Samsung MU7000 vs MU8000 Review (UN49MU7000 vs UN49MU8000, UN55MU7000 vs UN55MU8000, UN65MU7000 vs UN65MU8000)
Samsung MU8000 is the flat model of Samsung’s 2017 Series 8 while Samsung MU7000 is also a flat model of the Series 7. In the market, there are 4 screen sizes options available for MU7000 including 40 Inch (UN40MU7000), 49 Inch (UN49MU7000), 55 Inch (UN55MU7000), 65 Inch (UN65MU7000), while MU8000 is also available with 4 screen sizes options including 49 Inch (UN49MU8000), 55 Inch (UN55MU8000), and 65 inch (UN65MU8000), 75 Inch (UN75MU8000), and 82 Inch (UN82MU8000). Since the screen sizes which available on both are 49 inch, 55 inch, and 65 inch only, this comparison certainly is as true to for these sizes (UN49MU8000 vs UN49MU7000, UN55MU8000 vs UN55MU7000, UN65MU8000 vs UN65MU7000). Meanwhile, as a higher series, MU8000 is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than MU7000. But of course, their prices certainly are not fixed and could still change at any time and usually will tend to drops as time goes by.
Samsung MU7000 Vs MU8000 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||MU8000||MU7000|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||49” (UN49MU8000), 55 inch (UN55MU8000), 65” (UN65MU8000), 75” (UN75MU8000), 82 Inch (UN82MU8000)||40 “ (UN40MU7000), 49” (UN49MU7000), 55 inch (UN55MU7000), 65” (UN65MU7000)|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Edge Lit LED|
|Local Dimming||Yes (precision black)||No|
|Picture Engine||UHD Remastering Engine||Information not provided|
|HDR Engine||4K HDR Extreme||4K HDR Pro|
|Color Technology||4K Color Drive Extreme||4K Color Drive Pro|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Blacks Technology||Triple Black||Essential Black Pro|
|Peak Illuminator||Yes (Pro)||No|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Yes||Yes|
|UHD Up-scaling Engine||Yes||Yes|
|Native Refresh Rate`||120 Hz||60Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2017||Tizen 2017|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1750A)||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1750A)|
|RF In (Terrestrial)||1||1|
|Speaker Type||Down Firing + Front Firing||Down Firing + Front Firing|
|Sound Output||40 Watts||20 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
The difference between Samsung MU8000 and MU7000
As we see on comparison table above, there are some differences between Samsung MU7000 and MU8000. On their panel, Samsung MU8000 comes with local dimming technology for improving contrast level and Peak Illuminator Pro for improving the peak brightness, while MU7000 is not equipped with local dimming and peak illuminator technology. The other difference is about the level of their technology where 4K HDR Extreme, 4K Color Drive Extreme, and Triple Black technologies behind MU8000 have higher level than 4K HDR Pro, 4K Color Drive Pro, and Essential Black Pro technologies behind MU7000. Additionally, they also have a difference on native refresh rate panel where MU8000 is powered by Motion Rate 240 Hz based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, while MU7000 is powered by Motion Rate 120 Technology based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. The other difference but not too major are about their inputs/outputs and their audio channels.
Samsung MU7000 vs MU8000 Performance
Both of Samsung MU8000 and MU7000 have a good picture quality. Their native contrast ratio is equally great, as well as the black uniformity, they are also equally good. This certain makes the picture displayed looks amazing, offering good experience watching movies, particularly when set in a dark environment. Black parts of images looks absolutely black that certainly makes the dark scene is shown excellently and natural with shadow details looks very clear. Additionally, black level and contrast produced by Samsung MU7000 and MU8000 is also quite dark to display dark scenes of HDR 10 videos fully like what intended by HDR 10 Technology itself. Overall, MU8000 and MU7000 don’t have a problem when displaying dark scenes, no matter it is SDR or HDR videos. Compare between them, Contrast Ratio and Black Uniformity of MU7000 as a lower series is precisely a bit better than MU8000, even with local dimming of MU8000 is turned on.
On the other hand, no matter they are displaying HDR or SDR content, Samsung MU8000 has brighter peak luminance than MU7000. This certainly makes bright scenes of picture displayed on the screen of MU8000 looks a bit better than MU7000. Peak brightness of MU7000 is quite bright to make bright scene looks excellently when set in a dark room or a moderately bright room, but while when set in brighter environment, bright scenes will not look as excellent due its peak brightness cannot effectively fight the glare. On the other hand, with brighter peak brightness, what offered by MU8000 when displaying bright scenes is a bit better than MU7000. Additionally, this also makes the highlights of HDR videos displayed on the screen of MU8000 looks brighter than MU7000 that means this is good for MU8000. Nevertheless, since peak brightness reached by them is still below 1000 nits as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 videos fully, this certainly makes both of them cannot display the highlights of HDR videos at least 1000 nits like what intended.
Talking about color performance, both of Samsung MU7000 and MU8000 already support wide color gamut and color gamut that can be covered by each of them is similar. Color gamut delivered by them might not as wide as what produced by high end TVs like Samsung Q7F or Sony X930E, but at least this is quite wide to fairly well reproduce colors in HDR videos and makes most of colors are shown saturated. Nevertheless, because it cannot perfectly cover DCI P3 color space, a fraction of colors might be shown less saturated, particularly colors near the white points. Meanwhile, Samsung MU8000 and MU7000 also offer similar performance in color gradient. Both of them already support 10 bit depth of color that means they are able to deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color. The result, color gradient of the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth without major color banding normally we seen on 8 bit TV. Nevertheless, there are some imperfections in darker shades which prevent them from getting a perfect score.
Meanwhile, for allowing you to watch lower resolution videos with the quality close to 4K quality, both of Samsung MU8000 and MU7000 are equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling. This means, no matter the resolution of the video sources, even for low resolution content like DVDs movies, the final images in 4K produced look good. Although some halo artifacting still look along the edges, overall, they look quite sharp. And of course, the higher resolution of the video sources like 720p contents or 1080p contents, the final image in 4K quality produced looks sharper with small details preserved better.
Since both of them use VA panel technology and poor viewing angle is the native characteristic of VA Panel, this certainly makes both of them have poor side viewing angle. Started at certain angle, black will look tend to grey and color will shift. This certainly will make viewing experience from side viewing angle is not as good as from directly in front. Nevertheless, since all VA TVs also have the same problem, even for high end TVs, this is certainly not a problem that should be taken seriously.
Winner: MU8000 has a bit better picture quality
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Samsung MU8000 does a better job than MU7000 when handling motion blur. This is due the pixel response time of MU8000 is far lower, even nearly half than MU7000. The result, when displaying fast moving object like Sport programs or fast Movies, the picture displayed on the screen of MU8000 looks smoother and clearly than MU7000. On the screen of MU8000, there is only a short trail following moving object, while on the screen of MU7000, the trail is longer and more no more noticeable. The difference between them will be more noticeable particularly when they are displaying fast paced contents. Nevertheless, although not as good as MU8000, motion handling of MU7000 is also not so bad and still can be said well. Additionally, since they have different native refresh rate panel, this certainly also makes their ability to interpolate lower frame rate contents is also different. MU8000 with 120 Hz panel already supports both 30 fps and 60 fps motion interpolation, while MU7000 with 60 Hz panel supports 30 fps motion interpolation only. Meanwhile, when playing 24p videos, Samsung MU8000 also offers better performance than MU7000. Regardless the source, whether it is 24p videos like Blur Ray Movies, 24p via 60i signals like movies from satellite TV or even via 60p signal like movies from Streaming Devices, Samsung MU8000 offers smooth picture quality with judder-free. Otherwise, MU7000 cannot remove the judder completely at any source, even for native 24p videos like Blu-Ray or DVDs movies. Nevertheless, since most of people don’t sensitive to judder, this should not be a serious problem for MU Samsung MU7000.
As their major connectivity, Samsung MU7000 is equipped with 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB Ports, while MU8000 is equipped with 4 HDMI Ports and 3 USB Ports. Nevertheless, there are no Composite In and Component in behind MU8000, while MU7000 is equipped with 1 Component In (Shared) and 1 Composite In (Shared). In addition to these ports, there are also 1 RF In, 1 Ethernet, Digital Audio Out (Optical), And RS 323c. The other difference is about where all of their inputs/outputs are located. On MU7000, all of the inputs and outputs are located on the side and rear panel, while for MU8000, most of its inputs are located on separated box named “One Connect Box”. Meanwhile, talking about input lag, although the input lag of MU7000 is a bit lower than MU8000 at any resolution, particularly under “Game Mode”, but essentially, their input lag is low under “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”. This certainly make them are very comfortable for any games with any resolution, even for fast paced games.
As their smart TV platform, both of Samsung MU8000 and MU7000 feature the same smart TV platform that is Tizen OS with Smart Hub. Compared to last year version, it comes with white them and nicer animation which make its appearance is more attractive. With the support of a Quad Core Processor, this also makes its performance is fast and responsive. Meanwhile, the user interface is attractively designed, but it is still simple and easy to navigate. At the bottom of the screen, there is a narrow bar that contains quick access to a lot of most popular apps and TV’s features. This certainly allows you to access the apps provided without leaving home screen. Talking about apps, there are a lot of apps available and they are very complete and diverse. As the preloaded apps, there are most popular apps like YouTube, Amazon Videos, Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, and many more, Web Browser, Cloud Games apps like PlayStation Now and others, and many more. Additionally, there are also still tons of apps and games which you can download from Samsung Apps Store.
As their controller, Samsung MU7000 and MU8000 also use the same remote called “Samsung Smart Controller”. The remote is simple with very minimalistic buttons. There is no “number buttons” on this remote and the quick access buttons is also very limited. Nevertheless, for solving the issue about its minimalistic buttons, it is equipped with built-in microphone for voice navigations where most of remote’s quick access functions are replaced by voice commands. Additionally, this remote is also equipped with tons of IR commands embedded on its microchip, so it can be functioned as universal remote for controller your other HD devices connected on your Samsung TV via HDMI ports.
|Performance||Samsung MU8000||Samsung MU7000|
As we have discussed a lot above, although Samsung MU8000 offers a bit better picture quality than MU7000 but essentially, both of them have a good picture quality. Their strong native contrast ratio and good black uniformity make dark scenes looks excellently and very details, even when set in a dark environment. On the other hand, although peak brightness reached by them is not able to show highlight of HDR images at 1000 nits or brighter, but it is quite bright to makes bright scenes looks well when set in a moderately lit room or darker room. Additionally, color gamut produced by them is also quite wide to makes the color of the picture displayed on their screen looks accurate and realistic. On the other hand, Samsung MU8000 also offers better performance when handling motion blur and playing 24p movies that makes it is more comfortable when used for watching sports or movies. Additionally, MU8000 also provides a bit more HDMI ports and USB ports than MU7000, although on the other hand, it is not equipped with Composite in and Component In, while Samsung MU7000 is equipped these inputs. Talking about their input lag, although MU7000 has lower input lag than MU8000, but essentially, their difference is not significant and their input lag is low enough to make both of them are comfortable for any kind of games.
Which is a better choice between them? As we have discussed a lot above, with all advantages that offered, in the market, Samsung MU8000 is sold about hundreds dollar more expensive than MU7000. On the other hand, sold cheaper than MU8000, this doesn’t mean performance and picture quality offered by Samsung MU7000 is far behind MU8000. But essentially, picture quality and performance that offered by each of them is in accordance with their price. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your budget and preferences.