Samsung’s MU Series 4K 2017 TV Lineup

Featuring the MU6300, MU6500, MU7000, MU7500, MU8000, MU8500 and MU9000 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs

MU8000 – Image credit Samsung

The MU series class of televisions is a more affordable option that Samsung offers if you don’t want to spend the extra cash for its new top-of-the-line QLED series TVs.

The MU series features curved and flat screen designs and range in screen sizes from 40-inches, all the way up to a huge 75″ model. The MU lineup consists of two classes: the 8 and 9 series occupy the “premium” category and includes the MU8000 (flat), MU8500 (curved) and MU9000 (flat).

While the 6 and 7 series are covered under the “standard” category and includes the MU6300 (flat), MU6500 (curved), MU7000 (flat) and MU7500 (curved). See pricing and available screen sizes for all models below. The MU’s replace last year’s KU models.

All models use edge-lit LED backlighting.

All models are also capable of displaying HDR (High Dynamic Range) content, and use the HDR10 format (Dolby Vision is not supported). The standard MU models feature 4K HDR PRO, allowing you to see a wider range of colors and contrast range, and enabling you to better distinguish between dark to light picture elements.

The premium MU models contain 4K HDR EXTREME for increased contrast range between the darkest darks and lightest lights, plus expanded color and depth.

Samsung’s MU series’ uses various color technologies for pure and vibrant color reproduction. 4K Color Drive is used on the MU6300 and MU6500. The MU7000 and MU7500 uses 4K Color Drive Pro and will deliver colors that are vibrant and pure for a more realistic color palette, while the MU8000, MU8500 and MU9000 use 4K Color Drive Extreme, which is a step up from the other color technologies, and is capable of producing over a billion shades of colors.

When it comes down to black level capability, Samsung’s Hi-Def displays have always done a commendable job in this crucial area of picture quality reproduction. Essential Black Pro, as implemented on the MU6300, MU6500, MU7000 and MU7500, allows darker scenes to reveal more detail while rendering deep shades of black.

Triple Black (MU8000), Triple Black Pro (MU8500) and Triple Black Extreme (MU9000): Each of these different applications deliver a range of control that produces deep blacks levels, and allows darker scenes to reveal more detail – even in a room with morning or afternoon glare.

One Connect Mini (MU 8000, 8500 and 9000): Connect your cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, other components, and USB devices into the One Connect Box and not to the back of the TV. The supplied cable provides a clutter-free, single cable connection to the TV.

Samsung’s new Clean Cable Solution eliminates clutter by neatly routing cords through the base of the TV stand for clean and unseen cable routing. Available on the MU 8000, 8500 and 9000.

Smart Remote Control: Samsung’s latest OneRemote (TM1750A) automatically detects and controls all your connected devices and content with no manual programming required. Compatible devices are required to use this feature. The remote also supports voice control.

Tizen 3.0 Smart Hub: The TV’s Smart Hub has been redesigned and offers even easier navigation, plus quick access; you can even use these convenient features while still watching TV. The new Smart Hub features easy access to content by displaying your favorite and most used TV applications, as well as recommendations for even more entertainment options. Smart Hub offers unique ways to search and access your favorite and new content from the TV’s tuner and network apps.

 

2017 MU Models: Size, pricing and feature highlights listed below. All models available now from Amazon.

MU9000  9 Series Flat PanelSamsung MU9000

Size/Price

55″  $1,199.99

65″  $2,699.99

  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 10-bit support
  • 4K Color Drive Extreme
  • UHD Remastering Engine optimizes color, contrast, and image detail by processing the image characteristics prior to them being displayed on the screen.
  • Precision Black (Local Dimming)
  • Triple Black Extreme
  • Peak Illuminator Pro: For extended shades of colors, with greater dynamic range, improved contrasting detail, and darker scene highlights
  • 4K HDR Extreme
  • Motion Rate 240 – reduces motion blur for smoother action with fast paced content
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Clean Cable Solution – Clutter free cable management
  • Bezel-less Design
  • Samsung 360 degree design: TV looks stylish from any angle
  • UHD Upscaling upconverts high-def and standard-def video to near-4K quality
  • UHD Dimming
  • Ultra Clear Panel: Screen technology that brightens colors, enhances contrast, and reduces reflection for optimal TV viewing
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • New Smart Hub
  • New Smart Remote Control: One Remote
  • DircecTV Ready
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi

 

MU8500  8 Series Curved PanelSamsung MU8500

Size/Price

55″  $1,699.99

65″  $2,199.99

  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 10-bit support
  • 4K Color Drive Extreme
  • UHD Remastering Engine
  • Precision Black (Local Dimming)
  • Triple Black Pro
  • Peak Illuminator Pro
  • 4K HDR Extreme
  • Auto Depth Enhancer
  • Motion Rate 240 – reduces motion blur for smoother action with fast paced content
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Clean Cable Solution – Clutter free cable management
  • Samsung 360 degree design: TV looks stylish from any angle
  • UHD Upscaling
  • UHD Dimming
  • Ultra Clear Panel
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • New Smart Hub
  • New Smart Remote Control: One Remote
  • DircecTV Ready
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi

 

MU8000  8 Series Flat PanelSamsung MU8000

Size/Price

49″  $1,199.99

55″  $1,499.99

65″  $2,199.99

75″  $3,799.99

  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 10-bit support
  • 4K Color Drive Extreme
  • UHD Remastering Engine
  • Precision Black (Local Dimming)
  • Triple Black
  • Peak Illuminator Pro
  • 4K HDR Extreme
  • Motion Rate 240 for smooth motion
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Clean Cable Solution – Clutter free cable management
  • Samsung 360 degree design: TV looks stylish from any angle
  • UHD Upscaling
  • UHD Dimming
  • Ultra Clear Panel
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • New Smart Hub
  • New Smart Remote Control: One Remote
  • DircecTV Ready
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi

 

MU7500  7 Series Curved PanelSamsung MU7500

Size/Price

49″  $999.99

55″  $1,299.99

65″  $1,899.99

  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 4K Color Drive Pro
  • Essential Black Pro
  • 4K HDR Pro
  • Auto Depth Enhancer
  • Motion Rate 120 – reduces motion blur for smoother action with fast paced content
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • Samsung 360 degree design: TV looks stylish from any angle
  • UHD Upscaling
  • UHD Dimming
  • Ultra Clear Panel
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • New Smart Hub
  • New Smart Remote Control: One Remote
  • DircecTV Ready
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi

 

MU7000  7 Series Flat PanelSamsung MU7000

Size/Price

40″  $699.99

49″  $799.99

55″  $1,099.99

65″  $1,699.99

  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 4K Color Drive Pro
  • Essential Black Pro
  • 4K HDR Pro
  • Motion Rate 120 for smooth motion
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • Samsung 360 degree design: TV looks stylish from any angle
  • UHD Upscaling
  • UHD Dimming
  • Ultra Clear Panel
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • New Smart Hub
  • New Smart Remote Control: One Remote
  • DircecTV Ready
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi

 

MU6500  6 Series Curved PanelSamsung MU6500

Size/Price

49″ $749.99

55″ $899.99

65″ $1,299.99

  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 4K Color Drive
  • Essential Black Pro
  • 4K HDR Pro
  • Auto Depth Enhancer
  • Motion Rate 120 – reduces motion blur for smoother action with fast paced content
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • UHD Upscaling
  • UHD Dimming
  • Ultra Clear Panel
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • New Smart Hub
  • New Smart Remote Control: One Remote
  • DircecTV Ready
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi

 

MU6300  6 Series Flat PanelSamsung MU6300

Size/Price

40″  $549.99

43″  $599.99

50″  $749.99

55″  $799.99

65″  $1,299.99

  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 4K Color Drive
  • Essential Black Pro
  • 4K HDR Pro
  • Motion Rate 120 for smooth motion
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • UHD Upscaling
  • UHD Dimming
  • Ultra Clear Panel
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • New Smart Hub
  • New Smart Remote Control: One Remote
  • DircecTV Ready
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi

 

And while you’re here, check out Samsung’s new QLED Quantum Dot 4K Ultra HD TVS.

All image credit Samsung

Updated on 5/29/2017

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5 comments

  • What’s the difference between the 40mu6290 and the
    40mu6300 models

    • Hi Pat,
      The 40″ MU6300 and MU6290 are basically the same TV, however there are a few key differences: The MU6300 offers an “Ultra Clear Panel” which theoretically improves picture quality. A different remote control which allows for the TV to be controlled by voice recognition. It also has Bluetooth support. The MU6290 does not have these features.

      Regards,

  • Would you recommend the KS8500 over the MU8500? (specifically picture quality)

    Is Quantum Dot Tech superior to 4K Color Drive Extreme?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Hi Chris,
      Last years KS8500 was part of Samsung’s top-tier class of TVs and did offer overall better picture quality which included color reproduction, contrast range and black levels when compared to the mid-tier MU8500. With that said, the MU8500 is no slouch and offers good performance. As far as recommendations go, I would be happy with either TV, but if I had to choose, I would go with the KS8500.

      Regards,

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