What does PQI mean?
The picture quality index (or PQI for short) is a rating system that allows us to differentiate between Samsung’s 2015 and 2016 superb range of TVs.
Whilst we know that any Samsung TV will provide you with a stunning picture, there are, of course, differing levels of quality within the range.
100 to 2700 PQI
The rating system itself ranges from a bottom of the scale PQI rating of 100 , right the way up to a PQI rating of 2700. It is important to re-emphasise that the lowest rating on the scale is not indicative of a bad picture, it is merely the lowest PQI rating of the Samsung range.
There are a number of factors that go into deciding the rating of a particular Samsung TV. The tech spec of each individual unit will vary and result in a different grading of picture quality.
So, let’s have a look at what these factors are.
Resolution – Your TV will either have HD, Full HD, 4K Ultra HD or 4K Ultra HD HDR spec. Samsung’s amazing upscaling technology will make the most of any picture for your television, whatever rating it has.
Colour – Samsung’s proprietary colour technology includes Purcolour along with Quantom Dot displays. There is a difference between the two, but both will deliver realistic and jaw-dropping colour.
Brightness & Contrast
The higher up the scale you go, you will see subtle differences in the truest blacks and the whitest whites. The sharpness in the darkest shadowy scenes in movies will be where you will notice the real difference in quality.
The higher rated TVs on the scale will produce a higher frames per second rate and will bring fast action scenes even more to life, providing smooth, judder-free viewing.
The level of noise reduction is also a factor in the PQI rating. This is however, nothing to do with the audio output of your TV. The ‘noise’ we are talking about refers to the level of unnecessary light and dark colour, which when removed will leave you with stunning true-to-life colours. Noise reducing spec includes Samsung’s own Clean View technology.
Throughout the mid to upper range of Samsung’s 2015 & 2016 TVs including their Quantom TVs, you will find curved screens which ‘pull’ you into an immersive viewing experience as the side edges are closer to the viewer than the middle of the screen. Whether or not the TV has this, will affect its PQI rating.
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