Samsung NU7100 vs MU7000 Review (UN40NU7100 vs UN40MU7000, UN50NU7100 vs UN49MU7000, UN55NU7100 vs UN55MU7000, UN65NU7100 vs UN65MU7000)
Samsung NU7100 is the flat screen model of Samsung’s 2018 4K HDR LED TV 7 Series and also the successor of Samsung MU7000. In the market, NU7100 comes in the number of screen sizes option including 40 Inch (UN40NU7100), 43 Inch (UN43NU7100), 50 Inch (UN50NU7100), 55 Inch (UN55NU7100), 65 Inch (UN65NU7100), and 75 Inch (UN75NU7100), while MU7000 comes in 4 screen sizes option only including 40 Inch (UN40MU7000), 49 inch (UN49MU7000), 55 Inch (UN55MU7000), and 65 Inch (UN65MU7000). Although NU7100 is a newer model, but with the same screen size (UN40NU7100 vs UN40MU7000, UN50NU7100 vs UN49MU7000, UN55NU7100 vs UN55MU7000, and UN65NU7100 vs UN65MU7000), it is priced hundreds dollar cheaper than the predecessor MU7000. Considering the price of NU7100 is cheaper than MU7000 while usually, the price of a newer model is more expensive than the predecessor, this can indicate that the performance or picture quality offered by NU7100 is not as good as MU7000. But to be sure, let’s discuss side by side about their performance.
Samsung NU7100 vs MU7000 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung NU7100||Samsung MU7000|
|Size Available||40 Inch (UN40 NU7100), 43 Inch (UN43 NU7100), 50 Inch (UN50 NU7100), 55 Inch (UN55 NU7100), 65 Inch (UN65 NU7100), 75 Inch (UN75 NU7100)||40n Inch (UN40MU7000), 49 Inch (UN49MU7000), 55 Inch (UN55MU7000), 65 Inch (UN65MU7000)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Type||VA panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting||Edge Lit||Edge Lit|
|HDR Technology||HDR||4K HDR Pro|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10, HLG, and HDR10+||HDR 10 and HLG|
|Color Technology||PurColor||4K Color Drive Pro|
|Black Technology||N/a||Essential Black pro|
|Ultra Clear Panel||N/a||Yes|
|UHD Up-scaling||Samsung UHD Up-scaling Engine||Samsung UHD Up-scaling Engine|
|Motion Handling||Motion Rate 120||Motion Rate 120|
|Refresh Rate||Native 60 Hz||Native 60 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2018||Tizen 2017|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Smart Features||Samsung’s Bixby, SmartThing, Web Browser||Smart View 2.0, Web broser, Voice Navigation|
|Remote||Basic Remote (TM1240A)||Smart Remote (TM1750A)|
|Sound Output||20 Watts||20 Watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
The Similarities and Differences between Samsung MU7000 and NU7100
Although Samsung NU7100 is the successor of MU7000, but the level of specs and technologies that brought are below the MU7000. On their panel, they equally use VA panel with edge lit backlight and also don’t have local dimming technology. For maximizing contrast and black level, both Samsung NU7100 and MU7000 are equally powered by UHD Dimming and Contrast Enhancer. The other similarities between them are about their technologies which handle motion blur where they are equally powered by Motion Rate 120 Hz based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, both of them are also equipped with the same audio system that is 2.0 channels with 20 watts of total sound output. And for connecting with other device, both Samsung MU7000 and NU7100 are also equipped with the same inputs/outputs such as 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and others.
As we see on comparison table above, both Samsung NU7100 and MU7000 have different level in HDR Performance. With 4K HDR Pro level, MU7000 should have higher level HDR Performance than NU7100. The HDR formats which support by them are also different. In last year, all models of Samsung TVs including MU7000 support HDR 10 and HLG only, while in this year 2018, their model including NU7100 also already support HDR 10+, an advanced HDR 10 format that uses dynamic metadata. Additionally, the technology that supports their color reproduction is also different. As we see on table above, Samsung NU7100 is powered by PurColor technology while MU7000 is powered 4K color Drive Pro. With higher level of color technology, Samsung MU7000 should have better color reproduction than NU71000. The other difference is about their smart TV platform. Both of them may be equally featuring Tizen OS, but for this case, Samsung MU7000 comes with 2017 version while NU7100 comes with 2017 version. But even so, there are not many improvement brought by the newer version over 2017 version. Additionally, they are also equipped with different remote where NU7100 comes with basic remote while MU7000 comes with smart remote. Since NU7100 only has a basic remote, its smart TV platform is minus Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant.
Samsung NU7100 vs MU7000 Performance
Overall, both Samsung NU7100 and MU7000 has good native contrast ratio and can produce deep black level. Since they can produce deep black level, this certainly makes their dark room performance is good. This means, when they are set in a dark room where the impact of high contrast ratio is very sensitive, both Samsung MU7000 and NU7100 can still show blacks excellently, makes dark scene of images looks very good on their screen. Meanwhile, when set in a bright room with much light, the picture displayed on their screen will look too dim. This is due their peak brightness is not too bright and not bright enough to overcome the glare in a room with lots of lights or sunny windows. The peak brightness of Samsung NU7100 and MU7000 is only bright enough to overcome the glare in a dimly lit room. This means, with peak brightness that is not so bright, MU7000 and NU7100 is better suited for viewing in a dark or dim room where there is not much light. Compare between them, since peak brightness of MU7000 is a bit brighter, its performance in a bright room certainly is also better than NU7100. Meanwhile, their color performance in showing color of SDR images is also really good. As we know, SDR images only require Rec.709 color space where its colors coverage is far narrower than DCI P3 or Rec.2020. This means, a TV that doesn’t support wide color gamut like NU7100 also can show colors of SDR images fairly accurate.
As we know, one of the main purposes of HDR technology is to make a TV can show more information in dark scene. The deeper black level reached by a TV, details in dark scene can be revealed more. And since Samsung MU7000 can reach deeper black level, this certainly makes it also can show shadow details of HDR images better than NU7100. But even so, as we know, to show shadow detail of HDR images fully like the intended, particularly HDR10 images, a HDR TV must be able to reach 0.05 nits or darker. Meanwhile, although black level reached by Samsung NU7100 is not as deep as MU7000, but at least, its black level is still darker than 0.05 nits. This means NU7100 can also show shadow details of HDR images fairly good. Overall, MU7000 and NU7100 have excellent performance in showing dark scene, makes them is suited for watching movies with a lot of dark scenes like thriller or Horror.
Like when inputted by SDR signal, when inputted by HDR signal, the peak brightness of Samsung NU7100 and MU7000 is also not so bright. The excepting at very small window size, their peak brightness is similar at entire window size that is a bit more than 300 nits. Additionally, since both of them don’t have local dimming technology, they dim the whole of the screen to make dark scene darker that unfortunately also make a small highlight in dark scene dims. This means, instead of make a highlight in a dark scene looks brighter like on the screen of TV with local dimming, on their screen, small highlight will look dimmer. With a bit more than 300 nits of peak brightness, this certainly is not bright enough to make bright scene or highlight of HDR images looks excellently, particularly when used in a bright room. Additionally, their peak brightness is also still far from 1000 nits as the minimum recommendation to show highlight of HDR images fully like the intended. With peak brightness that is not so bright, this certainly also makes they are better suited to be used in a dark or dim room where there is not much light in the room. Meanwhile, compare between them, since MU7000 has a bit brighter peak brightness, this certainly also makes it can show a bit better highlight than NU7100. Overall, although their HDR performance doesn’t meet the expected, particularly when showing highlight or bright scene, but for their budget-level, what offered by them can be said good considering the competitors also cannot do far better.
Meanwhile, discussing about their color performance, for this case, Samsung MU7000 as the predecessor has far better performance than Samsung NU7100. For this case, MU7100 already support wide color gamut and although not as wide as higher model and it cannot show Red, Green and Blue fully saturated, but at least, it can show most of color in DCI P3 fairly accurate. This means, colors of HDR contents which mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 or HDR10+ can be shown fairly accurate and only some certain colors that can be shown less accurate, particularly for bright colors and extremely dark colors. On the other hand, Samsung NU7100 as the processor doesn’t support wide color gamut. Its color gamut is only wide enough to cover REC.709 of SDR images, while in DCI P3 color space, Green and Red cannot be shown fully saturated, worse than MU7000. Like MU7000 or even worse, it cannot also produce deep dark colors and its ability to produce saturated bright colors is also limited. While color reproduction of MU7000 is better than NU7100, particularly when showing colors of HDR images, both of them equally have excellent color gradient. Like most other TVS, some little imperfections may be still visible at darker shades of colors, but overall, when displaying HDR images, their color gradient is fairly good and looks very smooth.
Side Viewing Angle
Like other TVs with VA panel, both Samsung NU7100 and MU700 also have poor side viewing angle coverage. On NU7100, started at about 20 degrees off center and front, color of picture displayed on their screen will look shift and the wide angle you are watching from, the color shift will be more striking. Additionally, its black level is even start to degrade at far narrower angle. While on MU7100, the color shift and black level degradation even started at narrower angle. This certainly makes the picture displayed on their screen look not so good when viewed from the side. And the wider angle you are watching from, the picture will look worse.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Although not as good as other TVs, both Samsung NU7100 and MU700 can still do a good job when handling motion blur. Their pixel response time might not as low as other TVs but still quite low to make the picture displayed on their screen looks clear and smooth when they are playing fast moving images like sports, fast movies, and others. At certain scene, a faint trail following fast moving object might be still visible, but this should not up to bothersome your comfort when enjoying your favorite sports or fast movies. On the other hand, although both Samsung MU7000 and NU7100 don’t have local dimming, but to dim the backlights, it uses PWM system at 240 Hz. At this frequency, the backlight flicker might not be visible, but since it has an optional 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion Mode) where with this is enabled, the backlight will flick at 60 Hz. This may be able to reduce persistence blur and clear up motion, but on the other hand, this will make flickers will be more visible.
Meanwhile, when playing movies, performance of Samsung NU7100 and MU7000 is not as good as the higher series. No matter the source, they cannot play the movies with judder-free, even for native 24p videos like Blu Ray or DVD’s movies where most TVs usually can show this type of movies source with judder –free. Fortunate, most people don’t sensitive to judder, so for most people and if you are including them, this should not be a problem and bothersome your convenience in watching movies.
As their major connectivity, both Samsung NU7100 and MU700 are equally equipped with 3 HDMI ports, a bit less than what provided by high end TVs. Nevertheless, all of their HDMI ports already support HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, and CEC, while that supports ARC is HDMI 3 only. Additionally, both of them are also equally equipped with 2 USB ports and all of them are USB 2.0 and they don’t have USB 3.0. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, both of them are also equally equipped with 1 Composite In, 1 Component In, 1 RF In, 1 Ethernet, and 1 Digital Audio Out Optical.
Meanwhile, discussing about their input lags, Samsung NU7100 has lower input lags in PC mode and game mode at any type of inputs than MU7000. With the input lags are lower than 15 ms at any resolution, this certainly makes NU7100 is very responsive when used to play any games, even for fast paced games that requires fast reflexes. On the other hand, although not as low as NU7100, overall, the input lags of MU7000 is also excellent and low enough to play any games without feels laggy.
As their smart TV, Samsung MU7000 and NU7100 are equally featuring Tizen OS. The difference, MU7000 comes with 2017 version while NU7100 comes with 2018 version. Overall, there are not major improvements offered by the newer version over older version. Come with some additional features precisely makes its performance is more inconsistent than the older version. At 2018 version, Tizen OS actually has been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant and SmartThing Home Assistant, but since NU7100 is only equipped with basic remote, you cannot use this apps. On other hand, as the controller, Samsung MU7000 already use Samsung Smart Remote that has excellent voice command and some other interesting smart features like a universal remote and others.
|Performance||Samsung NU7100||Samsung MU7000|
As we have discussed a lot above, although if we see on their series number, Samsung NU7100 is the successor of MU7000, but if we see the price, features, technologies and performance offered, it precisely similar to MU6300. Its picture quality is not as good as MU7000, particularly on its color reproduction that certainly also has an impact on their HDR performance. Additionally, also comes with Tizen 2018, it is only equipped with a basic remote. Overall, performance offered by NU7100 is not better than MU7000, except its lower input lags.
So, which is a better choice between them? If you main consideration is picture quality, of course the older model MU7000 is a better option for you. But as we have mentioned, with the same screen size, MU7000 is sold more expensive than NU7100. Otherwise, if you want a 2018 model TV and picture quality is not your main priority, NU7100 is not also a bad choice. What offered by NU7100 is similar to MU6300 in last year.