FLATSCREEN 4K TV PER­FOR­MANCE - SAM­SUNG HU8500

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST -

At a view­ing dis­tance of 1.5m, it was hard not to be im­pressed by the big screen and the boat­loads of de­tails that the HU8500 brought. Even though the HU8500 didn’t come with the PurColor and Auto Depth Enhancer tech­nolo­gies like the curved HU9000, the sense of 3D-ness was very much present in the Grand Canyon Adventure, a 4K doc­u­men­tary that was on the Sam­sung UHD Video Pack (ba­si­cally a hard drive pre­loaded with 4K ma­te­rial). In fact, us­ing just the Stan­dard pic­ture mode and with­out do­ing any kind of cal­i­bra­tion, we found images to ex­hibit just the right amount of ‘pop’.

The HU8500 also ex­celled when we switched to 1080p con­tent. Even though it had been up­scaled, de­tails in the Blu-ray ver­sion of Sky­fall still looked su­per-sharp. We also didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any jud­der for 1080p24 2D ma­te­rial.

Although the HU8500’s lo­cal dim­ming method re­lied on fewer zones than the curved HU9000, we found the for­mer’s back­light con­trol to work well across dif­fer­ent types of ma­te­ri­als. Sure, dur­ing low APL scenes in The Dark Knight, its black level per­for­mance, while good, was still no match for OLED TVs, but in movies with pri­mar­ily high APL scenes and bright colors, it was ca­pa­ble of the bright­est whites. The TV also ex­hib­ited very good mo­tion clar­ity, thanks to ef­fec­tive black frame in­ser­tion im­ple­men­ta­tion; even with the LED Clear Mo­tion set­ting turned on, there was hardly any flicker. Lastly, 3D im­age bright­ness re­mained high, and the slight crosstalk of the ac­tive 3D sys­tem didn’t ruin the view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

For au­dio, the small front-fir­ing speak­ers into the TV’s cabi­net ac­tu­ally did quite a good job, as we could quite make out the many multi-di­rec­tional au­dio mo­ments in the Star Trek Into Dark­ness movie. The HU8500 also in­cor­po­rates a Dolby MS11 multi-stream de­coder that sup­ports decoding of many of to­day’s popular au­dio for­mats.

Deep blacks, wide dy­namic range, and ex­cel­lent up­scal­ing are the hall­marks of this TV.

The stream­lined Smart Hub UI makes find­ing what you want eas­ier.

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