Samsung UE65KS9500 review | What Hi-Fi?

According to Austrian artist Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (which translates to “Multi-Talented Peace-Filled Rainy Day Dark-Coloured Hundred Waters”), the instantly line is a godless line, devoid of organic elements, which constricts the human creativeness.

While Samsung would possibly not totally subscribe to this philosophy – it still makes quite a lot of excellent flat-screen televisions – the new 65KS9500 television is the just the newest in a protracted line from the corporate to boast a curved design.

Also available in 78in (just in case 65in is not big enough), the KS9500 is the company’s top-of-the-range product and has much of the same persona as other high-end Samsung TVs – a detailed image, and punchy sound at the absolute perfect level.

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There’s indisputably that Samsung can build a slick tv, but this is nonetheless a relatively huge set. So, whether or not it’s sitting on a stand, or mounted on a wall, it’s going to soak up a sizeable amount of house.

But it's going to look good doing so. The KS9500 has the corporate’s “360 level design” which makes its televisions as clean as conceivable, unblemished by means of bodily joints or screws on both the front or the again of the display.

Round the again is a small panel that unearths an ethernet port for stressed internet connection, though the KS9500 also has built-in wi-fi connectivity.

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There’s also a USB extender for Samsung appropriate ‘SmartThings’ like Google Home, and a port for Samsung’s OneConnect – a wired, external field for connecting supply inputs, quite than having to plug them into the television itself.

It additionally has 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB ports as well as connections for satellite and terrestrial cables, which saves you the effort of going in the back of the tv to get right of entry to inputs, whether or not it’s on a stand or wall-mounted.


The KS9500 has excellent viewing angles for a curved television. Of path, we’d always recommend that you simply position the tv in order that it directly faces you, to make sure you get the best image imaginable.

Speaking of the picture, the television options Samsung’s ‘Quantum Dot’ technology – a layer of nano-crystals one billionth of a meter wide, with each and every dot emitting a special color.

In tangible phrases, this improves the copy charge of picture colour over typical LCD televisions, in addition to general brightness.

It's also price noting that this particular set boasts direct LED backlighting, comapred to the vast majority of Samsung's 2016 TVs that are nearly all edge-lit.

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In terms of usability, the KS9500 has the same Tizen operating system that we’ve observed on different Samsung televisions – two horizontal bars of sources alongside the ground of the display, the primary for connected hardware like a Blu-ray player or games console, whilst the second one is for on-line services and products.

These services are configurable and customisable, and feature main streaming apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Instant Video.

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The television comes with two remotes, a ‘standard’ one with numbers and 4 direction navigational buttons, and a sensible far off with point and click on functionality.

We found the standard far flung design generally easier to make use of than the movement far flung, alternatively its lack of backlight does make it tougher to make use of in darker rooms.


There are four picture presents straight away accessible in the settings menu: Movie, Standard, Natural and Dynamic.

These mechanically exchange the image’s heat, brightness, and distinction, in accordance with what Samsung thinks the optimum balance is.

We put the television into Standard environment and run the THX Optimizer disc. Once calibrated, we come to a decision against using most of the further processing modes, the only one we permit is motion smoothing, which is helping reduce the judder in scenes with a variety of motion.

We’d suggest best increasing this environment via one or two increments – any longer and you run the chance of your symbol looking over-processed and artificial.

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Streaming the primary episode of Netflix’s Daredevil, it’s straight away noticeable the impact that not handiest HDR reinforce has on the symbol, but the way in which that this tv handles it.

The KS9500 unearths a large number of refined options within the image without having to extend the brightness.

During a struggle scene within the shadows, you'll be able to see the sewing of Matt Murdoch’s makeshift gown when the digital camera strikes close, and make out the traces of structure within the backdrop when the light rises.

Where lesser televisions would simply depart the ones parts of the scene in darkness the Samsung illuminates them, making Hell’s Kitchen really feel a little extra real.

When Murdoch collapses to his knees after taking a specifically brutal punch, the blood from his mouth mixing with the rain running down his face, you can make out the subtle mix of pink within the translucence of the water.

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Moving to something extra vibrant, the Blu-ray of Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s a powerful distinction between the brilliant white sparks of gunfire and the dank corners of the interstellar prison send.

In a scene so heavy on CGI, the Samsung nonetheless manages to keep the picture having a look reasonable, even at HD quality.

The hearth of the flying robots has a spread of heat colours, from the deep reds within the centre to the flickering yellows around the edges. It’s an excessively herbal image, even if showing the talking, machine-gun toting racoon mountain climbing the enormous residing tree.

This remains the case on standard definition broadcast tv, with the KS9500 doing an outstanding job of upscaling the content material. Skin tones are nonetheless well balanced without any evident smoothness or softening of the color range.

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The KS9500’s down-firing speaker and tweeter combo sounds clean and packs a punch when important.

Putting on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there’s a way of pleasure and vibrancy in each the soundtrack and sound effects when the titular superhero storms the military send.

When Steve Rogers’ fist connects with an enemy combatant it sounds weightier than what we’ve heard from different televisions, and the clang of his defend hitting metal is significantly dynamic.

The backing soundtrack, too, seems to have been given an extra jolt of electricity and this tv’s sense of timing has no factor conveying the momentum of the scene.

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The KS9500 meets all our expectations about Samsung’s top rate line. It’s got an excellent picture on all sources, is straightforward to make use of, with cast sound quality.

This is Samsung’s easiest quality television, and amongst the best LCD picture we’ve seen all year. If you’re in search of a top-class symbol, you will have to feel no qualms about paying the premium – leisure assured, you’ll be getting it.

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