Samsung MU7000 vs LG UJ7700 Review (UN49MU7000 vs 49UJ7700, UN55MU7000 vs 55UJ7700, UN65MU7000 vs 65UJ7700)
Samsung MU7000 is a mid-end of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup and while LG UJ7700 is also a mid-end of LG’s 2017 4K HDR TV. In the market, there are 4 screens sizes options available for MU7000 including 40 Inch (UN40MU7000), 49 Inch (UN49MU7000), 55 Inch (UN55MU7000) and 65 Inch (UN65MU7000). Meanwhile, UH7700 is also available with 4 screens size options including 49 Inch (49UJ7700), 55 Inch (55UJ7700), 60 Inch (60UJ7700), and 65 Inch (65UJ7700). And this comparison certainly is as true to the screen sizes that available on both, which are 49 Inch (UN49MU7000 vs 49UJ7700), 55 Inch (UN55MU7000 vs 55UJ7700), and 65 Inch (UN65MU7000 vs 65UJ7700). So, what features that offered by them and which one is a better choice between them?
Short Review of LG UJ7700 (49UJ7700, 55UJ7700, 60UJ7700, 65UJ7700)
LG UJ7700 is a part of LG’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup and also a successor of UH7700. Compare to the predecessor, there actually is a missing major technology of UJ7700 over UH7700 that is about quantum dot technology where in 2017, UJ7700 is not supported by quantum dot technology. Nevertheless, despite no quantum dot technology, overall, picture quality and performance that offered by UJ7700 is similar to the predecessor UH7700.
Come with HDR technology, LG UJ7700 is powered by Active HDR technology that already support most of HDR formats available including HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR. Additionally, it also powered by HDR effect technology that improves the brightness range of video source to close to HDR quality. There is also Tru 4K Up-scaler engine that up-scale lower resolution contents to near 4K quality sharply and clearly. On its panel, LG UJ7700 uses IPS panel technology with Edge-Lit Led backlighting and powered by local dimming technology. This certainly makes it has wide viewing angle coverage that makes it is very suitable when used in a wide room. But on the other hand, the use of IPS panel makes black level and contrast produced is weak, even with local dimming technology behind it. Meanwhile, lack of quantum dot technology doesn’t make its color performance is worse than the predecessor UH7700 but vice versa, with True Color Accuracy behind it precisely offer wider color gamut coverage. And for improving peak luminance, LG UJ7700 is powered by Ultra Luminance Technology.
Meanwhile, for handling motion blur and playing 24p movies, LG UJ7700 is powered by Tru Motion 120 Hz technology based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, it also has extremely low input lag, even it is including one of the best, that makes it is very comfortable for any kind of games, even for fast paced games that required extremely fast reflexes. And for completing you home entertainment, LG UJ7700 features WebOS 3.5, a newer model of WebOS operating system, the one of the best smart TV platform in 2016.
Short Review of Samsung MU7000 (UN40MU7000, UN49MU7000, UN55MU7000, UN65MU7000)
As we have mentioned, Samsung MU7000 is a flat model of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup Series 7 and also a successor of KU7000, one of the best selling TV in 2016. The excepting of what impacted by the difference between VA panel and curved panel, performance and picture quality offered by MU7000 is similar to its brother MU7500 that comes with curved panel. Come as the successor of KU7000 series, performance that offered by MU7000 series is also not far different to what offered by the predecessor. Like the predecessor, Samsung MU7000 is also still focused on HDR where it is powered by 4K HDR Pro technology. But unlike UJ7700 that already supports most of HDR formats, MU7000 supports HDR 10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) only.
Meanwhile, on its panel, Samsung MU7000 uses VA panel technology with Edge Lit backlighting. It doesn’t have local dimming technology, but as the instead for improving black level, it is powered by UHD Dimming technology and Essential Black Pro. This certainly makes contrast and black level produced by MU7000 is very strong. On the other hand, for delivering wide color gamut, Samsung MU7000 is powered by 4K Color Drive technology. This makes MU7000 supports wide color gamut that required for displaying HDR videos fully. It is also equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine that allows you to enjoy lower resolution videos with the quality close to 4K quality sharply and clearly. Meanwhile, for delivering smooth and clear picture quality when used for watching sport programs, Samsung MU7000 is powered by Motion Rate 120 technology based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, although not as low as what offered by LG UJ7700, the input lag of MU7000 is also low enough to play any kind of games responsively and without feel laggy. And as its smart TV platform, it features Tizen OS where it is not less attractive and responsive than WebOS.
But unfortunately, since poor side viewing angle is a native characteristic of VA panel, this certainly also make the side viewing angle coverage of MU7000 is also poor and makes the quality of the picture look degraded if viewed from side viewing angle. Nevertheless, as long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle, this should not be a problem.
Samsung MU7000 vs LG UJ7700 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||LG UJ7700||Samsung MU7000|
|Size Available||49 Inch (49UJ7700), 55 inch (55UJ7700), 60 Inch (60UJ7700), 65 Inch (65UJ7700)||40n Inch (UN40MU7000), 49 Inch (UN49MU7000), 55 Inch (UN55MU7000), 65 Inch (UN65MU7000)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Type||IPS Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting||Edge Lit||Edge Lit|
|HDR||Active HDR with Dolby Vision||4K HDR Pro|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR||HDR 10 and HLG|
|Color Technology||Tru Color Accuracy||4K Color Drive Pro|
|Black Technology||True Black Panel||Essential Black pro|
|Other Important Technology||HDR Effect, Ultra Luminance||UHD Dimming, Ultra Clear Panel|
|UHD Up-scaling||Yes (Tru 4k Up-Scaler)||Samsung UHD Up-scaling|
|Motion Handling||Tru Motion 120||Motion Rate 120|
|Refresh rate||Native 60 Hz||Native 60 Hz|
|Smart TV||WebOS 3.5||Tizen 2017|
|Sound Output||20 Watts||20 Watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung MU7000 vs LG UJ7700 Performance
Which one is better between the picture produced by Samsung MU7000 and LG UJ7700 depends on the light condition of the light where they are used. In a dark environment, Samsung MU7000 offers better picture quality than LG UJ7700 due it has far stronger native contrast ratio. As the note, MU7000 has about 6300:1 of contrast ratio with about 0.015 nits of black level, while UJ7700 has about 1100:1 of contrast ratio about 0.086 nits of black level. With about 6300:1 of contrast ratio, it is quite enough to make MU7000 displays extremely deep black that certainly makes details of images in dark scenes or shadow looks clearer, particularly when it is displaying HDR videos. Additionally, far stronger contrast produced by MU7000 also makes darker color looks more accurate, result in more natural dark scenes. Meanwhile, with about 1150:1 of contrast ratio, this makes a dark room performance of LG UJ7700 is very poor. When set in a dark room, black of images look tend to grey that certainly has a big impact on the naturalness of dark scenes. Black level reached by UJ7700 even is not darker than 0.05 nits as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 videos, so this certainly makes LG UJ7700 is not able to makes dark scenes of HDR images looks very detail like what intended. Nevertheless, when set in a brighter room where the ambient light can make the low contrast is a bit less noticeable, dark scenes displayed on the screen of UJ7700 looks far better.
Meanwhile, when set in a brighter room, dark scenes displayed on the screen of UJ7700 might look far better, but this is still not better than what displayed on the screen of MU7000. However, on the other hand, with brighter peak luminance, particularly when inputted by HDR signal, LG UJ7700 offers a bit better picture quality when displaying brighter scenes. As we know, the brighter peak brightness, this will fight the glare better. As the note, LG UJ7700 can reach about 640 nits of peak brightness in 10% windows, while peak brightness reached by Samsung MU7700 is only about 360 nits with the same percent windows. What reached by MU7000 actually is enough to make the highlights of HDR images looks bright when set in a dark or moderately bright room, but when set in an extremely bright room, it is not quite bright to fight the glare well. Meanwhile, with brighter peak brightness, this certainly makes the highlights of HDR images looks greater than what produced by MU7000. Additionally, it also makes the quality of the picture produced looks more consistent in a bright room. Nevertheless, although peak brightness reached by LG UJ7700 and Samsung MU7000 is bright enough to makes the highlights of HDR images looks good, but this is not quite bright to display Highlights of HDR images at 1000 nits or brighter like what intended by HDR technology itself, particularly for HDR 10 formats.
Ignoring their different performance in a dark room or bright room, both of Samsung MU7000 and LG UJ7700 already support wide color gamut that required for displaying HDR videos like what intended. As we know, for displaying HDR 10 videos fully, color delivered by a HDR TV must be able to cover at least 90% of DCI P3 Color space. Meanwhile, although not as wide as what produced by high-end TVs, color produced by them can cover color gamut more than the minimum recommendation. This certainly makes the color of images displayed on their screen still looks accurate. Despite the certain color cannot show as fully saturated as what showed by high-end TVs, but overall, color of the picture displayed by them is great for their class. Compare between them, Samsung MU7000 offer a bit wider color gamut and a bit better color volume than LG UJ7700. But even so, their difference is not too significant. Meanwhile, when processing 10 bit depth color, both of them equally do good jobs. This means both of them can deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color that makes their color gradient looks smooth without any major color banding. Compare between them, LG UJ7700 offer a bit color gradient than MU7000. On the screen of MU7000, a little imperfection might still be noticeable in darker color, while on the screen of UJ7700, there is only a little imperfections in darker greens. But overall, their color gradient is really great.
Both of Samsung MU7000 and LG UJ7700 are also equally equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling Engine. This allows you to enjoy lower resolution contents with the quality close to 4K resolution. When the source is 480p videos like DVDs movies, the final images in 4K quality looks very sharp with small details preserved well. And of course, when the source has higher resolution like 720p movies from Cable TV or 1080p movies from Blu Ray, the final images in 4K that resulted looks clearer and shaper with smalls details preserved better. Meanwhile, with HDR effect technology behind UJ7700, it doesn’t only up-scale the lower resolution content to near 4K quality, but the brightness and color range of the source is also improved as possible as to near HDR quality. This course becomes the advantage of UJ7700 than MU7000.
Meanwhile, the use different panel technology behind them also make they offer different side viewing angle coverage. LG UJ7700 with IPS panel offer far wider side viewing angle coverage than Samsung UJ7700. This certainly makes the quality of the picture displayed on the screen UJ7700 looks more consistent than MU7000 when viewed from side viewing angle. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, the picture quality will look degraded on the screen of MU7000, while on the screen of UJ7700, the picture quality will look more consistent at wider side viewing angle. This certainly makes LG UJ7700 is better than MU7000 when used in a wide room with many viewers watch TV from multiple viewing angles.
Winner : MU7000 (Samsung MU7000 offers better picture in darker room, particularly for dark scenes, while LG UJ7700 offer betters picture quality from side viewing angle and in a brighter room, particularly for bright scenes)
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Despite both of them equally have native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, but the pixel responsive of LG UJ7700 is lower or faster than Samsung MU7000. The impact, when they are displaying fast moving images like sport program or fast movies, LG UJ7700 offers smoother and clearer picture quality with less motion blur noticeable than Samsung MU7000. On the screen of UJ7700, there is only short trail can be seen following fast moving object, while on the screen of MU7000, a trail following fast moving object look a little longer. Nevertheless, although not good as UJ7700, the performance of MU7000 when handling motion blur still can be said well. Additionally, when playing 24p movies, LH UJ7700 also offers better performance than Samsung MU7000, particularly when playing Blu-Ray Movies. When playing native 24p videos like Blu-Ray movies, UJ7700 offers smooth picture quality with judder-free, while on the screen of MU7000, judder cannot be eliminated completely. Meanwhile, when playing 24p videos via 60i/60p signals like movies from streaming media or satellite TV, their performance is equally not so good where judder cannot be eliminated completely. Fortunately, most of people don’t sensitive to judder, so this certainly is not a major issue for LG UJ7700 or Samsung MU7000.
As the major connectivity, LG UJ7700 is equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports, while Samsung MU7000 is equipped with 3HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. All of their HDMI ports already support most of formats like HDCP 2.2, CEC, Audio Return Channel, and more. Meanwhile, in addition to HDMI ports and USB ports, both of them are equally equipped with 1 Composite In (AV In), 1 Component In, 1 RF In (Terrestrial), 1 Ethernet, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). With all inputs/outputs provided by them, this certainly is fairly to cover most of your other electronics devices. Meanwhile, talking about their input lag, essentially, their input lag under “Game Mode” is extremely low, regardless the resolution of the input. This certainly makes both of them are very comfortable when used for playing any kind of games, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Nevertheless, compare between them, the input lag of LG UJ7700 is far lower than Samsung MU7000 that makes it is including a TV with lowest input lag.
Both of them equally feature attractive Smart TV platforms. LG UJ7700 comes with WebOS 3.5b, while Samsung MU7000 comes with Tizen 2017 version that powered by a quad core processor. Talking about their performance, both of these OS is equally fast and responsive. Meanwhile, talking about user interface and navigation, both of them also equally have attractive user layout design and offer simple navigation. Additionally, both of them also provide tons of interesting apps. There are VoD Services like YouTube, Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Videos, and many more, Web Browser, Games, and many more. Meanwhile, each of them also has their own apps store, LG with LG apps store and Samsung with Samsung apps store, where you can download tons of apps, games, and contents from your Samsung or LG TV. Essentially, both of them are the best smart TV platforms in the 2017.
As the controller, Samsung MU7000 is equipped with Samsung Smart Controller while LG UJ7700 is equipped with LG’s magic remote. Despite Samsung Remote is simpler and has fewer buttons than LG remote, however, they are equally comfortable to use. Additionally, both of them are equally equipped with built-in remote for voice commands and also can be functioned as a universal remote. A bit advantage of LG remote than Samsung remote, there is “point and click” functionality that makes you easier when inputting the text, surfing on the internet, or other purpose.
|Performance||Samsung MU7000||LG UJ7700|
As we have discussed a lot above, each of Samsung MU7000 and LG UJ7700 has advantages and disadvantages to each other. In term of picture quality, Samsung MU7000 is superior when used in a dark room due its strong contrast and good black uniformity, while LG UJ7700 offers better picture quality from side viewing angle and in brighter room, particularly when displaying bright scenes due its peak brightness is brighter than MU7000. Additionally, both of them already support wide color gamut that make color of the picture produced by them is equally accurate. But overall, picture quality of MU7000 is better than UJ7700. Meanwhile, come with HDR technology, LG UJ7700 already support more complete HDR formats than Samsung MU7700 where it already supports HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR, while MU7000 only supports HDR 10 and HLG. But even so, although both of them are not certified by Ultra HD Premium Certification that means they cannot display HDR 10 videos fully like what intended, but overall, their HDR performance is good for their class.
Additionally, when used for watching fast moving images like sport program or fast movies, LG UJ7700 offer better performance than MU7000. It also has lower input lag that makes it is very comfortable for any kind games. Nevertheless, the input lag of MU7000 is already quite low for any kind of games. Meanwhile, the major advantage of UJ7700 is it has wider side viewing angle.
Which is a better choice between them? You need to know, when I was writing this comparison, Samsung MU7000 is sold similar or a bit more expensive than UJ7700, depend on the screen size, but even so, their price certainly could still change at any time. And considering the performance that offered by each, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your preferences and needs. If your main consideration is picture quality, I think Samsung MU7000 is a better choice for you considering it has far deeper black level and stronger contrast. Nevertheless, if you have a plan to use it in a wide room where there are viewers with multiple viewing angles, LG UJ7700 certainly is a better choice.