Women and gents, we’ve now formally moved into the realm of 8K decision tv, and based mostly on our assessment of the brand new 85-inch Samsung QN85Q900 8K full-array QLED mannequin, it’s going to be a really vibrant and colourful video world to behold.
The Samsung 8K QN85Q900 ($14,999.99 instructed retail) delivered the brightest footage we’ve ever examined together with deep and wealthy black ranges that registered almost good black and clearly seen deep shadow element on a degree that rivals OLED shows.
Colours, and particularly colour quantity, have been remarkably vibrant and nuanced, overlaying a large colour gamut of 98% of DCI-P3 colour area.
Samsung lists peak brightness of the Q900 at four,000 nits, which engineers advised us may be achieved with the set in dynamic mode and numerous settings turned up excessive (see mild degree picture under). We by no means noticed that degree achieved on our SpectraCal C6-HDR colorimeter measuring in Film mode, which is to be anticipated. Realistically, not many individuals are going to observe a tv in overly shiny dynamic image mode.
Earlier this yr we reviewed Samsung’s 2018 QN65Q9FN 4K Extremely HD full-array LED LCD TV and located it to be the most effective televisions we had ever examined. And though the QN85Q900 makes use of the identical full-array LED again mild system because the Q9 fashions, we discovered peak brightness to be significantly greater–eye squinting–for HDR specular highlights. On the similar time black ranges have been decrease with much less element crushing than the Q9FN produced.
Moreover, Samsung has eradicated any signal of blooming round vibrant objects into bordering letter field frames, which proved to be a distraction in earlier mannequin years, and is current on Sony’s top-of-the-line Z9F collection. That’s to not say blooming is completely absent. That is nonetheless an LED LCD TV, in any case, and a point of haloing might be seen on brilliant objects throughout black grounds, however it was not manifestly apparent or distracting in our checks.
Samsung opted to go solely with an 85-inch mannequin to launch 8K in the USA. In different areas of the world, the corporate provides a number of smaller display sizes. This is because of usually smaller dwelling areas in different nations that restrict demand for very giant tv shows. Samsung executives informed us they weren’t ruling out the potential for including smaller measurement 8K fashions right here within the close to future, however to start out the corporate felt an 85-inch display measurement was the easiest way to point out off the image high quality advantages 8K (7680×4320 pixels) decision produces. Additionally, 8K is a decision that’s greatest loved on a display giant sufficient to understand all the added sharpness and element.
That stated, we at the moment are within the age of excessive dynamic vary (HDR), and the distinction and colour advantages HDR photographs produce assist all the additional pixels a excessive decision display provides to point out clearly seen advantages in image high quality each up shut and much away, making 8K pictures shine on smaller screens in addition to actually giant ones.
Frankly, in common film video viewing, we discovered the decision advantages alone of content material upconverted to 8K to be onerous to discern in comparison with photographs proven on Samsung’s excellent QN85Q6F collection entry QLED show. The place 8K decision was extra noticeable when viewing upscaled 4K content material utilizing Samsung’s very spectacular new Synthetic Intelligence-based upscaling system. This produced seen small particulars just like the differentiation between leaves on timber shot from a distance.
Nevertheless, when presenting an image of textual content from a newspaper or e-book on display, the advantages of 8K decision and Samsung’s AI upconversion system actually inform the story. I might simply learn the considerably enlarged newspaper textual content with out studying glasses. One thing I couldn’t do with the actual copy in entrance of me. The identical picture on the step-down Q6 collection QLED tv wasn’t almost as sharp.
Photographs shot in native 8K for Samsung’s demo functions have been, as might be anticipated, brilliantly sharp, clear and colourful, however none of this was typical content material you’d see on tv or from an Extremely HD Blu-ray film. We don’t anticipate to see a lot native native 8K content material turning into available anytime quickly. That makes Samsung’s new AI picture processing know-how all of the extra essential.
Earlier than we go additional, for full disclosure we’ll inform you the evaluate we carried out happened at Samsung’s New Jersey QA Lab. The sheer measurement and weight of the 85-inch set made delivery evaluate samples pricey and logistically troublesome.
We didn’t have time to do our typical thorough calibration and used our check gear and a few mild meters loaned to us by Samsung to take brightness and shade measurements. We used our personal check patterns, and pattern discs to guage image efficiency, and in contrast the distinction in image high quality towards the talked about 2018 Q6 (edge-lit) collection 4K QLED tv. Samsung arrange the tv subsequent to the Q6 in an effort to present a comparably sized display.
Each televisions have been aligned aspect by aspect at eye degree from a standing place. Most of our viewing and measurements befell in a darkish room.
Excessive Dynamic Vary
Peak brightness measured at 4828 nits.
Like different Samsung 2018 QLED televisions, the QN85Q900 helps excessive dynamic vary (HDR) from the HDR10 (static metadata), HLG (no metadata) and HDR10+ (dynamic metadata) profiles. Samsung doesn’t help the Dolby Imaginative and prescient or Technicolor Superior HDR profiles right now. When an incoming HDR sign is sensed, the tv routinely shifts into HDR mode. In our exams, we caught with HDR10-based 4K content material, as little or no HDR10+ content material is accessible at the moment.
As talked about, that is a particularly brilliant tv. Utilizing an elaborate spectroradiometer, Samsung measured for us a peak luminance of 4828 nits, however this was achieved by switching the set into the Dynamic Image mode and boosting different brightness settings past typical viewing circumstances. In Film Mode, with a calibrated image, peak luminance measured 2122 nits. In each instances a complicated Konika Minolta spectroradiometer was used. Each of those measurements have been properly past the 1000 nit threshold ranges required to be categorized as a “Premium Ultra HD” tv underneath the Extremely HD Alliance’s premium product certification parameters.
For black ranges we measured a middle black goal with 10% white home windows within the corners of the check sample display to maintain backlights on at close to zero nits, which is identical measurement we registered with LG’s OLED televisions.
In real-world viewing, we discovered superb shadow element to be very nicely developed. We ran a sequence from The Martian displaying a star-filled sky, and observed many extra seen stars throughout the display than have been current on the Q6, which has a couple of element crushing points. The presentation was additionally higher than we keep in mind seeing in our checks of the Q9FN.
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For actual world brightness, we reviewed a scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Extremely HD Blu-ray the place the Guardians fight an enormous alien monster. The scene is crammed with flashes of sunshine which, with HDR, have been introduced with spectacular brilliance. Colours have been as brilliant and wealthy as we’ve but seen, bringing out textures within the clothes and faces so as to add a way of three dimensionality.
That is HDR the best way it’s meant to be seen.
The QN85Q900 exhibits how particular quantum dot enhancement could be in a vibrant tv. Submit calibration measurements present a large gamut protection of 98.7% of DCI-P3. The UHDA premium threshold is 90%.
Even with Normal Dynamic Rage Full HD content material, colours have been exceptionally shiny and vibrant, the place they have been meant to be. In out of field pre-calibrated Film mode, the Q900 was fairly tight for accuracy, however this may be bumped up with calibration, because the pre- and post-calibration CalMan workflows from Portrait Shows/SpectraCal attest.
Pre and Submit Calibration views of the 85Q900 utilizing a CalMan workflow from Portrait Shows/SpectraCal.
Samsung continues to make use of a VA LCD panel on this collection, however the 85Q900 appeared to have a wider viewing angle than the Q9FN we examined earlier and just lately noticed on the Worth Electronics TV Shoot Out. Photographs have been colourful and contrasted from angles as vast as roughly 160-degrees. It’s nonetheless to not OLED ranges however it’s getting nearer and the very giant display measurement helps to masks a few of the drop off when viewing from about eight ft away.
The Samsung QN85Q900 makes use of a 120 Hz native refresh fee panel and Samsung’s Auto Movement Plus movement dealing with system to scale back movement blur and judder. As we discovered within the Q9FN mannequin we examined, movement smoothing is excellent. We observed solely minimal judder on zoom ins on closeups and we didn’t observe any distracting cleaning soap opera impact, with the tv in “movie” image mode.
As talked about, Samsung is enhancing its already wonderful picture processing system for this mannequin utilizing a brand new AI-based picture processing and upscaling system. Samsung defined that this new system makes use of each a extra highly effective processing chip and on-board reminiscence containing hundreds of photographs. The system makes use of these for reference to regulate on-screen for probably the most pure wanting outcomes. Additional, the system connects to on-line servers to entry further pattern pictures that gained’t match on the set’s inner hardware. This permits Samsung to constantly add new comparability photographs to assist the picture processing system create probably the most real looking photographs attainable.
This can proceed to enhance and produce higher outcomes over time, Samsung engineers informed us. As with the Q9FN, the Q900 did an excellent job minimizing shade banding (false contouring) this yr. We noticed only a few apparent banding points. Up conversion from Full HD Blu-ray sources was exceptionally clear, clear and shade correct, whereas upconversion from normal definition DVDs was even higher than we noticed in our assessment of the Q9FN. Our DVD check disc of Alfred Hitchcock’s black-&-white unique Psycho nonetheless presents some fuzziness, particularly when blown as much as an 85-inch display measurement, however the pictures have been barely sharper than we noticed on the Q6. For probably the most half, photographs have been acceptably clear with out introducing any overt blurring of faces, or pixelized edges round on-screen titles and credit.
Within the Blu-ray model of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s Finish, which is our favourite torture check for low-light noise dealing with, the 85Q900 introduced some very obvious mosquito noise with Digital Noise Discount turned off, however when this was turned on the picture cleared up considerably. Background colours have been clean whereas the picture remained sharp. The seen shifting noise parts from grain and low mild was virtually imperceptible within the opening Asian harbor sequences which might be very dimly lit. On the similar time, movie grain was left in tact, preserving the unique look of the movie.
One Join Field
Samsung makes use of an identical One Join Field on the Q900 to the one on the 65Q9FN. This homes a lot of the show’s circuitry, software program and supply inputs. The 2018 model is considerably bigger and heavier than the 2017 model, as a result of the corporate has opted to place the facility provide within the field together with a particular cooling system that eliminates fan noise. The One Join Field is now virtually the dimensions of an Extremely HD Blu-ray participant. The truth is, it’s taller than certainly one of Samsung’s fashions, at 2.5 inches excessive x 15.25 inches lengthy and 5.25 inches deep.
As mentioned, the One Join Field this yr really has one connection to ship each energy and supply alerts to the show panel. The cable, although a bit thicker than final yr’s, continues to be simpler to hide than typical energy and HDMI cords, and may be painted to match a wall with out the necessity to snake any wires behind the lounge sheet rock.
As up to now, the One Join Field gives an ample number of inputs together with 4 HDMI 2.zero connectors with HDR help; three side-mounted USB 2.zero ports, an Ethernet port, an optical audio output and an RF antenna enter. There are not any analog composite or element video inputs. As prior to now, the One Join Field additionally provides an Ex-Hyperlink serial interface, which is predicted for use with an up to date model of SpectraCal’s AutoCal system in CalMan calibration software program to take direct management of image settings and considerably velocity up the calibration course of.
Sadly, the One Join Field doesn’t supply HDMI 2.1 connections presently. Nobody’s televisions are more likely to have them this yr. Samsung doesn’t know but if it’s going to supply a alternative One Join Field (Evolution Package) for this mannequin as soon as the HDMI 2.1 interface chips and hardware are prepared for market.
Like different 2018 QLED TV fashions, the Q900 consists of Samsung’s Ambient Mode. This function is designed to show the tv into true wall artwork when not getting used to observe video. It fills the display with private pictures or particular paintings. As well as, in wall-mounted purposes, Samsung has developed a particular cellular system app that allows you to take a photograph of the tv towards the wall after which makes use of that picture to fill the display with matching digital wallpaper, making the display appear to vanish into the background. Solely the ultra-thin bezel trim stays seen to the attention. On prime of this, Samsung provides pictures that appear to drift upon the wall floor for an fascinating inventive impact. Alternatively, the display can run knowledge screens with information and climate updates.
Samsung has as soon as once more delivered a chic, modern design for the tv. It has a wider panel depth than its OLED rivals, however this actually isn’t a distraction. The again of the set has a barely rounded backing and the one-cable connection is definitely hid inside the panel and stand helps.
The set comes with equally elegant ft that maintain the panel secure whereas including a design accent to the general look of the set.
Samsung provides to the Q900 the identical sensible TV platform and interface for 2018 as utilized in different QLEDs. The consumer interface hasn’t modified considerably from final yr’s – it nonetheless has a really slick format with intuitive operation. The TV simply does extra. For instance, this go-round, the corporate is re-introducing its Sensible Issues system, which is designed to show the tv right into a hub for the management of suitable residence automation units related by means of the house Wi-Fi community. To do that, Samsung has added its Bixby voice-controlled AI system (just like Siri or Alexa) from its smartphones into the tv. To function a tool, the consumer wants solely maintain down the microphone button on the distant and converse a command into its pinhole mic.
Samsung’s One Distant
The system allows controlling a variety of units like sensible home equipment, lighting or robotic vacuum cleaners proper from the couch. We didn’t have any suitable sensible units obtainable to attempt, so we will’t say how successfully or ineffectively it performs.
To function the sensible TV menu system Samsung consists of its One Distant, which is snug within the hand, and simply and responsively navigates the multi-level on-screen menus system.
TV setup is made faster utilizing a free SmartThings cellular system app that the tv instructs the consumer to obtain upon startup. From there, the app makes all the connections to the house community with out the necessity of usernames and passwords and guides the viewer by way of the connection to cable, satellite tv for pc TV and terrestrial TV sources.
Units like Extremely HD Blu-ray gamers and Roku media streamers are immediately acknowledged and labeled on the suitable HDMI enter upon connection to the tv.
Within the final couple of years Samsung has taken critical curiosity in creating televisions that may stand as much as the newest and biggest video video games, and the 85Q900 could be one of the best but. The set had a measured lag time of 14.9ms in Recreation Mode when fed 1080p/30 and 4K/30p alerts on the Leo Bodnar enter lag tester (together with daisy chained HD Fury Integral and Linker units for 4K).
Samsung this yr has added a Recreation Movement Plus setting, which considerably boosts brightness and sharpness, whereas offering customizable controls for movement judder and blurring. However this was turned off throughout testing to realize the bottom lag rating.
Samsung is taking an enormous step by being the primary to enter the U.S. market with an 8K tv when no native 8K content material is accessible anyplace in sight. However the 85-inch QN85Q900 is greater than only a TV with 8K decision. It’s an distinctive tv that’s able to taking HD, Full HD and 4K Extremely HD content material and making it fill all of the pixels on the display with vibrant, colourful imagery whereas holding artifacts to a minimal. Though it’s a quantum dot 4K LED-LCD show, with 8K this can be a very new know-how that produces brightness exceeding shopper shows available on the market, whereas presenting deep black ranges with little or no shadow element crushing.
With the mixture of brightness and black degree this set produces, the comparisons between OLED and QLED are nearer than ever. At $14,999.99, this can be a used-car-equivalent buy, however with the power to play 8K pictures, HDR10+, HLG and replace its picture processing system, that is an aspirational tv funding as properly. It ought to proceed to ship dividends years into the longer term.
We subsequently award the Samsung QN85Q900 5 out of 5 hearts.
By Greg Tarr
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