Sony X750F vs Samsung NU7100 (KD55X750F vs UN55NU71000, KD65X750F vs UN65NU7100)
Sony X750F and Samsung NU7100 are the entry level TV of 2018 lineup from each of their brand. As the entry level, there are not many features offered and their picture quality certainly is not as good as the series above them, but on the other hand, they offer a benefit in their price. Nevertheless, for their price range, picture quality and performance offered by them are good. In the market, Samsung NU71000 comes in a lot of screen sizes options, for the smallest is 40 inch up to the biggest is 75 inch, while X750F only comes in 2 screen size option, those are 55 inch (KD55X750F) and 65 Inch (KD65X750F). With the same screen (UN65NU7100 vs KD65X750F, UN55NU7100 vs KD55X750F), Sony X750F is priced hundreds dollar more expensive than NU7100. So, what features and performance offered by each and which is a better choice between them?
Samsung NU7100 vs Sony X750F Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Sony X750F||Samsung NU7100|
|Size Available||55 Inch (KD55X750F), 65 Inch (KD65X750F)||40 Inch (UN40 NU7100), 43 Inch (UN43 NU7100), 50 Inch (UN50 NU7100), 55 Inch (UN55 NU7100), 65 Inch (UN65 NU7100), 75 Inch (UN75 NU7100)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Type||55 Inch = IPS Panel, 65 inch = VA Panel||VA panel|
|Backlighting||Direct LED||Edge Lit|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10 and HLG||HDR 10, HLG, and HDR10+|
|Color Technology||Live Color Technology||PurColor|
|Other Features||Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, 4K Reality Pro||UHD Dimming, Contrast Enhancer, UHD UP-scaling Engine|
|Motion Clarity Technology||MotionFlow XR240||Motion Rate 120|
|Refresh Rate||Native 60 Hz||Native 60 Hz|
|Smart TV||Android TVs||Tizen 2018|
|Smart Features||ChromeCast, MiraCast, Google Assistant, etc||Samsung’s Bixby, Smart Things, Web Browser|
|Remote||Basic Remote||Basic Remote (TM1240A)|
|Sound Output||20 Watts||20 Watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Features and Technology of Sony X750F and Samsung NU7100
Like most models of Samsung’s 2018 TV lineup, Samsung NU7100 also uses VA panel technology. The use of IPS panel makes NU7100 has strong native contrast ratio and can produce deep black level that certainly also makes its performance in a dark room is also very good. But otherwise, this makes its side viewing angle coverage is poor. On the other hand, Sony X750F uses different panel technology for each of their screen sizes. For its 55 inch model (KD55X750F, it uses IPS panel while for 65 inch (KD65X750F), it uses VA panel. Since it uses different panel technology for each of their screen sizes, this comparison refers to its 55 inch (KD55X750F) that uses IPS panel. And of course, the use of IPS panel makes Sony X750F has good side viewing angle coverage. But on the other hand, this makes it cannot produce deep black that makes its performance in a dark room is not so good. Additionally, both of them also use different backlight technology. For this case, Samsung NU7100 uses Edge-Lit backlight while Sony X750F uses Direct LED backlight. And none of them which have local dimming technology.
Both Sony X750F and Samsung NU7100 may equally support HDR. Unlike the series above it that also support HDR10+, it only support HDR10 and HLG only .On the other hand, Sony X750F also only supports HDR10 and HLG only, but for HLG, it need a firmware update.
Motion Handling Technology
For handling motion, Samsung NU7100 is powered by Motion Rate 120 technology while Sony X750F is powered by Motion Flow XR240 technology. But even so, essentially, both of these technologies are based on the same native refresh rate panel, that is 60 Hz. Which is a better, this also depends on their pixel response time.
As we see on comparison table above, Samsung NU7100 is featuring Tizen 2018 as its smart TV platform while Sony X750F is featuring Google Android TV 7.0 or Nougat. Both of them equally have numerous of built in apps which offer attractive smart TV experience. The superiority of X750Fis about their controller where Sony X750F is equipped with smart remote that has a lot of smart features including voice navigation while NU7100 is only equipped with basic remote.
As their major connectivity, Sony X750F has a bit more HDMI ports than NU7100. It has 4 ports while only Samsung NU7100 only has 3 ports. But even so, all HDMI ports of NU7100DMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, while HDMI ports of X750F which support HDMI 2.0 is only 2 ports those are HDMI and HDMI 3. All of their HDMI ports already support HDCP 2.2 and CEC. Additionally, X750F also has a bit more USB ports than X750F. It has 3 ports where 2 ports is USB 2.0 and 1 port is USB 3.0 (USB 1). Meanwhile, X750F has 2 ports where all of them are USB 2.0. In addition to USB ports, they are also equipped with 1 Composite In (AV In), Component In, RF In, Ethernet, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). Special for X750F, it also has 1 Analog Audio Out (Mini jack) and 1 IR In for its IR Blaster.
Both Sony X750F and Samsung NU7100 equally equipped with basic 2.0 channel speaker system with 20 watts of total sound output. There are not built in woofer behind them.
Samsung NU7100 vs Sony X750F Performance
Contrast and Black Level
As we have mentioned above, since Samsung NU7100 uses VA panel technology, this makes it has excellent native contrast ratio. Its native contrast ratio is higher than 5000:1, makes it can produce deep black level. Additionally, NU7100 also has excellent black uniformity. By combing these two factors, this certainly makes its performance when used in a dark room is really excellent. Blacks look really dark that certainly makes dark scene looks excellent. Additionally, when playing HDR images, deep black level produced by NU7100 is also dark enough to makes shadow details of HDR images displayed on its screen looks excellent like the creator intended. With its excellent performance in producing deep black, this makes it is as a good entry level TV for watching movies with a lot of dark scene. On the other hand, the use of IPS panel (special for KD55X750F) makes its native contrast ratio is too low, lower than 1000:1. The result, it cannot produce deep black. When set in a dark environment, black produced even will tend to look grey than really black that certainly makes dark scene doesn’t not look so good. For you who like watch movies in a dark movies, this TV certainly is not a good choice for you. But even so, special for its 65 inch model (KD65X750F), we have heard a report that it uses VA panel. We expect it has similar performance to NU7100 in producing deep black.
While in producing black, Samsung NU7100 is superior, in producing peak brightness, Sony X750F is a bit superior. With SDR images, their peak brightness is equally brighter than 300 nits, bright enough to fight the glare when they are used in bright environment. But this is only for a dim-lit or moderately bright room. Meanwhile, for a very bright room, their peak brightness is actually is not bright enough. This means, as long as you don’t use them in a very bright room like outdoor or a room with sunny window, the picture displayed on their screen look fairly bright. Same as not having local dimming, the peak brightness of X750F looks consistent in any size of area. But for NU7100, its peak brightness in very small area dims to below 200 nits, makes small highlight of images displayed on its screen look too dim. Meanwhile, with HDR signal, peak brightness of X750F is a bit increased while peak brightness of NU7100 is likely constant. Like with SDR signal, Sony X750F can make its brightness consistent at any windows sizes, while on NU7100, its peak brightness in small window sizes is too dim. Overall, X750F can show HDR images brighter than NU7100. Nevertheless, since their peak brightness is still far from 1000 nits, you will not get a lot of benefit offered by HDR content. As we know, to show HDR images like the creator intended, a HDR TV should have at least 1000 nits of peak brightness.
Both Samsung NU7100 and Sony X750F are equally not support wide color gamut. The color coverage of both is only good enough to cover colors in Rec.709 of SDR images. While for covering color in DCI P3 that required by HDR images, its color gamut is not wide enough. Nevertheless, for an entry level TV, their color gamut can be said well. Both of them equally can cover around 80% of DCI P3 color spaces, makes most colors of HDR images can be shown fairly accurate. But even so, since their color gamut is not as wide as higher models, both of them cannot show some certain colors like green or red as good as higher models which have wider color gamut. On the other hand, their color volume is also similar and also not so good. Since they don’t have wide color gamut, they can produce deep darks colors and saturated bright colors. Meanwhile, in term of color gradient, both of them equally have good color gradient. Although some little imperfections might be still visible in some certain colors, but overall, their color gradient is good and look smooth, particularly when they are showing HDR images. Overall, for an entry level TV, their color reproduction still can be said good. Meanwhile, compare between them, the color reproduction of X750F is a bit better than NU7100.
Side Viewing Angle
As we have mentioned above, the use of IPS panel may make Sony X750F cannot produce deep black, but on the other hand, this makes it has good viewing angle coverage, better than NU7100 that uses VA panel, particularly in maintain black. On the screen of NU7100, black will look degraded started at less than 15 degrees off center and front, while on the screen of X750F, black produced will look consistent even when viewed from extremely wide angle. Meanwhile, in maintain colors and brightness, although not too significant, performance of X750F is also a bit better than NU7100. The result, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen of X750F looks more consistent than NU7100. And for you who often watch TV with a group of your family, X750F may be a better choice for you. But as we have mentioned, this refer to its 55 Inch model (KD55X750F) that uses IPS panel, while for its 6 inch model (KD65X750F) that uses VA panel, its performance is not far different to Samsung NU7100.
As we know, one of the important factors that required in handling motion blur is about the response time of the pixel. For this case, the pixel response time of Sony X750F is faster than Samsung NU7100. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like sports, fast games, or fast movies, on the screen of X850F, there is only a short ghosting trail following fast moving object that certainly makes the picture produced looks smooth. On the other hand, since its pixel response time is not as low as X750F, on the screen of NU7100, the ghosting trail following fast moving object looks longer that certainly makes the picture produced is not as smooth as displayed on the screen of X750F. But even so, overall, performance of NU7100 in handling motion trail is good. Meanwhile, blur that may be visible on their screen is more due than persistence than pixel response time. Meanwhile for dimming their backlight, Samsung NU7100 uses PWM dimming system with 240 Hz dimming frequency. This will make backlight flicker is visible, especially for the people who sensitive to flicker. On the other hand, Sony X750F doesn’t use PWM system, makes its screen is flicker-free. Meanwhile, for minimizing blur that caused vy persistence, both of them have an option 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion mode) that will flickers the backlight at 60 Hz. By activating this mode, this will help clear-up the motion particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. But on the other hand, this will make backlight flicker is more noticeable. For you who don’t feel comfortable with flicker, you don’t need to activate this mode.
Overall, Samsung NU7100 has much better input lags than Sony X750F. In game and PC Mode, no matter the resolution of the inputs, whether it is 4K or 1080p, without HDR or with HDR, the input lags of NU7100 is around 15 ms or even lower. Its input lags is even including the best in 2018 The result, playing game on NU7100 will feel comfortable and responsive, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Meanwhile, the input lags of Sony X750F may be not as low as NU7100 that is between 30 ms – 40 ms. This actually is still low enough for playing games even for fast paced games. But of course, this will not feel as responsive as on NU7100, particularly when you are playing fast paced games.
Smart TV Experience
As we have discussed above, as their smart TV platform, Sony X750F is featuring Google Android TV 7.0 version or Android Nougat while Samsung NU7100 is featuring Tizen 2018. Both of these platforms actually have intuitive TV interface, but for this case, in navigating, Tizen OS is simpler and easier than Android 7.0. But otherwise, although both of the platforms also equally have numerous built-in apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Web Browser, Live TV, and more, but about the downloadable apps that provided by their apps store, Android TV has a lot of more and more complete apps. As we know, with Google Play Store as its apps store that supported by tons of developer, it provides thousands apps, games, contents, and others. On the other hand, although not as many as what provided by Samsung apps store as the app store of Tizen OZ, what provided by it are also still more complete than apps store from other platform like WebOS. Additionally, if features and apps provided by Sony X750F are similar to the series above, Samsung NU7100 lacks some smart features found on the series above, Voice navigation, and smart remote. On other words, if you can enjoy complete features offered by Android TV with X750F, with NU7100, you can only enjoy basic experience offered by Tizen OS.
|Performance||Sony X750F||Samsung NU7100|
Overall, for an entry level, what offered by Samsung NU7100 Sony X750F is fairly good, makes them as good performance for mixed usage. But even so, since each of them has advantages and disadvantages than the other, for special usage, each of them is better than the other.
For watching movies
To present the feel of a like in cinema when watching movies, most people prefer to watch movies in a dark room. For this case, Samsung NU7100 is better than Sony X750F because it has deeper black level and better black uniformity. As we have mentioned above, since X750F cannot produce deep dark, performance of X750F when used for watching movies in a dark room is not so good, particularly for movies with a lot of dark scene like horror or thriller.
For Watching Sports
Unlike when watching movies where most people prefer in a dark room, when watching sports, most people usually prefer in a bright room with a group of friend or family. Additionally, since most sports have a lot of fast scene, the ability of a TV in handling motion blur is also very important. And for this case, Sony X750F is better than NU7100. Although in a bright room, their picture quality is almost similar, but X750F has better motion handling and wider viewing angle coverage than NU7100. This is that caused X750F is better when used for watching sports.
For Playing Games
In addition to picture quality and motion handling, the input lag of a TV is also very important aspects that should be considered when used for playing games. Additionally, for you who often play games with a group of your friend or family, you should also consider their viewing angle coverage. And between them, which is better when used for playing games, this depends on how you play games. If you play games just to have fun with your friends or family, X750F certainly is a better choice for you. But even so, if you a gamer, NU7100 certainly is a better choice for you due it has lower input lags.
For Watching TV Shows
Just like when watching sports, most people prefer to watch TV shows like talk show, music show, and others in a bright room and with a group of family. And for this case, X750F is better since it has wide viewing angle coverage than NU7100. This is very useful when you watch TV shows with your family that sit on the wide seating.
Both Samsung NU7100 and Sony X750F may already supports HDR, but when used for watching HDR, their performance is still far from the expectation. This means, although you play HDR contents on these TVs, but you will not get a lot of benefits offered by HDR its self. This is caused most of display specs offered by them are still far from that recommended. Nevertheless, if you just want to enjoy HDR experience, NU7100 is a better. This is due NU7100 has deep black level that allows it can show shadow details of HDR images far better than X750F.