Samsung KS9000 Review (UN55KS9000, UN65KS9000, UN75KS9000)

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SETTINGS

Type: LED

Resolution: 4k

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

The Samsung KS9000 4k UHD LED TV has a lot to offer. Be it movies, HDR, sports or video games, it handles most content nicely. With the fact it can get very bright and doesn’t have much reflections, it is also a good fit for even the brightest living room. Unfortunately, it isn’t perfect. Its picture quality diminishes when viewed form the side.

  • Great TV for watching movies and HDR content.
  • Very low input lag which is great for playing video games.
  • Very bright and not much reflections.
  • Picture quality deteriorates when viewed from the side.

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Design

Samsung KS9000 Design

Curved: No

The Samsung KS9000 pleases the eyes with its high end look and thinness. The materials it's made of all seems to be of high quality. From its chrome stand to its thin metal borders and even its textured back, this TV is sure to look great in any room. It has the same overall look as the Samsung KS9500 minus the curved screen.

Stand

Samsung KS9000 Stand

The stand of the TV has a nice chrome finish. It has a fairly large footprint and goes a long way toward the back of the TV. It could not be ideal if you want the TV to lay against a wall.

Footprint of the 55″ TV stand: 33.9″ x 15″

Back

Samsung KS9000 Back

Wall Mount

:
Vesa 400×400

Even the back of the TV is both sleek and attractive with its textured finish. A cover that is included with the TV hides the back inputs that won’t be in the way to wall mount the TV.

Borders

Samsung KS9000 Borders

Borders

:
0.39" (1 cm)

The borders of the TV are thin and have a nice metal polish to them.

Thickness

Samsung KS9000 Thickness

Max Thickness

:
1" (2.6 cm)

Very thin from a 90 degree angle. The bottom part of the TV is thicker. The maximum thickness measurement include the horizontal metal looking plastic border that goes across the back of the TV.

8.5

Movies & TV

Score components:

  • 38%
    Dark Scene
  • 6%
    Judder
  • 19%
    HDR
  • 12%
    Color Accuracy
  • 25%
    Resolution

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Samsung KS9000 Movies

The Samsung KS9000 is an excellent TV for watching movies, especially in HDR. Colors really pop, details are plentiful and playback is smooth. This stay true whatever the sources, even for low quality content like cable TV and DVDs. It gets even better on high quality content like blu-rays and 4k materials. The KS9000 is able to produce beautiful scenery even on very dark content.

8.2

Dark Scene

Score components:

  • 51%
    Contrast
  • 20%
    Black Uniformity
  • 26%
    Local Dimming
  • 3%
    3D

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The Samsung KS9000 is great for watching movies in the dark. Dark scenes appear deep and rich in details without any unusual screen uniformity issues. Local dimming is available on the KS9000 but doesn't work well. As other 2016 Samsung TVs, 3D isn't available on the KS9000.

9.4

Contrast

What it is:

Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.

When it matters:

Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.

Score components:

  • 100%
    Contrast

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Samsung KS9000 Checkboard

Black

What it is:

How much light pure black emits.

When it matters:

Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.

Good value:

< 0.040 cd/m2

Noticeable difference:

0.010 cd/m2

Learn more

:
0.014 cd/m2

White

What it is:

White brightness of our calibration.

When it matters:

It doesn’t matter much. This is mainly to standardize our black and contrast ratio measurements.

Good value:

Close to our 100 cd/m2 target.

Noticeable difference:

20 cd/m2

Learn more

:
95.48 cd/m2

Contrast

What it is:

Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks.

When it matters:

Dark scenes in a dark room.

Good value:

> 3,000

Noticeable difference:

500

Learn more

:
6820 : 1

Impressive black level and very high native contrast ratio. This result in a picture that pop in most content, even on dark scenes. Top and bottom black bars in movies nearly doesn’t emit light which is good.

9.7

Black Uniformity

What it is:

Evenness of blacks.

When it matters:

Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.

Score components:

  • 100%
    Std. Dev.

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Samsung KS9000 Black Uniformity

Std. Dev.

What it is:

Average of the squared difference of the blacks.

When it matters:

Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.

Good value:

< 2%

Noticeable difference:

1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.

Learn more

:
0.541 %

Very faint clouding spots that won’t ruin even the darkest scenes. Good black uniformity performance.

5.5

Local Dimming

What it is:

The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.

When it matters:

Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

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Local Dimming

What it is:

Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.

When it matters:

On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.

Learn more

:
Yes

Backlight

What it is:

Configuration of the lights of the backlight.

When it matters:

Effectiveness of the local dimming.

Good value:

Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.

Learn more

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Edge

The local dimming feature on the KS9000 doesn’t work very well. It does darken the blacks but some small highlights too like the dot in our test video. Although it isn’t that much apparent in the video, local dimming sometimes creates big vertical blooming areas on big highlights depending on the scenes. It is more noticeable in person. For this test, we set local dimming (‘Active LED’) to ‘High’. A TV with a full array backlight can produce much better results.

0

3D

What it is:

Optional 3D video capability on TV.

When it matters:

3D movies and videos.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

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Not Available

10

Judder

Score components:

  • 80%
    24p Playback
  • 20%
    Motion Interpolation

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There is no judder to be seen when watching movies given the good settings are enabled. As a result, motion in movies isn't distracting. The Samsung KS9000 also have the option to add the soap opera effect (motion interpolation) to make motion super smooth.

10

24p Playback

What it is:

Whether 24p content can play without any judder.

When it matters:

Only 24p content (mostly just movies).

Score components:

  • 71%
    Judder-free 24p
  • 14%
    Judder-free 24p via 60p
  • 14%
    Judder-free 24p via 60i

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Judder-free 24p

What it is:

Judder-free movies over 24p signal.

When it matters:

Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.

Learn more

:
Yes

Judder-free 24p via 60p

What it is:

Judder-free movies over 60p signal.

When it matters:

Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.

Learn more

:
Yes

Judder-free 24p via 60i

What it is:

Judder-free movies over 60i signal.

When it matters:

Movies from cable/satellite boxes.

Learn more

:
Yes

No special settings needed to remove judder from 24p sources although to get the same result on 60i and 60p content, ‘Auto Motion Plus’ has to be set to ‘Custom’ with both sliders set to 0. This doesn’t add the soap opera effect.

10

Motion Interpolation

What it is:

Also known as ‘Soap Opera Effect’. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.

When it matters:

If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.

Score components:

  • 50%
    Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
  • 50%
    Motion Interpolation (60 fps)

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Motion Interpolation (30 fps):

What it is:

Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.

When it matters:

30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.

Learn more

Yes

Motion Interpolation (60 fps):

What it is:

Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.

When it matters:

60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.

Learn more

Yes

Motion Interpolation can be activated with the ‘Auto Motion Plus’ setting. This will work for all sources up to 60 fps.

7.9

HDR

Score components:

  • 31%
    Color Gamut
  • 31%
    Peak Brightness
  • 16%
    Gradient
  • 22%
    HDR Format Support

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With this high peak brightness, wide range and smoothness of colors, HDR content is especially nice to watch on the Samsung KS9000. Blooming is present here and there depending on the scene but as a whole, this TV will make owners of a UHD blu-ray player happy about their investment.

8.2

Color Gamut

What it is:

How many colors the TV can display.

When it matters:

HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.

Score components:

  • 25%
    DCI P3 xy
  • 25%
    DCI P3 uv
  • 25%
    Rec 2020 xy
  • 25%
    Rec 2020 uv

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Samsung KS9000 Color Gamut

Wide Color Gamut

What it is:

Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.

When it matters:

HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.

Learn more

:
Yes

DCI P3 xy

What it is:

Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.

When it matters:

DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.

Good value:

> 90%

Noticeable difference:

5%

Learn more

:
91.53 %

DCI P3 uv

What it is:

Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u’ v’.

When it matters:

DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.

Good value:

> 90%

Noticeable difference:

5%

Learn more

:
95.13 %

Rec 2020 xy

What it is:

Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.

When it matters:

Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.

Good value:

> 90%

Noticeable difference:

5%

Learn more

:
66.82 %

Rec 2020 uv

What it is:

Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u’ v’.

When it matters:

Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.

Good value:

> 90%

Noticeable difference:

5%

Learn more

:
74.51 %

Good coverage of colors in DCI P3 and fair score for the Rec 2020 colorspace. This TV is able to produce very deep colors and HDR content benefit from this.

8.8

Peak Brightness

What it is:

How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).

When it matters:

Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.

Score components:

  • 20%
    2% Window
  • 20%
    10% Window
  • 20%
    25% Window
  • 20%
    50% Window
  • 20%
    100% Window

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Samsung KS9000 Peak Brightness

2% Window

What it is:

The maximum luminosity of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).

When it matters:

Bright objects; especially for HDR content.

Good value:

> 400 cd/m2

Noticeable difference:

100 cd/m2

Learn more

:
1410 cd/m2

10% Window

What it is:

The maximum luminosity of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).

When it matters:

Bright objects; especially for HDR content.

Good value:

> 400 cd/m2

Noticeable difference:

100 cd/m2

Learn more

:
1265 cd/m2

25% Window

What it is:

The maximum luminosity of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).

When it matters:

Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.

Good value:

> 300 cd/m2

Noticeable difference:

100 cd/m2

Learn more

:
905 cd/m2

50% Window

What it is:

The maximum luminosity of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).

When it matters:

Bright rooms.

Good value:

> 250 cd/m2

Noticeable difference:

100 cd/m2

Learn more

:
640 cd/m2

100% Window

What it is:

The maximum luminosity of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).

When it matters:

Bright rooms.

Good value:

> 250 cd/m2

Noticeable difference:

100 cd/m2

Learn more

:
490 cd/m2

Very impressive and similar results to the Samsung KS9500. Highlights can get extremely bright and as a whole the screen can also maintain a high level of brightness. As the KS9500, brightness vary on a static screen but is not a problem on regular content. On the downside, very bright highlights can create big blooming areas. We used local dimming (‘Active LED’) set to ‘High’ to get as high peak brightness.

9.5

Gradient

What it is:

How finely levels of color can be displayed.

When it matters:

Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

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Samsung KS9000 Gradient

Color Depth

What it is:

Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.

When it matters:

HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won’t matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.

Good value:

10-bit.

Noticeable difference:

1 bit.

Learn more

:
10 Bit

Nearly perfect gradient. Some very minor irregularities in the darker red band but nothing that can be seen in regular content. Fine level of colors overall.

5.0

HDR Format Support

HDR10

What it is:

Standard HDR format.

When it matters:

Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.

:
Yes

Dolby Vision

What it is:

Better format, due to its dynamic nature.

When it matters:

Currently, only available via streaming.

:
No

9.4

Color Accuracy

Score components:

  • 80%
    Pre Calibration
  • 20%
    Post Calibration

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Colors are at a near calibrated level out of the box which is great. They give a nice and natural look to the picture. Calibration, which was easy to achieve, gave us even better results.

Our Rec.709 calibration settings are available here.

9.3

Pre Calibration

What it is:

TV’s color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.

When it matters:

All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people’s use cases.

Score components:

  • 50%
    White Balance dE
  • 50%
    Color dE

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Samsung KS9000 Pre Calibration

Samsung KS9000 Pre Gamma Curve

Samsung KS9000 Pre Color

White Balance dE

What it is:

Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.

When it matters:

Overall color temperature of all video.

Good value:

< 3

Noticeable difference:

1

Learn more

:
1.04

Color dE

What it is:

Average inaccuracy of colors.

When it matters:

All colors.

Good value:

< 3

Noticeable difference:

1

Learn more

:
1.4976

Gamma

What it is:

Brightness of shades of gray.

When it matters:

Shadows.

Good value:

Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)

Noticeable difference:

0.1

Learn more

:
2.23

Very low white balance and color dE which results in an excellent out of the box state.

9.8

Post Calibration

What it is:

TV’s color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.

When it matters:

All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn’t that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.

Score components:

  • 50%
    White Balance dE
  • 50%
    Color dE

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Samsung KS9000 Post Calibration

Samsung KS9000 Post Gamma Curve

Samsung KS9000 Post Color

White Balance dE

What it is:

Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.

When it matters:

Overall color temperature of all videos.

Good value:

< 3

Noticeable difference:

1

Learn more

:
0.55

Color dE

What it is:

Average inaccuracy of colors.

When it matters:

All colors.

Good value:

< 3

Noticeable difference:

1

Learn more

:
0.3021

Gamma

What it is:

Brightness of shades of gray.

When it matters:

Shadows.

Good value:

Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)

Noticeable difference:

0.1

Learn more

:
2.21

Like other Samsung TVs, calibration went smoothly and helped reduce both white balance and color dE to a very low level.

8.7

Resolution

Score components:

  • 18%
    480p
  • 29%
    720p
  • 36%
    1080p
  • 18%
    4k

The Samsung KS9000 is able to display a great picture no matter what resolution it's at. 4k looks gorgeous with all its fine details and lower resolutions are able to maintain a great level of details too. Either the TV display UHD blu-rays, streaming or low quality content such as cable TV and DVDs, the Samsung KS9000 produces a great picture.

8.0

480p

What it is:

Quality of a 480p input.

When it matters:

Standard definition TV, DVDs.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

Samsung KS9000 480p

8.0

720p

What it is:

Quality of a 720p input.

When it matters:

HD channels, some streaming videos.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

Samsung KS9000 720p

9.0

1080p

What it is:

Quality of a 1080p input.

When it matters:

Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

Samsung KS9000 1080p

10

4k

What it is:

Quality of a 4k UHD input.

When it matters:

Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

Samsung KS9000 4k

7.9

Sports

Score components:

  • 56%
    Motion Blur
  • 44%
    Gray Uniformity

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Good sports performance on the Samsung KS9000. Blur isn't a real issue even on fast action plays. Balls traveling quickly across the screen maintains a good level of details and fast moving players appear defined enough. Long camera pans over playing fields don't reveal any obvious uniformity problem.

8.2

Motion Blur

What it is:

Amount of blur on fast movement.

When it matters:

Sports, video games.

Score components:

  • 80%
    Response Time
  • 20%
    Overshoot

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Samsung KS9000 Motion Blur

Response Time

What it is:

How quickly pixels can change color.

When it matters:

Fast movement.

Good value:

< 20ms

Noticeable difference:

10ms

Learn more

:
16.1 ms

Overshoot

What it is:

When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.

When it matters:

Fast movement.

Good value:

< 10ms

Noticeable difference:

10ms

Learn more

:
0.3 ms

Backlight

What it is:

Flickering pattern at different luminosities.

When it matters:

For people sensible to flickering.

Learn more

:
picture

There are TVs with faster response time but there is no big issues with how the KS9000 handles motion. Not much blur can be seen in fast action scenes. In the picture, only a faint trail is following the moving logo.

7.6

Gray Uniformity

What it is:

Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).

When it matters:

Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.

Score components:

  • 50%
    Std. Dev.
  • 50%
    DSE

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Samsung KS9000 Gray Uniformity

Std. Dev.

What it is:

Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.

When it matters:

Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.

Good value:

< 2.5%

Noticeable difference:

1%

Learn more

:
3.194 %

DSE

What it is:

High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.

When it matters:

Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.

Good value:

< 0.165%

Noticeable difference:

0.025%

Learn more

:
0.159 %

The left and right edges are darker and top and bottom brighter. Compared to most LED TVs, the gray uniformity on the Samsung KS9000 isn’t a big issue with no obvious banding problem occurring on camera pans over playing fields of uniform color.

8.7

Video Games

Score components:

  • 35%
    Input Lag
  • 6%
    PC Monitor
  • 59%
    Motion Blur

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The Samsung KS9000 is a very good TV to buy for playing video games. Even on fast camera movements the picture stays well defined and action sent by controllers are near instantly displayed on the TV. That level of responsiveness and the fact that the TV accept most PC inputs makes the KS9000 a good choice for playing video games or to use the TV as a PC monitor.

Included scores:

8.2

Motion Blur

9.5

Input Lag

What it is:

Delay between input and onscreen reaction.

When it matters:

Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.

Score components:

  • 100%
    Input Lag

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Samsung KS9000 Input Lag

Input Lag

What it is:

Lowest input lag possible on TV.

When it matters:

Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.

Good value:

< 50ms

Noticeable difference:

15ms

Learn more

:
20.5 ms

With Interpolation

What it is:

Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.

When it matters:

When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.

Good value:

< 50ms

Noticeable difference:

15ms

Learn more

:
110.6 ms

Outside Game Mode

What it is:

Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.

When it matters:

For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.

Good value:

< 50ms

Noticeable difference:

15ms

Learn more

:
124.1 ms

Very low input lag which is great. The responsiveness you get from controller inputs nearly can’t be felt. Players that like first person shooter, racing or combat games will like gaming on the KS9000. Unfortunately, motion interpolation (‘Auto Motion Plus’) bring the input lag too high to consider using that option.

8.0

PC Monitor

What it is:

Different resolutions supported by TV.

When it matters:

PC monitor usage.

Score components:

  • 20%
    1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20%
    1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20%
    4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20%
    4k @ 60Hz
  • 20%
    4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4

1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4

What it is:

Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.

When it matters:

PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.

:
Yes

1080p @ 120Hz

What it is:

120 fps 1080p signal supported.

When it matters:

PC gaming.

:
No

4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4

What it is:

Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.

When it matters:

PC productivity and gaming.

:
Yes

4k @ 60Hz

What it is:

60 fps 4k signal supported.

When it matters:

PC productivity and gaming.

:
Yes

4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4

What it is:

Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.

When it matters:

Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.

:
Yes

Except for 1080p @ 120Hz, the KS9000 doesn’t have problems with most PC inputs. To get 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4, ‘HDMI UHD Color’ has to be turned on. For 4:4:4 in other resolutions, just edit the HDMI input to ‘PC’ (hover the current HDMI input used from the input list and press up on the remote, then ‘Edit’ and select ‘PC’).

8.3

Living Room

Score components:

  • 33%
    Reflections
  • 33%
    Viewing Angle
  • 33%
    Peak Brightness

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The special screen coating of the Samsung KS9000 ensure reflections aren't a big problem and make the TV suitable for any living room. With the brightness the KS9000 can achieve, the screen is always visible even in very bright environments. Like other LED TVs though, its picture quality diminishes at an angle.

Included scores:

8.8

Peak Brightness

9.5

Reflections

What it is:

How much light is reflected by the TV.

When it matters:

Bright rooms.

Score components:

Subjectively assigned

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Samsung KS9000 Reflections

Samsung KS9000 Bright Room

Reflection

What it is:

Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.

When it matters:

Ambient light in the room.

Good value:

< 1%

Noticeable difference:

0.5%

Learn more

:
0.5 %

Screen Finish

What it is:

Type of coating on the screen.

When it matters:

Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).

Good value:

Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.

Learn more

:
Glossy

The screen of the KS9000 does reflect lights but less than most other TVs. Even in a bright room the picture of the KS9000 stays visible.

6.7

Viewing Angle

What it is:

Color accuracy when viewed from the side.

When it matters:

Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.

Score components:

  • 100%
    Viewing Angle

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LCD Type

What it is:

Type of LCD technology used by the TV.

When it matters:

Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.

Good value:

IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.

Learn more

:
VA

Viewing Angle

What it is:

Angle where the contrast drops to 50% of the contrast directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV.

When it matters:

Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.

Good value:

> 30°

Noticeable difference:

10°

Learn more

:
20 °

At an angle, colors shift and blacks appear less deep. This is a common issue for LED TVs of this type (VA) but we have seen worse viewing angle.

6.6

Sound

Score components:

  • 67%
    Frequency Response
  • 33%
    Total Harmonic Distortion

Learn more

Compared to other TVs, the Samsung KS9000 doesn't sound too bad. Other external sound devices, like a sound bar, will still do much better though. Unless you are keen to a minimal setup, it is a good idea to invest into another external sound solution.

7.6

Frequency Response

What it is:

Sound level at different frequencies.

When it matters:

For balanced sound.

Score components:

  • 8%
    Std. Dev. @ 75
  • 15%
    Std. Dev. @ 85
  • 23%
    Std. Dev. @ Max
  • 15%
    Max
  • 38%
    Low-end Cutoff

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Samsung KS9000 Frequency Response

Std. Dev. @ 75

What it is:

Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.

When it matters:

75 dB.

Good value:

< 4 dB

Noticeable difference:

2 dB

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2.00 dB SPL

Std. Dev. @ 85

What it is:

Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.

When it matters:

85 dB.

Good value:

< 4 dB

Noticeable difference:

2 dB

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2.97 dB SPL

Std. Dev. @ Max

What it is:

Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.

When it matters:

Max volume.

Good value:

< 4 dB

Noticeable difference:

2 dB

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:
5.37 dB SPL

Max

What it is:

Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.

When it matters:

For listening to loud audio.

Good value:

> 90 dB

Noticeable difference:

2 dB

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:
86.6 dB SPL

Low-end Cutoff

What it is:

How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.

When it matters:

Movies; gaming.

Good value:

< 50Hz

Noticeable difference:

10Hz

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:
71.27 Hz

Good frequency response. The low-end cutoff and maximum loudness are decent, for a TV. However, at higher volumes, there is pumping and compression present.

4.5

Total Harmonic Distortion

What it is:

Pureness of a single frequency.

Score components:

  • 20%
    Distortion @ 75
  • 40%
    Distortion @ 85
  • 40%
    Distortion @ Max

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Samsung KS9000 Total Harmonic Distortion

Distortion @ 75

What it is:

Amount of distortion.

When it matters:

75 dB.

Good value:

< 0.100

Noticeable difference:

0.100

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:
0.057

Distortion @ 85

What it is:

Amount of distortion.

When it matters:

85 dB.

Good value:

< 0.100

Noticeable difference:

0.100

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:
0.296

Distortion @ Max

What it is:

Amount of distortion.

When it matters:

85 dB.

Good value:

< 0.100

Noticeable difference:

0.100

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:
0.353

Poor distortion results. Although there is no dramatic rise in distortion as the volume increases, but the overall level of distortion at all levels, is elevated.

Software and Inputs

Samsung KS9000 Smart TV

Smart OS: Tizen (2016)

Sporting the new Samsung 2016 smart platform, the Samsung KS9000 offer a good experience with most of the popular apps at the disposal. Menu navigation is straightforward although a remote with a pointer would have helped for text input. The KS9000 offers plenty of inputs, more than enough for most home setups.

Apps

Samsung KS9000 Apps

YouTube, Netflix and other popular apps are available and menu navigation is straightforward. As a whole, the smart platform presentation is neat compared to what Samsung had to offer in 2015.

TV Controls

Samsung KS9000 Controls

A button that offers basic TV controls such as changing inputs, volume and turning the TV on and off, is located underneath the Samsung logo on the front of the TV. It can be accessed when the TV is wall mounted.

Remote

Samsung KS9000 Remote

For the most part, the minimal remote is sufficient but at times can be hard to use in the dark since not all buttons have tactile feedback. It also doesn’t work as a pointer which can make text input a little awkward.

In The Box

Samsung KS9000 In The Box

– Remote
– Batteries
– Wall mount adapters
– One Connect box with cable
– Cable management accessories
– Manuals

Side Inputs

Samsung KS9000 Side Inputs

Rear Inputs

Samsung KS9000 Rear Inputs

Total Inputs

HDMI

:
4

USB

:
2

Digital Optical Audio Out

:
1

Analog Audio Out 3.5mm

:
0

Analog Audio Out RCA

:
0

Component In

:
0

Composite In

:
0

Tuner (Cable/Ant)

:
1

Ethernet

:
1

DisplayPort

:
0

IR In

:
0

SD/SDHC

:
0

Inputs Specifications

5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital

What it is:

TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.

When it matters:

5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.

:
Yes

5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS

What it is:

TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.

When it matters:

5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.

:
Yes

5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital

What it is:

TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.

When it matters:

5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.

:
Yes

5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS

What it is:

TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.

When it matters:

5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.

:
Yes

HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith

:
Yes

ARC

:
Yes (HDMI 4)

USB 3

:
No

HDCP 2.2

:
Yes

CEC

:
Yes

MHL

:
No

Variable Analog Audio Out

:
No

Misc

Pixels

Samsung KS9000 Pixels

Other

60i:

Yes

Power Consumption

:
53 W

Power Consumption (Max)

:
142 W

Firmware

:
1008

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (UN55KS9000) version FA01. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" version (UN65KS9000). If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung KS9000 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model US Canada UK Warehouse Warehouse long
55" UN55KS9000 UN55KS9000FXZA UN55KS9000FXZC UE55KS8000 N/A N/A
65" UN65KS9000 UN65KS9000FXZA UN65KS9000FXZC UE65KS8000 UN65KS900D UN65KS900DFXZA

Compared to other TVs

Samsung KS9000 Group Shot

Top left: Sony X930D (XBR55X930D). Top middle: Samsung KS9000 (UN55KS9000). Top right: Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Bottom left: Samsung KS9500 (UN55KS9500). Bottom right: Samsung KS8000 (UN55KS8000). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The KS9000 is definitely the best overall LED TV we tested so far for a mixed usage. However, it is priced very high, so we don't really recommend it.

8.2

Samsung KS8000

49" 55" 60" 65"

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The Samsung KS8000 is a better buy. It is almost as good as the KS9000 on all aspect, it just doesn't get as bright. The price difference is not worth it, so buy the cheaper KS8000.

8.3

Samsung KS9500

55" 65"

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The pricier Samsung KS9500 has the same picture quality as the KS9000, but with a curved screen. The curve is not worth it (see curved vs flat).

8.2

Vizio P Series 2016

50" 55" 65" 75"

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The Vizio P has a lot more bang for the buck for a similar picture quality, as long as the content being played is of high quality. For exclusively watching movies in the dark or playing video games, the Vizio P is a smarter buy. For other usage, like sports, cable TV and DVDs, you better buy the Samsung KS9000. In the living room, the Samsung KS9000 is also better.

7.9

Sony X930D

55" 65"

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The Sony X930D is worse for playing video games. For most other content, the Samsung KS9000 is also slightly better. Even more so when watched under a bright lighting environment or a very dark room. The Samsung KS9000 is a more versatile TV and a better buy.

Conclusion

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If it weren’t for its diminished picture quality at an angle, there wouldn’t be much bad things to say about the Samsung KS9000. Most of the things it does are great. Movies look smooth and colorful, HDR is impressive, sports look defined and free from common uniformity issues and video games are surprisingly responsive. With the very high brightness and low reflections the Samsung KS9000 produces, it sure is a good fit for about anybody’s living room.

SCORES

8.3
Overall

8.5
Movies & TV

7.9
Sports

8.7
Video Games

8.3
Living Room

6.6
Sound

Source: www.rtings.com