Differences Between Samsung 6 & 8 Series

By Erik Devaney

Comparing the Samsung 6 Series TV and the Samsung 8 Series TV can help you evaluate their respective design and performance characteristics. Both TVs have LCD flat-panel screens, and rely on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for illuminating those screens. However, the 6 Series and the 8 Series have several differences. One of the best strategies for reviewing those differences is to look at TV models from each series that have the same diagonal screen size, such as the 46-inch UN46C6500 6 Series and the 46-inch UN46C8000XF 8 Series.

Size

Of the 6 Series and the 8 Series, the 8 Series is thinner, which can be an important consideration if you plan on mounting a TV to a wall. Without its stand, the 6 Series has dimensions of 42.9 inches wide by 26.1 inches high by 1.1 inches deep. In comparison, the 8 Series has dimensions of 42.9 inches wide by 26.1 inches high by 0.9 inches deep. However, despite having slightly smaller dimensions, the 8 Series is a bit heavier than its 6 Series counterpart. The 6 Series weighs 35.3 lbs. without its stand. The 8 Series weighs 37.5 lbs. without its stand.

Design Color

The 6 Series has a gray cabinet, which accents the color of the TV’s casing and stand. In comparison, the 8 Series has a brushed titanium cabinet color. While the 6 Series has a bezel with a touch of stone black surrounding its screen, the 8 Series has bezel with a touch of brushed titanium surrounding its screen.

Contrast Ratio

The 8 Series has a superior contrast ratio in comparison to the 6 Series. Contrast ratio refers to the difference between the brightest white colors a TV can display and the darkest black colors a TV can produce. Having a high-contrast ratio allows a TV to provide deep black levels, which helps the other colors on a TV’s screen stand out and appear more vivid and realistic. While different manufacturers use different strategies for measuring contrast ratio, Samsung relies on dynamic-contrast ratios for these models. Dynamic-contrast ratio is the maximum contrast ratio a TV can provide over time, as opposed to in a given instance. While the 6 Series has a dynamic-contrast ratio of 5 million to 1, the 8 Series has a dynamic-contrast ratio of 8 million to 1.

3D

Unlike the 6 Series, the 8 Series is capable of 3D technology. As a 3D TV, the 8 Series provides the illusion of a third dimension, depth, when users watch movies, TV programs, video games and other 3D video content. The 8 Series is able to provide this perceived third dimension by simultaneously displaying two separate images of the same video sequence or scene, which are spliced together when you wear 3D glasses.