What Hi-Fi? Awards 2016 winner: Samsung UE65KS9000 TV


samsung_bb_tv65_samsungSamsung’s 65″ Ultra HD Premium KS9000 is here and it’s beautiful, but is it a contender to surpass the highly rated Sony XD9405 or Panasonic’s DX902?

Samsung’s flagship edge-lit, Quantum dot, SUHD HDR TV is fully Smart, but doesn’t include 3D. It’s an all singing, all dancing powerhouse of a screen available in 49″, 55″ and 65″ and offers you a truly incredible at-home cinema experience that will leave you debating whether or not it’s worth taking advantage of a sunny day, or closing the curtains and binge watching your entire Blu-ray collection.

After we unboxed and faffed about with Samsung’s stand, we took a step back to have a good look and it’s clear to see how much thought process has been put into the exterior design of this TV. As with the rest of KS range, Samsung has introduced a “360-degree” design, meaning it’s just as pretty to look at from the back as it is from the front. Why, I hear you ask? I guess at the end of the day, it’s as much a piece of furniture as anything else in your living room.  We also have Samsung’s “bezel-less” design, which is almost true… and let’s not forget the wonderful curve, which offers you enhanced depth with Samsung’s auto depth enhancer.


The KS range of Samsung TVs looks just as good from the back as they do from the front

As I mentioned above, initially building on the stand was a little fussy, but once it all clicked into place and we got the KS9000 up and running, the set-up couldn’t have been easier. Samsung give you a helping hand through the whole set-up process, so you can have it up and running in no time at all.

Jumping straight into it, let’s discuss the picture. The first thing I did was grab hold of Samsung’s UHD Blu-ray player, the UBDK8500, and popped in our copy of San Andreas. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s a great film, but there’s plenty of well-lit daytime scenes that are a good test of how well a unit can handle colour, skin tones, and a perfect opportunity to see HDR in all its glory. As you can imagine, I was very, very impressed. After spending some time with the KS9000’s brother, the KS7500, I was pretty confident that the increased ability to handle motion won’t make a huge difference, nor will the upscaling capabilities, but there are very subtle differences that if you’re after the best, will soon become obvious.

As I’m sure many of you are aware what’s available in 4K, but the majority of us, still use good old fashioned Full HD Blu-ray. It only seems fair that I comment on the KS9000’s ability to handle it. I stuck a copy of Travis Rice: The Art Of Flight into our Cambridge Audio CXU Blu-ray player.  I opted for a documentary style of film that doesn’t quite have Hollywood money to cover its mistakes, to maybe try and trick the TV. I was not disappointed and as far as I was concerned, I may as well have been watching Ultra HD. It was truly and utterly, the best 1080p picture you could wish for. Anyone who is on the fence about 4K, thinking you’re wasting your money by not having Netflix, Amazon or BT sports, let me tell you that you’re not. If you want the best you can possibly get from your existing collection of Blu-ray movies, then the KS9000 can and will give you exactly that.


Samsung has introduced a whole new Smart platform this year, and it’s their best yet, they have trimmed away a lot of the fat and left us with the good stuff. It’s easier than ever to use and has endless amounts of useful apps, from Netflix or Amazon, to Dog TV….

If you’re after an incredible television that can breathe a new lease of life into your existing collection of movies, then the Samsung KS9000 range should be right at the top of your wish list. Pop into any of our stores armed with your favourite film we will more than happily demo it for you, and we’ll even offer you a coffee.

To find out more about the Samsung UE65KS9000, click here.


Author: Garrett, Plymouth store