Sony A95K 4K QD-OLED, LG Z2 8K WOLED TVs Win 2022 ‘King Of TV Shootouts’
Sony’s 2022 A95K 4K QD-OLED TV was crowed the King of 4K TV in Scarsdale, N.Y. specialty electronics store Value Electronic’s 2022 TV Shootout that took place over the weekend.
A panel of “TV experts” that included motion picture industry professionals, imaging scientists, TV reviewers and professional calibrators, crowned the King of 4K Television on Saturday after comparing a field of five premium 4K competitors. The sets were based on various OLED and Mini-LED LCD technology implementations, according to Value Electronics and reports by Dealerscope, which was one of the event’s sponsors.
The displays were aligned side-by-side, calibrated to the room conditions and presented behind a 32-inch Sony BVMHX310 dual-cell LCD reference studio monitor, to help establish the creative intent of the content producer. The judges then compared the images displaying real-word content under various viewing/content applications and performance parameters.
On Sunday, the TV Shootout brought out the year’s top premium 8K TVs (based on either WOLED or Mini LED-LCD display technologies), and awarded the LG 88Z2 WOLED TV the “2022 King of 8K TV”, beating out the flagship Sony 85Z9K (second) and flagship Samsung 85QN900B (third). The latter two use 8K Mini-LED technologies.
The Sony 65A95K 4K OLED set grabbed the top spot over a similar model from Samsung Electronics (the 65S95B), which took second place in the 4K category. Both models use the same Samsung Display developed QD-OLED panel but have significantly different picture processing and smart TV platforms.
For Sony, it was the fourth straight time taking the store’s “King of 4K TV” crown (there was no shootout in 2020 due to Covid-19), but the first year in which a TV using new QD-OLED technology (Samsung Electronics prefers to call it “Quantum HDR”) was deemed the winner. Previous Sony winners were based on LG Display’s White OLED technology. This was the debut year for Samsung Display’s QD-OLED panel technology, giving LG’s WOLED technology a true 4K emissive display competitor. The new hybrid-display technology combines a Blue OLED light emitting layer in alignment with Red and Green quantum dot color converters to produce a wide, accurate color gamut.
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The displays were evaluated for their performance of Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) in Day Mode (with ambient light), Reference Mode (dark room) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) Reference Mode. The Sony A95K topped the voting in all three criteria.
Coming in third behind the two QD-OLED sets was the LG G2 4K WOLED, fourth place went to Sony’s X95K 4K Mini-LED TV and fifth place went to Samsung’s 65QN95B 4K Mini-LED LCD TV. All five 4K competitors were 65-inch models.
For the 8K TV Shootout, the LG 88-inch Z2 8K OLED (based on LG Display’s White OLED panel technology) ranked tops in two of the three judging categories — SDR Reference and HDR Reference. The Sony 85-inch Z9K Mini-LED was the top performer in the SDR Day category.
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By Greg Tarr
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