Sony A95K vs Samsung S95B: Which QD-OLED is Best?

Sony A95K vs Samsung S95B: Which QD-OLED is Best?

The Sony A95K and Samsung S95B are two of the best TVs on the market today. With state-of-the-art OLED panels enhanced by quantum dots, they offer high brightness, deep colors and rich blacks. While the panels themselves are built by Samsung, each company puts a different twist on the end product, each with different strengths and features.

So which one is the best? With televisions this good, the real question is what you’re best suited for she? Depending on how you use your TV, what room it’s in, and a few other factors, one of these TVs will definitely better suit your needs. That’s how they stack up.

Buy the 55-inch Sony A95K on Amazon

Shop the 55-inch Samsung S95B at Samsung

Price

Both TVs are available in just two sizes: 55 and 65 inches. However, there are significant price differences. Both sets are occasionally discounted, especially as the holiday season rolls around, so you might find them on sale. Here’s what to expect for the different sizes in each model range.

Samsung S95B:

  • 55-inch (Samsung QN55S95BAF), MSRP $2,199.99
  • 65-inch (Samsung QN65S95BAF), MSRP $2,999.99

Nothing too surprising. These are pretty reasonable prices for high-end TVs of these sizes.

Sony A95K:

  • 55-inch (Sony XR-55A95K), MSRP $2,999.99
  • 65-inch (Sony XR-65A95K), MSRP $3,999.99

Sony TVs tend to have a higher price tag, and that’s evident here – the 55-inch A95K is priced the same as the 65-inch Samsung. The 65-inch model is the most expensive TV we tested this year.

The Samsung is clearly the more affordable option, with the 55-inch model costing a full $800 less than the same-sized Sony and $1,000 between the 65-inch models. This is an easy call for Samsung.

Our choice: Samsung S95B

perfomance

Credit: Verified / Betsey Goldwasser

The S95B’s perfect black levels are complemented by brilliant HDR colors and punchy highlights, creating a remarkable sense of depth and clarity.

These are extremely powerful TVs, some of the best ever made. OLED or Organic Light-Emitting Diode TVs have been around for a number of years and almost always top every reviewer’s best TV lists. They are able to achieve deep, perfect blacks and thus incredible contrast ratios. Both the A95K and S95B are an even newer version of this technology: QD-OLED. This adds OLED quantum dots and improves brightness and color for an even more incredible picture.

That’s how they are similar, but how each company uses this basic technology is similar to how two chefs can use the same ingredients and create different dishes. Sony has engineered the A95K to be as accurate as possible, perfect for film buffs who want to see exactly what the director intended. It covers the full DCI-P3 HDR color space (98% coverage is close to Samsung) and the colors in the custom picture mode are the best we’ve seen.

The 65-inch Sony A95K QD OLED TV displays 4K/HDR content in a living room environment

Credit: Verified / Tim Renzi

While both TVs offer a bright, colorful picture with incredible contrast, the Sony A95k (seen here) trades higher peak brightness for a better calibrated out-of-the-box picture.

The Samsung, on the other hand, is set for slightly brighter highlights, offering a bit more punch for brighter rooms. While its average ANSI brightness is slightly lower than the A95K, particularly in SDR, its HDR peak brightness is the highest we’ve seen from an OLED screen. So explosions, star fields and other specular highlights jump off the screen on the Samsung rather than the Sony.

There is no right or wrong answer here, and it really depends on your use case. Both are excellent TVs that will look amazing in almost any room, but we’re slightly biased towards the A95K for its excellent color performance and comparable contrast to the Samsung. The A95K is easily the best looking TV we’ve seen, and it’s that performance that made it our best TV of 2022.

Our choice: Sony A95K

draft

A closeup of the Samsung S95B stand

Credit: Verified / Betsey Goldwasser

The S95B’s stand has room for a soundbar, but the TV sits so low on its surface that larger soundbars could obstruct the view.

Due to the nature of the OLED panel design (and lack of a backlight), both TVs are extremely thin with narrow bezels around the screen. Because of the S95B’s smaller plastic housing for ports and electronics, you even have to be careful when lifting it, as the panel tends to flex.

The Samsung has a traditional pedestal design with a single central flat metal base that stands the TV upright. There is approximately 2.5 inches of soundbar spacing.

The Sony A95K's silver base can be seen on a wooden console against a brick wall

Credit: Verified / Tim Renzi

The stand of the A95K can be placed in front of or behind the screen.

The design of the Sony booth is quite different. The A95K rests on a full-width stand that can be positioned either in front of or, interestingly enough, behind the TV. In the latter position, the TV appears to be supporting itself, albeit with a slight backward tilt. It’s a setup that can be risky in homes with kids or pets, so the front-facing stand configuration is a good option. In both positions, the edge of the screen is very close to the tabletop and hardly leaves any room for a soundbar.

You can wall mount both TVs, but accessing their ports is awkward. They are much better suited for sitting on a table or sideboard.

Our choice: To draw

Features and intelligent platform

The Samsung S95B shows the Smart Hub home screen in a living room environment

Credit: Verified / Betsey Goldwasser

The Samsung S95B runs the latest version of Tizen OS, which runs slower than some of its competitors’ software.

Before we discuss the features that make the Sony A95K different from the Samsung S95B, let’s take a look at the ones they have in common.

On the whole, these TVs are more similar than different, even in the category where they differ the most: features. Both are 4K QD OLEDs with HDR and a full suite of streaming apps.

The main differences lie in the specifics of these functions. For example, Sony has Dolby Vision support, Samsung doesn’t. Dolby Vision is a popular, proprietary version of HDR. Dolby Vision-compatible titles can be found on newer Blu-ray discs and some streaming platforms (such as Netflix). Like all Samsung TVs, the S95B ditches Dolby Vision in favor of HDR10+, a royalty-free version of the format that works in a similar way. There are many HDR10+ titles (Amazon Prime Video, for example, offers a variety of HDR10+ titles), but Dolby Vision is still the most popular format. The A95K’s Dolby Vision compatibility could sweeten the pot for movie buffs.

The Sony A95K shows itself against a brick wall with its smart menu on its OLED display

Credit: Verified / Tim Renzi

The Sony A95K comes with Google TV built-in.

Sony’s streaming apps come through Google TV, while Samsung uses its own internal interface. It’s not a huge difference as you can get all the essential apps on each, but we prefer the Google TV’s faster navigation speed.

While both of these QD OLED TVs offer gaming-related features like Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode, Samsung has four HDMI 2.1 ports that support 4K gaming at 120Hz. The Sony A95K, on ​​the other hand, only has two such ports, one of which also doubles as the TV’s dedicated eARC port. If you own an Xbox Series X, a PlayStation 5 and For example, an eARC-enabled soundbar or home theater receiver, one of your next-gen consoles must either plug into one of the power-limiting HDMI 2.0 ports (or run an HDMI cable through your sound system). You can still play at 4K/60Hz with the HDMI 2.0 connections, but 4K/120Hz is out of the question.

The Samsung S95B is a more flexible gaming TV, but the Sony A95K is more versatile for movie nights thanks to its Dolby Vision support and easier-to-navigate smart platform.

Our choice: To draw

And the winner is…

The Sony A95K and Samsung S95B are based on the same OLED panel, so it makes sense that they perform at a similar level. However, each company offers different features and a slightly different “look” for their TVs. This is certainly confirmed by the results above, where each picked up a win and shared two draws.

It all depends on how you think you’ll be using the TV the most. Movie buffs might be better served with the Sony A95K as its image is much closer to industry reference standards. The integration of Dolby Vision is also a big plus for film fans.

Gamers and people who watch a lot of TV during the day might prefer the Samsung’s slightly brighter picture and universal HDMI 2.1 support. The Samsung also saves you some money – small consolation as these are extremely expensive TVs. Either way, these are excellent TVs that do everything well. That said, there is no bad choice here.

Buy the 55-inch Sony A95K on Amazon

Shop the 55-inch Samsung S95B at Samsung

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