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LG G4 vs. Samsung S95D: Which OLED TV has the best picture? – Video

This is one of the most important comparison showdowns of 2024 between two of the best TVs I’ve ever tested, the Samsung S95D and the LGG4. I’m going to use this meter here to rate the two TVs, and I’m going to poll some of the CNET New York staff on which one they like best, so let’s get right into it. First, let me tell you what these two TVs have in common. Both are really expensive, around 6400 for the 65-inch sizes I’ve tested here. Although the price will probably drop as the year progresses. Both use OLED technology, which delivers the best picture quality on the market. Both are super bright, and both deliver higher light output than any other OLED TV. We’ve ever measured side by side in a dark room. You’ll really be hard-pressed to tell one from the other. That’s how good they both are. Of course, there are a lot of differences between the two too. They come in 5565 and 77-inch sizes, but LG is adding an even larger 83-inch option. LG actually sells a 98-inch version of the G4 as well, but some of the specs are different from the other four sizes. There are also some pretty big external differences between these two high-end TVs. The LGG4 has what the company calls its gallery design, which is meant to sit snugly against the wall when mounted for an almost completely flush look. A stand is included with the 55-inch and 65-inch models. As you can see here, the Samsung S95D is also super thin, but has a unique design that houses all of its ports, including HDMI, USB, and even a power cable, in a separate box. A single cable runs from the box to the TV, so you don’t have to run any more cables to the TV itself. You can also mount the box on the back of the TV. Of course, for a more traditional layout, Samsung and LG also have their own smart TV menu systems. I like LGS better, as I found it a little easier to navigate. And while neither is as good as Roku or Google TV, they have all the apps you need to get the job done. Other features are largely similar, though only LG supports the Dolby Vision HDR format and only Samsung works with Xbox Game Pass for cloud gaming. Neither is a big deal in my opinion. A bigger difference is what type of OA TV technology each employs. The G4 features LG’s best brightness-boosting technology, called ML A for Micro Lanz Array. The S95D counters with Samsung’s QD OLED technology, where QD stands for Quantum Dot and is designed to improve both color and brightness. And now for the biggest difference: performance in bright rooms. Samsung’s S95D is the first OLED TV ever with a matte screen finish. The company calls it anti-glare, and indeed it reduced glare overall in our side-by-side test, but it also has its drawbacks in our comparisons. We placed the TVs side by side facing open windows in a well-lit room during the day. The Samsung looked better, especially when the picture on the TV was dark, as it didn’t reflect the window like a mirror on the LG. The bright, obvious reflections were much more distracting in some lighting situations. In strong overhead light, the LG came out on top. For example, the LG maintained contrast and picture quality better. The Samsung, on the other hand, showed a slightly grayish, diffused light on the screen that made the picture look a little duller. In other words, it’s complicated, and your perception can play a big role. For this reason, we asked a few people in the CT office to quiz us on the differences between the two TVs. The right TV is obviously frosted in some way, there’s a brick wall staring me in the face from behind the building that I can’t see on the right one. The background on this TV is much softer. This picture is good. There aren’t too many reflections. Oh, there’s the window, I see the window now, I can see the reflection of the camera behind me. Yes, that’s not on the right one at all. So, aside from performance in bright rooms, I also compared these TVs in a dark home theater environment. In short, they’re both spectacular. The matte finish on the Samsung didn’t affect picture quality in bright rooms at all. Of course, I use a light meter here to take spot measurements. I also use a Spectra Radome meter to more accurately measure color and light as well. I measured about 1700 frames in the least accurate picture settings and about 1500 of them in the most accurate. So again, two of the brightest OA TVs I’ve ever measured. The LG’s color accuracy was technically a little better according to my measurements. But my eye was drawn to the Samsung’s less accurate but still very natural-looking color. Both TVs were very similar in other areas, including our gaming tests, viewing from a different angle, and uniformity. So which should you choose if you spend most of your time watching TV in a room without bright lighting? The quality of the two is largely the same, and you should base your choice on other factors like design features or screen size. But in very bright rooms, the Samsung’s matte finish has the edge overall. And it’s the more versatile TV. For all lighting situations between the two. That’s a quick look at the best TVs from Samsung and LG. S for 2024 the S 95 D and the LGG four. I’m David Katz Meyer for CN.

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