Samsung Q9F Review (QN65Q9F, QN75Q9F) – The Flagship of Samsung’ 2017 QLED TV
Samsung Q9F is the flagship of Samsung’s 2017 HDR 4K TV lineup. As a part of QLED TV which emphasizes quantum dot technology, color reproduction certainly becomes the main advantage. In the market, there are only 2 screen sizes options available, 65 Inch (QN65Q9F) and 75 Inch (QN75Q9F).As a top model of Samsung’s 2017 4K TV lineup, its price is really expensive, nearly $5000 for 65 inch and nearly $10000 for 75 Inch. Their price even is more expensive than some models of OLED TV. But of course, the price that offered is not fixed and could still change at any time and usually will tend to drop as time goes by.
Features and Technologies
As we have mentioned above, one of the major technologies behind Samsung Q9F is the advanced quantum dot technology maximized by Q 4K HDR Color Elite technology, results in outstanding color reproduction. It even can cover nearly 100% of DCI P3 color space of HDR Images, makes it is including TVs with the widest color gamut. In addition to outstanding color reproduction, Samsung Q9F also has excellent native contrast ratio. This might be not still as high as the 2016 KS Series, but it is still strong enough to show dark scenes excellently, even when set in a dark room. Behind it, there are some Samsung’s advanced technologies which maximize its contrast and black level like Q Elite Black+ with Infinite Array, Contrast Enhancer, Precision Black Ultimate (Local Dimming), and others. On its own panel, Samsung Q9F uses VA Panel with Edge Lit Backlighting. On the other hand, for maximizing peak luminance and its performance when set in a bright room, it is powered by Peak Illuminator Pro and Ultra Clear Panel technology. Combination of outstanding color reproduction, strong contrast and bright peak luminance certainly also makes it is able to produce outstanding picture quality. But unfortunately, you can enjoy the outstanding picture quality displayed on its screen only if you are watching TV from center and front, while when you are watching from side viewing angle, the picture doesn’t look as amazing as when you are watching from center and in front of the screen.
Meanwhile, for processing HDR signals and images, Samsung Q9F is powered by Q Engine as its images processor and 4K HDR Elite as its HDR Processor. Nevertheless, unlike most of high end TVS where they already supports most of HDR formats, Q9F series only supports HDR 10 format and might also support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) once the HLG format is confirmed. Additionally, with Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, Samsung Q9F is also a great TV when used for watching fast sports program and 24p movies due its great performance in handling motion blur and 24p movies. When used for watching fast moving images, the picture produced looks very clear with almost no motion blur noticeable while when for watching 24p movies, the picture displayed also looks very smooth without judder. The other great performance offered by Q9F series is about its low input lag. This might be not as low as high-end Sony’s TV, but at least, this allows you to play any games comfortably without feel laggy. And for offering attractive and responsive smart TV platform, it features Tizen OS 2017 which powered by a quad core processor.
Samsung Q9F Key Specifications
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Size Available||65 Inch (QN65Q9F), 75 Inch (QN75Q9F)|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Precision Black Ultimate)|
|Picture Engine||Q Engine|
|Dimming Technology||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Black Technology||Q | 4K Elite Black + With Infinite Array|
|Color Technology||Q | 4K Color Drive Elite (Quantum Dot)|
|HDR||Q | 4K HDR Elite+ With Infinite Array|
|HDR Format||HDR 10 and HLG|
|4K Up-scaling||UHD Up-Scaling|
|Motion Clarity||Motion Rate 240|
|Refresh Rate||Native 120 Hz|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Yes|
|Depth Enhancer Technology||Contrast Enhancer|
|Peak Illuminator||Yes (Ultimate)|
|Platform||Tizen OS 2017|
|Key Apps||Full Browser, Cloud Games, Smart View, and more|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1790A)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1|
|Built In Wi-Fi||Yes|
|Speaker Type||Front Firing|
|Total Power||60 watts|
|Sound Effect||DTS Premium Sound 5.1|
|Price||See the price on Amazon|
Performance of Samsung Q9F
Overall, Samsung Q9F has excellent picture quality. This is due almost all of the major aspects of picture quality produced by it are very strong. One of the major advantages that offered is about the exceptional rendition of colors. As a part of Samsung’s 2017 QLED TV lineup, the advanced quantum dot technology is one of the highlights of Q9F, make it is able to nearly perfectly cover all colors in DCI P3 color space. If we found Sony Z9D as a TV with the brightest peak luminance, OLED TV as TVs with the deepest black level, then, the TV with the best rendition of colors is Samsung QLED TV including Q9F. This certainly makes the accuracy of colors is excellent, results in more life-like picture quality, even when displaying HDR images that require wide color gamut. While for displaying SDR images that just require Rec.709 color space where its color coverage is not as wide as DCI P3, of course, Q9F is able to perfectly show color on this coverage. Additionally, Samsung Q9F also already supports 10 bit deep of color that means it can deliver more than 1.07 billion shades of colors. The result, you will see smooth color gradient of the picture displayed on its screen. Since some small imperfections are still noticeable in darker colors, this might be not as perfect as what offered by Sony’s High End TVs. But overall, its color gradient is still excellent with almost no major color banding noticeable.
Meanwhile, contrast ratio of by Samsung Q9F might not the highest for LED TV and not as high as the competitors like Sony X930E, even when its local dimming is activated. You need to know, the local dimming of Q9F doesn’t work as well as the competitors. Nevertheless, it is strong enough to produce deep black levels and paired to its good black uniformity, it is able to show dark scenes looks excellently, even when set in a dark environment where the high of native contrast ratio is sensitive. Additionally, the deepest black level of Q9F is also quite dark to show the details of HDR images in shadow or dark scenes clearly like what intended. As we know, to shows shadow details of HDR images like what intended, an HDR TV must reach 0.05 nits of black level or darker, while Samsung Q9F can reach about 0.02 nits of black levels, that course it is darker than this minimum recommendation set by UHD alliance.
On the other hand, although not as bright as Sony X930E series, Samsung Q9F also has outstanding peak brightness, no matter it is inputted by SDR or HDR videos. It is not only able to make bright scenes looks excellently when set in a dark room, it is also quite bright to effectively fight the glare, even when set in an extremely bright room with sunlight coming through the window. Combined to its great reflections handling, this makes its bright room performance is great, makes the picture displayed looks consistently amazing in a bright room. Even not only that, with peak brightness is far brighter than 1000 nits as the minimum recommendation set by UHD Alliance for displaying HDR 10 videos fully, it is also able to shows the highlights of HDR images at range 1000-4000 nits like what intended.
Like other models of Samsung’s 2017 4K TV lineup, Samsung Q9F is also equipped with great performance UHD Up-Scaling Engine. This allows you to enjoy lower resolutions content with the quality as details as 4K resolution. No matter the resolution of your video source, even DVDs movies that only have 480p resolution still looks well in 4K resolution. Although some halo artifacts might still be visible along edges, but essentially, the final images in 4K quality produced doesn’t look too soft. Meanwhile, when the source is 720p videos like movies from TV cable or 1080p contents like movies from Blu Ray Player, the final images in 4K resolution produced looks far sharper and clearer with small details are preserved well.
But unfortunately, like all TVs with VA panel, the viewing angle coverage of Samsung Q9F is poor. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, the contrast will look tend to grey and color will shift. This makes the picture doesn’t look as good as when viewed from center and front. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to lose the amazing picture quality produced, watching TV from side viewing angle should be avoided. So, if you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle, this certainly is not a problem for you.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
With Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel behind it, Samsung Q9F is a great TV when used for watching fast paced contents like sport programs or fast movies. Although not as low as OLED TV, for LED TV, its pixel response time is extremely low, result in smooth and clear picture quality with almost no motion blur noticeable. Following fast objects, there is only a short trail where most of people might not notice about that. Meanwhile, when used for playing 24p videos, it also has great performance. No matter the type of the video search, whether it is native 24p videos like movies from Blu Ray player, 24p via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, or even 24p videos via 60p signals like movies from streaming devices, all of them displayed clearly and smoothly with judder-free. For removing the judder without adding soap opera effect when you are playing 24p movies, you just need set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and both of “Blur Reduction” and “Judder Reduction” to “0”.
Like most of high end TVs which available in the market, Samsung Q9F is equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as its major connectivity. Its HDMI ports already support the most of formats which required for HDMI connection like HDCP 2.2, CEC, Audio Return Channel, and many more. In addition to USB and HDMI ports, there are also 1 RF In (Antenna In), Ethernet, and Digital Audio Out (Optical). There are no Composite In (AV In) and Component In. So if you want to connect your other devices where these outputs are as their major connectivity, you need an adapter. Unlike most of TVs which available in the market where all of inputs/outputs are located on the rear or side of their panel, most of these ports are located on separated box called “One Connect Box”. The benefit, if there is a software update in future, particularly for HDMI and USB ports, you just need to change the box without replace your TV. Meanwhile, although not as the lowest, overall, the input lags of Samsung Q9F is very low under “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”. This allows you to comfortably play any kind games with any resolution, even for fast paced games. Additionally, its input lag under “PC Mode” also makes it is very comfortable when used as the PC monitor.
As its smart TV platform, Samsung Q9F features Tizen 2017 with Smart Hub. Compared to last year version, it comes with nicer animation and theme that makes its appearance looks more attractive. Nevertheless, although it comes with nicer user interface and layout, it is still simple and easy to navigate. Once you go on the “Home Screen”, there is a ribbon at the bottom of the screen contains quick access to most of popular apps. This allows you to launch one of them without leaving the home screen. Additionally, apps which are provided are very complete and diverse. In addition to preinstalled apps where there are VoD Service like YouTube, Amazon Videos, Hulu, and many more, Web Browsing, Cloud Games apps, and many more, you can also directly download from your TV tons of apps provided on Samsung’s Apps Store. Meanwhile, with the support of quad core processor as its main processor and decent memory, this makes its performance is fast and responsive.
As the controller, Samsung Q9F is equipped with “Samsung Smart Controller”. As the functionality, it is similar to the remote what used by lower models like MU8000 or MU7000 series where it is simple with minimalistic buttons, equipped with built-in microphone for voice commands, and can be functioned as a universal remote for controlling other Devices connected on your Samsung TV via HDMI. The difference, this remote is build from metal so makes it looks very elegant.
As we have discussion a lot, the major advantage of Samsung Q9F is about its color reproduction, where with Samsung advanced quantum dot technology, along with other model of Samsung’s 2017 QLED TV, it is including TVs with the best renditions of color. Meanwhile, although not the best, it also has excellent native contrast ratio and great peak brightness, result in stunning picture quality, no matter the light condition of the room where it is used. Additionally, with great visual specs that offered, this also makes its HDR performance is great, even it is able to display HDR 10 videos fully like what intended. In addition to stunning picture quality, most of other features which offered also have great performance like great motion handling for sports, good 24p playback at any source, low input lags for fast paced games, and attractive and responsive smart TV. The only major drawback is its poor side viewing angle where this makes it is not suitable when used in a wide room with viewers comes from multiple angles. The other drawback but not too major, the HDR formats which supported are not as many as its competitors.
Should I buy this TVs? As we know, Samsung Q9F has outstanding picture quality, particularly about its rendition of colors. But on the other hand, it is sold with a huge price. Now, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your preference and budget. If you are searching a TV with the best rendition or colors and don’t mind about its huge price, it will not let you down.
- Outstanding rendition of colors
- Good black uniformity
- Excellent native contrast ratio
- Bright Peak Luminance
- Great Motion Handling
- Low Input Lags at any source
- Poor Side Viewing Angle Coverage
- Huge Price
- No 3D Tehcnology