Samsung UE55KS8000

The UE55KS8000’s headline attraction is that it has all the specifications required to deliver - on paper, anyway - a genuinely premium higher dynamic variety experience for a mid-range cost.

These specifications contain a higher brightness output of beyond 1000 nits and a enormous colour variety delivered by Quantum Dot technology that covers more than 90% of digital cinema’s DCI-P3 regular. Samsung is the only brand currently in a position to provide such HDR-friendly numbers on a sub-£1600 55-inch Tv.

The UE55KS8000 differs from the KS7500 and KS7000 models that sit beneath it by supporting much more localised controls of its edge LED lighting program and slightly far more powerful motion processing. It differs from the KS7500 series, too, by being flat rather than curved.

Style

Samsung has sensibly stepped away with the UE55KS8000 from the chunky design of several of its 2015 TVs in favour of a slimmer, more minimalist look.

The narrowness of the screen frame is echoed by a slender rear that stands in stark and, for us, welcome contrast to the extended depth created by Samsung’s curved TVs. The addition of a gleaming metallic trim and centrally mounted polished aluminium desktop stand creates a truly premium feel, too.

The UE55KS8000’s connectivity is mainly sturdy, with highlights of 4 HDMIs, 3 USBs, and Wi-Fi network connectivity. The only disappointment is that the only headphone connection selection is Bluetooth. 

Screen sizes accessible: 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | 4K: Yes | HDR: Yes (HDR10) | Panel technologies: LCD with edge LED lighting | Wise Tv: Yes, Tizen | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1094 x 636 x 43mm (W x H x D) | 3D: No | Inputs: Four HDMIs, 3 USBs, optical digital audio output, Wi-Fi, Ethernet port, Tuner input

Sensible Tv (Tizen)

Samsung’s most recent Tizen-primarily based Smart TVs make it significantly easier than their predecessors did to get speedily to exciting or favourite content. This is due to the fact it introduces a new second deck of contextual content material hyperlink icons above the original deck introduced in 2015.

Obtainable apps are headlined by 4K and HDR versions of Amazon and Netflix YouTube Playstation Now the BBC iPlayer and the ITV Hub. At the time of writing neither the All4 or My5 catch up solutions had been accessible, although.

HD/SDR Efficiency

At the heart of the UE55KS8000’s considerable SDR thrills is a superb black level response. Dark scenes advantage from black colours that truly look black - particularly if you use the local dimming program that lets diverse segments of the TV’s edge-mounted LEDs provide various amounts of light.

What’s much more, in SDR mode this localised LED manage causes hardly any undesirable light pollution around bright objects, even when those bright objects appear against near-black backdrops. This is a rare accomplishment in the edge-lit LED world.

The exceptional black levels aren’t accomplished at the expense of shadow detailing, and contribute to a terrifically wealthy colour functionality. This richness is joined by gorgeously subtle colour toning, which assists to emphasise the clarity of a single of the sharpest, most detailed UHD photos I’ve observed.

Whilst the UE55KS8000 is at its ideal with native UHD sources, it is no slouch at upscaling HD. Blu-rays and HD broadcasts enjoy a clear sharpness boost while simultaneously getting inherent noise magically removed.

All that mentioned, just keep away from setting the TV’s sharpness larger than about 25 with upscaled HD if you do not want regions of fine detail starting to ‘glow’.

4K/HDR Functionality

Each and every other aspect is noteworthy, but it’s with HDR that the UE55KS8000 most makes its mark. Specifically powerful is its potential to hit brightness peaks above the 1000 nit level utilised when mastering most current HDR sources. This quickly ‘sells’ the impact of HDR versus SDR, and helps Samsung’s Television resolve subtle tonal detailing in the brightest locations that ‘flares out’ on significantly less vibrant TVs.

The UE55KS8000 also does a stellar job of delivering the wide colour ranges that are part of the Ultra HD Blu-ray HDR experience, with this richness holding up throughout dark scenes far better than usual with LCD TVs, also.

The UE55KS8000 is not only excellent, even though, at showing off the most dynamic elements of HDR and wide colour gamut sources. It is also got enough finesse in its HDR toning to manage less explosive image regions like skin and cloudy skies with actual sensitivity and naturalism. The enormous variety of colour tones accessible to the UE55KS8000 in HDR mode joins forces with the native UHD resolution to provide superbly detailed images.

The only thing that reduces the clarity is some fairly pronounced motion judder when showing 4K content, and some colour banding in HDR skies.

One other concern is that you can often see vertical bands of light operating down the image around bright HDR objects that appear against dark backgrounds. This problem disappears if you turn off local dimming, but carrying out this reduces the superb black level functionality and the intensity of HDR’s brightness peaks

Sound

Regardless of its enviably trim bodywork, the UE55KS8000 produces a pretty potent, expansive audio performance. In a perfect planet there’d be a lot more bass to flesh out explosions, gun fire and the like. But ideal sound and very thin TVs seldom go together, and by the standards of thin TVs typically the UE55KS8000’s audio is nicely above average.

Other panels to ponder

The Panasonic TX-58DX802 offers you a much more subdued but impeccably nuanced 4K HDR picture in a a slightly larger 58-inch screen for £1,290. This set also boasts a distinctive ‘easel-style’ style, and ships with an external soundbar.

If you want to stick with Samsung and never thoughts opting for a curved Television then you are essentially searching at the 55-inch version of the KS7500 series.

Verdict

The UE55KS8000 sets the right tone immediately with its trim, glamorous design and style, and builds on that with a killer mixture of a Tizen-driven smart Tv program, a native UHD resolution and higher dynamic range playback.

Its pictures deliver on this HDR prospective with levels of brightness and colour you just do not get anywhere else for the identical funds - although it’s a star with regular dynamic variety, also.There is a price to spend for such dynamic photos in the appearance of some backlight clouding flaws for the duration of dark HDR scenes, but in the finish the pros far outweigh the cons.

This post is primarily based on the Samsung UE49KS8000 evaluation that TechRadar published in September 2016

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