Samsung 2017 MU Series 4K UHD HDR TVs Go On Sale

March 31st, 2017 · 1 Comment · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

 

Samsung has already started selling many of its mid-range 2017 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs, which are positioned below the “QLED” (quantum dot) based Q series and will be less expensive, but will still generate brighter-than-average picture quality and a scaled-down version of high dynamic range (HDR).

As this was posted, the company had not yet issued a formal press statement on the 2017 MU model additions, but most of them already appear with model specs and prices on the Samsung web site as well as on authorized dealer sites. We have gathered them for you here. Where possible, we have listed the lowest prices we could find (most of them are restricted by Samsung unilateral pricing policy requirements). Please note that some models include upcoming promotional prices to help you get the best deals a few days from now. We’ve also included links, where available, to Amazon so you can snap them up quickly along with the e-commerce giant’s various return policy benefits.

These more affordably positioned series are identified as part of the MU model tier and include: the MU9000, MU8500, MU8000, MU7500, MU7000, MU6500 and MU6300. The MU series models are the replacements for last year’s KU models, although some of last year’s models remain in the pipeline and will continue to be found for a few months to come, usually at discounted prices. In general, most of the 2017 MU models will offer better HDR and color gamut performance than the 2016 models.

The series roughly alternate between flat-screens and curved-screen models, with fewer curved models offered this year.

All of the MU models offer 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR at some level of peak brightness (they vary), a wider color gamut than Rec. 709 and incorporate the new-and-improved Tizen-based Smart Hub app platform using the standard Samsung One Remote with voice command.

The top three MU series models will include a One Connect mini box which houses much of the television circuitry and most of the input and output connections. This will enable thinner panel designs.

None of the MU series models will include quantum dot (QLED) technology. Instead they employ advanced processing and bottom and top-positioned LED edge lighting to boost brightness and improve black level performance for HDR.

The TVs also include HDR processing circuitry to enhance the brightness and color of the mid-range performing models. The degree of HDR effect you will perceive from these models will be determined by the model tier level (and pricing) of the respective series. The better the series, the better the HDR and brightness performance.

In general, the MU models are expected to be more aggressively priced and more regularly promoted with limited time specials than the top-tier QLED models. Please note these prices are subject to change – and will change – periodically throughout the year from what is listed here. Check the links (where available) for the latest prices.

See our list of Samsung 2017 MU series 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs, features and pricing after the jump:

Samsung MU6300

40-inch UN40MU6300, ($547.99 UPP)

43-inch UN43MU6300, ($597.99)

50-inch UN50MU6300, ($747.99)

55-inch UN55MU6300, ($797.99),

65-inch UN65MU6300, ($1,297.99)

75-inch UN75MU6300, ($2,797.99)

The Samsung MU6300 series are mid-range 4K Ultra HDTV models with flat-screen 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV designs that ship with a Y-shaped pedestal-style table-top stand. They include the following specifications: a 60 Hz native refresh rate (120 Motion Rate); edge-lit LED panel; UHD Dimming; 4K HDR Pro HDR10 enhancement; 4K Color Drive Pro; Essential Black Pro; Slim Bezel design, UHD upscaling; Dolby Digital Plus support; Smart Hub with the standard One Remote (TM1750A); voice navigation; screen mirroring with smart devices; Bluetooth with headset support; Quad-core processor; 3x HDMI 2.0a (1 with Audio Return Channel); 2 USB inputs; RS-232; optical audio output; HD component video input.

Samsung MU6500

49-inch UN49MU6500, (Price TBA)

55-inch UN55MU6500, (Price TBA)

65-inch UN65MU6500, (Price TBA)

Specs: Curved-screen 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV with HDR support: Other details TBA.

Samsung MU7000

40-inch UN40MU7000, ($699.99)

49-inch UN49MU7000, ($797.99)

55-inch UN55MU7000, ($1,097.99 - $899 effective May 7-13, 2017)

65-inch UN65MU7000, ($1,678.42)

The Samsung MU7000 series includes flat-screen 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models with a Semi-Edge Slim Design and ship with a Y-shaped pedestal-style table-top stand. They include the following specifications: a 60 Hz native refresh rate (120 Motion Rate); edge-lit LED panel; 4K Color Drive Pro color processing; Essential Black Pro black processing; contrast enhancer; Smart Hub; Netflix Recommended; standard One Remote (TM1750A); Voice Interaction; UHD upscaling;

2×10 watt down-firing speakers; Quad-Core processor; 4K HDR Pro (HDR 10); TV to mobile mirroring; mobile to TV mirroring (DLNA); DirecTV RVU ready; 3x HDMI 2.0a inputs (1 with Audio Return Channel); 2x USB inputs; RS-232; optical audio out; 1 component video in; USB HID support; Ethernet port; RF in for DTV and Clear QAM tuners.

 Samsung MU7500

49-inch UN49MU7500, ($997.99)

55-inch UN55MU7500, ($1,299.99 UPP - $1,099.99 effective May 7-13, 2017)

65-inch UN65MU7500, ($1,899.99)

The Samsung MU7000 series includes curved-screen 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models with a Semi-Edge Slim Design and ship with a Y-shaped pedestal-style table-top stand. They include the following specifications: a 60 Hz native refresh rate (120 Motion Rate); edge-lit LED panel; 4K Color Drive Pro color processing; Essential Black Pro processing; Auto Depth Enhancer; One Connect mini box; Smart Hub; Netflix Recommended; standard One Remote (TM1750A); Voice Interaction; UHD upscaling;

2×10 watt down-firing speakers; Quad-Core processor; 4K HDR Pro (HDR 10); TV to mobile mirroring; mobile to TV mirroring (DLNA); DirecTV RVU ready; 3x HDMI 2.0a inputs (1 with Audio Return Channel); 2x USB inputs; RS232; optical audio out; USB HID support; 1 component video in; Ethernet port; RF in for DTV and Clear QAM tuners.

Samsung MU8000 Series

49-inch UN49MU8000, ($1,197.99 UPP)

55-inch UN55MU8000, ($1,497.99 UPP -- $1,299.99 effective April 16-22, 2017)

65-inch UN65MU8000, ($2,197.99)

75-inch UN75MU8000, ($3,798.99 -- $3,499.99 UPP effective April 16-22, 2017)

The Samsung MU8000 series includes flat-screen 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models with a Semi-Edge Slim Design and ship with two pedestal feet for tabletop placement. They include the following specifications: a 120 Hz native refresh rate (240 Motion Rate); edge-lit LED panel; 4K Color Drive Extreme color processing; 10-bit panels; Smart Hub including Sports, Music and TV Plus; standard One Remote (TM1750A); Voice Interaction; One Connect mini box; UHD Dimming; Precision Black; UHD Remastering Engine; UHD upscaling;

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Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Premium Sound 5.1 sound support; 40 Watts total internal sound power (2×10 watt speakers and 2×10 watt woofers, down and front-firing 2.1-channel speakers); Bluetooth headset support; Bluetooth with headset support; Peak Illuminator Pro; Quad-Core processor; 4K HDR Extreme HDR support; HDR 1000 (1000 nits peak luminance); TV to mobile mirroring; mobile to TV mirroring (DLNA); DirecTV RVU ready; 4x HDMI inputs (1 with Audio Return Channel); 3x USB inputs; optical audio out; USB HID support; Ethernet port; RS232c; RF in for DTV and Clear QAM tuners.

Samsung MU8500 Series

55-inch UN55MU8500, ($1,697.99 UPP - $1,499.99 effective April 16-22, 2017)

65-inch UN65MU8500, ($2,397.99)

The Samsung MU8500 series includes curved-screen 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models with a Semi-Edge Slim Design and ship with two pedestal feet for tabletop placement. They offer the following specifications: a 120 Hz native refresh rate (240 Motion Rate); 4K Color Drive Extreme color processing; edge-lite LED, 10-bit panels; Smart Hub including Sports, Music and TV Plus; standard One Remote (TM1750A); Voice Interaction; One Connect mini box; UHD Dimming; Triple Black; UHD Remastering Engine; UHD upscaling; Auto Depth Enhancer;

Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Premium Sound 5.1 sound support; 40 Watts total internal sound power (2×10 watt speakers and 2×10 watt woofers, down and front-firing 2.1-channel); Bluetooth headset support; Bluetooth with headset support; Peak Illuminator Pro; Quad-Core processor; 4K HDR Extreme HDR support; HDR 1000 (1000 nits peak luminance); TV to mobile mirroring; mobile to TV mirroring (DLNA); DirecTV RVU ready; 4x HDMI inputs (1 with Audio Return Channel); 3x USB inputs; optical audio out; USB HID support; 802.11ac connectivity; Ethernet port; RS232c; RF in for DTV and Clear QAM tuners.

Samsung MU9000 Series

55-inch UN55MU9000, ($1,999.99 – $1,899.99 UPP effective April 30, 2017)

65-inch UN65MU9000, ($2,699.99 UPP)

The Samsung MU9000 (pictured at top) series includes flat-screen 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models with a Semi-Edge Slim Design which ship with a Y-shape table-top stand and include cable management. They offer the following specifications: a 120 Hz native refresh rate (240 Motion Rate); 4K Color Drive Extreme color processing; edge-lit LED, 10-bit panels; Smart Hub including Sports, Music and TV Plus; standard One Remote (TM1750A); Voice Interaction; One Connect mini box; UHD Dimming; Triple Black Extreme black-level detail enhancement; special anti-glare screen coating; UHD Remastering Engine; UHD upscaling;

Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Premium Sound 5.1 sound support; 40 Watts total internal sound power (2×10 watt speakers 2×10 woofers, down-firing and front-firing speakers, 2.1-channel); Bluetooth headset support; Bluetooth with headset support; Peak Illuminator Pro; Quad-Core processor; 4K HDR Extreme HDR support; HDR 1000 (1000 nits peak luminance); TV to mobile mirroring; mobile to TV mirroring (DLNA); DirecTV RVU ready; 4x HDMI inputs (1 with Audio Return Channel); 3x USB inputs; optical audio out; USB HID support; 802.11ac connectivity; Ethernet port; RS232c; RF in for DTV and Clear QAM tuners.

 

By Greg Tarr

 

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