Samsung UN55KS8000 vs UN55KS9000 Review
Samsung UN55KS8000 and UN55KS9000 are part of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup. KS8000 is part of Series 8 while KS9000 is part of Series 9. The similarity between them is both come with flat panel type. In the market, they are sold with quite a lot difference in price that is about $500 and f course this is not a bit value for their price range. The same part of Samsung’s SUHD TV lineup, both of them offers god quality HDR picture in color and contrast also some other attractive features. So, what are their differences and the advantages of UN55KU9000 than UN55KS8000 so they have quite significant difference in price?
Samsung UN55KS9000 vs UN55KS8000 key Specification
|Specs and Features||UN55KS8000||UN55KS9000|
|Screen Size||55 Inch||55 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|
Because both of Samsung UN55KS9000 and UN55KS8000 are parts of SUHD TV, of course, they have many similarities. As we see on comparison table about, both of them comes with flat panel type. This certainly makes the range of side viewing angle of both is not as well as what offered by Samsung Curved TV lineup. And this is a shortage of both considering both of them including top model Samsung’ 2016 4K TV lineup with the price is not cheap. The other similar performance of them is about UHD Up-scaling. Ignoring the picture performance of each series, all models of Samsung’2016 have the same great performance about UHD Up-scaling, whether it is entry level or top model including UN55KS8000 and UN55KS9000. The superb result is achieved when the video sources are from full HD devices like Blu-ray Player. When UHD Up-scaling is activated, the result looks very clear and details like when you are watching video from native 4K sources. So does when they are displaying images from HD or SD sources like DVD or TV cable, the result still look clearly even this is better than when played on Full HD TV. Sony 4K TV may offers the best performance in term of UHD Up-scaling, but what offered by Samsung UN55KS9000 and UN55KS8000 is quite enough to match what produced by them.
The other similarity between them is about their Smart TV Platform. Samsung UN55KS8000 and UN55KS9000 are both feature Tizen OS as their platform and also both powered by quad core processor. Although powered by the same processor, Tizen OS offers faster and responsive than Traditional Samsung Smart TV featured by Samsung KU series. Additionally, Smart Hub menu is also upgraded so makes you easier for organizing your favorite apps. A new attractive feature is Cloud Gaming where it allows you to play tons of attractive cloud games where you will be charged for pay per Title. And of course this is cheaper than monthly subscription. And for operating apps, both Samsung UN55KS8000 and UN55KS9000 are equipped with Samsung Smart Touch Remote.
Moving on connectivity, both of them are also equipped with the same connectivity. For major connectivity, there are 4 HDMI support HDCP 2.2 and 3 USB ports while for internet connection, there are high speed built in Wi-Fi and Ethernet Port. In addition to this major connectivity, there are also 1 Component (RGB), 1 Composite (AV), Audio Output (Optical) and 1 audio output.
As we see on comparison table above, about picture quality, there are not many differences between Samsung UN55KS9000 and UN55KS8000. I just found their dimming technology as their difference, where UN55KS9000 is powered by Supreme UHD Dimming while UN55KS8000 is powered by UHD Dimming. You need to know, Supreme UHD Dimming is an enhancement of UHD Dimming. The impact is about the black level and contrast that created that course is also has an impact on picture quality. With this advantage of, picture produced by UN55KS9000 looks slight better than UN55KS8000.
Out of their differences, HDR picture produced by both are very well. For processing HDR signals, both of them are powered by HDR 1000 technology. With the support of other technologies like UHD Dimming with precision Black, Peak Illuminator, and more, both of them can produce 1000 nits or more peak luminance. Of course this can meet the minimum standardization of Ultra HD Premium set by UHD Alliance. So does about color reproduction, both UN55KS9000 and UN55KS8000 are powered by Quantum Dot panel and support 10 bits panel. This allows both of them produce wider color gamut with more than 90% DCI P3 coverage. As we know, with 10 bit color, this mean it can produces more than 1 Billion shades of color, compared to TV with 8 bit color like Samsung UHD TV that only can produce about 16 million shades of color. With great performance in contrast and color, both Samsung UNKS8000 and UN55KS9000 offer good HDR quality.
The other difference is about Motion Clarity where Samsung UN55KS8000 is powered by Motion Rate 120 while Samsung UN55KS9000 is powered by Supreme Motion Rate 120 Hz. This has to do when it is displaying fast motion images like sport program, fast movies, and many more. Their difference is about software manipulation because both of these technologies are based on native 120 Hz refresh rate Panel. Because of they are based on native refresh rate panel, the different result is also not much different. As we know, the difference between native 120 Hz and 240 Hz is not as significant as the difference between 120 Hz and 60 Hz moreover they have the same native refresh rate panel. Of course their difference is also not much too significant although UN55KS9000 certainly is better than UN55KS8000.
Moving on audio performance, they also have difference. As we see on comparison table above, UN55KS9000 is equipped with 4.1 channel speaker with 60 watts total power output while UN55KS8000 is equipped with 2.1 speaker system with 40 watts total power output. F course this makes UN55KS9000 offers more powerful audio performance than UN55KS8000. But because they are placed in the room, this doesn’t required audio system with big power. As long as the combination of woofer, middle range and tweeter are solid, the difference about output power doesn’t have significant impact.
Both Samsung UN55KS8000 and UN55KS9000 offer great picture quality in HDR or non HDR also attractive Smart TV. But unfortunately, there is no 3D technology behind them. I don’t know why Samsung didn’t equip their 2016 lineup with 3D technology considering great performance of Samsung active 3D technology in last couple years. Of course this is unfortunate although Samsung certainly has their own reason to d that.
The significant difference between Samsung UN55KS9000 and UN55KS8000 in term of the price is not too matched by their difference about performance. With other words, what offered by Samsung UN55KS9000 is not far above what offered by UN55KS8000. As mentioned, they only have differences about UHD Dimming, Motion Rate, and Audio System. So, Why UN55KS9000 is sold about $500 more expensive than UN55KS8000 and this certainly is not a bit value for their price range? I also could not find a definite answer about this. But even so, of course Samsung has other consideration about this.
So which is a better choice between them? Considering their difference in price and performance, I think UN55KS8000 is a better choice. You can save about $500 while their difference performance is not too significant. But even so, all still comes back to you according to your need and budget.