With the GQ65Q8CN, Samsung has managed to make a real revolution: after many months of our rating of TVs with a diagonal of more than 60 inches led by 4 OLED models, the Koreans with their VA panel managed to squeeze into fifth place.
Despite the fact that the curved Samsung GQ65Q8CN uses a highly dependent on the viewing angle VA panel, according to the test results, this 65-inch TV is very close to the OLED models. The UHD TV owes this not only to very good picture quality, but also to excellent sound, luxurious equipment and low power consumption. Good value for money also contributes to the excellent overall result.
very good image quality
great sound with subwoofer
comprehensive equipment list
highly dependent on viewing angles VA technology
Samsung GQ65Q8CN test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
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- Value for money: 83
- Image quality (50%): 90.7
- Sound quality (5%): 99.6
- Equipment (25%): 95
- Ergonomics (15%): 100
- Energy efficiency (5%): 79.1
What’s more, with a final score of 93% at the time of this report, the Samsung GQ65Q8CN even climbs to second place. A major contributor to this success of the 4K TV is its remarkable picture quality. Both the TV picture and the content displayed from the external Blu-ray player were very good during the test. Thanks to support for HDR 10+ and a maximum contrast ratio of 3362:1, the colors are very natural and saturated.
With a high maximum brightness of 1628 cd/m2, the TV copes with any lighting conditions. Well, in the end, a chess contrast ratio of 220: 1 is a very good result.
However, the vendor did not manage to get rid of the typical disadvantage of VA-LCD technology. Therefore, even with a slight deviation of the viewing angle from a straight line, the GQ65Q8CN loses a lot in image contrast. If you’re sitting directly in front of a 65-inch panel, it won’t be noticeable. On the contrary, due to its curvature, the TV literally immerses the viewer in what is happening on the screen.
The final piece of the puzzle that adds up to a great home theater experience is two 20W sine speakers paired with a subwoofer. As a result, the sound, even at high volumes, is clear and powerful, without a hint of rattling. It’s hardly better.
All inside, all outside
In terms of equipment, Samsung focused on current standards and, perhaps, does not give reason to wish for something more. In particular, the TV picture can be “supplied” from a Triple-Twin tuner, which has dual inputs for signals from cable, satellite and DVB-T2. External devices can be connected via four HDMI inputs and three USB ports. At the same time, the latter can serve not only to play video from external hard drives, but also to record the current TV program (USB recording).
Particularly practical is that all interfaces are not located directly on the body of the device, but in a separate Connect-Box. The box can easily be placed somewhere in a hidden place so that only a very thin and inconspicuous fiber optic cable goes to the TV.
As an operating system, Samsung continues to use OS Tizen of its own design, which has an accessible interface and high performance. The range of applications also deserves attention: in addition to the standard set of video-on-demand services, YouTube and Facebook, Samsung offers numerous other games and programs in its own application store. The control is optionally carried out using the included remote control, voice commands or a smartphone application. All three options look well thought out and functioned flawlessly during test runs.
Surprisingly Energy Efficient
More than 1600 cd / m2 will require a lot of electricity — most likely, that’s what you thought. But in fact, the Samsung GQ65Q8CN consumes as little power in normal operation as almost no other 65-inch TV. On average, we measured only 145 watts, which can be further reduced with the help of the ECO mode. In Standby mode, power consumption drops to a low 0.2W. Thanks to these indicators, the Samsung model we tested deserves the EU “A” energy efficiency label. Operating costs thus remain within reason. The same applies to the cost of acquiring the device, since 190 thousand rubles for a top-end TV of this size is a normal price.
Alternative: LG OLED 65B7D
Unlike the Samsung TV we tested, the LG OLED 65B7D, thanks to the latest OLED technology, shows an excellent picture at any viewing angle. In terms of sound quality and completeness of equipment, it cannot compete with competitors, but as a result, it scores quite good marks in the corresponding test categories. The power consumption level in normal operation is a pleasantly low 156 watts. Cost: approximately 150 thousand rubles.
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Samsung GQ65Q8CN specifications and test results
|Screen and backlight type|
|Image quality: HD TV|
|Image quality: Blu-ray|
|3D: glasses included|
|Horizontal viewing angle (1/2 max contrast)|
|Vertical Viewing Angle (1/2 Max Contrast)|
|Power consumption during operation|
|Standby Power Consumption|
|Power saving mode|
|Stand: swivel joint|
|Digital Cable TV Tuner|
|Digital satellite TV tuner|
|Connectors: Composite (FBAS)|
|Smart TV: Facebook|
|Smart TV: Amazon Instant Video|
|Smart TV: Netflix|
|Smart TV: Maxdome|
|Smart TV: Erweiterbar|
|Smart TV: Installing additional software|
|Smart TV: Browser|
|USB: TV recording|
|Network: DLNA support|
|Digital audio output|
|Dimensions (with stand)|
|Width (without stand)|
|screen inch price|
Samsung GQ65Q8CN test results
Photo: manufacturing companies