Samsung 6000 and 7000 Series 4K UHD TV review
Are Samsung's low-end TVs worth buying?
- Competent quality when content quality is high
- 7000 Series is cheapest curved TV
- 6000 Series blacks are good
- Upscaling is poor
- Better-priced better alternatives
- Colours are just OK
If you're desperate to buy into Samsung's Home Entertainment ecosystem these are usable, relatively-cheap options. But there's much better to be had elsewhere.
Price$ 2,199.00 (AUD)
These reviews are part of a test where we compared Hisense's Series 7 TV against Samsung's 4K UHD TVs. Also, Check out Samsung's latest 2017 QLED TVs, here.
Samsung chops its 2016 range into affordable to expensive models which come with, sometimes-haphazard, price increases. So what do you get and is it worth paying for?
In terms of cosmetics appearance and functionality, the 6000 series is only available as a flat panel (not curved), it only comes with a basic remote (not the smart "One" remote), there’s no breakout box for connections (all cables plug into the back of the panel), the styling (mainly at the rear) is flat and glossy, not textured and ‘smart.’ The 7000 series has broadly-similar image technology to the 6000 but now lighting comes from the sides (actually reducing contrast) and curved screens become available. Styling matches Samsung’s top-end 9000 series but there’s still no breakout box for all connections. While the image is similar to the 6000 series, the screen is thinner. You also get a smart remote included but there are fewer choices of screen sizes.
Styling at the back is the cheaper glossy type, the size range is reduced further but flat and curved screens are available, you get a touch-sensitive 'smart' remote but not the breakout box for connectors that appears on the high-end models.
Many of the differences are broadly-cosmetic across the range. The styling really isn’t a big differentiator unless you can see the back of the TV. All of them display great UHD quality but the more expensive variants have significantly-better colours. They all have the same proprietary Tizen operating system which doesn’t have too many apps available for it, although we do like the way that inputs are denoted by icons showing a picture of the device rather than just a number that you’re supposed to remember.
All of them show great detail and clarity when displaying the best 4K content but struggle when showing standard definition (something that’s been a facet of Samsung’s for a while now) though this is more of an issue on the 6000 and 7000 series. We also noticed that movies and drama could still suffer from the Soap Opera effect (where characters in a scene start looking like actors on a set and it’s very distracting) on all models although it’s far reduced from older Samsung TVs. The 6000 and 7000 series are good at displaying blues but other colours are relatively flat. However, the 6000 series actually displayed some of the best blacks – it’s thinner siblings with their ‘more advanced’ side-lighting actually aren’t as good with blacks. Samsung has been pushing these TVs to typical, bright-light Aussie homes for a reason – watching movies in dark rooms, while not distracting, is not the strong point of these TVs – letterbox bars are noticeable even in the darkest modes.
Samsung's contrast isn't the best. Letterbox bars in movies are frequently visible (example is from 9000 series).
However, something we love about Samsung’s TVs is the Sports Mode. This, conveniently, now has a dedicated remote button and it makes the image brighter, the people on screen become more-realistic (the Soap Opera effect done right) and the sound starts replicating stadium acoustics - it's very atmospheric. If you primarily watch sport – especially footy in stadiums – Samsung is unsurpassed in this area.
The main difference between the TVs in the range though is the colour. The 6000 and 7000 series are good at blues but everything else can look a bit flat – especially when sitting next to the 8000 and even more so, the 9000 series where bright colours seem to leap out of the screen thanks to Samsung’s “Quantum Dot” colour technology.
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