Samsung UN65KS9500 vs UN65KS8500 Review
Samsung UN65KS9500 is part of Samsung Series 9, the top class of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup while UN65KS8500 is part of Series 8. In the market, they are sold with difference in price about hundreds dollar. This certainly is not little value for their price range. As the same parts of Samsung SUHD TV, picture quality certainly is the highlight of them. And both of them included the best TV in HDR campaign for 4K TV in 2016. So, what are their differences so they have a significant difference in price? Lets discuss them below.
Samsung UN65KS9500 vs UN65KS8500 key Specification
|Specs and Features||UN65KS8500||UN65KS9500|
|Screen Size||65 Inch||65 Inch|
|Resolution||4K (3840x2160)||4K (3840x2160)|
|Backlighting||Edge Lit||Edge Lit|
|HDR Technology||HDR1000||HDR 1000|
|Dimming Technology||UHD Dimming with Precision Black||Supreme UHD Dimming with Precision Black|
|Ultra Black Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Ultimate||Ultimate|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot Panel||Quantum Dot Panel|
|10 Bit Support||Yes||Yes|
|Motion Rate||Motion rate 240||Supreme Motion Rate 240|
|Smart TV||Tizen OS with Smart Hub||Tizen OS with Smart Hub|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Audio Power||40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)||60W (20W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)|
|Speaker Type||Down Firing w/Bass Reflex||Down Firing w/Tweeter|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
As we see on comparison table above, there are not many differences in specs between Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500. Both of them are both comes with curved panel and powered by the number most Samsung’s advanced technologies like Quantum Dot, HDR 1000 and many other. In term of picture quality, they are including the best LED TV with premium picture quality in HDR or non HDR.
We will first discuss about the differences between Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500 because as we see on comparison table above, there are not many differences in display specs between them. In display specs, I just found their difference in Dimming and Motion Clarity technology where UN65KS8500 is powered by UHD Dimming and Motion Rate 240 while on UN65KS9500, there is an additional label “Supreme” on UHD Dimming and Motion Rate 240.
UHD Dimming vs Supreme UHD Dimming
There are no specific details from the manufacture about the difference between Supreme UHD Dimming and UHD Dimming. In my perception, both of these technologies are not true local dimming because both of them used edge lit as their backlight. Supreme UHD Dimming is the improvement technology from UHD Dimming about the number of zones. But unfortunately, Samsung did not disclose in detail how many zones for each technology. But certainly, Supreme UHD Dimming with many more dimming zones offers better black level and contrast than UHD Dimming that of course also offers better images quality. But as mentioned, this is not pure local dimming like Active led Zones on Vizio TV where they use Full Array Direct LED backlight. And of course the difference in result between Supreme UHD Dimming and UHD Dimming is not as significant as the differences between Vizio P series and M series. Moreover both Samsung UN65KS8500 and UN65KS9500 is also powered by Precision Black Local Dimming as True Local Dimming and Ultra Black technology for improving black level, increased level from UHD Dimming to Supreme UHD Dimming doesn’t have major impact on the contrast that produced by them. With other words, although with Supreme UHD Dimming Samsung UN65KS9500 offers better contrast and black level than UN65KS8500, but the difference in result is not too significant.
Supreme Motion Rate 240 vs Motion rate 240
The other key difference between Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500 is about the technology when they are displaying fast moving images. Like on UHD Dimming, Supreme Motion Rate 240 is also improvement of Motion Rate 240. In this case, Samsung also doesn’t disclose in detail about their differences. But even so, although there are some additions in hardware or upgrade in software, but basically, that has a major impact on performance is native refresh rate panel. And of course the impact of increased from Motion Rate 240 to Supreme Motion Rate 240 is not as significant as the improvement from native 60 Hz t 120 Hz refresh rate panel. As we know, both of these technologies are based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Motion blur may still be noticeable in certain scenes when they are displaying fast motion scenes like sport or fast movies, but they are not as many as on 60 Hz Panel. With Supreme Motion Rate 240, the picture produced by UN65KS9500 certainly is clearer and smoother than UN65KS8500, but the difference in motion clarity is not as significant as the differences between UN65KS8500 and UN65KU7500. Moreover for most people with untrained eyes, they may not be able to distinguish the difference in motion clarity between UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500. Furthermore, there is also Auto Motion Plus feature where when activated, this can minimize motion blur, this certainly will disguise their difference.
We notice there is also a difference in audio system between Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500. We cans see on comparison table above, UN65KS9500 is equipped with 4.1 channel speaker system with 60 watts total power output while UN65KS8500 is equipped with 2.1 channel speaker system with total power 40 watts. For medium room or smaller, the advantages of UN65KS9500 to UN65KS8500 may be pronounced, but for large room, the addition of sound bar is still needed.
The excepting of mentioned above, what offered by Samsung UN6KS9500 and UN65KS8500 are similar. Ignoring their slight differences in picture quality, both UN65KS8500 and UN65KS9500 offers great picture quality in HDR. In addition to the support of the technologies mentioned above like UHD Dimming, Precision black local dimming, Ultra Black and Peak Illuminator Ultimate that has major impact on contrast, both of them also powered by Quantum Dot and also support 10 bit color. Talking about contrast, of course this has to do with black level and peak white. In term of black level, with the support of the technologies mentioned, both Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS9500 offer very deep black level. And in term of peak white, this is undoubtedly because Samsung TV always offers brighter panel than its competitor. And of course, for achieving 1000 nits of peak luminance as the minimum standardization of good HDR picture quality is not a big problem for both UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500. This means, peak luminance that produced by both of them is more than 1000 nits and this is decent value for producing good HDR quality.
But HDR is not about black level and peak luminance only. Color performance is also has a major impact on the quality of HDR picture produced. Fortunately, both Samsung UN65KS8500 and UN65KS9500 is powered by Quantum Dot technology that cover more than 93% DCI P3 color space and supports 10 bits color. As we know, 10 bits color deliver more than 1 Billion shades of color, compared to 8 bit color that only deliver about 16 million shades color. This makes the color produced by Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500 look solid and richer than what produced by Samsung UHD TV series. Combination between high dynamic contrast ratio, wide color gamut and great performance of HDR 1000 as their HDR processor create superb HDR picture quality on each of their screen.
Separated from the difference picture quality that produced by each, UHD Up-scaling performance of UN65KS8500 and UN65KS9500 is great. The perfect result is delivered when the video sources are full HD like from Blu-Ray movies. From HD or SD contents like DVD Movies or TV media, the result still look great but not as well as from full HD contents. If Sony 4K TVs is the best in last couple years on UHD Up-scaling engine, what offered by UN65KS8500 and UN65KS9500 is quite enough to match Sony 4K TVs.
Tizen OS is Smart TV platform behind attractive and responsive Smart TV offered by Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500. It is included list of Best Smart TV platform beside WebOS from LG or Android TV from Sony or Sharp Smart TV. Compared to Samsung Smart TV as the platform of Samsung UHS TV, it is faster and more responsive. Additionally, interface is also designed more user friendly. In addition there are many attractive and useful apps provided, a new feature that is not less attractive is about Cloud Gaming where it allows you play tons of attractive games without a console. The benefit, Samsung will charge pay per title and of course this much more versatile than many other Cloud Games Service that charge with monthly subscription. And that is not less useful is about Smart Touch Remote where it will allows you easier to operate smart apps or browse on the internet.
As we described above, the main differences between Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500 are about UHD Dimming and Motion Rate 240 where on UN65KS9500, there is “Supreme” label. Although with both technologies, UN65KS9500 offers better picture performance than UN65KS8500, but the impact is not so impressive. The other difference is about audio performance but like on picture performance, their difference is also not too significant.
The excepting of mentioned above appearance, what offered by Samsung UN65KS9500 and UN65KS8500 are almost same. However, with these differences, UN65KS9500 is sold about hundreds dollar more expensive than UN65KS8500 and this certainly is not a little value for their price range. So, which is a better choice between them? If we are talking about performance, of course UN65KS9500 is a better choice. But we should also consider their price. In my personal opinion, I prefer to choose UN65KS8500. In addition to its price is more reasonable, performance that offered is not too out from what offered by UN65KS9500. But even so, the decision still comes back to you. I just try to describe their differences.