Here are the settings that we used in our review, and which we recommend for the Samsung JU7100.
The 'Movie' picture mode gives you a lot of control over the settings and provides good default. The 'Backlight' is a personal preference and depends on your room. Increase this setting if you find the picture too dim with our settings. Our value of 5 only works for a dark room.
'Warm2' color tone was the closest to 6500k color temperature, but you might find that too yellow/pink for your taste. In that case, set it to something cooler. We recommend setting 'Digital Clean View' to 'High', and the same for 'MPEG Noise Filter' in almost all cases, except if you are watching a nearly flawless source (like PC, video game console or Blu-ray). Turn on 'Auto Motion Plus' if you want the soap opera effect.
As explained in our review, 'Smart LED' is not worth using.
Turn off 'Dynamic Contrast'. This is a software-only contrast feature, and it crushes the blacks.
If you will be gaming, we strongly suggest you to turn on 'Game Mode', which can be found under 'System' - 'General'.
We don't suggest that you copy the 2pts, 10pts and colorspace calibrations. These settings vary by unit, and you need special equipment to set them properly on your TV (for example, you would need a colorimeter).
Questions & Answers
44 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
I enjoy the "soap opera effect", so for Auto Motion Plus, what would I set the blur and judder sliders at to achieve the highest level of soap opera effect? Thanks.
Use the 'Smooth' preset and you'll be all set.
Can you provide settings if you are using this as a monitor for productivity and then settings for if you use it for games?
For gaming, just label the input as 'Game,' and use the settings we list. You'll want chroma 4:4:4 for productivity. To get that, label the input as 'PC' and enable 'UHD Color.' The rest of the settings should match ours, except for 'Sharpness,' which should be set to '50.'
I have DirecTV and am watching the first NFL game. When the close up shots are shown, it looks amazing. When the whole field is shown, the picture appears fuzzy and nothing I try helps. Please advise us on a fix.
Enable 'Digital Clean View' and 'MPEG Noise Filter' and see if that helps. If that doesn't do it, the issue is likely just that the source isn't the highest quality, and there won't be any perfect solution. Increasing the sharpness a bit would likely help, but that would introduce new issues.
What is this setting for: HDMI UHD Color?
It will let you get chroma 4:4:4, which is something you want if you plan on using your TV as a PC monitor. Without chroma 4:4:4, text tends to look a bit fuzzier than you would see on a proper monitor.
Will you please list all of your recommended settings for the 65ju7500/7100 when using it strictly for 4k PC gaming?
Auto motion appears to be helping with motion blur but this won't work with game mode on. I like 4:4:4 chroma with the UHD color on but low input lag and no motion blur are more important to me. Please help. What exactly do you recommend?
Enable 'Game mode' to get the lowest input lag. You won't be able to get chroma 4:4:4 with game mode, so don't bother enabling UHD color, or labeling your input as PC.
For motion blur, you'll unfortunately just need to accept what it looks like, as you can't use Auto Motion, or LED Clear Motion's backlight flickering, while in game mode.
Auto motion plus settings would be greatly appreciated, as in the effect of each and what is recommended. You kind of touched on it, but not in-depth.
'Standard' is light interpolation. 'Smooth' is a bit heavier. 'Clear' is not motion interpolation, but instead activates backlight flickering. This flickering also clarifies movement, without the frame rate enhancing you see with interpolation.
For Custom, the 'Blur Reduction' slider interpolates 60 hz signals; the 'Judder Reduction' slider interpolates 24 hz and 30 hz signals; and the 'LED Clear Motion' slider adjusts flickering.
There's no right setting here. If you're interested in interpolation or backlight flickering, try them out and choose whichever look you like.
Can you advise what will be the best settings, or what will need to change from the above settings, in order for me to get the best picture for sports? Thanks.
Our recommended settings will work well for sports.
Got a 60" 7100 and really happy with it overall. Do notice some blur on edges of objects while watching Blu-ray (Revenge of the Sith). Any suggestions for a change in settings to improve this or settings in general for watching Blu rays specifically? Thx-
Start by copying our calibration settings and then try the following adjustments. Since blurays are of high quality, 'Digital Clean View' and 'MPEG Noise Filter' set to Off will ensure you get the most details. Turning them On will remove some of the noise/graininess to the cost of a somewhat softer picture. 'Auto Motion Plus' might be part of your problem if it is turned On. Set it Off. If you like the smoother look it gives, try low 'Judder Reduction' custom values, like 3. Then if you have copied our settings, sharpness should be set at 0, where it should be so you don't get over sharpened edges around objects. Playing with those settings you should be able to alleviate your problem. Let us know what settings you end up with.
I just set up my 55JU7100. Does this TV have "auto dimming"? I have an LG that's about three years old with this feature, and it helps when lights are on/off in the room. The JU7100
is in a new room with eight in-ceiling lights, so a big difference between lights on & lights off. If no auto-dim, do you recommend settings that will work well with both? Or does something need changed manually every time I change the lighting in the room?
Yes, there is an auto-adjust feature. Go to the menu and open 'Settings' -> 'Eco Solution' and enable 'Eco Sensor.' That will set the backlight to dim and brighten according to the ambient light in the room.
What is the HDMI UHD Color mode setting for each HDMI connector and how do you access it?
It is under 'Picture Options'. It is useless for most people, so leave them all off. It is to provide chroma 4:4:4 on 4k @ 60Hz, when connecting a PC computer to it.
Can you let me know which video formats can be read by the TV when using a USB stick? MkV, MP4, AVI, etc. Thanks.
You can find the list of supported codecs on page 156 of the manual
Which settings make motion blur worse? I've just upgraded from a smaller 47" seven-year-old HDTV to the 65JU7100. My calibration settings are off from yours, but I think I might just have a warped eye based on what I'm used to. I like the way my picture looks, but notice a lot of motion blur (pixelating-like) when characters are running onscreen (like in a movie on HBO HD), so I'd like a better idea of which settings may decrease the motion blur without messing with everything else. Thanks in advance - love the site!
The only settings that can help with blur are 'LED Clear Motion,' which strobes the backlight to clarify movement (and drops the luminosity of the screen), and 'Auto Motion Plus,' which interpolates frames.
Both clarify movement, but neither can eliminate the trail on a moving object.
The HDMI Black Level option is disabled on my TV. What would cause this?
The setting will be deactivated if you are not using HDMI or if the setting wouldn't affect the picture.
Does a 240hz refresh rate work better with 4k than 120hz?
Also, when upscaling from 1080p to 4k, does it matter whether you have 120 or 240?
There aren't any 4k TVs with a native refresh rate of 240 hz, and no 4k TV can even accept a 120 hz 4k signal, so no, it doesn't work better.
The refresh rate also does not make a difference in how well the TV upscales.
I'm considering buying the 50" JU7100
and was wondering what would be the worst case scenario if I copy the 2pt and 10pt settings and the color space.
Your colors shouldn't be too far off by default, so the worst case would be that you throw everything off even more. There's no reason to copy our settings, so just stick with the defaults if you have no plans to get a calibration done.
Is getting a calibration worth the cost for the 65" version?
Probably not. The colors were really close to ideal pre-calibration, so you wouldn't see much improvement. Just using our settings will be good enough.
What size TV and panel version did you test? I have a 60" JU7100
panel version MH01. Do you have calibration settings for this panel version? Could you provide calibration settings for MH01?
We tested the UN55JU7100
with a TS01 panel. We don't expect there is a big difference between the panels, so the settings we listed will work fine. We won't be reviewing an MH01 version JU7100
One annoying thing about the Samsung UN60JU7100
I just bought is that it's significantly heavier on the left side, so the screen tilts down a bit on that side. I'm using the included stand, which is a bit flimsy and bends from the weight difference. I'm thinking about weighing down the right side behind the TV with a piece of metal and duct tape. Any other ideas for an easy fix? I wonder if Samsung is aware of this design flaw.
We don't have the same issue with our 55" model, and we don't think weighing down the other side is the solution here. Mounting the TV on a wall is the best way to avoid this issue, but if that's not an option, you should contact Samsung to see what they have to say. This may be a defect.
Where it says "'Warm2' color tone was the closest to 6500k color temperature. We recommend setting 'Digital Clean View' to 'High', and the same for 'MPEG Noise Filter' in almost all cases, except if you are watching a nearly flawless source (like PC, video game console or Blu-ray). Turn on 'Auto Motion Plus' if you want the soap opera effect."
I watch a lot of Blu-rays, so what would you recommend the settings be if I was watching a Blu-ray?
Just don't bother using 'Digital Clean View.' Everything else will work fine. Decide whether you want motion interpolation, and then either enable or disable 'Auto Motion Plus' accordingly.
Great review/site - helped me make my decision on purchasing the JU7100
when I found a $500 off Best Buy price - so far no problems, appreciated you settings as it brought the picture into better shape than default. However, my pictures, especially people's faces are a touch "pink" to the point of being almost orange (everyone looks like they have too much make up on or bronzer or something). Realizing each set is a bit different - any suggestions on what I might try adjusting to bring this closer to natural skin tone colors?
Change the 'Color Tone' under 'Picture Options' to something you prefer. Our suggested 'Warm2' value is close to the 6500K color temperature standard, but if you are not used to this, the picture will indeed look warm/yellow/red.
Hi! Theres a bit of delay between the sound, and what going on on-screen. How would I make them snyc up better? The TV setting under "sound delay" are as low as possible. I'm also using a home theater setup.
There should be audio sync settings you can adjust on your receiver. We recommend adjusting those until everything is synced up. Also, you can turn on game mode to reduce the input lag (under System - General).
Maybe a stupid question: Just got this TV. I've got a lot of devices (Verizon STB, Xbox, Mac mini) all going into a Pioneer home theater receiver and then the video goes out to the TV via HDMI out of the Pioneer receiver. I set this TV up as a "display" and then just set it for HDMI so I only have the one HDMI cable going from the receiver to the mini Samsung box that feed the TV. Am I crippling my system by setting it up this way, or am I missing out on any features other than having only one remote to control my STB and TV?
The main potential issue is that the receiver may add some input lag to any video games you play. You should connect your Xbox directly to the TV, and then also enable Game mode for that input. Other than that, your setup is fine.
I see that you recommend disabling Smart LED, but without it, the blacks levels really aren't that impressive. Did you try the different settings (low, standard, high)? I've read that 'high' isn't good because it will actually boost bright whites, unlike the other two settings. A lot of reviews say to leave it on 'standard', and that seems to look good to me. I know it's not perfect, but some local dimming does seem to be better than nothing. I usually watch in a dim room, so I'm after the best blacks I can get.
We leave it off so the picture stays, as much as possible, true to the source. We agree that 'Standard' is a happy medium if you want to enjoy deeper blacks. Thank you for sharing the tip!
How do I label the input as game?
Press 'Source,' then highlight the input you want to change. Press the down arrow and then choose 'Edit Device Type,' and then 'Game.'
What is the refresh rate for the 7100 series?
You list two sets of 2 pt settings here. Are they somehow different? There is only one place in the TV's options to set these. Also, you suggest turning on Digital Clean View and MPEG Noise Filter to high, yet in other areas of the site you suggest always keeping these off because digital processing is not a good idea. Please advise. Thank you.
The two sets of settings was an error. Thank you for pointing that out.
We recommend using Digital Clean View and MPEG Noise Filter for low quality media, so things like cable, DVDs, and streaming video. Using them will help get rid of the compression artifacts that can appear in that kind of video.
Don't use them for Blu-rays, though, as they will soften the image.
The refresh rate for the 7100 is 240.
For 4k UHD TVs, the Motion Rate number listed by Samsung is equal to twice the real refresh rate. The JU7100
's refresh rate is 120 hz.
Your website really helped me with the purchase of my TV. Can you recommend a site like yours for purchasing a soundbar?
Unfortunately, we're not aware of any sites that do testing like ours for soundbars.
You mention using the "Digital Clean View" and "MPEG Noise filter" for all sources of lower resolution (cable, DVDs, streaming). However, you say to set both to high while watching Blu-ray. Would you also recommend turning both off for streaming 4k?
We recommend leaving those noise removal options off for Blu-ray, since that is a very high-quality source. You should enable them for 4k streaming, as that will still be (relatively) low-quality, and subject to noise.
I have bought the 65" version and have a couple of questions: I have a PS4 and an Nvidia Shield (Android TV box), both capable of 4k. What inputs should I use for them?
Also, the Nvidia Shield is capable of gaming. Should I use the game mode for it?
Thanks. You guys helped me a lot in choosing the right TV for me.
Any input will work fine for both of those. And yes, if you plan on gaming with your Shield, use game mode.
Is there any way to minimize input lag without game mode? I want to use Automotion to reduce juddering in video games.
Disable most extra TV processing (just copy our settings). But even then, the lowest input lag you can get with motion interpolation turned on is 116.1 ms. That would be too high for any games that requires fast reflexes.
Would buying the Xbox One S have any significant impact on this TV since the Xbox One S has HDR for gaming and 4k upscaling?
This TV supports an HDR signal, but can't really benefit from it. It doesn't support a wide color gamut, or high peak brightness of highlights. We don't know what the HDR input lag of the TV is as we don't have it any more. The 4k upscaling of the TV is also very good, so you're unlikely to notice any improvement with the Xbox One S. In short, no you are unlikely to notice any improvement.
Just bought this TV, love it so far. Only question I've really had is regarding the 3D functionality... I have Clear Motion turned off, but it still seems to have the frame smoothing and soap opera-ish-ness to it. Are there any other settings I can look at to reduce this or is it just a matter-of-fact with active 3d sets or this particular set? It's almost like watching a HFR 3d movie in the theater...a little weird, but I can get used to it if that's just how it is. :)
It is a bug of the software. It does indeed interpolate in 3D even if the 'Auto Motion Plus' setting is off. The easiest fix we found was to set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' and set both sliders to 0.
I have the Samsung 75" Class LED 2160p Smart 3D 4K Ultra HD TV Silver UN75JU7100FXZA
. The Pointer remote seems to steer off to the left and not straight at the set when I am using it. Is this normal or is there an adjustment? The Pointer remote is sweet. Thank you for your time. Also, I was told I would get 1 year of Netflix 4K with this purchase and I already have a Netflix account that I signed into. Do I need to sign out and re-register? Please advise.
The pointer will be at center when you move your thumb over the 'Pointer' button. This is independent of the direction the remote is pointing at. It is made so you don't have to point the TV. If you find it more natural to point the TV and want the remote to be centered, wait before the remote is pointing the center of the screen before moving your thumb over the 'Pointer' button. Readjust if needed. As for the Netflix promotion, you can take a look at current Samsung's promotions here
but it appears there is no promotion for the JU7100
right now so no details available. Refer to the seller for more information about the promo.
When I set the TV to game mode, will those settings be saved on each input? Or does each input have it's own customizable TV settings?
Each inputs have it's own settings.
What are your recommended sound settings for the 7100? I am running HDMI from devices to the TV and then optical out to the receiver. Thanks.
Just set the sound to be output to your receiver, and not to play on the TV's own speakers. If you're looking to get 5.1 surround sound, you'll also need to go to 'Additional Settings' and change the audio format to 'DTS.'
Recently purchase the 85inch ju7100. Do you recommend professional calibration? If so, can you recommend such person or company? Thanks. John.
will get you close to what to expect from a professional calibration. The only thing that would be better if you pay for it is that colors would be closer to their true reference values but it doesn't necessarily mean it would look better for you. A professional calibration is also expensive. If you want to go further in the calibration of your TV, start with a simple calibration disk like this one
. It will help you adjust the important settings like contrast, brightness, hue and sharpness. We achieved good results with it.
I own an X‑Rite i1Display Pro Colorimeter, could you tell me what software to use to calibrate my TV? I use this calibrator for PC monitors. Thanks!
The SpectraCal Calman software would work well.
Like the Samsung ju7100
60". I have a 60" tv now, will i have a problem with the 55" Samsung js8500
(missing the additional size)? I understand the 8500 is a better set. Is it worth dropping down to the 55"?
Only because you are used to watch a 60" TV, you are likely to be disappointed by the smaller size. The JS8500
would give you HDR support and a wider color gamut over the JU7100
but the content that use those features are still scarce. The JU7100 has a great picture quality that isn't far off the JS8500 and you won't be disappointed by it's size. Stick with the 60".
I got the samsung js9500
and a free WD passport with movies preloaded. Everytime I try and access the drive, the tv says Disconnecting anynet + and wont load movies.
We haven't experienced that problem in the office but then again we don't have a WD Passport in hands. We only tried the JS9500
with USB sticks so far. There might be some interference between the two devices. First, try to upgrade firmware (if available) on both devices. Remove the WD Passport from the AnyNet+ devices on the TV and then disable AnyNet+. On the WD Passport turn off HDMI-CEC. Unplug both devices from the wall outlet for a few seconds and connect them again. Turn both devices On and redo the connection between them (HDMI-CEC On on WD Passport and AnyNet+ On on TV, then detect WD Passport from AnyNet+ menu). Try it again. Hope this helps.
On the HDMI black levels your setting is on auto and my tv setting is on low and when I try to change it it tells me this option is not available. Any reason why this setting is not adjustable?
You can't change this setting because your input signal isn't compatible with the other value (high). Low is the correct value to use since nearly all content are made for it including bluray. High will only be needed when a computer is connected to the TV.
Does this TV offer HDR10 support?
With the newest firmware update it does support HDR10, but is unable to benefit from it (no wide color gamut, low peak brightness).
Where's the love for sharpness? I agree and put in all the calibration you recommend, but '0' for Sharpness? I took it up to 90, at 0 it looks like standard def TV to me. I guess I've always been a fan of sharpness, eye of the beholder I suppose. It makes the screen sharper and more like a 4k TV. Also, I put in all the exact calibrations for the 2 point and 10 point, should I just reset them? You say in the end not to really use your 2 and 10 point calibrations. Thanks!
Some people to prefer a sharper image, and that is always an option. When we calibrate our TVs we aim to get the picture as true to the source as possible, and this means removing all of the image processing including sharpness. If the TV looks better to you with the white balance calibration, then you can keep those values. This varies on a unit-by-unit basis, so if you notice the image quality is worse then you can reset the values, otherwise leave them as they are.
You state that the Digital Clean View and MPEG filters should be set to high. When set to high, these filters produce rather noticeable "smearing" of the image when motion is introduced. I noticed this to be the case on my EN32EH5300 back in 2012 as well, so I tend to leave these settings on low at most. Also, when set to Auto, I noticed some video jittering and glitches when movement occurred, as if the filters were jumping in trying to change and adjust. When turned off, the replay of the moving clip produced no artifacts.
Nowadays, with the good quality content available, it is preferable to turn off those settings, to have an image as close at what it was intended by the producer. Use them only if you are watching very low quality content.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.