Samsung Q950R QLED 8K

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The Samsung Q950R is a high quality 8K QLED that delivers impressive picture quality. Thanks to its intelligent design, it is a capable all-rounder that is just as suitable for watching movies as it is for gaming. Its local dimming function ensures that it delivers better picture quality in dark rooms than most other VA panels. However, it’s questionable whether the 8K resolution of the Q950R has any real benefit at the moment.

Design of the Samsung Q950R QLED

The Samsung Q950R is characterized by an elegant and high-quality design. In contrast to the QLED TVs from the lower price categories, the Q950R is made almost entirely of metal. Its base stabilizes the TV perfectly and does not allow any wobbling. The Q950R does not require a large surface area and can also be mounted on the wall using a VESA mount if required.

Annoying cable clutter is a thing of the past. The Q950R comes with a One Connect Box, where all necessary cables and external devices can be connected. The One Connect Box supports all common connections: HDMI, USB, Digital Optical, Ethernet and DVB-T are included. It also has a network connection. The One Connect Box is connected to the Q950R via a single, ultra-thin cable, which can be hidden in a special gap on the back of the TV.

Top picture quality thanks to Local Dimming and Ultra Viewing Angle

The Q950R is characterised by its excellent image quality. The built-in VA panel has 10 bit color depth and offers an 8K resolution of up to 7680 x 4320p.

The Q950’s built-in Ultra Viewing Angle layer ensures that the image remains clear and the black levels solid even at wide viewing angles. The Ultra Viewing layer also helps to reduce reflections. Unfortunately, it also creates a small disadvantage. The contrast values are minimally reduced by its use.

On the Q950R the low contrast ratio is increased to 6900:1, thanks to excellent full array local dimming (480 dimming zones). This makes the Q950R ideal for dark rooms. Despite good functionality, the local dimming cannot be turned off if necessary. Even on the ”Low” setting this can lead to slight inaccuracies in Blooming reduction. If you watch movies with subtitles, the text may also be slightly overlit.

The 120hz panel of the Q950 has Freesync and a response time of less than 3ms. In terms of motion handling and input lag, the Q950R is one of the best TVs on the market. A true all-rounder, which is just as well suited for normal TV entertainment as for gaming. The only disadvantage is that the Q950R does not have an HDMI 2.1 connection, which could play a major role for the new console generation.

UPDATE: Further tests have shown that the ”Game Mode” of the 2019 Samsung QLEDs leads to a loss of picture quality (except for the Samsung Q60R, as it has no local dimming). In Game Mode, local dimming is virtually deactivated, resulting in a slightly blurred picture and a reduction in contrast. If you want to switch off Game Mode while playing games, you’ll have to put up with an input lag of 80 to 90ms on the Q950R. This is clearly too much for responsive games, such as shooters.

8K -Too early!

The Samsung Q950R is one of the first QLEDs with an 8K resolution (7680 x 4320p). Sounds impressive, but does it really offer an improved picture? The double-blind study gives a rather disappointing result. According to the study, most people cannot tell the difference between 4K and 8K images. 1/4 of all test persons even claimed that the 4K footage would look better.

In addition, neither in Germany nor in most other countries there are television stations that broadcast in 8K. Also streaming services like Netflix do not stream in 8K. All current consoles on the market do not support 8K either. So what is the advantage? Because of the current state of the art, almost none!

However, the Q950R stands out with excellent upscaling. 480p, 720p and 1080p are played back without any loss of image quality. However, dithering can occur with 4K footage. The Q950R is therefore worse than a pure 4K TV, such as the Samsung Q90R, when playing 4K. Our comparison also shows that apart from the 8K feature, the Q90R has identical and even better scores in almost all areas and is significantly cheaper at the same size.

The 8K resolution does not make sense for the regular consumer at the moment. You pay extra for a feature that can’t really be used. The regular consumer is currently better off if he buys a good 4K TV, like the Q90R. Our detailed report on the Q90R is also available on our website. For those looking for a TV from 80 inches upwards, there’s no getting around the 8K resolution, as all premium models are now equipped with 8K as standard.

Solid sound

The Q950R has four built-in speakers and two built-in subwoofers, each with 10 watts of power. As with most other QLEDs and LCDs, the sound is not particularly deep and rich. The low-frequency extension (LFE) is 113Hz. Which is also not very good and leads to weak bass without real pop.

The sound image at high frequencies is decent. The Q950R produces a clear, noise-free sound when the volume is up. You won’t find DTS compatibility. However, the Q95R has Dolby Digital Plus, which enables it to play a compressed form of Dolby Atmos.

The Q950R does not deliver a great but solid sound. If you want real cinema sound in your own four walls, you’ll unfortunately have to dig deeper into your pocket and invest in a hi-fi system or a soundbar with Dolby Atmos.

Smart Features

The Samsung Q950R uses the in-house operating system Tizen. You can use the remote control or the pre-installed language wizard Bixby for control; Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and a multitude of other useful apps are pre-installed. For special requests you can also access the Samsung App Store. There you will find a huge selection of different apps that you can use to customize your TV. A disadvantage is that some apps can be a bit jerky. Another annoying thing is that Samsung uses Tizen to display ads by default.

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Excellent image quality and a wide range of possibilities

The Q950R has rich colours, a sharp picture and is also a true all-rounder. Thanks to effective local dimming, it is equally suitable for dark and light rooms. Its freesync function and extremely low input lag make it a top choice for both consumers and gamers. The 8K resolution of the Q950R is currently of no real use and is even a disadvantage in some applications. In our opinion the extra price for 8K isn’t really worth it. The Q950R’s sound is mediocre to solid. DTS, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision are completely missing. If you want cinema sound, you should therefore buy a soundbar or a hi-fi system.

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PROS
  • 8K-Resolution
  • Viewing Angle
  • Deep Blacks
  • Contrast Ratio: 6900:1
  • Full Array Local Dimming (FALD)
  • Max Brightness: 1700 Nits
  • HDMI 2.1
  • FreeSync VRR
  • 120Hz VA-Panel
  • HDR10+
CONS
  • No DTS
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Dirty Screen Effect
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Samsung Q950R QLED 8K: Variants & Models


Manufacturer Samsung
Samsung
Samsung
Samsung
Product code GQ98Q950RGTXZG
GQ82Q950RGTXZG
GQ75Q950RGTXZG
GQ65Q950RGTXZG
Screen size 98 Inch
82 Inch
75 Inch
65 Inch
Panel VA (10 Bit)
VA (10 Bit)
VA (10 Bit)
VA (10 Bit)
Price $ 5,799.00*$ 3,449.99*$ 2,919.98*
Shops
Picture
Resolution 7680 x 4320 pixels Ultra HD 2 (UHD-2) / 8K / 4320p
7680 x 4320 pixels Ultra HD 2 (UHD-2) / 8K / 4320p
7680 x 4320 pixels Ultra HD 2 (UHD-2) / 8K / 4320p
7680 x 4320 pixels Ultra HD 2 (UHD-2) / 8K / 4320p
Contrast Ratio 6900:1
6900:1
6900:1
6900:1
Brightness 4000
4000
4000
3000
HDR10+



Dolby Vision



Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming
Frequency 120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
Gaming
Input Lag 17
17
17.0
17.0
VRR FreeSync
FreeSync
FreeSync
FreeSync
Audio
System 4.2
4.2
4.2
4.2
Power (RMS) 60 W
60 W
60 W
60 W
Dolby Digital



DTS



Dolby Atmos



Soundbar inside



Inputs
HDMI 2.0 4
4
4
4
HDMI 2.1 0
0
0
0
HDMI ARC 1
1
1
1
HDMI CEC 1
1
1
1
USB 2.0 3
3
3
3
USB 3.0 0
0
0
0
Ethernet RJ45 1
1
1
1
3.5mm jack 0
0
0
0
Digital optical 1
1
1
1
Digital coaxial 0
0
0
0
Satellit 1
1
1
1
Antenna 3
3
3
3
Ci+ 1.4 1
1
1
1
Bluetooth



Wifi



USB recording PVR



Timeshift



Picture-in picture



Tuner Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-T2 HD
Twin Tuner



Measurements
Actual screen diagonal (mm) 2477
2083
1893
1639
Width without base (mm) 2183.5
1835
1677.2
1452.2
Height without base (mm) 1249.4
1055.6
964.6
836.4
Depth without base (mm) 40.9
34.8
35.6
34.1
Weight without stand (kg) 79.5
48.8
40.7
30.2
Width with base (mm) 2183.5
1835
1677.2
1452.2
Height with base (mm) 1323.1
1117
1024.9
898.2
Depth with base (mm) 463.3
398.6
337.5
304.9
Weight with stand (kg) 81.7
50.4
41.8
30.5
Width of footprint (mm) 1839.6
694
1498.7
1285
Depth of footprint (mm) 463.3
398.6
337.5
304.9
VESA standard (mm) 600 x 400
600 x 400
400 x 400
400 x 400
Stand removable?




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