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Samsung apologized to OLED technology. The S95B is a hell of a good TV [TEST]

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Samsung has relied on OLED technology in televisions for years, hands and feet. This was mainly due to the fact that the largest – and for a long time also the only – producer of organic matrices for TVs was LG Display, which is part of the LG concern – Samsung’s rival on this market.

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The Koreans focused on the further development of LCD / LED technology, introducing new generations of QLED TVs to the market, the distinguishing feature of which was the use of the so-called The problem is that LCD has its limitations. The mere fact that TVs with such matrices must have an additional backlight layer, negatively affects the obtained blackness and contrast.

Samsung realized this, of course, and was quietly working on its own OLED matricesthat would become the basis for a new series of televisions. The first result of these works is the latest model OLED S95B with a matrix QD-OLED, which I had the opportunity to test.

Samsung S95B photo: DM

QD-OLED vs WRGB-OLED. How are they different?

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LG uses it in televisions WRGB-OLED matrix. Apart from its advantages, such as great viewing angles, perfect blacks and almost infinite contrast, this solution has some limitations. The largest of them is relatively low energy efficiency of the panel, and thus lower maximum brightness – of course compared to the best QLED LCD screens.

Matrix QD-OLED – at least in assumption – was supposed to eliminate the problem with poor brightness. This is due to the fact that instead of the white OLED emission layer and the RGBW color filter, Samsung Display applied here blue OLED layer and an additional layer dots quantum (QD).

Such a connection is to ensure high brightness (also in HDR mode), but maintaining the high contrast and infinite blacks known from OLEDs. An additional advantage is the longer life of such a panel, better coverage of a wide range of colors, as well as a lower risk of burnouts. Have these promises been fulfilled?

Samsung S95BSamsung S95B photo: DM

Samsung OLED S95B – APPEARANCE

In terms of design, the 55-inch (there is also the 65 “version) S95 does not stand out in any particular way from the top TVs from the Samunsg QLED line. The manufacturer again focuses on minimalism – a slim and almost frameless front panel, as well as a narrow, but well-stabilizing structure kickstand.

On the back panel we find all necessary ports (Samsung decided not to use the module here One Connect). There are four ports HDMI 2.1.two USB-A, connector Ethernetas well as antenna ports. The only thing missing here is the optical audio input (TOSLINK).

The One Remote remote control remained unchanged. It has a joystick, several of the most important function buttons and shortcuts to the Netflix, Disney + and Prime Video applications. The remote control is equipped with a battery that can be charged via the USB-C port or using sunlight – a small solar panel is placed on the back of the device.

Samsung S95BSamsung S95B photo: DM

Samsung OLED S95B – SCREEN AND IMAGE QUALITY

Samsung S95 has been equipped with a 55-inch screen with a resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels with QD-OLED matrix and 120 Hz refresh rate. The screen is characterized by excellent viewing angles, and contrast and black they are – as in OLEDs – phenomenal.

Okay, what about the brightness mentioned above, which was the Achilles’ heel of “standard” OLED matrices? Here it must be admitted that Samsung has fulfilled its promise. While in the case of other screens with an organic matrix it rarely exceeds the level of 700 nits, the S95B achieves a stable and constant 1000-1100 nits in HDR In promotional materials, Samsung even talked about 1,500 nits, but it’s worth remembering that it is peak valuewhich cannot be maintained for a long time.

When it comes to color reproduction, it also works great. The S95B offers 100%coverage of the DCI-P3 color palette.

I use an OLED TV from LG on a daily basis. It works well in “cinema conditions” – in the evening when there is less natural light in the room. However, the situation is worse when the sun is shining outside. The S95B solves this problem. This is a universal screen – thanks to the high maximum brightness (over 500 nits in SDR), even a sunny room is not a problem here.

Samsung S95BSamsung S95B photo: DM

It is also worth noting that jhow well the Samsung TV copes with scaling lower resolution content to 4K. This is where artificial intelligence and the Neural Quantum processor come into play.

There was also support for the standard HDR10 +. However, there is still a lack of service Dolby Vision. For incomprehensible reasons, Samsung refuses to implement this standard, which is lost, for example, by people watching Netflix content or playing games with Dolby Vision support.

Okay, but what about the risk of afterimages and burnouts matrixso much talked about in the context of OLEDs. I will not answer this question after a month of testing. Well, it will probably be many months before we can say with 100% certainty how the QD-OLED matrices deal with this problem. And are they really more resistant than conventional OLEDs?

Samsung S95BSamsung S95B photo: DM

Samsung OLED S95B – FEATURES FOR GAMERS

Recently, Samsung has focused on making its TVs offeras many features for players as possible using PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S consoles. It is no different in the case of the S95B model.

Let’s start with the obvious. The TV is equipped with 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, and this is a key parameter that we should pay attention to when looking for a screen for the Xbox Series X or PS5. Without HDMI 2.1. we can forget about playing in 4K resolution and 120 FPS.

The S95 also supports technology Variable Refresh Ratewhich improves synchronization of the screen refresh rate with the number of frames per second (FPS), causing the image to liquefy.

Another technology straight from the new generation consoles supported by the S95 is Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM). It lowers the input lag in the dedicated “Game” mode. In this mode, we can also adjust the motion fluidizer settings (Motion Plus Game).

When it comes to input lag, in the case of the Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles, in 4K @ 60 FPS mode it is ~ 10 ms, and in 1080p @ 120 FPS mode – only 5 ms. These are really great results.

Samsung S95BSamsung S95B photo: DM

Samsung OLED S95B – SOUND

The tested TV set was equipped in a set of 2 + 2 + 2 speakers with a total power of 60W. They sound decent, but only decent. If you care about sound quality, which would correspond to the image quality, then I suggest equipping yourself with a soundbar or a set of stereo speakers.

It is also worth adding that although the Samsung device does not support the Dolby Vision standard, support for Dolby Atmos is already there. The S95B supports this format both wired and wireless – of course, if we have the appropriate soundbar.

Samsung OLED S95B – SUMMARY

Samsung S95BSamsung S95B photo: DM

Samsung has promised the S95B will take the best from the world of OLED and QLED. And that promise was fulfilled. I have not tested a TV with such excellent black and contrast, and at the same time such a high maximum brightness. Of course, there are brighter TVs (even the top QLED models) and even better blacks (even the top OLEDs from Panasonic), but if you are looking for a universal TV, the S95B will work perfectly in this role.

The biggest problem of this device until recently was its price. On the day of the premiere, the TV set cost PLN 9,500 for the 55-inch version and as much as PLN 13,500 for the 65-inch version. Since then, however, the price has already dropped. At this point, we will buy the 55-inch model for PLN 8,000, and the 55 “version – for PLN 12,000. It is still expensive, but we are slowly approaching a more affordable price range.

Source: Gazeta

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