Test results

The 55-inch device deliv­ers stun­ning images from all sources, rich sound, and lux­u­ri­ous fea­tures includ­ing the lat­est Ambi­ent Mode. If it weren’t for the rel­a­tive­ly high pow­er con­sump­tion and small view­ing angles (but this is entire­ly the fault of the pan­el tech­nol­o­gy), this mod­el from Sam­sung would have topped our cor­re­spond­ing rat­ing. But for the time being, she has to set­tle for “only” third place.


excel­lent pic­ture and sound qual­i­ty
lux­u­ry equip­ment
very good smart-tv sys­tem


rel­a­tive­ly high ener­gy con­sump­tion

Samsung GQ55Q9FN test results

  • Price-qual­i­ty ratio
  • Place in the over­all rank­ing
    3 out of 37
  • Val­ue for mon­ey: 46
  • Image qual­i­ty (50%): 96.3
  • Sound qual­i­ty (5%): 92.9
  • Equip­ment (25%): 97.1
  • Ergonom­ics (15%): 100
  • Ener­gy effi­cien­cy (5%): 60.1
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What makes the difference is the stability of the viewing angles.

A tighter race for the lead in our TV rank­ing could not be: LG OLED 55E8 holds the first place with a final score of 96.1 per­cent­age points, while Sam­sung GQ55Q9FN with its excel­lent 95.7 points is placed in place at num­ber 3 ( in our rat­ing table as of mid-June 2018).

The main rea­son why the South Kore­an mod­el won the vic­to­ry was the pan­el man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­o­gy. While LG uses an OLED dis­play, which, of course, hard­ly depends on the view­ing angle, Sam­sung uses a clas­sic VA pan­el. The max­i­mum hor­i­zon­tal view­ing angle, at which the TV retains at least half of its max­i­mum con­trast ratio, is only 20 degrees here, and the ver­ti­cal one is 17 degrees.

The fact that things can be bet­ter with this is indi­cat­ed by the Sony KD-55XE9305, which, despite using the same tech­nolo­gies, boasts 34 and 29 degrees, respec­tive­ly.

The weak per­for­mance in this area is par­tic­u­lar­ly unfor­tu­nate, as oth­er­wise the image qual­i­ty of this Sam­sung TV is excep­tion­al­ly con­vinc­ing, sur­pass­ing that of its OLED rivals the Sony KD-55A1 and Philips 55POS901F. In par­tic­u­lar, the GQ55Q9FN offers an excel­lent checker­board con­trast ratio of 253:1, a high max­i­mum con­trast ratio of 5054:1, and a remark­able bright­ness of up to 1431 cd/m2.

Image qual­i­ty turns out to be very good from all sources — whether it’s HDR10 or reg­u­lar con­tent. Who­ev­er watch­es TV exclu­sive­ly “frontal­ly” and does not like pub­lic view­ing, with this device will receive one of the best pic­tures at the moment in the field of top TVs.

Even if the design of the Samsung GQ55Q9FN may not please everyone, everyone should be satisfied with the image quality.
Even if the design of the Sam­sung GQ55Q9FN may not please every­one, every­one should be sat­is­fied with the image qual­i­ty.

Comprehensive equipment

In terms of equip­ment, the Sam­sung GQ55Q9FN also plays in the big leagues. In par­tic­u­lar, this 55-inch TV offers an HD Twin Triple tuner, (2xD­VB-T2/C/S2 each), a CI+ slot, four HDMI inputs, and a dig­i­tal audio out­put. There is no ana­log head­phone jack. But con­tent can be trans­ferred to exter­nal media data car­ri­ers via three USB ports. USB record­ing is also pos­si­ble.

A spe­cial and inno­v­a­tive fea­ture that is includ­ed in all Sam­sung GQ mod­els is the so-called Ambi­ent Mode. At the same time, the TV intel­li­gent­ly adapts to the appear­ance of the wall behind it, mak­ing it vir­tu­al­ly invis­i­ble in stand­by mode, depend­ing on the com­plex­i­ty of the back­ground. In addi­tion, it can dis­play var­i­ous use­ful infor­ma­tion in this state, for exam­ple, about the weath­er.

As an oper­at­ing sys­tem, as before, OS Tizen of Sam­sung’s own devel­op­ment is used. The Android com­peti­tor is visu­al, easy to use and very pro­duc­tive.

In the Smart TV hub you will find all the impor­tant video-on-demand ser­vices such as Net­flix, Ama­zon Video and oth­ers, as well as numer­ous oth­er appli­ca­tions and games. The Inter­net con­nec­tion required for this can be con­fig­ured selec­tive­ly via LAN or WLAN.

somewhat gluttonous

While the sound qual­i­ty of two speak­ers with a pow­er of 20 W can­not be fault­ed either, the Sam­sung GQ55Q9FN makes a small mis­take in the area of ​​pow­er con­sump­tion. In nor­mal oper­a­tion, this 55-inch TV draws an aver­age of 135 watts, which in itself is still a bit much for a UHD device of this size. Of course, this indi­ca­tor can be slight­ly reduced using the ECO mode, but still, the TV’s char­ac­ter­is­tics are only enough to receive the EU “B” ener­gy effi­cien­cy label.

Samsung GQ55Q9FN test results

Alternative options:

Samsung GQ55Q9FN TV test: almost perfect VA panel against OLED kingsPhilips 55POS901F

Those who spend a lot of time in front of the TV with their fam­i­ly or reg­u­lar­ly look at the screen from a high angle should con­sid­er pur­chas­ing a device with more sta­ble view­ing angles, that is, OLED tech­nol­o­gy, such as the Philips 55POS901F.

Dur­ing test­ing, this UHD TV demon­strat­ed not only con­vinc­ing pic­ture qual­i­ty, but also lux­u­ri­ous equip­ment. Although the sound and pow­er con­sump­tion were slight­ly worse than the Sam­sung, you can still sur­vive at a cost of only about 128,000 rubles.

Samsung GQ55Q9FN TV test: almost perfect VA panel against OLED kingsLG OLED 55E8

And LG OLED 55E8 thanks to OLED tech­nol­o­gy dis­plays a won­der­ful pic­ture regard­less of the posi­tion of the view­er. In addi­tion, it offers a com­pre­hen­sive Smart OS, a large num­ber of inter­faces, and great sound.

The pow­er con­sump­tion lev­el, although a lit­tle high, is still nor­mal for an OLED TV. The only point wor­thy of crit­i­cism is the lack of sup­port for HDR10. At a cost, LG OLED 55E8 is at the lev­el of about 180,000 rubles.

Samsung GQ55Q9FN specifications and test results

Price-qual­i­ty ratio
Screen and back­light type
VA-LCD (Direct LED)
local dim­ming
Screen diag­o­nal
55 inch­es
UHD (3.840 x 2.160 pix­els)
Image qual­i­ty: HD TV
very good
Image qual­i­ty: Blu-ray
very good
Max­i­mum bright­ness
1431 cd/m²
Max­i­mum Con­trast
Checker­board con­trast
HDMI 2.0
3D: tech­nol­o­gy
3D: glass­es includ­ed
Hor­i­zon­tal view­ing angle (1/2 max­i­mum con­trast ratio)
Ver­ti­cal view­ing angle (1/2 max­i­mum con­trast ratio)
Pow­er con­sump­tion dur­ing oper­a­tion
135 W
Stand­by Pow­er Con­sump­tion
Pow­er sav­ing mode
Ener­gy class
Stand: swiv­el joint
Dig­i­tal Cable TV Tuner
2 tuners
Dig­i­tal satel­lite TV tuner
2 tuners
Con­nec­tors: HDMI
4 con­nec­tors
Con­nec­tors: Scart
Con­nec­tors: Com­pos­ite (FBAS)
1 con­nec­tor
Smart TV: Face­book
Smart TV: Ama­zon Instant Video
Smart TV: Net­flix
Smart TV
Smart TV: Youtube
Smart TV: Installing addi­tion­al soft­ware
Smart TV: Brows­er
HBBTV Ser­vices
3 con­nec­tors
USB: TV record­ing
Net­work: DLNA sup­port
Head­phone out­put
Dig­i­tal audio out­put
1 con­nec­tor
2 x 20 W (Sinus), with sub­woofer
Dimen­sions (with stand)
123 x 79 x 29 cm
Width (with­out stand)
40 mm
The weight
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Test date
screen inch price
50.91 euros per inch

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