The Samsung J5500 LED TV is a good basic 60Hz TV. While it does have a good smart TV interface, it lacks more advanced features like motion interpolation or 24p playback. The picture quality is good in both dark and bright rooms, but it has quite a lot of motion blur.
- Great overall picture quality both in dark and bright rooms.
- Very thin bezel.
- A good deal of motion blur
- Colors change at an angle.
- Judder in 24p movies.
The Samsung J5500 has the same stand as the pricier J6300. It is stable, but a bit wide.
1.97" (5 cm)
The contrast ratio is great, and the blacks are deep when viewed in a dark room.
SDR Peak 2% Window
SDR Peak 50% Window
This TV has very little DSE, which is great. However, the edges and corners are a bit darker than the rest of the screen.
The colors on the J5500 change as soon as you are at an angle. You can still see the picture, but it won't be as good.
Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.
The black uniformity is very good. Our unit had one brighter spot near the bottom, but it was very minor.
The upscaling of lower-resolution content like DVDs or SD channels is good.
720p content also looks good once upscaled.
Blu-rays looks sharp and well define on the J5500.
The semi-gloss finish on this Samsung doesn't reflect a lot of light. You will have no problem having a few lights on.
The maximum luminosity of the screen is average, so while it isn't the best choice for a porch or sunroom, it should be fine in a room with a few windows.
The Samsung J5500 has a good deal of motion blur. It won't be an issue for normal TV shows or movies, but it could be for sports or video games.
PWM Dimming Frequency
Judder-free 24p via 60p
Judder-free 24p via 60i
Unfortunately, there is a small judder in every movie. It is not that noticeable, though.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
1080p With Interpolation
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR
Game Mode on this Samsung brings the input lag to 40 ms. PC mode is barely higher, at 41.9 ms. Movie mode has 91.7 ms of lag.
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Digital Optical Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith
Variable Analog Audio Out
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.90 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.17 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.91 dB SPL
Doesn't get very loud, and the low-end cut off is decent for a TV. Frequency response is good at lower volumes, but it gets worse under load and may produce pumping.
Total Harmonic Distortion
The distortion levels are good all-around. It increases as the volume increases, but not by much compared to some other TVs.
The included remote isn't great for navigating the smart features on this TV.
Power Consumption (Max)
The Samsung J5500 has great picture quality overall, both in dark and bright rooms. However, its motion blur could be an issue for gamers or sports enthusiasts. It also has judder when displaying 24p movies.
Questions & Answers
13 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
In your motion portion of the review you talk about fairly high motion blur. Is this standard blur or overdrive trailing commonly found in VA-based panels?
It's the standard blur.
Be aware that in the UK, the Samsung UN32J5500 has a PLS panel, which means very low contrast and bad black levels. I saw that on digitalversus.com
Thanks for letting us know.
Can a Bluetooth keyboard be purchased for the J5500
Does this TV have Bluetooth? If not, which Samsung model has Bluetooth?
Yes, it does.
Hey! I am seriously confused between three models: Samsung UN50J5500
, Samsung UN48H6400
and UN43W800C. I would be watching movies and TV shows only. Which one would you recommend?
Get the H6400
. It's similar to the J6300
, so it will have less blur than the other two options, as well as great overall picture quality. It also comes with a handy smart remote.
I'm looking into purchasing a Samsung UN32J5500 32 inch smart TV. Is this model a RVU Direct Ready TV, and if so, does it have the latest firmware to support the RVU connection with DirecTV? Has Samsung released the the latest firmware for it to work as a Direct Ready TV?
Yes, it is DirectTV Ready. You can find a list of Samsung's 1080p DirectTV Ready TVs here
and its compatible 4k TVs here
I am comparing the J5500
and the J6300
. I am a gamer, but not a hardcore one by any means. I understand that the J6300 seems to be an overall better-rounded TV. I cannot find a 40" one anywhere, though. I am very set on a 40" TV, but I am concerned about the J5500's motion blur. Is it bad enough to stay away from buying it, and is the 120Hz aspect of the J6300 something that is highly desirable for the average person?
does have a bit too much blur, and the J6300
's 120 hz panel allows it to play 24 fps video (Blu-rays, DVDs, movie streams) without judder, which is a big plus for most people. The 40" J6300 is only sold at Best Buy, so you would need to buy it there.
Saw above that you stated only the UHD and SUHD Samsungs are DirecTV Ready. Checked your link and that is for DirecTV 4K ready. This link
shows DirecTV Ready TVs.
Thank you for sharing this. We'll update the answer in question.
As specs say it contains a built-in set top box, how could we use it? I have a normal cable connection with STB. Is it not necessary to have a separate set top box or what? Please clarify.
You can connect cable directly to the TV, but you'll likely not have all the features you get with your cable box.
You guys are incredible - just bought one of the last 75" Samsung H7150s based on your site advice - much appreciated. Need another Samsung TV for a guest bedroom. 40" is too small and 48" is too big. I understand the Samsung 43" 1080p UN43J5200 - which would be the perfect size - is coming out in late July 2015. Given your J4000
series reviews, it would be extremely helpful if you have any early sense of whether it will be more like the poorer quality J4000 (and therefore forget it), or the J5500 and therefore wait and buy it.
There is no information listed online about this TV, but we expect it is closer to the J5500
; the similar numbers likely mean that they're similar TVs.
Does it need a sound bar? I don't actually know anything about them. What do you recommend?
We're still in the process of testing the speakers, so we can't say for sure how good these are. That said, most TVs have poor sound, so a soundbar would be a nice upgrade. We don't test soundbars at the moment, though, so we don't have any recommendations.
I am trying to figure out which tv is newer the j5500 or the j6300. What are the differences? Which should I buy?
Both are as old and were released in 2015. The J6300
is better in nearly aspect, especially related to motion. If the price difference isn't big, get the J6300.
Hi, does this TV have motion control support?
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.