Samsung UN65MU8000 vs UN65KS8000 Review – Which is a better choice?
Samsung UN65MU8000 is a part of Samsung’s 2014 4K LED TV lineup series 8 and also a successor of UN65KS8000 that released in last year 2016. Not as usual, there is no “S” lettering on Samsung’s 2017 Series 8 while for two previous version, Samsung always use “S” lettering for its Series 8 as stand for “Super” UHD. Meanwhile, by labeled MU and not MS in, this indicates Samsung Series 8 has been downgraded to mid-tier TV. Additionally, refer to when they are first released, UN65MU8000 is also sold hundreds dollar cheaper than UN65KS8000 despite for this time, the price of UN65KS8000 has been dropped to hundred dollars cheaper than the price of UN65MU8000. So, what are the differences between them and which is a better choice?
Short Review of Samsung UN65KS8000
Samsung UN65KS8000 is part of KS8000 series, the lowest model of Samsung’s 2016 4K SUHD TV Lineup. Come with HDR technology, it supports HDR 10 format only, the open source HDR format that developed by UHD Alliance. Nevertheless, its HDR performance is great all of display specs meet the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 Fully.
Behind it, there are the number of Samsung’s most advanced technologies. One of the major technologies is quantum dot panel that makes the color of the picture that displayed on its screen looks saturated. Black level and contrast of UN65KS8000 is very deep and strong due great performance of combination between Edge Lit LED backlighting, Local Dimming (Precision Black), Ultra Black Technology, UHD Dimming and other behind it. Otherwise, peak brightness is also very bright due Peak Illuminator technology behind. Combination of saturated color, deep black level, strong contrast, and bright peak brightness, make picture quality that displayed on its screen look very well, no matter the light condition of a room where it is used. Additionally, great display specs of UN65KS8000 also make its HDR performance is great, even it is including a few HDR TV that released in 2016 which certified by Ultra HD Premium and able to display HDR 10 contents fully.
In addition to amazing picture quality and great HDR performance, Samsung UN65KS8000 is also a good TV for watching sport program and 24p movies due its low pixel response time and its ability to remove judder. UHD Up-scaling engine is great that allows you to enjoy lower resolution contents near 4K quality. Additionally, the input lag is also very low that makes it is a good TV when used for playing any kinds of games. And with Tizen OS as its smart TV platform, it also offers attractive and responsive smart TV platform where it also provides a lot of useful and interesting apps. The downside, since it is a VA TV, poor side viewing angle is a major downside of UN65KS8000. The other downside, it is not equipped with 3D technology.
Short Review of Samsung UN65MU8000
Come as a successor of UN65KS8000 in 2017, Samsung UN65MU8000 is lacking some important technologies that make its picture performance is not as great as what offered by the predecessor, especially about picture quality. One of the major technologies removed is about Quantum Dot panel where as the instead, UN65MU8000 is powered by 4K Color Drive Extreme Technology. The result, color of the picture produced by UN65MU8000 might still look accurate and it is already support color gamut, but it is not as wide as what delivered by UN65KS8000 series.
On its panel, Samsung UN65MU8000 also still uses Edge Lit backlight with local dimming technology. There is also UHD Dimming, Ultra Clear Panel, Triple Black, and other technologies that make black level is deep and contrast is strong. For improving brightness, it is also powered by Peak Illuminator Pro that makes its peak brightness is above average. With all display specs behind it, this makes picture quality of UN65MU8000 is above average and its HDR performance is great, even including one of the best in its price range. Additionally, powered by UHD Remastering Engine and 4K HDR Extreme as its HDR processor, Samsung UN65MU8000 already supports both HDR 10 and HLG format. Nevertheless, because the standardization of HLG is not yet confirmed, you need and firmware update in future once HLG standardization is confirmed.
For handling motion blur and 24p movies, Samsung UN65MU8000 is powered by Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This makes the picture produced looks very smooth when used for watching movies or sport program. Additionally, it is also equipped with great UHD Up-scaling engine that allows you to enjoy contents with any resolution with the quality close to 4K resolution. And the other strong point of UN65MU8000 is about its low input lag that makes it is comfortable to be used for playing any kinds of games.
And like the predecessor UN65KS8000, poor side viewing angle still becomes a major downside of UN65MU8000. This means, the picture will looks degraded once you watch TV from side viewing angle. The other downside is about 3D technology where there is no 3D technology behind it.
Samsung UN65KS8000 vs UN65MU8000 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||UN65KS8000||UN65MU8000|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Type||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting||Edge Lit||Edge Lit|
|Dimming Technology||Local Dimming (Precision Black)||Local Dimming (Precision Black)|
|Picture Engine||Information not provided||UHD Remastering Engine|
|HDR Engine||HDR1000||4K HDR Extreme|
|HDR Support||HDR 10||HDR 10|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot Panel||4K Color Drive Extreme|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Ultimate||Yes|
|Blacks||Ultra Black||Triple Black|
|Depth Enhancing Technology||Contrast Enhancer||Information not provided|
|Motion Handling||Motion Rate 240||Motion Rate 240|
|Refresh rate||Native 120 Hz||Native 120 Hz|
|Sound Output||40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)||40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung UN65MU8000 vs UN65KS8000 Performance
There are some major and minor differences between Samsung UN65MU8000 and UN5KS800 that has a big impact on the picture quality that produced and one of them is about quantum dot technology. Since Samsung released QLED TV as the top model of their 2017 lineup, they have removed quantum dot panel technology from Series 8 and Series 9 of their 2017 lineup including UN65MU8000. The result, color gamut delivered is not as wide as what delivered by the predecessorUN65KS8000 series. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean color gamut of UN65MU8000 is poor. With 4K Color Drive Extreme behind it, UN65MU8000 is also able to deliver wide color gamut. With other words, color gamut of UN65MU8000 is above average, even it can deliver more than 90% of DCI P3 color space as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 contents fully, but even so, UN65KS8000 with quantum dot panel can deliver wider color gamut. The result, color of the picture that displayed on the screen of UN65kS8000 looks richer than UN65MU8000 particularly when they are displaying HDR contents. While for displaying SDR contents that require Rec.709 color space, both of them show the performance that is not much different. Meanwhile, although both of them already support 10 bit depth of color that makes color gradient displayed on their screen looks very smooth, compare between them, UN65KS8000 also offer slight better color gradient than UN65MU8000, especially on darker color when they are displaying HDR content.
Meanwhile, the differences in the level of black technology, auto dept enhancing, the level of Ultra Clear Panel and others also makes black level and peak brightness reached by them is also different. The result, UN65KS8000 as lower model can reach slight deeper black level and slight stronger native contrast ratio. But even so, this difference actually is not too significant so make the impact is not also much difference, even when they are used in a dark room. Nevertheless, essentially, black level and contrast ratio delivered by them is deep and strong for LCD / LED TV that is around 0.02 nits. This certainly is great for HDR contents because it is far deeper than 0.05 nits as the recommendation for displaying HDR 10 contents fully. The result, dark room performance of them is good. Black of images looks absolute black that makes details of images on shadow or dark scenes looks clearer, even when used in a dark room. Additionally, this also makes the color looks consistently accurate in a dark room.
On the other hand, the differences in these technologies also have an impact on peak brightness reached by them. For this case, Samsung UN65KS8000 as the older model also can reach brighter peak brightness that makes it offers greater HDR performance than a successor UN65MU8000. But even so, the impact is only felt when displaying HDR contents in a very bright room where there are a lot of sunlight coming in directly through the windows. While when they are displaying SDR or HDR contents in a dark room or a room with normal light, their difference in peak brightness doesn’t have a big impact on the quality of the picture that displayed on each of their screen. With other words, peak brightness of UN65MU8000 is quite bright to fights the glare and makes its HDR performance is great, however, UN65KS8000 with brighter peak brightness have greater HDR performance.
Meanwhile, both of them are equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine that allows you to enjoy contents with any resolution with the quality close to 4K quality. This is very useful considering most of the contents that available in the market still have 1080p or lower resolution. And the result, the final images in 4K resolution look very sharply and clearly with small details preserved well, even when the source is 480p contents like DVD movies. The higher resolution of the sources, the final images that resulted certainly look sharper and clearer.
But unfortunately, you can enjoy amazing picture quality displayed on each of their screen only if you are watching TV from center and in front of the screen. As VA TV, poor side viewing angle is a major downside of both. Nevertheless, as long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle, this should not be a big problem for you.
Motion Handling and 24p Playbacks
For handling motion blur, 24p movies, and motion interpolation, both of them are equally powered by Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 HZ refresh rate panel. Essentially, their performance in handling motion blur is great and above average. Nevertheless, compare between them, Samsung UN65MU8000 offers better performance due it has lower pixel response time than UN65KS8000. On the screen of UN65MU8000, there is only a short trail following the fast moving object when they are displaying fast moving object like sport or fast movies while on the screen of UN65KS8000, a faint trail behind fast moving objects is more noticeable. Meanwhile, talking about their ability when they are playing 24p movies, both of them offer smooth picture quality with judder-free. No matter the source is native 24p like movies from Blu-Ray Player, 24p via 60i signals like movies from satellite TV, or even 24p via 60p signals like movies from streaming media, both judder can be removed without adding “soap opera effect”. Additionally, since both of them have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, they also already support 30fps / 60 fps motion interpolation. This means, both of them can interpolate well lower frame rate contents.
Inputs / Outputs
Inputs/outputs behind them are identical. As their major connectivity, there are 4 HDMI ports behind them that already support HDCP 2.2, CEC, Audi Return Channel and more. Additionally, they are also equipped with 3 USB Ports as their other major connectivity. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, there are also RF In (Terrestrial), Ethernet, Built In Wi-Fi, Digital Audio Out (optical), and RS 232. Most of their ports are equally not located in the rear or side panel, but they are located on separated box called “One Connect Box Mini”. Meanwhile, talking about their input lag, essentially, both of them has low input lags for any sources under “Game Mode”. This means both of them are great TVs when used for any kind of games with any resolution, even for fast paced games. Nevertheless, under “PC Mode”, the input lag of UN65MU8000 is lower than UN65KS8000.
Essentially, Samsung UN65MU8000 and UN65KS8000 feature the same smart TV platform that is Tizen OS. Both of them are also supported by the same quad core processor. The difference is about their version where UN65KS8000 comes with Tizen 2016 version while UN65MU8000 comes with Tizen 2017 version. In this new version, Tizen OS comes with more attractive user interface where it comes with white them and nice navigator. Meanwhile, about performance and ease of navigation, both of them equally fast, responsive, and simple. Additionally, apps which are provided by each are also not many different those are very complete and diverse. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and many more, Web Browser. Cloud Games, Screen Mirroring apps, and many more.
As the controller, both of them are also equipped with identical remote control called “Samsung Smart Controller”. It is designed comfortable to use with minimalist button. This remote is equipped with built-in microphone for voice navigation and Google Voice Search functionality. Additionally, it is also can be functioned as a universal remote where with tons of IR commands embedded, it allows you to control your other devices connected on your Samsung TV via HDMI ports with a single “Samsung Smart Controller.
Overall, picture quality of Samsung UN65KS8000 and UN65MU8000 is good for their class. A dark room performance is good due their deep black level, good black uniformity, and strong contrast. Additionally, color is also looks very saturated when displaying both HDR and SDR contents. Peak brightness is also quite bright for displaying HDR contents stunningly. With good picture quality, great performance when handling motion blur, 24p movies, and lower resolution contents, and low input lag, this certainly makes both of Samsung UN65MU8000 and UN65KS8000 are good TVs for mixed usage, whether you are watching TVS Shows, Movies, Sports, or playing games, no matter the light condition of the room where they are used. The only downside is about poor side viewing angle where as long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle, this is not a big issue.
So which is a better choice between them? You need to know, refers to the price when they are first released, Samsung UN65KS8000 actually is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than UN65MU8000. But with the passage of the time and for this time, its price has dropped, even far cheaper than UN65MU8000. In other hand, because when I was writing this comparison UN65MU800 is recently released, this price certainly is still expensive and not yet dropped. Considering picture quality that offered by them, I think UN65KS8000 is a better choice than UN65MU8000. In addition to it is hundreds dollar cheaper, it also offer better picture quality while its inferiority to UN65MU8000 in term of motion handling and input lag under PC mode is not too major. But of course, because it is 2016 model, if you choose UN65KS8000, you should buy it immediately considering it will be discontinued by the manufacturer. But even so, this doesn’t mean UN65MU8000 is a bad choice. In addition to it is a newer model and offer good picture quality, the advantages, it offers better motion handling and lower input lag under PC mode. Now the decision comes back to you according to your preferences.