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Samsung S95C OLED TV Review

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90
92
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90
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The Samsung S95C OLED TV is a top-notch choice with its near-infinite contrast ratio, excellent reflection handling, and superb peak brightness. Though it lacks Dolby Vision support, its other features and performance justify the premium price.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung S95C OLED series TV is a high-end model of Samsung’s 2023 lineup and is one of the best TVs available. In fact, it’s considered one of the best OLED TVs as well.

It produces flawless blacks, eliminating any distracting blooming effects. The design is slimmer and more intuitive than the previous year’s model. The TV has a color gamut and high peak brightness in HDR, which delivers lifelike colors and remarkable clarity.

Gamers will appreciate the low input lag and near-instant response time, making every move seamless and immersive. The TV includes four HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs, and variable refresh rate support ensures compatibility with the latest gaming consoles and graphics cards.

Samsung’s Tizen OS smart platform offers a user-friendly interface, providing easy access to a wide array of streaming apps. The TV also has one external input box for all inputs and connections.

Best For

  • 4K

  • 55-inch

  • 65-inch

  • Best Overall

  • Gaming

  • HDR Content

  • Home Theater

  • OLED

  • Outdoor

  • PlayStation

  • Samsung

  • Seniors

  • Sports

  • Xbox

Consensus

our Verdict

The Samsung S95C OLED TV has a near-infinite contrast ratio of Inf:1, ensuring deep, uniform blacks and superb reflection handling, as well as good peak brightness, tested at 385 cd/m², making it suitable for bright rooms.

Gamers will be pleased with the low input lag of 4.2 ms at 144Hz and nearly instantaneous 100% response time of 1.7 ms. The inclusion of four HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs and variable refresh rate support adds to the gaming appeal.

There are some downsides. The aggressive automatic brightness limiter in some modes means the TV doesn’t perform as well in bright rooms and can be annoying for watching movies.

Also, the TV lacks Dolby Vision or DTS passthrough, which diminishes the ability to watch high-quality content.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Excellent image quality
    • The TV’s self-emissive OLED tech is great for sports, gaming, and HDR content. Also, the color gamut tests in at 99.53%, which means the display provides a rich, highly detailed color scheme.

  • Produces great bright colors and deep blacks
    • At 1400+ nits, peak brightness is among the highest in the OLED category. It’s powerful enough to display stunning visuals, even in bright rooms, ideal for gaming and sports fans. Additionally, the Inf :1 contrast ratio means the TV provides incredible detail in dark rooms.

  • Exceptionally wide viewing angle
    • 70-degree viewing angles are exceptional, ideal for large rooms and big audiences

  • Incredibly low input lag
    • The input lag, tested at 9.3 ms, is low, delivering rapid control inputs. It also has a great response time, tested at .03 ms, indicating the pixels change almost instantly. Both metrics sit at the higher end of the OLED category.

Reason to Avoid

  • Aggressive ABL
    • Overactive ABL can alter the images frequently to the point where it gets distracting, especially during movies

Samsung S95C OLED TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeNo
Display TypeOLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI TypeHDMI TypeHDMI 2.1
HDR FormatHDR10+, HLG
HomeKit CompatibleHomeKit CompatibleNo
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels4.2.2
Panel TypePanel TypeQD-OLED
Refresh Rate120 Hz, 144 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 77"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformTizen
Speaker OutputSpeaker Output70 Watts
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
VRRVRRYes

All Specs

Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)99.81
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)99.53
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)84.99
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)89.78
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)141.5
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)75
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)0
SDR Brightness (nits)704
HDR Brightness (nits)1,383
Input Lag (ms)8.3
Response Time (ms)5.5
Color Washout (Degrees)70
Color Shift (Degrees)70
Brightness Loss (Degrees)70
Reflections (%)1
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)106.79
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db2.45
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db2.41
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.511
Intermodulation Distortion @80db0.511
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0029
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0025
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0022

All Tests

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Market Context

The Samsung S95C OLED series TV is a high-end model of Samsung’s 2023 lineup and is one of the best TVs available. In fact, it’s…

The Samsung S95C OLED series TV is a high-end model of Samsung’s 2023 lineup and is one of the best TVs available. In fact, it’s considered one of the best OLED TVs as well.

It produces flawless blacks, eliminating any distracting blooming effects. The design is slimmer and more intuitive than the previous year’s model. The TV has a color gamut and high peak brightness in HDR, which delivers lifelike colors and remarkable clarity.

Gamers will appreciate the low input lag and near-instant response time, making every move seamless and immersive. The TV includes four HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs, and variable refresh rate support ensures compatibility with the latest gaming consoles and graphics cards.

Samsung’s Tizen OS smart platform offers a user-friendly interface, providing easy access to a wide array of streaming apps. The TV also has one external input box for all inputs and connections.

The Samsung S95C is the successor to the previous year’s S95B. The S95C has an updated design that’s slimmer and more intuitive, as it puts…

The Samsung S95C is the successor to the previous year’s S95B. The S95C has an updated design that’s slimmer and more intuitive, as it puts all the connections into one input box. Another key difference is that the refresh rate is better; the S95C has a 144Hz refresh rate, whereas the previous model only had a 120Hz refresh rate. To learn more, check out our Samsung S95B TV OLED review.

The key differences between the Samsung S95C OLED series and the Samsung S90C OLED series lie in their picture quality enhancements and gaming support. The…

The key differences between the Samsung S95C OLED series and the Samsung S90C OLED series lie in their picture quality enhancements and gaming support. The S95C series excels in contrast ratio, peak brightness, and gaming-related features, making it a premium option for those who prioritize cutting-edge picture performance and gaming capabilities. On the other hand, the S90C series delivers an excellent OLED display with good reflection handling and smart interface options. Also, the S95C moves all the connections to one box, which is a great design quality. To check out more of Samsung’s offerings, check out our Samsung The SERO TV review.

The key differences between the Samsung S95C OLED Series and the LG C2 OLED Series lie in their picture quality emphasis, gaming features, and smart…

The key differences between the Samsung S95C OLED Series and the LG C2 OLED Series lie in their picture quality emphasis, gaming features, and smart platforms. The Samsung S95C excels in brightness, especially in gaming mode, and boasts a larger color gamut than the C2. Also, the Samsung S95C series is superior in gaming support with HDMI 2.1 and a variable refresh rate, appealing to serious gamers. On the other hand, the LG C2 series shines with its webOS smart platform, which some users find more intuitive and user-friendly compared to Tizen OS. It also supports a wider variety of audio formats. If you want to check out some of Sony’s top products, head over to our Sony A9S TV review.

Although both the Samsung S95C OLED TV and LG G3 OLED TV perform similarly, LG’s TV is brighter, especially in with SDR and HDR content….

Although both the Samsung S95C OLED TV and LG G3 OLED TV perform similarly, LG’s TV is brighter, especially in with SDR and HDR content. But the LG G3’s brightness drops off in gaming mode, whereas the S95C stays strong. Both TVs are excellent for gaming, but the Samsung television has a 144Hz refresh rate and boasts a wider color gamut, whereas the G3 is limited to 120Hz. For movie quality, however, the LG supports DTS audio for Blu-Ray, which the S95C can’t do.

Backlight Type

No

No

Edge

No

n/a

Display Type

OLED

OLED

LED

OLED

OLED

HDMI Inputs

4

4

3

4

4

HDMI Type

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDR Format

HDR10+, HLG

HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HomeKit Compatible

No

No

Yes

Yes

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Number of Audio Channels

4.2.2

7.1

2.1

4.2

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Expert Score

92

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90

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