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Samsung 55" TU8000 HDR Smart 4K TV with Tizen OS Black

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Inevitably, some of the apps offered by the 55D8000 are less than useful. Most of the games, for instance, will probably never get touched more than once. What we maintain might well get some regular use, though, are the various video services on offer. Services which we expect to see expanding sooner rather than later. For the first time, Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant are all built into your Samsung Smart TV. Discover an optimal entertainment experience and advanced voice control in your connected smart home. Changing the volume, source, channel and more is as easy as asking.

Samsung UE55TU8000 review | What Hi-Fi?

There are some other issues that videophiles should keep in mind though: brightness uniformity is inconsistent across the screen (as is often the case with large-sized LCD TVs), and there is some mild motion judder to contend with when watching 24p film material. Lastly, we had to enable “Game Mode” to avoid the natural film grain of some Blu-ray Disc movies being removed by the UE55D8000?s video processing (which, again, we really do think Samsung should give the user full control over).Moving on to the 55D8000’s 3D features, the most notable addition is auto-detection of incoming side-by-side 3D formats of the sort delivered by Sky’s 3D channel, saving you the bother of manually activating side-by-side mode in the TV’s menus. You can also adjust the image’s depth and focus via a 3D ‘optimisation’ slider.

Samsung TU8000 TV review - TechRadar

Ultimately, we end up with a choice between a subtle and nuanced, but slightly dull, picture with the Contrast Enhancer set to Low or something with more HDR impact, but a little lighter on tonal detail, when going for the High setting. Either way, the picture is involving, exciting and way beyond anything else you’ll find at this price. The Samsung TU8000 TV offers three audio settings to choose from in the main settings menu. It’ll come with Standard selected out of the box, but you can also choose the Adaptive or Amplified settings. The Samsung TU8000 TV will recognise whenever you’re playing compatible HDR content, and switch to an HDR mode automatically, so any settings you change at this point will remain in place for HDR content only.Taking a step down to SDR with The Amazing Spider-man 2 on Blu-ray, there’s a lot more for this set to get its teeth into, color-wise. Watching the Times Square scene, it’s clear this TV upscales well. The shot over the neon-lit New York streets still shows tremendous micro dimming control. The lights of windows and advertising boards don’t spill into the nearby dark and the picture remains clean.

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The TU8500 panel sits on a splayed central tripod, which makes it easy to park in your living room. The set’s not as chic as Panasonic’s HX800, but the bezel is still fashionably minimal, basically a wraparound frame with an extended lip at the base. Stereo speakers point down from the bottom of the cabinet. This isn’t a demanding screen to set up. We like the fact that Samsung doesn’t over complicate its image menus. In addition to Movie mode, there’s a simple choice between Standard, Natural and Dynamic. The latter looks a little over bright and oversaturated, but Natural is a good catch-all. It’s a little more colour rich and contrasty than Standard, on this particular set at least. And if you’re looking to elevate your viewing experience with cable management, then why not take a look at our wall mounts and TV stands.In this new artefact-free configuration, we were much, much happier with the pictures the UE55D8000 was putting out, and began to appreciate this HDTV in a new light. Since we lost access to the 10-point correction mode, darker areas of the picture appeared very mildly blue-tinted, but the inaccuracies were still small and easy to ignore. Colour performance was excellent, with an off-hue blue being the only point of contention in this area. Console Gaming There’s a lot to like about the HD performance delivered by the Samsung UE55D8000. After calibration, we were very happy with the believability of the on-screen images. Thanks to the extensive Greyscale and Colour setup options available on the set, the image was free of unwanted colour tints (we especially appreciated being able to see dark scenes without the trademark “LCD blue glowing” contaminating shadowed areas). And, thanks to the SPVA panel’s excellent contrast performance, as well as the ruler-flat Gamma we achieved during calibration, pictures had a decent sense of realism – although the edges of the panel were brighter than the centre point which we measured (see the “Viewing Angle” section). And if that wasn′t enough, you have the option to share and transfer your music, videos and photos from a PC or mobile wirelessly to your TV, connect your console and Blu-ra player via the 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports, and use a Samsung Smart touch remote control to watch the same content that′s playing on TV on the remote!

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