Having a 75-inch TV in my living room has ruined me. Both physically and figuratively actually; unpacking a television of that size is bloody painful. But a bruised arm was worth it: Samsung’s 75Q9FN is a marvel. As it should be for the price tag, really. But it means that any other TV set actually in my price range is now sorely disappointing.
Retailing at £5,500, this isn’t a TV you buy on a whim when you wander into Curry’s. It’s for people serious about movies and TV; for people with a pretty hefty disposable income; and, most crucially, for people with enough space in their living room. I’m lucky in that my square lounge, set up with an extra-long TV unit running along one wall, just had enough space on it. The 55” TV that’s usually there – and used to look pretty massive – was absolutely dwarfed. Unless you have an entire wall free in your home, don’t even think about getting a TV this big. But if you do have the room for it – and the bank balance – boy, you’re in for a treat.
- Ultra HD Premium Certified QLED
- Picture quality index: 3700 PQI
- HDR 10+ / Q HDR 2000
- Built-in WiFi, Ethernet and Bluetooh
- 4 x HDMI 2.0 connections
- 3 x USB 2.0
- Optical audio output
- Freeview HD and TVPlus tuner
- 4.2 Dolby Digital Plus Speakers, 60W
- Energy efficiency class B, annual power consumption 395 kWh
Straight out of the box, the picture quality of the Q9FN is extraordinary. Blacks truly are black; every colour pops out of the screen. 4K HDR quality is out of this world. There was no need to fiddle around with any settings before being wowed by a fantastic image. Of course, there are plenty of things to tinker with to suit your own tastes should you wish, but you don’t need to. Watching the likes of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth 2 on 4K Blu-ray is more impressive than a trip to the cinema. Providing you’re sat at the optimum distance away from the screen, it practically fills your field of vision. And since you’re in your own living room, without noisy teenagers throwing popcorn at each other three rows behind you, it’s better than being at the cinema.
In terms of setting up – besides the stress of getting it out of the box (it weighs over 46kg!) – the 75Q9FN was remarkably easy. It uses Samsung’s ‘One Near-Invisible Cable’ technology which means, surprisingly enough, that there’s only one cable coming from the TV. And it’s near-invisible. That cable runs from the back of the TV into a One Connect box, a black box about half the size of an Xbox One. All your connections then go into that One Connect box. It’s a nifty idea, and one that I wish more TVs would follow the lead on. It means that disconnecting and reconnecting your various pieces of technology is much easier – there’s no need to break your back trying to get around to the back of your TV. But it’s really designed for people who like to mount their TVs to the wall. Having just one (near-invisible) cable running down from your TV makes for a much cleaner wall mount. Providing you think your walls are strong enough to hold a seven-stone TV, that is.
The Q9FN has lots of nifty built-in design features crafted with wall mounting in mind, too. Like Samsung’s ‘The Frame’ TV, you can make your TV display artwork when its not in use. Called ‘Ambient Mode’, you can also set a gallery of photographs to display, some sort of information screen – if you want the time and the weather, for example, a little like a phone lock screen – or even take a photo of your wallpaper behind the TV to display that, making it as invisible as possible. But I don’t know about you; if I had a five-and-half grand TV on my wall, I’d bloody well want people to see it.
Out of the box, the TV comes with two remotes. One bog-standard remote that you’ll instantly recognise if you’ve had any Samsung TV in the last six years, and one fancy smart remote with touch-sensitive controls and voice input. Unfortunately I was unable to get my hands on the smart remote, but with a fully-fledged voice assistant, it allows you to control the TV with your voice – change the channel, lower the volume, search for a programme on Netflix. And if you’re the type of person who likes everything around the house to be ‘smart’ these days, you can also use it to control your Internet of Things devices.
Samsung’s operating system is sleek and easy to use. There are little quality of life touches that really impressed me. The TV automatically recognised what devices were plugged in via HDMI and customised the icons and labels. My Xbox One showed up with an official Xbox One controller as the icon, and the Virgin set-top box was properly labelled too. Even more impressive, you can turn on a device simply by navigating to the HDMI input.
As for apps, there’s a fairly standard selection available, including everything you’d expect – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube BBC iPlayer, All 4. The TV’s menu attempts to integrate them into a seamless experience by offering you recommendations from within the apps, which was handy. From directly within the TV’s smart menu I was able to carry on watching a series on Netflix without needing to load up the app and navigate within it.
For integrated speakers, the sound quality of the 75Q9FN is actually pretty impressive. I didn’t expect that to be the case, since a lot of Samsung’s marketing materials tends to pair the TV with one of its high-end sound bars. And of course, a soundbar is going to give a much better audio experience. But the TV itself gives a surprisingly rich and full sound, going very loud without losing any quality.
But despite its nice touches and bells and whistles, it’s simply the visual quality of the Q9FN that sells it. It’s something difficult to explain; until you’ve seen it for yourself, you can’t appreciate it just how good it actually is. My own TV is a middling LG 4K HDR set. Upgrading from a 1080p Sony Bravia last year, the change was incredible. I’d never expected 4K to make so much difference until I saw it in action in my own living room. So I found it hard to imagine how another TV, much more expensive than my own, could also offer 4K and HDR and be that much better. Oh, how naive I was. The difference in quality feels almost like going from 1080p to 4K all over again. In the case of the 75Q9FN it’s certainly a factor that the screen is so damn big yet manages to be so crystal clear and sharp. Whether a smaller version of the TV would be quite as impressive – it’s also available in 55” and 65” – is hard to say.
Definitely not my own living room. Who has a house that looks like this? Really?
The viewing angle of the 75Q9FN is particularly impressive. Even stood right at the side of the TV, images are vivid and colourful. The brightness of the image also means that even in bright sunlight, it’s brilliantly clear. No more having to invest in blackout curtains just to watch Game of Thrones in the day time.
Standard definition channels of course look a little ropey on such a big screen, but the Q9FN does a great job of displaying standard HD content. It’s not quite as eye-popping as 4K HDR, but colours are still brilliant and images are crisp. If you’re a gamer, the Q9 range offers some features that are hard to pass up, too. Playing 4K games on an Xbox One X has never looked better, and this is one of the few TV sets that supports FreeSync. FreeSync allows for variable refresh rates in certain games, making for a smoother experience as it combats annoying graphical issues such as screen tearing. It really did seem to make a difference in some games.
One thing to be aware of though is the power usage of the 75Q9FN. As you’d expect from a TV this size, it’s something of a powerhouse. It’s energy rated ‘B’, and its max power consumption is 340W. When it’s been on a little while, you can actually feel the heat coming off the screen if you walk in front of it. But hey, at least you can offset the extra electricity cost by needing to put the heating on less during winter.
Having used the 75Q9FN for a few weeks, it’s hard to accept that I’ll likely never be able to afford a TV that good of my own. Now, my own 55” 4K TV is tiny and dull in comparison, and sitting down to watch a film just isn’t as exciting. Watching something on the Q9FN is an event, a real cinematic experience in your own home. If money is no object and you have the space in your front room for one of these things, you can’t possibly be disappointed. It’s an absolutely magnificent TV set. It’s just a shame that it’s priced out of most people’s budgets.
- At £5,500, the 75Q9FN isn’t going to suit most budgets…
- ...But it truly is one of the best TVs money can buy.
- ‘One Near-Invisible Cable’ technology means no unsightly cables hanging around if you wall mount it
- Gorgeous deep colours and true blacks
- Supports FreeSync for one of the best gaming experiences
- Surprisingly good quality sound for built-in speakers
- You don’t realise quite how big a 75” TV is until the box arrives at your house. Make sure you’ve got room!