Samsung QE65Q8C QLED 4K HDR TV Review & Comments

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      DX902 it is then for me considering that my JS is now slowly dying.
       
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      Thanks for another excellent review, Steve. I was hoping, from your hint in the comments on the Sony A1, that you'd be reviewing the Q9 (the Q8 doesn't do it for me: curved screen, you know). Even if you are taking a wild guesstimate: from what you know, do you think the Q9 could/would deliver more bang for the buck? Re. my post in the A1 thread: the Q9 stands on two small, non-adjustable feet, meaning any soundbar would block the bottom of the screen, I have seen (admittedly in a German video) that Samsung also offers what it calls the 'Gravity stand', basically a metal cone-like affair, that raises the set, fixing that problem, and also allows it to swivel. The Q8's stand is high enough to allow the use of a soundbar with no problem.
       
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      good review....all samsungs QLED tvs seem a tad over priced this year.. they aren't fooling anyone into thinking its a "cheap" version of OLED
       
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      I've seen and fallen for the Q9F but you are absolutely right: the pricing is such that it's up there with LG's OLED offerings. With other companies now playing the OLED game it is something Samsung has to join sooner or later. Even the very name, QLED, is designed to fool the short-sighted into making possibly the wrong purchase!
       
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      Im very close to pulling the trigger on the Q7F. Do we know if the only difference (apart from flat and curved) between the 7F and the 8C is the extra sound amplification (40w vs 60w)?

      In this review of the 8C the conclusion is that the £600 saving of the Sony 9305 is a potential sticking point so would the Q7F at a £100 UNDER the Sony mean that the Samsung 7F pips at the finishing line for the best of the bunch?
       
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      Good honest review Steve..

      Price is ridiculous though, from Samsung..IMO
      If I were going to buy a 65" LCD UHD TV, this year I would go for the superb 65" Sony ZD9 or the Panasonic DX902, with the Sony ZD9 costing at the moment £3,479.00 and is the superior TV in every way, over this so called OLED competitor from Samsung. :censored::rolleyes:

      Samsung trying to put lipstick on a pig, comes to mind...:laugh:

      lipstickonapig.jpg :rotfl:
       
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      Your running with the assumption that the Q7 has the same performance as the Q8 but is £700 cheaper. I'm pretty sure it will be a noticeably worse performer than the Sony. If you must have Samsung you are probably better off with a cheap KS8000
       
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      I can see the feet on the Q9F being as divisive as the incline on the A1 and the £4,899 asking price is steep for what is ultimately still an edge-lit LED LCD TV.
       
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      The Q8C has the all-metal construction that the Q7F/C doesn't and the Q8C also has more amplification but without actually testing the Q7 I can't really comment on any other differences. Obviously there have been reports that the Q7's peak brightness couldn't hit 1000nits but I'll reserve judgement until I actually review one.

      I've seen the Q9F in action and it does look very good because without going into too much detail it uses a backlight and local dimming approach that seems very similar to the XE93. However I think Samsung are going to struggle to push units at the current price of £4,899.
       
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      Thanks Steve. Ive been in a quandary for a while now. Hopefully soon we'll see some comparisons appearing.
       
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      Sony's line-up this year is particularly strong with the XE90, XE93, ZD9 and A1 all offering great performance and some surprisingly competitive pricing. As for the DX902, the price on that is just crazy cheap for what you're getting.
       
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      Great review but when did almost 4 grand become acceptable for 'mid range'? :eek:
      Overall it doesn't seem like Samsung have done a great job with this year's range so far.
       
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      Same here about to get rid of my JS9000 and going for the 65 dx902.
       
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      Well it's the middle of the QLED range but yes it's a high-end price point.
       
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      Yeah I understand. It does seem that there has been a substantial uplift in pricing from the KS series though or am I imagining it?
       
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      I read about the new QLEDs during CES and I can vaguely remember reading something like 108% DCI coverage. Was that just misinformation, or is it only true for the Q9 or something? I thought all the QLEDs come with the same new Quantum Dots.

      Other than that, it's too expensive and curved on top of that. Although I have to admit that I really like the new remote and the metal back cover. Looks nice and valuable.
       
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      Seems like a perfectly usable 2000€ 65" LCD... wait how much did you say?

      Well. The screen filter is very nice from what I have seen of the Q series in shops.
       
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      DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902 DX902

      Thought I'd share my new wallpaper with you guys :laugh:
       
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      I completely agree.
       
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      There were claims to that effect, although the most I could get was 99% of DCI.
       
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      Thanks for the reply, Steve. It's a shame it comes down to the feet! The gravity stand is a matter of taste but to my eyes it's overblown, unattractive and even distracts from the set itself. I would imagine/hope the Q9F's asking price drops to something more sensible, but Samsung seem more determined to sell LG's OLED's than their own sets!
       
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      Glad I picked up a reduced KS7000 rather than wait for these new models to come down in price.

      I do not get the impression it would be much of an upgrade, So this should do me for another couple of years :)
       
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      Looks like Samsung are adopting the Apple pricing policy IMO. Samsung definitely ruled out of consideration for my upgrade this year.
       
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      It's unbelievable what you're getting money wise with the DX! Good choice, and I kid you not, it's possible to get almost OLED quality with SDR using the right settings, it's fantastic.
       
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      The 55KS7000 on release was £1500 and so is the 55MU7000 which is this years equivalent model.

      Samsung have released another tier of TV`s which are the Q range (Several variations of the 7,8,9 Q series are available in flat and curved) and that is where the prices have increased by around £800-1000).
       
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      Will have to see what the warrenty company offers me as a replacement for my JS as the engineer was certain it could only be repaired with a new screen . Also said that screens for the JS range were very hard to come by now and expects I will be offered a replacement display. First port of call for similar specs on my JS9000 would be the KS9000 but I'm hoping I can argue the point in no 3D and point them in the direction of the 902.

      Still interested in the review of the Q9F but at these levels of peak brightness edge lit displays are really going to struggle on screen uniformity.
       
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      I had the exact same issue with my JS9000 in November! Samsung messed me around hugely, and couldn't get a new screen, so they gave me an uplift code, from which I paid an extra £200 and got the DX.

      Who's the warranty company then?

      But yeah make out 3D is the sole reason you bought it ;)
       
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      Well I won't give the name out of the warrenty company on an open forum. Needless to say it's 3rd party and the retailer of the TV is no longer in buisseness. The engineer was 99% sure they wouldn't be able to repair due to no avaliable screens and would be offered a replacement. Just have to wait and see what they come back with.
       
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      Curved :rotfl:
      Has anyone told Samsung curved screens are so yesteryear!!!!!
       

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