LG 65UH6150 vs Samsung UN65KU6300 Review
Samsung UN65KU6300 and LG 65UH6150 are the entry level of 2016 Model 4K TVs that available in the market. As entry level TVs, of course performances that offered by them are not as good as the higher series, but for their price range, what offered by them can be said well. In addition to 4K resolution, both of them also already supports HDR especially HDR 10 format. But unfortunately, their HDR performance is limited due the number of display specs offered by them doesn’t meet the minimum requirements set by UHD Alliance. The other highlight offered by them is about their smart TV platform where both of them equally feature attractive and responsive Smart TV platform, where UN65KU6300 comes with Tizen OS while 65UH6150 comes with WebOS 3.0. With almost the same price, which one is superior and a better choice between them?
Short Review of LG 65UH6150
Like other models of LG’s 2016 4K TV lineup, LG 65UH6150 comes with IPS panel. This means side viewing angle and motion handling become that advantage of 65UH6150 to the competitors that come with VA panel like UN65KU6300. The impact, quality of the picture will looks more consistently from side viewing angle that makes it is better when used in a large room with viewers come from multiple viewing angle. Additionally, great motion handling also makes it is a great TV when used for watching fast motion images like sports or fast movies. But in other hand, the use of IPS panel makes its black level, contrast, and black uniformity is poor that makes it is not a good TV when used in a dark room. This means when it is used in a dark room, the dark scenes doesn’t look black or even looks tend to grey that will reduce the naturalness of the picture that displayed. In a bright room with decent light, the picture will look better but not too much considering it cannot produce very bright picture. In other hand, although LG 65UH6150 doesn’t support wide color gamut that required for displaying HDR fully, but the color still looks very accurate when it is displaying SDR Contents.
The other great performance that offered by LG 65UH6150 is when it is up-scaling lower resolution contents to 4K quality. With Tru 4K Up-Scaler technology behind it, it allows you to enjoy all contents with any resolution in near 4K quality sharply and clearly. Additionally, 65UH6150 is also a good TV for watching movies especially from Blu Ray player considering its ability to remove judder. Not only that, considering its input lag at 1080p and 4K even HDR is very low and combine to its low response time, LG 65UH6150 is also a good TV for games even for 4K games or HDR games. And finally, that is not less attractive is about smart TV where with WebOS 3.0 behind it, LG 65UH650 offers responsive and attractive smart TV with complete features available.
Short Review of Samsung UN65KU6300
If side viewing angle is the advantage of 65UH6150, this would be a major weakness of Samsung UN65KU6300. This means if you don’t watch TV from front and center of the screen, you will lose good picture performance which offered by UN65KU6300. Nevertheless, with VA panel technology, it offers far deeper contrast and stronger contrast, also much better black uniformity that makes its picture quality is far better. Black level and contrast reached by UN65KU6300 even is darker and stronger than minimum standardization required for displaying HDR 10 contents fully. Additionally, although its peak brightness is not quite bright for displaying HDR 10 contents fully, but it is still far brighter than what reached by 65UH6150. This means as long as you are watching TV from center and in front of the screen, you will see far better picture quality than 65UH6150, no matter it is in a dark room or bright room. Meanwhile, about color gamut, Samsung UN65KU6300 also doesn’t support wider color gamut for displaying HDR contents. But even so, for displaying SDR contents, it is quite enough and looks very accurate.
Meanwhile, Samsung UN65KU6300 also offer good motion blur when displaying fast moving images like sport program. But even so, it is not as good as 65UH6150 and the faint trail still noticeable behind the fast moving objects. When handling 24p contents like movies from Blu-Ray, its performance is also not as good as what offered by 65UH6150. Meanwhile, input lags of Samsung UN65KU6300 are also very low once the “Game Mode” is activated. This means, UN65KU6300 is also a good TV for games, even for fast reflexes games. And for completing your home entertainment with smart TV, Samsung UN65KU6300 features Tizen OS that is not less attractive and responsive than WebOS 3.0.
Samsung UN65KU6300 vs LG 65UH6150 Key Specification
|Specs and Features||Samsung UN65KU6300||LG 65UH6150|
|Size||65 Inch (64.5”)||65 Inch (64.5”)|
|Screen Resolution||4K (3840 x 2160)||4K (3840 x 2160)|
|Backlight||Edge Led||Edge Led|
|HDR Technology||HDR Premium(HDR 10)||HDR Pro (HDR 10)|
|Advanced Technologies||UHD Dimming, Contrast Enhancer, PurColor, UHD Up-scaling||UHD Mastering Engine, Tru 4K Up-scaler|
|Motion Rate||Motion Rate 120||Motion Rate 120|
|Native Refresh Rate||60 Hz||60 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen OS||WebOS 3.0|
|Processor||Quad Core||Information not provided|
|Remote||Smart Remote (TM1650A)||Standard Remote|
|Power Output||20 watts||20 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Performance of LG 65UH6150 and Samsung UN65KU6300
As we have mentioned a lot above, as long as the viewers come from center and front of the screen, Samsung UN65KU6300 offer better picture quality than LG 65UH6150 due its deeper black level, stronger contrast, and better black uniformity. As the note, black level reached by UN65KU6300 is about 0.018 nits with native contrast ratio about 5400:1 while 65UH6150 only reach about 0.2 nits of black level with contrast ratio about 500:1. Additionally, the picture produced by UN65KU6300 is also brighter than 65UH6150 where peak brightness reached by UN65KU6300 is about 430 nits compared to 180 nits reached by 65UH6150. Meanwhile about color reproduction, although both of them don’t support wide color gamut for HDR, but for displaying SDR contents, the color produced by them is quite enough and look saturated. In this case, LG 65UH6150 offers slight wider color gamut.
From all display specs offered by them, we can conclude Samsung UN65KU6300 with far deeper black level, stronger contrast, and brighter peak brightness offer better picture quality in a room with any light condition. And this doesn’t just apply when they are displaying SDR contents but also when they are displaying HDR. But as we have mentioned, although both of them already support HDR 10 format, but their HDR performance is limited due one or some of their display specs don’t meet the minimum standardization required for displaying HDR fully.
Winner: Samsung UN65KU6300
Side Viewing Angle
Nevertheless, the superiority of UN65KU6300 about picture quality only applies when the viewers watch from center and in front of the screen. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, the contrast and color will looks to deteriorate quickly. Meanwhile, the picture displayed on the screen of 65UH6150 looks tend to more consistently, even from far wider side viewing angle.
Winner: LG 65UH6150
Still about picture quality, both of them are equally equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. This mean when they are inputted with lower resolution contents, they can display them in near 4K quality sharply and clearly without losing a lot of small details. Even when the source is low resolution 480p contents like DVDs, they will be displayed sharply on their screen in 4K quality with small details preserved well. And when the resolution of the source is higher like 720p or 1080p, the final image in 4K quality that produced certainly is sharper and clearer with more small details preserved more.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
The use of IPS panel makes LG 65UH6150 has lower pixel response time than Samsung UN65KU6300 that makes it offers better performance when handling motion blur. The result, when they are displaying fast moving images like sports program or fast movies, there is almost no motion blur noticeable following the fast moving object. Meanwhile on the screen of UN65KU6300, a faint trail behind fast moving objects still slight noticeable. Nevertheless, although not as good as 65UH6150, what offered by UN65KU6300 is still good and for most people, this should not be a problem. The better performance is also offered by 65UH6150 when they are playing 24p contents like movies from Blu ray player. This means there is no judder noticeable on its screen when it is playing Blu-Ray movies. Nevertheless, the judder cannot be removed when it is playing 24p contents via 601 or 60p signals. Meanwhile, Samsung UN65KU6300 is not a good performer when it is playing 24p movies. Judder cannot be removed at any sources, even for native 24p source like Blu Ray movies still has judder.
Winner: LG 65UH6150
The excepting of the number of HDMI ports, Samsung UN65KU6300 and LG 65UH650 are equipped with the same connectivity. There are 3 HDMI Ports, 1 Composite IN AV In), 1 Component In, 1 Ethernet, 1 Antenna in (RF), and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). Meanwhile in term of USB port, UN65KU6300 come with 2 USB port and 65UH6150 come with 1 USB port. Additionally, their HDMI ports already support when required for HDMI connection for this time like HDCP 2.2., Audio Return Channel, CEC, and more. Meanwhile talking about input lag, the input lag of 65UH6150 is slight lower at almost any sources than UN65KU6300. But in other hand, overall, input lag of UN65KU6300 is also very low and lower than most of TVs. This means both of them are good TVs for video games.
Both of them are equipped with the same attractive and responsive Smart TV platform. Samsung UN65KU6300 comes with Tizen OS while LG 65UH6150 comes with WebOS 3.0. Both of them are the including the best smart TV platforms in 2016. User interface and layout are equally designed simply and comfortable to use. Additionally, their performance is also equally fast and responsive. I addition to attractive design and responsive performance, both of these Smart TV platforms also provide complete apps. There are most popular apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon prime, and more, Web Browser, Apps and contents Store, Screen mirroring, and many more. Essentially, what you want from Smart TV, both of them provide.
As the controller, Samsung UN65KU6300 comes with smart controller like you find on higher series of Samsung’s 2016 models. Its buttons is very minimalist but comes with a lot of useful functions like voice controller, universal remote, and more. Meanwhile, unlike the higher models of LG’s 2016 lineup where they come with LG’s magic remote, 65UH6150 is only equipped with basic remote which lack of some useful functions like voice navigation and pointer.
|Performance||Samsung UN65KU6300||LG 65UH6150|
As we have discussed a lot above, the major advantage of Samsung UN65KU6300 is about picture quality especially from center and in front of the screen due its far deeper black level and stronger contrast. This means, as long as you are watching TV from center and in front of the screen, UN65KU6300 offer better picture quality, no matter it is in a dark room or bright room, when displaying SDR or HDR contents. Meanwhile, the major advantage of LG 65UH6150 is about side viewing angle where with IPS panel, the quality of the picture displayed on its screen will looks more consistent from wider viewing angle. This means, 65UH6150 is a better TV when you will use it in a wide room with a lot of viewers comes from multiple viewing angles. Meanwhile on other features, although each of them is superior to the other, their superiority is not too major.
So, which is a better choice? As mentioned, in the market, they are sold with almost the same price. And considering performance that offered by them, of course the decision comes back to you according to your preference and needs. If picture quality is your main consideration and you don’t have a plan to use it in a wide room, of course Samsung UN65KU6300 is a better choice. But otherwise, if you have a plan to use it in a wide room where there are a lot of viewers come from multiple viewing angles, of course LG 65UH6150 is a better choice for you.