Samsung is one of the references in the TV market. Here we bring you the review of the Samsung KS9000 in 65″, the most advanced model of the brand, with a curved 4K panel that promises great image quality thanks to technologies such as HDR 1000 or 10 bits of color depth.
Goodbye 3D, hello HDR
After the failure of 3D on TVs, it is now the turn of new technologies that are intended to enhance the color to give a sense of depth similar to 3D without the need to use specific glasses for it, one of the main reasons (along with the price) why 3D TVs did not finish curdling on the market. Although perhaps simply, as has happened with many other technologies, it has simply come early.
In any case, at Samsung it has turned the page, and they are willing to forget this technology with which it seems is the new standard in high-end TVs: we are talking about HDR, the big bet of the model that we have at hand.
With the analysis of the Samsung KS9000 we will see how one of the best 4K TVs on the market unfolds: the extent to which its image quality reaches along with other factors that are taking on more and more weight, such as Smart TV features, system management or transmission and wireless connectivity.
You don’t have to be especially observant to realize that we’re in front of a high-end 4K TV. In the design of the Samsung KS9000 you can appreciate its excellent quality in every detail. The metal frame is impeccably made of a metal with a polished finish that also tops the reduced edge this TV, with a thickness of only 1 cm.
This minimum thickness is also extendable to the edges of the panel itself, which are extremely small, and that are located below the centimeter, giving the feeling that the only thing in front of you is the huge panel made by Samsung to enjoy the image quality to the fullest.
In the same way the metal extends to the base, with a Y-foma support and made of solid metal with the same polished finish of the frame. All this translates into a considerable weight that you are fully aware of when you set out to mount the TV.
And is that speaking of the weight, in total we reach 28.8 Kg with the stand installed, so for the manipulation of this TV 2 people are necessary. Although more than weight, the difficulty lies in the gigantic size of the TV, in our case of no less than 65 inches.
It may look like a toy in the store, but when you have it in your living room you are really aware of the magnitude of the device. The 65″ panel has dimensions of 1443.4 by 835.8 mm, to which you have to add a bottom of 109.1 mm.
In this background we have in mind that we have a curved 4K TV, and that it is the curvature itself that gives it so much background. If we added the metal support we would go to 404.6 mm, while the height would also rise to 930 mm.
One of the sections that often concerns buyers is connectivity. The importance of having numerous USB and HDMI connections is the most basic thing, what we all look at when we want to buy a TV, and manufacturers like Samsung are fully aware of it.
There’s something unusual going on here, though. Instead of including the vast majority of connections on the back of the TV, we have an external adapter that includes almost all connections of the Samsung KS9000, except for a USB socket located on the right side of the TV.
On that same side we also find the one Connect adapter connection and a Common Interface (CI) slot for pay-TV platforms, although at the moment we don’t have any that take advantage of it.
Therefore most connections are located on the Samsung One Connect, an external device that uses a unique interface, and that could be interesting if from Samsung they provided options to increase connectivity that in practice is somewhat below average.
Surely many still have a VHS video or an old console that we connected by Euroconnector. If that’s your case, you’ll have to look for an HDMI-to-video component adapter or SCART, as you won’t find any of these connections here.
We have 4 HDMI connections, each specialized in a connection type whether PC/DVI, consoles (STB) or sound equipment (ARC). In addition, on the sides we find 2 USB connections and an optical output to connect a sound system.
We can not forget the satellite, cable, or traditional coaxial antenna connections, along with the dual DVB-T2 tuner, prepared for the future digital TV standard.
It is clear that we are in front of a top-of-the-range TV. The image quality is truly spectacular when the conditions are optimal, and even in the worst possible conditions we have achieved extraordinary performance and image quality on the Samsung KS9000, with excellent uniformity and superb contrast thanks to its Vertical Align (VA) panel, and simply incredible 10-bit color reproduction.
This is where one of the star features of the KS9000 stands out, and it’s none other than this year’s big bet on Samsung’s high-end TVs, the 1000 nits HDR. This high dynamic range system seeks to offer absolute fidelity in any level of light and darkness.
In this way we can appreciate every detail, a visual information that we often lose and that in some moments we will have the impression that the TV is practically a window to another reality.
But we’re going to go in parts. Today one of the most important factors on any TV is image scaling: although 4K is a future standard, the truth is that the contents are not yet as widespread as many of us would like. The new Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD will give you a good boost without a doubt, along with on-demand TV services like Netflix.
But considering that the vast majority of users only have an open signal that in most cases reaches 720p and even 480p, rescale is an important factor when choosing a 4K TV. And here this model does very well, with good management of the processing of the image, which achieves a very good image quality in content at low resolution and really spectacular when we have contents in 4K.
The display modes also provide your grain of sand, and we have different viewing modes, to choose from standard, dynamic, natural, movie, sports mode and game mode. In all of them you get an image adapted to the type of playback that we want, although the standard and film modes (which comes by default) are presented as the most balanced, and with which you enjoy it the most.
Sports mode not only arrives with a specific configuration for the image, but also uses the services of the guide and the internet to inform you if you have any sporting events available at that time. Despite this advantage, its image configuration is not the most interesting, since both brightness and saturation are excessive, and an overly artificial image is appreciated.
Our test of the Samsung KS9000 as a pc monitor has also left us with excellent results. No trace of usual scaling problems in the past;now the image of our desktop fits perfectly to the TV. In addition, the response with video games is very good, and we do not appreciate delay in response or signs of ghosting.
The viewing angles are quite good, although as a good VA panel, they are not perfect, and they do have certain variations in the original color with respect to the front display. The only problem comes with the panel’s own finish, and the reflections it produces, something inevitable in a non-matte glass.
Still, these are very contained when we watch the TV head-on, thanks in large part to ultrablack technology. It is at the most extreme angles that the reflections appear appreciably, though never in an alarming way.