Samsung KS8000 Review: Is This Smart Television Worth Buying?

No home entertainment and communications center is complete today without a massive, high-definition, smart television. 

With the tremendous developments in technology that include streaming video, downloaded HD movies, and floor-shaking integrated sound systems, your TV is so much more than just a source for viewing local broadcasts or catching up on the news.

Samsung has long been a leading player in the development of television technology, and the KS8000 is certainly a demonstration of their expertise in the industry.

Samsung KS8000 Features

Samsung KS8000 Features

Samsung KS8000 models offer all the features that bring life-like color and sound into your living room, family room, or office (yes, that applies to those man caves, as well).

Samsung takes the next step in TV design with SUHD (the UHD stands for Ultra High Definition, meaning 4K) that provides 64X the color range of their conventional models, made possible through Eco-Friendly Quantum Dot technology.

KS8000 Smart TVs offer you maximum enjoyment for your gaming, movies, and viewing sessions.

  • A new level of brightness with HDR 1000 that reveals the smallest details in every scene
  • Low reflection providing the clearest views available in a 4K flat smart TV, with Ultra Black technology that that employs Samsung Nano-scaled patterns to reduce reflections even in the brightest room
  • Richer shades and colors
  • Enhanced contrast with Precision Black technology for vivid presentation, incorporating backlighting of edge LEDs

Base features:

  • Digital ATSC, QAM tuner
  • Smart Hub to easily control all your devices
  • UHD Dimming technology to provide optimum contrast and sharpness to images
  • UHD engine automatically transforms lower-resolution images into near-UHD picture quality, to bring new premium
  • Multi-Link Screen feature – surf the web, use apps, and much more, while still watching TV
  • Tizen Smart TV system for fast access to apps, optimized TV viewing, and faster boot times
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • One Connect interface to connect all your devices to a single point

Audio Capabilities:

  • DTS Premium Sound 5.1 with digital output and Dolby Digital Plus Output
  • Full Surround Sound Mode
  • 40 Watts of power through 2 main channel built-in speakers (10 watts) and 2 built-in woofers (10 watts)

On-screen video features include:

  • Digital Electronic Program Guide
  • Parental Channel Lock
  • Closed Captioning Capability
  • Display languages – English, Spanish, and French

KS8000 Specifications

Specifications

Samsung’s KS8000 specifications include:

  • Weight – 38.4 lbs.
  • Dimensions – 52” wide x 5.3” deep x 31.8” high (28” without stand)
  • 240 Hz Motion Rate, with Samsung’s Motion Enhancement Technology
  • V-Chip Control
  • Energy Star Qualified, uses 120VAC (60 Hz), operating at 112 kWh, standby consumption .3 watts
  • Screen diagonal size – 54.6” (55” class)
  • 16:9 Image Aspect Ratio
  • Certified as Ultra HD Premium
  • SUHD Remastering Engine
  • HDR10 Compatibility
  • HDMI, Composite, Component, video interface (4 HDMI inputs)
  • 3 USB Ports
  • Ethernet connectivity
  • RF Input (Ground/Cable)
  • Instant On / Auto Off
  • Samsung TM1680A One Remote control (included), to control all your devices
  • Video cables are included
  • Connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LAN
  • Table-top stand included
  • Can be mounted with flat panel 400 x 400 mm interface

What Do Owners Think?

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Some of your best guidance in selecting a smart TV comes from those who have already made purchases and lived with the product for a while. Here are what some consumers have to say:

  • “The Samsung KS8000 is probably one of the best 4K TVs with a good picture that’s still affordable. The best 4K LED would be the Sony Z9D, with the X940D (X930D) with a close second and OLED naturally being the best overall.

The Samsung KS8000 has a lot of high-end features, with a great picture and a sleek high end design to back it up. I’ll start on the picture quality, and it’s excellent. Even in a dark rooms, the KS8000 is able to produce dark scenes richly detailed that blow a lot of LEDs out of the water. Colorful scenes like cartoons for an example, pop off the screen and this is due to the KS8000 being a Quantum Dot display which comes with a Wide Color Gamut.”

  • “Overall, I think this gives a beautiful picture no matter what is on the screen, whites are bright and blacks are black, and every color in-between is gorgeous. And Game mode works great for video games, I don’t notice any lag whatsoever, on Game Mode it’s supposedly around 20ms. Just make sure you adjust all the picture settings again for Game mode because it initially makes the picture look super bright and grainy. All the settings I described above work in Game mode and looks pretty much identical to Movie mode.

Sound:
I expected such a thin TV to have terrible sound, but on the movie setting, this thing puts out some really surprisingly full sound with good bass. I normally watch stuff on only volume level 10-15 and it fills the room, I think if I went past 20 my neighbors would be complaining. Now people who are used to high-quality surround sound aren’t going to be impressed but if you are used to TV speakers, I don’t think you’ll have any complaints with this. Just make sure to use the Movie sound setting, standard sounds kind of dull.

Overall design:
This TV looks beautiful. Even the delivery guys that set it up asked me what kind of TV it was because they were amazed at how good it looks and how thin it is. From the side, the TV practically disappears. The only issue I could see is if you have limited space, the stands are about 4 feet apart on the 55″, so you need quite a long TV stand if you aren’t mounting it.”

  • “I placed the order for our HDTV on December 8th with a delivery date of December 23rd. We were very happy to have the delivery date on the 19th of December. Very pleased it arrived much earlier than scheduled.

The Samsung KS8000 is a beautiful HDTV with a thin frame that appears to look like chrome and is shiny in appearance. I settled on purchasing this TV because it’s a Flat 4K SUHD TV with Quantum Dot Color Drive (and several other features). Fires off a billion more colors than HD TVs according to its specifications. After seeing it for the first time I knew I had made a good decision to purchase this model.”

But is everyone happy with the KS8000?

Well, even Samsung can’t please all consumers.

  • “Overall this is a fantastic TV. I am docking it two stars because an update to the TV requires you to opt in to advertisements or else all smart TV functions are disabled. For a premium priced TV consumers should not have to view advertisements to unlock all features of the product that purchased. If this “feature” isn’t addressed, this will be the last Samsung TV I purchase.”
  • “It is a really nice looking TV with a great picture quality. I would give 5 Stars but the latest firmware update ruins the whole thing. I don’t wanna be forced to see ads in the menu bar especially not when I refuse to the policy. I hope they are going to change this back again because I think this is a no go.”

Over-all opinion – 70% of customers rated the KS8000 at 4 or 5 stars (out of a possible 5), with a summarized rating of 4.1 stars.

Another useful resource for prospective and current owners is the owner forums on the web.

What Do The Pros Say?

There are also consumer reports and technical Samsung KS8000 reviews that can further guide your purchasing direction:

CNET offers their rating of the KS8000 at 7.5 (on a scale of 1-10). Issues pointed out by CNET include better picture quality for the money from competitors, lack of 3D support, and a lack of analog inputs.

Tom’s Guide similarly rates the KS8000 at 7 out of 10 (rated as “very good”), citing accurate colors and sleek styling, but “lackluster black levels” and the awkward connector box provided.


Comparing The KS8000 To The Competition

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Certainly the KS8000 has numerous competitors on the market today. While some are rated as having better overall picture quality and/or better range of viewing angles, some of those advantages come with higher prices.

Some of the available units worth researching and comparing when you’re considering the KS8000 include models from other leading manufacturers such as Sony, LG, and TCL.

  • LG 55UK7700PUD – 55” class 4K HDR Smart LED TV
  • TCL 55R617 – 55” 4K Smart LED TV – 4K Ultra HD
  • Sony XBR-55X900E – 55” Smart TV – 4K HDR Ultra HD

You may also want to consider alternatives to LED such as OLED/QLED models that typically rate higher in picture quality and viewing angle, although at a higher cost.

  • LG OLED55C8PUA – 2018 55” model 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
  • Samsung QN55Q6F – 2018 model 55” 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV
  • Sony XBR55A1E – 2017 model –  55” Bravia OLED TV – 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

When comparing OLED models from various manufacturers, keep in mind that LG produces the display panels for most of the brands including Philips, Sony, and Panasonic.

QLED is Samsung’s answer to OLED technology, representing Quantum Dot LED. QLED technology and the term itself is replacing Samsung’s prior SUHD name. OLED and QLED are not the same technology, making side-by-side comparison a worthwhile step, before making your investment.

Samsung KS8000 – Easy To Use


Samsung UN65KS8000 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

  • The Premium Flat 4K SUHD Picture with Quantum Dot Color Drive. Fires off a billion more colors than HD TVs for a life…
  • More than just pitch black, get the best shades of black with Triple Black Technology. Never miss a detail in the dark
  • HDR 1000 mirrors the high contrast and vividness the way movie makers intended

Are you one of many individuals who are intimidated by new technology?

There’s no need to worry with the KS8000.

Just turn it on, and everything you need is right on the screen.

This set is ideal even for those consumers who just want a high-quality large-screen television, and may have no need for the advanced technology of video streaming, internet gaming, or connecting laptops or cell phones via Wi-Fi. Samsung has made it simple to set up and use the KS8000, even for non-technicians.  

For those who want games, broadcast TV, streaming movies, it’s as easy and intuitive as changing a channel with your Samsung remote.

Your One Remote controls all connected devices easily and efficiently.

Do you want to share your images from other personal devices on your KS8000 SUHD set? That’s easy with the Samsung Smart View app. Load pictures, music, and video from your personal computer or mobile device to the KS8000 for eye-popping presentation and Samsung-quality audio.

Samsung’s wireless LAN gets you connected to the internet quickly without the tangle and mess of cables. The power of the KS8000’s Quad Core Processor gives you the performance you expect from Samsung’s expertise in technology.

With multiple HDMI and USB ports available, connecting your devices and sharing content on the big screen could not be simpler. Plug in your USB or HDD device, or connect your game system, and you’re ready to go. Many formats are supported, including AVI, ASF, JPEG, MP3, and more.

Should You Buy The Samsung KS8000?

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​Samsung KS8000 smart televisions bring your videos, movies, and television programs to life with bright colors, low reflections, and jaw-dropping resolution.

In fact, the SUHD engine automatically remasters non-SUHD content to present it on your display as close to actual SUHD quality as possible.

But when it comes time to make your purchase, there are several prime factors in your decision:

  • Price – range of quality and features certainly deviates greatly with the price you’ll pay.
  • Picture quality – this is obviously one of your most important considerations.
  • Intended use – placement of your smart TV may be a key issue – bright room, large room with varied seating, high gaming use, etc.
  • Devices to be connected – make sure any speaker systems, game units, or players are supported.

Samsung’s KS8000 Smart TV is a very affordable, high-quality entertainment machine, packed with features desired by most consumers:

  • Brilliant 55” SUHD display
  • Ease of setup and use
  • Connectivity to internet and many types of devices
  • High-quality audio – even without additional external sound sources

After you’ve determined what you expect from your new smart TV and compared functions and capabilities, make your selection and enjoy the amazing technical features of your purchase.

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Paul

Digital Poet at BurnWorld Inc.

I am the Team Leader here at BurnWorld. I am an audio/video enthusiast and have been in this industry for over 10 years. I love testing DVD/Blu-Ray and Video software.


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