The phrase 'mid-range' can stir up feelings of being forced to compromise, which our lizard brains usually aren't too happy about.

But you can tell your inner reptilian that it doesn't need the status symbol of a flagship QLED or OLED TV, because the Samsung UE55MU8000 exists.

Sitting one range down from Samsung’s premium QLED TV range, this 4K HDR set delivers a lot of the same benefits as its flagship running mate, but at a much more reasonable cost.

It's time to find out how good mid-range TVs have become in 2017...

Samsung UE55MU8000 design & features: spot the difference

Just because the MU8000 is a mid-range telly, doesn’t mean Samsung is about to slack on its design.

The bezel might not be quite as razor thin as it is on Samsung's QE55Q7 and the stand not quite as elegant, but it remains a lovely looking TV that’ll fit right into most homes. It’s slim too, so easy to accommodate, with the majority of its connections housed in Samsung’s external OneConnect box (namely four HDMIs, three USBs and an optical output for a soundbar).

As a UHD Premium certified set, it comes with a number of important spec boxes pre-ticked, such as 4K HDR (with support for HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma) and 1000-nit brightness.

It's missing Dolby Vision though, with Samsung working on its own HDR10+ format with Amazon Video instead. As if we needed any more.

Samsung’s smart offering has always been a feather in its cap and that continues here. It’s a slick, unassuming take on previous smart TV outings, appearing as a simple line of tiles along the bottom without interrupting what’s on screen.

It’s easy to navigate, with a secondary menu that’ll often offer you the option to jump straight into the content you love without having to load the app first.  

As for those apps, you’ll find a full roster of streaming services on the MU8000, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV and all of the UK’s TV catch up services.

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Samsung UE55MU8000 sound: good for dialogue

The MU8000 puts most of its emphasis on sound through the mid-range, which is clear and detailed, making it great for dialogue.

It’s not quite as convincing elsewhere. There’s enough weight to give voices body, but not enough to give any real authority to big action scenes, nor the dynamic wherewithal to build tension or create impact. Overall, it just feels a little restrained.

If you want to get a sound that’ll equal the abilities of the MU8000’s picture performance, we’d certainly recommend investing in a soundbar

Stuff says... 

Samsung UE55MU8000 review

Thought mid-range meant middle-of-the-road? This excellent TV will make you think again
Good Stuff 
Sharp, detailed picture
Vibrant, but believable colour palette
Excellent smart TV offering
Easy to navigate and set up
Bad Stuff 
Viewing angles are tight
Sound lacks dynamics