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Sony A95K vs Samsung S95B OLED TV Review and Comparison (XR-55A95K vs QN55S95B, XR-65A95K vs QN65S95B)

by on September 16, 2022
 


Sony A95K and Samsung S95B are the biggest TV released in 2022. This is caused that they come with cutting-edge panel TV technology, which is QD-OLED. It is the technology that combines blue-OLED panel with quantum dot filter. As we have known, the main shortcoming of white-OLED that used by almost all OLED TVs is that it cannot get very bright and reproduce bright saturated color. For SDR content, this may be fine and there is no issue. But with HDR Content, the white sub-pixel is forced to create extra brightness that required by HDR content. And to extend the life so that it can be accepted by consumers, it cannot be forced too hard. So, to reach extra brightness that required by HDR content, the other RGB sub-pixels are also forced to adding extra brightness. This makes RGB subpixels can turn whiter at higher brightness that certainly will de-saturate bright colors, making them cannot produce bright saturated colors.

Meanwhile, on QD-OLED panel, the white-subpixel is removed and in exchange, it uses blue layer of OLED material and quantum dot layer on red and green subpixel.  Blue remains blue, but the blue light also activates the red and green quantum dots to deliver purer color for a truer RGB image. And thanks to energy efficiency of Quantum Dots, it still can get brightness level that required by HDR content without forced RGB subpixel very hard. This makes it can get high peak brightness without desaturate bright colors.

The Samsung S95B and Sony A95K are the first TVs that use QD-OLED panel. Nevertheless, unlike white-OLED TV that has a lot of screen sizes variants, both of the A95K and S95B only have 2 screen sizes variant, which are 55 inches (QN55S95B vs XR-A95K) and 65 Inches (QN65S95B vs XR-65A95K). And since both use the same OLED panel technology, of course, the comparison between them is about their image processor and features that offered, because what influenced by their panel performance certainly is not much different.

Nevertheless, although they use the same panel technology, in the market and with the same screen size, the Sony A95K is sold much more expensive, even more than a thousand dollar than the Samsung S95B. But of course, their price is not fixed and could still change at any time. And since the A95K is sold much more expensive, it should have advantages than the S95B. So, what advantages offered by the Sony A95K over the Samsung S95B? And which is a better choice between them?

Sony A95K Review

Sony A95K Review

As we have discussed above, along with the Samsung S95B, the Sony A95K is two first TVs that use QD-OLED technology. And as we have discussed above, QD-OLED panel bring improvements on what become the shortcoming of white-OLED like limited peak brightness or its issue in reproducing bright saturated colors. That is not only that, it also offers improvement on what become the advantage of OLED TV like wide color gamut or wide viewing angle coverage.

And just like other models of Sony’s 2020 premium TV, the Sony A95K is also powered by the Cognitive Processor XR that has plenty of features for improving its performance and picture quality. In contrast enhancement, there are OLED XR Contrast Pro, XR HDR Remaster, Dynamix Contrast Enhancer, and Pixel Contrast Booster. Meanwhile in color enhancement, there are XR TriLuminos Max and XR Smoothing Live Color and in Clarity Enhancement, there are XR 4K Up-scaling, Dual Database Processing, and XR Super Resolution. All of these technologies really help to further improve picture quality and performance of the Sony A95K.

One of things that makes the Sony A95K different to other TVs is its design called Full Edge Slate. Its border or bezel may be not much different to other TVs, but it has a unique stand that lets it sit flat against the table, making its stand itself is invisible from the front. The other unique thing that offered by the Sony A95K is its built-in speaker. This actuality is not a new thing since most of Sony’s premium TVs in previous years have also used this technology, which is acoustic Surface. Instead use traditional speaker, to produce sound, this technology use the screen that driven by an actuator. And since the A95K have 2.2 channel, there are two actuator that drive its screen. However, the sub-woofer channel still use traditional woofer speaker.

And that it not less interesting is that it comes with Google TV 10 as its smart TV platform.  As we have known, this platform has user friendly interface and is easy to use. Its apps store also have tons of attractive apps. The other interesting thing that offered by the Sony A95K is that it has built-in camera. And with Voice Zoom 2 built-in, you can make a video conference without additional devices. The camera is detachable, so if you don’t need this camera, you can detach it.

Samsung S95B Review

Samsung S95B Review

Samsung S95B is the first OLED TV by Samsung. Just like the A95K, it also uses QD-OLED panel instead of white-OLED. Of course, since, it uses OLED panel, their good picture quality is undoubtedly. It even advertised can deliver wider color gamut and higher brightness level than the OLED TV that use traditional white OLED like the LG G2 or Sony A90K. And as Samsung’s premium TV, it certainly has plenty of advanced technologies and features that further improve your experience in watching TV like VRR technology that supports FreeSync, GSync, and HDMI Forum VRR, HDMI 2.1, ATSC 3.0 Tuner, etc.

If the A95K is powered by Cognitive Processor XR, the S95B is powered an image processor called Neural Quantum Processor 4K. In processing images, this images processor is not also inferior to other premium TV. With 20 AI-powered neural networks, it can transform lower resolution content to 4K resolution fairly well. So, whatever the resolution of the content you watch, you can enjoy them in 4K resolution with details preserved well.

As their Smart Platform, the Samsung S95B runs Tizen OS, the smart TV platform by Samsung. This platform is not inferior to Google TV found on A95K. IT also supports any voice navigation platform like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and also its own platform Samsung’s Bixby. Juts like the A95K, it also already support Zoom Video. But sadly, it doesn’t have built-in camera, so if you want use it for video conference, you must by additional camera separately. And essentially, Samsung S95B is an OLED TV with outstanding picture quality and plenty of advanced features.

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Sony A95K vs Samsung S95B Side by Side Comparison

Sony A95K vs Samsung S95B Specification

Specs Sony A95K Samsung S95B
Screen Sizes Available 55” (XR-55A95K), 65” (XR-65A95K) 55” (QN55S95BAFXZA), 65” (QN65S95BAFXZA
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology QD-OLED Panel QD-OLED Panel
Backlight Technology No Backlight No Backlight
Local Dimming Technology Pixel Dimming Level Pixel Dimming Level
Processor Cognitive Processor XR Neural Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Native Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Yes (GSync, HDMI Forum) Yes (FreeSync, GSync, HDMI Forum)
Smart TV Platform Google TV 10 Tizen 2022
Smart Apps Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, etc Samsung Bixby, Google Assistant, Alexa
Camera Yes No
Remote Sony Smart Remote 2022 Samsung Remote 2022
Audio Setup 2.2 channel 2.2.2 channel
Audio Power Output 20 Watts + 20 Watts + 10 Watts + 10 watts 60 watts
HDMI Ports 4 4
USB Ports 2 2
Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Design

The frame of the Sony A95K may be not much different to the frame of Samsung S95B where they have very thin bezel, which is about 8 mm. This makes them look blend into your environments when they are not in use.  Meanwhile, the back of them are made of two sections. The first is the main panel while the other section is made of plastic where its electronic parts, inputs, and cable power are housed. The difference is the texture of their plastic and the size of this section. The A95K has checkered texture while the plastic of the S95B is not textured. Additionally, the house of electronic parts of the S95B is also smaller than A95K.

Samsung S95B vs Sony A95K

Meanwhile, that make them different is that the Sony A95K have a unique stand. The stand of the S95B is relatively small and it is mounted at the center. The stand lifts the TV about 3 inches above the table. This fits to the height of most soundbar. So, if you want to use soundbar for improving their sound performance and want to place it on the table, you don’t need to worry that it will block the screen. And since its stand is not very wide, you don’t need wide table if you want to place it on the table.

On the other hand, the Sony A95K comes with a unique stand called Full Edge Slate. This stand can be set at two positions, which are “Front Position” and “Back Position”.  If you set it to “Front Position” that means the screen is in front of the stand, it will lean back the screen about 3 degrees. With this position, it lets the scree sit fit against the table. So, this makes the stand is not visible from the front. However, if you are bother with its lean back, you can change it to “Back Position”. In this position, the screen is in the back and sit flush against its stand. This doesn’t make the TV is noticeably lean back. This means, whether you set its stand to the “Front Position” or “back Position” there is no gap between the screen and the table. This certainly makes you cannot place a soundbar on the table along with the TV because it will block the screen. And since the length of its screen is same to the length of the TV, you need big table if you want to place it on the table.

Dark Room / Dark Scene Performance

As typical of OLED TV, the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K have infinite contrast ratio. This makes them can produce nearly perfect black, making black of images displayed on their screen looks very deep. Even if they are set in a dark room, black still looks really black. This is caused OLED TVS uses self-emissive pixels instead of backlight. Additionally, their self-emissive pixels also makes them have pixel dimming level, making them can display highlight right next to perfect black without blooming or haloing around it.

But of course, there is no perfect TV. Although with QD-OLED, both of the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K offers some improvements over white-OLED, this doesn’t mean they don’t have shortcoming. Both may have infinite contrast ratio that makes them have nearly perfect black. However, if there’s even a bit of light in your room, black appears raised and looks closer to tint pink.  You need a perfectly dark room in order to black produced by them looks really black.

Winner: Draw

Bright Room Performance

Although both of them uses the same OLED technology, but SDR peak brightness of the Sony A95K is not as bright overall as the Samsung S95B. With real SDR content, the S95B can hits about 425 nits while the A95K hits around 75 nits only. Meanwhile, with white window test, on 2%, 10%, and 25% white window test, their peak brightness is relatively consistent, which is about 475 nits for the S95B and about 410 nits for the A95K. And just like other OLED TV, both also have aggressive ABL that makes large bright scenes are dimmed considerably, even if they are shoe the entire screen is bright, their peak brightness is dimmed significantly, which is about 200 nits for the S95B and about 150 nits for the A95K.

For the Samsung S95B, its peak brightness is fairly good, bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms. Let alone it also has excellent reflection handling, so as long as you don’t use it in very bright room with a lot of sunny windows or lamps, you will not gen an issue with the glare. On the other hand, SDR peak brightness of the Sony A95K is only okay. Its peak brightness is not bright enough to fight the glare in moderate to dark room. Fortunately, it has excellent reflection handling. This helps it in overcoming the glare. But as we have discussed above, since black appears raised in well-lit room, it is better to use it in a dim or dark room.

Winner: Samsung S95B

Color Reproduction

The Samsung S95B and Sony A95K have exceptional HDR color gamut. Their color coverage in DCI P3 color space is really perfect where they can cover all colors in this color space. This certainly is great for HDR contents that mastered in DCI P3 color space like HDR10 content, the most current HDR format. That is not only that, their color coverage in Rec.2020 is also great where both can cover about 97% of Rec.2020 xy and about 92% of Rec.2020 uv color space. They are the TV that have widest color gamut that ever. As we have known, a TV that use white-OLED actually can also have nearly perfect color coverage in DCI P3 color space, but their coverage in Rec.2020 is only decent, which is still below 80%. And since Rec.2020 is going to be used in more and more HDR content, this certainly makes them are future -proof TV and you don’t need to worry about its color coverage for the next few years.

Both of the Sony A95K and Samsung S95B also have exceptional color gamut, both of the Sony A95K and Samsung S95B also have great color volume. Both can produce deep dark shades of color excellently. If white OLED TV cannot produce bright saturated color, both can produce bright colors as bright as pure white, which is great. Essentially, both of them can produce their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range.

Beside they have exceptional color gamut and volume, both of them also have outstanding color gradient. On the screen of the Sony A95K, there is almost no banding in almost all colors.  Meanwhile, on the screen of the Samsung S95B, I color gradient may be not as smooth as the A95K, but it is still better than most TV. There may be still banding in shades of Reds, but it is barely and very hard to notice.  Both of them actually have a feature called “Smooth Gradation” that can help further reduce banding, but since their banding is barely, this certainly makes this feature is not very useful.

Winner: Sony A95K

Side Viewing Angle

Previously, all OLED TVs that uses white OLED actually have outstanding viewing angle coverage. They can maintain brightness and black level up to about 70 degrees off center and front. So, even if you watch TV from extremely side angle, black of images displayed on their screen will look consistent and the images doesn’t look dimmer. Nevertheless, they cannot maintain color accuracy at extremely side angle, so at certain angle off center, color will look wash-out and less accurate. Meanwhile, with QD-OLED Technology, in addition to contrast and brightness level, they can also maintain color accuracy at extremely side angle. So, even if you watch TV from the side angle, color of images displayed on their screen will look as accurate as when viewed from the front and center.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

The pixel response time of the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K may ben not as low as OLED TVs that use white-OLED where their response time is about 4 ms only. Nevertheless, it is still lower than the lowest response time of LED LCD TV. So, when they are showing fast moving images like fast sports or fast movies, the image displayed on their screen looks very smooth with almost no blur following fast moving object. There may be still a short faint trail following fast moving object, but this is very hard to notice in normal content. But sadly, the fast pixel response time may make fast motion looks very smooth, but on the other hand, this can cause low frame rate content like 24p movies can appear to stutter. This is caused each frame is held on longer. Enabling their BFI mode or interpolating low frame rate content to higher frame rate may be able to reduce image stuttering, but this cannot remove completely.

Since the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K don’t have backlight, to dim their backlight, they don’t use PWM Dimming system like on LED TV with local dimming. As the result, their screen is almost flicker-free, which is great. Nevertheless, in certain scene, flicker is required to improve their motion appearance and reduce image stuttering. And for this purpose, both have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that makes their screen flicker at certain frequency, usually 60 Hz or 120 Hz. However, like other OLED TVs in 2022, the Sony A95K and Samsung S95B can only flicker at 60 Hz, even when they are displaying 120 Hz signal. This means, it is great for 60 Hz content, but for 120 Hz content, this may be able to cause some duplications.

Both of them are 120 Hz TV that means they have native 120 Hz Refresh Rate Panel. This makes them can play native 120 Hz content properly. Both of them also support Variable Refresh Rate Technology where their VRR works well across a very wide range of refresh rate, which is 20 Hz to 120 Hz. A bit difference between them is that VRR technology of the S95B is compatible with HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync, and GSync while the VRR of the A95K is compatible with GSync an HDMI Forum VRR only. As we have known, VRR technology can help reduce screen tearing when you are play8ing games. This means, VRR of the A95K cannot work with FreeSync devices like PC with Radeon graphic card or Xbox One.

Winner: Samsung S95B

Inputs

As their major connectivity, both of the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K have 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 full bandwidth, ALLM, CEC, HDCP 2.2. One of their HDMI ports (HDMI 3) also serves as HDMI ARC that support eARC. This make them can passthrough high quality audio format like DTS HD-MA, Dolby Atmos via True HD, etc. Their HDMI ports also already supports HDMI 2.1 that can accept up to 48 Gbps of bandwidth, allowing them can properly display wide various resolution of 120 Hz. A bit advantage of the Samsung S95B is that all of their HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 while on A95K, their HDMI ports that support HDMI 2.1 are only HDMI 3 and HDMI 4. And since HDMI ARC of the Sony A95k is also on HDMI 3, so if you connect your soundbar to this TV via through HDMI 3 or ARC, practically, there is only 1 HDMI 2.1 that left. This will be a problem if you have more than 1 of HDMI 2.1 devices.

Discussing about their input lags in Game Mode, the Samsung S95B have low input lags than the Sony A95K overall. No matter the resolution, with 60 Hz games, input lags of the Samsung S95B is about 10 ms while the Sony A95K is about 17 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps games, input lags of the S95B is about 5 ms while the A95K is about 10 ms. This means, when used for gaming, the S95B is more responsive than the A95K. Nevertheless, although its input lags are not as low as the Samsung S95B or other premium TVs, but its input lags are still low enough to play any games without delay. What you act on your gamepads is still in-sync with what you see on its screen.

Both of them also have 2 USB ports, A bit advantage of the A95K is one of its USB ports is USB 3.0 while the S95B doesn’t have USB 3.0. With other words, all USB ports of the Samsung S95B are USB 2.0. Meanwhile, beside HDMI ports and USB ports, they also have 1 Tuner In (ATSC 3.0), 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), and 1 Ethernet port. Special for the Sony A95K, it also has Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack 3.5 mm), Composite In (Adapter is required but not included), and IR In for IR Blaster.

Winner: Samsung S95B

Smart TV Platform

Just like other models from each of their company, as their smart TV Platform, the Sony A95K runs Google TV 10 as the replacement of Android TV while Samsung S95B runs Tizen 2022. Although have different user interface, but essentially, their user interface is equally simple and easy to use. Additionally, their platform can also run smoothly on both. Both of the platforms also have apps that cover most of common streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, etc. Both of them also have an app store (Samsung Apps Store for Tizen and Google Play Store for Google TV) that has great selection of apps where you can directly download from your TV. They are also cast capable that means you can cast your content in your smart phone or tablet to these TVs. That is not only that, they also support voice navigation, allowing you to make voice command or navigation through built-in microphone in their remote. Essentially, both of them are great Smart TV platform that have great selection of apps and advanced features.

Winner: Draw

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Samsung S95B vs Sony A95K Performance

Movies

Just like other OLED TVs, both of the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K are great TVs for watching movies in a dark room. They have outstanding dark room performance thanks to their infinite contrast ratio, pixel dimming level, and nearly perfect black uniformity. So, even if you watch movies in a dark room, dark scene of movies looks excellent on their screen. Additionally, their pixel dimming level also makes subtitle in movies looks clearly without blooming around it. Besides they have outstanding performance in a dark room, both of these TVs also can do a good job in handling 24p signal. No matter the source, both can show them with judder-free allowing you to watch any movies without judder. Additionally, they also have great motion handling, allowing you to watch fast action movies with almost blur-free. Meanwhile, if you have movies collection in DVD or Blu-Ray Disc, they can also up-scale them to 4K without any issue, so you can enjoy them in 4K resolution with quality is not much different to native 4K source.

But of course, there is not perfect TVs. No matter how great the TVs, they still have a weakness. And for this case, since movies usually have 24p of frame rate, it may appear to stutter on their screen due their instantaneous response time. Although it can be reduced by enabling BFI mode or interpolating them to higher frame rate, but there is not a perfect solution. Additionally, unlike white OLED TVs that can display perfect black in any light condition, the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K need a pitch-dark room in order black produced by them looks really black. Meanwhile, if there is even a bit light in your room, black appears raised and look closer to tint pink. This will be a bit of problem if you watch movies with a lot of dark scenes like thriller or horror.

Winner: Draw

Sports

Both of these premium TVs also have great performance when used for watching sports in a bright room. Both have good SDR peak brightness and excellent reflection handling, so as long as you don’t watch sports in a very bright room, there will be not a problem with the glare. Additionally, both also have great motion handling, making fast sports like MotoGP or F1 appears smoothly on their screen with almost no blur. That is not only that, both of these Samsung S95B and Sony A95K also have excellent gray uniformity, allowing you to watch sports that has large area with uniform color like baseball or hockey without distracting dirty screen effect. And when you watch a big game with a group of your family or friend, their nearly perfect viewing angle coverage ensures all of you to get the same picture quality, even for you who sit on the side. And although their black level raise in a bright room, but this should not be a problem for most sports since they don’t have a lot of dark scenes.

Winner: Draw

Games

Not only for movies or sports, both of the Sony A95K and Samsung S95B are also great TVs for video games. As we have discussed above, in term of images of games that displayed, their performance is undoubtedly. Fats paced games also looks very smooth on their screen thanks to their great motion handling. In addition to image quality, both of them also have some advanced features that improve your experience in playing games. Both have HDMI 2.1 that allows them can display high quality games like 4K @ 120 Hz supported by modern game console like PS5 or Xbox X Series. That is not only that, they also support VRR technology that can help reduce screen tearing effect.

Meanwhile, the advantage of the Samsung S95B is that it has lower input lags than the Sony A95K. The input lag of the Sony A95K may be low enough to play any games without delay, but with much lower input lags, of course the S95B is more responsive. The other advantage of the S95B is their VRR compatibility. As we have discussed above, VRR technology of the S95B is compatible with HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync, and GSync while VRR technology of the Sony A95K is only compatible with HDMI Forum VRR and GSync, not FreeSync. This means its VRR technology cannot work properly with a PC with Radeon Graphic card or Xbox X Series.

Winner: S95B

HDR Performance

Both of the Sony A95K and Samsung S95B also have great HDR Performance. Both supports most of HDR formats, giving you some options to watch HDR content. As we see on comparison table above, both of them support HDR10 and HLG. Meanwhile the difference between them is dynamic HDR formats supported by them where the S95B supports HDR10+ while the A95K support Dolby Vision. In displaying shadow details of HDR images, their performance is undoubtedly thanks to their infinite contrast ratio, pixel dimming level, and nearly perfect black uniformity.  Additionally, their perfect coverage in DCI P3 color space also makes colors of most current HJDR images can be shown accurately. That is not only that, they also have great color coverage in Rec.2020, which is good for next-gen HDR formats like Dolby Vision or HDR10+.

Meanwhile, a bit advantage of the Sony A95K is that it has outstanding color gradient than the S95B, though, color gradient of the S95B is actually also great. On the other hand, a bit advantage of the S95B is that it can show highlights of HDR images a bit brighter than the A95K. You need to know, both hits their brightest peak brightness at 2% and 10% white window, which is about 960 nits for A95K and about 1000 nits for S95B. Ignoring their difference, this is bright enough to show highlight as bright as the way they should be. This may be not as bright not premium LED TV like Sony X95K or Samsung QN95B, but highlight still look standout the way they should be.

Winner: Draw

Conclusion

As we have discussed above a lot, the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K are the first TVs that use QD-OLED Panel. And since they use the same panel technology, their performance that influenced by their panel performance like contrast ratio, color gamut, pixel response time, side viewing angle, etc is not much different. Nevertheless, since they are powered by different processor, of course, their performance that influenced by the performance of their image processor is also different where each of them has advantage and disadvantages to each other like input lags, color gradient. etc.

So, which is superior between them? In term of picture quality, Samsung S95B is a bit better overall than the Sony A95K. Additionally, its features is also slightly superior than the A95K likes VRR compatibility and the number of HDMI 2.1. Nevertheless, that makes the Sony A95K is different to other OLED TVs is about its design and audio technology. As we have discussed above, instead of traditional speaker, the Sony A95K uses acoustic surface technology that utilize its screen to produce sound.

So, which is a better choice among them? The decision certainly comes back to you according to your own preferences. Essentially, both are great TV with out standing picture quality and performance for any usage. But as we have mentioned above, with the same screen size (XR-55A95K vs QN55S95B, XR-65A95K vs QN65S95B), the Sony A95K is sold more expensive than the Samsung S95B.

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