LG C2 vs Samsung S95C – which TV should you buy?
We compare two of the market's most popular TVs
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Despite both TVs utilizing OLED panel technology, the LG C2 and Samsung S95C are fundamentally very different. Not only are they made by different brands, the two TVs also offer up very different features, specifications, and designs – resulting in very different performance in both gaming and entertainment consumption.
In this guide, we’ll be comparing two of the best OLED TVs on the market, pitting them against each other to see which is best for gaming, everyday use, dark room viewing, and more.
So, let the LG C2 vs Samsung S95C battle commence.
LG C2 vs Samsung S95C: Specifications
As you can see from the top-line specifications above, there are plenty of differences between the LG C2 and Samsung S95C.
The most noticeable difference is the screen technology used, with LG opting for OLED technology and Samsung utilizing its new proprietary QD-OLED technology.
Additionally, the S95C features a higher maximum refresh rate too – meaning it should, in theory, offer a more fluid gaming experience.
The LG C2 does have it perks though, featuring a more versatile lineup of sizes and a tried-and-tested game optimization menu.
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LG C2 vs Samsung S95C – gaming performance
On paper, you’d have to give the overall gaming performance to the S95C – but not by much.
The only real difference separating the two panel is the refresh rate – with Samsung’s S95C featuring a higher 144Hz refresh rate.
Having said that, we’ve done numerous tests on monitors and TVs over the years and noticing a visible difference between the two refresh rates is quite tricky. That said, the S95C is still the superior panel in this particular department.
Refresh rates aside, both monitors should produce a relatively smooth gaming experience thanks to lightning-quick response times of sub 1ms.
That’s right, thanks to the OLED technology at the heart of both these high-end TVs, response times are almost instantaneous – resulting in a smooth visual experience that is almost entirely void of annoying screen artifacts.
Alongside this, both TVs feature their own unique Game Optimization menus, allowing users to fine-tune the visual experience to their exact needs when playing their favourite titles.
Samsung have opted for the Game Bar 2.0, allowing users to change the following performance:
- Input lag
- Sound output
- Screen ratio
- Screen position
LG calls their own menu the Game Optimization centre, with the following settings available:
- Game Genre (picture mode)
- OLED Motion/ OLED Motion Pro
- Reduce blue light
- Input lag
- AI Game sound
- Fine tune dark areas
LG C2 vs Samsung S95C: Picture quality & Peak brightness
One area where the Samsung S95C does exceed the performance of the LG C2 is in its peak brightness.
If you’ve been following the developments made in OLED technology since its release back in 2010, you’ll likely know that one of the main downsides found in OLED TVs is low peak brightness.
Due to the nature of OLED panel technology, peak brightness is often low – resulting in a less-than-desirable viewing experience when viewing during daylight conditions.
One way Samsung has tried to rectify this issue is by adding a Quantum Dot layer – effectively enabling OLED panel technology to become far brighter.
Early estimates say that the S95C should result in a 30% higher peak brightness when compared to LG’s best alternative. That said, we’re not sure what testing parameters were used – with results likely completed on a 10% window (instead of the full screen).
Thanks to this increase in peak brightness, the Samsung S95C should be able to product more vibrant color recreation. This is particularly important when viewing HDR content as it requires a wide color gamut.
Samsung S95C Series
55″, 65″, 77″
4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p
LG C2 vs Samsung S95C: Design and materials
It’s safe to say that both of these TVs look absolutely stunning.
The LG C2 has been endlessly praised for its sleek, stylish design, and the same seems to be the case for the new Samsung S95C.
Samsung’s latest arrival is set to be its thinnest display yet, measuring in at a slender 0.4 inches – not including the stand.
That’s pretty impressive when you consider just how powerful this new TV is.
That being said, the S95C will come with an offset box that deals with inputs and power delivery – meaning you’ll have to accommodate for that as well.
The LG doesn’t feature this design, with all inputs found at the rear of the screen. This being the case, the LG C2 is a lot deeper than the S95C. That said, it still manages to be far shallower than most of the market’s leading alternatives.
LG C2 OLED Series
42″, 48″, 55″, 65″, 77″, 83″
4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p
LG C2 vs Samsung S95C: which should you buy?
So, which TV should you buy?
Well, that’s a tough question – and one that, ultimately, boils down to your budget.
On the one hand you have the LG C2. This TV is the people’s champ – a TV that has received endless plaudits over the years for offering up excellent value for money and performance to boot.
Despite its successor (the LG C3) just around the corner, the LG C2 is still revered by many TV enthusiasts – offering up a fantastic visual experience in both gaming and content consumption.
Alternatively, if you want the best of the best, the Samsung S95C might be the perfect choice for you.
While it lands firmly in the “eye watering” price spectrum, it offers up performance improvements over the LG C2 that really can’t be overlooked.
But at a shade under $4,500, it will likely outprice many potential buyers.
Regardless of which TV you choose, you’ll be recieving a top-of-the-line set that will offer you endless amounts of entertainment.