The Samsung QN95A is Samsung’s flagship Neo QLED 4K TV for 2021, and the first to possess a Mini LED backlight. It is different from Micro LED, which is a totally distinct self-emissive display technology, Mini LED makes use of a recently-developed backlight that’s very little and more effective, leading to a noticeable increase in dimmable zones and thinner panels.
Samsung QN95A Design
When it comes to design, the Samsung QN95A possesses a similarly classy and minimalist design ethos introduced a year ago, with a thin panel and nearly no bezel. The fact that there’s a complete-array Mini LED backlight and eight speakers at the back of the panel, it’s astonishing that Samsung did their best to pack everything into a chassis that’s only 15mm deep.
Assembling the stand is quite easy and it complements the entire appearance. It’s also quite heavy, offering big and stable support. You can even wall-mount the QN95A If you want it on the wall, by using the optional ‘No Gap’ bracket, with the lone cable from the smart One Connect box thereby making the installation less challenging, stylish, beautiful, and neat.
The One Connect box has reduced in size, and it’s now sophisticated and more stylish. This new size makes it less noticeable, enabling the box to be easily hidden away if needed. The textured matte black finish is another new inclusion, it replaced the former glossy black boxes, that were like a magnet for smudges and fingerprints.
The box possesses four HDMI inputs, in which only the HDMI 3 supports eARC. Also, all of the HDMI inputs can handle up to 40Gbps, which implies they can accept 4K/120Hz, VRR, and ALLM well. Although not full HDMI 2.1 connections, they provide enough bandwidth, which makes this TV an excellent option for next-gen gamers who desire to take total advantage of their new console or consoles.
As regards other physical connections, it’s a standard selection with an optical digital output, two USB 2.0 inputs, a CI slot, twin tuners for both satellite and terrestrial broadcasts, and an Ethernet port. There’s a stable option of wireless connections, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and support for Apple AirPlay 2.
The QN65A possesses two controllers: a standard black plastic zapper, and the latest sophisticated metal Solar Cell remote. This simplified wand is easy to grasp, even with one hand, and it has all the key controls, also with some devoted buttons for well-known streamers. Another new thing is that the solar panel behind the TV recharges the batteries, hence making it more eco-friendly.
The Samsung QN95A uses a similar Tizen-powered smart platform to its predecessors, which is still responsive, intuitive, and an easy-to-navigate interface. There’s a launcher bar that’s placed along the bottom and a second layer that offers rapid access to the video streaming services.
As regards those streaming services, the option is quite encompassing and it consists of YouTube, Now TV, Amazon, Disney+, Rakuten, Netflix, Apple TV+, and every UK TV catch-up service. The only issue with all these options is that it’s difficult to keep track, but Samsung provided a solution.
The Universal Guide assists you in discovering the content you desire by presenting everything through a user-friendly interface. Then, it uses AI and machine learning to analyze your viewing habits and generate a single ‘For You’ page with personalized content that perfectly suits your tastes.
The Digital Butler was newly introduced in 2020, enabling fast and easy connection by automatically scanning for any close devices, discovering them, and then representing all of them in an easy-to-understand graphical style.
Lastly, there’s a system of built-in smart assistants (Amazon Alexa, and Samsung’s Bixby). You also have access to Siri through Apple’s AirPlay 2, while the Samsung SmartThings app enables a fast and easy setup, also with a degree of control if you don’t like using the given remote or your voice.
Samsung QN95A Performance
Let’s get to the point here. The Samsung 65QN95A is a successful TV, and it makes an outstanding strong case for Mini-LED as a television technology.
The films that don’t at some point feature white text on a black ground are small, it’s most usually the end credits, and relatively usually when the text is scrolling. Even good LED/LCD TVs will be contending with this type of thing: the text can be blurry or have a smear, and backlighting can generate a halo around the words. While the ‘black’ of the screen itself is not as black as the OLED TV equivalent.
But the QN95A doesn’t strife at all, it ensures that the text is kept under control, as regards its movement and its brightness, and it produces deeper, more effective black levels than any LED/LCD viewer is accustomed to.
And also remarkable contrasts, black levels, and backlight control, which gives Samsung the proper stuff to work with (some 4K HDR10+ content, perfectly) and it provides amazing detailed and defined images. The edge definition is smooth and satisfying, while the information concerning the skin-tone is bold and natural too. There are the right depth of field too long shots, while the color palette the QN95A moves from is lively, realistic, and extensive. On-screen motion, either fast or of the specific testing slow-pan type, is managed with perfect assurance.
The Samsung maintains the glow of light where it is supposed to be and also ensures that the surrounding area is pleasantly dark yet still full of detail.
The QN95A is exceptional as a games monitor. Those surprising response times turn out to be completely authentic, and where detail retrieval, depth of field, and motion are concerned as Samsung’s performance doesn’t reduce at all. Games developers go into lots of trouble to make lighting look natural, and the Mini-LED arrangement of this TV is continuously satisfying in this respect.
The QN95A is filled with Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 4K, which is the improved AI-assisted engine the company introduced the previous year, and it counts as high-quality among its tasks, with stuff such as the administration of all the dimming zones ( almost 800 of them, we understand).
Give it some content that possesses satisfactory resolution and quality and Samsung will turn out to be a willing and efficient upscale. The full HD stuff appears somewhat as detailed and well resolved as native 4K content.
The QN95A’s sound system is basically invisible, it possesses a big number of drivers, about eight of them, besides they are arranged in a 4.2.2 arrangement that Samsung normally refers to as OTS+ and is rated to 70W. OTS (Object Tracking Sound) refers to the fact that the system is developed to generate a sense of three-dimensionality similar to Dolby Atmos. All of which makes it a bit irritating that the QN95A can’t naturally play Dolby Atmos soundtracks, however, it can pass them out to a connected speaker system (e.g a Samsung soundbar).
Irrespective of the tech involved (or not), the QN95A puts in a stable audio performance that’s crispy, clear, direct, strong, and effective but with excellent weight and openness. It gives an efficient sense of space and atmosphere while guaranteeing that both the dialogue and effects are clearly displayed. Also, the detail levels are raised high by the standards of an integrated sound system.
The QN95A’s speakers contend with the super-deep bass at the beginning of chapter 2 of Blade Runner 2049, with its woofers flapping uneasily. This is not the only TV to have issues as regards this, LG’s CX OLEDs suffer worse, but it’s a shame. Yet, we would always suggest partnering a TV as appealing as this with a devoted sound system, and this imperfection only emphasizes that message.
If you have made up your mind to stick with the Samsung’s integrated speakers, then the Adaptive Volume is best switched off as it is more likely to sound relatively forced and hard, but the Adaptive Sound+ is worth using as it inputs spaciousness and a little sense of cinematic enclosure. Also, Amplify is worth trying. It offers a little low-level dynamic subtlety for massive overall dynamics and extra punch, making it useful for action films. Standard is likely better if you’re using one setting for all the content, though.
Knowing fully well that this latest television technology usually comes at a price to start with, that’s why it’s not too surprising to find the QE65QN95A priced (£2,999) like a top-notch, high-quality product. However, to be honest, it is at the top of Samsung’s 4K range for 2021 plus that One Connect box is worth paying an additional more for, too.
But, truthfully, the proof of the value of your money is all up there on the screen. The QN95A is likely the single most achievable LCD TV that’s ever been developed and a viable competitor to LG’s approaching Evo OLED screens. Or, at least, it is presently. Other manufacturers like Sony are likely being the most notable, it has Mini LED series of its own to be released later on. But there’s no other way to do it, they must possess something special and extraordinary if they’re going to perform better than this Samsung.