Samsung Q80T QLED TV Review



Read the full in-depth review here: https://www.avforums.com/reviews/samsung-q80t-qe55q80t-review.18207 The Samsung Q80T is a mid-range QLED model for 2020 and is the replacement for last year’s Q70R. The 8K models are the higher-end QLED TVs for Samsung going forward, but that doesn’t mean that the 4K models, like the Q80T, are the poor relations. The sets are bursting with the latest features seen on most of the rest of the range, including the use of 4K AI Upscaling with the Quantum Processor 4K chip. There is a new, almost bezel-less design along with a FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) panel with 50-dimming zones and an advanced local dimming algorithm to make the most of the available zones. Object Tracking Sound (OTS) is also a new feature with sound moving around the screen in relation to objects in the scene. There is also Adaptive Sound+ and AI sound effects that can enhance dialogue if required, as well as Q-Symphony when using a Samsung Q soundbar, where the sound is synchronised with the speakers in the TV to create an expansive sound stage. The Q80T also sports one HDMI input with 40Gbps bandwidth that can playback 4K/120 and also supports AMD FreeSync and VRR, along with ALLM and an input lag of 11ms (with and without HDR), making it a great option for gamers. HDMI 3 also supports eARC for uncompressed immersive audio playback with suitably equipped sources and soundbars. The Smart TV system is powered by Tizen and has received a few little tweaks to make it one of the very best OS systems currently used on the market. You have a full suite of catch-up apps for terrestrial channels as well as every possible VOD service you could want from Netflix, Prime Video, Now TV, Apple TV+ and Disney+ to name a few. Plus, there is full support for Google Assistant and Alexa voice control, as well as Samsung’s own Bixby system. Content discovery is also very good within the Samsung Smart eco-system, along with a new Ambient Mode+ which mirrors the TVs surroundings so you can have it stay on when not in use, or display news headlines and artwork, rather than having a black rectangle on a stand or on the wall. Also new this year is the change in colour for the main menu system, which is blue instead of bright white, saving your eyes when in HDR mode. The Q80T is also competitively priced for such a well-featured TV with some retailers selling the set for around £899 at the time of this review in November 2020, down from an SRP of £1099. Support us with regular donations via our Patreon campaign at https://www.patreon.com/avforums. Or make a one-off donation at https://www.streamlabs.com/avforums.
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