A summer of sport is on the horizon. And unless you’re lucky enough to have tickets to all the major events, the best seat in the house is in your lounge, watching them on TV. As well as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Wimbledon, US Open, Tour de France, UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, Commonwealth Games and F1 season, it’s a great autumn of sport too, with the Rugby World and FIFA World Cup taking place. Phew. It’s exhausting just listing them all.
To do such sporting spectacles justice, you need a TV that can bring out all the details, with popping colours and truly immersive sound. In other words, you need one of Samsung’s new models.
Samsung Neo QLED: redefining a legend
First up is Samsung’s 65-inch QN800B (opens in new tab). It’s an 8K Neo QLED TV, with the full force of Quantum Matrix Technology Pro powered by Quantum Dot. This works hand in glove with Samsung’s almighty AI-powered processor to exercise precise control over the Mini LED lights that make up the picture. This greater degree of precision makes for better contrast (the difference between the light and dark parts of the picture), creating a sharper, clearer picture.
It also upscales nearly everything you watch to 8K resolution, giving an unprecedented level of detail. You’ll be able to see every blade of grass on the tennis court, and make out individual supporters’ expressions in a football crowd of thousands.
The QN800B has an anti-reflective screen too, so you won’t be distracted by glare even if you’re watching on the sunniest of afternoons. Which is handy in the summertime. The screen absorbs reflections from every angle too, so even in a crowded lounge, there is no cheap seat.
It boasts next-level high dynamic range (HDR), courtesy of Quantum HDR 2000 powered by HDR10+. HDR enhances the differences between the light and dark parts of the image, with more gradients in between. Better HDR means more detail in the darkest dark parts and lightest light sections of the picture, giving greater clarity and making the footage more lifelike. That means sports action looks like it’s happening right in your lounge, while every scene of a film is rendered exactly as the director intended.
All this technology is a treat for gamers, too. The big, bright screen of a Samsung Neo QLED TV is the perfect canvas for all your gaming action, be it a high-octane car chase or building a meditative cityscape. The QN800B’s HDMI 2.1 capability with Motion Xcelerator Turbo Plus supports gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR), 4K@120Hz refresh rate, and 8K@60Hz, with ultra low lag. That means less blurring, more smooth movement, and more immersive games. Advantage: you.
TV might be a visual medium, but the sound is half of the experience. And the Samsung QN800B has lots of audio tech to get excited about. The surround sound is powered by Dolby Atmos, adding height channels to the mix, putting you right in the middle of the action and making for a more immersive audio/visual experience.
Eight multi-directional speakers make for ultra-realistic cinematic sound, while Object Tracking Sound makes the audio follow the action across the screen. Fire up an action film, and you might find yourself ducking when a helicopter hovers overhead.
That’s what it can do. But what about the physical TV itself? You’ll be glad to hear its design is as stunning as its performance. The One Connect box means you only see one cable, no matter how many devices are plugged into your TV, while the set’s ultra slim profile means it’ll look at home in any home.
Introducing OLED, the newest squad member
But Neo QLED isn’t the only member of the Samsung TV family. This year, it welcomes OLED models to the fold, with pride of place going to the stunning Samsung OLED 65S95B 4K TV (opens in new tab).
Like its sibling, it’s a 65/55-inch TV that’s powered by Quantum Dot technology, making for stellar picture quality. The brain of the TV is a Neutral Quantum Processor 4K, which delivers brilliant contrast and flawless colour. Because it features self-illuminating pixels, it produces a pure and bright picture that’s more true to life. And again, it works with the AI-powered processor to deliver superb contrast and unparalleled sharpness. It will make the most of every goal, try, wicket, or basket.
The OLED HDR powered by HDR10+ gives a crispness to bright highlights and a clarity to darker sections of the image – no more squinting trying to work out what’s happening. The anti-reflective screen means you can watch sports, play games or enjoy moody thrillers on even the brightest of afternoons and still see the action in stunning detail, while it offers the same Dolby Atmos-powered audio tech with Object Tracking Sound to draw you into the action.
It’s a super slim set too, whose stylish design will upgrade any decor. With Samsung’s Tizen smart platform onboard, it’s an effortlessly user-friendly experience, whether you’re watching live sports, bingeing Netflix, Apple TV or Disney+ (separate subscriptions required), or hosting a gaming marathon. And the Smart Hub means less time searching, more time watching what you love, thanks to its customisable settings and tailored recommendations. It’s your window into a world of entertainment.