Samsung KS9800 Review

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Samsung KS9800

Samsung KS9800 Specification

Display Specs
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Curved
Size Available 65” (UN65KS9800), 78” (UN78KS9800), 88″(UN88KS9810)
Backlight Multi Zones Full Array Direct LED
Features
Dimming Supreme UHD Dimming with Precision Black
Ultra Black Yes
Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate
Peak Illuminator Pro
Color Technology Quantum Dot support 10 bit panel
HDR HDR1000
4K Up-scaling UHD Up-Scaling
Motion rate Supreme 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 4.2
Speaker Type Down Firing w/Bass Reflex
Total Audio Output 70 Watts (20W x 2, Woofer 15W x 2),65” 60 watts (20W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2),
Sound Effect DTS Premium Sound 5.1

 

Picture Quality

To meet the standardization of UHD alliance, Samsung KS9800 is powered HDR 1000 engine for processing HDR sources. Combine to Peak Illuminator Ultimate and Full Array LED backlight, this makes peak brightness achieved by KS9800 is more than 1000 nits, even brightest among 2016 TV that available in the market. While the peak brightness of KS9800 is brightest, the deepest possible black level achieved is also very impressive. This may not the deepest because there is LG OLED TV that offers the deepest, but at least it is darker than the standard minimum 0.05 nits. Combination of Supreme UHD Dimming, Precision Black Local and Ultra Black is really effective to improve black level of KS9800. Moreover, there is Multizone Full Array LED as its backlight technology, this course makes the contrast produced by KS9800 is more solid.

Samsung KS9800

The other aspects that affects on HDR performance is about color. As mentioned, to get “UHD Premium” label with great HDR picture quality, a 4K TV should deliver color gamut that can cover more than 90% DCI P3 Color space. Additionally, it also must support 10 bit of depth color. Samsung KS9800 with quantum dot panel technology can cover more than 93% DCI P3 color space. It is an outstanding value that can be achieved by a TV at this time. In other sides, KS9800 also already support 10 bit color. This mean this TV can deliver more than 1 billion shades of color. This makes KS9800 is including 4K TVS that has most-richer color.

UHD Up-scaling

Great performance UHD Up-scaling of 4K TV is still required considering most of the contents that available in the market is mastered in full HD or lower resolution. Furthermore, with the advent of HDR, this makes the creators prefer to re-master their contents in HDR than 4K. The level of difficulty and the width of bandwidth are the main reasons. But you don’t need to worry because Samsung KS9800 is also equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. So, although the original resolution of your sources is not 4K, you can enjoy them in 4K quality amazingly on the screen of KS9800. The great result is achieved when your sources is full HD or 1080 resolution like Blu-Ray movies. The picture is up-scaled greatly in near 4K quality. 720p source like from Cable TV is also up-scaled greatly in 4K but not as great as from 1080p resolution.

Samsung KS9800

Motion Clarity

Although Samsung always have difficulty in handling fast motion images, but the performance of KS9800 in handling fast motion images didn’t describe it like that. As we see on specification table above, Samsung KS9800 is powered by “Supreme Motion Rate 240”. You need to know, this technology actually is based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. “Supreme” label shows it advantage than “Motion Rate 240” that both based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Motion blur may not be eliminated completely, but at least they don’t much appear. With great performance in Motion Clarity, this allows you to enjoy your favorite fast movies or sport program comfortably.

 

Connectivity

Samsung KS9800As a major connectivity, Samsung KS9800 is equipped with 4 HDMI 2.0a. I think it is quite enough to cover your HD devices in connectivity. Its HDMI ports already support what 4K connectivity required likes HDCP 2.2, HEVC. There is also upgradable one connect mini box include Ethernet connection, Built-in Wi-Fi, and 3 USB 3.0 Ports. The benefit, if in future there is new version of this connectivity, you just need update without buy a new device.

Smart TV

Talking about Smart TV featured by KS9800, we will talk about the one of the best Smart TV platform. Like other series of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup, KS9800 features Tizen Operating System with Smart Hub as its platform. There are some improvements to correct some flaws on previously models. Layout design and navigation between different apps menu and different other sections are re-designed so easier than last year version. But there is a throw-back about the processor where in last year version is powered by Octa Core processor while in this version it is powered by a quad core processor. But even so, with the improvement in performance, Tizen OS still offers responsive and fast performance.

Samsung KS9800

POSITIVES

* Brightest Peak Brightness in 2016
* Stunning HDR qewuality
* Great Color Reproduction
* Attractive and Responsive Smart TV

NEGATIVES

* No 3D Technology
* Price is expensive

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