CNET First Look
Samsung's JS9500 is state of the LCD TV artSamsung's best TV yet is stylish, expensive and packed with the latest cutting-edge features to improve LCD picture quality. But can it compete against OLED?
Hello everyone, here's Samsung's best TV of the year. The JS9500 series, seen here in a smaller size of 65 inches, packs in all the company's best TV technology and delivers some of the most impressive images of any TV. That said, it's still not as good as OLED. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of the picture it's worth taking in the exterior of this expensive television. It's curved, like all of Samsung's best TVs these days, and unlike OLED models it's not available in a flat version. The curve doesn't have a major impact on picture quality, its main function is aesthetic, but even so I'm not a huge fan. I do like the [UNKNOWN] TV style however. The silver edge around the screen is angled back sharply like a picture frame. And the splayed leg stand complements the curve nicely. The JS 9500 is thicker than most LCD TVs these days, when seen from the side, but still keeps a sleek profile. Unlike most TVs that are separate box [UNKNOWN] the inputs connects to the TV via a single cable and can be upgraded in the future for new capabilities. The remote is simple, and incorporates both motion and voice control. The motion control works well to move around the smart TV system, and, in general, responsiveness is quick and app selection solid. Of course, you get 4K and even HDR capable versions that support these high end formats, including Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube. All that said, the main draw in a TV this expensive is picture quality, and the JS9500 mostly delivers. It brings an extremely deep black [UNKNOWN] gets brighter than just about anything [UNKNOWN] tested for superb contrast and pop. Color is accurate, and video processing is superb. It's not the best picture you can buy today, however. Compared to OLED TV screens From LG. This LCD TV from Samsung didn't deliver as deep a shade of black and the picture suffered more when seen from seats other than the one directly in front of TV set. Yes, the Samsung got brighter, but OLED is plenty bright enough for just about every room. Of course, the JS9500 is still a great high-end TV. And since it's available in even larger sizes than OLED at 78 and 88 inches, it remains very appealing if you happen to be lucky enough to be able to afford one.