Samsung KS9000 Series 9 Curved SUHD TV
At the very top of the Samsung range of 4K televisions is the Samsung KS9000 Series 9 SUHD television, which comes in sizes 49-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch. The Series 9 is almost identical to the Series 8 but is curved whilst the Series 8 is flat screen.
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Design & Display
The Series 9 televisions displays in 4K Ultra HD, with HDR 1000 plus Quantum Dot 10-bit display. The UHD Premium certified status of Samsung’s Series 9 guarantees 3840×2160 ultra high-definition resolution, 10-bit panel, DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage of at least 90%, HDR capability, and > 1000 nits of peak brightness and black levels of less than 0.05 nits.
This TV does offer 64 times the colour of LCD with a billion colours in total, SUHD upscaling, and Ultra Black technology, for even better defined dark images plus there is auto dimming facility and an auto enhancer giving more depth.
Moth eye is now used to disperse reflections which means screen viewing has minimal glare, all these for a better overall picture.
The Series 9 has a Samsung created PQI rating of 2400, to give an overall image quality rating based on brightness, resolution, colour, contrast, motion, noise reduction and immersion.
The bezel is the thinnest yet seen on a curved LED TV, sitting flush together with the LCD panel but behind one single sheet of glass, which has prompted the company to go for it’s bold statement about it having a “bezel-less” description.
When compared to previous years, these TVs are not only brighter, but more power efficient, and have also improved the internal speakers.
The KS9000 2016 SUHD does indeed improve on its predecessor’s abilities and thus can really be called a much better 4K TV, meaning that this particular model is just brilliant in many ways.
There are some things which particularly make this new model into a brilliant performer. First among them is the sheer quality of black levels, contrast and colour saturation. This is after all an HDR TV from a leading brand on the market and its certified high dynamic range and display specs are designed in accordance with the standards for “Ultra HD premium” from UHD Alliance. The quality thus really shows in the display quality of the KS9000 in its size ranges.
Additionally, the depth and clarity of the Ultra Clear Panel technology with the strong LED qualities in the TV’s screen, help enhance both contrast and sharpness. Light flow to bright areas of the screen is very good for an LCD TV and images look nicely dynamic as per the HDR standards built into the KS9000.
Upscaling non-SUHD content
The upscaling technology in the KS9000 is having the ability to also upscale the contrast in non-HDR or “non-SUHD” content, as Samsung calls it. In simple terms, the TV increases brightness and clarity in SDR video sources, for improved contrast levels which often do indeed create a superior level of picture quality.
Next, the Samsung Tizen smart TV Operating System (O/S) works as well as it ever has in the KS9000. Tizen is still lagging a bit behind only LG’s WebOS smart interfaces. But the KS9000’s quad-core processor makes sure that Tizen runs smoothly and easily in this TV.
Two remotes are supplied with the KS9000, and this year brings another version of Samsung’s Smart remote in addition to the familiar traditional pusher. The 2016 version assumes the role of a universal remote, allowing users to control many common source devices (Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, game consoles) that are automatically detected by the KS9000 upon setup. The Smart remote worked reasonably well despite its significantly reduced number of buttons, although we must admit that trying to summon the TV guide from a Sky plus HD box required more clicks than we would have liked.
Supporting the KS9000
The pedestal of the KS9000′s Y-shaped stand is recessed even farther than that found on the 2015 JS9000, thus creating a stronger impression of a “floating” screen. A look around the back of the display reveals equally good craftsmanship, its clean rear boasts no visible rivets or screws whatsoever, all of them are hidden underneath the stand attachment. No wonder Samsung is using the complicated term ‘full 360-degree design’ to market this KS9000. This great TV does really look as good from the back as it does from the front?
Samsung the South Korean consumer electronics giant has dropped 3D support across its entire 2016 TV range, so the KS9000 model won’t feature any sort of 3D functionality.