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Samsung UN65HU9000 curved HDTV review: 65 inches of luscious; but LCD doesn't beat OLED

John Brandon | Jan. 5, 2015
This curvaceous Samsung looks great, and it's priced well for a 65-inch 4K TV. But OLED technology just looks better.

This could complicate matters if you're mounting the TV to the wall, as you'll also need to find space for the breakout box. The box has four HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB ports (there's a third on the TV itself), a coax connection for a cable TV or an over-the-air antenna, and a proprietary component video/analog audio connector. Samsung supports Miracast (but not WiDi) if you want to stream audio and video from a laptop PC.

3D TV might be dying on the vine, but the UN65HU9000 still supports the technology. As limited as 4K video material is today, there's even less 3D 4K video. Still, if you invested in a 3D Blu-ray player, Samsung has you covered (as long as you don't mind stepping down to 1080p resolution.

Samsung provides four pairs of its active-shutter glasses, which are more effective than the passive glasses LG and some other TV manufacturers are using. On the other hand, active-shutter glasses depend on batteries that might die in between the few times you actually want to watch 3D content.

No trouble with this curve
Samsung's suggested retail price for this TV is a stunning $6,000. That dropped to $4,500 when I started the review, but it fell to $4,000 by the time this review made it through my editor's hands. That's $500 more than LG's 55-inch model 55EC9300, but you're getting an additional 10 inches of display area, 4K resolution compared to 1080p, and active-shutter 3D glasses where LG uses passive technology. Having said that, I think the OLED technology LG has embraced is superior to the LCD tech in Samsung's panel.

In the end, if you have your heart set on a 65-inch, 4K display, I think the $4500 LCD Samsung UN65HU9000 is probably a better value than the $10000 OLED LG 65EC9700. But I'd encourage you to compare the two side by side in a showroom if you can, since I haven't personally evaluated the larger LG.


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