Stays on Top with Quan­tum Dot SUHD Tech­nol­ogy

SmartHouse - - COMPETITIO­N - Writ­ten by David Richards

The big ques­tion I get asked is whether OLED TV tech­nol­ogy is the best TV tech­nol­ogy out there?

OLED is good, but the tech­nol­ogy can be ex­pen­sive when com­pared to the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of­fered in other TVs in LED ranges.

In Aus­tralia, a 65” LG OLED TV is sell­ing for $5,995 vs. the top end Sam­sung Series 9 65” SUHD TV which is sell­ing for $4,195. That’s a price gap of $1,800.

Yes OLED is good, but why pay an ad­di­tional $1,800 to get al­most iden­ti­cal pic­ture qual­ity in a TV that will hold its colours for the life of the TV?

There is also lit­tle, if any dif­fer­ence in the high qual­ity 4K dis­play that you get with both sys­tems.

And if you do take into con­sid­er­a­tion the opin­ions of publi­ca­tions like SmartHouse, the Sam­sung Quan­tum Dot TV tech­nol­ogy is clean­ing up in the award stakes. We will an­nounce our TV win­ners next month.

Con­sumenten­bond, one of the Nether­lands’ top con­sumer prod­uct mag­a­zines, awarded the Sam­sung 55KS9000 and 55KS8000 SUHD TVs with Quan­tum Dot dis­play the top prize of “Best Prod­uct of 2016.”

The pub­li­ca­tion honoured the two SUHD TVs af­ter test­ing a to­tal of 177 2016 TV mod­els across man­u­fac­tur­ers. The 55KS9000 and 55KS8000 re­ceived the high­est marks for pic­ture qual­ity, high­light­ing the abil­ity to pro­duce a wide range of colours with accuracy.

The TVs were also recog­nised for their rich and de­tailed HDR ca­pa­bil­i­ties, slim de­sign and the more in­tu­itive Smart Hub op­er­at­ing sys­tem. In ad­di­tion to earn­ing the top-five spots in the Con­sumenten­bond TV test­ing eval­u­a­tion for 2016, this is the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year that a Sam­sung TV was awarded with a “Best Prod­uct” distinc­tion from the out­let.

HD Guru, an Amer­i­can news and re­views web­site that fo­cuses on tele­vi­sions, awarded the Sam­sung 65KS9800 with a “five out of five” rat­ing, not­ing, “For any­one look­ing for the best flat-panel TV money can buy, the 65KS9800 has to stand as one of the pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tions.” Of the 65KS9800’s pic­ture qual­ity per­for­mance, HD Guru also shared, “So far, it stands as the best of the 2016 4K Ul­tra HDTVs we’ve re­viewed to date.”

At this year’s launch of their 2016 line up, Sam­sung also re­vealed that it is stick­ing with curved TVs claim­ing they de­liver a su­pe­rior view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, which I must agree, curved TVs do. Sam­sung es­ti­mates that ap­prox­i­mately half of its premium TV sales are curved.

So what does Quan­tum Dot tech­nol­ogy bring to the home view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence?

Quan­tum Dot nano-par­ti­cles are in­cred­i­bly ef­fi­cient when it comes to bright­ness, and are ca­pa­ble of as­ton­ish­ing colour pu­rity. 10,000 times smaller than a hu­man hair, they can de­liver per­fect pri­mary colours, depend­ing on their par­ti­cle size. But Sam­sung doesn’t use Quan­tum Dots for the dis­play it­self, in­stead they’re used as a back­light en­hance­ment.

In com­mon LED-backlit LCD TVs, those white LED back­lights are blue, coated with yel­low phos­phor. This coat­ing leads to di­min­ished in­ten­sity, one rea­son why many LCD TVs pro­duce an orangey red. Us­ing a Quan­tum Dot En­hanced Film (or QDEF) layer be­tween the TV back­light and the Liq­uid Crys­tal panel fixes this.

The phos­phor can be re­moved and the na­tive blue back­light, mixed with Red and Green pro­duced by the QDEF filter, pro­duces a bril­liant white light, which al­lows the at­tached LCD panel mo­d­ule to func­tion more ef­fi­ciently. The re­sult is more ac­cu­rate colour – and lots of it. The range-top­ping 55KS9000, for ex­am­ple, claims to cover 96 per cent of the DCI P3 colour spec­trum. This, and the abil­ity to de­liver a bet­ter peak lu­mi­nance, make Quan­tum Dot screens a nat­u­ral fit for HDR con­tent.

Spend five min­utes with any Sam­sung TV bof­fin and they’ll also tell you quite em­phat­i­cally that in­or­ganic Quan­tum Dot pan­els are not prone to age-re­lated degra­da­tion. A Quan­tum Dot screen bought to­day should be just as bright a decade hence. That’s not some­thing OLED ven­dors are pre­pared to claim. In fact, Sam­sung Aus­tralia now of­fers a “no screen burn” guar­an­tee for 10 years with its SUHD TV range.

Pro­fes­sor David Reilly from the Univer­sity of Sydney has even gone as far as back­ing Quan­tum Dot tech­nol­ogy as one of the most ad­vanced panel tech­nolo­gies be­cause it is tech­ni­cally su­pe­rior to most other dis­play tech­nolo­gies out there. Cru­cially it is also cheaper to pro­duce than OLED. This tech­nol­ogy is found in both the Sam­sung 8000 and 9000 series which come in both flat and curved dis­plays.

Quan­tum Dot SUHD TVs, which de­liver a 3840 x 2160 res­o­lu­tion, de­liver a view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that is al­most as good as the movies.

All you must do to see how good this tech­nol­ogy re­ally is, is go to a store such as JB Hi-Fi and see for your­self.

It makes the old Full HD TV that was cut­ting edge when you bought it 5 years ago look like yes­ter­day’s tech­nol­ogy.

In re­cent years, Sam­sung has also in­tro­duced HDR (High Dy­namic Range) tech­nol­ogy to the mar­ket. This is a tech­nol­ogy that de­liv­ers su­pe­rior RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colours which make up all the colours de­liv­ered to a TV.

Re­cently HDTV Test, a top UK news and re­views web­site for tele­vi­sions, fo­cused on the im­proved HDR ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the Sam­sung 2016 mod­els. The out­let awarded the Sam­sung 65KS9500 the “Best TV for HDR,” as de­ter­mined in a side-by-side tele­vi­sion com­par­i­son against other HDR-ca­pa­ble TVs. The 65KS9500 re­ceived the most votes from at­ten­dees com­par­ing the de­vices, as its dis­play was the only one that could high­light de­tails up to 4,000 nits.

“The fact that Sam­sung SUHD TV with Quan­tum dot dis­play is re­ceiv­ing a series of pos­i­tive re­views from among the world’s top con­sumer tech­nol­ogy publi­ca­tions is a tes­ta­ment to our long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing our con­sumers with only the best prod­ucts,” said Moon Soo Kim, the Vice Pres­i­dent of the Vis­ual Dis­play Busi­ness at Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics. “It is an hon­our for our prod­ucts to be recog­nised in this way and it only mo­ti­vates us to con­tinue to in­no­vate and de­liver the best TV’s.”

So, there you have it, a TV tech­nol­ogy that is af­ford­able and se­ri­ously up there.

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