A tv, particularly an enormous one, is greater than only a display to serve up video. It is furnishings. And no TV maker crafts prettier furnishings than Samsung.
The MU9000 is among the nicest-looking TVs I’ve ever seen. It rivals the seems to be of Samsung’s personal Q7 “QLED” mannequin, however prices lots of much less. Sure, it is nonetheless mainly an enormous display, however its skinny form, metallic end and hidden wiring take its seems to be to a stage past something in its worth vary.
And in typical Samsung vogue the MU9000 is filled with extras, together with an modern residence theater management system that mechanically packages its distant to command your gear, no common distant required. And naturally that TV distant is a looker. Heck, even Samsung’s menu and Sensible TV design is sleeker than the competitors, if not fairly as filled with apps.
In case your precedence is getting the most effective image high quality in your greenback, this is not the tv for you. Its efficiency was superb in my checks, and in some methods it matched and even exceeded that of the QLED TV, however total it did not beat the competitors from Sony and Vizio, particularly in a demanding residence theater atmosphere.
However should you’ve obtained a contemporary designer lounge and need a TV to match, a high-end Samsung is a good wager. Regardless of the MU9000’s lack of QLED know-how, it delivered very comparable picture high quality to the Q7 in our direct comparability. The Q confirmed higher HDR and a brighter picture, whereas the MU9000 was barely superior in darkish rooms, with higher black ranges and fewer blooming (see beneath for particulars). Whether or not it is price paying additional for the Q comes right down to its even-slicker styling, “invisible” fiber-optic wiring and cabinet-friendly OneConnect field. The worth hole is fairly, broad, nevertheless, so the MU9000 is a greater total worth.
Simple on the eyes, hidden wires
So what does excessive fashion in a TV seem like? Extremely-minimalist skinny black edges with metallic trim, a positively tiny Samsung brand and a slim profile are the highlights, and slick touches like a ribbed bottom and subtly reflective backside edge assist differentiate this TV from the lots.
I additionally love the stand, a splayed triangle of steel without delay much less aggressively trendy and extra stable-seeming than the one on the Q7. A few years in the past it might have allowed the TV to swivel, however not today. Strain on the highest corners prompted it to wobble a bit, so it appeared much less secure than the splayed-leg stands utilized by most rivals, however I had no fears of it really toppling.
The MU9000 does extra to make cables disappear than simply about any TV other than the Q7. There is a separate One Join breakout field into which you plug your gear, related to the TV by a 9-foot cable. The umbilical is normal thickness, not the Q7’s super-thin strand of fiber optics, but it surely nonetheless lets you reduce the variety of issues it’s essential to plug into the TV itself.
Clear bottom: Solely two cables join on to the TV.
An modern wiring channel within the stand spits the one two cables you want — that umbilical and energy — out the again to maintain even informal tabletop installations trying super-clean. For wall mounts you may must depend on a normal VESA bracket for the reason that MU9000 will not work with the corporate’s nifty no-gap wall mount, so it does not sit as flush in opposition to the wall.
Common distant, succesful smarts
Past these variations the MU9000 has just about the identical laundry listing of extras because the Q7. The good is the power to regulate your gear utilizing the distant. It labored very properly, mechanically recognizing most gear I plugged in, setting it up for management with the distant and even creating a house web page shortcut.
Samsung’s modern, easy distant can command all of your gear, mechanically.
For the reason that infrared instructions come from the distant itself and never the One Join field, as they do on the Q7, you may must have line of sight between the clicker and your stuff. After all a superb common distant might do the job higher, but it surely most likely will not look as modern as Samsung’s distant, or be as straightforward to arrange.
Carrying over the identical design from 2016, Samsung’s homegrown Tizen-based sensible TV system is excellent for a TV, however its app protection is not as complete as that of Android TV (on Sony units) or Roku TV.
4K streaming with HDR is accessible from Netflix and Amazon, in addition to the Fandango-powered TV Plus app. Samsung added 4K to its Vudu app, however no HDR (Vudu remains to be at the moment Dolby Imaginative and prescient-only, which is not supported on Samsung). The UltraFlix app has some area of interest 4K content material and there is 4K assist on the YouTube app. Different main apps like Google Play Motion pictures and TV (no 4K although), Hulu, Plex and each HBOs (Go and Now) are on-board too, however if you’d like extra you may most likely nonetheless want to attach an exterior machine like a Roku or Apple TV.
New for 2017 you may carry out easy voice instructions like launching apps by saying their names or altering TV settings. “Film Mode” and “Recreation Mode” labored, for instance, and even particular settings like “Backlight eight” will be adjusted through voice.
No quantum dots, no drawback
The most important specification distinction between the MU9000 and the Q7 is lack of quantum dots, microscopic molecules that, when hit by gentle, emit their very own, otherwise coloured gentle. And because of this it will probably’t get as brilliant or obtain fairly as broad of an HDR shade gamut because the Q7.
Key TV options
Edge-lit with native dimming
Display screen form
Common with voice
In any other case the 2 are very comparable, right down to the native dimming, which might illuminate completely different areas of the display independently to enhance picture high quality. Not like the dimming utilized by Vizio or TCL, nevertheless, the MU9000 makes use of an edge-lit array, which is a little more topic to stray lighting generally known as blooming.
The set helps excessive dynamic vary (HDR) content material in the usual HDR10 and the upcoming HDR10+ codecs solely. It lacks the Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR assist discovered on most rivals’ HDR TVs. I’ve seen no proof that one HDR format is inherently “higher” than the opposite, so I undoubtedly do not take into account lack of Dolby Imaginative and prescient a deal breaker on this TV — as an alternative it is only one extra issue to contemplate.
Like most different 4K TVs the Q7 makes use of a 120Hz native panel. It provides Samsung’s Movement Fee 240 processing with black body insertion to enhance movement decision.