Hi, I’m Daniel from Rtings.com In this video, we will go over how-to setup and get the best picture for the Samsung MU8000 which is also equivalent to the MU7000 in Europe. We will describe any adjustments you should make for different content, such as movies, sports, gaming and HDR.
The first thing to note is that all of the inputs to the TV are located on an external one connect mini box. Unlike the Samsung QLED TVs, this doesn’t require a secondary power connection, but it also isn’t in wall rated which may cause cabling issues for some people.
If you have a receiver or soundbar which supports ARC to route the TVs sound through external speakers then you should connect it to HDMI 4. Other than this, the inputs are identical so connect your devices to any of them.
Also note that there is no support for older composite or component inputs on Samsung TVs with an external One Connect or One Connect Mini box. When you connect an input, the TV will try to identify what it is and change to the appropriate input icon and label.
This usually works well, but if you’re using a PC and want to ensure support for Chroma 4:4:4 then you can go to the ‘Home’ menu and press up on the HDMI port to set the corresponding PC icon. This is the only icon which affects the picture quality, the rest are all cosmetic.
With your inputs setup, the next thing you want to do is adjust the bandwidth of the HDMI port to use full HDMI 2.0 capabilities. This can be done either by going through ‘Settings’ -> ‘General’ -> ‘External Device Manager’ -> ‘HDMI UHD Color’ or by holding the voice button on the remote and saying ‘HDMI UHD Color’.
This voice option also works well for all the settings and menus shown in the video. Adjusting this setting is only required for high bandwidth devices such as HDR consoles or for PC use but only very rarely causes incompatibility issues.
In the same ‘External Device Manager’ menu is an option for ‘Game Mode’. You should enable this if you want the lowest input lag for gaming, and it will disable some picture processing. You can still follow the rest of this setting guide, but some options will be disabled.
If the HDMI Black Level setting is available then it should almost always be left at ‘Auto’. This setting corresponds to the video range of the input device. A mismatch here will result in crushed dark scenes or a raised black level and loss of contrast.
Now, we will go up a menu and into ‘Eco Solution’. Disable everything here to avoid the brightness adjusting automatically, as it can be distracting. Under ‘Picture’ adjust the ‘Picture Mode’.
‘Movie’ is the most accurate picture mode and allows the most setting customization, so is the one we will use here. The bulk of the picture settings lie in the ‘Expert Settings’ menu. To better understand how they work, we will be showing measurements of our MU8000 which correspond to each of the settings we go over.
The ‘White Level’ measurement is the brightness of the screen on a checkerboard pattern. Adjusting the ‘Backlight’ option will affect the overall screen brightness without reducing the picture quality, so adjust this to suit your room and if you have a bright room then set it to maximum.
Also, for HDR content you should set the ‘Backlight’ to maximum to produce the most vivid highlights. The ‘Brightness’ slider works differently on 2017 Samsung TVs compared to previous years and other manufacturers TVs.
We can see the effect it has by measuring the ‘Gamma’ curve which shows the relationship between dark and bright areas. A high gamma value results in deeper dark scenes and a lower value results in a brighter overall image.
The left hand side of the plot affects darker scenes, while the right hand side affects bright scenes. For example, a high gamma value toward the left-hand side of the plot results in deeper dark scenes but may result in loss if details in a bright room.
Movies are mastered to target a flat value of 2.2 across the range so this is what we aim for. When the ‘Brightness’ setting is adjusted it affects the gamma in dark areas, rather than raising the black level.
You can increase the ‘Brightness’ to bring out dark scene details or decrease it for a deeper image. We leave this to the default value of 0 as it is closest to the reference target. The contrast option affects the brightness range of the display.
This should be set as high as possible without losing details in highlights. The default value of 95 is provides a good brightness range, without loss of details. A sharpness setting of 0 results in no added sharpness.
If you are watching lower quality content and don’t mind sharpening artifacts then you can increase it slightly, but too high values will result in excessive ringing around edges. To see the effect of the color setting we will show measurements on a CIE diagram.
The squares on the diagram show the target color – which is what a calibrated display should achieve. The circles show our measurements from this MU8000. Increasing the ‘Color’ results in a more saturated image, but results in less accuracy and may cause saturated details to be clipped.
Decreasing it too far results in loss of vibrancy. The default value of 50 is best for an accurate image. The ‘Tint’ setting adjusts the balance between Green and Red, which has the effect of rotating colors on the CIE xy diagram as shown.
The default value with equal amounts of green and red is the most accurate. ‘Digital Clean View’ is a noise reduction feature which clears up low quality content. Enable this for DVDs or cable. ‘Apply Picture Settings’ allows you to change whether the picture adjustments are adjusted on an input-by-input basis or are the same across all inputs of the TV.
If you prefer a brighter image when gaming for example, you can use different settings for a Blu-ray player and console. For most people it is best to use the same settings for all inputs. The ‘Auto Motion Plus Settings’ menu is for motion interpolation and image flicker options.
To learn more about how these affect the motion performance, see the videos linked in the description. These settings aren’t available in game or PC mode, to avoid adding input lag. If you enjoy the soap opera effect when watching movies or cable TV then select the ‘Custom’ option and increase ‘Judder Reduction’ to 2 or 3.
If you enjoy a strong soap opera effect and don’t mind too many artifacts, then you can also increase ‘Blur Reduction’ to a similar value. For our calibration we will leave both of these sliders on 0.
‘LED Clear Motion’ flickers the backlight to clear up motion. If you’re watching sports or other fast motion then you can activate this, however the resulting flicker is distracting to some people and it does decrease the overall screen brightness.
‘Local Dimming’ allows some areas of the screen to dim and produce darker scenes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work well on the MU8000 and produces blooming, so we recommend setting it to ‘Low’.
It is not possible to disable on this TV. ‘Contrast Enhancer’ affects the relationship between dark and bright areas of a scene. You should disable it if you want the most accurate image. The ‘HDR+’ mode doesn’t enable HDR, but rather adjusts the settings to make SDR content look HDR-like.
It generally produces an overly saturated image as shown in the xy plot. If you do prefer a more vivid image then you can activate it, but we don’t recommend it if you’re trying to match the director’s intent.
‘Film Mode’ is only available with certain input signals, such as 1080i sources. If this option is available and you’re watching a movie, such as from cable TV, then activate this. To see the effect of the ‘Color Tone’ option we use the same plot.
Setting the color tone to a cooler value results in the whole image shifting towards blue. Warmer values look yellow or reddish. We calibrate to the standard 6500K color temperature that movies are mastered at which corresponds to a value of ‘Warm2’, but you can adjust this to your preference.
In the ‘White Balance’ menu are more advanced adjustments to the white point at different brightness. These require measurement equipment to set accurately. You can find our values in the review for reference, but we don’t recommend copying them as the best values vary on a unit-by-unit basis.
The ‘Gamma’ option will change automatically to the correct curve depending on the content metadata. For Hybrid Log Gamma content this will default to HLG, for HDR10 or Dolby Vision content it adjusts to ST.
2084 and for SDR content the correct value is BT. 1886. The effect of the gamma slider can be measured with the same plot as before. Increasing the value results in a lower gamma curve, which increases the overall brightness of the image and brings out details in dark scenes.
A lower value increases the curve and produces deeper dark scenes, but may crush details in a bright room. You can increase the slider in a bright room, but we use a value of 0 as it is closest to our 2.
2 target. The ‘RGB Only’ setting filters the primary colors of the image for calibration by eye. The ‘Color Space Settings’ affects the target color space. The ‘Custom’ value allows for calibration of the color space, but this requires measurement equipment and the best values change from unit to unit.
The ‘Native’ setting produces a more vivid image in SDR, but results in loss of accuracy. For accurate colors leave this to ‘Auto’ for both SDR and HDR content. So that’s it. You can find the screenshots of all the settings we recommend on our website via the link below.
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