Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series Smart TV

Last updated date: March 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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We looked at the top 1 Samsung TVs and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Trusted Reviews, CNET, Digital Trends, RTINGS.com, Tom's Guide, Tech Radar, Consumer Reports, PC Magazine and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Samsung TV you should buy.

Overall Take

A brightness of 3,300 nits puts the Samsung 65-inch QLED ahead of many competitors in video quality. You'll also get a refresh rate of 240Hz, which means the screen refreshes 240 times per second for a seamless visual experience. A specialized automatic game mode makes gamers steer toward this screen. In our analysis of 63 expert reviews, the Samsung Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.6
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
387 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Q9FN is a hugely versatile performer, one that really shows off what next-gen picture processes are all about.
- Trusted Reviews
December 17, 2018 | Full review
That's because the Q9 uses a full-array LED backlight, a worthy trade-off for a chunkier profile in my book.
- CNET
December 15, 2018 | Full review
From automatic Game Mode, to an all-new Ambient mode, right on down to the sleekest version of the Tizen smart TV interface we’ve seen yet, the Q9FN does just about everything you could possibly want a TV to do, plus a few things you might not have thought possible.
- Digital Trends
May 5, 2018 | Full review
It has a modern, simplistic design that will fit well in any decor.
- RTINGS.com
April 30, 2018 | Full review
The Samsung 65-inch Q9FN QLED TV is stylish and sturdy, a combination of aesthetic consideration and solid construction that looks as premium as the TV's feature set.
- Tom's Guide
December 11, 2018 | Full review
The 65Q9FN’s combination of extreme brightness, wide color response, peerless color ‘volume’ and (thanks to its new backlight engine) outstanding contrast helps it deliver HDR pictures that can only be described as jaw dropping.
- Tech Radar
April 7, 2018 | Full review
The almost bezel-less screen has a seamless, unibody feel: it's not overly heavy, but still feels extremely durable.
- Reviewed
Black levels are excellent, with help from Samsung's very effective full array "Local Dimming" feature, delivering very deep blacks that enhance contrast in dark scenes (though quality does degrade as you move to the sides - see viewing angle).
- Consumer Reports
While it can't reach the contrast extremes of OLEDs, it shows the widest color range we've seen yet, and very strong contrast for an LED-backlit LCD TV.
- PC Magazine
August 2, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Not quite OLED levels of shadow detail
- Trusted Reviews
December 17, 2018 | Full review
As usual the Samsung's lack of Dolby Vision didn't make a big impact as far as I could see.
- CNET
December 15, 2018 | Full review
The intense brightness can also cause a strobing effect, amplifying the judder of watching 24p movie content.
- Digital Trends
May 5, 2018 | Full review
However, it lacks a lot of bass, doesn't have a room correction system, and produces compression artifacts when put under maximum load.
- RTINGS.com
April 30, 2018 | Full review
You won't find support for Dolby Vision, since Samsung favors it's own branded competitor, but you'll still get pretty great HDR performance regardless.
- Tom's Guide
December 11, 2018 | Full review
This blooming also becomes more exaggerated if you watch from a vertical viewing angle of more than around 15 degrees.
- Tech Radar
April 7, 2018 | Full review
Still, it's likely that now and again you may see shadows during content that look a bit "crushed" or don't look dark enough
- Reviewed
When we viewed the TV from the sides, image quality got worse.
- Consumer Reports
It does not support Dolby Vision.
- PC Magazine
August 2, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

More than a billion shades of our most phenomenal quantum color and our best full array backlighting redefine luxury viewing. Exquisite design with clutter-free cabling and Ambient Mode transform TV into a purposeful canvas. *Mount sold separately.

Overall Product Rankings

2. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Samsung 55-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Samsung 55-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Samsung TVs

Samsung is a well-respected name in electronics, especially where TVs are concerned. But the race to be the latest and greatest often forces electronics manufacturers to constantly innovate. For Samsung, that means keeping up with a fierce competitor in the video space: Dolby Vision.

While competitors use Dolby Vision to bring high-definition video to various electronics, Samsung prefers to stick with its own proprietary technology. Dolby enthusiasts often gravitate toward other manufacturers for that reason, but Samsung’s newer TVs pack a pretty strong punch on their own. It constantly works to keep up with changing technology, including the high-definition video found in today’s streaming apps, video games and Blu-ray devices.

One issue to consider when looking for a TV is refresh rate. Today’s TVs offer either a 120Hz or 240Hz rate, with the latter being better. However, there are other factors influencing picture quality, so it’s important to get the full picture before buying. Samsung TVs also build in something called local dimming to ensure those darker scenes have pure black without the issues seen in other TVs.

LED TVs, generally speaking, are better in a situation where viewers will be seated directly in front since straight-on viewing offers the purest picture. Samsung TVs have this issue, with limited viewing when you’re situated off to the side. This is especially true of curved TVs, which tend to struggle at side angles and also have an increase in distracting reflections.

In the end, though, price is often the biggest differentiator between Samsung models. Even within 65-inch models, the disparity can be huge. If you want a curved LED, for instance, you’ll pay at least double what you’d pay for a flat-screen model. You may find that the immersive viewing experience justifies the cost, especially since curved screens have such a “wow” factor. On top of that, a better picture and more attractive design may make a higher price worth it.

DYWM Fun Fact

When they were first introduced, curved TVs were seen as a gimmick, drawing big crowds at tech shows. But in recent years, an increasing number of consumers have chosen them for the more immersive experience they bring. This happens on a subconscious level due, in part, to the shape of the eyeball. The eye doesn’t just take in what’s directly in front of you, and with a curved screen, you get the illusion of having content wrap around you. Unfortunately, curved screens can be flawed in that they have limited viewing angles. They also tend to have more reflections and distortions than their flatter counterparts.

The Samsung TV Buying Guide

  • The latest Samsung TVs all feature the high-definition video that today’s consumers expect. However, picture quality can vary slightly from one set to another.
  • Even with the best picture, some TVs struggle with highs and lows, offering disappointing results during extremely dark or bright scenes. Samsung’s TVs build in a feature called local dimming, which pulls it ahead of other TVs when it comes to displaying darker colors. The Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV provides some of the most impressive details during these extreme scenes, especially when used with an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series uses a backlight engine to deliver outstanding contrast for impressive HDR-quality video.
  • A television’s brightness is measured in something called “nits.” The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series peaks at 3300 nits, while the Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV tops 1,000. In either case, you’ll get a brilliant, detailed picture while watching high-definition content.
  • You’ll often see the term “refresh rate” related to picture quality in TVs. Refresh rate simply refers to the speed at which an image refreshes. Previous TVs refreshed at a rate of 60 times per second, making them 60Hz. Modern TVs refresh at least double that rate, at 120Hz, or 120 times per second, or 240Hz, or 240 times per second. The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series and Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series have refresh rates of 240Hz, giving you seamless, high-quality video in every scene.
  • One weakness you’ll find in Samsung TVs is the lack of Dolby Vision support, a feature often praised in competitor TVs. Samsung prefers to build in its own technology, which tends to lag behind Dolby’s advancements.
  • Your TV will become an important part of your room’s décor, so it may be worth considering how it looks. Samsung has moved away from its previous chunkier form factor and now has a sleek, slim look. The Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV and Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV are both curved, which can bring its own unique aesthetic.
  • If you’re a gamer, pay particular attention to the Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series, which has an automatic game mode to ensure your video doesn’t lag while you’re playing. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series is also popular with gamers, with built-in support for 4K gaming.
  • One ongoing issue with Samsung TVs is the trouble it has maintaining quality from every angle. Even the Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV will lack in comparison to OLED screens when it comes to off-angle viewing. This makes Samsung’s LED TVs more ideal for narrow rooms, where most viewers will be watching head-on.
  • With most Samsung TVs, you’ll need to invest in a sound bar to compensate for audio weaknesses. The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series has decent sound, but it isn’t strong on bass, so true audiophiles will find it lacking. Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV is limited in how loud you can pump the volume, and you also won’t find that you get that thrilling rumble in bass sounds that you will with more audio-oriented sets.
  • Price can be among one of the biggest deciders with any TV purchase. You can get the Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV or Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series for an amount in the $1,000 range or less. However, the Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV and Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series retail for at least double that amount. It’s important to note that the Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV is only 49 inches, while the other units are 65 inches, which can make a big difference if you’re in the market for a big-screen TV.