Samsung UN75MU9000

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Samsung UN75MU9000

The Samsung UN75MU9000 TV is one of the nicest-looking TVs available, with more modern style and attention to detail than anything in its price class. The separate input box and built-in wiring channels can create a super-clean installation. Picture quality is very good, especially in bright rooms, and very similar to the more-expensive QLED model.

A television, especially a big one, is more than just a screen to serve up video. It’s furniture. And no TV maker crafts prettier furniture than Samsung.

The Samsung UN75MU9000 is one of the nicest-looking TVs I’ve ever seen. It rivals the looks of Samsung’s own Q7 “QLED” model, but costs hundreds less. Yes, it’s still basically a big screen, but its thin shape, metallic finish and hidden wiring take its looks to a level beyond anything in its price range.

And in typical Samsung fashion the Samsung UN75MU9000 is packed with extras, including an innovative home theater control system that automatically programs its remote to command your gear, no universal remote required. And of course that TV remote is a looker. Heck, even Samsung’s menu and Smart TV design is sleeker than the competition, if not quite as packed with apps.

If your priority is getting the best picture quality for your dollar, this isn’t the television for you. Its performance was very good in my tests, and in some ways it matched or even exceeded that of the QLED TV, but overall it didn’t beat the competition from Sony and Vizio, especially in a demanding home theater environment.

But if you’ve got a modern designer living room and want a TV to match, a high-end Samsung is a great bet. Despite the Samsung UN75MU9000 lack of QLED technology, it delivered very similar image quality to the Q7 in our direct comparison. The Q showed better HDR and a brighter image, while the Samsung UN75MU9000 was slightly superior in dark rooms, with better black levels and less blooming (see below for details). Whether it’s worth paying extra for the Q comes down to its even-slicker styling, “invisible” fiber-optic wiring and cabinet-friendly OneConnect box. The price gap is pretty, wide, however, so the MU9000 is a better overall value.

Easy on the eyes, hidden wires

So what does high style in a TV look like? Ultra-minimalist thin black edges with metallic trim, a positively tiny Samsung logo and a slim profile are the highlights, and slick touches like a ribbed backside and subtly reflective bottom edge help differentiate this TV from the masses.

I also love the stand, a splayed triangle of metal at once less aggressively modern and more stable-seeming than the one on the Q7. A couple of years ago it would have allowed the TV to swivel, but not these days. Pressure on the top corners caused it to wobble a bit, so it seemed less stable than the splayed-leg stands used by most competitors, but I had no fears of it actually toppling.

The MU9000 does more to make cables disappear than just about any TV aside from the Q7. There’s a separate One Connect breakout box into which you plug your gear, connected to the TV by a 9-foot cable. The umbilical is standard thickness, not the Q7’s super-thin strand of fiber optics, but it still allows you to minimize the number of things you need to plug into the TV itself.

An innovative wiring channel in the stand spits the only two cables you need — that umbilical and power — out the back to keep even casual tabletop installations looking super-clean. For wall mounts you’ll have to rely on a standard VESA bracket since the MU9000 won’t work with the company’s nifty no-gap wall mount, so it doesn’t sit as flush against the wall.

Universal remote, capable smarts

Beyond those differences the MU9000 has pretty much the same laundry list of extras as the Q7. The coolest is the ability to control your gear using the remote. It worked very well, automatically recognizing most gear I plugged in, setting it up for control with the remote and even creating a home page shortcut.

Since the infrared commands come from the remote itself and not the One Connect box, as they do on the Q7, you’ll need to have line of sight between the clicker and your stuff. Of course a good universal remote could do the job better, but it probably won’t look as sleek as Samsung’s remote, or be as easy to set up.

Carrying over the same design from 2016, Samsung’s homegrown Tizen-based smart TV system is very good for a TV, but its app coverage isn’t as comprehensive as that of Android TV (on Sony sets) or Roku TV.

4K streaming with HDR is available from Netflix and Amazon, as well as the Fandango-powered TV Plus app. Samsung added 4K to its Vudu app, but no HDR (Vudu is still currently Dolby Vision-only, which isn’t supported on Samsung). The UltraFlix app has some niche 4K content and there’s 4K support on the YouTube app. Other major apps like Google Play Movies and TV (no 4K though), Hulu, Plex and both HBOs (Go and Now) are on-board too, but if you want more you’ll probably still need to connect an external device like a Roku or Apple TV.

New for 2017 you can perform simple voice commands like launching apps by saying their names or changing TV settings. “Movie Mode” and “Game Mode” worked, for example, and even specific settings like “Backlight 8” can be adjusted via voice.

No quantum dots, no problem

The biggest specification difference between the MU9000 and the Q7 is lack of quantum dots, microscopic molecules that, when hit by light, emit their own, differently colored light. And as a result it can’t get as bright or achieve quite as wide of an HDR color gamut as the Q7.

Key TV features

Display technology LED LCD
LED backlight Edge-lit with local dimming
Resolution 4K
HDR compatible HDR10
Screen shape Flat
Smart TV: Tizen
Remote: Universal with voice

Otherwise the two are very similar, down to the local dimming, which can illuminate different areas of the screen independently to improve image quality. Unlike the dimming used by Vizio or TCL, however, the MU9000 uses an edge-lit array, which is a bit more subject to stray lighting known as blooming.

The set supports high dynamic range (HDR) content in the standard HDR10 and the upcoming HDR10+ formats only. It lacks the Dolby Vision HDR support found on most competitors’ HDR TVs. I’ve seen no evidence that one HDR format is inherently “better” than the other, so I definitely don’t consider lack of Dolby Vision a deal breaker on this TV — instead it’s just one more factor to consider.

Like most other 4K TVs the Q7 uses a 120Hz native panel. It offers Samsung’s Motion Rate 240 processing with black frame insertion to improve motion resolution.

Connections

  • 4x HDMI inputs with HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2
  • 3x USB ports
  • Ethernet (LAN) port
  • Optical digital audio output
  • RF (antenna) input
  • Remote (RS-232) port (EX-LINK)

Only three ports are on the TV itself — Ethernet, EX-LINK and one of the three USB — and if you have decent Wi-Fi you probably won’t need to use any of them. The rest are housed in the separate OneConnect box. Unlike the bigger box used on the Q7, the MU9000 version doesn’t require its own separate power supply.

The selection of jacks is mostly solid, unless you happen to own a legacy device that requires analog video (component or composite) or audio. This is one of the few TVs that doesn’t at least offer one analog input, audio or video.

Picture quality

The MU9000’s image is very good and most viewers will be perfectly satisfied, especially if they prioritize bright-room viewing over anything else. The more expensive Q7 has an even brighter image, along with better HDR, but actually performed a bit worse than the MU9000 in blooming and black levels.

Compared to the best sets at and even a bit below its price range, however, the MU9000’s picture falls a bit short. Home theater fans looking for deep black levels and punchy HDR in a midrage TV will be better served by one of the competing Sony or Vizio sets in my comparison.

Dim lighting: During my favorite black-level torture-test scenes, for example in Chapter 2 of “Gravity” when Ryan tumbles against a backdrop of stars, or in Chapter 12 of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” when Voldemort attacks Hogwarts, the MU9000 held its own against the others. The black of the letterbox bars and dark areas was actually deeper than on the Q7 and very similar to the Sony and the Vizio M. The Vizio and TCL P series both showed deeper blacks, but they came at the expense of some details in dark shadows and the star field. Overall I still preferred the latter two, but the Samsung MU9000 was no slouch.

As expected it did evince some blooming, or stray illumination, for example when graphical elements appeared in the corners or the white of Ryan’s spacesuit caused the letterbox bars to brighten. It was more controlled on the Vizios and TCL, perhaps because of their full-array dimming, but not bad on the MU9000, and again slightly less noticeable than blooming on the Q7.

In slightly brighter scenes, like Chapter 4 of “Wonder Woman,” when she scales the tower, the black-level differences between the sets were more subtle. The M showed a slight advantage in shadows and letterbox bars over the Sony and the MU9000 but it would be invisible outside of a side-by-side comparison. More obvious was the difference in shadow detail, and the MU9000 made them slightly brighter than the others, for a bit less impactful look. Again it wasn’t bad, however.

Bright lighting: Like the Q7 the MU9000 can get exceedingly bright, a boon in extremely bright rooms. It actually measured brighter in peaks than even that TV with SDR content, but with HDR the Q7 was brighter.

Light output in nits

TV Mode (SDR) 10% window (SDR) Full screen (SDR) Mode (HDR) 10% window (HDR)
Samsung QN65Q7F Dynamic 923 588 Dynamic 1781
Samsung UN65MU9000 Dynamic 1410 509 Dynamic 1435
Sony XBR-65X900E Vivid 908 524 Vivid 902
Vizio M65-E0 Vivid 288 339 Vivid 880
LG OLED55C7P Vivid 433 145 Vivid 715
Vizio P65-E1 Vivid 459 575 Vivid 498
TCL 55P607 Vivid/dimming off 438 431 Brighter/Dark HDR 448

And just like the Q7, the MU9000’s peak light output fell precipitously after about 18 seconds, to around 700 nits in both HDR and SDR, or about the same as OLED TVs’ maximum light output. In Movie mode, with much more accurate color, HDR light output on the MU9000 was quite a bit dimmer than on the Q7 (644 nits vs. 1044), and even fell short of the Vizio M series’ equivalent mode. I consider 500 nits plenty for just about any lighting environment, although the ability to get brighter can help with HDR at times.

The MU9000 also handles ambient light very well. It dealt with reflections and maintained black levels and dimming reflections better than any of the others with the exception of the Q7. It’s not quite as good as the Q7 overall in bright rooms, but it’s still excellent with the lights up.

Color accuracy: Both before and after calibration the MU9000 was quite accurate, with impressive objective measurements and a nice look to program material. In the early Amazon scenes from “Wonder Woman,” for example, The grass and trees appeared lush while the ladies’ skin tones looked warm and natural. Side-by-side the Sony and the Vizios, as well as the Q7, looked a tad more saturated and pleasing, but again the difference was anything but drastic.

Video processing: Just like the Q7, the MU9000 aced my tests in this category, delivering true1080p/24 film cadence with film-based sources and full motion resolution (1,200 lines) with video-based sources. The TV achieved both results with an Auto Motion Plus setting of Custom with Blur Reduction at 10 and Judder Reduction, so if I had this TV I’d “set it and forget” it right there.

If you want to tinker you can always add more smoothing or soap opera effect by increasing Judder Reduction or choosing Auto instead of Custom. Meanwhile the LED Clear Motion option makes motion even sharper with the help of black frame insertion, at the expense of flicker and a dimmer image.

Input lag in Game mode earned an Average rating in my tests at 43ms, a bit worse than the Sony and slightly better than the Vizios.

Uniformity: The MU9000 is similar to the Q7 in this category, and both are somewhat less uniform than the others, with the exception of the TCL. It showed more brightness variations with dimmer full-field test patterns, namely a brighter band along the bottom middle and minor vertical bands across the middle. As mentioned above, blooming is also visible occasionally. That said, none of these issues are deal-breakers by any means, and they were difficult to spot with real moving video as opposed to test patterns.

The MU9000 was fine from off-angle, maintaining black level and color fidelity a bit better than the Q7, the Vizio M and the Sony. They were all quite close, however, and none really stood out.

HDR and 4K video: The MU9000 is very good at HDR, but it couldn’t match any of the others overall, and the differences were more apparent than with non-HDR material.

Watching the 4K Blu-ray of Wonder Woman in HDR10, all of the TVs showed slightly more saturation and punch in colors and dynamic areas than the MU9000. The practice grounds (3:31), showed deeper green in the grass and pink in the flowers, and the highlights on the stones and buildings (4:54) looked more clear and brilliant. The Sony, Vizio M and TCL in particular looked better, and the Q7 did as well, especially in terms of color. The color difference was even more drastic during the yellowish airport scenes in Chapter 3, where the MU9000 looked a good deal duller.

In darker scenes like the tower ascent in Chapter 4, the MU9000 looked better. Its letterbox bars actually beat the black levels of the Sony and the Vizio M at times, and when she claims the sword (34:57) the reflections off the blade and the metal surround popped more. In most scenes, however, the MU9000 trailed the others.

The above comparisons were done in HDR10 from the 4K Blu-ray, but I was also curious to see how the MU9000 stacked up against the Dolby Vision of the Vizios and TCL (the latter streamed from an Apple TV 4K). The story was pretty much the same; those three looked better overall, like they did with HDR10, but then again so did the Sony and Q7, which weren’t playing Dolby Vision. Once again, the TV seems to have a larger effect on what you see than the HDR format.

Geek Box

Test Result Score
Black luminance (0%) 0.014 Good
Peak white luminance (100%) 1410 Good
Avg. gamma (10-100%) 2.45 Good
Avg. grayscale error (10-100%) 1.445 Good
Dark gray error (20%) 0.715 Good
Bright gray error (70%) 2.121 Good
Avg. color error 1.235 Good
Red error 1.613 Good
Green error 0.964 Good
Blue error 1.298 Good
Cyan error 1.769 Good
Magenta error 1.548 Good
Yellow error 0.216 Good
Avg. saturations error 1.59 Good
Avg. luminance error 1.43 Good
Avg. color checker error 1.41 Good
1080p/24 Cadence (IAL) Pass Good
Motion resolution (max) 1200 Good
Motion resolution (dejudder off) 1200 Good
Input lag (Game mode) 43 Average
HDR
Black luminance 0 Good
Peak white luminance (10% win) 1435 Good
Gamut % DCI/P3 (CIE 1976) 91 Good
Avg. saturations error 5.2 Poor
Avg. color checker error 4.2 Average

Specifications

NETWORK & INTERNET

  • Functionality
    Internet video playback, WEB browsing, digital audio playback, digital photo playback, digital video playback

REMOTE CONTROL

  • Type
    remote control
  • Features
    Samsung Smart Control included
  • Remote Control Model
    Samsung TM1750A

VIDEO

  • Refresh rate
    240 Hz

CONNECTIONS

  • Type
    HDMI, One Connect, USB, digital audio output (optical), network, serial
  • Connector Type
    19 pin HDMI Type A, RJ-45, TOSLINK

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Color
    dark titan
  • Color Category
    black
  • Included Accessories
    batteries
  • Flat Panel Mount Interface
    Yes

COMPONENT FEATURES

  • V-Chip Control
    Yes

TV TUNER

  • TV Tuner Presence
    Yes
  • HDTV Tuner
    Yes
  • Tuners Configuration
    1x analog, 1x digital
  • Digital TV Tuner
    ATSC, QAM
  • Electronic Program Guide
    Digital EPG

POWER

  • Energy Consumption per Year
    213
  • Estimated Annual Operating Cost
    26 USD
  • Auto On/Off
    Yes

HEADER

  • Brand
    Samsung
  • Product Line
    Samsung
  • Model
    UN75MU9000F
  • Series
    9 Series

TV SYSTEM

  • Additional Features
    Ultra Black Panel, HDMI quick switch, Auto Motion Plus, Quad-Core processor, E-Manual, Instant On, Embeded POP, Peak Illuminator Pro, 10-bit support

CE SYSTEM

  • V-Chip Control
    Yes

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

  • Width
    66 in
  • Depth
    2.2 in
  • Height
    38.2 in
  • Weight
    89.07 lbs
  • Comments
    without stand

TELEVISION

  • Type
    LED-backlit LCD TV
  • Smart TV
    Smart TV
  • LCD Backlight Technology
    LED backlight
  • LED Backlight Type
    Supreme UHD dimming, local dimming
  • Video Interface
    HDMI
  • HDMI Ports Qty
    4
  • Diagonal Class
    75 in
  • Diagonal Class (metric)
    190.5 cm
  • Diagonal Size
    74.5 in
  • Diagonal Size (metric)
    189.2 cm
  • Resolution
    3840 x 2160
  • Display Format
    4K UHD (2160p)
  • Motion Enhancement Technology
    240 Hz Motion Rate
  • HDR Technology
    4K HDR Extreme
  • Image Aspect Ratio
    16:9
  • Display Menu Language
    English, French, Spanish
  • Parental Channel Lock
    Yes
  • Additional Features
    10-bit support, Auto Motion Plus, E-Manual, Embeded POP, HDMI quick switch, Instant On, Peak Illuminator Pro, Quad-Core processor, Ultra Black Panel

AUDIO SYSTEM

  • Digital Audio Format
    DTS digital output, Dolby Digital Plus output
  • Output Power / Total
    40 Watt
  • Speaker System
    2 speakers, woofer
  • Additional Features
    Audio Return Channel (ARC), Down-firing Speaker, Voice Interaction, front firing speaker(s)

MEDIA PLAYER

  • USB Port
    Yes
  • USB Ports Qty
    3

NETWORK & INTERNET MULTIMEDIA

  • Functionality
    Internet video playback, WEB browsing, digital audio playback, digital photo playback, digital video playback
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth, LAN, Wi-Fi
  • LAN Protocol
    Ethernet
  • DLNA
    Yes

SPEAKER SYSTEM DETAILS

  • Speaker Type
    speaker, woofer
  • Speaker Qty
    1, 2
  • Speaker Form Factor
    built-in

POWER DEVICE

  • Type
    power supply
  • Power Consumption Operational
    305 Watt
  • Power Consumption Stand by
    0.4 Watt

STANDS & MOUNTS

  • Stand
    included
  • Stand Design
    tabletop
  • Flat Panel Mount Interface
    Yes

ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
    Yes

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT (SHIPPING)

  • Shipping Width
    73.5 in
  • Shipping Depth
    9.1 in
  • Shipping Height
    44.3 in
  • Shipping Weight
    131 lbs
  • Width (Shipping)
    73.5 in
  • Weight (Shipping)
    131 lbs

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT DETAILS

  • Details
    panel with stand, panel without stand
  • Width
    66 in
  • Depth
    17.6 in, 2.2 in
  • Height
    38.2 in, 41.8 in
  • Weight
    100.1 lbs, 89.1 lbs

GENERAL

  • Video Interface
    HDMI
  • TV Tuner
    1x analog, 1x digital
  • HDMI Ports Qty
    4 ports
  • Power Consumption Operational
    305 Watt
  • Manufacturer
    Samsung

SUSTAINABILITY

  • ENERGY STAR Certified
    Yes

GENERAL

  • Manufacturer
    Samsung

 

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