Samsung UN65KU7000 vs Sony XBR65X750D Review




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The Sony XBR65X750d and the Samsung UN65KU7000 are part of the mid-range priced 4K HDR LED TVs released in 2016. The major difference between them is the type of panel were the Samsung UN65KU7000 comes with a VA Panel and the Sony XBR65X750D comes with an IPS Panel. For the basic characteristics of these panels, the IPS panel has an advantage on the side viewing angle while the VA panel has an advantage for contrast and black level. Separated by this main difference, overall both offer a good picture quality in this price range for saturated color. Although both support HDR and especially the HDR 10 format, their HDR performance is limited due some aspects of their display specs being not quite good enough to meet minimum standardization for displaying HDR 10 content fully as the standard set by the UHD Alliance. With all the features offered by each, on the market the Sony XBR65X750D is a little more expensive than the Samsung XBR65X750D. Of course, these prices are not fixed and could change at any time. So which is a better choice for you?

Short Review of Samsung UN65KU7000

Except for the type of display panel, the features and performance offered by the Samsung UN65KU7000 is similar to the Samsung UN65KU7500. Overall picture quality displayed on screen is good when displaying normal and SDR content, no matter if in a dark room or a bright room.  This is because it has a deep black level and strong contrast. The color of the picture displayed on screen looks very saturated because it supports a wide color gamut. It also offers good picture quality when playing HDR content. Unfortunately the HDR picture produced isn’t very bright for displaying HDR content fully despite being bright for displaying SDR content. Peak brightness also becomes the only factor where it can’t display HDR content fully and does not meet the standard for Ultra HD premium Certification.  In addition to a good picture quality, the Samsung UN65KU7000 is a good performer for handling motion blur, although in certain scenes a faint trail may still be slightly noticeable behind fast moving objects. For most people this should not be an issue, so it’s still great for watching fast moving images like sports programs and fast movies. Additionally it also has a lower input lag when combined with the good motion handling makes it great for video games. Also interesting is the smart TV platform with Tizen OS, which offers an attractive and responsive smart TV experience.

Although the Samsung offers great performance on some features, this doesn’t mean it comes without a downside. One of the major downsides is viewing angle where the quality of the picture will start to degrade at 20 degrees off center and front. The Samsung UN65KU7000 is also not a good TV for playing movies. Judder can not be completely removed when displaying 24p movies at any input source. But overall,considering the price not being expensive, it’s a great TV for its class.

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Short Review of Sony XBR65X750D

Sold for a little less than the Samsung UN65KU7000, the Sony XBR65X750D comes with an IPS panel that offers far wider viewing angle. This means the quality of the picture will look more consistent without degradation from a wider side viewing angle. But on the other hand, the use of an IPS panel means its black level is not as deep and contrast is not as strong like what’s offered by the Samsung UN65KU7000. The result when used in a dark room, is that dark scenes tend to look grey which of course will reduce the natural feeling of the picture produced. When used in a bright room, the picture produced looks better but it’s still not the best in class. For displaying HDR content, its black level and contrast is not quite dark enough and strong enough for what’s required. Fortunately (although it doesn’t support the wide color gamut required for displaying HDR) the color delivered by the Sony XBR65X750D is good enough for displaying SDR content. And like the Samsung UN65KU7000, its peak brightness is quite bright for displaying SDR content, but still a far cry from what’s required to display HDR content since its about 1000 nits of peak brightness.

While the picture quality produced is not quite as good as the Samsung UN65KU7000, the Sony XBR65X750D has a faster pixel responsive time which makes it better for handling motion blur. This means the Sony XBR65X750D is better for watching sports and other fast moving images. Although the input lag of the Sony XBR65X750D is not as low as the Samsung KU7000, it’s still quite low for games. One of the major advantages of the Sony XBR65X750D is their 4K Up-scaling engine where it up-scales lower resolution to near 4K quality sharply and without a loss of the small details. It is also a good performer when handling 24p movies. This means there’s no judder noticeable when they’re playing 24p movies, even via 60i or 60p signal. And for completing your home entertainment with smart features, it comes with Google Android TV as its platform which is comparable to the Tizen OS seen on the Samsung.

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Samsung UN65KU7000 vs Sony XBR65X750D Key Specs

Specs and Features Samsung UN65KU7000 Sony XBR65X750D
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Panel Type VA Panel IPS Panel
Backlighting Edge Lit Direct LED
Dimming Technology UHD Dimming Frame Dimming
Picture Engine HDR Premium X1 4K Processor
HDR Support HDR 10 HDR 10
Certified by Ultra HD Premium No No
Color Technology Active Crystal Color
Support 10 Bit Yes Yes
Other advanced technology Ultra Clear Panel, Peak Illuminator Pro, Contrast Enhancer, etc Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Precision Color Mapping, etc
UHD Up-scaling Yes Yes (4K X-Reality Pro)
Motion Handling Motion Rate 120 Motion Flow XR960
Refresh rate Native 60 Hz Native 120 Hz
3D Technology No No
Smart TV Tizen Android TV
Audio Channel 2 2
Sound Output 10 watts x 2 10 watts x 2
HDMI 3 4
USB 2 3
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The advantages of the Samsung UN65KU7000

As we have discussed above, the Samsung UN65KU7000 offers a better picture quality no matter if displaying SDR or HDR content as this is due to its deeper black level, stronger contrast, and wider color gamut. The dark scenes of images are revealed well on screen making the picture displayed look very natural. Color is also very saturated no matter if displaying SDR or HDR content.  Additionally when displaying normal content, the picture produced is bright enough to make the quality of the picture look consistent in a bright room. No matter if in a bright room or a dark room, or when displaying SDR or HDR content, the Samsung UN65KU7000 offers a better picture quality than the Sony XBR65X750D. Of course, this doesn’t apply when you’re watching TV from a side viewing angle because it does have a terrible side viewing angle.

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The advantages of the Sony XBR65X750D

The contrast and black level produced by the Sony XBR65X750D might not be as deep and strong as what’s offered by the Samsung UN65KU7000 which means that picture quality is not as good as what offered by the Samsung UN65KU7000, but on the other hand it offers a wider viewing angle to make it better for a wide room with a lot of viewers watching from multiple side viewing angles. The Sony XBR65X750D also offers better motion handling which means it’s better for watching sports programs and other fast moving images. Additionally its ability for removing judder makes it a good TV for watching 24p movies from many sources.

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Performance Samsung UN65KU7000 Sony XBR65X750D
Design (4.5/5) (4.3/5)
Picture Quality (3.7/5) (3.6/5)
HDR (3.9/5) (3.7/5)
Motion Handling (2.9/5) (4.6/5)
Inputs (4/5)
Sound Quality (3.4/5) (2.3/5)
Smart TV (4.3/5) (4/5)


Which one is a better choice for you? The Sony XBR65X750D is usually priced lower than the Samsung UN65KU7000, and has the advantage of a better viewing angle and good motion handling that makes it  better when used in a wide room and for watching fast moving images like sports and fast movies. On the other hand, although the Samsung UN65KU7000 is sold for a little more, it offers a better picture quality. Their performance on UHD up-scaling, game playing, and smart TV functions are just about the same. If there is a difference, it’s not major.  Now the decision is yours according to your preferences.

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