Sam­sung S9 85” UHD TV

Ul­tra HD Can­vas

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - ChONg JINN WEI

If wealth can be mea­sured in tele­vi­sions, then Sam­sung's lat­est flag­ship model, the S9 85” UHD TV looks to be the wealth­i­est of them all. This month, we had the chance to test out the S9 se­ries, which boasts the ca­pa­bil­ity to play the lat­est Ul­tra HD (UHD) dig­i­tal for­mat con­tent.

When we first saw the S9, we were taken aback by its size and unique can­vas-like de­sign. The 85-inch UHD TV makes for an eye­catch­ing show­piece in one's liv­ing room. Hav­ing said that, find­ing a place for the TV may prove to be a chal­lenge, as users will need to take into ac­count of the TV's large stand. Aes­thet­i­cally, the S9 fea­tures a sur­pris­ingly min­i­mal­ist de­sign, be­ing al­most de­void of any port. This is be­cause Sam­sung has rel­e­gated the ma­jor­ity of its ports to the 'One Con­nect' ex­ter­nal de­vice, which is con­nected to the TV via a sin­gle cable, pre­vent­ing the prob­lem of cable clut­ter. In ad­di­tion, the S9 is said to be 'Fu­ture Proof', as users can eas­ily swap the ex­ter­nal de­vice with Sam­sung's fu­ture Evo­lu­tion Kits, al­low­ing the TV to ac­com­mo­date fu­ture video stan­dards.

When test­ing the S9's per­for­mance, we had to do so based on Sam­sung's own videos, so we could not run all our usual tests. Based on what we saw, which ranged from wildlife to ci­tyscapes, we found the im­ages to be su­perbly clear and sharp to the point we were able to no­tice the fine furs on the an­i­mals. To test the color ac­cu­racy of the S9, we used our Gre­tag Mac­beth color chart to mea­sure the col­ors. We were quite pleased to see the col­ors to be ac­cu­rately re­pro­duced.

Back to the aes­thet­ics, we no­ticed that the S9 has a built-in au­dio sys­tem that is fit­ted within the TV's sleek frame. De­spite the space con­straints, the S9's au­dio sys­tem sports four pan­els of 120W sur­round sound speak­ers. In terms of sound qual­ity, we found the speak­ers to han­dle deep bass and higher tre­ble sound im­pres­sively. Also built into the S9's sleek frame is a small cam­era that al­lows users to in­tu­itively in­ter­act with Sam­sung's Smart TV in­ter­face through mo­tion con­trols. If you pre­fer a more tra­di­tional means of con­trol, the S9 also comes with a re­mote as well.

At this point of writ­ing, UHD con­tent is still a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to come by, so it is for­tu­nate that the S9 comes with an ef­fec­tive up-scal­ing tech­nol­ogy that con­verts lower res­o­lu­tion con­tent to UHD-level pic­ture qual­ity eas­ily. It is by no mean per­fect, but it en­ables users to en­joy their cur­rent me­dia li­brary on the S9 ef­fec­tively.

As a whole, the Sam­sung S9 85” UHD TV is a unique look­ing TV that will draw the eyes of many peo­ple. It does how­ever come with a hefty price tag. De­spite that, it does not deny the fact that the S9 is one of the best UHD TVs in the mar­ket. To those who can af­ford it, we con­grat­u­late you.

Users can rely on the TV's mo­tion con­trols to op­er­ate the S9.

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