Samsung's curved screen JS9500 is one serious TV

WITH a recommended retail price nudging $9000, Samsung's newest 65-inch curved screen TV would want to be good.

It is.

Watching a 4K video, even one from YouTube, you feel like you could step right into the screen.

The skin tones are so realistic you want to touch the faces of those in front of you.

The colours are so vivid that it is hard to distinguish between the real and the virtual.

The JS9500 SUHD LED TV is one serious piece of cinema-emulating technology.

The 3840 by 2160 screen is about four times the quality of your average HD.

The TV, quite smartly, comes with a separate One Connect box.

It includes the octa-core processor, its Tizen operating system and all of its HDMI, USB and other connections, plugging into a TV through a single cable.

The beauty of having it separate is that you could upgrade just that, rather than a whole new TV, as technology progresses.

The remote control uses motion control, to guide you through the on-screen interface.

It takes a little while to master but is far more fun to use than the old remote.

You can switch between favourite channels, other connected devices like your Xbox, PlayStation or Blu-ray, or Netflix, or Foxtel Play, all while staying on the screen.

There's even voice control.

You can also scan through channels using up and down buttons like you would on any other TV.

You can customise the menu, pinning your favourite apps or programs to the scrolling screen at the bottom.

We spent much of the month we had the TV checking out the latest offerings from Netflix, as well as YouTube and other online services.

Search for 4K videos on YouTube and you will be blown away by the picture and sound quality.

Netflix also offers a selection of 4K content but it is not vast. No doubt as prices come down on these televisions, demand will increase for quality content.

The screen boasts a staggering eight million pixels but Samsung said it is the nano crystal technology which takes television to a whole new premium SUHD LED TV status.

An auto depth enhancer automatically adjusts contrast between foreground and background areas of the image to help create a dynamic sense of depth and detail.

Upscaling is designed to make free-to-air TV and full HD video from your games and Blu-ray collections look great.

But it doesn't always work, with some TV content looking ordinary.

Claims of more colours, with a staggering range of tint, shade and nuance, were certainly evident in the 4k videos we watched.

The curved screen itself is barely noticeable, apart from when you first take the TV out of the box.

The screen is bordered by a stylish Y frame silver stand which is designed to make the screen appear like it is floating in space.

Wi-fi is built in, making it easy to play content from compatible smartphones and tablets to the TV.

The biggest question remains, however - would you pay up to $9000 for a TV?

If you're looking for a sweetener, Samsung is throwing in six months of Netflix with the deal.

It's probably not enough to get my wife across the line, I'm afraid.

She might be happy to see more of me now the TV is gone.

PRICE POINTS

65 inch $8999 RRP

78 inch $19,999 RRP

88 inch $24,999 RRP


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