Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

Last updated date: March 12, 2019

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8.8

Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

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We looked at the top Samsung TVs and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Samsung TV you should buy.

Update as July 8, 2019:
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Overall Take

Curved TVs have their own benefits, immersing viewers and boosting the  visual experience. With Samsung's curved 65-inch TV, you'll get support for 4K Ultra HD video and impressive brightness. It does come at a higher price, though, so it's important to consider whether the features are worth the extra expense.


In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV (2016) placed 4th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Samsung Curved 4K SUHD TV completely redefines the viewing experience with the revolutionary Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology. The KS9500 features innovations that produce a remarkable High Dynamic Range picture experience, regardless of room-light interference. Access your favorite streaming content services easier and faster with our premium design Smart Remote Controller.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.2
5 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.3
649 user reviews

What experts liked

The TV is really thin, lines are pure, metal parts boast a chrome finish and even its back have a nice textured dark-gray finish.
- RTINGS.com
April 15, 2016 | Full review
Things start off quite well, thanks to a design that returns to using a slim screen frame in place of the slightly chunky look of Samsung’s 2015 TVs.
- Trusted Reviews
January 7, 2016 | Full review
This TV’s 1000 Nit peak brightness helps make for an extremely brilliant picture, especially when watching HDR content.
- Digital Trends
April 1, 2016 | Full review
The display was tested in tandem with Samsung’s new HDR-supporting Ultra HD Blu-ray player that delivered images with some of the most impressive brightness highlights and sufficiently dark and detailed black levels this reviewer has seen from an edge-lit display.
- HD Guru
March 31, 2016 | Full review
The Samsung UN65KS9500 with refresh rate of 120Hz, brings the eye to view 120 frames of an image per second.
- Smart TV Geek

What experts didn't like

Local dimming isn't that good.
- RTINGS.com
April 15, 2016 | Full review
That product was the 65KS9500: a new high-end LCD TV series that – while certainly not without its charms – doesn’t deliver the same benchmark-setting and ground-breaking thrills we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s headline CES TV set.
- Trusted Reviews
January 7, 2016 | Full review
If deep blacks are a priority, and bleeding backlights are something you can’t “unsee,” dig deeper into your pockets, and wait patiently for the KS9800, due a little later on in the year
- Digital Trends
April 1, 2016 | Full review
This is still an LED LCD screen and as such exhibits off-angle viewing issues.
- HD Guru
March 31, 2016 | Full review
This indicates that for the size and resolution in question, the UN65KS9500 is overpriced.
- Smart TV Geek

An Overview On Samsung TVs

Samsung is a well-respected name in electronics, especially where TVs are concerned. But the race to be the latest and greatest often forces electronics manufacturers to constantly innovate. For Samsung, that means keeping up with a fierce competitor in the video space: Dolby Vision.

While competitors use Dolby Vision to bring high-definition video to various electronics, Samsung prefers to stick with its own proprietary technology. Dolby enthusiasts often gravitate toward other manufacturers for that reason, but Samsung’s newer TVs pack a pretty strong punch on their own. The company constantly works to keep up with changing technology, including the high-definition video found in today’s streaming apps, video games and Blu-ray devices.

One issue to consider when looking for a TV is refresh rate. Today’s TVs offer either a 120Hz or 240Hz rate, with the latter being better. However, there are other factors influencing picture quality, so it’s important to get the full picture before buying. Samsung TVs also build in something called local dimming to ensure those darker scenes have pure black without the issues seen in other TVs.

LED TVs, generally speaking, are better in a situation where viewers will be seated directly in front since straight-on viewing offers the purest picture. Samsung TVs have this issue, with limited viewing when you’re situated off to the side. Samsung has attempted to remedy this issue by building antireflective screens into some of its newer LED models, so check for that feature as you’re shopping.

In the end, though, price is often the biggest differentiator between Samsung models. Generally speaking, you’ll pay more for the much larger screen size of a 65-inch LED TV, but the extra price is worth it if you enjoy grabbing a bowl of popcorn and settling in for movie night. If you’re just looking for a screen for a bedroom or kitchen, the small, much more affordable 40-inch screen may be a better option.

The Samsung TV Buying Guide

  • The latest Samsung TVs all feature the high-definition video that today’s consumers expect. However, picture quality can vary slightly from one set to another.
  • Even with the best picture, some TVs struggle with highs and lows, offering disappointing results during extremely dark or bright scenes. Samsung’s TVs build in a feature called local dimming, which pulls it ahead of other TVs when it comes to displaying darker colors. The Samsung Flat 65″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series TV provides some of the most impressive details during these extreme scenes, especially when used with an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The Samsung Flat 75″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series TV uses quantum dot color technology to make colors jump off the screen.
  • A television’s brightness is measured in something called “nits.” The Samsung Flat 65″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series brings 1,422 nits, while the Samsung Flat 40″ 4K UHD 7 Series has only 450 nits with the model that has the dark gray stand. If you choose the Samsung Flat 40″ 4K UHD 7 Series TV with the charcoal black stand, you only get 430 nits of brightness.
  • You’ll often see the term “refresh rate” related to picture quality in TVs. Refresh rate simply refers to the speed at which an image refreshes. Previous TVs refreshed at a rate of 60 times per second, making them 60Hz. Modern TVs refresh at least double that rate, at 120Hz, or 120 times per second, or 240Hz, or 240 times per second. The Samsung Flat 75″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series, Samsung Flat 65″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series and Samsung Flat 55″ 4K UHD 8 Series TVs all have refresh rates of 240Hz, giving you seamless, high-quality video in every scene. The Samsung Flat 40″ 4K UHD 7 Series TV offers a still-impressive 120Hz refresh rate.
  • One weakness you’ll find in Samsung TVs is the lack of Dolby Vision support, a feature often praised in competitor TVs. Samsung prefers to build in its own technology, which tends to lag behind Dolby’s advancements.
  • Your TV will become an important part of your room’s décor, so it may be worth considering how it looks. Samsung has moved away from its previous chunkier form factor and now has a sleek, slim look. The Samsung Flat 75″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series, Samsung Flat 65″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series and Samsung Flat 40″ 4K UHD 7 Series all feature a similar look, with a thin black bezel and small legs. The Samsung Flat 55″ 4K UHD 8 Series also features a thin black bezel, but you get a horizontal bar for a stand rather than the small legs.
  • If you’re a gamer, pay particular attention to the Samsung Flat 55″ 4K UHD 8 Series, which has an automatic game mode to ensure your video doesn’t lag while you’re playing. Samsung Flat 75″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series is also popular with gamers, with built-in support for 4K gaming.
  • One ongoing issue with Samsung TVs is the trouble it has maintaining quality from every angle. This makes Samsung’s LED TVs more ideal for narrow rooms, where most viewers will be watching head-on.
  • With most Samsung TVs, you’ll need to invest in a sound bar to compensate for audio weaknesses. The Samsung Flat 65″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series has decent sound, but true audiophiles may still feel the need to invest in speakers.
  • Price can be among one of the biggest deciders with any TV purchase. The Samsung Flat 75″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series and Samsung Flat 65″ QLED 4K UHD 6 Series TVs both exceed $1,000. But you can find both the Samsung Flat 55″ 4K UHD 8 Series and Samsung Flat 40″ 4K UHD 7 Series for well below $1,000. While all four TVs bring great quality for watching movies and gaming, you’ll find price goes up in correlation to the size of the screens you’re buying.