Originally Posted by DG_
I just posted the below in the samsung mu8000 thread, but would also appreciate if anyone here has any feedback.
"I've been sifting through most threads discussing the 82 mu8000 and the 75 x900e as I was torn between which one to buy. As expected, most feel the Sony to have a better picture. The real estate difference between a 75 and 82 is huge and I felt that maybe I would not notice much of a pq difference as I'm more of a casual viewer. Well, I ended up buying both to compare (almost impossible to get a good idea in store) and the mu8000 looks terrible when compared to the x900e. It's much dimmer, colors seemed washed out, and details are less pronounced. Both sets are for the most part following rtings settings and are on the same mode and color temp.
I truly did not expect the difference to be so apparent, so now I'm wondering if I might have gotten a dud panel with the samsung. Has anyone else here compared these two models and gotten any different results?"
I had both in my living room for several days in order to compare (both 75” models). I was finally able to make the Samsung appear close to the picture quality and brightness of the Sony using various content. But in order to do so, I was turning up all the features of the Samsung Which resulted in noticeable exaggerations in contrast especially. It did OK with motion but I like the way the Sony handles that better, although there is much more experimentation with it to get it how I like it.
The Samsung had a far far greater user interface than the Sony—much more refined and smooth. However the Sony had a much better picture. I really wanted to like the Samsung since it was 20% less than the Sony at the time, available at Costco, and with a free square trade warrantee. But I couldn’t live with the picture after using the Sony.
In general, the Samsung MU8000 had an overall dimmer picture. It was accurate for the most part, but not as vibrant as the X900E in some scenes. I tested them side by side using the same content at the same time with the built in apps—SD, HD, and 4K with and without HDR. When you compare the pictures it’s important to not just see the main object (faces, cars, animals, etc), but to also look at the sky and other background images. There should be detail all over. When I got the Samsung to show a good picture, the sky was washed out more, and the tone mapping of fireballs and other bright objects lacked more detail. Not a lot, but obviously noticeable when side by side. At the same time, I could notice more blooming on the Samsung since it doesn’t do local dimming as well. You really only see this in a dark room though.
I had the Samsung in the house first, never expecting to get anything different, but I was disappointed in some of the content so I started comparing brands more when I found out about the X900E. I’m happy I spent the extra money on it in the end.