Australian Review: Samsung Series 9 KS9500 65-inch SUHD 4K TV (2016) – Whole lotta HDR

Samsung's made a couple of compromises when it comes to the 65-inch KS9500, but at an asking price of AUD$4,500, they're almost all forgivable. It's a big, high-end TV that doesn't come with an asking price that approaches fives figures. If you're okay with an edge lit display (which is all you're going to get in this kind of price range) and aren't too bothered by poor local dimming, the KS9500 is easy to recommend in terms of both value and image quality. Doubly so if you're after a high quality option for viewing HDR content.

At the same time, I wouldn't be rushing out to buy a HDR-ready TV just yet. As aforementioned, there isn't a huge deal of HDR content available at the moment. HDR will be a big deal, and it's the next big improvement in television picture quality, but I wouldn't upgrade for the sake of upgrading right now. But if you're in the market for a new TV anyway, it's worth getting a HDR ready TV so, that at the very least, you can be futureproof.

If you're looking at spending around AUD$4,000 to AUD$5,000 on a TV, a high quality display, excellent HDR performance, and impressive screen brightness all make the KS9500 worth considering.

Alex Choros reviewed the KS9500 at QT Sydney as a guest of Samsung Australia.

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