Samsung UE55JS9000 - 3D, Sound and Conclusions

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Samsung UE55JS9000 – 3D Picture Quality

Samsung continues to show the rest of the 3D world – or, at least, the active 3D world – how it’s done. Using the active rather than passive 3D engine means the UE55JS9000’s 3D images are upscaled to UHD resolution, resulting in 3D worlds of exceptional detail and texture in which it’s easy to become immersed.

The screen’s outstanding dynamism, contrast and colour performance also prove successful in combatting the inevitable dimming effect caused by having to wear active-shutter glasses.

What’s more, this exceptional brightness is achieved while generating relatively minimal amounts of crosstalk ghosting noise by active 3D standards.
Samsung UE55JS9000
Finally, the UE55JS9000’s outstanding contrast performance helps it to produce a truly excellent sense of space in the 3D frame, even in dark scenes that often end up looking flat on other active 3D TVs.

Samsung UE55JS9000 – Sound Quality

The UE55JS9000 sounds decent enough. For a TV with no forward-firing speakers it achieves good volume levels and a reasonably large soundscape, without distorting or sounding muffled. There’s a reasonable amount of detail in the audio presentation too, and the speaker configuration even has a crack at injecting a little bass into proceedings.

At the same time, though, the UE55JS9000’s audio efforts aren’t a rival for the class-leading sound performance you get from the massive forward-facing, magnetic fluid speakers built into Sony’s X94 and X93 UHD TVs.

Other Things to Consider

The UE55JS9000 is a superb gaming screen. Its super-bright, ultra-crisp, contrast-rich and boldly coloured images feeling tailor-made to get the best out of typical video game graphics. Plus, we measured its input lag – the time it takes to render images after receiving image data at its inputs – to be comfortably under 30ms. This is a truly outstanding result for a UHD TV.

Should I buy a Samsung UE55JS9000?

If you want a TV that combines genuinely stellar UHD picture quality with a unique degree of future-proofing – through its swappable One Connect box and currently exclusive (to Samsung) HDR playback – then the UE55JS9000 ticks all the boxes. Its smart system is pretty decent too, and it looks a million dollars in its shiny, curved body.
Samsung UE55JS9000
The UE55JS9000’s talents don’t come cheap, however, making us wonder if a flat version of the same set might have been more affordable.

Other flat-screen 4K UHD options to consider if you’re not attracted by the Samsung’s HDR-friendly picture characteristics and future-proofing features would be the Panasonic TX-55CX802 and, if you’re wanting to save significant cash, the Sony KD-55X8505C.

If money is no object then consider stepping up to the JS9500 series, since this range delivers even more ground-breaking dynamic picture quality thanks to its direct LED lighting engine.

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Verdict

With its upgradable features and connections, stellar image quality and compatibility with both HDR and UHD pictures, the UE55JS9000 is an outstanding TV for those with deep enough pockets – and a living room setup that won’t often find people having to watch it from a wider angle.

Score in detail

  • 3D Quality 9
  • Value 7
  • Smart TV 8
  • Design 9
  • 2D Quality 9

Features

Size (Inch) 55in
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 3840 x 2160
Full HD 1080p Yes (actually 4K)
Digital Tuner Yes
Freeview HD Yes
Freesat HD Yes
3D Ready Yes (though no glasses included)
Refresh Rate (Hertz) 2000 'PQI'Hz

Connectivity

HDMI 4
Component 1
Composite 1
Scart 1 (RGB)
Digital Audio Out Yes (optical)
Headphone 1
Ethernet Yes
WiFi Yes (built in)

Physical Specifications

Height (Millimeter) 714mm
Width (Millimeter) 1249mm
Depth (Millimeter) 91mm
Weight (Gram) 21500g
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