Samsung UN65KS8000 Review : 65-Inch Flat 4K HDR Smart LED TV

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Samsung UN65KS8000 Review : 65-Inch Flat 4K HDR Smart LED TV
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Overview

Samsung UN65KS8000 Review

Samsung UN65KS8000 is part of KS8000 series, the lowest model of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup or flat model of Samsung Series 8. HDR with Ultra HD Premium Certification is the flagship of UN65KS8000. Additionally, there are also some features with great performance that offered. But unlike the predecessor, there is no 3D technology behind it that course will be a little disappointing for some people who care about 3D technology. But separated from its downside about 3D technology, what offered by UN65KS8000 is great for its price like stunning picture quality, good motion handling, attractive smart TV, and more. Of course, it is a serious TV for 4K entertainment in your home with affordable price.

The second generation of Quantum Dot Panel where at first generation in last year named “Nano Crystal Color” is one of the mainstay technologies behind it. Additionally, for delivering deep blacks, there is UHD Dimming technology and true local dimming called Ultra Precision Black. Otherwise, for deliver brighter white, Samsung UN65KS8000 is powered by Ultra Peak Illuminator. Additionally, there is also Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate behind them that reduce reflections when it used in a bright room. All of the most advanced Samsung technologies behind them makes picture produced look absolutely amazing for its class.

In other hand, Samsung UN65KS8000 is also a good performer in handling motion blur and 24p movies. For up-scaling lower resolution to near 4K quality, it is also equipped with great performance uh Up-scaling engine. Additionally, for connecting with other devices, it is equipped with 4 HDMI support HDCP 2.2 and has low input, so it is also great for games, even for competitive and HDR games. And that is less attractive that offered by UN65KS8000 is about its smart TV platform called Tizen OS. There are a lot of interesting and useful apps which will make you more comfort when enjoying 4K entertainment in your home.

With all great features that offered, in the market it is sold in china price range $400 -$500, an affordable price for a TV with premium quality. And of course, this price is not fixed and could still change at any time. As the note, because in addition to UN65KS8000 with 65 Inch screen size, KS8000 has some other variants screen size those are 49 Inch (UN49KS8000), 55 Inch (UN55KS8000), and 60 Inch (UN60KS8000), this review certainly is also applicable for them.

Samsung UN65KS8000 Key Specs

Display Specs
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Flat
Size Available 65 Inch (64.5”)
Backlight Edge Lit
Dimming Technology Local Dimming (Precision Black)
Features
Advanced Features UHD Dimming, Ultra Black, Peak Illuminator Pro, Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate, Contrast Enhancer
Color Technology Quantum Dot support 10 bit panel
HDR HDR1000 (Support HDR10)
Ultra HD Premium Certification Yes
4K Up-scaling UHD Up-Scaling
Motion rate MR240 (Native 120 Hz)
Smart TV
Platform Tizen OS
Processor Quad Core
Key Apps Full Browser, Cloud Games, Smart View, and more
Remote Samsung Smart Touch Remote (TM1650A)
Connectivity
HDMI 4
USB 3
Ethernet 1
RF (Terrestrial  Cable) 1
Bluetooth Yes
Audio
Channel 2.1
Speaker Type Down Firing w/Bass Reflex
Total Audio Output 40 Watts
Sound Effect DTS Premium Sound 5.1

Performance of Samsung UN65KS8000

Picture Quality

Ultra HD Premium Certification is the guarantee of amazing picture quality and great HDR performance that offered by Samsung UN65KS8000. As we know, it is an award for HDR TVs which meet the minimum standardizations of HDR 10 set by UHD Alliance. You need to know, for displaying HDR 10 fully, a HDR TV should reach 0.05 nits or lower of black level and 1000 nits or higher of peak brightness. Additionally, they also must cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space and support 10 bit depth of panel. BY certified Ultra HD Premium, this means the display specs of UN65KS9000 exceed the minimum standardization of HDR 10 and can be ascertained, it can display HDR 10 fully without any issues. This also ensures that HDR and SDR picture that displayed on the screen of UN65KS8000 is absolutely amazing for its class.

Samsung HDR TV

One of the keys of amazing picture quality produced by Samsung UN65KS8000 is about the deep black level reached.  With the number of Samsung advanced technology behind it like UHD Dimming, Precision Black, Ultra Black and Contrast Enhancer, it can reach about 0,016 nits of black level with native contrast ratio about 6900:1, much deeper than 0.05 nits as the minimum standardization of HDR 10.  It is quite enough to reveal details of picture in dark scenes or shadow so looks clearly like what intended by HDR technology. Even in a pitch black room, detail of the picture in shadow or dark scenes still looks clearly. Deep black level reached by Samsung UN65KS8000 might not as black as what reached by OLED TV, but for LED TV, it is very great.

In other hand, since HDR technology came to TV, peak brightness is also including the most important aspects of picture quality. It is very important for maintaining contrast and color when a TV used in bright room. Additionally, high peak brightness is also very important to reveal detail of picture in sun highlighted effect or beam highlighted area. And fortunately, with peak Illuminator Pro behind it, Samsung UN55S8000 can reach about 1500 nits of peak brightness and it exceeds 1000 nits of minimum standardization of HDR 10. From here we can conclude the picture produced by UN65KS8000 is very bright, even there are not many HDR TVs that can reach it. Of course, it is more than enough detail of picture in sun highlighted effect. So, no matter it is used in a bright room, the picture that displayed on its screen will look still amazing without color and contrast reduced. In other hand, for minimizing reflection which might be annoying when you’re watching in a bright room, there is also Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate technology behind UN65KS8000.

peak-illuminator-and-precision-black

As mentioned, one of the mainstay technologies behind Samsung UN65KS8000 is Quantum Dot technology where in last year it is named Nano Crystal Color. With this technology, it already supports wide color gamut or more precisely, it can cover about 95% of DCI P3 color space while the minimum standardization of HDR 10 is 90% of DCI P3 color space. This makes color the picture that displayed on the screen of UN65KS8000 is richer and looks very accurate when it is playing HDR 10 contents.  Let alone to display the contents SDR that needs Rec.709 color coverage, of course what delivered by UN65KS9800 is more than enough.  Additionally, in addition to color gamut, depth of color is also an important point of HDR. And for this case, Samsung UN65KS8000 supports 10 bit depth of color in accordance to what required by HDR 10. This has to do with color gradient of the picture produced. With 10 bit panel this means it can deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color. As the comparison, 8 bit TV only delivers about 16 million shades of color and this difference certainly is very far away. And the result, color gradient of the picture displayed on the screen of UN65KS8000 looks very smooth without color banding and gradation.

Samsung Quantum Dot

From great display specs offered by Samsung UN65KS8000 like we have discussed above, stunning picture quality offered by it is undoubtedly. No matter it is displaying HDR or SDR, in a dark room or bright room, the stunning picture produced will look consistently. But unfortunately, at wide viewing angle, the picture displayed on its screen looks inconsistently. This is due the native characteristic of VA panel used for UN65KS8000. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, contrast will looks reduced and color will look faded. So, the right setting between your seat and TV when you place them in your room is very important to get the best viewing.

UHD Up-scaling

Considering most of the contents that available in the market still have lower resolution than 4K, the great performance of UHD Up-scaling engine of 4K TVs is still very important.  Moreover, for streaming 4K contents directly, it needs high speed internet and a huge bandwidth. And for this case, UHD performance offered by Samsung UN65KS8000 is great. No matter the resolution of your sources, you will see them sharply with a lot of small details in 4K quality. Low resolution contents like for SD channel or DVDs looks very good in 4K quality, even the straight line in image don’t look choppy and of course, the higher resolution of the source the result is sharper and more detail. When the source is 720p content like from HD Channels, the small details of the picture will look clearer. And when the source is 1080p contents like from Blu-Ray, the final image produced looks really sharp without losing small details.

Samsung UHD Up-Scaling

Motion Handling

Samsung UN65SK8000 might not be the best in class when handling motion blur, but with Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel behind it, at least, what offered by it is great. Its pixel response time might not as low as LG or Sony TVs as the competitors, but when used for watching fast motion images like video games or sport, overall, there will not a problem. But even so, in certain scenes, motion blur cannot be removed completely and still be slight noticeable. In other hand when it is displaying 24p contents, UN65KS8000 is really a good performer.  This means when they are playing 24p movies from Blu-Ray, the picture produced is free from judder. The perfect performance is also offered when it is displaying 24p contents via 60i signal likes movies from Satellite TV and 24p signal like movies from streaming devices. The final image that resulted is also free from judder. Additionally, Samsung UN55KS8000 is also support motion interpolation that means content can be interpolated up greatly to the panel’s native refresh rate of 120Hz.

Input/Outputs

Like other most of high-end TVs that available in the market, Samsung UN65KS8000is also equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as its major connectivity. Additionally, there are also inputs/output like RF In (Terrestrial), Digital Audio Out (Optical), Ethernet where the amount of each is 1. There is n Composite in and Component in so if you have old devices with AV In or Component in as their major connectivity, you need a converter to connect on your TV. Talking about performance, its HDMI ports already support most of what needed for HDMI connections like HDCP 2.2, HDR 10, CEC, and more. Additionally, their HDMI ports also has low input lag at 1080p and 4K source, even at 4K HDR signals. Of course, it is great for video games, even for games that require very fast reflexes and certainly also need very low input lag. Additionally, Samsung UN65KS8000 is also supports motion interpolation where content can be interpolated up greatly to the panel’s native refresh rate of 120Hz. The difference to most other TVs that available in the market, all HDMI ports, 2 USB ports and RF In are installed on separated box named “One Connect Box”.  This course gives a benefit when there is an update of HDMI firmware where you just need to upgrade your box.

one-connect-box

Smart TV

It is one of the most interesting features that offered by Samsung UN65KS8000. As its platform, it features Tizen OS powered by a quad core processor. In my opinion, it is the second best smart TV platform after WebOS by LG. Its user interface is designed very intuitive and simple with a “ribbon” contains most useful and popular apps and located the bottom across the screen, this will make you more comfort when navigating. Additionally, with the support of a fast quad core processor and sufficient memory, launching an app or selecting between apps feels very responsive. Talking about apps, there are most popular apps available like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, and many more.  Additionally, there are also light and fast web browser that makes you more comfort when surfing in the internet, Samsung’s apps store that provides tons of apps and contents, Cloud Games like PlayStation Now and GameFly that allow you to play tons of games without a console, and many more.

Samsung Tizen OS

As the controller, Samsung UN65KS8000 is equipped with Smart Controller. Unlike Samsung Smart Touch Remote on previous model, there is no “point and click” function.  It is designed simple and comfortable to use with minimalist button so makes you easier when navigating through the Tizen interface. This remote is also equipped with voice commands so you can control basic function like power off/on, selecting inputs, changing channel, and other functions with your voice. Additionally it is also embedded with a lot of Infra Red commands, so once other device connected onto your TV via HDMI ports, you can control them with a single Samsung Remote. But for a while, it is only limited on basic functions while for advanced setting, you still need default remote of them.

Samsung SMart Controller

Sound Quality

The sound quality of Samsung UN65KS8000 is not too bad, even can be said good for slim TV like it. As we see on specification table above, it is equipped with 21 channels speaker system with built-in woofer and powered by 40 watts power amplifier. The maximum loudness is quite loud and frequency response is decent. Low frequency or bass is also improved significantly by built-in woofer. But at high volume, the sound will be heard slightly compressed. Overall, its sound quality is good. But for you who care about sound quality, of course it is not quite impressive and you still need to add external sound bar.

Conclusion

Samsung UN65KS8000 is big screen TV that offers stunning picture quality but still with reasonable price. Ultra HD premium Certification guarantees its great HDR performance ad stunning picture quality that offered. Additionally, it also a good performer in handling motion blur and 24p contents, so it is great used for watching sport programs or movies. In other hand, with low input lag, UN65KS8000 is also great for video games even for games with very responsive reflexes that needs very low input lag. The other interesting thing that offered is about Smart TV where Tizen OS is very responsive and attractive with a lot of most popular apps provided. But unfortunately, unlike the competitor, there is no 3D technology behind it. Poor viewing angle is also a big downside of UN65KS8000.

With all great performance and features that offered, in the market, Samsung UN65KS8000 is sold in china price range $400 – $500, a reasonable price for TV certified by Ultra HD Premium.  In this price range, there is Sony XBR65X930D which comes with 3D technology and Ultra HD Premium Certification but sold about $100 more expensive or LG 65UH8500 that also comes with 3D technology, support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, offer better viewing range, and is sold about $200 cheaper, but is not compliant with Ultra HD premium Certification. Finally, there are a lot of opinions from the people who have purchased it where you can make their opinions as your further consideration before you decide to buy it.

> Buy Samsung UN65KS8000 65-Inch TV (retail price: US$ 446 )<<

POSITIVES

– Certified with Ultra HD Premium Certification
– Deep black level with strong contrast ratio
– Wide Color Gamut
– Low input lag is great for games
– Attractive smart TV

NEGATIVES

– Poor Vieiwing Angle
– No 3D Technology
– Doesn’t support Dolby Vision

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