperfections can be noticed on the 50% gray test picture, as both sides are a bit darker and some ripples are visible in the bottom of the screen. Fortunately, those are not severe enough to create a visible dirty screen effect while watching sport or other content with wide panning shots.

Looking at our 5% gray test picture nothing really bad can be noticed which is great for the MU7600.

4.2
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Shift
20 °
Brightness
32 °
Black Level
11 °

Bad viewing angle, even for a TV with a VA panel. Blacks turn gray when the TV is viewed from even a small angle, while colors shift and brightness decreases at larger and larger angles. This TV is not well suited for a room where people often view the TV from the side.

7.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.120 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The MU7600's black uniformity is better than average and is on par with the MU7000. Some clouding can be noticed near each corner on our test picture, but this is really not problematic since it is really faint and not really apparent while watching normal content in person, even in really dark scenes.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.9 %
Indirect Reflections
0.7 %

The reflection handling of the MU7600 is decent. It has a semi-gloss finish which diffuses reflections across the screen, but does reduce their intensity. For an average room this is fine, but for a very bright room it may be an issue.

4.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Movie
White Balance dE
6.25
Color dE
4.02
Gamma
2.42
Color Temperature
5611 K

Out of the box, the MU7600 is not very accurate. The white balance is very high and at this level of inaccuracy, it is noticeable. The display is a bit too warm overall and the gamma toward the darker end is a bit too high so blacks might be crushed, especially in a bright room. The color dE is also high, but not as bad at the white balance and most of the problems comes from the white point which is a bit too yellow.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Movie
White Balance dE
0.24
Color dE
1.43
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6534 K

The calibration procedure is fast and both the white balance and the color space manager are responsive. The white balance dE was brought down to a negligible 0.24 via the 2 points and 20 points white balance calibration. The color dE was also greatly diminished by more than half what it was out of the box and the white point was corrected. Only the blues and reds are still a bit off, but we did not notice any color reproduction problems while looking at video and movies after the calibration. The gamma is fixed to track our target of 2.2 much more closely.

You can see our recommended settings for this Samsung MU7600 TV here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality content is good. Details are preserved and the image isn't too soft.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Cable and other 720p sources look good. Some halo artifacts are visible along straight edges but the image remains clear.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Full-HD sources such as Blu-rays are upscaled well. The image remains detailed and sharp.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

No issues can be seen with native 4k sources.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
85.10 %
DCI P3 uv
91.91 %
Rec 2020 xy
62.82 %
Rec 2020 uv
71.61 %

Wide color gamut, very similar to the MU8000. The TV can produce fairly saturated red and blue, only struggling with saturated green, which is unfortunately common for modern TVs. It is also fairly accurate with the colors it can produce, which is good.

In HDR when the TV's 'Gamma' is set to +2, the 'Movie' picture mode's EOTF follows the PQ curve very closely, up until it rolls off then clips at its peak brightness. This 'Gamma' setting is misnamed because gamma is for SDR, but it does shift the EOTF effectively. The Movie mode EOTF at +0 gamma is shown here. 'Game Mode' similarly benefits from the +2 gamma, shown here, while PC mode is better left at +0 gamma, shown here.

6.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
73.1 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
24.9 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
56.4 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
19.1 %

Mediocre color volume. While the TV has a wide color gamut for bright colors, its gamut narrows significantly for darker colors.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.134 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.133 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.111 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.180 dE

The MU7600 display our gradient test image without any major banding overall. Only small irregularities can be noticed in the darker green and also in the darker grayscale of our gradient image. While looking at regular content, there isn't any major banding in movies which is very good and this is comparable with most of the latest Samsung TVs we have tested recently.

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 MU7600, like the previously reviewed MU7000, does not present any image retention. This is good news for hardcore gamers.

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
7.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
8.7 ms
100% Response Time
23.0 ms

The response time of the MU7600 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 identical to the MU7000. 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 MU7600 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 while producing a noticeable flicker. 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 MU7600 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.

8.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
18.7 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

The Samsung MU7600 is great at displaying movies, games and TV shows without stutter. The response time helps to smooth the transition between frames, so that low frame rate content isn't jarring.

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

Movies played from any source do present judder and there is no option available to remove it, unfortunately. Most people are not sensitive to judder though, so this may not be a problem for everybody.

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 MU7600 doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
20.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
20.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
81.1 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
21.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
21.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
20.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
20.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
81.3 ms
4k With Interpolation
81.3 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A

Great low input lag, which will please all but the most competitive gamers. Game mode and PC mode have the same low input lag, though only PC mode can properly show 4:4:4 color. This input lag is very similar to the other 2017 Samsung TVs like the MU6300 and MU8000, and the PC mode lag is an improvement over 2016 Samsungs.

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

Most resolutions are supported. 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color are only supported when 'HDMI UHD color' is enabled for the port used. 4:4:4 color is only displayed properly when the HDMI input's icon is set to 'PC' (aka PC mode). 4:4:4 color is shown properly in HDR in PC mode.

PC mode can't be activated for some input refresh rates, such as 24 Hz. The input's icon will still change to PC, but 4:4:4 color will not be shown properly, and the settings that are normally disabled in PC mode are not disabled.

Inputs
Side Inputs
Inputs
Rear Inputs

The only inputs face out 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. If content supporting only DTS is played when the TV is set to Dolby Digital, it will not play DTS, and vice versa.

Sound Quality
6.3
Sound Quality
Frequency Response