Wed also recommend making sure the sharpness setting when watching HD or UHD is set at its 35-40 level, as going higher than that can make images look noisy. Sharpness levels are also too aggressive with some presets too.One last key feature to cover here is the TVs support of the active 3D system. SEE ALSO: Best 4K TVsThe network connections enable DLNA streaming from compatible network devices, as well, of course, as letting you get online with Samsungs latest Smart TV system. Sources which, for now at least, basically comprise just Netflix.
The Quad Core rather than Quad Core processing engine will likely also slightly impact picture quality since it means the HU7500 doesnt have as much horsepower at its disposal with which to calculate image improvements on the fly.Theres a big difference between the UE55HU7500 and the HU8500 series on the connectivity front.Wed recommend using the Smart LED local dimming system on its low setting, but youll get the cleanest pictures if you turn off all noise reduction when watching native UHD and even native HD material. Namely that the HU7500s connections are built into the TV rather than an external connections unit.
For starters the UE55HU7500 doesnt boast the PurColour technology of the HU8500s, meaning its panel cant deliver such a wide colour gamut.For now the UE55HU7500 carries four of the new HDMI 2. Though also the UE55HU7500 does only cost 2300 versus the the 2700 youll need for the 55-inch HU8500. The lack of in-built camera also means theres no support out of the box for Samsungs face recognition or motion control technologies.
What there is of the bezel is attractively finished too, and the sets all-round build quality is robust. Were also fans of the heavy duty wing-style desktop stand, which resembles the one tucked under the HU8500 except that it runs straight, in line with its flat screen, rather than bending to follow the curve of the flagship models screen. It cuts back on the spec in a few places – perhaps as part of Samsungs strategy to lure you towards its curved sets. Certainly if youre watching in a fairly dark room environment you should look to reduce the backlight setting to around its 7 or 8 level.
The UE55HU7500 is the second UHD TV weve seen from Samsungs 2014 TV range, differing from the first one, the Samsung UE65HU8500, in one glaringly obvious way: its not curved.Samsung UE55HU7500: Design and FeaturesWhile the UE55HU7500s flat screen lacks the drama, flare and eye-catching originality of the curved HU8500 models, its still a very attractive hunk of cutting-edge AV.2 copy projection and, crucially, built-in HEVC decoding so that you can watch streamed 4K sources.Then, of course, there are the differences in your viewing experience caused by shifting from a curved to flat screen.
So if curves dont do it for you, the HU7500 range is Samsungs highest-specced mainstream UHD TV option for 2014.One final recommendation wed make is that you choose Custom for the motion processing system, and set the judder and blur components both to 3.SEE ALSO: Samsung UE55H8000 ReviewThe main problem with the presets is that they push the backlight setting too hard, reducing black level response and causing some colours to look over-bright. Its One Connect Ready, which means it carries the necessary port to add future external Samsung connections boxes should UHD/4Ks evolution ultimately lead to the introduction of a new connection standard above HDMI 2.
However, this does not mean the UE55HU7500 denies you the full hardware upgrade route of the HU8500 series.Looking at slightly more mundane connectivity options, you get three USBs, both LAN and Wi-Fi network connections, and satellite and RF tuner connections to support the fact that the UE55HU7500 carries both Freesat and Freeview tuners. This reduces judder without leaving the image looking overly processed. House of Cards and Breaking Bad are now available for 4K streaming on Netflix for people with broadband speeds in excess of 15Mbps.
This will, well find, lead to the most significant reduction in the HU7500s performance versus its curved sibling. And actually, we do strongly recommend you take the time to familiarise yourself with them, given that none of Samsungs four picture presets are especially helpful. The UE55HU7500 ticks a couple of other key UHD boxes by supporting both HDCP 2. Suffice it to say that its outstanding on the content and feature fronts – especially with its carriage of all the UKs main broadcast catch-up channels and sophisticated recommendations engine – but isnt as easy to learn your way round as it should be.
Colour management, gamma controls, white balance fine tuning, multiple levels for all the many processing, lighting and motion control options – theyre all present and correct. But it still runs pretty quickly considering how much its got going on. When it comes to the dynamic contrast system, either leave it turned off the native panel contrast is strong enough to support this or else if you like the bit of extra contrast punch it delivers, only leave it on its Low level, for anything higher leads to some distracting brightness leaps as the system keeps correcting itself to compensate for changes in the source material.0.
0 ports, making it compatible with native UHD material streamed in at frame rates of 50/60Hz with 12-bit colour rather than the 8-bit colour limit you get with HDMI 1. And actually, the HU7500 series use of local dimming makes it easier for images to still look punchy even with the brightness set quite low. This applies to both its bezel which is under 8mm wide around three of its edges and its rear, which is one of the trimmest weve seen in a long while. This is backed up by the provision of two pairs of free shuttering-type 3D glasses, and since it uses the active system youll get a full resolution 3D image rather than the reduced resolution image associated with the rival passive 3D option.
SEE ALSO: Sony KDL-65X9005B ReviewIts motion processing is also a little less powerful, delivering 1000CMR Clear Motion Rate – Samsungs name for its Hz-simulating combination of a native 200Hz panel, scanning backlight, and frame interpolation technology versus 1200CMR on the HU8500. This does take quite a bit of brightness out of the image, but the benefits make the brightness sacrifice worthwhile.The UE55HU7500 isnt simply a flat version of the HU8500 where its picture specifications are concerned either.One other smart feature difference between the HU8500 and HU7500 aside from the reduced processing power is that the HU7500 doesnt have a built-in camera, so is only Skype ready with the addition of an optional extra USB camera rather than ready to establish visual contact with friends and family right out of the box.
Achieving these recommended settings is reasonably straightforward via Samsungs picture menus, though it might be nice if one day Samsung tried to introduce some sort of picture set up wizard.The smart system is driven by a mere Quad Core processing engine rather than the Quad Core system sported by the HU8500, meaning its got a fair chunk less processing power to work with. In fact theres even a new HDMI UHD Colour menu option that optimises the screens performance for 50/60Hz signals with 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 chroma subsampling.4 ports.
Actually, calling it a hunk is unfair, for the most striking thing about its design is its slimness. So those adjustments may not be quite as accurate or free of processing side effects.Samsung UE55HU7500: Set UpDespite not feeling inclined to follow Korean rival LG and sign up with the Imaging Science Foundation ISF, Samsung has equipped the UE55HU7500 with more than enough picture adjustments to do a high-level calibration if thats your wish. Given these differences are more extensive and complex than you might think, we refer you to our Curved TV: Pros and Cons feature on the subject rather than getting bogged down in it again here.
Weve covered this system in our Samsung Smart TV 2014 review, so theres no need for us to enter into much detail here. The HU7500 joins the HU8500 in offering local dimming, but over fewer zones than the flagship model and it’s not ‘hardware driven’. Finally thank you for reading!