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Samsung MU8000 / MU8500 TV Review

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This 2017 series is available in a wide range of sizes at decent price points, and each TV delivers 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range compatibility, smart features, and Samsung's signature level of attention to detail and design. The MU8500 is essentially just a curved version of the MU8000.

Both TVs offer terrific picture quality, though they're not the most knockout HDR sets this year. The prices are very fair, however, and they deliver that signature Samsung polish. Just note that in some sizes, there are more valuable TVs to be had.

Samsung's MU8000 series is available in five screen sizes:

• 49-inch (Samsung UN49MU8000), ~$700 on Amazon
• 55-inch (Samsung UN55MU8000), ~$900 on Amazon
• 65-inch (Samsung UN65MU8000), ~$1,300 on Amazon
• 75-inch (Samsung UN75MU8000), ~$2,300 on Amazon
• 82-inch (Samsung UN82MU8000), ~$3,300 on Amazon

The MU8000 TVs are by no means "cheap," but the prices have dropped considerably since the series launched earlier this year. With any of the MU8000 or MU8500 TVs, you'll get 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, and smart features.

Both series use the OneConnect box, which externalizes their connectivity, and as well as Samsung's "OneRemote" remote control, a minimalist little controller that is fairly stylish compared to average remote controls.

The Samsung MU8000 / MU8500 TVs feature wide-set feet and sleek, silver details

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The curved MU8500 series is available in two screen sizes:

• 55-inch (Samsung UN55MU8500), ~$1,000 on Amazon
• 65-inch (Samsung UN65MU8500), ~$1,500 on Amazon

Other than more limited availability and curved screens, the MU8500 TVs are otherwise identical to the MU8000 series. We received 65-inch versions of the MU8000 and MU8500 TVs on loan from Samsung. We used the MU8000 for primary testing and evaluation, and gave it 24 hours of warm up/break-in time prior to review and evaluation.

Overall, picture quality is excellent

While it's not the most valuable TV series in 2017 from a budget buyer perspectively, the MU8000/MU8500 TVs do deliver very good all-around picture quality. Testing revealed good brightness (around 250 nits in Movie mode), an OK black level (around 0.07 nits), and rich, mostly accurate colors.

Overall, the MU8000 delivers excellent picture quality

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Because you're getting a 120 Hz refresh rate, you also don't generally need to worry about motion performance. All of the MU8000 and MU8500 TVs deliver native 120 Hz refresh rates, and also utilize Samsung's suite of motion enhancement/compensation, such as de-judder and de-blur modes.

The MU8000/MU8500 TVs don't get as bright and colorful as the step-up MU9000 series—which I reviewed recently—but they still make for solid HDR TVs. I measured peak brightnesses around 525 nits (compared to the MU9000's 650) and better wide-color coverage than the average HDR TV in this price range.

The MU8000 is a 4K/HDR TV with plenty of brightness

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This means you can expect most things you watch—your favorite TV show on Hulu, HDR content on Netflix, Blu-rays, video games—to look pretty darn excellent on the MU8000 or MU8500 TVs. They don't deliver the jaw-dropping HDR of the year's OLEDs or Samsung's premium QLED models, but they won't disappoint.

Of course, the picture quality isn't flawless. I'll go over the hurdles in the next section.

Simple, clean, and effective smart features

While we tend to prefer standalone streaming options like Roku or Apple TV, a well-crafted or at least minimalist smart platform included on a TV is still very welcome. Especially where 4K and HDR streaming is concerned, having a TV with the built-in ability to play that content is still valuable.

Samsung's "Smart Hub" isn't a revelation (it hasn't changed much from last year), but we reckon most viewers won't mind its addition here. The smart hub presents a clean UI and easy-to-identify apps, featuring pre-installed favorites like Netflix, Amazon Video, and HBO Now.

It's pretty easy to connect your MU8000 or MU8500 to your WiFi network, log into Netflix, and get to watching whatever you like. Just note that with streaming apps, whether you're using a built-in TV smart platform, an Xbox, or a Roku, you usually have to pay for the top-tier subscription to get access to 4K/HDR content.

One of the best-looking TVs we've seen this year

Samsung TVs tend to be pretty heavily polished in the looks department, and the MU8000/MU8500 TVs are no exception. In fact, compared to most TVs in this price range, this lineup is downright fancy.

Silver, narrow bezels wrap the screen, which is given the front-and-center treatment, supported by two minimalist, wide-set silver feet. These details match whether you've got the flat MU8000 TVs or the curved MU8500 TVs.

The MU8000 is a great-looking TV

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One of Samsung's big focuses this year is on minimalism in design and presentation, so the MU8/MU85 TVs utilize the "OneConnect" box, too. This is an externalized box that houses all of the series' ports. You get four HDMI inputs, three USB inputs, and the standard array of component/composite, ethernet, optical audio output, and LAN (ethernet) inputs.

The main allure of the OneConnect is that it allows you to hide it away in a TV stand or cabinet, leaving only two cables running to the back of the TV: the OneConnect cable, and the TV's power cable. This seriously minimizes clutter, and will definitely please people who like a simplified, streamlines approach to their electronics.

The Samsung MU8000 includes the OneConnect mini

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Flat or curved, these TVs don't offer great viewing flexibility

While I wish I could say that only the curved MU8500 TVs have limited horizontal viewing angles, the truth is that neither series offers very good off-axis viewing. The curved screens may up immersion for the front-and-center viewer, but everyone else gets short shrift, usually dealing with exacerbated ambient glare or distorted geometry.

While the MU8000 offers decent head-on contrast, it doesn't offer flexible viewing angles

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However, I tested a total viewing angle of only 16.45° on the MU8000, or ±8.22° from the center to either side of the screen. This isn't very generous at all, meaning viewers watching from the ends of a larger couch may experience less contrast or a slightly degraded picture quality.

This shouldn't be an issue for most viewers, but it does mean you should probably avoid wall-mounting either of these TVs.

The TV's black levels could stand to be darker

While the MU8000/MU8500 TVs won't disappoint anyone with their contrast performance, their shadow production is not quite on par with many of the 4K/HDR TVs we've tested this year, some of which are much cheaper.

These TVs average around 0.07 or 0.08 for black levels during most scenes, which is a good result, but is still a good bit "brighter" than many of the TVs we've tested this year. I don't expect most viewers to notice this without some kind of side-by-side comparison, but as one of the MU8000's only drawbacks, it's worth mentioning.

The MU8000 doesn't have the best black levels, though it gets plenty bright

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We'd like a little more color during HDR, but it's a nitpick

Last and least, something we and other reviewers have noticed about the MU80/MU85 TVs is that they don't live up to the lofty color standards that Samsung set its sight on with its high-end QLED TVs, which almost match 100% of the "wide-color" standard for High Dynamic Range.

These series fall short of even the step-up MU9000 models, but compared to the average TV they're still plenty colorful.

Maybe—if you value design as much as picture quality

Whether it's one of the flat MU8000s or one of the curved MU8500s, you can be sure you're getting a good-looking TV, both inside and out. The highly refined materials and stylistic polish featured on these TVs are lived up to by their reliable picture quality. Other than a couple small nitpicks, we couldn't be happier with how the MU8000/MU8500 TVs look.

Of course, they're also in a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, master of none situation. They don't have any major flaws, but neither are they as bright or colorful as the TCL P Series, nor do they do contrast with the same efficacy as the Vizio M Series. Both of those series are cheaper as 55-inch sets, too.

However, neither of those series offers the same minimalist polish as the handsome, swarthy MU8000 TVs. My final takeaway is this: if you're going to pick one of these up, it's a great value on sale, and we'd avoid the curved ones unless you just really, really dig curved screens.

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Lee Neikirk

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Lee has been Reviewed's point person for most television and home theater products since 2012. Lee received Level II certification in TV calibration from the Imaging Science Foundation in 2013. As Editor of the Home Theater vertical, Lee oversees reviews of TVs, monitors, soundbars, and Bluetooth speakers. He also reviews headphones, and has a background in music performance.

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What level of performance can I expect from 4K Color Drive Extreme?

This TV comes equipped with 4K Color Drive Extreme, which allows the TV to accurately reproduce a billion more shades than an ordinary 4K UHD display. Experience an exceptionally vibrant, pristine image that makes each scene more lifelike and lush.

Does this TV feature true 4K UHD resolution?

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How does 4K HDR Extreme improve the TV image?

4K HDR Extreme allows for very bright and very dark objects to be shown on the same screen with no loss in resolution. In other words, the TV can produce far deeper and more vivid colors while showing more shades in between.

Can this TV connect to a Wi-Fi network?

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Samsung UE55MU8000 Review

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £1699.00
  • 55-inch LED LCD screen
  • 4K UHD resolution
  • High Dynamic Range in HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG
  • 4 x HDMI

What is the Samsung UE55MU8000?

The Samsung KS7000 won the TrustedReviews award for TV of the Year in 2016.

That wasn’t because it was the best-performing TV of 2016. There were objectively more capable alternatives. Instead it took the prize because it managed to bring a hugely impressive 4K and HDR viewing experience down to a reasonable price, at a time when most manufacturers were reserving the tech for flagship units.

This year, the Samsung has made a point of dividing its premium TVs from its midrange. The lovely quantum dot technology that propped up older SUHD models is now reserved for the top-tier QLED range, along with ramped up luminance and a proportionately higher price tag.

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If that’s a bit rich for you, then consider the MU range. The MU8000 sits at the top of that with the Samsung MU9000. While it’s clear that Samsung has reserved its best for the QLED range, the MU8000 packs a few pleasant surprises. If you’re after a good 4K and HDR performance and you’re not hell-bent on taking out a mortgage for a QLED model, the MU8000 might be for you.

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Samsung UE55MU8000 – Design

It’s flat. That might seem like an odd place to start, but Samsung is the only manufacturer still strongly pushing curved TVs. For those who aren’t fans of the MU9000’s curve, the MU8000 is the perfect alternative since they share essentially the same specs elsewhere.

The design takes its cues from last year’s top KS models – slim bezels (the top and sides, anyway) and a Y-shaped stand. The thin frame surrounding the TV is metal, but everywhere else is plastic. To be blunt, it feels a little cheap up close – I noticed a few rough edges when I was setting it up, and the single-neck approach means it will wobble a bit if you nudge it.

Still, it looks nice from the sofa. And on a practical note I’m glad to see a TV with a centre stand, as opposed to having feet right at the corners – you don’t then need a bench as wide as the TV.

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As is now traditional on Samsung’s more fancy TVs, the bulk of the connections are housed separately in a One Connect box. There are four HDMI ports (all 4K and HDR compatible) and two USB ports alongside the aerial connections and a digital optical output. On the TV itself, there is also an ethernet socket and one more USB port.

Sadly, there’s no sign of the super-thin, almost invisible cable that runs from the TV to the One Connect box. It’s a regular chunky cable, although the stand’s back peels away to reveal a neat cable management channel.

There are two remotes: a traditional one with loads of buttons and a ‘smart’ one with a streamlined design and fewer buttons. TV smart remotes are always a bit hit and miss, but Samsung’s effort is one of the better ones and I found myself using it a lot more than the traditional one. This year’s smart remote has been improved with better grip and rubberised buttons.

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Samsung UE55MU8000 – Features

The MU8000 has a 10-bit panel with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels). It offers high dynamic range in the common HDR10 format, as well as the upcoming broadcast-friendly HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma).

Alas, there’s no Dolby Vision, which is commonly considered better than HDR10 because its dynamic metadata can be used to optimise the picture frame by frame. But Samsung isn’t ruling out dynamic metadata – it’s offering HDR10+, a competitor to Dolby Vision. HDR10+ is an open-source format, that Amazon Video has already signed up to use.

It’s an edge-lit LED unit – Samsung isn’t offering a single direct-lit unit this year. I’d be really worried about this if it weren’t for the fact that last year’s Samsung KS7000 offered some very impressive dimming skills. Samsung is clearly confident.

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The MU8000 has a claimed brightness of 1000 nits. That’s the level of brightness offered by last year’s top models, but less than Samsung’s QLED range this year, which can hit 1500-2000 nits.

Samsung has been rocking its Quantum Dot technology for a few years now, but this year that’s been reserved for the QLED models, such as the Samsung Q7F. Instead, the MU8000 relies on the ‘Dynamic Crystal Colour’ engine, which claims to deliver more than a billion shades.

On the smart TV front, the MU8000 is equipped with Samsung’s Eden interface. It’s a launcher bar system that pops up on top of whatever you’re watching, without making you pause or kicking you out.

A couple of years ago I would have accused Samsung of shamelessly ripping off LG’s webOS interface, but these days it’s grown to be a different beast. The launcher bar offers two tiers of icons, some of which are customisable. It’s a quick way to jump between your preferred apps and sources, and it’s as easy as channel hopping.

I really like the way the interface automatically recognises what sources you’ve plugged in – the MU8000 correctly identified my game consoles and surround sound amplifier.

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Samsung UE55MU8000 – Performance

Picture performance is very impressive, as long as you temper your expectations. After all, 4K HDR TVs are still in their relative infancy, and if you step away from the cutting edge models, you will end up with more compromises. The MU8000’s image quality is a mixed bag, but the good does outweigh the bad.

I’ll start with the negatives. As is common with edge-lit LED TVs, there are some lighting issues. I occasionally spotted some clouding. It’s especially noticeable in dark areas at the top and bottom of the screen – if you’re watching a movie with black bars top and bottom, you’re more likely to see it. It’s pretty mild, as far as clouding goes – there’s less here than there was on last year’s KS7000, you’ll only really see it in a dark room and even then it’s certainly possible to get used to it. The flat form factor of the MU8000 might help – our review of the curved Samsung MU9000 had far harsher words in this department.

Viewing angles aren’t amazing. Samsung has gone for a VA panel here, which is good for contrast but poor for angled viewing. If you move out of 25-30 degrees from centre, you’ll begin to lose out on contrast and saturation, and the lighting will look noticeably non-uniform.

As for colours, I’ve seen stronger from Samsung, and this is clearly second-tier performance. What you get here is plenty vibrant, but the Quantum Dot models this year and last year just look richer and more subtle, with a more varied palette. There is also occasionally some striping in HDR. Thankfully it’s rare, though.

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Moving on to the positives. What I really like about the MU8000 is its contrast. It gets plenty bright, and it gets plenty dark. It’s not quite 1000 nits – we’re looking at a maximum of about 700, but that’s enough to give you a tangible visual impact, especially when the blacks are so impressive.

Blacks really look black, rather than slightly hollow and grey, which is what I’ve come to expect from LED LCD TVs. There’s not as much above-black shadow detail as you might find on a good OLED TV, and you get minimal crushing on all but the most extreme of HDR pictures.

Highlights do really well too, with little clipping on bright areas such as headlamps and explosions. Combine the two and you’ve got a level of contrast and dynamism strong enough to give you that HDR hit.

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Let’s not forget the 4K element – Samsung’s mastered the resolution. The picture is plenty sharp, with loads of fine texture but without the overly processed look that can come from being a little too enthusiastic. Upscaling from HD and standard-definition sources look clean too, with not nearly as much picture noise as there could be.

Gamers will be pleased to know the Samsung MU8000 does well on the latency front. The 24ms input lag I detected isn’t as impressive as the 21ms figure I recorded on the LG Signature G7 OLED, but it is more than good enough for competitive online gaming.

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A final word on audio performance – it’s nothing to write home about. It’s fine for the news, but for any serious viewing I’d recommend a proper sound system, or at least a soundbar.

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To get the most out of the MU8000, here are some set up tips. I’d recommend using the Standard picture preset – while I usually advocate the Movie mode, I feel this one is too muted and soft. Go with Standard and nudge the colour temperature to Warm.

For bright room HDR viewing, I’d recommend having Contrast Enhancer and Local Dimming on high. For dark room HDR viewing, you’ll want to turn those down to Standard or Low so that you can avoid seeing the blooming – but note that this does knock your brightness down.

Lastly, the motion processing is far too aggressive by default, so go into Custom mode and manually knock the anti-blur and anti-judder settings down – I have it no higher than 3.

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Should I buy the Samsung UE55MU8000?

If you’re after that HDR punch, but your budget doesn’t stretch to a premium QLED or OLED model, then there’s plenty to like here. There are a few minor drawbacks, but the MU8000’s strengths easily outweigh the flaws. The contrast here is excellent for a non-premium TV, and if it’s impact you’re after you won’t be disappointed.

Alternatively, if it’s lush HDR colours you want, and you’re not as fussed about brightness and dynamism, it’s also worth checking out the Sony KD-55XE8596.

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  • Image Quality 8

  • Design 9

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Product Description

The Samsung MU8000 Ultra HDTV redefines the viewing experience that produces over a billion colors with 4K Color Drive Extreme and a High Dynamic Range picture. Samsung's HDR Extreme provides stunning conrast between the darkest darks and the lightest lights while expanding color and depth. Featuring a 360 degrees design, Triple Black Pro and a Motion Rate 240. Also featuring a new Smart TV user interface and a new premium smart remote with voice control.

Every scene deserves a brilliant picture. Experience lifelike color with a billion more shades than regular 4K UHD and enjoy the expanded depth of HDR. With extreme contrast between the darkest darks and lightest lights, you never miss a detail. MR 240 brings fast action to life, and you can take it all in on a TV that's streamlined from every angle- from a sleek frame to a clean back.

4K Color Drive Extreme for Premium UHD

4K Color Drive Extreme is designed to produce a step up in color with a billion more shades than regular 4K UHD, making every scene more lifelike.

Enhanced Fluid Motion

Motion Rate 240 technology is designed to digitally reduce the blur commonly associated with fast-moving content.

360° Design

The clean back finish of the MU8000 is designed to look good from front to back, whether mounted on the wall or sitting on a stand.

One Remote Replaces Many

The OneRemote automatically detects and controls all your compatible connected devices and content with no manual programming required.

It's All Connected

The included One Connect Box connects your components to one separate box, and not to the back of the TV, so you can see more of what you want to and less of what you don't.

Samsung Smart Hub

With an Internet connection and all devices on the same network, you can access your favorite apps, content, and sports with Samsung Smart Hub.
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