LG OLED C6 vs Samsung KS9500 Review (OLED55C6P vs UN55KS9500, OLED65C6P vs UN65KS9500)
Samsung KS9500 is the second top model of Samsung’s 2016 4K SUHD TV lineup while LG OLED C6 is part of LG’s 2016 OLED TV lineup. The similarity between them is about the form of panel where both of them come with curved panel. The flagship, OLED C6 is including one of TVs in 2016 with deepest black level while KS9500 is including one of TVs with brightest peak white. Both of them are also serious HDR TVs that can display HDR 10 contents fully with Ultra HD Certification behind them. A bit difference between them about HDR, OLED C6 already supports both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision while KS9500 supports HDR 10 only. Additionally, the difference in features between them is about 3D technology where LG OLED C6 comes with passive 3D technology while Samsung KS9500 is not equipped with 3D technology.
In the market, LG OLED C6 is available on two screen sizes, 55 Inch (OLED55C6P) and 65 Inch (OLED65C6P while Samsung KS9500 is available on 3 screen sizes, 55 Inch (UN55KS9500), 65 Inch (UN65KS9500), and 78 Inch (UN78KS9500). And because the sizes that available on both are 55 Inch and 65 Inch, this comparison certainly is for these sizes (OLED55C6P vs UN55KS9500) and (OLED65C6P vs UN65KS9500). Talking about their price, OLED C6 is sold more expensive about hundreds dollars than KS9500, whether it is for 55 inch or 65 inch.
Samsung KS9500 vs LG OLED C6 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||LG OLED C6 (OLED55C6P, OLED65C6P)||Samsung KS9500 (UN55KS9500, UN65KS9500)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Size Available||55 Inch and 65 Inch||55 Inch, 65 Inch, and 78 Inch|
|Dimming||Pixel Dimming||Local Dimming (Precision Black)|
|Backlight||Self Lighting||Edge LED|
|Picture Engine||Perfect Mastering Engine||HDR 1000|
|HDR||HDR 10 and Dolby Vision||HDR 10|
|Ultra HD Premium Certification||Yes||Yes|
|Color Technology||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW)||Quantum Dot Panel|
|Advanced Technology||Perfect Black Panel, Ultra Luminance, Cinematic Color, etc||Supreme UHD Dimming, Peak Illuminator Pro, Ultra Clear Panel Ultimate, Ultra Black, Auto Depth Enhancing, etc|
|4K Up-scaling||Tru 4K Up-Scaler||UHD Up-scaling|
|3D Technology||Yes (Passive)||No|
|Motion Control||Tru Motion 240 Hz (Native 120 Hz)||Supreme Motion Rate 240 (Native 120 Hz)|
|Platform||WebOS 3.0||Tizen OS|
|Features||Full Browser, LG Content Store, Magic Mobile Connection, etc||Web Browser, VoD Service, Cloud Games, Samsung’s Apps store, etc|
|Remote||LG Magic Remote||Samsung Smart Controller|
|HDMI||3 (HDCP 2.2)||4 (HDCP 2.2)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1||1|
|Composite In (AV)||1||0|
|Wi-Fi Built In||802.11 a/c||802.11 a/c|
|Total Audio Output||40 Watt||60W (20W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
Samsung KS9500 vs LG OLED C6 Performance
Picture quality is the highlight of LG OLED C6 and Samsung KS9500. The quality of the picture produced on each of their screen looks absolutely stunningly, no matter they are displaying SDR or HDR contents. Samsung KS9000 is including one of TVs in 2016 with brightest peak brightness while LG OLED C6 is including one of TVs with deepest black level. Additionally, with Ultra HD premium Certification behind them, this ensures their great performance when displaying HDR 10 contents. Both of them are serious HDR TVs which able to display HDR 10 contents fully, so if HDR performance is one of your major considerations when buying TVs, you can make them as your options.
Let’s start discuss their black level and contrast because this is most of important aspects of picture quality. One of the flagships of LG OLED C6P is about its black level and contrast where with self lighting pixels, it can deliver perfect black level with infinite contrast ratio. This allows the picture that displayed on its screen looks very amazing with details of images in dark scenes revealed perfectly. Indirectly, this also makes the color of the picture produced looks more vibrant and natural. In other hand, although not as deep and strong as what reached by OLED C6, black level and contrast which reached by Samsung KS9500 is also very deep and strong, that is about 0.015 nits with native contrast ratio about 6700:1. For LED TVs, black level and contrast produced by Samsung KS9500 is including the deepest and strongest. Meanwhile, for displaying HDR 10 contents fully, the minimum standardization is 0.05 nits for LED TV and 0.0005 nits for OLED TVs. This means both of them can display HDR 10 contents fully without any issues on contrast and black level. Because contrast and black level is most important aspects of picture quality, that’s why picture displayed on their screen looks very stunningly. Nevertheless, although picture produced by KS9500 can be said amazing for LED TVs, it is still less amazing than what produced by LG OLED C6 that offers perfect black level and infinite contrast.
If LG OLED C6 series is superior on black level and contrast, Samsung KS9500 offers far brighter peak brightness. As the note, KS9500 reach about 1500 nits of peak brightness on 2% and 10% window while peak brightness reached by OLED C6 is about 650 nits on2 % and 10 % window. This makes the picture displayed on the screen of KS9500 looks brighter than LG OLED C6. Nevertheless, HDR 10 has different standardization for OLED and LED TV. For LED TV, the minimum peak brightness must be reached is 1000 nits while for OLED TV, minimum peak brightness must be reached is 550 nits. This means, peak brightness reached by them exceeds the minimum standardization of each and they are able to display HDR 10 contents fully without any problem on brightness. With far brighter peak brightness, the picture quality of KS9500 looks more consistent in a room with a lot of lights or under sun highlighted effect.
Moving on color performance, both of them already support color gamut where LG OLED C6 can cover about 96% of DCI P3 color space while Samsung KS9500 als0 can cover about 96% of DCI P3 color space. This exceeds what required for displaying HDR 10 contents fully that is about 90% of DCI P3 color space. The result, both of them able to display HDR 10 contents fully with color of the picture looks very accurate. In other hand, both of them also already support 10 bit depth of color that means they can deliver about 1.07 billion shades of color. This makes color gradient of the picture that produced by them looks very smooth without any major color banding. This is far smoother than what offered by 8 bit color like what required for displaying normal/SDR contents. As the comparison, 8 Bit TV delivers about 16 million shades of color.
Form all display specs we have discussed a lot above, the superiority of black level and contrast of LG OLED C6 makes the picture displayed on its screen looks more amazing than what produced by KS9500. In other hand, the superiority of KS9500 on peak brightness makes its picture quality looks more consistent in a room with a lot of lights. But although they have difference in display specs, their display specs are compliant with Ultra HD premium Certification set by UHD Alliance that means, the can display HDR 10 contents fully without any major problem.
Meanwhile, as we have mentioned above, LG OLED C6 also supports Dolby Vision format where it required higher standardization than HDR 10, among other are 0 nits of black level, 10000 nits of peak brightness, Rec.2020 color space, and 12 bit depth of color. And we all know, display specs of OLED C6 is only able to display HDR 10 fully, while for displaying Dolby Vision according to what was intended by creator, they are still quite enough, especially on peak brightness, color gamut, and depth of color. Of course this is not a big downside of OLED C6 considering there is no TV in 2016 that meet all of the minimum standardization of Dolby Vision. Nevertheless, although it cannot display Dolby Vision contents fully, Dolby Vision contents displayed on its screen still looks stunningly, even including the bests.
Winner: LG OLED C6
One of the perfect performances that offered by LG OLED C6 is about viewing angle, meanwhile, viewing angle is the major downside of Samsung KS9500. You need to know, the use of backlight makes viewing angle of KS9500 is poor, while we know OLED TV don’t need backlight because it has self lighting pixel. On the screen of KS9500, the picture quality will start to deteriorate at 20 degrees off center. Meanwhile, picture quality displayed on the screen of OLED C6 looks consistently, even when you are watching from extremely side viewing angle. This is better than IPS TV that also claimed provide wide viewing angle. Of course, OLED C6 is very great to be used in a wide room with multiple viewing angles positions, while for KS9500, you must set in such away seat so center and in front of the screen to get the best viewing.
Winner: LG OLED C6
LG OLED C6 has very quick pixel response time, even far quicker than pixel response time of Samsung KS9500. The result, there is no motion blur behind fast moving objects on the screen OLED C6 when displaying fast moving images like sports program or fast movies. Meanwhile, although not as low as the competitors and OLED C6, pixel response time of KS9500 is also quite low. And of course, the result is not as perfect as what offered by OLED C6. A bit of motion blur behind fast moving objects is still noticeable, but for most of people, it should not be distracting. In other hand, when displaying 24p movies especially when playing 24p content via 60p signals like movies from streaming media, Samsung KS9500 offers better performance than OLED C6. By certain setting, judder can be removed without adding soap opera effect, while on the screen of OLED C6, judder is still slight noticeable. Meanwhile, when displaying 24p movies from Blu Ray or via 60i signals like Satellite TV, both of them equally offer judder-free.
Winner: LG OLED C6
As their major inputs/outputs, Samsung KS9500 is equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports while LG comes with fewer number of HDMI ports, those are 3 HDMI ports and 3 USB Ports. But in other hand, Samsung KS9500 is not equipped with Composite In (AV In) and Component (In), while LG OLED C6 is still equipped with these inputs with the number of each is 1. In addition to these ports, they are equally equipped with almost the same ports like Ethernet, RF In, Digital Audio Out (Optical), and others. The difference between them is where these ports are installed. On KS9500, all HDMI Ports , 2 USB Ports, and RF In are located on separated box called” One Connect Box”, while all connectivity ports of LG OLED C6 are installed on the rear panel. Meanwhile, talking about their input lag, overall, Samsung KS9500 offers lower input lag than OLED C6 at any sources, whether when they are inputted by 1080p, 4K or 4K+HDR signals. Nevertheless, the input lag of OLED C6 is still lower than average. And of course, both of them are great TV when used for video games, even for responsive games that require fast reflexes.
Winner: Samsung KS9500
Both of them equally feature attractive and responsive Smart TV platform, Samsung KS9500 comes with Tizen OS while LG OLED C6 comes with WebOS 3.0. Their user interface is equally designed simply and comfortable for navigating. Additionally, the loading time of an app is very quick once it is launched and selecting between apps is also felt very responsive. Talking about apps provided, both of these Smart TVs platforms provide very complete and varied apps. There are a lot of most useful VoD Apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Many more. Additionally, there are also Web Browser, Screen Mirroring apps, Cloud Games Apps, Apps and Contents Store where you can download tons of contents and apps, and many more.
As the controller, Samsung KS9500 is equipped with “Samsung Smart Controller” while LG OLED C6 is equipped with “LG Magic Remote”. The similarity, both of these remote equally equipped with built-in microphone for voice command functionality and they also can be functioned as universal remote. The differences, Samsung Remote comes with minimalist buttons even there is no “number” buttons, while LG Remote comes with a lot of buttons. Additionally, there is no pointer functionality on the Samsung remote while LG magic Remote still comes with pointer click that makes it more comfort when used for surfing on the internet or inputting the texts.
Winner: LG OLED C6
Samsung KS9500 is equipped with 4.2 channels speaker system with 60 watts total power output while LG OLED C6 is equipped with 4.0 channels speaker system with total 40 watts power output. Although sound system of OLED C6 is designed by HarmanKardon, the big name in premium audio manufacturers, nonetheless its bass performance is poor due there is no built-in woofer behind it. Meanwhile, with 2 channels built-in woofer, this makes bass performance of KS9500 is steadier. In other hand, frequency response of KS9500 is also slight better than OLED C6, especially on lower volumes. Meanwhile, in higher volumes, the sound produced by them still equally presents compression and pumping. Sound quality offered by them might is better than average, but for you who care about sound quality, of course it is still less impressive and adding as external sound bar is a good solution.
Winner: Samsung KS9500
|Performance||LG OLED C6||Samsung KS9500|
Which is a better choice between them? As mentioned, in the market, LG OLED C6 is sold more expensive than Samsung KS9500, whether it is for 55 inch or 65 inch. Nevertheless, OLED C6 offers better performance in almost all of features that offered by them. Meanwhile, the advantage of KS9500 is only on peak brightness that makes it is better when used in a room with a lot of lights. Meanwhile, the other advantages like lower input lag, 24p playback via 60p signals, and slight better sound quality is not too major. In other hand, with perfect black level, viewing angle, and motion handling, OLED C6 offer excellent performance as premium 4K home entertainer. Now the decision comes back to you according to your need and preferences. If you are searching bright TV that offer superior picture quality for room with a lot of lights, Samsung KS9500 is a better choice for you. In other hand, if you don’t mind to spend about hundreds dollar more to get better picture quality and better performance on some features, of course LG OLED C6 is a better choice for you. But before you decide to choose one of these models, there are a lot of opinions from each of their real customers where you can make as your further consideration.