So, I returned my 75” Z9F this morning. This 82” Q90R is a keeper!
What a massive improvement this set is over the Q9FN. All off the issues that I had with the Q9FN are gone on the Q90R. DSE gone, FALD inconsistencies gone, cartoony colors gone, black crush gone, poor viewing angles gone. Great job Samsung! I’m so glad that I didn’t right them off after the hot mess that was the Q9FN.
The Q90 vs the Z9F is a much closer call, but ultimately the Q90 won me over with its stellar anti-reflection filter and better blooming control. The Z9F panel uniformity was a hair better, but the Q90 really surprised me with how clean it is, so no complaints there. Blacks are a bit deeper on the Q90, but honestly I was already satisfied with the blacks on the Z9F. Shadow detail is still a hair better on the Z9F, but I will take the trade off to get better blooming control, not that the Q90 is a slouch with shadow details. Brightness is roughly equal in real content and the viewing angles are practically identical. The Z9F is more accurate OOB, but colors seem to be about equal in vibrancy. Motion is great on both sets and tbh, I don’t see much to choose between them. Blooming is still present on the Q90 and I would actually put it somewhere between the Q9FN and Z9F in LD aggressiveness. They really did do a great job on the Q90R’s FALD algorithm, as I feel that it strikes the perfect balance between retaining shadow details, without adding excessive blooming. Now on to the star of the show...the anti-reflection really does steal the show for the Q90 imo. Watching dark content during the day on the Z9F was basically out of the question in my semi bright room, but on the Q90 I can watch darker content during the day without too much issue. Sorry, I don’t have any comment on gaming, as I wasn’t able to test it on either set. All of this being said, these 2 sets are more similar than they are different, but the overall nod for me does go to the Q90R. It’s just so well rounded, without any major weaknesses, unless you consider the lack a Dolby Vision a major weakness. I certainly wouldn’t pass on this set for a lack of DV, as you would only be doing a disservice to yourself by not giving the Q90R a serious look.
Just some brief, non scientific, thoughts there folks. As these thoughts were coming into my head, I was quickly typing them out, so my apologies for the complete lack of structure. Let me know if you have any other questions and I will try my best to answer.
Samsung 82” Q90R * LG 55” C8 * Denon X4500H * 5.2.4 Atmos * Xbox One X * PS4 Pro