Samsung MU8000 vs MU9000 Review (UN55MU8000 vs UN55MU9000, UN65MU8000 vs UN65MU9000, UN75MU8000 vs UN75MU9000)
Samsung MU8000 is a flat model of Samsung’s 2017 Series 8 and Samsung MU9000 is a flat model of Samsung’s 2017 Series 9. In the market, MU8000 there are a lot of screen sizes options available for MU8000 including 49 Inch (UN49MU8000), 55 Inch (UN55MU8000), 65 Inch (UN65MU8000), 75 Inch (UN75MU8000), and 82 Inch (UN82MU8000), while for MU9000, there are only 3 screen size options available including 55 Inch (UN55MU9000), 65 Inch (UN65MU9000), and 75 Inch (UN75MU9000). Since the screens sizes available on both are only 55 inch, 65 inch, and 75 inch, this comparison certainly is as true to these sizes (UN55MU8000 vs UN55MU9000, UN65MU8000 vs UN65MU9000, and UN75MU8000 vs UN75MU9000). When I was writing this comparison, with the same screen size, MU9000 is sold about $400 – $700 more expensive than MU8000, depending the screen size. But of course, their prices certainly are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, what are the advantages of MU9000 so it is sold more expensive than MU8000? Is the superiority of MU9000 in accordance with their difference in price? Let’s start discuss their performance side by side.
The Similarities and Differences between Samsung MU8000 and MU9000
Viewed from their appearance, especially and their stand, Samsung MU9000 on MU8000 looks differently. The stand of MU9000 is designed with Slim Y Shape while MU8000 is designed with Branch Shape. Meanwhile, about technology and features which offered, there are not many differences between Samsung MU8000 and MU9000. On the technologies that have an effect on picture quality, they only have a difference on the level of UHD Dimming Technology and Black Enhancement technology where MU9000 comes with higher level. For this case, MU900 comes with Supreme UHD Dimming and Triple Black Extreme while MU8000 comes with UHD Dimming and Triple Black Technology. Both of these technologies have an impact on the contrast ratio and depth of black that produced by them.
The other difference between them but doesn’t have a impact on the picture quality produced is about Satellite In where MU9000 is equipped with Satellite IN (Common Use for Terrestrial) while MU8000 is not equipped with Satellite In). This allows you to watch Satellite TV on the screen of MU9000 without additional devices, while if you want to watch Satellite TV program on MU8000, you still need additional Satellite Receiver.
The excepting of what mentioned above, Samsung MU8000 and MU9000 are powered by the same technologies and also offer similar features. Come with HDR technology, they are powered by 4K HDR Extreme Engine and just support HDR 10 format and HLG (via upcoming software update). Additionally, on their panel, both of them equally come with VA Panel technology with Edge Lit backlight and also equally have local dimming technology (Precision Black). For maximizing their peak luminance and their performance when used in a bright room, they are also equipped with Peak Illuminator Pro and Ultra clear panel technology. Additionally, both of them are also equally powered by 4K Color Drive Extreme for delivering wide color gamut and good rendition of color.
For maximizing their performance when playing fast moving images and 24p movies, both of MU9000 and MU8000 are also equally powered by Motion Rate 240 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Meanwhile, for connecting with other device, Samsung MU8000 and MU9000 are also equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity. They are also equally have low input lag under “Game Mode”, make both of them very comfortable when used for playing games. And as their Smart TV platform, both of Samsung MU9000 and MU8000 equally feature Tizen OS that powered by a quad core processor.
Samsung MU8000 vs MU9000 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||MU8000||MU9000|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||49” (UN49MU8000), 55 inch (UN55MU8000), 65” (UN65MU8000), 75” (UN75MU8000), 82 Inch (UN82MU8000)||55” (UN55MU9000), 65” (UN65MU9000), 75 Inch (UN75MU9000)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Edge Lit LED|
|Local Dimming||Yes (precision black)||Yes (Precision Black)|
|UHD Dimming||Yes||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Picture Engine||UHD Remastering Engine||UHD Remastering Engine|
|HDR Engine||4K HDR Extreme||4K HDR Extreme|
|Color Technology||4K Color Drive Extreme||4K Color Drive Extreme|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Blacks Technology||Triple Black||Triple Black Extreme|
|Peak Illuminator||Yes (Pro)||Yes (Pro)|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Yes||Yes|
|UHD Up-scaling Engine||Yes||Yes|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2017||Tizen 2017|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1750A)||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1750A)|
|RF In (Terrestrial)||1||1|
|RF In (Satellite In)||No||1|
|Built In Wi-Fi||Yes||Yes|
|Speaker Type||Down Firing + Front Firing||Down Firing + Front Firing|
|Sound Output||40 Watts||40 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung MU8000 vs MU9000 Performance
The use of higher level UHD Dimming and Triple Black technology on MU9000 makes it has stronger native contrast ratio and deeper black level than MU8000. As the note, with Samsung MU9000 with supreme UHD Dimming and Triple Black Extreme has about 6000:1 of native contrast ratio while MU8000 with standard UHD Dimming and Triple black have about 4700:1 of native contrast ratio. This certainly makes black level reached by MU9000 is a bit deeper than MU8000. Nevertheless, essentially, native contrast ratio and black level reached by them is strong enough to make their dark room performance is fairly good. Black looks very dark, and combined to their good black uniformity, this makes dark scene looks excellent on their screen, even when they are set in a dark room where the effect of high contrast ratio is very sensitive. Additionally, their contrast ratio is also strong enough to reveal details images in dark scene of HDR images, result in excellent and clear shadow details of HDR images. A bit unfortunate, their local dimming is not too effective to boost the contrast, so in the condition when local dimming enabled or disabled, their contrast ratio is relatively similar. And of course, since Samsung MU9000 has a bit stronger native contrast ratio, of course dark scene of SDR or HDR images displayed on its screen looks a bit better than MU8000.
While Samsung MU8000 and MU9000 have good black level, on the other hand, they also have great peak brightness, particularly when inputted by SDR signals. With about 400 nits of peak brightness, this is quite bright to make bright scene looks excellently when set in a dark room or moderately lit-room. Additionally, their peak brightness is also quite bright to fight the glare and combined to its good reflection handling, this makes the picture displayed on their screen looks consistent amazing when set in a bright room. On the other hand, under certain condition, although only lasts for a short time, their local dimming is very effective to makes small areas looks very bright, result in the highlights in dark scenes looks very bright. Meanwhile, when inputted by HDR images, peak brightness reached by them is a bit brighter, makes highlight of HDR images looks pretty good. Additionally, their local dimming is also able to make small highlights of HDR images get brighter. But unfortunately, since they have about 400 nits of peak brightness only, this certainly is not quite bright to show highlights of HDR images brighter than 1000 nits like what recommended by UHD alliance. As we know, to show HDR images fully like what intended, A TV must have at least 1000 nits of peak brightness.
Lacks of quantum dot panel might make their renditions of colors is not as good as the predecessor KS8000 or KS9000. But with 4K Color Drive Extreme technology as the instead, they still support wide color gamut and their rendition of colors still looks fairly good. Most of colors in DCI P3 color space of HDR images can be shown properly. But unlike most of modern TVs, both of them also have a bit issue when showing saturated green. Nevertheless, this still can make color of picture displayed on their screen looks fairly accurate, even when displaying HDR images that mastered with wide color gamut. Meanwhile, when displaying SDR images that only mastered with Rec.709 Color Space, the colors can be shown properly without any problem. Additionally, since MU9000 has a bit stronger native contrast ratio than MU8000, indirectly, this also has an effect on their color volume, particularly for deep colors. Their color gamut might equally narrow at deep color, but with a bit deeper black level, this makes the color gamut of MU9000 is also a bit wider than MU9000. Nevertheless, overall, except dark color, both of them can show their color gamut at their peak brightness range and for most of people, this should be good enough. Still about color performance, both of them also already support 10 bit depth of color that means they can deliver about 1.07 billion shades of colors. The result, color gradient of the picture displayed on their screen look smooth. Both of them might still have some little imperfections at darker colors but overall, this should not be a problem for most of people. Meanwhile compare between, color gradient of MU9000 is a bit better than MU8000, though most of people might not notice about their difference.
For anticipating the many of low resolution contents which available in the market, both of Samsung MU8000 and MU9000 are equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. This allows you to enjoy lower resolution videos with the quality close to 4K resolution. No matter the resolution of video source, all of them will be up-converted to 4K resolution fairly well. Low resolution videos like DVDs movies with 480p resolution even don’t look too soft once they are up-converted. And of course, the higher resolution of the source, the final image in 4K resolution produced will looks sharper and clearer with small details are preserved better.
Since both of them use VA panel, this certainly make their side viewing angle coverage is limited. As we know, limited side viewing angle coverage is the native drawback of VA panel and of course, all of TVs with VA panel also have the same problem about side viewing angle. The result, started at about 20 degrees off center and front, black will looks tend to grey while color looks shift. This certainly makes when viewed from an angle, the picture doesn’t looks as good as from center and in front of the screen. But even so, as long as you don’t often watch TV from an angle, this should be a problem for you.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
For maximizing their performance when playing fast moving videos or 24p movies, both of Samsung MU9000 and MU8000 are powered by similar technology that is Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Combine to their low pixel response time, this makes the picture displayed on their screen looks smoothly without many motion blur visible. Following the fast moving objects, there is only a short trail where most of people might not notice about that. Meanwhile, both of Samsung MU9000 and MU8000 also do a great job when playing 24p movies. No matter the movies source, whether it is native 24 videos like Blu Ray Movies, 24p videos via 60i signals like movies from satellite TV or even 24p movies via 60p signal like movies from streaming device, all of them can be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free. Nevertheless, to remove the judder without adding “soap opera effect”, you must set “Auto Motion Plus” to Custom and both “Judder Reduction” and “Blur Reduction” to 0. Additionally, since both of them have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, this certainly also make they can fairly well interpolate both 30fps and 60 fps.
Both of Samsung MU8000 and MU9000 are equipped with similar connectivity. There are 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity. There are also RF IN, Ethernet In, and Digital Audio Out (Optical). Both of them are not also equally equipped with Component In and Composite In (AV In). Additionally, they are also equally equipped with “One Connect Box Mini” where most of their inputs/outputs ports are located. As mentioned above, a bit difference between them is about their RF In where MU8000 is only able to receive terrestrial broadcast only while MU9000 is able to receive both of Terrestrial and Satellite TV inputs. Meanwhile, talking about their input lags, equally, they have similar low input lags at any resolution. With about 24 ms of input lags under “Game Mode” and “20” ms of input lags under “PC Mode”, this might not be the best in class, but this is low enough to play any kind of games with any resolution feels responsively, even for fast paced games.
Smart TV platform
As their smart TV platform, both of Samsung MU8000 and MU9000 also equally come with Tizen OS 2017 and also equally powered by a quad core processor and decent memory. In term of appearance, it has home screen or user layout that designed attractively. Let alone it comes with white them and nice animation, this certainly makes its appearance is nicer than last year version. Nevertheless, navigation on Tizen OS is still simple and easy. On its home screen, there is a “ribbon” contains quick access to a lot of most popular apps, where this allows you to launch one of them without leaving the “Home Screen”. Additionally, talking about apps provided, there are a lot of most popular apps installed as their preinstalled app like YouTube, Amazon Videos, Netflix, Web Browser, Cloud Games, Screen Mirroring apps, and many more. Additionally, there is also Samsung Apps Store that provides tons of downloadable apps, games, contents where you can directly download them from your TV. Meanwhile, with a fast quad core processor behind them, this makes its performance is very fast and responsive. Once an app is launched, it will open quickly. Additionally, switching between opened apps also feels responsive.
As the controller, both of Samsung MU9000 and MU8000 are also equipped with similar smart remote called “Samsung Smart Controller”. This remote is very simple and has few buttons only. There are not buttons for directly accessing settings, even there are no “Number Buttons”. Fortunately, this remote has excellent voice command functionally that allows you to change the setting and other functionality directly by speaking to the built-in microphone on the remote. The other interesting feature that offered, it can be functioned as a universal remote where this allows you to control other devices connected on your TV via HDMI ports.
|Performance||Samsung MU8000||Samsung MU9000|
As we have discussed a lot above, as mid class TV, essentially, both of Samsung MU8000 and MU9000 have good picture quality and HDR performance. Both of them equally have strong native contrast ratio, good black uniformity, bright peak luminance, and good rendition of colors that makes the picture displayed on their screen looks fairly good, no matter the light condition of a room where they are used. Additionally, although both of them are not able to show HDR images like what intended due their peak brightness is still below 1000 nits, but overall, their HDR performance can also be said fairly good. In addition to good picture quality and HDR performance, both of them also have great performance on some features that offered like good motion handling for sports or other fast paced videos, and good 24p playback, low inputs lag for games, and simple, responsive and attractive smart TV platform. The only major drawback of Samsung MU9000 and MU8000, both of them equally have limited side viewing angle coverage.
So which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned above, although both of them equally have good picture quality, but picture displayed on the screen of MU9000 actually looks a bit better than MU8000 due it has stronger native contrast ratio, a bit better rendition of color and gradient of color, and a bit better performance of other aspect of picture quality. Nevertheless, as we have mentioned, in the market, MU9000 is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than MU8000. Now the decision comes back to you according to your budget and performance. If you don’t mind to spend more hundreds dollars for better picture quality, of course MU9000 is a better option for you.