LG OLED55B6P vs Samsung UN55KS8000 Review
LG OLED55B6P is the lowest model of LG’s 2016 55 Inch OLED TV while Samsung UN55KS8000 is also the lowest model of Samsung’s 2016 55 Inch SUHD TV lineup. Their difference is very clear, OLED55B6P is OLED TV while UN55KS8000 is LED TV. Talking about the difference between them, this is tantamount to talk about the difference between OLED TV and LED TV. Nevertheless, there are also some differences in features that offered by them that becomes the main advantages of each. One of similarities between them, they come with Ultra HD Premium Certification. This means both of them are serious HDR TVs that able to display HDR 10 fully like what intended by the creators. A bit advantages of OLED55B6P, it also already support Dolby Vision, a proprietary HDR format by Dolby Laboratories. In addition to stunning picture quality, both of them also offer strong performance in some features that will makes you more comfort when enjoying 4K Entertainment in your home. And that is less interesting is about their smart TV platform where each of them come with the best and second best smart TV platform in 2016.
With the difference in panel technology, in the market they are sold with very significant different price. UN55KS8000 is sold about $1000 while OLED55C6P is sold nearly doubled. So, with all features and performance offered by each and considering their difference in price, which is a better choice between them?
Short Review of LG OLED55B6P
LG OLED55B6P is the lowest model of LG’s 2016 OLED TV lineup. But although it is sold cheapest than other OLED TV model, picture quality that offered is not far behind them. Perfect Black level and infinite contrast is the flagship that makes the picture that produced is including the best in 2016. This is due black level and contrast is the most important aspects of picture quality and wins out over color and brightness. In addition reveals more detail in shadow or dark scenes, perfect black level also makes color pops more. That’s why OLED TV offers better picture quality than OLED TV due its deeper black level and stronger contrast. Meanwhile, in term of color reproduction itself, OLED55B6P can cover about 96% of DCI P3 color space where this exceeds 90% of DCI P3 color space what required for displaying HDR 10 contents fully. Of course this makes the color of the picture produced looks very saturated and more vibrant no matter they are displaying HDR or SDR contents. Additionally, LG OLED55B6P also support true 10 bit panel. This means it can deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color and makes its color gradient looks very smooth. In other hands, peak brightness reached by OLED55B6P might not as bright as what reached by Samsung SUHD TV including UN55KS8000, but at least, it still exceeds the minimum peak brightness for Ultra HD Premium. As long as you are not use it in a very bright room or a room with outside sunlight effects, its peak brightness is quite bright for maintaining picture quality in area highlighted by indoor direct light.
In addition to excellent picture quality, LG OLED55B6P also offers perfect performance on side viewing angle and motion blur handling. Quality of the picture looks consistently at any viewing angle without any contrast and color deterioration. Additionally, its pixel response time is very quick, far quick than as possibly quick what reached by LED TV. This makes there is no motion blur noticeable behind fast moving object when it is displaying fast moving contents like sports program or fast movies. The input lag is also very low that makes it is comfortable to use for playing games. And that is not less interesting is about is attractive WebOS 3.0 as its platform where it is the best smart TV platform in 2016.
Short Review of Samsung UN55KS8000
Although Samsung UN55KS8000 is including the lowest model of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup and sold cheaper that higher series, but picture quality and performance is not also far different to what offered by the higher series like KS8500 or even KS9000. Ultra HD Premium Certification is one of the flagships of UN55KS8000 that guarantees its great performance when displaying HDR 10 contents. Like OLED55B6P, with Ultra HD premium Certification, this means it can display HDR 10 contents fully without any issues. The excepting of its poor viewing angle, Samsung UN55KS8000 also offer great display specs on almost all aspect of picture quality that make the picture displayed looks very amazing. Although not as deep as and strong as what offered by OLED55B6P, its black level is very deep and contrast is very strong for a LED TV, far deeper than minimum standardization required for displaying HDR 10 contents fully. It also supports wide color gamut for HDR where it can cover about 95% of DCI P3 color space. Color gradient is also looks very smooth despite not as perfect as what offered by OLED55B6P. Meanwhile, peak brightness reached by UN55KS8000 is very bright, that is about 1500 nits. It is far brighter than what reached by OLED55B6P that is about 750 nits and makes it offers far brighter picture and looks consistently in a very bright room, even in sun highlighted effects. Nevertheless, peak brightness is very important for HDR, but its importance is not as important as black level and contrast.
When handling motion blur, Samsung UN55KS8000 also offers great performance but not as perfect as what offered by OLED TV. a faint trail behind fast moving objects is still noticeable when you are watching sports or fast movies although it is not too distracting. In other hand, the input lag of UN55KS8000 is also very low, even lower than OLED55B6P that makes it is great for video games. For completing your 4K entertainment with smart TV, it features Tizen OS smart TV that is not less attractive and responsive than WebOS 3.0.
But unfortunately, unlike OLED TV where it offers perfect side viewing angle, viewing angle of Samsung UN55KS8000 is very poor. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, contrast and color will looks degraded. In other hand, UN55KS8000 supports only HDR 10 format only and cannot play Dolby Vision Format.
LG OLED55B6P vs Samsung UN55KS8000 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||LG OLED55B6P||Samsung UN55KS800|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Dimming||Pixel Dimming||Local Dimming (Precision Black)|
|Backlight||Self Lighting Pixel||Edge LED|
|Picture Engine||Perfect Mastering Engine||HDR 1000|
|HDR||HDR 10 and Dolby Vision||HDR 10|
|Ultra HD Premium Certification||Yes||Yes|
|Color Technology||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW)||Quantum Dot Panel|
|Advanced Technology||Perfect Black Panel, Ultra Luminance, Cinematic Color, etc||UHD Dimming, Peak Illuminator Pro, Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate, Ultra Black, etc|
|4K Up-scaling||Tru 4K Up-Scaler||UHD Up-scaling|
|Motion Control||Tru Motion 240 Hz (Native 120 Hz)||Motion Rate 240 (Native 120 Hz)|
|Platform||WebOS 3.0||Tizen OS|
|Features||Full Browser, LG Content Store, Magic Mobile Connection, etc||Web Browser, VoD Service, Cloud Games, Samsung’s Apps store, etc|
|Remote||LG Magic Remote||Samsung Smart Controller|
|HDMI||4 (HDCP 2.2)||4 (HDCP 2.2)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1||1|
|Composite In (AV)||1||0|
|Wi-Fi Built In||802.11 a/c||802.11 a/c|
|Sound Design by HarmanKardon||Yes||Yes|
|Total Audio Output||40 Watt||40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
From all display specs that offered by them, the major advantages of LG OLED55B6P to Samsung UN55KS8000 is about black level and contrast. With perfect black level and infinite contrast ratio, it offers better picture quality than UN55KS8000. Additionally, the superiority of OLED55B6P on black level and contrast also makes the color pops more and looks more vibrant than UN55KS8000. Additionally, perfect viewing angle also becomes the other major advantage of OLED55B6P to UN55KS8000. But even so, this doesn’t mean picture quality displayed on the screen of UN55KS8000 is not good. With deep black level, strong contrast, and side color gamut, it also offers stunning picture quality for a LED TV, even it offers far brighter peak brightness than OLED55B6P that make picture looks more consistent in a very bright room with sunlight through the windows. The excepting of what we have discussed above, their difference in the performance of some features is not too major.
So, which is a better choice between them? As mentioned, in the market, LG OLED55B6P is sold almost doubled than the price of Samsung UN55KS8000. If your main consideration in buying TV is about picture quality and you don’t mind to spend a lot more of your dollars, of course LG OLED55B6P is a better choice for you. But even so, Samsung UN55KS8000 is also not a bad choice considering it is also certified by Ultra HD premium certification that guarantees its great HDR performance and stunning picture quality. Additionally, with brighter picture, UN55KS8000 is also better to be used in a very bright room. Now the decision comes back to you according to your budget and preference.