Q8 TV, Where Can Samsung Go From Here?

SmartHouse - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by David Richards

Aus­tralia’s #1 TV sup­plier has not in­vested in OLED TV’s for the sim­ple rea­son they be­lieve that their QLED TV tech­nol­ogy is as good “if not bet­ter” than what LG is cur­rently of­fer­ing and in the past, it has been sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper.

Among this year’s 2017 Samsung TV of­fer­ing is the Q7 flat TV and the Q8 curved which will be avail­able in 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch mod­els.

There is also the pre­mium Q9 TV Which will be avail­able in 65-inch, 75-inch and 88-inch screen sizes.

The cheap­est Q7 costs $4499 and the most ex­pen­sive Q9 TV is $39,999. The Q8 that we tested is $7,499.

So, is QLED as good as OLED?

We got our hands on a new curved 65” Samsung Q8 QLED TV and while we had a few teething prob­lems con­nect­ing the pre­pro­duc­tion model to a Wi Fi net­work, we were im­pressed by the im­age qual­ity and ease by which one could nav­i­gate around this TV which has a host of fea­tures and unique ca­pa­bil­i­ties such as their app man­age­ment of­fer­ing.

At the end of the day there is one colour that must work on a TV and that is black. Pioneer proved this with their unique plasma TV Kuro en­gine which was snapped up by Pana­sonic.

With the new Samsung QLED TV black is se­ri­ously black.

It’s quite clear that Samsung, has sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved the de­liv­ery of black to their QLED TV’s while also im­prov­ing the over­all pic­ture im­age to de­liver ex­tremely high qual­ity colour to the screen whether it be the breath­tak­ing African Jun­gle shots in Tarzan or the bril­liant colours in Net­flix Marco Polo.

Apart from HDR and Quan­tum Dots the QLED dis­play drops the dim­ming blocks to 12, and while the Q8 is not quite as well equipped as the top end Q9, it still of­fers out­stand­ing vi­su­als and like the flag­ship Q9, this TV will give you around 1500 nits bright­ness, which I defy any­one to say is not enough.

In fact, the im­age to dis­play screen is so good that one must ques­tion how much room is left for Com­pa­nies like Samsung to de­liver im­proved pic­ture qual­ity.

With the new QLED tech­nol­ogy there’s sev­eral changes hap­pen­ing un­der the bon­net to make that hap­pen, not to men­tion an anti-re­flec­tive coat­ing on top of the dis­play sys­tem, that en­ables the top end Q9 for ex­am­ple, to achieve 1,500 to 2,000-nit peak bright­ness, 100% re­pro­duc­tion of the DCI-P3 colour range and some of the dark­est blacks this side of an OLED.

With QLED TVs, the dots are con­tained in a film, and the light that hits them is pro­vided by an LED back­light.

That light then trav­els though, a few other lay­ers in­side the TV, in­clud­ing a liq­uid crys­tal (LCD) layer, to cre­ate the pic­ture. The light from the LED source is trans­mit­ted through the lay­ers to the screen’s sur­face.

What Samsung has done is sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the pass through of light re­sult­ing in a muchim­proved dis­play over their 2016 SUHD of­fer­ing.

For me the big ques­tion is do you get a truly great pic­ture ex­pe­ri­ence with Samsung’s QLED tech­nol­ogy?

The an­swer is yes, in fact it is among the best I have ever seen from a Samsung TV.

This sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment was very no­tice­able when we streamed 4K UHD con­tent from Net­flix Vs up­scaled and re­mas­tered con­tend from a Blu-ray Disc.

The Net­flix con­tent filled more of the screen and the colours were richer which is why I highly rec­om­mend a sub­scrip­tion to Net­flix if you are investing in this level of Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion TV tech­nol­ogy.

An­other big plus is the sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem found in the new TV.

All you have to do, is press the home but­ton and you get in­stant ac­cess to the smart hub which ap­pears across the bot­tom the screen

This bar that dis­plays your most used apps, along with set­tings, sources and search. You can add or delete apps so that your most used apps are right at your fin­ger­tips.

I find lot of peo­ple won’t ad­mit it, but there are tens of thou­sands of con­sumers out there who still strug­gle op­er­at­ing a TV man­age­ment sys­tem.

With the Q8 scrolling through the menu sys­tem is easy, how­ever I strongly rec­om­mend that you take a bit of time and prac­tise with the new Samsung re­mote which is rich in new fea­tures and ca­pa­bil­i­ties de­spite it be­ing a small hand­held re­mote.

The new 10-but­ton me­tal­lic re­mote con­trol can also op­er­ate ¬con­nected de­vices such as the Blu­ray player and Xbox One con­sole, along with the at­tached sound bar vol­ume.

This new Samsung Q8 is also a sig­nif­i­cant step up from the 2016 SUHD model, with a pre­mium metal back Vs the big plas­tic panel on the rear of the 2016 model.

It also of­fers an in­vis­i­ble con­nec­tion to the One Con­nect box and like the other TVs in the QLED fam­ily, there’s a choice of stands, with built-in ca­ble man­age­ment.

The Q8 has 60W of sound on board in a 4.2 con­fig­u­ra­tion how­ever this be­comes re­dun­dant when you at­tach the new Samsung MS650 sound­bar that has a sleek “one body” de­sign, which loads the bass driv­ers di­rectly into the bar, elim­i­nat­ing the need for a sep­a­rate sub­woofer, the sound out­put was sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than what we ex­pected from such a small com­pact at­tach sound­bar.

This High Res Au­dio de­vice also de­liv­ers sub-bass fre­quen­cies at 38Hz due in part to the use of “anti-dis­tor­tion tech­nol­ogy”, the tweet­ers are mounted at the top and front of the bar, along­side midrange driv­ers ar­ranged in a fivechan­nel setup. There is also 9 speak­ers with ded­i­cated amps.

Also built is Wi-Fi music stream­ing, Blue­tooth 4.0, 4K pass through and a smart sound mode that

Con­tin­u­ing with the min­i­mal­ist de­sign, the bar can sit be­low your TV or be mounted di­rectly to the base of your TV with an op­tional bracket.

In ad­di­tion, the TV it­self can plug di­rectly into the bar, elim­i­nat­ing the need for an ex­tra wall out­let.

At one stage, we had prob­lems get­ting the TV to iden­tify the sound­bar, to fix this prob­lem we had to re­set the out­source and man­u­ally di­rect it to the sound­bar HDMI con­nec­tion.

Pric­ing for this new sound­bar is set to be around $900+

Con­nec­tion to the TV is pri­mar­ily via a power cord and a translu­cent, 5m op­tic ca­ble that links the TV to the con­nec­tor box.

A big ad­van­tage with the lat­est Samsung TV of­fer­ing is the added ad­van­tage that the QLED TV’s are specif­i­cally de­signed to work with Samsung made de­vices whether it be one of their smart­phones, smart­watches, VR gear, sound sys­tem or a Samsung Galaxy ta­ble. Con­nec­tion is sim­ply an app away and I think this is be­com­ing more im­por­tant as new con­tent view­ing is built into at­tach de­vices.

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