Hi everybody and welcome to the review of Samsung 40KU6072 TV in 40-inch screen size. KU6000 series is the most affordable UHD TV line from Samsung this year, available in wide selection of screen sizes – from 40 up to 70 inch depending on the market.
Tested 40-inch model currently goes for little over 400 british pounds on Amazon UK – check links below for the actual price. Samsung’s TVs this year are separated in 3 different series – K, KU and KS.
Models with letter K offer Full HD resolution and are as such ideal for those who do not care about Ultra HD or HDR. Step up are KU models, which offer native Ultra HD resolution and support for HDR. These models can detect HDR UHD picture from its inputs but cannot display it in its full glory due to screen limitations.
These limitations often include 8-bit panels, low peak luminance and color gamut that is not much bigger than Rec.709. Finally, there is the KS series which Samsung markets under the name of SUHD and these TVs are for those who want to experience UHD HDR picture at its full potential.
SUHD TVs are UHD Premium certified, offer true 10-bit panels with high peak luminance and can display at least 90% of DCI-P3 color gamut. If you are into HDR UHD movies or gaming, the KS series is the one you need to consider.
With that being said, let us see what KU6000 series has to offer. Samsung did not invest in developing new design for the KU6000 series and kept it the same as on models from last year. TV offers V-shaped plastic stand, 13.
5 mm plastic bezel with dark grey brushed aluminum texture and 62.6 mm overall depth. One interesting detail is the slot in the bottom bezzel for cleaner sound coming from 2 down-firing speakers. I saw same approach 2 years ago on Samsung’s H series.
Screen is flat just like on KU6400 series while KU6100 and KU6500 offer curved screens. Build quality is good, inline with other Samsung TVs from this class. TV offers all important connection options including 3 HDMIs in version 2.
0a, 2 USBs, Ethernet, Toslink, antenna and satellite inputs, analog interfaces and CI slot. There is no headphone output. All connectors are facing sideways. There is also a built-in Wi-Fi. Only standard remote control comes with the TV.
For basic navigation it will serve its purpose, but for using apps and inputing text I recommend you hook up wireless keyboard. Just like previously tested KS7000 TV, so does KU6000 come with refreshed Tizen OS smart TV platform.
The look and feel of the platform is exactly the same as on the KS7000 and I find it very responsive and easy to use with many apps. Built-in media player supports many formats and external subtitles via USB or network.
Picture quality is good for the mainstream TV and will show its full potential when watching standard dynamic range content in HD resolution. Samsung’s quality picture processing and UHD upscaling passed my tests with ease and overall result was very positive.
KU6000 is based on VA panel that offers ANSI contrast of 4600:1 and accurate Rec.709 colorspace coverage. As usual with VA-based panels, picture shows its full potential only if you sit straight in front of the screen or under small angle.
Bigger angles greatly affect contrast, blacks and the color saturation. I was positively surprised with screen uniformity which is excellent and without any noticeable light leaks. Thanks to this picture was great both in bright and in dark environment.
Light reflections were not distracting thanks to the matte screen. KU6000 is based on 60 Hz panel that can display 300 out of 1080 lines on the Monoscope test. Moving objects are blurred and this blur increases in dark scenes.
Still, there is a solution – LED Clear Motion that offers black frame insertion method. Enabling this option will raise motion resolution to excellent 1080 out of 1080 lines but with few drawbacks. First is decrease in luminance of the screen, second is flickering that can be distracting on certain types of signal and the third is highly visible doubling of objects moving across the screen.
After testing motion resolution I concluded that I prefer more having this option disabled since standard blur was not as distracting as mentioned drawbacks. As I said at the beginning, Samsung’s KU series TVs support HDR but cannot display it in its full potential.
This was clearly confirmed when I hooked Samsung’s K8500 UHD Blu-ray player and did A-B comparison between standard and UHD Blu-ray edition of the same movie. Even though TV detected UHD HDR signal with ease, except for sharper image when you come really close to the screen, no other improvements were visible.
Color gamut barely reaching outside Rec.709 gave same color saturation as standard Blu-ray, peak luminance below 300 nits did not bring any improvement in dynamics and 8-bit panel did not reveal any new gradations in the picture.
Conclusion – except for sharper image, if you want to experience true UHD HDR, consider Samsung’s SUHD series or similar products from other brands. Gaming was great on this TV thanks to high contrast, great colors and very low input lag of just 23.
4 ms in Game mode. If you want to learn more about how to set up this TV for gaming, check link in the description. Sound quality was average for this class, with clear midtones and without any significant distorsions at normal listening levels.
For best results I recommend hooking up this TV to external audio system. As a conclusion, Samsung 40KU6072 is a very good mainstream TV that receives my recommendation for watching standard dynamic range content.
If you are looking for an UHD TV with good HDR performance look elsewhere since this series won’t bring any improvement in that aspect. Thank you very much for watching and supporting my work. Many new reviews and calibration videos are constantly uploaded so be sure to subscribe not to miss any.
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