Samsung MU6300 vs LG UJ6300 (UN43MU6300 vs 43UJ6300, UN50MU6300 vs 49UJ6300, UN55MU6300 vs 55UJ6300, UN65MU6300 vs 65UJ6300)
Samsung MU6300 is the flat model of Samsung’s entry level 4K HDR TV lineup series 6, while LG UJ6300 is also an entry level of LG’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup. In the market, MU6300 is available with some screen sizes options available including 40 Inch (UN40MU6300), 43 Inch (UN43MU6300), 50 Inch (UN50MU6300), 55 Inch (UN55MU6300), 65 Inch (UN65MU6300), and 75 Inch (UN75MU6300). Meanwhile, UJ6300 is also available with some screen sizes available including 43 Inch (43UJ6300), 49 Inch (49UJ6300), 55 Inch (55UJ6300), and 65 Inch (65UJ6300). Considering not all of screen sizes of MU63000 are also available on UJ6300, this comparison certainly is as true to the screen sizes that available on both of them (UN43MU6300 vs 43UJ6300, UN50MU6300 vs 49UJ6300, UN55MU6300 vs 55UJ6300, UN65MU6300 vs 65UJ6300). So, what features that offered by each and which is a better choice between them?
Short Review of LG UJ6300
As we have mentioned, LG UJ6300 is an entry level of LG’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup and also the successor of UH6500 in last year. Overall, its performance is a bit better than the predecessor UH6500. One of the mainstay technologies behind UJ6300 is about IPS panel, results in wide viewing angle coverage. Nevertheless, on the on the other hand, the use IPS panel makes its contrast is not so strong and black level is not so dark which makes its dark room performance is also not so good. Nevertheless, once there is ambient light in the room, the picture displayed on the screen of UJ6300 looks better. Meanwhile, for delivering accurate color, it is powered by RGBW sub-pixels technology and supported by Tru Color Accuracy. The result, despite color gamut produced by UJ6300 is not as wide as the series above like UJ8500 or UJ7700, but it can show SDR Rec.709 color space and most of colors in HDR properly.
Like most of 4K TVs in 2017, LG UJ6300 also already supports HDR. But unlike the series above which already supports most of HDR formats, it only supports HDR 10 only and might also support HLG with software update. Additionally, for maximizing the HDR experience, UJ6300 features “HDR Effect” that improves the brightness-range of the source. This allows you to enjoy non SDR contents with the quality close to 4K HDR Quality. Meanwhile, for allowing you to enjoy lower resolution contents in near 4K resolution, it is powered by Tru 4K Up-Scaler Engine, result in sharp and clear picture quality in 4K resolution with small details preserved well. Meanwhile, for handling motion blur and 24p movies, LG UJ6300 is powered by Tru Motion 120 Technology based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. This allows you to enjoy your favorite sports program with smooth picture quality without many motion blur noticeable. The other powerful performance that offered by LG UJ6300 is about its extremely low input lag that makes it is very comfortable for any kind of games. And that is not less attractive is about its smart TV platform where with WebOS3.5, it offers simple, attractive, and responsive smart TV platform with a lot of interesting and useful apps available.
Short Review of Samsung MU6300
Like UJ6300 series, Samsung MU6300 is also an entry level of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup. It is the flat model of Samsung Series 6. The excepting of the form of panel, what offered by MU6300 is similar to its brother MU6500 that comes with curved panel. If JU6300 uses IPS Panel, Samsung MU6300 comes with VA Panel technology. As the impact, its side viewing angle coverage is not as good as LG UJ6300, but on the hand, it offers far deeper black level and higher contrast ratio that make it offers good dark room experience. Additionally, coming with HDR technology, Samsung MU63000 also support HDR 10 and HLG (Hybrid Log gamma) only.
For delivering good black uniformity and deep black level, Samsung MU6300 uses VA panel with Direct-Led backlight. There is no local dimming technology, but as the instead, it is powered by UHD Dimming technology and Essential Black Pro which improve contrast and black level produced. Additionally, there is also Ultra Clear Panel technology that significantly reducing the reflection when set in a bright room. And behind accurate color of the picture produced by Samsung MU6300, there is 4K Color Drive Pro technology that able to properly show most of colors in HDR. But even so, like UJ6300, Samsung MU6300 also doesn’t support wide color gamut that means its color gamut is only good enough to show color in Rec.709 color space or SDR images, while for HDR that requires at least 90% of DCI P3 color space, its color gamut is not quite wide. The result, certain colors will be shown a bit unsaturated. Nevertheless, overall, color performance of MU6300 is good for its class.
With motion rate 120 Hz based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel behind it, Samsung MU6300 offers good job when handling motion blur. This certainly makes the picture produced looks very smooth when used for watching sports. Additionally, although not as low as UJ6300, the input lag of Samsung MU6300 is also quite low at any source that makes it is very comfortable for any kind of games with any resolution. And as its smart TV platform, MU6300 features Tizen OS where it is not less attractive, responsive, and simple than WebOS.
Samsung MU6300 vs LG UJ6300 Key Specification
|Specs and Features||Samsung MU6300||LG UJ6300|
|Size Available||40 Inch (UN40MU6300), 43 Inch (UN43MU6300), 50 Inch (UN50MU6300), 55 Inch (UN55MU6300), 65 Inch (UN65MU6300), 75 Inch (UN75MU6300)||43 Inch (43UJ6300), 49 inch (49UJ6300), 55 inch (55UJ6300), 65 Inch (65UJ6300)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Type||VA panel||IPS Panel|
|Backlighting||Direct Led||Direct Led|
|HDR Engine||4K HDR Pro||Active HDR|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10 and HLG||HDR 10 and HLG|
|Color Technology||4K Color Drive Pro||Tru Color Accuracy|
|Other Important Technology||UHD Dimming, Essential Black pro , Ultra Clear Panel||HDR Effect, Tru 4K Up-scaler|
|UHD Up-scaling||Samsung UHD Up-scaling||Tru 4K Up-scaler|
|Motion Handling||Motion Rate 120||Tru Motion 120|
|Refresh Rate||Native 60 Hz||Native 60 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2017||WebOS 3.5|
|Sound Output||20 Watts||20 Watts|
|Processor||Quad Core||Information not provided|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung MU6300 vs LG UJ6300 Performance
Which one is better between the picture produced by MU6300 and UJ6300 depends on the condition of the room where they are used. Since Samsung MU6300 has good black uniformity and high native contrast ratio, this certainly makes the black of images can be shown absolute black even when set in a dark environment, results in natural and realistic images in a dark scenes. Additionally, it is also quite dark to reveal the detail of HDR images in dark so looks clearly. Essentially, Samsung MU6300 doesn’t have any major problem when displaying dark scene, even in a dark room. Meanwhile, since its contrast is weak and black uniformity is not so good, this makes dark room performance of LG UJ6300 is poor. When set in dark room, black of image looks tend to grey. This certainly makes dark scene is not shown so well and the naturalness of image is also reduced. And of course, for displaying shadow details of HDR images looks clearly and well, what reached by UJ6300 is also not quite dark and strong. As we know, for displaying dark scene of HDR 10 images properly like what intended, a TV must reach about 0.05 nits of black level or darker. Meanwhile, with about 5800:1 of native contrast ratio, MU6300 can reach darker than 0.05 nits while with about 1300:1 of native contrast ratio, black level reached by UJ6300 is not darker than 0.05 nits.
When set in a brighter room with ambient light, dark scene displayed on the screen of LG UJ6300 might look a bit better due the effect of low contrast ratio is reduced. But since it only has mediocre peak brightness, if the light is a bit too intense, particularly when inputted by SDR signals, its peak brightness is not bright enough to effectively muffle the glare. However, when inputted by HDR signal, peak brightness of UJ6300 is brighter and more effective to muffle the glare, results in better bright scenes and brighter highlight of HDR image. But for displaying highlight of HDR images at least 1000 nits, this certainly still far from what is needed. Meanwhile, peak brightness reached by Samsung MU6300 is brighter than UJ6300. No matter it is inputted by SDR or HDR signals, its peak luminance is similar, that is about 360 nits. This is bright enough to make bright scenes looks excellently when set in a moderately bright room or darker room. Additionally, it is also bright enough to show most of HDR scenes well. But to effectively muffle the glare from sunny windows or very bright lights, peak brightness of MU6300 is still not quite bright. It is also not bright enough to display highlight of HDR image at 1000 nits like what required for displaying HDR 10 videos fully.
While Samsung MU6300 offer stronger native contrast ratio, better black uniformity, and brighter peak luminance, LG UJ6300 offers a bit wider color gamut. Both of them might don’t support wide color gamut like what required for displaying HDR 10 videos, but at least, they can properly show most colors in HDR. Since UJ6300 has wider color gamut, this certainly makes it can properly show a bit more colors in HDR than MU6300. Nevertheless, although color gamut reached by UJ6300 is a bit wider than MU6300, but it is still not as wide as a higher class TV like LG U7700 or Samsung MU7000. Ignoring their difference, their color gamut is only good enough for displaying colors in Rec.709 color space of SDR images, but when displaying HDR images, some certain colors might be shown unsaturated. But even so, overall, most of colors in DCI P3 color space are shown properly by them. Meanwhile, both of Samsung MU6300 and LG UJ6300 are also already support 10 bit depth of color. This means they are able to deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color, results in smooth color gradient without any major color banding on each of their screen. Compare between them, UJ6300 offer a bit smoother color gradient than MU6300. On the screen of UJ6300, some a little imperfections still be noticeable in dark green and dark blue only, while on the screen of MU6300, some little imperfections are shown in most of darker shades of color and gray scale. Nevertheless, overall, this can be said well and should not be a major issue for them.
Meanwhile, for anticipating the many videos contents in the market which have lower resolution than 4K, both of Samsung MU6300 and LG UJ6300 are equipped with great UHD up-scaling engine. The result, no matter the resolution of the sources, they will be up-scaled well in 4K resolution. Even when the source is lower resolution videos like DVDs with 480p resolution, the final images in 4K resulted looks sharply with details are preserved well. And of course, the higher resolution of the video sources, the final image in 4K resulted is sharper and clearer. The ability of UJ6300 even is not only limited to that. With HDR effect feature behind it, UJ6300 has the ability to improve the brightness range of HDR image so you can enjoy them with the quality as possible as close to 4K HDR quality.
Winner: Samsung MU6300
Side Viewing Angle
While from center and in front of the screen, Samsung MU6300 offers better picture quality, from an angle at side viewing angle, LG UJ6300 offers better picture quality. This is caused the use of IPS panel behind UJ6300. As we know, the use of IPS panel might make the TV have poor native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, it offers wider range of side viewing angle. Meanwhile, poor side viewing angle is a native characteristic of VA panel. This result, when viewed from an angle, the picture displayed on the screen of UJ6300 looks as good as when if viewed from center and in front. Meanwhile, on the screen of MU6300, the picture will look degraded with black looks tend to grey and color shift. This means LG UJ6300 is more suitable when used in a wide room with viewers watch TV from multiple viewing angles.
Winner: LG UJ6300
Motion Handling and 24 Play Back
As we see on comparison table above, for handling motion blur, Samsung MU6300 is powered by Motion Rate 120 technology while LG UJ6300 is powered by Tru Motion 120. Both of these technologies are based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Nevertheless, although both of them have the same native refresh rate panel, when handling motion blur, UJ6300 does a bit better job than MU6300. This is due the pixel response time of UJ6300 is a bit lower than MU6300. But even so, essentially, both of them have a good motion handling. When used for watching fast moving images like sports or fast movies, there are not many motion blurs shown. Following fast moving objects, there is a short trail that should not be distracting picture quality on the whole. Meanwhile, when playing 24 movies, particularly when playing Blu-Ray or DVDS movies, LG UJ6300 also offers better performance than MU6300. On the screen of UJ6300, the picture displayed look smoothly without a judder, while on the screen of MU6300, the judder cannot be eliminated completely. Nevertheless, when playing 24p videos via 60i/60 signals like movies from streaming device or satellite TV, their performance equally no so good where the judder cannot be removed completely from their screen. But since most of people don’t notice to judder, this issue certainly is not something that can be taken seriously
Winner: LG UJ6300
Both of Samsung MU6300 and LG UJ6300 are equipped with almost the same inputs/outputs. As their major connectivity, there are 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports behind them. Additionally, the HDMI ports of them also equally already support most of formats like HDCP 2.2 CEC, Audio Return Channel, and more. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, there are also 1 RF In (Terrestrial), 1 Composite In (AV In), 1 Component In, 1 Ethernet Port, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). They might not many as what provided by premium TVs, but with 3 HDMI, 2 USB and other inputs, I Think it is quite enough to cover most of your other electronics devices. Meanwhile, talking about their input lag, LG U6300 has lower input lags than Samsung MU6300 that makes it is more comfortable when used for playing fast paced games. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean the input lag of MU6300 is too high. Although not as low as UJ6300, the Input lag of MU6300 is also low enough to play any kind of games so feel responsively, even for playing fast paced games, no matter the resolution of the game.
Winner: LG UJ6300
Smart TV Platform
Both of them also equally feature attractive smart TV platform. Samsung MU6300 comes with Tizen OS and powered by a quad core processor, while LG UJ6300 comes with WebOS 3.5, the newer version of WebOS. As we know, the main interface of Tizen and WebOS are equally designed attractively, but it is still simple and easy to navigate. On the Tizen OS, there is a narrow bar at the bottom of the screen contains quick access to most of features and apps. While on the WebOS 3.5, there is also strip bar at the bottom of the screen that also has same function like on Tizen. Additionally, their performance is also equally fast and responsive. Once an app is launched, the loading in time is very quick. Selecting between apps also feel very responsively. Talking about apps provided, both of them also equally provide tons of interesting and useful apps. There are most popular VoD Services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Videos, and more, Web Browser, Apps and Content Store, and many more. A bit difference is about their default apps where each of them certainly comes default apps from each of their manufacturer like MU6300 with Samsung Apps Store while LG come with LG Apps Store, and others.
Meanwhile about their controller, Samsung MU6300 comes with “Samsung Smart Controller”, while LG UJ6300 comes with basic remote only. The Samsung’s remote is simpler and has less buttons than LG remote, but it has offers some smart features like voice commands and can be functioned as an universal remote. On the other hand, although LG remote have a lot of commonly used buttons, but compare to “LG Magic Remote”, it lacks some smart features like voice navigation, “point and click”, and other functionality.
|Performance||Samsung MU6300||LG UJ6300|
As we have discussed a lot above, each of Samsung MU6300 and LG UJ6300 has advantages and disadvantages to each other. With higher native contrast ratio and brighter peak brightness, MU6300 offers better picture quality and HDR performance, particularly from center and in front of the screen, while LG UJ6300 with IPS panel offers wider side viewing angle coverage. Meanwhile, talking about performance of the other features, LG UJ6300 offers a bit better performance than Samsung MU6300, whether it is about motion handling, input lag, 24p playback, and Smart TV, but at the whole, this does not have a significant impact like we have discussed a lot above.
So, which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned, when we were writing this comparison, with the same screen, both of LG UJ6300 and Samsung MU6300 are sold with the same price. But of course, their price is not fixed and could still change at any time. Meanwhile, considering picture quality and performance offered by each, the decision certainly comes back to your preferences. As long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle and picture quality is your main priority, I think MU6300 is a better choice for you. Nevertheless, as long as you don’t set it in a dark room and you have a plan to use it in a wide room with viewers watch from multiple viewing angles, LG UJ6300 certainly is a better choice for you.