The Samsung Neo QlED 4k TV doesn’t just look good, it also sounds fantastic thanks to Object Tracking Sound Plus, which somehow manages to cram a powerful 4.2.2-channel sound system into the TV’s ultra-slim chassis. Do you want to know more? Then just read on…
So perhaps you are in the market for something fresh, you should definitely check this tv out.
Samsung Neo QlED 4k TV
This is another triumph of industrial design from Samsung, with a minimalist but elegant shape, solid metal stand, and nearly bezel-less screen.
Given the excellent audio capabilities, it’s a shame there’s no onboard Dolby Atmos decoding, and Samsung’s continued refusal to embrace Dolby Vision remains a source of frustration, but otherwise, the only real complaint is a lack of Freeview Play support.
However, overall this is a superb new model, and successfully lays down the Mini LED gauntlet.
Samsung QN95A Design:
The Samsung QN95A continues the elegant and minimalist design ethos introduced last year, with a slim panel and virtually no bezel.
Considering there are a full-array Mini LED backlight and eight speakers behind the panel, it’s a wonder Samsung has managed to squeeze everything into a chassis only 15mm deep.
The stand is easy to assemble and complements the overall aesthetic. It’s also fairly heavy, providing robust and stable support.
If you prefer, you can wall-mount the QN95A using the optional ‘No Gap’ bracket, with the single cable from the clever One Connect box making installation easy, stylish, and tidy.
The textured matte black finish is another welcome addition, replacing the earlier glossy black boxes, which were a magnet for fingerprints and smudges.
Price and Availability:
The Samsung QN95A is the flagship Neo QLED 4K TV for 2021, and comes in a choice of 55-, 65-, and 75-inch screen sizes.
The model reviewed here is the 65-inch QE65QN95A, which retails for £2,999 – though it’s also available in 50-inch, 55-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch sizes.
You probably won’t get it in the US, given its predecessor, the Q95T, never made it stateside – but you will be able to get it in the UK, and we expect it to come to Australia later in the year.
More on Samsung QN95A Smart TV
The Samsung QN95A employs the Tizen-powered smart TV platform, and these days it gives LG’s webOS a run for its money in terms of the user interface, responsiveness, and functionality
There’s a launcher bar along the bottom and a second layer above that provides faster access to additional content.
Navigation is a cinch, and there’s even voice control if you prefer.The app support is the definition of comprehensive, offering access to every major streaming service.
That means you can choose between Netflix, Amazon, Now TV, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Rakuten, YouTube, and all the UK TV catch-up services – to name but a few!
The only complaint would be the lack of Freeview play support, but otherwise, it’s an impressive array of TV smarts.
The amount of choice on offer is sometimes overwhelming, but Samsung’s Universal Guide helps users find the content they want by presenting everything via an intuitive interface.
The guide then uses AI machine learning to analyse your viewing habits and create a single ‘For You’ page with personalised content to suit your tastes.
Enjoy The Picture Quality!
The Samsung QN95A is a Neo QLED TV, making it the first model from the manufacturer to employ a Mini LED backlight.
This uses a newly-designed microlayer that contains LEDs significantly smaller than previous generations.
These LEDs eliminate the protective packaging and lens around the diode, allowing for thinner panels and increased dimmable zones.
Samsung has previously used a maximum of 480 zones, but we counted 792 zones on the 65-inch QN95A. This increase in zones requires more processing power and improved algorithms, both of which are present on the new TV.
The new Neo Quantum Processor boosts the processing power by employing ‘multi-intelligence deep learning.
Instead of a single neural network, this processor combines up 16 to create a neural analyzer specialized for upscaling and processing video.
The QN95A supports high dynamic range in the form of HDR10, HLG (hybrid log-gamma), and HDR10+ Adaptive.
The latter uses dynamic metadata to adapt the tone-mapping on a scene-by-scene basis and now employs a sensor to customize the performance based on the ambient lighting conditions in your room.
It is Perfect For Gaming!
The Samsung QN95A uses anLCD panel, which means there’s no danger of screen burn if you engage in extended gaming sessions.
It also offers a host of features aimed at next-gen gamers, such as VRR 4K/120Hz playback, and support for AMD Freesync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync.
Another useful feature is ALLM, which automatically detects a console and selects the Game mode, resulting in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 9.2ms input lag.
The Game Motion Plus mode is designed to smooth out motion without significantly increasing the lag, and there’s even support for the 21:9 and 32:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio options offered by a number of PC games.
The Samsung QN95A is genuinely impressive in the audio department, thanks to the inclusion of Object Tracking Sound Plus.
This seamlessly integrates eight speakers into the outer edge of the TV cabinet, creating a 4.2.2-channel system that’s powered by 70W of amplification.
The result is a surprisingly large and immersive soundstage, thanks to the addition of top speakers.
However, OTS+ doesn’t just involve more channels – it also analyses the audio signal and aligns sounds with the location of specific images on the screen. This really works, producing an engaging experience with improved directionality and immersion.
Why You Should Buy the Samsung QN95A
The benefits of Mini LED are plain to see, with the increased number of controllable zones and superior dimming algorithms ensuring deep blacks and bright highlights.
Samsung’s smart platform is second to none when it comes to choice, with every major streaming service and a host of useful features – all wrapped up in a well-designed, intuitive-to-use, and highly responsive interface.