Saturday, April 30, 2016

Samsung KS9500 vs KS9000 (UN65KS9500 vs UN65KS9000; UN55KS9500 vs UN55KS9000)

The KS9500 and KS9000 have identical picture quality, sharing a number of key features such as Quantum Dot color, HDR 1000, Peak Illuminator Pro and Precision Black. There is, however, a difference in the depth enhancing technology due to the KS9500 being a curved screen TV whereas the KS9000 is a flat screen TV. Auto Depth Enhancer technology is designed to further improve the sense of depth the screen curvature creates by the means of optimizing contrast across multiple zones of the picture. This is the reason why it can be found only on the KS9500. The KS9000, being a flat screen TV, can't use the aforementioned feature which is why it utilizes an equivalent technology dubbed Contrast Enhancer. While it's also aimed at improving the sense of depth, the absence of a screen curvature on the KS9000 makes it less efficient. That being said, it should be noted that the KS9500's curvature is rather subtle.


Given all the features they have in common, it's safe to say that the KS9000 is, more or less, the flat version of the curved KS9500, and vice versa. Anyway, here's a summary of what the different features are used for: the Quantum Dot color technology is utilized in order for them to be able to achieve approximately 96% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. The use of Quantum Dots makes possible for the backlight to be optimized so that it has narrow spectral peaks in the three primary colors, thus matching color filters. In turn, the color gamut is expanded. They both are certified as "Ultra HD Premium", and for that they must be able to cover at least 90% of DCI-P3 color gamut - which they have no trouble achieving. But there are also other requirements they have to meet in order to receive the "Ultra HD Premium" recognition. The Precision Black, which is a local dimming technology, helps them to reach a black level of less than 0.05 nits, and Peak Illuminator Pro ensures that the peak brightness with HDR content is above 1000 nits. Being able to simultaneously display highlights of such brightness, and deep shadows (of less than 0.05 nits) with HDR content is another condition for the "Ultra HD Premium" recognition that both series fulfill. They both can process and display High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, albeit only in the HDR-10 format.

Thanks to the Ultra Clear Panel, in addition to the Ultra Black, both the KS9500 and KS9000 can minimize reflections, absorb ambient light and retain color vibrancy in bright environments. The presence of Supreme MR 240 (Motion rate) technology on both makes them equally suitable for sports and action movies. The scanning backlight technique, which is part of the Supreme MR 240, is utilized for the purpose of reducing the perceived motion blur. It has been optimized to cause less image flicker in comparison to the standard Motion Rate's scanning backlight.

A quad core-processor powers the Smart Hub on both series. The Smart Hub is able to recognize set top boxes from either cable providers, or satellite services (DIRECTV compatibility should be added in June), and automatically set up the included Smart remote to access and control their features, including DVR controls, without you having to manually program the remote. The Smart Hub's two-tier menu bar allows you to access content directly from it, depending on the application you've selected. The KS9500 and KS9000 can act as the control center for the Smart Home. You'll need the optional SmartThings Extend USB dongle, Wi-Fi connection, and to activate the SmartThings app in order to set up your TV as the SmartThings Hub, thus having control over a number of SmartThings compatible devices, such as lights, thermostats, sensors and more. One Connect Mini box is included with both series. It houses most of the connections, including all 4 HDMI ports and 2 (out of the 3) USB inputs. The remaining USB port is on the back of the TV.

The KS9500 comes in the 55-inch, 65-inch and 78-inch class. The KS9000 comes in the 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch class. In the 65-inch class, you can select either UN65KS9500, or UN65KS9000. In the 55-inch class, the choice comes down to the UN55KS9500 vs UN55KS9000.

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