Samsung AU8000 (LCD)

Samsung AU8000 (55" LCD)

Samsung AU8000 (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Cartoons & Animaton:
3.9
PICTURE QUALITY: Fair6.6/10
MOVIES & TV: Poor5.9/10
GAMING: Poor5.8/10
SPORTS: Fair6.5/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Fair6.9/10
NEWS & TALK: Fair6.7/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Fair6.3/10

The Samsung AU8000 is an LCD TV with a lower midrange price and was released in 2021. It has a 65-inch screen size and offers fair overall picture quality. When it comes to specific content, it performs fairly for sports and news, talk, and reality TV while gaming, dark room performance, and movie series experience are considered poor. In bright rooms, this TV offers a fair experience, which could make it suitable for well-lit environments. However, its reflective screen might counteract this benefit in very bright or sunlit rooms. The TV provides a good upscaling of lower resolution content and has a good response time but has only average input lag, which isn't ideal for competitive gaming. It comes with a VA LED sub-type screen, supports HDR10 and HLG but does not support Dolby Vision or HDR10+. Color reproduction is fair out of the box, yet the contrast is high which benefits dark scenes. Additionally, the AU8000 has fair sound quality with no standout speaker features and offers decent accessibility options. It includes three HDMI ports, making it capable of connecting multiple devices simultaneously. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good SDR brightness
  • Low input lag for gaming
  • Decent reflection handling
  • Good upscaling of lower resolution content
Cons
  • Poor HDR brightness
  • Limited gaming performance
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • No local dimming feature

Ratings by Category

Cartoons & Animaton:
3.9
PerfectRec’s cartoons & animation score places great importance on several crucial aspects of TV picture quality, such as color gamut, color volume, brightness, and out-of-the-box color accuracy, in addition to good gray uniformity and contrast, to ensure that you can fully enjoy your favorite animated content. Cartoons and animation are characterized by vibrant and colorful imagery, however, accurately displaying this type of content can pose a challenge for TVs, particularly during scenes with complex lighting or subtle color variations.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
3.8
The Samsung AU8000 is suitable for watching news and other TV programs due to its good upscaling quality, which ensures that lower resolution content from regular broadcasts is crisply displayed, and a fair performance in displaying colors out of the box, presenting news programs with decent color accuracy without immediate adjustment. However, its lack of local dimming might limit contrast in darker scenes, and the average color gamut may not capture the full range of colors in more vibrant content.
Overall Picture:
3.6
The Samsung AU8000 has fair picture quality primarily due to lacking local dimming, resulting in subpar performance in HDR brightness and color volume. Furthermore, while the color accuracy out of the box and black uniformity are respectable, the limited contrast and viewing angles reduce the overall picture quality in varied viewing conditions.
Sports:
3.5
The Samsung AU8000's motion processing might cause blurring during fast-paced sports scenes, which is less than ideal for a clear viewing experience. Additionally, its narrow viewing angles could result in color and contrast losses when watched from the side, affecting the experience for those not sitting directly in front of the TV.
Bright Room:
3.4
The Samsung AU8000 performs adequately in a bright room due to its ability to produce good levels of SDR brightness, combined with effective handling of reflections, which is important for maintaining picture visibility when facing ambient light. However, while it manages reflections well, the TV's fair color volume and color gamut may result in colors that are not as rich or vibrant in a brightly lit environment.
Movies & TV shows:
3.0
The Samsung AU8000 has a high contrast ratio, but it lacks local dimming which is crucial for improving dark scene performance, leading to less impactful movies and cinematic TV experiences. Plus, while it has decent color straight out of the box, its reduced color volume can make movie scenes feel less vibrant and true-to-life.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$548
Brand
Samsung
Release Date
March 3, 2021
Full name
UN55AU8000
Screen Size
55"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Tizen
Sound Quality Score
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6/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
3
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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6.6/10
Bright Room Score
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6.4/10
Gaming Score
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5.8/10
Movies & TV Score
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5.9/10
Sports Score
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6.5/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
27.9" x 48.5" x 1"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
29.5" x 48.5"
Weight without Stand
34.2 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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6.7/10
Local Dimming
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2.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.0
Speaker Power
20 W
Dolby Atmos
Bypass only
DTS:X
No

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USA Today

Michael Desjardin | April 2023
"To put it directly: you’d never see a mid-range 4K TV hitting this black levels half a decade ago. AU8000 plays the part of a higher-end TV thanks to its sleek design. If you’re upgrading to a smart TV for the first time, the software is a great way to dip your toes in the streaming water."

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