The Kohl's ad is out, and there is a Samsung 55" for $499. From all appearances, the UN55KU6290 is a 4K Smart 2016 model, has 120 motion rate, and HDR with local dimming. There are competing models out there that are cheaper right now, like the TCL brand with HDR for $450. Keep in mind that TCL sells a Dolbyvision model as well, and this is not it! For the uninformed if you hear HDR, it generally means the open-source HDR10 standard. This is not a bad thing at all because most of the HDR content is from HDR10. The Xbox One will only pass HDR10, so do not buy one thinking you can watch Dolbyvision 4K movies as it will display them in HDR10 only. This is still a great thing! I own both formats, so feel free to ask me if you need help.
While I am not crazy happy on the price of the Samsung, you are getting a brand name, HDR and $150 Kohl's cash back. I would buy a 4K player like the one pictured since it should bring affordability into the living room this year and $30 back to boot.
Quick reminder of the quasi-marketing-speak these manufacturer's use.
The box says 120 motion rate. But the TV is actually almost certainly a 60 Hz unit.
RTings tested a model that appears to be the next step up from this one here. Their results indicate conclusively that the unit is 60 Hz. So if you already have a legitimate 120 Hz 1080P TV, this might actually be a step down in performance for the vast majority of your media. RTings gave it a solid score for gaming due to pretty low lag times, but just a so-so rating for regular mixed viewing.
- nice design / small bezels
- picture quality isn't great, but its good
- contrast is good
- brightness is good
- black uniformity and color gradient are both good
- color accuracy is really quite good out of the box and calibrates great if you make the effort
- it scaled 480p, 720p, 1080p and 4k really well
- no image retention
- handled blur well
- good on input lag
- fully supports both 1080p AND 4k up to 60 Hz with full 4:4:4 Chroma subsampling (mainly helpful if using as a monitor)
- good smart features
- no local dimming ability
- poor gray uniformity
- really poor viewing from an angle
- poor color gamut (which is a huge reason for going to 4K w/ HDR in the first place)
- very poor color volume
- very poor image flicker (some people are more susceptible to this than others)
- very poor motion interpolation
- poor sound (but really, I've never been impressed with the sound quality from any flat screen TV ever)
Comparing the 6290 and the 6300 on Samsung's own website, they appear pretty much the same with the following highlights:
- they have the same inputs (3 HDMI, 1 Component, 1 Composite-sorta, 2 USB)
- they have the same dimensions (except for possibly different stands)
- they have the same power consumption
- they have the same sound
- they both stream
- 6290 doesn't have the "ultra clear panel" that reportedly brightens colors, enhances contrast and reduces reflection while the 6300 does.
- 6290 doesn't have voice recognition in the remote while the 6300 does (GARY...BUSEY!!!)
Point being the RTings review on the 6300 is probably a reliable look on the 6290 as well.