Samsung MU7500 vs MU6500 Review (UN49MU7500 vs UN49MU6500, UN55MU7500 vs UN55MU6500, UN65MU7500 vs UN65MU6500)
Samsung MU7500 and MU6500 are parts of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup series 7 and series 6. The similarity between them, both of them come with curved panel. Additionally, they equally come with 3 screen sizes available. For Samsung MU7500, there are 49 Inch (UN49MU7500), 55 Inch (UN55MU7500), and 65 Inch (UN65MU7500). While for Samsung MU6500, the screen sizes which available are also the same, those are 49 Inch (UN49MU6500), 55 Inch (UN55MU6500), and 65 Inch (UN65MU6500). In the marketplace, with the same screen, MU7500 as a higher series is sold tens to hundreds dollar more expensive than MU6500, depend on the screen size. So, what are the difference between them and which one is a better choice?
Short Review of Samsung MU6500 (UN49MU6500, UN55MU6500, UN65MU6500)
As we have mentioned, Samsung MU6500 is a curved model of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup Series 6. The excepting of the type of screen where it comes with curved panel, overall, performance and features which offered is similar to MU6300. Come with HDR Technology, MU6500 is powered by 4K HDR Pro engine and already support HDR 10 by UHD Alliance and ready for HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) by NHK and BBC. Meanwhile, on its panel, it comes with curved screen and VA panel technology with Direct LED Backlight. There is no local dimming technology behind it, but as the instead, it is powered by UHD Dimming, a software manipulation for improving black level and contrast ratio. Still about black level improvement, there is also Essential Black Pro Technology and Auto Depth Enhancing behind it. Otherwise, for maximizing its performance in a bright room, MU7500 uses Ultra Clear Panel technology for reducing reflections of ambient light. Additionally, there is also 4K Color Drive Pro technology behind it for maximizing its renditions of color. Combination between all of these technologies behind it makes the picture displayed on the screen of MU6500 looks fairly well for its class. But unfortunately, although it uses curved panel that claimed by Samsung can improve side viewing angle, but its side viewing angle coverage is still limited makes the picture viewed from an angle doesn’t look as good as from center and front.
Additionally, for delivering smooth and clear picture quality when it is displaying fast paced videos like sports program or fast movies, Samsung MU6500 is powered by Motion Rate 120 Hz based on native 60 Ha refresh rate panel. But unfortunately, MU6500 is a good TV for playing 24p videos due it doesn’t have an ability to remove judder. Additionally, for connected with other devices, it is equipped with 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports, a bit less than most of high end TVs. Nevertheless, it is a good TV for games due it has low input lags at any source, make playing any kind of games feel responsively without laggy. And for offering responsive, simple, and attractive smart TV platform, MU6500 features Tizen OS that powered by a quad core processor.
Short Review of Samsung MU7500 (UN49MU7500, UN55MU7500, UN65MU7500)
One level above MU6500, Samsung MU7500 is a curved model of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup Series 7. The excepting of what impacted by curved panel, performance and features which offered are similar to its brother MU7500 that comes with flat panel. Like MU6500 series, MU7500 series is also powered by 4K HDR Pro Engine as its HDR processor and already support HDR 10 and HLG. Meanwhile, on its panel, it also uses curved screen and VA panel technology. But unlike MU6500 series that uses Direct LED backlight, Samsung MU7500 uses Edge Lit backlight and doesn’t have local dimming technology. Nevertheless, for improving black level and native contrast ratio, it is also powered by UHD Dimming, Essential Black Pro and Auto Depth Enhancing Technology. Additionally, behind its color reproduction, MU7500 is also powered by 4K Color Drive Pro Technology. But unlike MU6500 that doesn’t yet support wide color gamut, Samsung MU7500 already supports wide color gamut that make it offers better renditions of colors, particularly when displaying HDR images. With better rendition of color, this certainly makes the color of the picture displayed on the screen of MU7500 looks more accurate than MU6500. But like MU6500, the side viewing angle coverage of Samsung MU7500 is also poor due it uses VA Panel technology.
Like MU6500 series, for reducing motion blur when it is playing fast paced contents like sports or fast movies, Samsung MU7500 is also powered by Motion Rate 120 Hz Based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, for people who sensitive to judder, since it cannot completely remove the judder, it is also not a good TV when used for playing 24p movies at any source. But since most of people don’t sensitive to judder, we can ignore its low performance when playing 24p movies. As its connectivity, MU7500 is also equipped with 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. Additionally, its input lag is also low, similar to MU6500, make it is very comfortable when used for any kind of games. And as its Smart TV platform, Samsung MU7500 also features Tizen OS 2017 and powered by a quad core processor.
Samsung MU7500 vs MU6500 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung MU6500||Samsung MU7500|
|Size Available||49 Inch (UN49MU6500), 55 Inch (UN55MU6500), 65 Inch (UN65MU6500)||49 Inch (UN49MU7500), 55 Inch (UN55MU7500), 65 Inch (UN65MU7500)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Type||VA panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting||Direct Led||Edge Lit|
|HDR||4K HDR Pro||4K HDR Pro|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10 and HLG||HDR 10 and HLG|
|Color Technology||4K Color Drive Pro||4K Color Drive Pro|
|Support Wide Color Gamut||No||Yes|
|Black Technology||Essential Black pro||Essential Black pro|
|Other Important Technology||UHD Dimming, Ultra Clear Panel, Auto Depth Enhancing||UHD Dimming, Ultra Clear Panel, Auto Depth Enhancing|
|UHD Up-scaling||Samsung UHD Up-scaling||Samsung UHD Up-scaling|
|Motion Handling||Motion Rate 120||Motion Rate 120|
|Refresh Rate||Native 60 Hz||Native 60 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2017||Tizen 2017|
|Sound Output||20 Watts||20 Watts|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
The Difference between Samsung MU6500 and MU7500
As we see on comparison table above, there are not many differences between Samsung MU6500 and MU7500. Nevertheless, although they only have few differences, this difference is very influential on the resulting image. One of the main differences between them is about their backlighting technology where Samsung MU7500 uses Edge-Lit backlight while MU6500 uses Direct LED backlight. As the result, MU6500 has a bit better black uniformity than MU7500. But since MU7500 itself has a good black uniformity, the difference on picture quality that resulted is certainly not too noticeable. Meanwhile, the other major difference between them is about color gamut that can be covered by them. Although both of them are powered by similar technology that is 4K Color Drive Pro, but MU7500 already support white color gamut, while MU6500 doesn’t yet support wide color gamut. The impact certainly is on their rendition of colors, particularly when displaying HDR images that require wide color gamut for its color reproduction. And as the result, MU7500 with wider color gamut certainly offer better rendition of color than MU6500. The excepting of what mentioned, essentially, both of them have similar features.
Samsung MU7500 vs MU6500 Performance
Both of Samsung MU7500 and MU6500 equally have high native contrast ratio and good black uniformity. Their native contrast ratio able to produce black level lower than 0.02 nits that means it is very great for LED TV. As we know, for displaying dark scenes of HDR images excellently like what intended, a HDR TV must be able to reach 0.5 nits or darker of black level. This certainly makes dark scenes of the picture displayed on their screen looks excellent, even when they are used in a dark room where high native contrast ratio is required. Additionally, black level reached by them is also quite dark to reveal the details of images in dark areas, makes shadow details of HDR Images look fairly well. But even so, although essentially both of them has good native contrast ratio and good black uniformity, but compare between them, Samsung MU7500 has a bit higher native contrast ratio, result in a bit deeper black level than MU6500. Otherwise, black uniformity of MU6500 is better than MU7500. Nevertheless, as we have mentioned, their different performance on contrast ratio and black uniformity doesn’t have a big impact on their picture quality and most of people might not notice about that.
While both of Samsung MU6500 and MU7500 have high native contrast ratio and good black uniformity, peak brightness reached by them is also similar. Both of them can reach about 350 nits of peak brightness on most of % window and their peak brightness will dim to about 200 nits on 2% window. With peak brightness reached by them, this is only quite bright to makes bright scenes looks fairly well when they are used in a dark room or moderately lit room where there are not many ambient lights, while when used in a bright room with bright ambient light or sunlight coming through the windows, its peak brightness is not bright enough to fight the glare. Let alone is reflection handling is not too excellent, this makes its performance in bright room is not as good as in a dark room or moderately lit room. Additionally, peak brightness reached by them is also still far from what required to show highlight of HDR images brighter than 1000 nits like what intended. But even so, as long as you don’t use them in a bright room with a lot of ambient lights or sunny windows, overall, bright scene of picture displayed on their screen will look fairly well.
Meanwhile, talking about their color reproduction, despite both of them are powered by the same technology called 4K HDR Color Drive Pro, but Samsung MU7500 can deliver wider color gamut than MU6500. Most of Colors in DCI P3 color space might still be shown properly by MU6500, particularly for bright colors, but deep colors will be shown a bit unsaturated. Nevertheless when show colors in Rec.709 color space of SDR images, this will not a problem. All of colors in Rec.709 can be shown properly on the screen of MU6500. On the other hand, although not as wide as most of high end TVs, but Samsung MU7500 already supports wide color gamut. This means it can properly show most of color in DCI P3 color space better than MU6500. Some certain colors might still be shown a bit unsaturated, but it is able to deliver more than 90% of DCI P3 color space as the minimum recommendation set by UHD Alliance for displaying HDR 10 videos fully. The result, color of the picture displayed on the screen of MU7500 looks more accurate and richer, result in more life-like and natural picture quality than MU6500. Still about color performance, both of them also can fairly well process 10 bit depth of color, result in smooth color gradient without too many colors banding. Some little color banding might still be noticeable in a darker shades of colors, but brighter colors can be shown excellently without any color banding. Overall, color banding of Samsung MU7500 and MU6500 is excellent and not far behind high end TVS, it even is similar to higher class like MU8000 or even the premium Samsung QLED TV.
Like other 4K TVs which available in the market, both of Samsung MU7500 and MU6500 are also equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling Engine. This feature is very important considering most of video contents which available in the market still have lower resolution than 4K. So, no matter the resolution of your video source, you can enjoy them in 4K quality sharply and clearly. Low resolution content like DVDs movies with 480p resolution even still looks fairly well in 4K quality. And the higher resolution of the source, like HD movies from TV cable with 720 p resolution or Blu Ray Movies with 1080p resolution, the final images in 4K resolution which resulted will looks sharper and clearer with a lot of details are preserved better.
But even so, both Samsung MU6500 and MU7500 are not a good TV when used in a wide room with viewers watch TV from multiple viewing angles. Although Samsung have claimed the use of curved screen can improves their side viewing angle coverage, but in reality, the improvement is not too significant and their viewing angle is still limited. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, black will looks tend to grey and color will shift. This certainly makes the quality of images doesn’t look as good as when viewed from center and front.
Motion handling and 24p Playback
When playing fast paced contents like sports program or fast movies, Samsung MU6500 offers a bit better performance than MU7500. Overall, their pixel response time is low, but compare between them, the pixel response time is a bit lower than Samsung MU7500. The result, on the screen of MU6500, there is only a short trail following fast moving objects, while on the screen of MU7500, a trail following fast moving objects looks a bit longer. But even so, although their performance is not the best in class, overall, their performance in handling motion blur still can be said fairly well. Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, both of them are not good performers. They cannot completely remove the judder at any source, even when the source is native 24p videos like Blu Ray Movies. But luckily, most of people don’t notice about judder, so this issue only can by noticed be the people who sensitive to judder, while for most of people who don’t sensitive to judder, this certainly is not a big problem for them.
Both of Samsung MU7500 and MU6500 are equipped with similar inputs/outputs. As their major connectivity, there are 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB Ports, a bit less than most of high-end HDR TVs which available in the market. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, both of them are also equipped with 1 Component In (AV In), 1 Component In, 1 Ethernet In, and 1 Digital Audio Out. With these inputs/outputs, I think they are enough to cover most of your other electronic devices you want connected them on your TV. Additionally, both of them also have similar low input lag at any source under “PC Mode” and “Game Mode”. With about 20 ms of input lags, this is quite low for any kind of game, so playing games on them will feel responsively without laggy, even for fast paced games which require fast reflexes.
As their smart TV platform, both of them also equally feature Tizen OS that powered by a quad core processor. As we know, Tizen OS is one if the best smart TV platform. It is very simple, attractive, and responsive. Compare to last year version, there are not many changes and improvements, except it comes with new theme and nicer animation that makes its appearance is more attractive. Meanwhile, navigating on Tizen 2017 version is also as simple as on last year version. User interface / home screen is designed attractively with a ribbon at the bottom of the screen contains quick access to many popular and most used apps. This allows you to launch them without leaving the home screen. Additionally with the support of a fast quad core processor and a large memory, this makes its performance is very fast and responsive. Once you launch an app, it will be opened quickly. Selecting between apps or multitasking also feels lightly and responsively. Meanwhile, apps provided are also very complete and diverse. As the preinstalled apps, there are VoD service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and more, Web browser, Cloud Games like Game Fly or Play Station Now, Screen Mirroring, Live TV, and many more. Additionally, there is also apps store called “Samsung Apps Store” that provide tons of interesting and useful apps, games and contents where you can directly download them from your TV.
As the controller, both of them are equipped with the same smart remote called “Samsung Smart Controller. This remote is very simple and only has few buttons, even there are no “Number Buttons”. There are only navigation button and few quick access buttons. But even so, it is equipped with built-in remote for voice command which can be used for replacing the functionality of the missing quick access buttons on the remote. Additionally, this remote is also equipped with tons of IR commands that makes it can be functioned as a universal remote for controlling other devices connected via HDMI ports.
|Performance||Samsung MU6500||Samsung MU7500|
As we have discussed a lot above, the major difference between Samsung MU6500 and MU7500 is about their backlight technology where MU6500 comes with direct LED backlight while MU7500 comes with edge lit backlight. Nevertheless, the impact that resulted is not too significant to their picture quality considering both of them equally have high native contrast ratio and good dark uniformity. But on the other hand, although both of them are powered by similar technology, Samsung MU7500 already supports wide color gamut while MU6500 doesn’t support. This means, most of colors in DCI P3 color space of HDR images can be properly shown on the screen of MU7500, while for MU6500, it can only properly show colors in Rec.709 color space of SDR images. The result, color of the picture displayed on the screen of MU7500 looks more natural and life-like than MU6500, particularly when displaying HDR videos. Nevertheless, for its price, color reproduction of MU6500 still can be said fairly well.
In addition to picture quality, particularly on their rendition of color when displaying HDR images, what offered by Samsung MU6500 and MU7500 is not far different, even tend to similar. Both of them are equally equipped with great UHD Up-scaling engine, allow you to enjoy any resolution video contents with quality close to 4K resolution. Their viewing angle coverage is equally limited. As well as when they are playing 24p movies, their performances are also equally poor. Additionally, when playing fast paced contents, their performances are also not too excellent, but still can be said well. Both of Samsung MU7500 and MU6500 are also good TVS when used for playing any kind of games due they have low input lags. Meanwhile, for completing your 4K entertainment, both of them equally offer attractive, responsive and simple smart TV platform with a lot of interesting apps available.
So, which is a better choice between them? As we know, in the market place, Samsung MU7500 with its advantages is sold about tens to hundreds dollar more expensive than MU6500, depend on the screen size. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your preferences.