Home Theater Systems Buying Guide
Home Theater Receivers Buying Guide
An 8K TV? An actual, bonafide, 85-inch, 8K TV? Well butter our butts and call us a biscuit – yes it is, compliments of Samsung. And let’s get two things straight right at the top: 1) The Q900 is not a gimmick, it’s an insanely awesome television, a $15K Samsung no less, and 2) believe it or not, 8K resolution is not the big story here. Not yet, anyway.
To wit: though 8K content is in development, it’s still a few years away – so there are no 8K shows or movies to watch just yet. Naturally, this begs the question, “if you can afford a $15K, 8K TV, why would you want one now?” Two reasons. At the moment, the Samsung Q900 is the most future-proofed TV on the planet – so if you plan on keeping your new TV for a few years, this one will handle 8K when 8K content eventually comes. Two, and this is the biggie: what Samsung’s 8K processor and upscaling technology (explained below) does for existing HD and 4K content is remarkable– and it’s how the Q900 earned its place among World Wide Stereo’s “Best TVs of 2023.”
Want to see if for yourself? The Samsung QN85Q900R is now on display in our showrooms and available for pre-order in-store and online with the first shipments arriving in February. Though other sizes are available overseas, the 85-inch model is the only one currently available in the United States with three more sizes expected to arrive from Samsung in 2019.
Remember way back, like 12-18 months ago, when 55 and
65-inch TVs were considered gigantic? And then 4K came along, and suddenly TVs
had four times more pixels than HiDef TV? Well now we’re talking 85-inches – a
little over seven feet corner to corner, plus four times more pixels than 4K
TV, which was already amazing. So pardon the hyperbole, but for those of us in
the business, an 85-inch 8K TV is head-exploding territory.
If you’re sitting more than three feet way from your TV, and of course you are, it’s close to impossible to tell the difference between 4K and 8K. Move in a little closer, however, and it’s a different story – you will see minute details in 8K that simply aren’t there in 4K. This isn’t a reflection of today’s TV techology, it’s a reflection of the limits of the human eye, and what the human eye can, and can not, discern at certain distances.
So, given no one watches TV with their nose on the screen, is there really any benefit to 8K? In this case, yes. When we put Samsung’s big 8K TV next to anyone else’s big 4K TV, there was definitely a difference – no matter how close, or far away, we sat. Though not necessarily sharper, Samsung’s 8K picture was, without question: brighter, deeper and richer overall – and Samsung’s 8K AI Upscaling2 technology is why. There is also a lot going between the viewers' ears here that contributes to the viewing experience that defies explanation. It's like the difference between an original Van Gogh and a copy. Though technically exact in every way, the original just looks so much better.
For now, in an industry where things change quickly, the
Samsung Q900 8K TV may just be the best TV on the planet. Just don’t expect 8K
to be twice as good as 4K. Not possible, unless maybe you’re Tony Stark. In the meantime, everything you see on it will be a wonderful improvement.
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What Samsung’s 8K processor and upscaling technology do for existing HD and 4K content is remarkable– and it’s how the Q900 earned its place among World Wide Stereo’s “Best TVs of 2021”.
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