55″ J6300 120Hz Full HD Smart LED TV
Currently, most manufacturers are focusing on their 4K UHD TV lineups and applying their best and latest technology features to these displays, as their popularity and consumer awareness continue to grow. This means that 1080p displays have taken a back seat to this latest technology.
Walk into your local electronics store and you will see the effects of this transition; for example, notice how most of the prime wall and shelf space is occupied by 4K Ultra HD models. However, if you look elsewhere within the same area, you will still find some 1080p full HD models.
Even though 4K UHD models are taking over the television landscape, 1080p models still remain popular among consumers. However, if you are looking for a 2015 high-end display, you may be out of luck, since for the most part, they are or will eventually be no longer offered by manufacturers. On the other hand, you will still be able to find quality 1080p models available for 2015.
Samsung’s UN55J6300, which is part of the company’s J6300 Series, is one of these models you will likely find on display. The J6300 Series is Samsung’s top-tier Full HD (1080p) lineup for this year and offers some of the company’s best smart features and picture quality enhancements, but still falls short of what their top 4K models are offering. The J6300 Series is available in 75″, 65″, 60″, 55″, 50″ and 32″ screen sizes.
Important note: There have been comments posted by consumers at Amazon.com and AVS Forum, that state the 50″ 60″ and 65″ models use non-Samsung LED display panels. These panels were reported to have lesser contrast, black level and motion blur performance than the models that use Samsung LED panels.
In my opinion, the UN55J6300’s display panel design isn’t anything special, and aesthetically speaking, somewhat plain in appearance, yet still nice looking. The black bezel that surrounds the screen is very thin and measures less than a 1/2″ at its slimmest point. Panel depth measures just under 2″ at its thickest point.
The TV’s stand features a V-shaped design with an attractive brushed silver finish and actually has a high-end look in my opinion. The stand, although large enough, doesn’t keep the TV from wobbling, and leaves it a bit unstable.
The TV screen has a matt finish and is illuminated with edge-lit LED backlighting and uses Samsung’s Micro Dimming Pro technology that enhances contrast, black level and color performance.
Samsung’s Smart Hub smart TV Platform uses a quad-core processor to effortlessly execute the set’s smart TV functions. The Smart Hub gives you access to hundreds of apps including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Blockbuster, Facebook, Twitter, sports and much more. The set also has built-in Wi-Fi and a full web browser.
- Edge-lit LED backlighting
- Micro Dimming Pro
- Quad-Core Processor
- Wide Color Enhancer
- Smart Hub smart TV using Tizen OS
- Smart View 2.0
- Motion Rate 120 for motion blur control
- Standard full-size backlit remote control
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Full web browser
- DLNA Certified
- RVU ready
- 4 HDMI inputs
- 1 Component input
- 1 Composite input (shared with component input)
- 1 Digital optical output
- 1 Audio output (mini jack)
- 3 USB inputs
- 1 Ethernet input
- 1 RF input for antenna/cable/satellite
- Built-in Wi-Fi and full web browser capability
- Wi-Fi Direct
The UN55J6300 delivered overall very good picture quality. One of the TV’s strong points was its contrast and black-level performance. For example, contrasting images with bright highlights and dark shadow elements were rendered very well and contained deeply saturated blacks.
Color rendering on this set was also very good, providing a pleasing color palette that was vibrant and tonally accurate with the proper amount of saturation. In addition, flesh tones were accurately rendered and had a very natural appearance.
Picture detail and sharpness were very good for a 1080p TV; for example, close-up shots of an actor’s face showed plenty of detail and clarity without being over-processed with a sharpness that can give the image an unnatural digital appearance.
Black uniformity was very good on this set and had no perceived clouding or flashlighting.
I didn’t detect any motion blur issues on any of the fast-action content I viewed.
Sound quality from the TV’s two down-firing speakers actually sounded better than I expected. The sound output wasn’t as lean and anemic as what I usually hear from this type of panel design. Instead, the audio quality was actually a tad more full-bodied and contained a bit more impact. Bass output, however, was still lacking.
During my side angle viewing assessment with this set, I experienced a fair amount of picture dimming while viewing off-axis. Even though this dimming wasn’t too excessive, I still advise you to keep side angle viewing to a minimum on this display.
The UN55J6300 is Samsung’s top-of-the-line Full HD 1080p TV for 2015. However, it isn’t a true high-end model since it is lacking in certain design elements, build quality and features. If you are seeking a “high-end” Samsung 1080p model, you may want to check out last year’s H7150 Series while they are still available.
However, in its own right, the UN55J6300 is a great 1080p TV and is one of the best models available for 2015. It has very good picture quality, a solid set of features, and a reasonable price tag for a top-tier model. So, if you’re not ready or don’t have a desire to purchase a 4K UHD TV any time soon, and are in the market for a good Full HD display, then check out the J6300 Series from Samsung. HDTVs and More recommended.
My Rating & Specs
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• Very good picture quality including excellent contrast and black level performance
• Great for viewing in a bright room
• Smart TV platform featuring Tizen OS
• Side angle picture dimming
• Wobbly stand design
• No 3D (If you desire this feature)
Screen size reviewed: 55″
• With stand (W X H X D) 48.4″ x 30.3″ x 12.2″
• Without stand (W X H X D) 48.4″ x 27.9″ x 2.5″
• With stand: 36.8 lbs
• Without stand: 34.6 lbs
Warranty: One year parts and labor
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