Review The Curves Samsung TV UE48H8000 – Samsung TV UE48H8000 Test

Review The Curves Samsung TV UE48H8000 – Samsung TV UE48H8000 Test

Not only will the Ultra HD is curved. The full HD 2014 high-end features of Samsung LCD panel with curvature. But you can still talk about TV top of the range for the full HD? The test of the new Samsung Series 8 tells us that …

Samsung was amazed at the last CES in Las Vegas for the decision to extend the curved design as well as new TV panel with Ultra HD, even at full HD range. And so the 8000 series this year, which usually represent the top to the Samsung TV, at least until the advent of 4K models, is also curved, with a design very similar to that of the total number HU8500 tested by DDay .com last May, but clearly full HD panel. Samsung has maintained most of the functionality of higher-end models, but the H8000 is the TV to watch where those fans who are looking for the ultimate in image quality, but do not feel ready for the transition to Ultra HD. Expectation that more than one manufacturer seems to have ignored this year. And Samsung? Let’s figure it out with the 48-inch model we tested this week.

About the curves HDTV

The characteristic peak of the H8000 series is of course the curvature of the screen, which alone accounts for 90% of the product design. The frame, in fact, is very thin along all edges of the screen and little can add to the impact of the final TV on an aesthetic level. In spite of this, the frame is finished in aluminum and is definitely elegant and well realizzata.questa week.

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Compared to the range Ultra HD what changes is in the first place the base, completely different and more similar to that of the lower models, although of course here is played to draw the curvature of the screen even on the visible part of the bracket. What we think is lacking, however, is a bit the feeling of a premium product, which should be the H8000 series, which represents the top with regard to the range full HD. Pulling out the TV from the carton, in fact, yes, we realize the lightness of the TV, but also how this is entirely made up of a plastic that gives a feeling of little strength, and especially not appropriate for the list price of the product.

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The second major difference compared to the curved Ultra HD TV, is that the H8000 does not have the electronics and connections housed on an external drive, but everything is integrated into the TV. The connections are standard and include 4 HDMI inputs, three USB ports, SCART (via supplied adapter), Component, LAN port. Note that the slot for common interface module is not built into the TV, but it consists of an accessory supplied and that connects to a specific port on the back, just above the slot for the Evoluito Kit, the exclusive form that allows you to upgrade the capabilities of the TV. Missing finally the integrated webcam for the functions of gesture control, but we find the dual tuner DVB-T2 and DVB-S2 dual tuner satellite.

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Included are more than two pairs of active 3D glasses, two remote controls. One is the Smart Control, remote control with gyroscope and microphone for voice recognition, ideal for navigating through the interactive capabilities of the TV and the various app. The other is the standard type controller, to tell the truth a little ‘small and very close together and keys for this somewhat impractical to use especially when you watch TV in darkened environment, but much more convenient Smart Control for the operations most commonly used.

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Included are two active 3D glasses and two remotes, traditional and Smart Control. The latter is similar to that provided on the top of the range Ultra HD Series HU8500.

Functionality to the top

On the side “smart” the H8000 series presents the Samsung Smart TV platform to its full with all the functionality that we also saw on the top of the range 4K. The core of it all is the Smart Hub, a very well built and sufficiently intuitive and logically divided into four main sections: games, suggested content, video on demand and playing media files from your home network or USB devices. In addition there is the wide range of apps that distinguishes the Samsung ecosystem and that is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive on the square. Here the operation is quite similar to what was seen on the model that we tried 55HU8500 time ago, test to which we refer, while below propose the video that illustrates all the main functionalities.

Same goes for the configuration menus, which have a graphical user interface is completely separate from that of the Smart Hub, and are virtually identical to those in the higher division. The image adjustments are complete and allow you to calibrate the white balance on a 10-step scale and customize the color space by acting on primary and secondary colors. To be picky just missing a control end of the range, but fortunately that there is more than enough to calibrate the TV to enjoy.

Good default calibration

The Samsung TV, once you have selected the profile “film”, has a default calibration pretty good. The various parameters are not 100% accurate but you can appreciate a good linearity of the scale of gray, white balance very close to the reference and a colorimetry after all quite accurate and error (deltaE) very small for virtually all colors primary and secondary and different levels of saturation. In particular, the color space is quite accurate, with some colors slightly supersaturated. By default, the range is also set to 2.2 (so perhaps counter-intuitive to increase the range necessary to lower the value of the special parameter in the menu).

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With the controls available, which include the ability to adjust the white balance on a 10-point scale, it is possible to calibrate perfectly the color temperature on the scale of gray, while the color space you can not act with the same precision that we had found on the top of the range, and indeed trying to put more in primary and secondary team, you end up getting a slightly higher deltaE and ultimately not necessarily a better calibration of the default. However, these are rather minor variations and hardly perceptible in normal vision, and we can feel the great Samsung TV from this point of view.

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The post calibration graphs were obtained as our usual aiming at a maximum brightness of 120 cd / m (which required lowering the backlight control to some point from the default) with a range of 2.4, Ideal settings for watching in a completely darkened. With these settings, we got an ANSI contrast ratio of 2300: 1, with a black level of about 0,051 cd / sqm. Curiously, the measured contrast ratio is far superior to what we got with the top model, although as we shall see in a moment the results then looking at the actual contents are not exactly the same. By activating the Game Mode, unfortunately hidden in a submenu of the general settings, the input lag observed was 41 ms.

Vision test

Some might think that the H8000 series is the equivalent of the top of the range full HD screen with curved Ultra HD, the HU8500. Unfortunately, although there are many points in common from the viewpoint of the yield of the images, there are also important differences. The most glaring is the decision not to implement this model on the local dimming, which weighs no more than a little on the overall quality offered by this TV. The black level is indeed higher than that calculated by the model Ultra HD, and in darker scenes the contrast suffers. But above all, without local dimming, emerge with more attention to the problems of uniformity of the LCD panel curved, which on HU8500 were just hidden by the good functioning of the dynamic backlight.

In bright scenes the yield is undoubtedly very good and striking definition and naturalness

In bright scenes the new Samsung TV gives definitely the best, with very detailed images, good color rendition and contrast persuasive. In such situations the video quality is very close to that of the top of the range Ultra HD. As with that model, in fact, while offering a detailed and at the same time soft and saturated colors and natural, in home theater viewing area feels a bit lack of brilliance, almost the picture was a bit too dark . In fact, especially compared to the Ultra HD model, the H8000 tends to close maybe a little too much on the low lights, regardless of the range (we did tests with both the range 2.2 to 2.4). Despite this, in brighter scenes we have very little to report, and the yield is undoubtedly very good and striking definition and naturalness, with the exception of non-uniform specimen.

where the benefits are further removed from the top of the range, it is less bright scenes

As we said at the beginning, where the benefits are further removed from the top of the range, it is less bright scenes. Here the lack of local dimming is felt with an image that loses a bit in contrast, dynamics and depth. Not that black is so high compared to other LCD seen recently, but certainly we are far from what we had seen from HU8500. The TV is equipped with a sort of “global dimming” that turns off the backlight in the case of signal completely black, the system that in some situations leads to a real blinking of the screen, having regard to the difference between the backlight on and off and can be distracting while watching, especially if this occurs in darkened environment. Even on H8000 find the Cinema Black feature that greatly helps to improve the performance even in the darkest scenes with the content in 2.35: 1 aspect ratio. With this function, the backlight turns off in the vicinity of the black stripes, improving the perceived contrast ratio. This feature is less precise than seen on the top of the range, as in darker scenes is known as the contour of the black stripes is rather “gradient” with diffuse brightness where there should be instead a contour net, but in most cases the effect is the right one.

enough to move even slightly in height or laterally, and the black level appears to be considerably higher

On copy arrived in the newsroom, we could notice a slight clouding (spots due to the irregularity in the backlight) come mainly from the corners of the screen. What we want to emphasize, however, as the yield on the low lights vary significantly as a function of our position relative to the screen. The best results are obtained when the line of our eyes is right in the middle of the screen. Just move even slightly in height and width and the black level is significantly higher and more washed out images. One aspect to be taken into account during installation to get the best out of this TV.

In terms of image definition, in general the performance is quite good even without resorting to the Clear Motion Rate technology, which incorporates interpolation of frames and blacklight and scanning that can also be customized by the user. Without moving the resolution CMR detected with special test pattern is around 300/400 TV lines, but increases significantly by activating any of the modalities of CMR. For non-fans of the effect “telenovela”, the best setting is the custom that allows you to completely disable interpolation and backlight scanning to rely exclusively. In this mode the Samsung TV is able to maintain practically unchanged the brightness of the screen to the cost of a slight flickering of the screen, but achieving the same level of detail that is had with the interpolation. Unfortunately, with this feature, smooth playback at 24 Hz mainly affected slightly.

the curvature of the screen gives no real advantage in terms of quality of vision

Excellent but the yield with 3D content, with bright images and especially a very precise three-dimensional effect on the contours, with crosstalking very limited and virtually absent in most situations. The only comment we can make is content playback at 24 Hz there seemed to be at 60 Hz judging from a certain lack of fluidity. Little to add on the other hand with regard to the normal TV channels: little detail and various artifacts are due to the quality of the programs that is what it is, and the Samsung TV does not do miracles in this sense, presenting an image very satisfying.

Finally, we emphasize that repeated several times by now. The curvature of the screen gives no real advantage in terms of quality of vision, much less with a 48-inch screen like the one on trial, that would mean so much to get closer to the screen to take advantage of the supposed benefits of the radius of curvature, and thus remains little more than a gimmick design.

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The H8000 series is not technically the top of the range of the catalog 2014 Samsung due to the presence of the Ultra HD models, but narrowing it down to only full HD TV that was expected of the best technology. In fact, Samsung has decided to focus mainly on the curved design neglecting the same local dimming technology used on the Ultra HD model and that really could make the difference between a good LCD and one excellent. The TV in the test is capable of giving images certainly worthy of note in bright scenes, but loses a bit in terms of contrast in dark areas. You save a corner with the film in 2.35:1 with “darkening” of the black bars, but it remains a bitter taste in the mouth as seen on HU8500, too bad.

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What we like :

– High-yield with bright scenes and contrasted
– Calibration “out of the box” with excellent profile of “film”
– Complete Smart TV platform

What we do not like :

– No local dimming
– Building a bit too “plasticky”
– You pay a premium price for the curvature