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Samsung MU8000 TV Picture Settings – RTINGS.com


Hi, I’m Daniel from Rtings.com In this video, we will go over how-to setup
and get the best picture for the Samsung MU8000 which is also equivalent to the MU7000 in
Europe. We will describe any adjustments you should make for different content, such as
movies, sports, gaming and HDR. The first thing to note is that all of the
inputs to the TV are located on an external one connect mini box. Unlike the Samsung QLED
TVs, this doesn’t require a secondary power connection, but it also isn’t in wall rated
which may cause cabling issues for some people. If you have a receiver or soundbar which supports
ARC to route the TVs sound through external speakers then you should connect it to HDMI
4. Other than this, the inputs are identical so connect your devices to any of them. Also
note that there is no support for older composite or component inputs on Samsung TVs with an
external One Connect or One Connect Mini box. When you connect an input, the TV will try to identify what it is and change to the appropriate
input icon and label. This usually works well, but if you’re using a PC and want to ensure
support for Chroma 4:4:4 then you can go to the ‘Home’ menu and press up on the HDMI
port to set the corresponding PC icon. This is the only icon which affects the picture
quality, the rest are all cosmetic. With your inputs setup, the next thing you want to do is adjust the bandwidth of the
HDMI port to use full HDMI 2.0 capabilities. This can be done either by going through ‘Settings’
->‘General’ ->‘External Device Manager’ ->‘HDMI UHD Color’ or by holding the
voice button on the remote and saying ‘HDMI UHD Color’. This voice option also works
well for all the settings and menus shown in the video. Adjusting this setting is only
required for high bandwidth devices such as HDR consoles or for PC use but only very rarely
causes incompatibility issues. In the same ‘External Device Manager’
menu is an option for ‘Game Mode’. You should enable this if you want the lowest
input lag for gaming, and it will disable some picture processing. You can still follow
the rest of this setting guide, but some options will be disabled.
If the HDMI Black Level setting is available then it should almost always be left at ‘Auto’.
This setting corresponds to the video range of the input device. A mismatch here will
result in crushed dark scenes or a raised black level and loss of contrast.
Now, we will go up a menu and into ‘Eco Solution’. Disable everything here to avoid
the brightness adjusting automatically, as it can be distracting.
Under ‘Picture’ adjust the ‘Picture Mode’. ‘Movie’ is the most accurate
picture mode and allows the most setting customization, so is the one we will use here.
The bulk of the picture settings lie in the ‘Expert Settings’ menu. To better understand
how they work, we will be showing measurements of our MU8000 which correspond to each of
the settings we go over. The ‘White Level’ measurement is the brightness of the screen
on a checkerboard pattern. Adjusting the ‘Backlight’ option will affect the overall screen brightness
without reducing the picture quality, so adjust this to suit your room and if you have a bright
room then set it to maximum. Also, for HDR content you should set the ‘Backlight’
to maximum to produce the most vivid highlights. The ‘Brightness’ slider works differently on 2017 Samsung TVs compared to previous years
and other manufacturers TVs. We can see the effect it has by measuring the ‘Gamma’
curve which shows the relationship between dark and bright areas. A high gamma value
results in deeper dark scenes and a lower value results in a brighter overall image.
The left hand side of the plot affects darker scenes, while the right hand side affects
bright scenes. For example, a high gamma value toward the left-hand side of the plot results
in deeper dark scenes but may result in loss if details in a bright room. Movies are mastered
to target a flat value of 2.2 across the range so this is what we aim for.
When the ‘Brightness’ setting is adjusted it affects the gamma in dark areas, rather
than raising the black level. You can increase the ‘Brightness’ to bring out dark scene
details or decrease it for a deeper image. We leave this to the default value of 0 as
it is closest to the reference target. The contrast option affects the brightness range of the display. This should be set as
high as possible without losing details in highlights. The default value of 95 is provides
a good brightness range, without loss of details. A sharpness setting of 0 results in no added sharpness. If you are watching lower quality
content and don’t mind sharpening artifacts then you can increase it slightly, but too
high values will result in excessive ringing around edges. To see the effect of the color setting we
will show measurements on a CIE diagram. The squares on the diagram show the target color
– which is what a calibrated display should achieve. The circles show our measurements
from this MU8000. Increasing the ‘Color’ results in a more saturated image, but results
in less accuracy and may cause saturated details to be clipped. Decreasing it too far results
in loss of vibrancy. The default value of 50 is best for an accurate image.
The ‘Tint’ setting adjusts the balance between Green and Red, which has the effect
of rotating colors on the CIE xy diagram as shown.
The default value with equal amounts of green and red is the most accurate. ‘Digital Clean View’ is a noise reduction
feature which clears up low quality content. Enable this for DVDs or cable. ‘Apply Picture Settings’ allows you to
change whether the picture adjustments are adjusted on an input-by-input basis or are
the same across all inputs of the TV. If you prefer a brighter image when gaming for example,
you can use different settings for a Blu-ray player and console. For most people it is
best to use the same settings for all inputs. The ‘Auto Motion Plus Settings’ menu is
for motion interpolation and image flicker options. To learn more about how these affect
the motion performance, see the videos linked in the description. These settings aren’t
available in game or PC mode, to avoid adding input lag. If you enjoy the soap opera effect
when watching movies or cable TV then select the ‘Custom’ option and increase ‘Judder
Reduction’ to 2 or 3. If you enjoy a strong soap opera effect and don’t mind too many
artifacts, then you can also increase ‘Blur Reduction’ to a similar value. For our calibration
we will leave both of these sliders on 0. ‘LED Clear Motion’ flickers the backlight to clear up motion. If you’re watching sports
or other fast motion then you can activate this, however the resulting flicker is distracting
to some people and it does decrease the overall screen brightness. ‘Local Dimming’ allows some areas of the
screen to dim and produce darker scenes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work well on the MU8000 and produces
blooming, so we recommend setting it to ‘Low’. It is not possible to disable on this TV. ‘Contrast Enhancer’ affects the relationship
between dark and bright areas of a scene. You should disable it if you want the most
accurate image. The ‘HDR+’ mode doesn’t enable HDR, but rather adjusts the settings to make SDR
content look HDR-like. It generally produces an overly saturated image as shown in the
xy plot. If you do prefer a more vivid image then you can activate it, but we don’t recommend
it if you’re trying to match the director’s intent.
‘Film Mode’ is only available with certain input signals, such as 1080i sources. If this
option is available and you’re watching a movie, such as from cable TV, then activate
this. To see the effect of the ‘Color Tone’
option we use the same plot. Setting the color tone to a cooler value results in the whole
image shifting towards blue. Warmer values look yellow or reddish. We calibrate to the
standard 6500K color temperature that movies are mastered at which corresponds to a value
of ‘Warm2’, but you can adjust this to your preference.
In the ‘White Balance’ menu are more advanced adjustments to the white point at different
brightness. These require measurement equipment to set accurately. You can find our values
in the review for reference, but we don’t recommend copying them as the best values
vary on a unit-by-unit basis. The ‘Gamma’ option will change automatically to the correct curve depending on the content
metadata. For Hybrid Log Gamma content this will default to HLG, for HDR10 or Dolby Vision
content it adjusts to ST. 2084 and for SDR content the correct value is BT. 1886. The
effect of the gamma slider can be measured with the same plot as before. Increasing the
value results in a lower gamma curve, which increases the overall brightness of the image
and brings out details in dark scenes. A lower value increases the curve and produces deeper
dark scenes, but may crush details in a bright room. You can increase the slider in a bright
room, but we use a value of 0 as it is closest to our 2.2 target. The ‘RGB Only’ setting filters the primary
colors of the image for calibration by eye. The ‘Color Space Settings’ affects the
target color space. The ‘Custom’ value allows for calibration of the color space,
but this requires measurement equipment and the best values change from unit to unit.
The ‘Native’ setting produces a more vivid image in SDR, but results in loss of accuracy.
For accurate colors leave this to ‘Auto’ for both SDR and HDR content.
So that’s it. You can find the screenshots of all the settings we recommend on our website
via the link below. And if you like this video, subscribe to our channel, or become a contributor,
and see you next time.

11 Comments

  1. HaNooo Author

    HDR is in the wrench icon for some reason. Also in their head to head with Sony….there is a cable management obtained by removing the panel on the back. Yes, none in the stand but, much more on the back by having a fully removable panel.

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