Samsung UN65JS9500FXZA LCD Ultra HDTV Review Settings

Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are provided only as a potentially useful starting place.

All the settings here are for controls found in the user menus, and (except as noted) for non-HDR source material. Those settings most likely to translate reliably from one sample to another involve specific features with only a few selections, such as Gamma and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of adjustment, such as white balance (grayscale) and color management (where available). It’s also unknown if different sized sets in a manufacturer’s same model range will perform optimally with these settings.

We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample by using one of the many available display setup DVDs, such as Digital Video Essentials (DVD) or DVE HD Basics (Blu-ray). These will help you to set the basic controls correctly—Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, and sometimes Color and Tint. Experimenting with the more complex color calibration and other controls in the user menus will do no harm; the changes may be easily reset. But tuning a set "by eye" with such controls is a hopeless task and no substitute for a full calibration, which is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.

Advanced SettingsPicture Options
Picture Mode Movie
Backlight 7
Contrast 62
Brightness 45
Sharpness 30-35
Color 50
Tint G50/R50
Picture Size Auto
Dynamic Contrast Off
Black Tone Off
Flesh Tone 0
RGB Only Off
Color Space Custom (see below)
2p White Balance (see below)
10p White Balance N/A
Gamma -3
Color Tone Warm2
Digital Clean View Off
MPEG Noise Reduction Off
HDMI Black Level N/A
HDMI UHD Color Off
Film Mode N/A
Auto Motion Plus Off
Smart LED High
Custom Color Space
2-Point White Balance

The following settings were used for HDR. Be aware that these were performed subjectively, since the calibration paradigms for HDR, not to mention appropriate test patterns and perhaps additional test equipment, are not yet available outside of industry labs. They may also be appropriate only for the grading used to produce the severely limited HDR material made available to us.

Backlight 14
Contrast 87
Brightness 47
Sharpness 43
Color 55
Tint G50-R50
Dynamic Contrast Low
Color Space Auto
White Balance
2-Point As above
10-Point Off
Color Space Auto
Gamma 0
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trynberg's picture

Hi Tom, thanks for the excellent review as always. In your opinion, does the curved screen exacerbate the off-angle viewing problems? Did you experience any other positive or negative effects of the curved screen?


johnboy's picture

GREAT REVIEW! My understanding from Samsung is that if you set the COLOR SPACE setting to "native", then all non-HDR content displayed will be upscaled to high dynamic range, i.e., the wider color gamut. You seemed to recommend doing that but then you don't! What's your experience if i set my COLOR SPACE to "native" for all content? Thanks

johnboy's picture

I'm considering purchasing a Samsung BD-J7500 3D 4K upscaling Blu-Ray Player to integrate with my Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV. Is it better that the TV do upscaling to 4K for DVD's & Blu-Ray discs, or the Blu-ray Player? Or is it best that both devices perform the upscaling concurrently as i don't believe you can defeat the 4K upscaling feature on the TV? If the TV is best on its own to perform upscaling, then can the 4K upscaling feature on this Blu-Ray player be defeated? Thanks again.

mars2k's picture

Curved screen = marketing gimmick = extra cost = no thank you