LG SJ9500 vs Samsung MU9000 Review (65SJ9500 vs UN65MU9000)
LG SJ9500 is the top model of LG’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV Lineup while Samsung MU9000 is also the top model of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV which are not parts of Samsung QLED TV. In the market, SJ9500 comes with one screen size option only, that is 65 inch (65SJ9500), while MU9000 comes with more screen sizes option, those are 55 Inch (UN55MU9000), 65 Inch (UN65MU9000), and 75 Inch (UN75MU9000). Since the screen size that available on both is 65 inch, we assume this comparison is as true to this size (65SJ9500 vs UN65MU9000). When I was writing this comparison, in the market, 65SJ9500 is sold about a hundred dollar more expensive than UN65MU9500. But of course, their prices certainly are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, which is superior between them and a better choice?
Short Review of Samsung MU9000 (UN65MU9000)
As we have mentioned, Samsung MU9000 is the top model of Samsung’s 2017 Premium UHD LED TV lineup. See last year model, it is the successor of KS9000, but it lacks quantum dot and some technologies that makes its performance is not as great as the predecessor KS9000. Since Samsung released QLED TV lineup, Samsung has lowered the class of MU9000 from top premium TV to mid-class TV. This is surely just a marketing strategy from Samsung in selling their QLED TV lineup.
Nevertheless, for its price range, picture quality and performance of same features of Samsung MU9000 is great. On its panel, it uses VA panel technology with Edge-Lit LED backlight and local dimming (Precision Black) technology. Combination of these technologies and improved by triple black extreme technology makes it has good native contrast ratio, black level, and black uniformity. Otherwise, for maximizing its performance when used in bright room, MU9000 is powered by Ultra Clear Panel technology that can reduce the reflection of ambient light and Peak Illuminator Pro technology that deliver by bright peak luminance. And for delivering wide color gamut and good rendition of colors, Samsung MU9000 is powered by 4K Color Drive Extreme as the instead of quantum dot technology and also already supports 10 bit depth of color. Meanwhile, coming with HDR technology, it is powered by 4K HDR Extreme engine as its HDR processor. A bit unfortunate, it is only supports HDR 10 format and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and doesn’t support Dolby Vision and Advanced HDR like the competitor LG SJ9500 or SJ8500 series. Meanwhile, for anticipating the many of non SUHD contents that available in the market, Samsung MU9000 is powered by UHD Remastering engine that can up-convert non UHD contents to nearly 4K resolution sharply and clearly.
For delivering smooth picture quality when used to watch fast moving images and 24p movies, Samsung MU9000 is powered by Motion Rate 240 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, for connecting with other device, it is equipped with 4 HDMI ports that have low input lags and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity, allow you to cover most of HD devices at once. That is not less interesting is about its smart TV platform where with Tizen OS as its platform, it offers simple, attractive and powerful smart TV experience. And for delivering impressive sound quality, Samsung MU9000 is equipped with 2.1 channel speaker system with 40 watts of total speaker power.
Short Review of LG SJ9500 (65SJ9500)
LG SJ9500 is the top model of LG’s 2017 4K HDR SUHD LED TV lineup. See the last year model, it is a successor of UH9500 series. Like the predecessor UH9500, SJ9500 still use IPS panel as its main panel technologies. As we know, one of the advantages of IPS panel, it has wide viewing angle coverage that makes it can maintain good picture quality produced from wider angle. This certainly makes SJ9500 as a good TV when used in a wide room with viewers watch TV from multiple viewing angles.
Coming with IPS panel, LG SJ9500 also uses Edge-lit LED backlighting technology with local dimming technology and supported by the number of LG’s advanced technologies for maximizes its performance. For delivering bright peak luminance, there is Ultra Luminance technology that improves significantly the peak brightness of SJ9500, makes SJ9500 can produce bright picture quality. Additionally, the mainstay technology of LG SJ9500 as a part of LG’s Super UHD TV is about Nano Cell Display. This technology is basically based on quantum dot technology, it has smaller particle. Paired with True Color Accuracy technology, this makes SJ9500 can reproduce excellent renditions of colors with wide color gamut and maintain its excellent rendition of colors from wider angles. SJ9500 also already support 10 bit depth of color that means it can deliver more than 1.07 billion shades of colors, result in smooth color gradient with displaying HDR images. Meanwhile, coming with HDR technology and powered by Active HDR engine, LG SJ9500 doesn’t only support HDR 10 and HLG format, but also Dolby Vision by Dolby Laboratories and Advanced HDR by Technicolor where these HDR formats have higher standardization than HDR 10 and HLG. This certainly allows you tom enjoy more HDR formats than most of TVs which available in the market. Additionally, for anticipating the many of non 4K contents which available in the market, it is also equipped with great performance 4K Up-scale engine named Tru 4K Up-Scaler. This allows you to enjoy any resolution video content in 4K resolution sharply and clearly. Not even just that, SJ9500 also has a feature named “HDR effect” that can improves the brightness and color range of the picture, make you can enjoy any contents with the quality as close as possible to 4K HDR.
For maximizing its performance when displaying fast moving images and 24p movies, LG SJ9500 is powered by True Motion 240 that also based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This allows you enjoy any movies or fast moving images like sports smoothly and clearly. As its smart TV platform, it featuring WebOS 3.5 as its smart TV platform where it is not less attractive and responsive than Tizen OS of MU9000.Meanwhile, for connected with other devices, it is equipped with 4 HDMI ports that have extremely low input lags and 3 USB ports. The input lag of SJ9500 even is including the best in 2017. And to maximize its sound performance, it is equipped with 2.2 channel speaker system with 40 watts total sound output designed by HarmanKardon.
LG SJ9500 vs Samsung MU9000 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung MU8000||LG SJ9500|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||55 inch (UN55MU9000), 65” (UN65MU9000), 75” (UN75MU9000)||65 Inch (65SJ9500)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||IPS Panel|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Edge Lit LED|
|Local Dimming||Yes (precision black)||Yes|
|HDR Engine||4K HDR Extreme||Active HDR with Dolby Vision|
|HDR Format||HDR 10, HLG||HDR 10, HLG, Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR|
|Color Technology||4K Color Drive Extreme||Nano Cell Display (Quantum Dot)|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Brightness Enhancement||Peak Illuminator Pro||Ultra Luminance|
|UHD Up-scaling Engine||UHD Remastering Engine||Tru 4K Up-Scaler|
|Other Features||Triple Black Extreme, UHD Dimming, Ultra Clear Panel||HDR Effect, True Color Accuracy|
|Motion Technology||Motion Rate 240||TruMotion 240|
|Native Refresh Rate`||120 Hz||120 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2017||WebOS 3.5|
|Processor||Quad Core||Information not provided|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1750A)||LG Magic Remote|
|RF In (Terrestrial)||1||1|
|Speaker Type||Down Firing + Front Firing||Sound Designed by HarmanKardon|
|Sound Output||40 Watts||40 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
LG SJ9500 vs Samsung MU9000 Performance
Since Samsung MU9000 and LG SJ9500 uses different panel technology, this certainly makes they have different characteristic. Samsung MU9000 with VA panel technology have strong native contrast ratio while SJ9500 with IPS panel have low native contrast ratio. The result, when set in a dark room where the effect of high native contrast ratio is very noticeable, the performance of MU9000 is far better than SJ9500. With approximately 6000:1 of contrast ratio, it can reach depth of black level up to 0.016 nits, makes MU9000 can show blacks looks really black. And combined to its excellent black uniformity, this will make dark scene of image looks excellent on the screen of MU9000. Additionally, its depth of black level is also quite deep to reveal details images of dark scene of HDR images like the intended by HDR technology itself, result in excellent shadow details of HDR images. On the other hand, if the performance of Samsung MU9000 is excellent in a dark room, the performance of LG SJ9500 is just the opposite. With approximately 1500:1 of native contrast ratio, LG SJ9500 only can reach about 0.064 of black level. This will make blacks tend to look grey than really black. Indirectly, this will also make darker colors looks less accurate. The result, when set in a dark room, dark scene of images look less so good. Additionally, black level reached by SJ9500 is also not quite deep to show shadow details of HDR images like the intended. As we know, to show dark scene of HDR 10 images like the intended and get Ultra HD Premium Certification by UHD alliance, a HDR TV must have 0.05 nits of black level or darker. This means, it is not able to show shadow details of HDR images like the intended. But even so, for IPS TV, what reached by LG SJ9500 is still better than most of others IPS TV and including the best.
Once they are set in a bright room with ambient light, the picture displayed on the screen of LG SJ9500 will look far better. This is due the effect of high native contrast ratio is not so noticeable. On the other hand, its peak luminance is quite bright to fight the glare of ambient light, makes the picture displayed on their screen looks fairly good in a bright room. Additionally, its local dimming is also very effective to brighten the small area of window, makes highlights of HDR images looks brighter. Meanwhile, performance of Samsung MU9000 in a bright room is even a bit better than SJ9500. Its peak luminance is also quite bright to fight the glare, makes it can maintain excellent picture quality produced in a room with ambient light or sunny window. Its local dimming is also effective to brighten the small area of window, makes it is able to show highlight of HDR images even brighter. When showing highlight of HDR images, LG SJ9500 might be able to show brighter than Samsung MU9000, but when playing real movies or TV shows, MU9000 can chow brighter picture than SJ9500. Overall, their peak brightness is fairly good, quite bright to maintain their good picture quality in a bright room with ambient light of sunny window. Additionally, they also can show highlight of HDR images fairly bright. But even so, since HDR images was usually mastered in 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness range and their peak brightness is still below 1000 nits, this certain makes both of them cannot show highlight of HDR images as bright as the native brightness of HDR images which they are mastered. On other hand, UHD alliance also has set minimum standardization for LED TV to show highlight of HDR images like what intended that is 1000 nits. This means, when showing highlight of HDR images, their performance is still below the standardization like the intended. Nevertheless, they are not alone since most of TVs also cannot show highlight of HDR images brighter than 1000 nits. There is only premium LED TV like Sony X930E or Samsung Q9F that can do that.
While in term of contrast and black level, Samsung MU9000 is superior to LG SJ9500, in term color performance, SJ9500 is superior to MU9000. With Nano Cell display technology based on quantum dot panel, SJ9500 can deliver excellent wide color gamut, even including the best in 2017, particularly when showing colors in Rec.2020 color space. Additionally, SJ9500 is also able to show most of colors of HDR images in DCI P3 fairly well, makes the color of HDR images displayed on their screen looks fairly accurate. Meanwhile, lacks of Quantum Dot panel might make the color performance of Samsung MU9000 is not as good as the predecessor KS9000. But even so, although not as good as SJ9500 or the predecessor KS9000, at least, MU9000 also already support wide color gamut that means most of color of HDR images in DCI P3 also can be represented well. Red and Blue can be produced fairly saturated, but it has a bit issue when showing saturated green. But overall, colors of HDR images displayed on the screen of MU9000 looks still accurate. Meanwhile, talking about color volume, essentially, both of them have similar decent color volume. Both of them can fairly well show their color gamut at their entire brightness range and only limited by their own color gamut and black level. Since black level of SJ9500 is not quite dark, this makes its color gamut significantly narrow at darker colors, while color gamut of MU9000 also a bit narrows at really dark colors. Overall, since SJ9500 has wide color, this also makes its color volume better than MU9000. Still about color performance, both of Samsung MU9000 and LG SJ9500 also already support 10 bit depth of colors that means they are able to deliver more than 1.07 billion shadows of colors. The result, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen equally look smooth without any major color banding. Both of them equally have some little imperfection in darker colors but overall, but overall, their color gradient is great and this should be a problem when used for watching movies.
Meanwhile, for anticipating the many non UHD contents which available in the market, both of Samsung MU9000 and LG SJ9500 are equally equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. For this case, MU9000 comes with UHD Remastering engine while SJ9500 comes with Tru 4K Up-Scaler Engine. The result, no matter the resolution of the source, whether it is 1080p videos like Blu-ray movies, 720p videos like movies from HD TV, or even 480p videos like DV movies, both of MU9000 and SJ9500 can show them in nearly 4K quality sharply and clearly with small details are still preserved well. The higher resolution of the source, the final image in 4k produced will look sharper and clearer. A bit advantage of SJ9500, it has a feature named “HDR effect” that can improve the color and brightness range to the picture to nearly 4K HDR quality. This means, you can enjoy any content not only in 4K quality, but also in 4K HDR quality.
The use of IPS panel might makes LG SJ9500 has low native contrast ratio, but on other hand it can maintain good picture quality produced from wide viewing angle. Otherwise, the use of VA panel might make Samsung MU9000 has excellent native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this makes its side viewing angle is poor. This means, SJ9500 can maintain its good picture quality from side viewing angle, while Samsung MU9000 cannot. The result, when viewed from an angle, the picture displayed on the screen of SJ9500 will look consistent good, while on the screen of MU9000 will look degraded started at 20 degrees off center and front. With the performance offered by them, this certainly makes SJ9500 is better than MU9000 when used in a wide room with viewers watch TV from multiple angles.
Winner: MU9000 win on contrast and black level while SJ9500 win on color reproduction and side viewing angle.
Motion Handling and 24p Movies Playback
To maximize their performance when playing fast moving images or 24p movies, Samsung MU9000 is powered by Motion Rate 240 technology while LG SJ9500 is powered by TruMotion 240 Hz. But even so, essentially, both of these technologies based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. On other hand, although MU9000 has a bit lower pixel response time, but their difference is not too significant. Overall, their pixel response time is quite low to minimize the motion blur and combined to their motion technology, this makes the picture displayed on the screen when they are playing fast moving images looks smooth and clear with almost no motion blur visible. Following fast moving object, there is only a short trail where most of people might not notice that. Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, both of them also equally can do excellent job. No matter the source of movies, whether it is 24p videos like Blu Ray movies, 24p videos via 60i signals like movies from satellite TV or even 24p movies via 60p signals like movies from streaming devices, all of them can be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free on their screen. But even so to remove the judder without adding soap opera effect, you need make a certain setting on their picture setting. On SJ9500, you must set “Tru Motion” to “User” set both “De-Judder” and “De-Blur” to “0”, while on MU9000, you need to set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and set both “Blur Reduction” and “Judder Reduction” to “0”. Additionally, since both of them have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, both of them also can interpolate both lower frame rate contents 30 fps and 60 fps fairly well.
As their connectivity, both of Samsung MU9000 and LG SJ9500 are equipped with similar inputs/outputs. There are 4 HDMI ver.2.0 support HDCP 2.2, CEC and other formats, and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity. The HDMI ports of SJ9500 that support ARC is HDMI 2 while MU9000 is HDMI 4. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, both of them are also equipped with 1 RF In, 1 Ethernet, Digital Audio Out (Optical), and Built-in Wi-Fi. Additionally, both of them are also equally not equipped with Component In. A bit difference between them is about Composite In (AV In), where SJ9500 is equipped with this input while MU9000 is not. The other difference is about where their inputs/outputs are located. For SJ9500, all of its inputs are located on the side or back panel, while for MU9000, most of its inputs/outputs are located on a separated box named “One Connect Box”. On the side of panel, there is only 1 USB and Ethernet. This gives you a benefit when there is update of HDMI firmware where you just need change this box without replace the TV. Meanwhile, discussing about their input lags, overall, LG SJ9500 has lower input lags in “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”. With about 24 ms of input lags in Game mode at all source and 20 ms of input lags in PC mode at all source, Samsung MU9000 is comfortable when used to play any game, even fast paced games that require fast reflex also still feel responsively without laggy. On the other hand, LG SJ9500 even for greater input lags. With about 15 ms of input lags at all source PC mode and 15 ms of input lags in Game Mode at 1080p source and 17 ms at 4K source, this certainly makes SJ9500 offer great performance when used to play any game.
As their Smart TV Platform, both of them are equally featuring attractive, responsive, and simple smart TV platform. LG SJ9500 comes with WebOS 3.5 while Samsung MU9000 comes with Tizen OS. Overall, they have attractive user interface with simple navigation. Both of them equally have a lot of smart features that makes navigation feel simple. As the quick access to most popular and favorites apps, there is a strip bar across the bottom of the home screen of WebOS while on Tizen Os, there is a ribbon also located across the bottom of the main menu. This allows you to launch them without leaving the home screen. Their performance is also equally fast and responsive. Meanwhile, talking about apps provided, both of them also equally provide plenty of useful and interesting apps as their preinstalled apps. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Web Browser, Live TV, Games, and many more. Additionally, both of them also has apps store which provides tons of downloadable apps, games, and contents. MU9000 comes with Samsung apps store, while SJ9500 comes with LG apps Store.
As their controller, Samsung MU9000 comes with Samsung Smart Controller, while LG SJ9500 comes with the excellent “LG Magic Remote”. Samsung remote is a bit smaller and has few buttons only while LG remote a bit larger and have more buttons, even it has “Amazon” and “Netflix” buttons, allow you to launch them without entering WebOS main menu. Meanwhile, both of them equally equipped with built-in microphone and also equally have excellent voice command. Additionally, both of these remote also have universal capability that means they can be used to control some functions of other device connected on your TV via HDMI port. The advantage of LG Remote is about the excellent “point and click”. In addition to there is scroll wheel on the center on the remote to point the cursor and click, you can also point the cursor by moving the remote and the remote will follow the remote movement. This is like remote on Nintendo Wii.
|Performance||Samsung MU9000||LG SJ9500>|
Basically, both of them equally offer better than average picture quality. MU9000 has stronger contrast and deeper black level that makes its dark room performance is excellent, while dark room performance is the weakness of SJ9500. Otherwise, LG SJ9500 has better wide color gamut, makes its rendition of colors is better. Additionally, with IPS panel, it offers wide viewing angle makes the picture look consistent from wider viewing angles. On the other hand, poor side viewing angle become the main drawback of MU9000. Meanwhile, performance of their other features is relatively the same like good motion handling, good 24p playback, low input lags, and simple and attractive smart TV platform.
So, which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned, although their price are not fixed and could still change at any time, but when I was writing this comparison, SJ9500 is sold about a hundred dollar more expensive than MU9000, while their performance, we have discussed a lot above. If you often watch TV in dark room, MU9000 certainly is a better choice for you, while if you have a plan to use it in a wide room with viewers watch from multiple angles, SJ9500 certainly is a better choice for you. Meanwhile, in a normal condition, we assume you watch TV from center and front in a room with normal light condition, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your preferences. If you tend to like watch movies with stronger contrast, MU9000 is a better. On other hand, if you tend to like watch movies with better rendition of colors, SJ9500 is a better.