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Samsung QN900C 8K TV

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Verdict

The Samsung QE75QN900C may be an 8K TV, however its excellent image high quality and incredible upscaling make it a fantastic purchase in at the moment’s 4K world, too.

Professionals

  • Spectacularly shiny, vibrant footage
  • Beautiful ‘Infinity’ design
  • Excellent LCD gentle management

Cons

  • It’s costly
  • No Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist
  • However nonetheless some minor backlight points

  • 75-inch 8K LCD display screen8K delivers a decision with 4 occasions as many pixels as a 4K TV

  • Mini LED lighting systemLights footage utilizing LEDs one fortieth the dimensions of these in common LED TVs.

  • OTS Professional Sound SystemObject Monitoring Sound makes use of audio system and processing to make spot results seem from the proper a part of the display screen

  • Tizen sensible systemResidence grown sensible platform based mostly on the Tizen OS

  • Neural Quantum Processor 8KSamsung’s newest AI processor attracts on the accrued data of 54 separate neural networks

Introduction

Whereas Samsung isn’t the one model that sells 8K TVs, it’s positively its greatest cheerleader, a standing backed up by launching greater than every other TV model. This pattern continues in 2023 regardless of current gross sales figures suggesting 8K TVs have gotten much less fashionable. Not least, I’d counsel, due to the difficulties of watching any significant quantity of content material in native 8K.

Whereas Samsung might need battle to influence shoppers to step as much as 8K, its TVs have sometimes impressed on pure image high quality phrases as a result of they’ve provided a wider vary of throughout the board enhancements over the perfect of Samsung’s 4K TVs than a mere quadrupling of pixels.

However with Samsung’s flagship 4K Mini LED TV this 12 months, the QN95C, benefitting from such a considerable enchancment over their predecessors, can the Samsung QE75QN900C make its 8K distinction rely?

Availability

  • UKRRP: £6799
  • USARRP: $6299.99
  • EuropeRRP: €7799
  • CanadaRRP: CA$8499.99
  • AustraliaRRP: AU$8499

The Samsung QE75QN900C prices £6,799 within the UK, and a way more reasonably priced $6,299 within the US. I’m not precisely positive why there’s a massive value distinction between territories on this specific mannequin in Samsung’s vary, nevertheless it’s actually not doing the UK’s inflation numbers any favours.

Samsung’s 75QN95C flagship 4K Mini LED TV prices £4,999 within the UK and $4,199 within the US. So primarily you’re paying slightly below £2k further for Samsung’s premium 8K mannequin over its premium 4K mannequin within the UK, and simply over $2k further within the US.

One other comparability is that Samsung’s debut 77-inch, 4K Quantum Dot OLED display screen, the QE77S95C, prices £5,099 / $4,499. In different phrases, it doesn’t matter what else in Samsung’s vary you evaluate it with, the QE75QN900C prices a major premium – which inevitably piles the stress on its efficiency.

The QN900C can be found throughout just about all world territories. Even Australia, which usually takes a smaller roster of Samsung TVs and doesn’t seem like stocking any of Samsung’s cheaper 2023 8K choices, is promoting the QN900C.

Design

  • Sensationally skinny bezel
  • Ships with exterior connections field
  • Monolithic Infinity sculpting

The Samsung QE75QN900C is a significantly spectacular trying TV. For starters, the way in which the Korean producer has managed to assist its 75-inch display screen in a body that’s barely a few millimetres throughout needs to be seen to be believed. It’s simply the closest factor there’s to a very ‘frameless’ TV.

The TV solely stands proud a few centimetres or so around the again too, regardless of utilizing a Mini LED backlight system, and the rear panel earns bonus type factors by being just about as flat because the display screen. The result’s an eye-catchingly monolithic look that’s excellent for wall hanging.

Corner detail of the Samsung QN900C, showing the perforated edges that let the sound emerge from the Object Tracking Sound speaker system.
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The trim facet panels, in the meantime, take pleasure in a crisp silver metallic end, given further pizazz by perforations offered to assist the TV’s side-mounted audio system ship Samsung’s Object Monitoring Sound system.

As typical with Samsung 8K TVs, the QE75QN900C’s connections are all carried on an exterior One Join field that attaches to the display screen – offering energy in addition to image and sound – through a single cable, which is helpful for preserving cable mess to a minimal. The One Join field is designed so it may possibly lean in opposition to the angled neck of the TV’s centrally mounted stand.

Two distant controls are boxed with the Samsung QE75QN900C. The usual one is a closely buttoned one which’s nonetheless very simple to make use of, and a streamlined sensible distant that Samsung clearly and rightly expects most will use. The star attraction of this sensible distant is that it doesn’t want any batteries due to that truth it may possibly recharge it through both a photo voltaic panel on its rear or, remarkably, your broadband router’s Wi-Fi alerts. 

The Samsung QE75QN900C's 'smart' remote control.
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Options

  • 8K decision
  • Mini LED lighting with native dimming
  • Excellent gaming assist

The star attraction of the Samsung QE75QN900C is its enormous 7840 x 4320 pixel rely. That’s 4 occasions as many pixels as in a 4K TV, elevating the prospect of a fantastically dense and detailed picture. 

Sadly, the content material world stubbornly refuses to supply us with a lot native 8K content material, so it gained’t be usually that you simply’ll get to expertise the 75QN900C’s decision in its native 8K glory. For the overwhelming majority of the time you’ll be watching upscaled 4K or HD alerts through the TV’s image processor.

Simply as nicely then, that the Neural Quantum 8K processor is comfortably Samsung’s strongest but. Notably hanging is Samsung’s declare it carries the mixed studying of 54 separate neural networks, every of which beaver away to determine how finest to recognise and take care of various kinds of picture content material.

Rear view of the Samsung QN900C 8K TV. The One Connect can be leant against the neck of the stand.
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The 75QN900C is illuminated by a Mini LED lighting system that makes use of LEDs 40 occasions smaller than these in Samsung’s common LED fashions, with a large gamut of colors delivered utilizing Quantum Dot expertise. It is a mixture Samsung calls Neo QLED. 

The panel is a VA moderately than IPS one, which might normally point out superior black ranges, whereas Mini LED can match extra LEDs into the identical display screen space, contributing to extra management over gentle output. 

The 75QN900C’s degree of sunshine management isn’t simply all the way down to Mini LEDs. It additionally drives these tiny LEDs utilizing an area dimming system, the place separate zones of the LEDs can output totally different quantities of sunshine impartial of their neighbours. The 75QN900C deploys 1920 dimming zones – a really excessive quantity even by the requirements of the premium LCD TV world.

That is, although, the identical quantity utilized in 2022’s Samsung QE75QN900B mannequin; there hasn’t been a repeat of the substantial enhance in dimming zones we’re seeing within the higher echelons of Samsung’s 4K Mini LED TV vary in 2023. In actual fact, the 75QN900B makes use of the identical variety of dimming zones because the 75QN95C. 

This issues as a result of it takes away a key benefit – much more dimming zones – that Samsung’s flagship 8K TVs have beforehand loved over its flagship 4K units. 

At which level it’s value remembering the smaller pixel pitch you get with 8K screens can probably ship finer color blends, a better sense of depth, better pixel density, and extra finely resolved edges and curves. Clearly I’ll be taking a look at how nicely the Samsung QE75QN900C delivers on these types of potential ‘holistic’ 8K benefits. 

Mini LED TVs historically rely on their brightness and immunity to display screen burn as their raison d’être versus OLED TVs. With the newest QD-OLED and Micro Lens Array OLED TVs having fun with enormous brightness will increase, can the 75QN900C preserve the Mini LED brightness ‘edge’ going?

The connections on the Samsung One Connect box.
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Sure, because it occurs. Relying on the image preset used, it delivers a measured peak brightness of between 2060 and a couple of,260 nits on a white HDR window that covers 10% of the display screen. That’s round 50% greater than the measurements I’ve seen from even the perfect of the brand new OLEDs. 

The 75QN900C’s brightness with a full display screen white HDR picture of 530 nits is greater than twice as excessive as something the perfect of even the brand new OLED TVs can handle. It’s equally essential to emphasize that not even 1920 native dimming zones provide the kind of native gentle precision that OLED TVs’ self-emissive pixels can muster. 

The Samsung QE75QN900C helps the HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ HDR codecs, however not Dolby Imaginative and prescient. You’ll be able to argue the extra premium a TV, the much less distinction Dolby Imaginative and prescient delivers. The 75QN900C’s dynamic tone mapping system works at a 14-bit degree, which can hopefully make it even higher at optimising HDR10 content material.

It could truthfully be nice, although, if Samsung joined its friends and introduced Dolby Imaginative and prescient onboard. Particularly as Dolby Imaginative and prescient is proving helpful for delivering a extra constant HDR expertise within the gaming world.

The 75QN900C is in each different approach, although, exceptionally nicely arrange for players. All 4 of its HDMI inputs can obtain the 4K/120Hz alerts the newest consoles and PCs are able to. In actual fact, its body fee assist even stretches to 144Hz. The HDMI inputs additionally assist variable refresh charges in the usual HDMI and AMD FreeSync Premium Professional variations, in addition to auto low latency mode (ALLM) switching. 

The smart remote control for the Samsung QE75QN900C features a solar panel on its rear.
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The Samsung QE75QN900C backs these connectivity options with a powerful variety of gaming enhancements too, together with assist for ultra-wide side ratio PC gaming ratios, a digital aiming level, a mini-map magnifier, an choice to brighten the darkish components of the image completely to assist spot lurking enemies, and choices for sacrificing just a little display screen response in return for small quantities of movement smoothing (probably helpful for exploration, moderately than reaction-based video games). All these choices can be found through a devoted Sport Hub menu display screen.

And at last, the bottom enter lag the display screen is able to with 1080p/60Hz video games is 10.5ms. That is 1ms or so greater than you get with Samsung’s 4K TVs, nevertheless it’s laborious to think about even professional players noticing the distinction – and it’s truly a remarkably speedy end result given what number of pixels the TV is having to create on the fly when not enjoying native 8K video games.

The 75QN900C’s sensible options are offered by Samsung’s Tizen system – which has a mix of professionals and cons. The chief professionals are its glorious assist for voice recognition and management, and its enormous array of content material; other than not carrying Freeview Play, just about each streaming service is current and proper. There’s a superb content material web page devoted to gaming sources, too. 

The primary cons are that the interface’s organisation feels long-winded and illogical at occasions, and that an excessive amount of display screen area is devoted to what’s, primarily, promoting or pushed content material.

The Samsung Tizen home screen.
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Turning to the 75QN900C’s audio, the speaker setup contains a 6.2.4 channel rely fed by an eye catching 90W of energy, with the drivers together with a really noticeable array of eight massive mid-range drivers ranged throughout the TV’s rear, and different audio system constructed into the TV’s edges. It is a substantial step up from the 70W, 4.2.2-channel arrange of the QN95C 4K TV.

The audio system across the edge contribute to a ‘Professional’ model of Samsung’s Object Monitoring Sound (OTS) system, which seeks to breed sound results in the proper place on the display screen. So if a automobile drives throughout the image, you hear its sound cross the image too.

The 75QN900C’s hefty speaker rely for a TV doesn’t cease it from additionally supporting Samsung’s third gen Q-Symphony system, the place the TV’s audio system be part of forces with current Samsung soundbars. 

One final key level to say with the Samsung QE75QN900C is its energy consumption. There was plenty of pleasure within the AV world again when it emerged that 8K TVs together with the QN900C vary have been struggling to satisfy the EU’s newly launched TV energy consumption rules.

Ultimately, although, this has turned out to be one thing of a storm in a teacup. For starters, the rules solely cowl the TV’s out of the field settings with customary dynamic vary content material. So when you watch an SDR supply with out altering something, will probably be proven in a brand new Eco preset that does significantly restrict the picture’s brightness. 

The brightness limitation doesn’t impression HDR playback, although, and it solely takes a few seconds to modify away from the Eco mode when you discover the default SDR pictures too boring. Samsung even offers you the choice to modify away from the default SDR mode throughout its preliminary set up routine. So whereas the impression of the EU’s rules is one thing try to be conscious of, they’re not invasive sufficient to rely as a ‘TV breaker’.

Image High quality

  • Extraordinarily shiny and colour-rich footage
  • Distinctive processing and upscaling
  • Wonderful however not flawless backlight controls

Given there’s no 8K content material case for selecting up an 8K TV, for many AV followers selecting between Samsung’s QN95C 4K TV and QN900C 8K TV will come all the way down to a straight consideration of whether or not the QN900C performs considerably higher. So it is sensible to take a look at the QE75QN900C’s image high quality in relation to that of the QN95C I examined lately.

It doesn’t take lengthy taking a look at these two premium Mini LED fashions to see there are clear variations – a lot in order that it feels to me as if the units are utilizing totally different supply panels. And happily given how a lot it prices, many of the variations go within the 75QN900C’s favour. 

The obvious one is that for more often than not, the Samsung QE75QN900C appears to be like considerably brighter. Particularly with full-screen shiny and mid-bright HDR content material. Issues can get a bit extra difficult throughout predominantly darkish scenes, a minimum of when utilizing the Commonplace preset I believe many will sometimes take pleasure in watching essentially the most. However I’ll come again to this later.

The Samsung QE75QN900C running one of its Ambient Mode 'screen savers'.
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The 75QN900C’s brightness is a much bigger deal than ever in 2023, now that Mini LED expertise’s key rivals, OLED and QD-OLED, have discovered a lot further brightness. I wouldn’t say the 75QN900C is brighter than final 12 months’s Samsung 8K TVs, however crucially it delivers considerably extra brightness with full-screen and combined brightness content material, than even the newest premium OLEDs. In doing so, it maintains Mini LED’s major raison d’être (together with its freedom from display screen burn considerations). 

In addition to trying brighter throughout the TV’s numerous presets with HDR content material, the QE75QN900C delivers considerably richer, extra vibrant colors. It’s this, greater than the rest, that implies the 8K TV’s panel comes from a fairly totally different supply to the QN95C’s.

The QN900C presents to me a a lot bolder sense of the benefits of utilizing Quantum Dots for color, making the QN95C’s colors look a contact flat and jaundiced by comparability. That is very true when utilizing the 2 TVs’ Dynamic and Commonplace presets, however even the QN900C’s accuracy-based Filmmaker mode preset enjoys a barely hotter, extra life like default color palette than the QN95C gives.

I ought to stress that this doesn’t imply the QN95C isn’t an impressive TV. It’s arguably the perfect 4K LCD TV ever, in actual fact. It’s simply the QN900C’s further brightness and color saturation make it even higher. Offered you’re cautious with its settings…

The Samsung QE75QN900C controls its Mini LED backlighting barely extra successfully for more often than not than the QN95C does. As an example, darkish scenes, particularly in Commonplace mode, take pleasure in deeper, richer, extra pure black ranges on the QN900C – one thing that additionally means you’re much less more likely to really feel conscious (although they do nonetheless occur with very excessive content material) of the marginally delayed and noticeable brightness shifts this 12 months’s Samsung Mini LED TVs generate when there are sharp cuts between darkish and shiny HDR pictures utilizing the Commonplace preset.

The QN900C additionally manages to retain just a little extra brightness with very small gentle highlights of principally darkish footage than the QN95C with out producing the kind of backlight blooming/haloing that much less ready LED TVs with native dimming would exhibit.

On prime of all this, the 75QN900C appears to be like sharper and extra detailed than the QE65QN95C. Samsung’s newest processor delivers even higher upscaling of the sub-8K content material than the already exceptional efforts of Samsung’s earlier 8K generations. Footage take pleasure in extra density, smoother diagonal and curved edging, and maybe most noticeable of all, extra three dimensionality. And to be clear, these advantages, particularly the three dimensionality, are noticeable from regular viewing distances. You don’t should have your face proper up in opposition to the display screen. 

If you happen to do discover some native 8K content material (I’ve a present reel of 8K footage from Spears & Munsil), you’ll take pleasure in all of the depth and sharpness talked about with much less noise and extra purity. True, beautiful ‘trying by way of a window’ stuff. 

Stand detail of the Samsung QE75QN900C.
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The Samsung QE75QN900C joins the QN95C in attaining remarkably deep black ranges for an LED TV. It’s a battle to identify a lot distinction between the 75QN900C’s deep black colors and that of a superb OLED TV throughout fades to black or within the darkest image corners. 

The 75QN900C additionally joins its flagship 4K sibling in delivering remarkably vast life like viewing angles in contrast with most LCD TVs, and in being a stunning gaming display screen able to creating gaming worlds with a mix of brightness, vibrancy and unbelievable element that few rivals can match. 

Whereas the 75QN900C delivers a spectacular mixture of brightness, vibrancy but additionally refinement and finesse for more often than not, it’s not with out flaws. I’ve talked about the slight brightening and dimming that occurs within the Commonplace preset, and the TV additionally dims down shiny highlights of principally very darkish HDR pictures fairly strongly to keep away from backlight haloing or blooming. This dimming isn’t as heavy in its impression as it’s on the QN95C, however OLED TVs with their self-emissive pixels can keep small shiny highlights with way more depth.

Whereas the 75QN900C’s extra vibrant colors in Commonplace mode are principally a superb factor, they’ll generally really feel too aggressive, particularly with pores and skin tones and different tones that include a comparatively excessive quantity of pink. So that you’ll have to tweak the TV settings round this – or go for the milder Film or Filmmaker mode presets.

Maybe the most important downside is that whereas the QN900C maintains brightness extra persistently than the QN95C, its backlight system can generate extra backlight clouding and haloing with mid-dark content material that comprises shiny highlights. Scenes such because the debauched occasion that begins Babylon on 4K Blu-ray characteristic a mixture of shiny synthetic gentle sources and comparatively darkish, detailed backgrounds look usually greyer, much less punchy and fewer persistently lit than they do on the QN95C. 

High view of the Samsung QE75QN900C, again showing the TV's perforated edges.
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On the identical time, darkish scenes in Commonplace mode can endure with just a little crushing out of shadow particulars within the darkest corners in contrast with the QN95C – although once more, this isn’t a problem within the TV’s extra correct presets.

Lots of the 75QN900C’s niggles may be averted just by selecting a non-Commonplace preset, or making some small adjustments to the TV’s out of the field arrange, even when attaining the perfect all-round outcomes does imply compromising the TV’s key brightness and daring color sights.

It’s value including that the QE75QN900C helps essentially the most complete model of Samsung’s Sensible Calibration system, which does a startlingly good job of making an correct image utilizing simply your sensible cellphone. 

Sound High quality

  • 90W of energy
  • 6.2.4 channels of sound
  • OTS Professional processing

The QE75QN900C’s expansive array of audio system serve up a potent and impressively detailed soundstage. The star of the present is the effectiveness of the OTS Professional system that does a superb job of creating sound results seem to come back from the proper place on the display screen.

That is particularly helpful and efficient with voices, however the accuracy with which all results – together with a number of object results directly – are positioned on and even barely off the display screen helps to create a extremely involving audio expertise.

The 90W of energy on the QE75QN900C’s disposal proves sufficient to ensure these results all the time sound clear, clear and nicely balanced, and whereas the audio system don’t undertaking ahead right into a room a lot, the set does a minimum of generate an efficient wall of sound. The OTS system performs fairly properly with Dolby Atmos, too.

Close up of two of the Samsung's QE75QN900C's eight mid-range drivers.
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A bit extra bass depth from the mid-range drivers would have been good – although what bass there’s tends to sound clear and is seldom troubled by distortions or drop outs. The sound stage isn’t fairly highly effective sufficient to satisfy the complete calls for of the densest, strongest film combine moments, tending to degree off a bit early moderately than broaden all the way in which to a giant crescendo.

Total, the 75QN900C’s imperfections don’t cease it from being one of many higher sounding TVs. And the audio system maintain their very own surprisingly nicely when partnered with a Samsung soundbar utilizing Q Symphony.

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Must you purchase it?

You need shiny, vibrant extremely detailed image high quality: The QE75QN900C doesn’t simply present extra decision than its 4K siblings. Its colors are richer, and it’s persistently brighter too.

There’s no 8K content material, and the TV doesn’t assist Dolby Imaginative and prescient: The dearth of 8K content material is a pity, although the set’s upscaling of 4K and even good high quality HD is fairly exceptional. There’s no Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist, however the TV’s dynamic tone mapping system does extraordinarily nicely with out it!

Closing Ideas

With native 8K content material remaining stubbornly absent from the AV scene and Samsung introducing vital enhancements to its flagship 4K TV vary, the stress was on for the 8K QE75QN900C to justify its value premium over the excellent QN95C.

It pulls it off due to a shocking mixture of richer colors, extra brightness, peerless LCD black ranges, higher sound and the kind of dense, three-dimensional footage solely 8K can ship on a display screen this large. 

Briefly, whereas the QN95C vary will in all probability nonetheless mark the higher restrict of what most even high-end TV patrons can afford in Samsung’s 2023 vary, you may’t accuse the QN900C of not giving AV followers with sufficient cash to spare an excuse to go the additional decision mile.

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FAQs

What’s Mini LED?

A system of utilizing a lot smaller LEDs than typical that enables TVs to supply extra gentle management.

Is there any 8K content material?

There are some YouTube movies and the occasional collection out there in restricted territories.

What’s OTS sound?

A system developed by Samsung that makes use of a mix of audio system fitted across the TV body and processing to make sound results appear to be coming from the proper a part of the display screen.

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Neo QLED

Samsung’s branding for its TVs that characteristic a Mini LED backlight with their Quantum Dot color expertise

8K TV

8K refers back to the decision of a TV’s show, which equates to the variety of horizontal and vertical pixels it may possibly show. With 8K, there’s a complete decision of 7680 pixels horizontally and 4320 pixels vertically – 4 occasions that of 4K (3840 x 2160) and 16 occasions that of Full HD (1920 x 1080). That’s a bounce from the 8.3 million of pixels in 4K to round 33 million pixels.

OTS

OTS stands for Object Monitoring Sound and is an audio expertise created by Samsung out there of their premium QLED TVs. It’s made up of audio system (each bodily, and in some circumstances digital) within the prime, sides and backside of a TV that may extra precisely observe objects on the show.

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