Samsung UN60KS8000 vs LG 60UH8500 Review : Which is superior?
If you are searching 60 Inch HDR 4K TV in price range $1000 – $1500, you might be interested with Samsung UN60KS8000 and LG 60UH8500. Each of them is a mid class 2016 4K TV lineup of each of their manufacturer. In the market, they are sold with almost the same price, where each of them has advantages than each other. One of the main advantages of LG 65UH8500 is about 3D technology while Samsung UN60KS8000 features Ultra HD Premium Certification. But of course, there are still many aspects which interesting to discuss between them. So, which is superior between them and a better choice?
At a Glance about Samsung UN60KS8000
Samsung UN60KS8000 is part of KS8000, a flat model of Samsung’s 2016 4K TV Series 8. Unlike the predecessor JS8000 series, it didn’t come with 3D technology. Instead, it is featuring Ultra HD Premium Certification that means it can display HDR 10 contents fully. And of course this becomes its own advantage considering not many TVs in its class that compliant with Ultra HD Premium Certification. For processing HDR signal, it is powered by HDR 1000 engine which supported by the number Samsung’s most advanced technology like UHD Dimming, Precision Black (local dimming), Peak Illuminator Pro, and Contrast Enhancer where all of their technology improve the contrast and brightness delivered by KS8000. For delivering wide color gamut, Samsung UN60KS8000 features Quantum Dot Panel technology support 10 bit depth of color where in previous years this technology called Nano Crystal Color. For handling motion blur and 24p contents, it is powered by Motion Rate 240 based on native 120Hz refresh rate panel. The other interesting thing that offered is about smart TV where with Tizen OS, it offers attractive, intuitive and responsive smart TV platform with a lot of interesting and useful apps provided.
At a Glance about LG 60UH8500
LG 60UH8500 is part of UH8500 series, the mid-end of LG’s 2016 HDR 4K SUHD TV lineup. It comes with IPS pane that offers wide range of viewing angle. Like Samsung KS8000, it also already supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), even not just HDR 10 but also Dolby Vision Format. Additionally, it also comes with passive 3D technology where there are not many TVs in its class that comes with 3D technology. For processing HDR Signals, 60UH8000 is powered by Super Mastering Engine with HDR Super and Dolby Vision Technology. For improving the contrast range of the picture produced, it is supported by Ultra Luminance, Tru Black Panel and Local Dimming Technology. Additionally, LG 60UH8500 also features quantum dot technology and supports 10 bit color for delivering wide color gamut with smooth color gradation. In addition stunning picture quality, it is also a good performer in handling motion blur and 24p playback by supported TruMotion 240 Hz technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. And not to be outdone by the competitors, it features excellent WebOS 3.0 as their smart TV platform.
Samsung UN60KS8000 vs LG 60UH8500 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung UN60KS8000||LG 60UH8500|
|Size||60 Inch||60 Inch|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Type||VA Panel||IPS Panel|
|Backlighting||Edge Lit||Edge Lit|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Precision Black)||Yes|
|Picture Engine||HDR 1000||Super Mastering Engine|
|HDR||HDR 10||HDR 10 and Dolby Vision|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Other advanced technology||Ultra Clear Panel, UHD Dimming, Peak Illuminator Pro, Contrast Enhancer, etc||Tru Black Panel, Ultra Luminance, etc|
|UHD Up-scaling||Yes||Yes (Tru 4k Up-Scaler)|
|Motion Handling||Motion Rate 240||TruMotion 240 Hz|
|Refresh rate||Native 120 Hz||Native 120 Hz|
|3D Technology||No||Yes (Passive)|
|Smart TV||Tizen||WebOS 3.0|
|Audio Channel||2.1||2.2 designed by HarmanKardon|
|Sound Output||40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)||40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2)|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
Performance of LG 60UH8500 and Samsung UN60KS8000
Let’s start to discuss about their picture quality because it certainly is the main consideration of the people when they want to buy TV. Started from type of panel, each of them come with different panel type, Samsung UN60KS8000 comes with VA Panel while LG 60UH8500 comes with IPS panel. As the impact, 60UH8500 offers much better viewing angle but contrast reached is not as strong as what offered by UN60KS8000. With the all technology behind them, Samsung UN60KS8000 can reach about 0.016 nits of black level while LG 60UH8500 can reach about 0.082 nits of black level. In other hand, peak brightness reached by UN60KS8000 is about 1450 nits while 60UH8500 only can reach about 550 nits of peak brightness. This means in term of contrast, UN60KS800 is much superior to 60UH8500 that course has a big impact on the HDR picture quality produced by them. While we know, the minimum standardization of Ultra HD Premium is 0.05 nits of black level and 1000 nits of peak brightness.
Moving on color performance, both of them are the same powered by quantum dot technology which is expected to cover wide color gamut. The result, Samsung UN60KS8000 can cover more than 95% of CI P3 color space while LG 60UH85000 cover more about 90% of DCI P3 Color space. This means the color delivered by UN60KS8000 can cover wider range of color gamut than 60UH8500 though booth them meet the minimum color gamut needed by HDR 10 contents. Additionally, although both of them support 10 bit depth of color, color gradient that offered by UN60KS8000 also looks slight smoother than what offered by 60UH8500.
With display specs that offered by them, we can see Samsung UN60KS8000 is compliant with Ultra HD Premium specification while LG 60UH8500 is not. This means you can watch HDR 10 contents fully on the screen of UN60KS8000 but not for 60UH8500. With other word, in term of picture quality, UN60KS8000 is superior to 60UH8500 no matter it is on HDR or non HDR quality. But in other hand, LG 60UH8500 also already support Dolby Vision that means you can enjoy HDR 10 or Dolby Vision Contents on its screen although without full quality. Additionally, although its peak brightness is not as bright as delivered by UN65KS8000, but for IPS TVs, it is including one of the brightest IPS TVs.
Winner : UN60KS8000
Maybe the use of IPS panel can reduce black level and peak brightness reached, but in other side it offers wider range of viewing angle. So, if on VA TV like UN65KS8000, the quality of the picture look to deteriorate started at 20 degrees off center and front, LG 60UH8500 with IPS panel offers much wider. Maybe it is not as great as OLED TV that offers perfect viewing angle, so the quality of the picture still begin to deteriorate at extreme viewing angle. But at least, what offered by 60UH8500 is much better than what offered by Samsung UN65KS8000. The benefit, you will easier to get the best viewing when locate your seat on your room.
Winner : 60UH8500
As we see on comparison table above, for handling motion blur and 24p playback, Samsung UN65KS8000 is powered by Motion Rate 240 Hz while LG 60UH8500 is powered by TruMotion 240 Hz technology. Both of these technologies are the same based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. But as we know, Samsung is never the best in motion handling. So, although both of these TVs are has same native refresh rata panel, LG 60UH8500 offers quicker pixel response time than Samsung UN60KS8000. The result, when they are used for watching video contents with a lot of fast scenes, motion blur will be more noticeable on the screen of UN65KS8000 than 60UH8500. But even so, what offered by UN65KS800 is still above average. Additionally, when they are controlling 24p contents like Blu Ray movies or 24p contents via 60i signals, both of them do the same good job. But even so, when they are playing 24p contents via 60p contents like the movies from streaming media, Samsung seem does a better job,. You will see judder-free on the screen of UN65KS8000 while on the screen of 60UH8500, the judder cannot be removed completely.
Winner : 60UH8500
Maybe it is not a major thing that should be considered when buying 4K TV, but at least its role is still very important considering most of the video contents that available in the market still have lower resolution than 4K. Additionally, streaming native 4K contents directly also requires a very large bandwidth. Samsung UN65KS8000 and LG 60UH8500 are equipped with the same great up scaling engine. The result, DVD movies with 480p resolution is up-scaled to near 4K TV smoothly without loss a lot of details. The better result is produced when the source is 720p like from Cable/Satellite HD TV. And when the source is Blu-Ray contents with 1080p resolution, the result looks really sharp and smooth without loss any small details.
Winner : Impartial
This is the main advantage of LG 60UH8500 than Samsung UN65KS8000. As we have mentioned, UN60KS8000 is not equipped with 3D technology while 60UH8500 is equipped with passive 3D technology. The difference between them is very clear. But separated from their difference, 3D performance that offered by 60UH8500 is really great, moreover it comes with passive 3D technology that is more comfortable for eyes. 3D images produced looks very clear and sharp with very noticeable depth of 3D image. Additionally, there is also no flicker and crosstalk noticeable like on active 3D TV. The other advantages, its 3D glasses are cheaper, lighter, battery-free, and more comfortable to use. A slight downside, each of eyes only can receive a half of resolution. But because it is only a trick of the eye, we will assume the 3D we saw was full resolution.
Winner : 60UH8500
Both of them feature the same intuitive, attractive and responsive smart TV platform. As we see on comparison table above, Samsung UN60KS8000 features Tizen OS while LG 60UH8500 features WebOS 3.0. Although the layout each of their home screen look different, but basically they are the same simple and comfortable to navigate. Additionally talking about the performance, each of them also offers fast and responsive performance. Loading in time of app is very quick as well as the time for selecting between apps, it also the same quick. Apps the provided by each of them is also very complete. Almost all of most useful apps for video streaming like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Videos, and others are provided. Additionally, there are also many other apps provided such as Web Browser, Screen Mirroring, and many more. Essentially, both of them are very attractive and intuitive and can be said the best Smart TV platform.
As the controller, LG 60UH8500 is equipped with LG’s magic remote while Samsung UN65KS8000 is equipped with Samsung Smart Controller. LG’s magic remote still retain point and click functions while Samsung has removed “point and click” function from Smart Controller. Both of these remotes also equipped with built in microphone for voice navigation. Voice navigation is still maintained, even comes with additional functions.
Winner : 60UH8500 (personal opinion)
Basically, both of them are equipped with 2.1 channels speaker system with built-in woofer and 40 watts total speaker power. Although we can see on comparison table above LG 60UH8500 comes with 2 channel woofer, but the number of woofer’s channel is not too influential. But the advantage of 60UH8500, its audio sound is designed by HarmanKardon, a big name in premium audio system. But even so, sound quality offered by each of them is not too much different. For slim LED TVs, sound quality offered by them is impressive and above average. But overall, LG 60UH8500 offers slight better sound quality than Samsung UN60KS8000, particularly on harmonic distortion. But nevertheless, this audio equipment is installed on slim TV so the resonance chamber for the speaker certainly inadequate. So, for better experience on sound quality, both of them still need an addition external sound bar.
Winner : 60UH8500
As their Major connectivity, Samsung UN65KS8000 is equipped with 4 HDMI ports while LG 60Uhis equipped only 3 HDMI ports. Additionally, the amount of their USB ports is the same, those are 3 ports. Talking about other inputs/outputs, both of them also equipped with similar connectivity like 1 Component In, 1 Composite In, 1 RF, 1 Ethernet, 1 audio Out, 1 RS 232, and 1 Digital Out (optical). In addition excels in the number of HDMI Ports, Samsung UN65KS8000 also offers quicker input lag at all resolution and frequency inputs than LG 60UH8500. This means, UN60KS8000 is better for video games that need quick input lag. But even so, this doesn’t mean LG 60UH8500 is not great for video games. Its input lag is still above average, but slower than UN60KS8000.
Winner : UN60KS8000
|Performance||Samsung UN60KS8000||LG 60UH8500|
As we have discussed above, HDR is the highlight of both. The difference, LG 60UH8500 supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision while Samsung UN65KS8000 supports HDR 10 only. But even so, although UN60KS8000 supports HDR 10 only, its display specs are compliant with Ultra HD Premium Certification while the contrast range of LG 60UH8500 is less qualified. With deeper blacks and brighter whites, UN60KS8000 offers better picture quality in HDR or non HDR than 60UH8500. In other hand, with IPS panel technology, 60UH8500 offers wider range of side viewing angle. The other major advantage of 60UH8500, it comes with passive 3D technology while there is no 3D technology behind Samsung UN60KS8000.
In other aspects like UHD Up-scaling, Motion Handling, Inputs ability, and smart TV platform, their performance offered by them is relatively impartial. So, can be concluded, the major advantage of Samsung UN60KS8000 is about picture quality particularly on black level and contrast while the major advantage of LG 60UH8500 is about Viewing angle and 3D technology.
So, which is a better choice between them? As mentioned, in the market, they are sold with almost the same price. With the advantages that offered by each like we have discussed above, this certainly come back to you according to your need and main consideration in buying TV. If picture quality particularly HDR quality is your main consideration, of course Samsung UN65KS8000 is a better choice for you, moreover it is compliant with Ultra HD Premium certification that means it can display HDR 10 fully. But if you want a TV with complete features, of course LG 60UH8500 is better choice. Although its display specs are not compliant with Ultra HD Premium specs, but it already supports two HDR formats at once, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. Moreover, it also comes with 3D technology where there are not many TVs in its class that comes with 3D technology. Now the decision comes back to you.