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LG SM9500 vs Samsung Q80R Review (65SM9500 vs QN65Q80R)

by on September 17, 2019
 



LG SM9500 vs Samsung Q80R

Samsung Q80R is the second top model of Samsung’s 2019 4K HDR QLED TV lineup, sits under the top model Q90R. It is the replacement of the Q8FN, also the second top model of the Samsung’s 2018 TV lineup. On the other hand, the LG SM9500 is the top model of LG’s 2019 NanoCell TV lineup. It is the replacement of the SK9500, the top model of LG LED TVs in last year. In the market, the Q80R is available on 4 screen sizes options, which are 55 inches (QN55Q80R), 65 Inches (QN65Q80R), 75 Inches (QN75Q80R) and 82 inches (QN82Q80R). On the other hand, the LG SM95000 is only available on the 65 inches (65SM6500). With the same screen sizes (QN65Q80R vs 65SM9500), they both have almost the same price. So, what features are offered by each and which one is a better choice?

LG SM9500 vs Samsung Q80R Key Specs

Technology and Features LG SM9500 Samsung Q80R
Screen Size Available 65 Inches (65SM9500) 55 Inches (QN55Q80R), 65 Inches (QN65Q80R), 75 Inches (QN75Q80R)
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology IPS Panel VA Panel
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Technology Full Array Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 8x)
Viewing Angle Enhancement N/a Ultra Viewing Angle
Moth Eyes Technology N/a Ultra Black
Contrast Enhancement Object Depth Enhancer, Ultra Luminance Pro Ultimate UHD Dimming
Color Enhancement Nano Color, Nano Accuracy, Billion Rich Colors, Advanced Color Enhancer Quantum Dot Panel
Processor Alpha 7 Gen 2 Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Supports HDR10 (Static), HLG, HDR10+ (Dynamic) HDR10 (Static), HLG, HDR10+ (Dynamic)
Up-Scaling Engine Tru 4K Up-Scaler 4K AI Up-Scaling
Motion Technology Tru Motion 240 Hz Motion Rate
Native Refresh Rate Panel 120 Hz 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Yes (HDMI Forum) Yes (FreeSync)
Smart TV Platform WebOS 4.5 Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant
Support Google Assistant Yes Yes
Support Amazon Alexa Yes Yes
Remote LG Magic Remote TM1950C
Speaker Channel 2.1 4.1
Total Sound Output 40 watts 40 watts
HDMI Ports 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDMI 2.1, CEC, HDCP 2.2, ARC, eARC HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2, ARC
USB 2.0 3 2
USB 3.0 No No
Price See the price on Amazon See the price on Amazon

Specs and Features of LG SM9500 and Samsung Q80R

Panel Technology

As we see on comparison table above, the LG SM9500 and Samsung Q80R use different panel technology. The SM9500 uses IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel while the Q80R uses VA (Vertical Alignment) panel. As we have known, the VA and IPS panel have different technical platform. The TV with IPS panel usually has good side viewing angle, but at the same time, it usually has low native contrast ratio. On the contrary, a TV with VA panel usually has good native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, it has poor side viewing angle. Special for the Q80R, its panel also has an optical layer called “Ultra Viewing Angle” for improving its side viewing angle coverage. This makes its panel sits between the VA panel and IPS panel. The use of “Ultra Viewing Angle” makes the Q80R has better side viewing angle than most VA panel, but still worse than IPS panel. On the other hand, its native contrast ratio is not as strong as most VA TVs, but still better than IPS TV.

Meanwhile, to optimize their panel in producing wide color gamut, the panel of the Samsung Q80R is powered by Quantum Dot technology while the LG SM9500 is powered by the Nano Cell Display technology. But even so, the Nano cell technology actually also refer to the quantum dot technology.

Backlight Technology

Full Array Local Dimming

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Even though they both use different panel technology, but they use same backlight technology. Both Samsung Q80R and LG SM9500 use Direct LED backlight with Full Array Local Dimming. But unfortunately, there is no information in details on their official website, how many dimming zones of the local dimming of each. Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. Nevertheless, they use different dimming frequency. The LG SM9500 use 120 Hz of dimming frequency, while the Samsung Q80R uses 960 Hz. We will discuss this topic a lot in Motion Technology Section.

Image Processor

As their image processor, the LG SM9500 is powered by the Alpha Gen 2 processor while the Samsung Q80R is powered by Quantum Processor 4K. We don’t know for sure, how these processors work. But even so, both of the processors are able to provide some AI (Artificial Intelligence)-related features. On the Q80R, the AI-generated algorithm used by its processor makes possible it has AI 4K Up-Scaling, and some intelligence modes such as Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Sound, and Adaptive Volume. On the other hand, the AI-generated algorithm is also used by the Alpha Gen 2 chipset. This also makes possible the LG SM9500 has some AI-related features like AII Picture, AI Brightness, and AI Sound. All of these AI-related features will automatically adjust the TV’s parameter to optimize picture and sound based on your viewing habit, conditions of a room where they are used, and other factors.

HDR Supports

LG SM9500 and Samsung Q80R supports more than HDR format. They both support HDR10 format, a static HDR format developed by UHD Alliance. Additionally, they both also support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), a HDR format developed by NHK and BBC for TV broadcasting purpose. Meanwhile, the difference between them is about the dynamic HDR format supported by them. For this case, the SM9500 supports Dolby Vision, a proprietary HDR format by Dolby Vision, while the Q80R supports HDR10+, the enhancement of HDR10 that already used Dynamic Metadata.  The SM9500 doesn’t support HDR10+ while the Q80R doesn’t support Dolby Vision.

Motion Technology

For optimizing their performance in handling motion, the LG SM9500 is powered by TruMotion 240 Hz, while the Samsung Q70R is powered by Motion Rate 240. But even so, these technologies essentially are based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel.  Special for the Q80R, it also already supports FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate Technology that can improve its game experience. This allows its refresh rate panel can automatically change depend on the source. With VRR enabled, at 1080p and 1440p resolution, its refresh rate ranges between 20- Hz – 120 Hz while at 4K its refresh rate ranges between 48 Hz – 60 Hz.

Meanwhile, jus we have mentioned, to dim their backlight, they both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. However, they use different dimming frequency. In most picture mode, the LG SM9500 has 120 Hz of dimming frequency. This dimming frequency actually is not too high and may be bother some people who sensitive to flicker. Additionally, this can also cause some duplication, particularly when playing 60 fps content. Meanwhile, the dimming frequency of the Samsung Q70R is depending on picture mode. The highest dimming frequency of the Q80R is 960 Hz, which is when the TV is set in “Movie” with “Auto Motion Plus” is disabled. But even so, in other mode likes “Natural”, “PC”, “Game”, “Standard”, or “Dynamic”, its dimming frequency change to 120 Hz. Additionally, set the “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” or “Auto” also cause its dimming frequency is always 120 Hz, even when it is set in “Movie” mode. Just like on the SM9500, when its dimming frequency is on 120 Hz, this may bother some people who sensitive to flicker and can also cause some duplications.

Both LG SM9500 and Samsung Q80R both have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode. Enabling this mode will automatically change their dimming frequency to 60 Hz. This can help to make motion even crisper, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content. But at the same time, this will cause the backlight’s flicker is more noticeable for some people. To enable this mode, on the Samsung Q70R, you just need to set “On” the “LED Clear Motion”. Meanwhile on the SM9500, you just need set “On” the “Motion Pro”.

Inputs

As their major inputs, the Samsung Q80R and LG SM9500 both have 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports already support HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, HDCP 2.2, CEC, and Audio Return Channel (Q80R on HDMI 4, SM9500 on HDMI2). The advantage of the SM9500, its HDMI ports already supports HDMI 2.1 Full Bandwidth. This allows it is able to accept HDR (High Frame Rate) content like 4K @ 120 Hz. On the other hand, none of HDMI ports of the Q80R that already support HDMI 2.1. Additionally, the HDMI port of the SM9500 (HDMI 2) also already supports eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel). This allows it is able to pass the higher audio quality like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD, DTS:X via DTS-HD MA. Meanwhile, the Q80R doesn’t support eARC.

Smart TV Platform

WebOS 4.5 vs Tizen 2019

As its smart TV platform, he LG SM9500 runs WebOS 4.5, the latest version of WebOS. But even so, there is not major change brought by this version from the previous version. As we know, WebOS has excellent interface. Its interface is very intuitive, smooth, and easy to use. Its Smart TV platform has good selections of pre-installed apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Web Browser, Live TVs, and many more. Additionally, it also has an apps store called LG Apps Store that provided huge selections of apps. Not only that, it also already supports voice navigation and work with LG ThinQ AI, this makes its voice navigation is excellent. In this version, it has new feature called Home Dashboard that allows the TV to interact with IoT devices. Its Smart TV also already supports Amazon Alexa, Google Home, AirPlay 2, and others.

 On the other hand, the Samsung Q80R runs Tizen 2019 or known as Smart Hub. Just like the WebOS, its interface is also simple and very easy to use. Additionally, although interface is not as smoother as the interface of WebOS, but it is much smoother than previous version. This platform also has a huge selection of apps, just like on the WebOS. If the WebOS has LG apps store, it has Samsung Apps Store. It even provides more selections of apps than the LG Apps Store. If WebOS works with LG ThinQ AI for voice navigation, the Tizen OS works with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant, allows you to give a lot of voice command on your TV, including changing setting, launching apps, asking some basic question, and others. Additionally, if WebOS has Home Dashboard, it has SmartThing that almost similar function than Home Dashboard. Now, the Tizen is also able to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. And just like the WebOS, it also already supports AirPlay 2.

Remote

Samsung Remote vs LG MagiC Remote

As their controller, the Samsung Q80R comes with 2019 model of Samsung’s smart controller, while the LG SM9500 comes with 2019 model of LG’s Magic Remote. Physically, the remote of the Q80R is smaller than the remote of the SM9500. The Samsung Remote only has few buttons, even doesn’t have “Number” Buttons. But on the contrary, the LG remote has a lot of buttons. Nevertheless, the Samsung remote has 3 dedicated buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu, while the remote of LG only has 2 dedicated buttons, which are for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. These remotes both have built-in microphone to support their voice navigation where the Samsung remote work with Samsung’s Bixby while the LG remote works with LG ThinQ AI. But basically, they both have excellent voice navigation. Additionally, they both are able to control other devices over IR Connection. This means, in addition to they both can act as universal remote with CEC devices, they both can also control other devices over IR. This means, not only CEC compatible devices that can be controlled by these remote, but also other devices which don’t support CEC.

Meanwhile, the advantage of LG remote, it has “point and click” feature, allows it can act as the mouse pointer, allows you to move the cursor on the screen by moving the remote. Additionally, at the center of this remote, there is a clickable scroll wheel, allow you to scroll the highlighted image and select the menu by clicking this buttons. This certainly make the navigation is extremely easy. On the other hand, the Samsung doesn’t have this feature.

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Samsung Q80R vs LG SM9500 Performance

Contrast and Black Level

As we have mentioned above, the use of VA panel makes the Samsung Q80R has good native contrast ratio. On the other hand, the use of IPS panel makes the native contrast ratio of LG SM9500 is weak. In this case, the Q80R has around 3700:1 of native contrast ratio while the SM9500 has around 1250:1. Special for the Q80R, the native contrast ratio actually is relatively low for VA TVs. This due to the use of Optical Layer called “Ultra Viewing Angle” on its panel. Fortunately, the Q80R has excellent local dimming that is able to significantly boost its ratio up to around 6000:1. The result, it still can produce very deep black. So, even though it is set in a dark room environment, black produced by the Q80R still looks really black. This certainly dark scene displayed on their screen looks excellent. Even shadow details of HDR images that indeed require deep black also can be shown excellently on its screen.

High vs Low Contrast

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On the other hand, even though not as significant on Q80R, the local dimming of the SM9500 also can significantly boost its contrast ratio up to around 2500:1. The contrast ratio of SM9500 is even including the strongest among IPS TVs. But even so, it is still not strong enough to produce deep black. So, when it is set in a dark room, black produced by them will look to tend to grey than really black. This means, dark scene or shadow details of HDR images look not so good. Fortunately, in a bright room, the impact of high native contrast ratio is not as sensitive as in a dark room. So, when it is set in a bright room, dark scene displayed on its screen will look much better.

Winner: Q80R

SDR Peak Brightness

Both LG SM9500 and Samsung Q80R have excellent SDR peak brightness. With real scene, they both have almost similar peak brightness, which is around 700 nits. But even so, with test window, peak brightness reached by them has a different behavior. The Q80R reach its brightest peak brightness on 10% window (10% of window is bright while the rest is black) where it can hit around 950 nits. Meanwhile, on 2% window and 25% window, its peak brightness may a bit drop, but still in the range of 900 nits. And as the bright area increase, their peak brightness will drop. And until when showing the entire screen is white, its peak brightness drop to around 550 nits. With this behavior, this makes the Q80R will easily to overcome the glare in a bright room.

Meanwhile, the brightest peak brightness reached by the LG SM9500 precisely is on 100% window or the entire screen is bright, which is around 700 nits. On 50% window, its peak brightness is not much change, even on 25% window, its peak brightness doesn’t drop a lot. Until on 2%w window, its peak brightness drops to around 550 nits. This means, small highlight will be shown dimmer than larger bright areas. But even so, even though its peak brightness has different behavior to the Q80R, its peak brightness will also easily to overcome the glare in a bright room.

This peak brightness is reached with certain setting. For the Q80R, “Picture Mode” is set to “Movie”, “Color Tone” is set to “Warm 2”, and “Local Dimming” is set to “High”. Meanwhile, for the SM9500, “Picture Mode” is set to “ISF Expert (Dark Room)”, Backlight is set to “100”, LED Local Dimming is set to “Medium”, and Color Temperature is set to “Warm 2”. The different setting may get different result, even brighter, but this will reduce the accuracy of the picture.

Winner: Q80R

HDR Peak Brightness

With HDR content, both of them can get brighter peak brightness than with SDR content. But for this case, the Q80R can get a bit brighter, which is around 875 nits, while the SM9500 hits around 800 nits. Just like with SDR content, their peak brightness also has difference in behavior. The Q80R hits its brightest peak brightness on 10% window, where it is able to hit around 1100 nits. Meanwhile, on 2% window and 25 window, its peak brightness slightly drops down to around 950 nits. And when it shows the entire screen is bright, its peak brightness is drop down to around 620 nits. With this behavior, can be ascertained, the Samsung Q80R show HDR images fairly brighter, as bright they should be. Even in some certain scene, it is able to show small highlights brighter than 1000 nits intended by the content creator that mean it is great. But even so, it is still not as bright as the Samsung Q90R or Sony X950G.

On the other hand, just like with SDR content, with test window, peak brightness of the LG SM9500 also depends on the content. Just like with SDR, the brightest peak brightness is reached when it shows the entire screen is bright, which is around 750 nits. On 50% window and 25% window, its peak brightness may a bit drop, but still in the range of 700 nits. Meanwhile, on 2% window, it can hit around 450 nits only. But even so, for a moment, it actually can hit around 1600 nits on 2% window, and brighter than 1200 nits on 2% and 25% window. But unfortunately, it cannot maintain for a long time and once it has stabilized, its peak brightness drop down to what mentioned above. With this behavior, peak brightness of the SM9500 is actually also great and bright enough to show HDR images as bright they should be. But even so, it cannot still meet 1000-4000 nits of target where the HDR images are usually mastered for.

Keep in mind, all of these results are reached with certain setting. For the Q80R, Picture Mode is set to “Movie”, Color Tone is set to “Warm 2”, and Local Dimming is set to “High”. Meanwhile, for the SM9500, Picture Mode is set to “Cinema”, Backlight is set to “100”, Local Dimming is set to “Medium”, and Color Temperature is set to “Warm 2”. The Different setting may make they both can hit brighter peak brightness, but at the same time, this will makes the picture lose its accuracy.

Winner: Q80R

Color Gamut and Color Volume

The Samsung may be able to deliver slightly wider color gamut than the LG SM9500, but their difference doesn’t has significant impact on the normal content. And in general, their color gamut is equally excellent.  In DCI P3 color space, they both can cover around 94% of color space. This means, they both are able to well show most of colors of HDR images that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR 10 content. Meanwhile in Rec.2020, the Q80R can cover around 75% of color space while the SM9500 cover around 73% of color space. This means, although some certain colors cannot be shown fairly well, but it is still acceptable for HDR content that mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Vision. But even so, since the Q80R doesn’t support Dolby Vision, this is as true to the SM9500.

Wide color gamut

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On the other hand, the Samsung Q80R has good color volume, better than the LG SM9500. Beside this is caused the Q80R has a bit wider color gamut, this is also affected by their performance in producing black. As we have discussed above, deep black level produced by Q80R allow it can produce deep dark colors very well. On other hand, since the SM9500 cannot produce deep black, this also makes it cannot produce deep dark colors fairly well.  Meanwhile, at the top side, just like other LED TVs, they both cannot produce very bright blues. But even so, in general, they both actually can show most of their color gamut at their entire brightness range, except dark colors for SM9000 and very bright blues for both.

And regardless their difference, combination of their excellent color gamut and their color volume makes them are able to show most colors of HDR images accurately, makes HDR images displayed on their screen looks colorful they way they should in HDR.

WInner: Q80R

Color Gradient

While the Samsung Q80R has better color gamut and color volume, in term of color gradient, the SM9500 is better. But even so, although not as good as the SM9500, overall, color gradient of the Q80R cal also be said good. On the picture displayed on the screen of the Q80R, there is some banding in almost all dark shades, particularly in dark grays and greens. Fortunately, in normal content, they are hard to notice, so this should not be a serious problem. But even so, if you feel the banding still bother you, this can be reduced by setting the “Digital Clean View” to “Auto”. But even so, this can cause the picture lose some fine details in certain scenes.

10 bit color gradient

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On the other hand, the color gradient of the LG SM9500 is much smoother than the Q80R. There may still be little banding in some color, but they are not as many as on Q80R. But even so, just like on the Q80R, if you still feel bothered with the banding, enabling the “Smooth Gradation” feature can help reduce banding.  But this also can cause some loss of fine details in certain scene.

Winner: SM9500

Side Viewing Angle

Just we have mentioned, the use of IPS panel may make the LG SM9500 has low native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this make it has good side viewing angle coverage. On the other hand, the use of “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer also makes the side viewing angle coverage of the Samsung Q80R is better than most VA TVs. But even so, its side viewing angle is still not as good as the SM9500. In maintaining black level, they both may be able to do the same great job, where they both can maintain their black level up to 70 degrees off center and front. This means, when viewed from the side, even from the extremely wide angle, blacks of images displayed on their screen looks consistent. Meanwhile, in maintain brightness level, the Q80R can even do a bit better job than the SM9500. On the screen of Q80R, the brightness level of the images displayed on its screen will reduce started at around 40 degrees while the SM9500 is at around 35 degrees off center and front. Otherwise, in maintaining color accuracy, the SM9500 is better than Q80R. On Q80R, color shift started at around 40 degrees, while on the screen of SM9500, color shift started at around 65 degrees.

This means, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen of SM9500 will looks accurate. Meanwhile, on the screen of Q80R, as long as not viewed from extremely wide angle, the picture displayed on its screen also still looks accurate.

Winner: SM9500

Motion Handling

The Samsung Q80R actually has a bit lower pixel response time than the LG SM9500. The pixel response time of the Q80R is around 12 ms, while the pixel response time of the SM9500 is around 13 ms. Nevertheless, their difference doesn’t have a significant impact on the normal content. And overall, their pixel response time is equally great. The result, when they are playing fast moving image like sports or fast movies, the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth with almost no visible blur. Following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail where this should be hard to notice for most people. Meanwhile, blur that may be visible is due to the duplications that caused by their backlight’s flicker.

But even so, just we have mentioned, both of them have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can reduce persistence blur that caused by backlight’s flicker. By enabling this mode, this will cause their backlight flickers at 60 Hz. This will help make the motion looks crisper. But on the other hand, this will cause their backlight’s flicker may bother some people.

Meanwhile, when playing 24p judder, they both can do a great job. Regardless the source, they both can remove the judder. This means, no matter the source is native 24p content like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, 24p movies from native apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and others, 24p content via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, 24p content like movies from satellite TV, you will watch them with judder-free. Nevertheless, to remove the judder, on the Q80R, you must set the “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and both blur and Judder Reduction sliders to “0”, while the SM9500, you just need simply to enable “Real Cinema” in the “Picture Option Setting” menu.

Winner: Q80R

Input Lags

The LG SM9500 and Samsung Q80R both have excellent input lags.  With 60 of frame rate, regardless the resolution, in Game Mode, the input lags of the Q80R is around 14 ms while the SM9500 is around 15 ms.  Meanwhile, with 120 of frame rate, the input lags of the Q80R are around 6 ms while the SM9500 is around 7 ms at both 1080p and 1440p resolution.  Special for the Q80R, in VRR mode, its  input lags at both 1080p and 1440p resolution is around 14 ms while at 4K resolution, its input lag is around 14 ms. We can see, the Q80R actually has a bit lower input lags than the SM9500. But even so, their difference doesn’t have a significant impact when they are used for playing games. And overall, their input lags are equally great, makes them are very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games that require fast response.

Winner: Q80R

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

The Samsung Q80R is better than the LG SM9500 when used for watching in a dark room. This is due to the Q80R has excellent contrast ratio that make it can produce deep black. Additionally, it also has good black uniformity. Combination deep black and good black uniformity makes it has excellent dark room performance. On the other hand, the contrast ratio of the SM9500 is not high enough to produce deep black and it also has poor black uniformity, makes their dark room performance is not so good.  Meanwhile, have local dimming feature, its local dimming doesn’t help much to improve its contrast ratio. Nevertheless, as long as you watch movies not in a dark room, its picture quality is not much different to the Q80R. They both have excellent color gamut and good peak brightness, makes the picture displayed on their screen looks excellent. Additionally, both of them also have ability to show 24 movies with judder free. Their excellent motion handling also makes fast movies can be shown clearly and smoothly with almost blur-free on their screen.

Winner: Q80R

For Watching Sports

Both the Samsung Q80R and LG SM9500 are great TVs for watching sports. Combination of their good SDR peak brightness and reflections handling ensure you to enjoy great picture quality in a bright room, even with many lights or window. Additionally, their excellent pixel response time also ensure you to watch fast sports like Moto GP or F1 smoothly without a lot visible blur. They both also have good side viewing angle coverage that ensure all of you can get the best viewing when you are watching a big games with a group of your family or friend who sit on wide seating.  Nevertheless, even though they are equally great TVs for sports, but compare between them, the Q80R is a bit better than the SM9500. This due to it has a bit higher peak brightness, better reflection handling, a bit lower response time, a bit wider color gamut, and better gray uniformity.

Winner: Q80R

For Playing Game

Just like for watching sports both of them are also great TVs for paying games. In addition both of the Q80R and SM9500 have great picture quality in a bright room and excellent pixel response time, they both also have excellent input lags. This allows you to play games responsively with excellent picture quality and very smooth motion. But just when used for watching sports, the Q80R is also a bit better than the SM9500 when used for playing games. In addition to the Q80R has a bit better performance in almost all aspects, it also already supports FreeSync VRR technology that will improve your game experience with screen tearing-free. Additionally, the Q80R also already supports ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), allow it can change to game mode once the signal from compatible game console is detected.

Winner: Q80R

HDR Experience

The Samsung Q80R offers better HDR experience than the SM9500. Almost all aspects of picture quality produced by the Q80R meet the minimum recommendation to show HDR image fully like the intended. It has very deep black, excellent color gamut, good color gradient, and great HDR Peak brightness, allows you to enjoy HDR content with the quality the way they should in HDR. In certain scene, it even can show small highlight at 1000-4000 nits off the target intended by the content creator that means it is great. On the other hand, Color gamut and HDR peak brightness of the LG SM9500 may be not much different to the Q80R, it even has better color gradient, but its low native contrast ratio makes it cannot show shadow details excellently. With its contrast ratio, it may be still able to produce black deeper than 0.05 nits that means this is deep enough to show shadow details of images like the recommendation, but shadow details of HDR images cannot be shown as excellent as on the screen of Q80R.

Winner: SM9500

Summary

Performance LG SM9500 Samsung Q80R
Movies (3.7/5) (4.3/5)
Sports (4.1/5) (4.3/5)
Video Games (4.4/5) (4.6/5)
TV Shows (4.2/5) (4.3/5)
HDR Experience (4.1/5) (4.3/5)
Smart TV Experience (4.1/5) (4/5)

As we have discussed a lot above, except black level, they both have almost similar performance. The Q80R is slightly superior in black uniformity, gray uniformity, peak brightness, color gamut, pixel response time, and input lags, while the SM9500 is slightly superior in side viewing angle, color gradient, and smart TV platform. In most usage, as long as you don’t set them in a dark room, even though the Q80R is a bit better, but their performance is not much different.  But even so, once you use them for watching movies in a dark room, the Q80R is much better.

So, which is a better choice between them? The decision certainly comes back to you according to your own preferences and need.  As long as you don’t have a plan to place them in a dark room, their performance is not far different. In certain aspects, the Q80R may be superior, but on other certain aspect, the SM9500 is better. Nevertheless, if your main consideration in buying TV is for watching movies in a dark room, the Q80R is better than the SM9500.

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