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Samsung KS8000 Series TV Review

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These 4K/HDR TVs are some of 2016's most valuable options. Bring your sunglasses!

October 14, 2016
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About the Samsung UN55KS8000

The 55-inch KS8000 (UN55KS8000) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV from Samsung. We tested the 55-inch model, so all photos and findings in this review apply to this model specifically.

About the Samsung UN49KS800DFXZA

The 49-inch KS800D (UN49KS800D) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV available exclusively at CostCo. It's colored differently than the KS8000 series, but almost all of the performance and usability results still apply.

About the Samsung UN49KS8000FXZA

The 49-inch KS8000 (UN49KS8000) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV from Samsung. While we didn't test this size specifically, almost all of the performance and usability results still apply in this size.

About the Samsung UN60KS800DFXZA

The 60-inch KS800D (UN60KS800D) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV available exclusively at CostCo. It's colored differently than the KS8000 series, but almost all of the performance and usability results still apply.

About the Samsung UN65KS800DFXZA

The 65-inch KS800D (UN65KS800D) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV available exclusively at CostCo. It's colored differently than the KS8000 series, but almost all of the performance and usability results still apply.

About the Samsung UN55KS800DFXZA

The 55-inch KS800D (UN55KS800D) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV available exclusively at CostCo. It's colored differently than the KS8000 series, but almost all of the performance and usability results still apply.

About the Samsung UN60KS8000FXZA

The 60-inch KS8000 (UN60KS8000) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV from Samsung. While we didn't test this size specifically, almost all of the performance and usability results still apply in this size.

About the Samsung UN65KS8000FXZA

The 65-inch KS8000 (UN65KS8000) is a 4K, HDR-compatible smart TV from Samsung. While we didn't test this size specifically, almost all of the performance and usability results still apply in this size.

Calibration & Test Results

In terms of standard dynamic range, the KS8000 is an excellent core performer. In the Movie mode default, it exhibited excellent color production, and acceptable levels of error within its grayscale production (dE) and RGB emphasis.

The TV's gamma production both pre- and post-calibration was imperfect, but not bad considering the TV's use of boosting/dimming LEDs designed for super-bright HDR performance. Most importantly, the relatively affordable KS8000 TVs cover almost 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut when playing HDR content (or in the "HDR Plus" mode).

Samsung-KS8000-Calibration
I calibrated the KS8000 using full-field 100% rasters and leaving the Smart LED setting on Low. The before-and-after results below speak for themselves.
Samsung-KS8000-Color-Gamut
The KS8000's out-of-box color accuracy and gamut luminance in Movie mode was already very accurate, but with calibration I was able to make small improvements to the overall color representation.
Samsung-KS8000-P3-Color
The KS8000 almost covers the entire DCI-P3 wide color gamut, thanks to its quantum dot enhanced color production.
Samsung-KS8000-Grayscale
The KS8000's red push in lower IREs created some higher-than-ideal grayscale dE in the out-of-box Movie mode. After calibration, it's perceptibly perfect.
Samsung-KS8000-RGB-Balance
The KS8000's RGB emphasis certainly wasn't perfect out of the box, but it also wasn't too off the mark where perceptible white balance shifts are concerned (the low IRE red push was definitely visible, however).
Samsung-KS8000-Gamma
Both the pre- and post-calibrated gamma settings for the KS8000 aren't perfect, but both are pretty good for a TV using scaling dimming algorithms to adjust to IRE level.
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