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2022 TV Shootout: Sony A95K wins 'King of 4K TV', LG Z2 is 'King of 8K TV' – updated

01 Aug 2022 | Rasmus Larsen |

Once again this year, Sony was crowned 'King of 4K TV' with its flagship A95K QD-OLED while LG's Z2 OLED was recognized as the best 8K TV at the 2022 TV Shootout.
Update 2.8.2022: Updated with detailed results for all 4K and 8K categories.
In the 18th annual Value Electronics TV Shootout, hosted by Robert Zohn in partnership with Dealerscope, five 4K TVs competed in the 4K category and three 8K TVs in the 8K category. For the first time, QD-OLED was part of the 4K TV shootout in addition to WOLED and LCD (with miniLED zone dimming). A panel of professional video colorists, film finishers, reviewers, and video scientists were asked to vote and find a winner based on various picture quality parameters (see table). The TVs were manually calibrated and then evaluated with test patterns and real content, compared to a 32-inch Sony BVMHX310 reference studio monitor (+$30000 dual cell LCD). The TVs were:

The winners

Sony's first QD-OLED TV, A95K, was crowned 'King of 4K TV' ahead of Samsung's S95B QD-OLED TV and LG's G2 OLED TV (WOLED). The two miniLED LCD TVs, Sony X95K and Samsung QN95B, came in fourth and fifth place in all SDR and HDR categories as well as the total score. In 2018, Sony ended LG's four-year run as the winner of the shootout and has in 2022 extended its win streak. The 2020 shootout event fell victim to covid-19. In June, FlatpanelsHD also awarded Sony A95K our Reference Award. Also read: List: Best TVs (review scores)

2022 TV Shootout

2022 TV Shootout. Left to right: Samsung S95B, Sony A95K, Sony BVM, LG G2, Sony X95K, Samsung QN95B. Photo: Value Electronics

In the 8K category, LZ Z2 won 'King of 8K TV' ahead of the two LCD TVs with miniLED backlight. Sony Z9K came in second and Samsung QN900B in third. Results are found below (detailed result with sub-scoring will be posted later).

2022 King of 4K TV

King of 4K TVSony A95K QD-OLED TV
Best SDR Day ModeSony A95K QD-OLED TV
Best SDR Reference ModeSony A95K QD-OLED TV
Best HDR Reference ModeSony A95K QD-OLED TV

Overall scores – King of 4K TV

ModelScore
65" Sony A95K QD-OLED8.9
65" Samsung S95B QD-OLED8.3
65" LG G2 OLED7.9
65" Sony X95K LCD7.5
65" Samsung QN95B LCD7.4

SDR Day Mode – Best 4K Living Room TV

ModelMotion / DSEPeak LumensUpscaling Performance
65" Samsung S95B QD-OLED8.98.08.0
65" Sony A95K QD-OLED9.69.68.6
65" LG G2 OLED6.67.37.1
65" Sony X95K LCD7.28.58.3
65" Samsung QN95B LCD6.48.87.9

SDR Reference Mode – Best 4K Home Theater TV

ModelBlack Level / Shadow DetailColor Accuracy / Skin TonesMotion resolution
65" Samsung S95B QD-OLED7.98.18.5
65" Sony A95K QD-OLED8.69.18.1
65" LG G2 OLED8.59.08.1
65" Sony X95K LCD6.87.37.8
65" Samsung QN95B LCD7.17.57.3

HDR Reference Mode – Best 4K HDR TV

ModelBlack Level / Shadow DetailPeak LumensColor Accuracy / Skin TonesColor Saturation / Color VolumeMotion ResolutionUHD Details / SharpnessHigh APL4,000 Nit Tone Mapping
65" Samsung S95B QD-OLED8.48.68.39.38.18.98.18.0
65" Sony A95K QD-OLED8.99.09.08.98.09.09.08.3
65" LG G2 OLED7.69.38.68.78.29.58.07.4
65" Sony X95K LCD6.17.86.46.86.67.88.67.5
65" Samsung QN95B LCD5.77.66.86.96.97.77.87.6

2022 King of 8K TV

King of 8K TVLG Z2 OLED TV
Best SDR Day ModeSony Z9K LCD TV
Best SDR Reference ModeLG Z2 OLED TV
Best HDR Reference ModeLG Z2 OLED TV

Overall scores – King of 8K TV

ModelScore
88" LG Z2 OLED8.2
85" Sony Z9K LCD7.8
85" Samsung QN900B LCD7.5

SDR Day Mode – Best 8K Living Room TV

ModelMotion / DSEPeak LumensUpscaling Performance
88" LG Z2 OLED7.97.27.7
85" Sony Z9K LCD7.68.97.5
85" Samsung QN900B LCD6.08.37.7

SDR Reference Mode – Best 8K Home Theater TV

ModelBlack Level / Shadow DetailColor Accuracy / Skin TonesMotion resolution
88" LG Z2 OLED8.38.98.5
85" Sony Z9K LCD7.97.77.4
85" Samsung QN900B LCD7.77.87.1

HDR Reference Mode – Best 8K HDR TV

ModelBlack Level / Shadow DetailPeak LumensColor Accuracy / Skin TonesColor Saturation / Color VolumeMotion ResolutionUHD Details / SharpnessHigh APL4,000 Nit Tone Mapping
88" LG Z2 OLED9.28.29.38.98.39.47.57.5
85" Sony Z9K LCD7.18.97.97.37.07.28.97.6
85" Samsung QN900B LCD7.68.77.97.97.08.27.96.3
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- Source: Value Electronics, Dealerscope



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