Samsung UN65JS9000 SUHD TV Review

Specs

ManufacturerSamsung
ModelUN65JS9000
Display TypeLED LCD
Resolution3840x2160
Inputs4x HDMI 2.0a, 1x Component/Composite, 1x USB, 1x Antenna
Outputs1x Optical, 1x 3.5mm Audio
Streaming ServicesNetflix (4K), Amazon (4K), MGo (4K/HDR), YouTube, Hulu
Wi-Fi SupportYes
3D SupportYes
Display Size57.5" x 36" x 14.4"
Display Weight72.5 lbs.
Review DateJune 24, 2015
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The introduction of 4K was only the first step to improving the home viewing experience. Now this year we see the introduction of TVs that are going to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and expanded color gamuts. These TVs produce brighter highlights while still offering great shadow detail. We also will get to see movies at home that offer the same wider range of colors that movie theaters offer today. These offer big improvements in picture quality that are visible from any distance and screen size.

One of the first displays to support both of these is the Samsung JS9000 SUHD. It is a curved, edge-lit LED screen that uses Quantum Dots to support the P3 color gamut and can produce HDR highlights. It offers 4K streaming content from Netflix and Amazon, accurate grayscale and color images, and a 30,000:1 contrast ratio. The curved screen still seems to offer no real benefits to me, and in this case makes a flaw in the edge lighting more apparent. That flaw aside, the JS9000 is a nice, though expensive, TV that is as future-proof as you can buy today.

Beyond Resolution

Specs
Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:UN65JS9000
Display Type:LED LCD
Resolution:3840x2160
Inputs:4x HDMI 2.0a, 1x Component/Composite, 1x USB, 1x Antenna
Outputs:1x Optical, 1x 3.5mm Audio
Streaming Services:Netflix (4K), Amazon (4K), MGo (4K/HDR), YouTube, Hulu
Wi-Fi Support:Yes
3D Support:Yes
Display Size:57.5" x 36" x 14.4"
Display Weight:72.5 lbs.
Review Date:June 24, 2015
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Sharper images are nice, but they’re dependent on where you sit and your screen size. In my living room, like many other people, I sit around 10’ away from my 60” plasma. Here I would be able to see a different with a 4K display but not the full resolution at all. Because of this and the cost of 4K I’ve felt no reason to upgrade. This year with the further improvements beyond just resolution, that is no longer the case.

At CES 2014 I watched many demonstrations of HDR and wider color gamuts. Side-by-side with traditional HDTV content they offer clear advantages. Bright highlights that don’t cause viewer fatigue. The different shades of Red and Blue that are available are easy to see when watching the recent Star Trek film. At an event earlier this year in NYC, Samsung showed us comparisons of HDTV content and HDR/P3 content using clips from Exodus. From the color of gold to the shine of the sun, the HDR/P3 one looks much better. Even across the room you notice the difference in colors and brightness.

What is the downside to these new technologies? The first is cost. HDR requires more powerful backlighting systems, and those cost money. The other is that right now there isn’t much content available to use HDR or the larger color gamut. Later this year as we will get streaming content from Netflix and UltraHD Blu-ray discs with HDR. Since those are coming so soon, I’m not worried about the lack of content as I was when UltraHD TVs first started shipping. As I write this sentence there were the first Four UHD HDR movies released on the MGo service. They need the Samsung UHD Video Pack, and are $30 each to download, but content is appearing.

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