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 11/25/2017

28 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,

  • What’s is the difference between the 40″ mu6300 and the mu7000 series models

    • Hi Fabio,
      Other than some slight design differences, the MU7000 features 4K Color Drive Pro, while the MU6300 features 4K Color Drive. The MU7000 also has DTS Premium Sound and the MU6300 does not.

      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,

  • Is there a major difference (noticable watching a sporting event or tv show) between 4k Color extra vs. 4k Color? What about Triple Black vs Essential Black Pro?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Marques,
      I wouldn’t be too concerned about the technologies you mentioned in your comments. They all do a decent job in their respective categories in regards to creating good picture quality in the MU series line of Samsung TVs. I suggest you check out the models you are interested in and decide which one gives you the best picture quality in your own eyes.

      Hope this helps.

  • Hi Milton Clark,
    Whats the difference between the
    55mu6500
    55mu6670 models? Thanks

    • Hi James,
      The MU6500 is a US model and the MU6670 is a UK model. Click on the links to compare differences between the two models.

      Hope this helps.

  • What is the difference between the 55″ mu6490 and the mu6500? A lot of specs for each is n/a, but there is a price jump.

    Thank you

    • Hi Aaron,
      From my research, the MU6500 has the smart remote with voice recognition control, 4K Color Drive Pro, Ultra Clear Panel, RVU and Bluetooth capability; the MU6490 does not have these features.
      The MU6490 has a standard remote, 4K Color Drive and Auto Depth Enhancer.

      Hope this helps.

      • Thank you Milton, that was extremely helpful!

        The model number variations are very confusing. Target lists carrying a 6500, but it’s actually a 6490 (and led to a frustrating evening).

        Sams Club carries a 650D. Can you tell me the difference between the 6500 and the 650D?

        • Hi Aaron,
          Glad I could help.
          The 650D is basically the same as the 6500. The “D” means it is sold in retail stores only.

          • Thank you Milton, you have been very helpful! I really appreciate the super quick response as well!

            I am bookmarking this site!

          • Aaron,
            Glad I could help. Thanks for bookmarking this site. Much appreciated.

            Regards,

  • I am curious: I bought a Black Friday TV that was supposed to be the MU 6300. When I picked it up at the store, it was the MU 6070. I had already paid for it online. Did I get a better or worse TV for the same price? What are the differences between these two?
    Thanks
    John

  • What is the difference between the UN65MU6500FXZA vs. UN65MU650D 65 inch Curved TV’s? Do these support Dolby Vision and do they have surround sound? Also, I have read where the Curved TV’s do not last. I want to purchase one of these TV’s but not sure which 65 inch TV or 75 inch TV is best for my money? If I bought a 75 inch TV, which is the best way to go for all that you can get the tv to do, for the lowest cost? I am seeing these TV’s coming down in price, which helps me!! Lastly, what is the best way to clean a curved tv, as I have read you are not supposed to touch the screen at all. I have been looking at the curved tv’s and really like them, despite being told not to buy them. Thanks so much for your time and help!!

    • Hi Jeff,
      The UN65MU6500FXZA and the UN65MU650D are basically the same TV, the difference is that the MU650D is only sold in retail stores which is noted by the “D” designation in the model name.
      Neither models support Dolby Vision, and the built-in surround sound audio processing is Dolby Digital Plus.

      As far as how long curved TV’s actually last is still a bunch of speculation on this matter, so I personally wouldn’t be too concerned about that and it wouldn’t affect my buying decision if I desired this design type. On the contrary, I don’t see and picture quality benefits with a curved TV screen, and in my opinion its all about aesthetic appeal.
      The MU65 series isn’t available in a 75″ screen size.

      Touching a curved screen is no different than touching a flat screen; however, you should not touch the screen with your hands or apply excessive amounts of pressure as to avoid finger prints or damage. Check out “Step 5” at this link from my “How to Setup your HDTV” article on how to properly clean your TV’s screen.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,

  • The same with the Samsung 65 inch Curved tv’s. Which is the best to buy and get the most for the least price?

    • Hi Jeff,
      The 65″ MU8500 is Samsung’s top curved model that is not part of their premium QLED series. They also offer the 65″ MU7500 and MU6500 models. I suggest you check out any of these models and see which one you like the most.

      Regards,

  • Hi Milton,
    I appreciate your article. I just got a 55MU6500, and am in the process of setting it up. However, I can’t find any info on what versions of HDMI (2.0? 2.0a?) and USB (2.0? 3.0?) the TV has.

    Do you have any insight?
    Thanks.

  • Hi,

    This is an excellent article with all the MU series TVs from Samsung ! Can you please let me know what you think about MU7350 ? Do you have any insights ?

    Thanks !

    • Hi Vaidy,
      I haven’t done any research on the MU7350. Check out this link to Samsung’s website to learn more on the MU7350.

      Regards,

  • Hi

    I was just wondering if you would be able to tell me the difference between the MU9000 and the MU6220

    Many thanks

    • Hi Mona,
      The MU9000 is a premium model with better features and better overall picture than the MU6220 which is a non-premium model.
      To learn more, go to Samsung’s UK website to compare the actual differences.
      Hope this helps.

      Regards,

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