Samsung MU8000 vs Sony X900E Review (UN49MU8000 vs XBR49X900E, UN55MU8000 vs XBR55X900E, UN65MU8000 vs XBR65X900E, UN75MU8000 vs XBR75X900E)
Samsung MU8000 is a midrange of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR Premium LED TV lineup while Sony X900E is also a midrange of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup. The screen sizes available on both are similar including 49 Inch (UN65MU8000 vs XBR49X900E), 55 Inch (UN65MU8000 vs XBR55X900E), 65 inch (UN65MU8500 vs XBR65X900E), and 75 Inch (UN75MU8000 vs XBR75X900E). Come with HDR technology, both of them already support HDR 10 only and might also HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) once the standardization of this HDR format is confirmed. Additionally, picture quality produced by them is also great for their class due they have deep black level and support wide color gamut. Meanwhile, their price for each screen size is not too adrift, except for 75 Inch where XBR75X900E is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than UN75MU8000. But because both of them are recently released, of course their price could still change at any time and usually will tend to drop as time goes by. So, which is superior and a better choice between them?
Samsung MU8000 vs Sony X900E Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Sony X900E||Samsung MU8000|
|Size Available||49 Inch (XBR49X900E), 55 Inch (XBR55X930E), 65 Inch (XBR65X930E), 75 Inch (XBR75X930E)||49 Inch (UN49MU8000), 55 Inch (UN55MU8000), 65 Inch (UN65MU8000), 75 Inch (UN75MU8000)|
|Panel Type||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|LED Backlight||Full Array LED||Edge LED|
|Color Technology||TriLuminos Display||4K Color Drive Extreme|
|Main Features||X-tended Dynamic Range Pro (5X). Advanced Contrast Enhancer, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Object-based HDR Remaster technology||UHD Dimming with Precision Black, Triple Black, 4K HDR Extreme|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||Yes (HDR 10, HLG)||Yes (HDR 10, HLG)|
|Image Processor||4K HDR Processor X1 with 4K X-Reality Pro||UHD Remastering Engine|
|Motion Control||Motion Flow XR960 (native 120 Hz refresh rate)||Motion Rate 240 (native 120 Hz refresh rate)|
|Smart TV Platform||Android TV||Tizen OS|
|Speaker Type||Bass Reflex Speaker||Down Firing + Front Firing|
|Audio Output||10 W + 10 Watt||40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
Performance of Samsung MU8000 vs Sony X900E
Essentially, both of Samsung MU8000 and Sony X900E offer good picture quality for their class due they have deep black level and strong contrast that makes their dark performance is great. Nevertheless, compare between them, Sony X900E offer a bit deeper black level that makes its native contrast ratio is also a bit stronger than Samsung MU8000. But because their difference is not too significant, most of people might not notice about their difference. Blacks of images looks very dark on both of their screen that makes darker color looks more accurate and the picture looks more realistic. When inputted by HDR signals, this also makes detail images on shadow or dark scenes look very clear, even when they are used in a dark room. So, when you are playing HDR movies, there will not an issue on black level due black level reached by them is far darker than 0.05 nits as the recommendation for displaying HDR 10 contents.
On the other hand, Sony X900E also offers a bit brighter picture than Samsung MU8000 due its peak luminance is brighter. Nevertheless, their difference is also not too significant and don’t have a big impact on the picture quality produced by them. Meanwhile, peak brightness reached by then is bright enough to fight the glare in a bright room so the picture displayed looks consistently amazing in a bright room. Additionally, it is also quite bright to makes its HDR performance is good and above average. Local dimming technology behind them is able to make small highlight brighter. But unfortunately, what reached by them is still below 1000 nits as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 contents fully. This means their peak brightness is not quite bright for displaying HDR 10 contents fully. But as we have mentioned above, HDR performance offered by them still can be said great for their class.
Since Samsung MU8000 was not equipped with Quantum Dot technology, its color gamut coverage is not as wide as what delivered by Sony X900E with TriLuminos Display behind it. Nevertheless, both of them still can deliver more than 90% of DCI P3 color space as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 fully and that means good for displaying HDR. Ignoring their difference about color gamut coverage, color of the picture displayed on their screen looks very saturated, even when displaying HDR videos that require wide color gamut. Additionally, both of them also already support 10 bit depth of color that means they can deliver more than 1 billion shades of color. The result, overall, color gradient of the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth without major color gradation of banding. But unfortunately, in darker color, some imperfections might still be noticeable, especially on the screen of MU8000. Nevertheless, this should not be a problem for everyday usage.
Both of Sony X900E and Samsung MU8000 are also equally equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. This allows you to enjoy any contents even with lower resolution with the quality close to 4K quality. The result, the final images in 4K quality produced looks very sharp and clear with a a lot of small details preserved well, even when the source is 480p video like movies from DVDs. With the scarcity native 4K contents that available in the market, this feature certainly is very important.
Meanwhile, since both of them equally use VA panel, poor side viewing angle become the major drawback of Sony X900E and Samsung MU8000. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, the contrast will degrade with blacks look tend to grey while color will shift that course make picture quality deteriorate. And the wider viewing angle the viewers watch from, the picture will look worse. The solution, you should avoid to watch TV from side viewing angle. So, as long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle, this should not be a big problem.
Winner: Sony X900E
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
When used for watching fast moving images, both of Samsung MU8000 and Sony X900E perform well when handling motion blur. The picture produced looks very smooth and clear on their screen. Following fast moving objects, there is only a short trail that should not be disturbing. Of course this will makes you more comfort when enjoying your favorite sport program or fast movies. Compare between them, Sony X900E has a bit lower pixel response time that makes its performance is a bit better than Samsung MU8000. But because this difference is not too significant, this course is not too noticeable for most of people. Meanwhile, both of them also equally do perfectly when playing 24p movies regardless the sources. No matter the source is 24p movies from Blu-Ray, 24p via 60i signals like movies from satellite TV or even 24p via 60p signal like movies from streaming media, all of them are displayed clearly and smoothly on their screen with judder-free. Additionally, since both of X900E and MU8000 has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, they also can interpolate lower frame rate contents perfectly.
Winner: Sony X900E
As their inputs/outputs, both of Samsung MU8000 and Sony X900E are equipped with 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, 1 RF IN (Terrestrial), and Digital Audio Out (optical). The difference is about Composite In (AV In) where X900E is equipped with 1 Component In and 2 Composite In. Meanwhile, Samsung MU8000 is not equipped with these inputs. This means if you want to connect other devices on MU8000 where AV or Component In as their major connectivity, you need an adapter. The other difference is about where these ports are installed. All of the inputs/output ports of Sony X900E are installed on rear or side panel while most of inputs/outputs ports of Samsung MU8000 are installed on separated box called “One Connect Box Mini”. Meanwhile, talking about their input lags, Samsung MU8000 has lower input lags of Sony X900E regardless the source. This means Samsung MU8000 is more comfortable when used for playing any kind of games especially for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Nevertheless, although not as low as MU8000, the input lag of X900E is also low enough for playing any kind of game even for fast paced games.
Winner: Samsung MU8000
Both of Sony X900E and Samsung MU8000 equally feature attractive and responsive smart TV platform. Their “home screen” and user layout is designed attractively. Additionally their performance is also very fast and responsive. Additionally, both of them also provide tons of interesting apps. Apps provided by each of them are also very complete and diverse. There are most popular apps like Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Web Browser, Cloud Games, and many more. In addition to default apps, there is also Contents Store App which provided by them that allow you to download tons of interesting and useful apps. Samsung MU8000 comes with Samsung apps store while Sony X900E comes with Google Play Store. But because Google Play Store has tons of developer and is more popular, apps provided certainly are more complete than Samsung Apps Store. Nevertheless, in term of navigation, Tizen OS is simpler than Google Android TV. Navigating on Tizen OS is very simple and straightforward, as simple as on WebOS by LG. Meanwhile, navigating on Google Android TV is a bit confusing.
As their controller, Samsung MU8000 is equipped with Smart Remote. It is not different what used by the predecessor Samsung KS8000 series. The buttons are very minimalist even there is no “Number Buttons”. But even so, it doesn’t reduce the comfort when navigating. Meanwhile, Sony X900E is also equipped with similar remote control that used in 2016. If Samsung Remote comes with minimalist buttons, there are a lot of buttons on Sony Remote. The interesting point, both of them are also equipped with built in microphone for voice search or voice navigation functionality. Additionally, both of these remotes also can be functioned as a universal remote where you can control other devices once they are connected on each of their TV. Nevertheless, for this functionality, Sony X900E needs an addition device called IR Blaster while Samsung MU8000 doesn’t.
|Performance||Samsung MU8000||Sony X900E|
As we have discussed a lot above, each of Sony X900E and Samsung MU8000 have advantages and disadvantages. X900E offers a bit better performance on picture quality and motion handling while MU8000 offers a bit better performance in low input lag. Nevertheless, their difference in performance is not too significant. Essentially, both of them offer good picture quality and good performance on some features that offered. Picture quality, HDR performance, UHD Up-scaling engine, Motion Handling, Input Lag and other features that offered by them are equally good. Additionally, both of the also have similar drawback that is about their poor side viewing angle.
So, which is a better choice between them? Considering Sony X900E offers a bit better performance than Samsung MU8000 but on the other hand it is also sold a bit more expensive, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your preferences. Essentially, their performance is similar and in accordance with the price that offered.