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Sony X95K vs Samsung QN90B Review (XR65X95K vs QN65QN90B, XR75X95K vs QN75QN90B, XR85X95K vs QN85QN90B)

by on July 30, 2022
 



Sony X95K vs Samsung QN90B Review

Sony X95K is the second top model of Sony’s 2022 LED TV lineup. It sits between the Z95K and X90K. As well as the Samsung QN90B, it is also the second top model of the Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED TV lineup and it sits between the QN85B and QN95B. Both of them are premium LED TVs that offers outstanding picture quality and a lot of advanced features that will improve your experience of enjoying home entertainment. Although they are produces by different factory, but they come with similarities in panel technology. Both come with VA panel that makes them have outstanding contrast ratio. Additionally, instead of using a traditional backlight, they also already use mini-LED backlight. In addition to it is smaller than standard LED backlight, mini-LED backlight also offers better control over the local dimming feature and brighter peak brightness.

In the market, the Samsung QN90B comes with a lot of screen sizes options, giving you a flexibility to match to the sizes of your room. From the smallest, there is 43 inches (QN43QN90B), 50 inches (QN50QN90B), 55 inches (QN55QN90B), 65 inches (QN65QN90B), 75 inches (QN75QN90B), and 85 inches (QN85QN90B). On the other hand, the Sony X90K has 3 screen sizes options only including 65 Inches (XR65X95K), 75 Inches (XR75X95K), 85 Inches (XR85X95K). Meanwhile, with the same screen sizes (XR65X95K vs QN65QN90B, XR75X95K vs QN75QN90B, XR85X95K vs QN85QN90B), the X95K is sold a bit more expensive than the QN90B. But of course, their price can still change at any time. So, which is a better choice between them?

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Samsung QN90B Sony X95K
43 Inches Samsung QN43QN90B on Amazon
50 Inches Samsung QN50QN90B on Amazon
55 inches Samsung QN55QN90B on Amazon
65 inches Samsung QN65QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-65X95K on Amazon
75 inches Samsung QN75QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-75X95K on Amazon
85 inches Samsung QN85QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-85X95K on Amazon

Sony X95K vs Samsung QN90B Side by Side Comparison

Samsung QN90B vs Sony X95K Specification

Specs and Features Sony X90K Samsung QN90B
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Size Available 65” (XR-65X95K), 75” (XR-75X95K), 85” (XR-85X95K) 43” (QN43QN90BAFXZA), 50” (QN50QN90BAFXZA), 55” (QN55QN90BAFXZA), 65” (QN65QN90BAFXZA), 75” (QN75QN90BAFXZA), 85” (QN85QN90BAFXZA)
Panel Type VA Panel with X Wide Angle VA Panel with Ultra Viewing Angle
Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming
Backlight Mini-LED backlight Mini-LED backlight
Picture Engine Cognitive Processor XR Neo Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Format Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Color Technology XR Triluminos Pro Quantum Dot Technology
4K Up-scaling XR 4K Up-scaling AI 4K Up-scaling
Native Refresh rate Panel 120 Hz 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Yes (GSync, HDMI Forum) Yes (FreeSync, GSync, HDMI Forum)
Smart TV Platform Google TV 10 Tizen OS 2022
HDMI 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0, HDMI 2.1, HDCP 2.2, CEC, ALLM HDMI 2.0, HDMI 2.1, HDCP 2.2, CEC, ALLM
USB 2 2
RF (Terrestrial Cable) 1 (ATSC 3.0) 1 (ATSC 3.0)
Digital Audio Out (Optical) 1 1
Wi-Fi Built In Yes Yes
Audio Setup 2.2.2 4.2.2
Total Audio Output 60 Watts 60 Watts

Dark Scenes and Dark Room Performance

Both of the Sony X95K and Samsung QN90B use VA panel technology. But unlike most TVs with VA panel that usually have high contrast ratio, their native contrast ratio is relatively low, which is around 3200:1 for the QN90B and around 1700:1 for the X95K. This is caused both of them have an anti-glare optical layer that can improve their viewing angle coverage but on the other hand, it lowers their native contrast ratio. For this case, on the Samsung QN90B is called “Ultra Viewing Angle” while on the Sony X95K is called “X-Wide Angle. Fortunately, both have excellent local dimming feature that can boost their contrast ratio to around 5100:1 for the X95K and around 20.000:1 for the QN90B. The result, both of them can produce deep black, making black of images looks really black on their screen, even if they are set in a dark room.

Contrast Black Level

The images is only an illustration

Without local dimming enabled, their black uniformity is only decent. When showing a black window test with white crossline at the center, their screen looks blue. But with local dimming enabled, the screen looks really black. However, there is still blooming around white crossline.

Meanwhile, compare among them, the Samsung QN90B is better. With local dimming enabled, the contrast ratio of the Samsung QN90B is much higher that certainly makes it can produce much deeper black than the X95K. Additionally, with local dimming enabled, black uniformity of the QN90B is also better. There may be still blooming around bright object in darks scene, but blooming is less noticeable on the screen of the XN90B than X95K. So, since the Samsung QN90B has higher contrast ratio and black uniformity, in showing dark scene, the QN90B is better than the X95K, especially when they are set in a dark room.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

Bright Scenes and Bright Room Performance

Both are great TVs when used in a bright room. Both have exceptional SDR peak brightness. With real scene, the Sony X95K can get about 800 nits while the Samsung QN90B can even get much brighter, which is around 1200 nits. The QN90B can even show small highlights at about 2000 nits while the X95K show it at around 1200 nits. With their outstanding SDR peak brightness, both can fight the glare easily, making them great for bright room, even for a lobby or opening room.  Sadly, their peak brightness is inconsistent with different content.  Due to their ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter), their peak brightness will drop with larger bright area. Although with large area their peak brightness is dimmer due to their ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter), but it is still very bright. Their lowest peak brightness is around 630 nits, which is achieved when they are showing the entire screen is bright.

In addition to have outstanding SDR peak brightness, both also have excellent reflection handling. There aren’t too many distracting reflections coming from the screen. But compare between them, with glossy finish, the QN90B can handle reflection slightly better then the Sony X90K that has semi-gloss finish.

Combination of their outstanding SDR peak brightness and excellent reflection handling makes their performance in a bright room is excellent. So, even if you watch TV in a bright room with a lot of lights or window, the picture displayed on their screen looks very obvious. And of course, the AN90B is better than the X95K thanks to its brighter SDR peak brightness and better reflection handling. On the other hand, although not a good as the QN90B, their performance in a bright room is also great.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

Picture Clarity

Both of the them are powered by a great images processor that can process images signal excellently, even if the source has much lower resolution. On the QN90B is called “Neo Quantum 4K Processor while on the Sony X95K is called “Cognitive Processor XR). Both have excellent 4K Up-scaling engine based on AI and learning machine. Combination between these two technologies makes the performance of their 4K Up-scaling engine is really great. Thanks to their great 4K Up-scaling engine, you can enjoy any content in 4K quality with a lot of details, even if the source has much lower resolution likes DVD movies with 480p resolution or HD movies with 720p resolution. And of course, the higher resolution of the source, the 4K images produced will look smoother and clearer with more small details preserved well.

Meanwhile, both also have good gray uniformity overall. When showing the entire screen is gray, there are a few patchy spots called dirty screen effect near the center of their screen. And this can be a bit distracting your experience, especially when they are showing large area with the same color likes play field. Nevertheless, with real content, this should not be noticeable. And compare among them, the Sony X95K is a bit better than the Samsung QN90B. There are more dirty screen effect on the screen of the QN90B than on the screen of the X95K.

Winner: Sony X95K

Side Viewing Angle

As we have discussed above, the use anti-glare optical layer may reduce their contrast ratio, but it significantly improves their viewing angle coverage. If on most of TVS with VA panel, black level looks faded usually started at around 15 degrees off center and front, on their screen, black looks consistent up to much wider angle, which is around 45 degrees for the X95K and 70 degrees for the QN90B. Additionally, brightness of images displayed on their screen also still looks consistent up to around 45 degrees off center. As well as their color accuracy, color accuracy also still look consistent wider angle, which is around 30 degrees for the QN90B and around 40 degrees for the Sony S95K. This means, both are LED TVs that offer both good contrast ratio and wide viewing angle at the same time.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

Color Reproduction

Both of them have very good color gamut, but the X95K can deliver wider color gamut than the QN90B. In DCI P3 color space, which is most of current HDR contents are mastered, the X95K can cover more than 96% while the QN90B is about 93%. This makes HDR images displayed on their screen looks vivid and lifelike. However, in Rec.2020 color space, their color coverage is only decent, which is around 73% for the QN90B and around 75% for the X95K. At this time, there may be not much HDR content mastered in Rec.2020. So, this is not be an issue. But it is more of an issue if you are looking for something future-proof. Because of course, there will be more HDR content mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Vision content that will be launched.

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Both of the Samsung QN90B and Sony X95K has good color volume. Basically, both can produce their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range. Both can produce deep dark colors thanks to their good contrast ratio, Additionally, both also can produce bright colors as bright as pure white. With other words, their color volume is only limited by its incomplete color gamut.  And since the X95K has slightly wider color gamut, of course its color volume is also better than the Samsung QN90B.

In addition to have wider color gamut and better color volume, the Sony X95K also has better color gradient. On the screen of the X95K, there is only a bit banding, especially in shades of green. Meanwhile, on the screen of the QN90B, there is a bit banding in almost all colors. Even in shades of Reds and Greens, it is a bit noticeable. Fortunately, this is not noticeable in normal content. So, even its color gradient is not as good as the X95K, but it is still good. Nevertheless, if you feel that banding is still distracting, both have a Noise Reduction Feature that can help to reduce banding that may be noticeable. Sadly, this feature is only work fine with low quality content, while for high quality content, this can cause some loss of fine details in certain scenes.

Winner: Sony X95K

Motion Handling

The Samsung QN90B has slightly lower pixel responsive time, which is around 8 ms while the X95K has about 10 ms. However, ignoring their difference, their pixel response time is equally great. This is low enough to make fast moving images looks very smooth. Following fast moving object, there is only a minimal blur trail that should be hard to notice. As we have known, the lower pixel response time of TV may make fast moving images smoother, but on the other hand, this makes low frame rate content appears to more stutter. Although fast moving images may look smoother on the screen of the QN90B, but when it is playing low frame content like 24p movies, there will be slightly more images stuttering on its screen than on the screen of the X95K. On the other hand, the X95K is also not images stuttering-free. Luckily, interpolating them to 60 Hz or 120 Hz or enabling their BFI mode can reduce images stuttering, so this should not be a problem.

Since both have local dimming feature, to dim their backlight, both use PWM (Pulse Width Dimming) system. And their dimming frequency is very high. Dimming frequency of the Sony X95K is 720 Hz in all picture modes while dimming frequency of the Samsung QN90B is depending on picture mode. But its highest dimming frequency is 960 Hz, which is when it is set in “Movie” mode and backlight is set below 46. In this condition, since both flicker at such high frequency, this makes their backlight flicker is not noticeable. Special for the QN90B, except in Movies mode with backlight is set to below 46, its dimming frequency drops to 120 Hz or 60 Hz, depending on setting.

pixel response time

Meanwhile, backlight flicker that match to the frame rate of content is required to improve their motion appearance. This can reduce persistence blur that caused by their low pixel response time. And for this case, both of them have an optional BFI mode. For the Samsung QN90B, it can flicker at both 60 Hz and 120 Hz, which is good for 120 Hz and 60 Hz and content. Meanwhile, for the Sony X95K, it can only flicker at 120 Hz that means it only works with 120 Hz content only, while with 60 Hz content, it precisely can cause some duplications.

By default, both of the Sony X95K and Samsung QN90B have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. However, both also already supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. As we have known, this technology can help to reduce screen tearing. For the QN90B, whether the resolution of the source is 4K, 1080p, 0r 1440p, its VRR technology can ranges between 120 Hz and 20 Hz. Meanwhile for the X95K, its VRR technology only works well with 1080p and 4K resolution where it can range between 20 Hz and 120 Hz, while with 1400p resolution, it doesn’t work well.

Additionally, their VRR technology is also compatible with HDMI Forum VRR and GSync. A bit difference is about the support of FreeSync where the QN90B also supports it while the X95K doesn’t support. This means, VRR technology of the Sony X95K cannot work well with other devices like X Box one or PC with Radeon Graphic Card.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

Inputs

Both of Sony X95K and Samsung QN90B have 4 HDMI ports as their major connectivity. All of their HDMI ports already supports HDMI 2.0, CEC, HDCP 2.2, and ALLM. Additionally, one of their HDMI ports (HDMI 3) can be also functioned as HDMI ARC. And its HDMI ARC also supports eARC, allowing them can pass high quality audio format. Their difference is about the support of HDMI 2.1. In this case, all HDMI ports of the QN90B support HDMI 2.1 while for the X95K, there are only two ports that support HDMI 2.1, which are HDMI 3 and 4. This will be an issue if you use its HDMI 3 as HDMI ARC, so practically, there is only 1 HDMI 2.1 that’s left.  This means, if you have connected its HDMI 3 to your Soundbar or Home theater, you cannot connect more than one of your HDMI 2.1 devices at the same time.

Discussing about their input lag in Game Mode, the Samsung QN90B has lower input lag than the Sony X95K. No matter the resolution, with 60 fps content, input lag of the QN90B is about 11 ms while the X95K is about 18 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 Hz content, input lag of the QN90B is about 6 ms while the X95K is about 10 ms. This means, when used for playing games, the Samsung QN90B will be felt more responsively than the X95K. Meanwhile, although not as responsive as the QN90B, its input lag is also still low enough to play any games responsively.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

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Samsung QN90B Sony X95K
43 Inches Samsung QN43QN90B on Amazon
50 Inches Samsung QN50QN90B on Amazon
55 inches Samsung QN55QN90B on Amazon
65 inches Samsung QN65QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-65X95K on Amazon
75 inches Samsung QN75QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-75X95K on Amazon
85 inches Samsung QN85QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-85X95K on Amazon

Sony X95K vs Samsung QN90B Performance

Movies

Overall, both of the Samsung QN90B and Sony X95K are great TVs for watching movies in a dark room. Their native contrast ratio may be relatively low between a TVs with VA panel. But both have excellent local dimming that can boost it contrast ratio and improve their black uniformity significantly. So, this allows them can show dark scene in a dark room accurately without a lot of crushed black. Sadly, there is still blooming around small bright objects. So, there may still be some blooming around subtitle.

Beside they can show dark scene in a dark room excellently, both also can do a great job in up-scaling lower resolution content to 4K thanks to their AI-based up-scaling engine and deep learning machine. So, even though you watch your old movies collection like DVD movies with 480p resolution, you can still enjoy them in 4K resolution with the quality close to native 4K content. And of course, the higher resolution of the source, the images resulted looks smoother and has more fine details. That is not only that, no matter the source, both also can show them with judder free. Both also have great motion handling that makes fast action movies looks very smooth without noticeable blur. Sadly, since both have low response time and most movies have low frame rate content, movies appear to slightly stutter on their screen, though, this can be reduced by enabling their BFI mode or interpolating them to higher frame rate.

Overall, both are great TVs for movies. However, compare between them, the Samsung QN90B is better than the Sony X95K thanks to its higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

Sports

When used for watching sports, their performance is also equally great. Both have good SDR peak brightness and excellent reflection handling, making them can performs great job when used for watching sports in most bright rooms. Additionally, combination of their low pixel response time and their BFI feature makes fast sports looks very smooth on their screen. That is not only that, their good viewing angle coverage also makes them are very suitable for you how often watch a big game with a group of your family or friend.

Unfortunately, their gray uniformity is only decent. So, when you watch sport that has large area with uniform color like hockey or baseball, there may be a bit dirty screen effect on the center. However, it is not very distracting.

Meanwhile, compare between them, the Samsung S95B is a bit better than Sony X95K. It has low pixel response time and supports 60 Hz BFI mode, so, fast sports looks smoother on its screen than the X95K. Additionally, the QN90B also has brighter SDR peak brightness and better reflection handling, so in very bright room, it can do better job of handling glare than the X95K. On the otehr hand, the X95K has better gray unfirmity, making them can show play field in sports with less dirty screen effect.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

Video Games

When used for playing video games, the Samsung QN90B is a bit better than the Sony X90J. Besides it has a bit better motion handling that makes fast paced games looks smoother, the QN90B also has a bit better picture quality overall. That is not only that, the QN90B also has lower input lags with 60 fps games or 120 fps games, making it is more responsive than the Sony X95K. Both may be also support VRR technology, but VRR technology of the QN90B supports more gaming features like FreeSync, GSync, and HDMI Forum VRR while the X95K only supports HDMI Forum VRR and GSync only. This means, VRR technology of the Sony X95K doesn’t work with X Box one or a device with Radeon Graphic card while the QN90B can work well with them.

Additionally, both may have already support HDMI 2.1, but on the X95K, there is only 2 ports that supports HDMI 2.1 while all HDMI ports of the QN90B already support HDMI 2.1. This means, if you have a soundbar that connected to them via HDMI ARC, on the X95K, there is only 1 HDMI ports that support 2.1. So, if you have more than 1 game console that support HDMI 2.1, you cannot connect them to the X95K at the same time.

Overall, the Samsung QN90B may be a bit better when used for playing video games, but performance of the Sony X95K actually is also great. Its performance is only a bit under the QN90B.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

HDR Performance

Both of the Sony X95K and Samsung QN90B have great HDR performance. Although their native contrast ratio may be relatively lower than most VA TVs, but both have local dimming feature that can significantly boost their contrast ratio. So, this makes them can still produce deep black, allowing them can show shadow of HDR image with a lot of details.  Shadow details of HDR images looks excellent on their screen without much “crushed black” like as expected in HDR.

That is not only that, both also have outstanding HDR peak brightness, which is about 1300 nits for the X95K and about 2000 nits for the QN90B. Their incredible HDR peak brightness really makes highlight pop for a satisfying HDR experience. Large bright scene may be significant dimmer due to their ABL, but it still bright enough for a good HDR experience.

In term of color reproduction, both also can deliver wide color gamut. Their color coverage in DCI P3 color space is above 90%. This means, most color of most current HDR images that available in the market can be shown accurately. Both also have excellent gradient handling, making HDR images looks well on their screen with smooth color gradient. Sadly, their coverage in Rec.2020 color space is only decent, less than 75%. This means, some color cannot be shown accurately. And coincidence, both supports HDR formats mastered in Rec.2020, which is Dolby Vision for the X95K and HDR10+ for the QN90B. And since HDR content with these formats are started to be released a lot, this certainly will be an issue for both.

Their HDR performance may be equally great. However, compare among them, the Samsung QN90B is a bit better than the X95K overall. It can produce deep black and has better black uniformity, makes shadow details of HDR images looks better with less “crushed black”. Additionally, the QN90B can get brighter peak brightness in HDR. Although highlight looks standout on their screen, but the QN90B can show much brighter small highlight than the X95K. While the QN90B is better of showing shadow details and highlights, the Sony X95K is better on color reproduction, in addition it has wider color gamut, it also has better color gradient.

Winner: Samsung QN90B

Conclusion

As we have discussed a lot above, both of the Samsung QN90B and Sony X95K is equally great TVs for mixed usage. Whether they are used for watching sports in a bright room, movies in a dark room, in SDR or HDR, or playing video games, their performance is great and very satisfying. Both also have a lot of advanced features that will improve your experience of enjoying home entertainment. The interesting thing is both have good contrast ratio as well as wide viewing angle thanks to their anti-glare optical layer called “X Viewing Angle” on X95K and “Ultra Viewing Angle” on QN90B. As we have known, a LED TV with good contrast ratio usually has poor side viewing angle and otherwise, a LED TV with wide viewing angle usually has bad contrast ratio. Meanwhile, they are good on both.

So, which is a better choice among them? As we have discussed a lot above, none of them that has absolute superiority. On certain aspects like color gamut, color gradient, and gray uniformity, the Sony X95K is superior. Otherwise, on other certain aspects like contrast ratio, peak brightness in bot SDR and HDR, motion handling, input lags, and viewing angle coverage, the QN90B is better. The decision certainly comes back to you depending on your won preferences. Nevertheless, whether you choose the Samsung QN90B or Sony X95K, their performance and picture quality is really great.

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Samsung QN90B Sony X95K
43 Inches Samsung QN43QN90B on Amazon
50 Inches Samsung QN50QN90B on Amazon
55 inches Samsung QN55QN90B on Amazon
65 inches Samsung QN65QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-65X95K on Amazon
75 inches Samsung QN75QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-75X95K on Amazon
85 inches Samsung QN85QN90B on Amazon Sony XR-85X95K on Amazon

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