When binge-watching your favorite show, you don’t want to miss a detail — from the vast, icy wasteland beyond the Wall in “Game of Thrones” to the grimy, tattered clothing of the zombies in “The Walking Dead.” A TV with the most advanced high-definition technology can help you experience the visuals in all their glory.
We compared two ultra HD models, the Samsung KS9500 Curved 4K SUHD TV and the LG E6 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV, to help you determine whether one is well-suited to your entertainment needs.
The TVs at a glance
What we found: The Samsung KS9500 and the LG E6 are both 4K TVs, which means they have four times the pixels of a standard 1080p HDTV. They’re designed to deliver top-quality detail and brightness, and accurate colors. These two are also “smart” TVs that bring the internet and apps to your remote-control-clutching fingertips.
What you’ll learn: No matter which TV you pick, the picture quality will be stunning. With the KS9500, you’ll save money and get a better speaker system, but you’ll sacrifice features like 3-D viewing and additional inputs for peripheral devices that the E6 has.
|Samsung KS9500||LG E6 OLED|
|Price||$1,999.99 to $7,999.99 from Samsung||$3,499.99 to $4,999.99 from LG|
|Sizes||55, 65 and 78 inches||55 and 65 inches|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Inputs||Four HDMI; three USB; one Ethernet, optical and RF||Four HDMI; three USB; one Ethernet, optical, RF, mini jack, composite and component|
|Apps and web browsing||Yes||Yes|
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Samsung KS9500 Curved 4K SUHD TV
NerdWallet takes you shopping: The Samsung KS9500 series starts at $1,999.99 for the 55-inch version. The middle-sized 65-inch option retails for $2,499.99 and the largest, 78-inch version for $7,999.99.
Each KS9500 TV has a sleek, thin build and a curved screen that’s designed to make users feel enveloped by their content. Speaking of content, this smart TV has built-in Wi-Fi that lets you browse the internet and stream movies, TV shows, music and more. Using Samsung’s Smart Hub platform, you can access your favorite websites plus apps such as Hulu and Netflix. You can also download the Smart View app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop to use your device as a remote or share media between your device and the TV.
Besides its smart capabilities, the KS9500 boasts a few more attractive features. For example, it includes a remote with a built-in microphone that responds to voice commands. The TV has four HDMI inputs, three USB, one Ethernet, one optical and one RF to accommodate external devices such as gaming consoles and Blu-ray players. The KS9500’s screen brightness adjusts automatically based on the light in the room, and the TV can remaster non-SUHD video — in other words, it can digitally enhance the picture quality. And it contains four internal speakers to produce audio to match.
Good fit for: People who want smart features and high-end visual performance without shelling out a grand or two more for a top-tier competitor like the LG E6. Because the TV’s curved shape extends the screen into the peripheral field of vision, it might appeal to viewers looking for a cinematic experience.
LG E6 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV
NerdWallet takes you shopping: The LG E6 series is considerably more expensive than the Samsung series. The 55-inch display version retails for $3,499.99 and the 65-inch version for $4,999.99. It has a slim, flat design that’s more ideal for wall mounting.
LG’s OLED technology takes UHD one step further, because the pixels illuminate individually as opposed to relying on a backlight. This helps improve color contrast and accuracy.
This TV also integrates smart technology. Like the KS9500, the E6 is equipped with Wi-Fi for web browsing and streaming services. LG’s platform, webOS 3.0, lets you connect the TV to your mobile device and offers access to libraries of content from apps like Netflix and YouTube. The TV also has a dedicated app store, the LG Content Store, as well as a smart remote with voice recognition.
The E6 has plenty of inputs for your not-so-smart gadgets: four HDMI, three USB, one Ethernet, one optical, one RF, one mini jack, one composite and one component. For those who want a truly immersive viewing experience, the E6 supports 3-D content and comes with two pairs of 3-D glasses. But its two built-in speakers won’t provide as full a soundtrack as the KS9500’s more expansive system.
Good fit for: Those who have an abundance of external devices to connect or who want to indulge in 3-D content. Although this OLED TV has a more expensive starting price, its display will generate crisper, more realistic images, which is ideal for viewers who are mainly interested in graphics.
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