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Samsung UE48JU7000 review

 Review: June 2015  
 

Last updated August 2015

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The UE48JU7000 is one of the best Samsung TVs we've reviewed in 2015. Picture quality is close to perfection, and audio quality is above average too. The design is subtle and under-stated, and it's hard to find anything wrong, other than the relatively high price. To get better than this you'd have to spend silly amounts of money.



 

Introduction

If you want to reach beyond the limitations of Samsung's Series 6 TVs, you're heading into expensive waters. The Samsung 48JU7000 (also referred to as the Samsung UE48JU7000T) is probably the only affordable option, but even so, it's very costly compared with most TVs. Is it worth the money?

Design & looks

This 7 Series TV exudes an air of quiet sophistication. It's not one of Samsung's curved screen models, nor does it try to wow with an attention-grabbing finish. Instead, it's quietly discreet, with a narrow charcoal bezel with a chamfered design. A slim metallic T-stand complements the screen nicely, and feels solid and robust despite its slimness. It's a look that will fit nicely with any modern decor.

The TV comes with a handy smart remote, designed to make it easy to navigate the Smart TV menus and apps. There are no 3D glasses included though, despite this being a 3D compatible TV.

The screen is relatively power hungry for an LED TV, despite its nominal A rating for energy efficiency. UHD consumes more energy than Full HD, and the sophisticated backlighting of the 7 Series also demands more power. At full power, this TV will consume up to 198W - more than many plasma screens of the same size!

Picture quality

We're pleased with the flat screen of this model, as the curved designs don't really make a lot of sense unless you're talking seriously big screens - 55 inches or more. UHD (4K) makes much more sense however. At a screen size of 48 inches you'll appreciate the difference - if you can source UHD content. This is very scarce at present, but if you're spending this kind of money on a TV, it definitely makes sense to opt for UHD.

The JU7000 has a PQI (Picture Quality Index) of 1300, placing it slightly above the 1200 of the best of the Series 6 models. The PQI is Samsung's new way of rating overall picture quality, and it's meant to indicate that you get a better viewing experience with this Series 7 TV - although not by a long way, if you believe in PQI ratings (at S21 we're rather sceptical.)

Having said that, we're very impressed by the performance of the JUJ7000. It's noticeably a step up from the 6 Series models. The JU7000 features an Ultra Clear Pro Panel and Precision dimming, and both features lead to a marked improvement in picture quality.

First off, images are exceptionally bright and vivid, while still retaining good colour accuracy, due in part to the new Peak Illuminator feature. Black levels, meanwhile, are impressively dark - almost eerily so. The pseudo-local dimming of the direct LED backlighting enables high levels of dynamic contrast, even though this TV lacks the new HDR feature of Samsung's flagship models. It's truly impressive.

Motion processing is generally good, although rapid movement can occasionally lead to blurring and judder. It's not a major factor, however, and only the eagle-eyed will spot it.

For gamers, input lag in Game mode is very low.

One other thing that we noticed is that viewing angles are wider than this year's Series 6 models, meaning that even if you're not viewing the screen from directly in front, you'll still enjoy the high levels of contrast and colour accuracy that we've praised.

It's an all-round impressive performance. If we have to find a nit to pick, we'll mention the slightly reflective nature of the screen, and advise you to position your room lights to avoid any unwanted glare.

3D

In contrast to cheaper Samsung models, this is a 3D-Ready TV, although it doesn't ship with any 3D glasses.

3D performance is very impressive. There's no UHD in 3D, but the active 3D system upscales HD content to the high resolution screen well, and can also convert 2D to 3D, with perhaps less success. 3D performance is excellent, helped by the bright backlighting, and with minimal 3D crosstalk in evidence.

Audio quality

Audio quality is also a step up from the Series 6. Instead of twin stereo speakers, the JU7000 uses a single integrated downfiring speaker. Although the overall power is unchanged at 20W RMS, there's a feeling of more bass from this system, with a quiet rumble in evidence during action scenes. Dialogue comes across as richer and fuller too.

Smart TV

Samsung's Smart TV system has been overhauled for 2015, and is now based on the open-source Tizen operating system. The new system is nicely integrated into the TV's operation, and lets you select apps and input sources with ease.

You'll find streaming services Netflix and Amazon, as well as catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5. Other apps include YouTube, a web browser, games, Skype, Facebook and Twitter.

Be aware though that not all of these services/apps are yet available. Samsung says that they will be coming shortly.

The JU7000 uses a fast quad-core processor for a quick, smooth response. It also benefits from the inclusion of a dedicated Smart remote control, making the menu and apps very easy to drive. The Smart remote includes voice control too.

Connectivity

The TV comes with a generous 4 HDMI ports (including ARC and MHL compatibility), 3 USBs, an optical audio output, plus composite and component inputs, and a headphone jack, but no SCART. Smart TV access is provided by built-in Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection.

The Series 7 also comes with the benefit of twin Freeview and Freesat HD tuners. This gives you the option to watch one channel while recording another, if you use the TV's built-in recording feature rather than a separate PVR. A 7-day electronic programme guide lets you select your viewing.

The TV also supports DLNA, and screen mirroring for compatible smartphones and tablets.

Conclusion - worth the extra if your budget will stretch

At S21 we want to save you money and find you the best deals. We don't want you to fall for the manufacturers' latest hype and waste your money on features you don't need. That's why we don't review the flagship TVs with their silly asking prices. So it might come as a surprise that we rate the UE48JU7000 rather highly. We're awarding it 4 stars and an "excellent" rating, even though it's priced at far more than most 48-inch TVs on sale. Indeed, at £1400, it's the most expensive sub-50-inch TV we've reviewed so far in 2015.

Why? Lots of reasons, but mainly picture quality. There really is a difference between this and the cheaper Series 6 models. If you can, go to a shop that has decent quality demonstrations available, and compare them side by side. The JU7000 is one of the best pictures you'll see unless you're willing to take out a second mortgage. The combination of UHD, direct LED backlighting, Ultra Clear Pro Panel, Precision dimming and the basic quality of Samsung's LCD panels work together in perfect harmony here.

What else makes this TV worth the money? The design scores high marks. The audio is better than most TVs. The addition of dual Freeview/Freesat tuners may be a benefit for some viewers. The 3D will have appeal for some.

Basically, the Series 7 is the full package. It's the only Samsung TV we've tested so far in 2015 that hasn't left us wanting more.

For a slightly cheaper alternative, check out the superb Panasonic Viera TX-50CX700B too.


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UE50H6400 or UE48JU7000 ? Which one is better?

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I know the 2nd one is 4K, but I read it's better to have a good full hd than average 4k. Please help! Thanks in advance.

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Reviewed by Len Burns from UK on 10th Aug 2015
Simply magic! Watching football matches it is so realistic you duck when the ball comes your way!

Glad I bought one.
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Reviewed by Annette Handford from United Kingdom on 8th Aug 2015
Nice TV BUT after 3 months, TV apps are still not available. When is 'coming soon' - I feel that we have been ripped off by both John Lewis and Samsung who just shrug their shoulders (in both cases).
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Reply by SSS from HK on 11th Mar 2016
Download the latest firmware update, it is available in it.

Reviewed by Alex from Poland on 27th Jul 2015
Super flatpanel.
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