When it comes to being first out with a review of a factory production unit of a TV that just shipped, three days is an eternity. But when it comes to writing about all the capabilities of a flagship-class TV, three days can;t do it justice. Therefore, I present to you part 1 of the Samsung Q9F QLED-LCD 4K HDR UHD etc. TV review, "fresh out of the oven."
Click to read Samsung 65″ Q9F QLED-LCD TV (QN65Q9F) Review, Part 1
And please do stay tuned for pre-and post-calibration measurements as well as subjective impressions from watching real-world content.
Here's a video I made of the assembly, and specifically of how you route the Invisible Connection cable and power cord to either of the legs. It's very clean, clever.
All calibrations and measurements performed with SpectraCal Calman Software
I used an 18% constant APL (average picture level) pettern for all measurements.
A Colorimetry Research CR-100
colorimeter performed the readings, after profiling it with a CR-250 spectrophotometer.
A DVDO AV Lab TPG 4K signal generator provided the patterns.
Movie Mode SDR: 135-nit (approx. 40 foot-lamberts) dim room calibration with Local Dimming Low. BT.1886 gamma, 2-point color correction and auto-CMS.
For this calibration, I stuck with a 2-point color balance adjustment, which yielded great results. This TV offers 20-point adjustment as well, but that's laborious without automation.
AutoCal is coming to CalMan soon, at which point I will give that a shot. i also did not touch the CMS controls, again the accuracy was enough.
There are some settings to share, if you care to set up a Q9F as an old-school, rec.709 SDR TV. Once upon a time (about 5 years ago) making a TV that could ace this was a big deal. Now, it's obligatory.
Anyhow, a reasonably competent Best Buy calibrator should be able to do good things for this TV and a pro should be able to make it reference-quality for rec.709 (HD Blu-ray) viewing.
This was done with Local Dimming set to Low, configured like this, it's behavior is like SDR TVs of the past.
After the textbook re.709 calibration, I turned Local Dimming to Regular and tweaked that calibration for a 200-nit peak luminance, which was easily done. Regular Local Dimming has highlight peaking, it's not HDR+ mode but it does crisp up the image and make it pop a bit more.
Movie Mode SDR: >200-nit (approx. 60 foot-lamberts) dim room calibration with local dimming Regular, BT.1886 gamma, 2-point color correction and auto-CMS.
Post-calibration saturation sweep.
All graphics courtesy of SpectraCal CalMAN
I find this mode's look preferable to textbook rec.709 and Local Dimming Low.
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