Samsung S95B (65S95B)

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The Samsung S95B requires a spot of legwork to get the precise champion from its stunningly designed caller portion of TV tech, but the representation results are sensational capable to warrant the effort.

Pros

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    Incredible ultra-slim design

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    Ground-breaking representation quality

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    Surprisingly affordable

Cons

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    No Dolby Vision support

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    Unfriendly astute TV interface

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    Presets request tweaking

Samsung S95B: One-minute review

It's here: the Samsung S95B. After years of dissing the technology, Samsung has launched an OLED TV. Kind of. For portion Samsung has oddly decided to picture the S95B arsenic conscionable different OLED, successful information it’s much than that. Tucked distant successful its surface is really a full caller benignant of OLED exertion – 1 that combines the celebrated self-emissive properties of OLED with the brightness and colour scope imaginable of QLED.

The level for this caller exertion to instrumentality connected the best OLED TVs is astir absurdly cutting edge, courtesy of a surface nary deeper circular the backmost than your mean drinks coaster. In this S95B review, we're looking a TV that has had the room descend thrown astatine it, with Samsung's latest AI-inspired representation processor, a massively broad and re-designed Tizen-based astute system, the latest gaming features, and even, contempt the ultra-slim design, a clever entity tracking dependable audio system.

The prima of the Samsung S95B’s multi-faceted show, though, is undoubtedly its representation quality. While Samsung’s enthusiasm to amusement disconnected what its caller tech tin bash leads to a fewer representation preset issues, with a small tweaking it provides a operation of brightness, achromatic depth, opposition and colour that we conscionable haven’t seen earlier connected a user acceptable  – adjacent the best Samsung TVs. It's thing special.

We looked astatine the 65-inch Samsung 65S95B mentation for this review.

Samsung S95B review: terms and merchandise date

  • Released successful June 2022
  • Samsung 55S95B 55-inch: £1,999 / $1,799
  • Samsung 65S95B 65-inch: £2,999 / $2,799 

By the discourse of the TV satellite astatine large, the 65-inch S95B’s £2,999/$2,799 terms tag doesn’t look cheap. Actually, though, we’d reason that it’s unexpectedly affordable for what is, aft all, a wholly caller TV technology. The archetypal OLED, plasma and adjacent LCD TVs to travel to marketplace each outgo substantially much - implicit 5 figures successful plasma and OLED’s case.

The 65S95B doesn’t outgo massively much than premium 65-inch ‘regular’ OLED TVs, and really comfortably undercuts the terms of Samsung’s premium 4K mini-LED TV for 2022, the £3,399 65QN95B. This suggests that Samsung sees mini-LED arsenic superior exertion to the 65S95B’s caller Quantum Dot OLED attack - presumably, successful particular,  when it comes to HDR-friendly brightness levels and, perhaps, mini-LED’s immunity to the imaginable surface burn-in problems inactive imaginable (albeit acold little communal than it utilized to be) with OLED technology.

The 65S95B is disposable present successful some the UK and US, though astatine the clip of penning it isn’t showing up successful Samsung’s Australian range.

Samsung S95B OLED TV remote

Samsung's QD OLED TV comes with a caller solar-powered distant control. (Image credit: Future)

Samsung S95B review: features

  • Quantum Dot OLED Screen
  • AI-powered Neural Quantum Processor
  • OTS Sound system

The header enactment of the QS95B is its Quantum Dot OLED panel. This caller attack to TV hardware uses a bluish OLED constituent to self-illuminate each pixel, the airy from which is past passed done abstracted reddish and greenish Quantum Dot layers to present the last picture. 

Crucially this attack means that dissimilar regular OLED technology, nary achromatic is progressive successful the colour process. This purer RGB transportation should connected paper, astatine least, alteration the S95B to present richer colours astatine higher brightness levels than regular OLEDs can, portion simultaneously retaining if not improving connected the achromatic level, section opposition and viewing space prowess OLED exertion is renowned for. 

The S95B’s pictures are powered by Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor, which draws connected the accumulated know-how of aggregate neural networks to effort and optimise the mode each sorts of contented types look connected the 65-inch screen. Experience suggests that this processor should beryllium peculiarly effectual astatine upscaling HD contented to the screen’s autochthonal 4K resolution, but it should besides play a large portion successful translating the utmost airy ranges and wide colour gamuts of today’s precocious dynamic scope sources to the screen’s perchance unsocial capabilities.

Talking of HDR, arsenic with beauteous overmuch each Samsung TVs these days the S95B tin enactment the ‘standard’ HDR10 format, the unrecorded stream-friendly HLG format, and Samsung’s home-grown HDR10+ format, which adds other country by country information compatible TVs tin usage to present amended HDR images. Samsung continues, however, not to enactment the premium Dolby Vision HDR format - adjacent though much contented is disposable successful Dolby Vision than HDR10+.

The S95B’s connections are each recovered connected the backmost of the TV alternatively than connected 1 of the outer connections boxes Samsung uses with immoderate of its high-end TVs. Happily, they see 4 HDMI ports that each enactment 4K astatine 120Hz, adaptable refresh complaint and automatic debased latency mode switching features present disposable to Xbox Series X, PS5 and PC gamers with the latest premium Nvidia and AMD graphics cards. These cutting borderline HDMIs are backed up, too, by 3 USBs and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi web options. 

Smart features are provided courtesy of Samsung’s latest Tizen OS, and connection the astir broad streaming app enactment successful town. The lone notable absentee is the Freeview Play app that collates the drawback up services of the UK’s main terrestrial broadcasters into a useful umbrella interface. All of those broadcasters’ drawback up apps are provided individually, though.

The S95B’s audio system, finally, warrants much attraction than astir built-in TV dependable systems. For arsenic good arsenic supporting Dolby Atmos decoding, it deploys Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound technology, wherever speakers ranged astir the TV’s bodywork articulation forces with clever processing to spot positional dependable effects much accurately.

The S95B’s HDMIs enactment eARC output for passing lossless Dolby Atmos soundtracks retired to compatible soundbars and AV receivers. And acknowledgment to the brand’s Q Symphony feature, the set’s speakers tin articulation forces with those successful galore caller Samsung soundbars to present a larger soundstage and adjacent much audio channels than Samsung’s already typically channel-loaded soundbars springiness you by themselves.

  • Features Score: 4.5/5  

Samsung S95B OLED TV illustration   connected  table

S95B's incredibly thin, futuristic show is supported by a sturdy array stand. (Image credit: Future)

Samsung S95B review: representation quality

  • Unprecedented colour performance
  • Peerless section opposition and achromatic levels
  • Perfect viewing angles

So does Samsung’s S95B QD OLED exertion outgun astatine the archetypal clip of asking the long-established and endlessly refined regular OLED technology? Fundamentally, yes, it does. Though astir apt inevitably this alternatively stark connection comes with a clump of ‘terms and conditions’ attached.

It’s been a agelong clip since a TV made specified an instant interaction connected maine arsenic the S95B did erstwhile I archetypal fired it up. Right distant I was slapped astir the look - successful a bully mode - by its singular brightness and contrast.

Bright highlights of mostly acheronian scenes look stunningly aggravated and pure, bringing specified AV treats arsenic nighttime clip cityscapes and star-lit skies to much natural, HDR beingness than I’ve seen them grounds connected immoderate TV exertion barroom Samsung’s impossibly costly MicroLED screens. 

This is partially due to the fact that of the other brightness the QD OLED plan seems to enable, but besides due to the fact that the self-illuminating quality of the QD OLED’s pixels means that the representation tin spot its brightest item virtually conscionable a pixel distant from its darkest constituent without either pixel forcing compromise from the other. 

The S95B’s brightness vantage implicit modular OLED exertion applies crossed the full surface arsenic good arsenic to smallish agleam highlights. In fact, its afloat surface brightness vantage is much pronounced than the highest brightness benefit. Sun-drenched scenes and brightly lit interiors intelligibly look with much vibrancy and punch connected Samsung’s QD OLED debutante. 

Samsung’s high-end Mini-LED TVs, it should beryllium said, tin nutrient much earthy brightness than the S95B with full-screen agleam images. However, adjacent their tiny LEDs and precocious fig of section dimming zones can’t present tiny points of highest airy against acheronian backdrops without having to dim the highlights down to debar backlight ‘blooming issues. So for axenic section opposition the S95B is without adjacent among immoderate remotely affordable TVs.

The S95B besides scores implicit Mini-LED by delivering exceptional amounts of shadiness item successful adjacent the darkest scenes and representation areas. There’s nary of the ‘black crush’ we sometimes spot with Mini-LED screens.

Key specs

Sizes available: 55 and 65 inches
Screen type: Quantum Dot OLED
Resolution: 4K
HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
Audio support: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
Smart TV: Samsung Tizen
HDMI ports: 4 v2.1

While it was the S95B’s brightness and section opposition that archetypal caught my eye, it didn’t instrumentality agelong to realise that really its main attraction is its colour performance. Scenes successful HDR films I’ve seen dozens if not hundreds of times abruptly appeared with depths and vibrant ranges of colour that I’ve ne'er seen connected an OLED-based TV before. Bright yellows and reds, successful particular, popular disconnected the surface with ferocious strength compared with screens that person to usage a achromatic constituent successful their colour marque up. 

This does not mean that pictures look gaudy oregon unbalanced, though (so agelong arsenic you’re reasonably cautious with immoderate of the TV’s representation settings). In fact, the S95B’s images tin really look much convincing, earthy  and balanced, arsenic the removal of the achromatic representation constituent enables the S95B to present a truer practice of the benignant of colours creators were seeing connected their nonrecreational people mastering monitors.

Some of Samsung’s premium mini-LED TVs present immense colour volumes and saturations, too. But the S95B’s pixel-by-pixel airy absorption helps it present its colour enhancements that spot much consistently. And portion Samsung’s wide viewing space exertion enables its Mini-LED TV pictures to endure little colour degradation erstwhile seen from wide viewing angles than those of astir LCD TVs, the S95B’s effectual viewing angles beryllium to beryllium beauteous overmuch infinite.

It should beryllium stressed astatine this constituent that the S95B’s advantages implicit the champion OLED rivals aren’t biblically epic. For instance, LG’s caller G2 models, with their caller EX panels and vigor descend elements, connection a marked brightness leap implicit different LG OLEDs, managing 970 nits successful their Standard mode compared with 1060 with the S95B. And successful the Samsung’s Movie and Filmmaker modes the S95B hits 1,040 nits, portion the OLED65G2 delivers 950 and 942 nits successful its Cinema/Cinema Home and Filmmaker Modes, respectively.

Essentially the S95B is delivering conscionable nether 10% much brightness successful each modes than LG’s G2. While this mightiness not beryllium a genuinely revolutionary difference, it’s easy capable to marque its beingness felt successful beauteous overmuch each framework of picture. Especially arsenic Samsung, arsenic is its way, has chosen to propulsion its caller screen’s capabilities rather aggressively with its representation presets. 

This brings maine to 1 of the main problems with Samsung’s QD OLED debut: You request to get rather heavy progressive with its representation setup menus to guarantee you’re ever getting the champion from it. 

On the preset side, the S95B’s Dynamic mode is borderline insane. Yes, it surely shows disconnected conscionable however utmost QD OLED exertion tin get with its hyper-saturated colours and forced brightness. But it besides proves however that benignant of gaudiness tin look acold excessively unnatural and unbalanced to present an yet enjoyable, immersive experience.

The default Standard preset is simply a overmuch amended operation of aggression and consistency - but inactive suffers with a fewer issues you should tweak. The default question processing is overly aggressive, for starters, causing excessively galore unwanted broadside effects. So you’ll request to acceptable this to Custom and trim the Judder and/or Blur Reduction elements considerably to get much earthy results.

You should crook disconnected the sound simplification systems with 4K and adjacent bully prime HD content, too, to marque the representation look purer and little processed. 

Standard mode besides causes the occasional noticeable ‘skip’ successful the image’s baseline brightness level during agleam scenes. If you find this distracting with a peculiar movie you’re watching, you tin region the contented by deactivating the TV’s Contrast Enhancer processing. Doing this, though, inevitably robs the representation of immoderate of the pop, vibrancy and brightness that you astir apt liked astir it successful the archetypal place.

The Filmmaker Mode proves a bully shortcut enactment to enjoying pictures that way beauteous accurately to established video standards. While what I’m astir to accidental whitethorn person immoderate purists hissing done their teeth, I fishy that this mounting volition look excessively level and dull for galore S95B owners, though. Especially if they’ve antecedently got utilized to the overmuch much dazzling efforts of the Standard preset. 

With that successful mind, I was pleasantly amazed to find Samsung’s Movie preset not, for a change, looking astir identical to the Filmmaker Mode. It adopts a noticeably brighter, punchier baseline presumption that creates a bully mid-point enactment betwixt the Standard mode and the Filmmaker mode, and arsenic specified whitethorn consciousness similar a bully mediate mode for galore movie enthusiasts.

The Movie mode besides suffers little with my main gripe astir the S95B’s pictures generally: unnatural tegument tones. In the TV’s astir all-round engaging and breathtaking Standard representation mode, people’s faces tin sometimes look somewhat over-saturated oregon infused with a small excessively overmuch yellowish oregon green. Movie mode’s greater colour restraint makes this contented overmuch little apt to harvest up. Even turning connected the Contrast Enhancer diagnostic that’s disconnected by default successful this mode volition springiness images a bully uptick successful punch and impact. Though arsenic with immoderate of the S95B’s different settings, the Contrast Enhancer adds a caller occupation portion fixing a antithetic one, arsenic it tin permission Movie mode colours looking a small washed retired successful agleam areas.

Toggling betwixt the S95B’s Colour Space settings tin rather drastically alteration the quality of tegument tones successful the image. Though arsenic with the Contrast Enhancer, the changes it makes are truthful large that I’d similar to spot Samsung introducing much granularity and subtlety successful its adjustments for specified features adjacent clip round.

While you whitethorn find yourself spending much clip successful the S95B’s menus than is ideal,  I lone fuss providing truthful overmuch item connected the benignant of things you mightiness privation to tweak due to the fact that a) the representation typically looks truthful stunning that you announcement issues much easily, and b) your efforts astatine improving things tin present genuinely adjuvant results, adjacent if you sometimes extremity up having to marque a cascade of adjustments arsenic 1 tweak leads to another.

With each this successful mind, it’s worthy finishing this conception by mentioning the S95B’s Smart Calibration feature, which lets you calibrate your TV utilizing conscionable your mobile phone. This turns successful results person to Filmmaker mode than the different much breathtaking presets, but it’s inactive a utile instrumentality to see for movie fans who don’t privation to wage hundreds of pounds for a nonrecreational calibration service.

  • Picture prime score: 4.5/5

Samsung S95B OLED TV rear sheet  connections connected  table

Inputs see 4 afloat HDMI 2.1 ports. (Image credit: Future)

Samsung S95B review: dependable quality

  • OTS diagnostic works well
  • Sounds cleanable and elaborate for overmuch of the time
  • Lack of bass and powerfulness revealed during large soundtrack moments

As I’ll beryllium covering much successful the adjacent section, the S95B’s bodywork is astonishingly bladed for the immense bulk of its rear, leaving precious small abstraction for specified prosaic things arsenic speakers.

Nonetheless, the S95B manages to instrumentality vantage of Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound strategy amazingly well, doing a rather uncanny occupation for overmuch of the clip of making voices and incidental sounds look to beryllium coming from the close spot connected oregon somewhat disconnected the screen. 

Voices dependable believable and clear, too, and dissimilar Samsung’s Mini-LED and regular LED TVs, its dependable seems to propulsion guardant into your room, alternatively than sounding squeezed betwixt the surface and the partition down it.

Whenever enactment scenes commencement to enactment up a caput of steam, though, limitations with the S95B’s audio commencement to go apparent. For 1 happening the TV can’t get large capable to afloat backmost up the cinematic interaction of its ample surface and potent pictures. Also, determination isn’t overmuch bass beingness astatine all, and what small bass determination is tin dependable buzzy and distorted nether pressure.

Finally, arsenic with galore yet underpowered dependable systems, the S95B’s dependable tends to illness successful connected itself during the densest, biggest movie moments.

  • Sound prime score: 3.5/5

Samsung S95B OLED TV rear space  connected  table

Speakers are someway worked into the slim panel's rear chassis. (Image credit: Future)

Samsung S95B review: design

  • Incredibly bladed screen
  • Centrally attached desktop stand
  • Solar powered distant control

Fittingly for a TV that’s utilizing a caller procreation of sheet technology, the S95B looks earnestly futuristic. Its surface is extraordinarily bladed - astir the equivalent of a mates of recognition cards sat connected apical of each other. It’s astir apt the skinniest TV we’ve seen since LG’s ‘Wallpaper’ OLED TVs, successful fact.

The skinniness is really a spot scary, arsenic the surface bends and twists rather alarmingly erstwhile you’re attaching it to its dense duty, centrally attached desktop stand. It inactive feels a small flimsy erstwhile acceptable up is implicit - but mercifully it was inactive intact and moving astatine the extremity of my clip with it. Naturally you can’t acceptable speakers, connections, processing, tuners and the similar into a sheet arsenic slim arsenic the S95B’s, truthful there’s a chunkier conception that sticks retired 3 to 4 centimetres from the mediate of the screen’s bottommost half. Even this ‘brain box’ is smaller than akin chunky bits connected different super-thin OLED and LED TVs, though.

The S95B ships with 2 distant controls. One modular plasticky, button-heavy 1 that’s nevertheless really precise casual to use, and 1 ‘smart’ 1 with a helpfully stripped backmost fastener number and a built-in star sheet truthful you don’t person to support plying it with batteries.

  • Design score: 4.5/5

Samsung S95B OLED TV astute  TV interface connected  table

Samsung's Tizen-based astute interface has been re-done for 2022, with immoderate missteps. (Image credit: Future)
  • Great app support
  • Unintuitive paper system
  • Extensive representation adjustments

Samsung has revamped its Tizen-based Smart TV interface for 2022 - and connected existent form, I privation it hadn’t, honestly. 

The location leafage present takes implicit the full surface alternatively than limiting itself to a mates of tidy rows of app links on the bottommost of the screen. This does alteration much contented links to beryllium shown close away, but it tin besides consciousness overwhelming. 

The caller menus tally precise sluggishly for a portion aft you archetypal crook the TV on, too, and the caller interface features immoderate precise unusual and illogical navigational decisions.

It doesn’t help, either, that the caller afloat surface location leafage tends to capable tons of the onscreen existent  estate with curated contented that typically doesn’t consciousness similar thing astir users volition beryllium remotely funny in.

Samsung provides a beauteous lengthy suite of representation accommodation options, though - including pro calibration tools and the Smart Calibration strategy mentioned astatine the extremity of the representation prime section. Also, Samsung’s TV Plus postulation of streamed TV services not recovered connected regular broadcast platforms has go progressively utile acknowledgment to accrued curation, and virtually arsenic I was wrapping up this reappraisal Samsung started rolling retired its Game Hub, offering a scope of streamed gaming services and accelerated effect clip functionality.

The S95B supports the accustomed Wi-Fi DLNA and Bluetooth wireless record streaming options, including Airplay 2, and is unusually proactive connected this beforehand by really generating prompts to spot if you privation to link to astute devices it has detected successful its vicinity.

With the interface foibles successful mind, finally, it’s much adjuvant than accustomed that the S95B supports dependable power via the Bixby, Google Assistant and Alexa dependable power systems.

  • Smart TV & menus score: 3.5/5

Samsung S95B review: gaming

  • New crippled hub
  • Fast effect time
  • 4K/120Hz and VRR support

For the astir portion the S95B is simply a sensational gaming screen. For starters, arsenic noted earlier each 4 of its HDMIs enactment the latest crippled features of 4K astatine 120Hz and adaptable refresh rates, with the second including AMD Freesync and Nvidia G-Sync enactment (though the G-Sync enactment isn’t formally stated, for immoderate reason). 

Its singular colour, opposition and, by OLED standards, brightness capabilities unneurotic with different assertive Samsung presumption marque HDR games look dazzlingly colourful, punchy, crisp and ‘alive’. Beyond thing adjacent LG’s mighty G2 tin do, successful fact.

Sometimes, though, the S95B’s ultra-bold presumption tin spell excessively far, causing immoderate agleam colours to look a small flared out/stripped of subtle detail. And it’s hard to close this without ramping down the opposition enhancer, which takes a batch of the beauteous punch retired of the picture. There’s besides much grounds of the brightness instability portion gaming that we noticed occasionally with video sources, though strangely it’s typically little distracting - presumably owed to the usually faster changing quality of crippled representation content.

The LG G2 OLED, by comparison, delivers a much composed, considered show with games. So portion the Samsung takes it for sheer impact, LG’s G2 tin astir apt astatine slightest assertion a people gully for gaming, and whitethorn borderline it for gamers who worth accuracy and consistency.

The S95B delivers an input lag measurement successful its fastest effect mode of conscionable 9ms, finally, which is outstandingly debased for a TV.

  • Gaming score: 4.5/5

Samsung S95B review: value

  • Cheaper than Samsung’s apical 65-inch 4K Mini LED TV
  • Cheaper than LG’s 65-inch G2 OLED
  • Still precise overmuch a high-end TV

With 65-inch TVs present disposable for conscionable a fewer 100 pounds/dollars, there’s nary uncertainty that the £3,000 S95B sits astatine the premium extremity of the TV market. That said, its terms is obscurity adjacent arsenic premium arsenic we mightiness person expected of a marque caller technology.

In fact, not lone is it not thousands of pounds much than much established TV technologies, it’s really importantly cheaper than some Samsung’s QE65QN95B flagship 4K Mini-LED TV, and somewhat cheaper than LG’s OLED65G2 flagship 65-inch OLED TV. 

The terms comparative to the QE65QN95B suggests Samsung sees it arsenic an inferior exertion to Mini-LED, but our acquisition doesn’t needfully backmost that up. At slightest erstwhile it comes to the benignant of AV instrumentality who would typically beryllium much funny successful OLED than LCD technology.

The information that Samsung has for the astir portion got its caller exertion moving truthful good astatine the archetypal clip of asking makes the terms look adjacent much reasonable, of course.

If you people thin towards the OLED broadside of the TV world, you perfectly beryllium it to yourself to cheque the S95B out. Its QD OLED attack does things - much brightness, overmuch much colour measurement - that adjacent the top regular OLEDs cannot, and Samsung isn’t shy astir pushing these advantages to the fore.

If you deliberation you’d similar a little melodramatic and aggravated representation that offers much retired of the container power and subtlety, past Sony’s A90J oregon LG’s G2 OLEDs are large options. Sony besides does its ain 65A95K QD OLED TV, of course, but this costs £500 much and we haven’t had accidental to trial it yet.

  • Value score: 5/5 

Samsung S95B OLED TV supplied changeable  with bluish  and greenish  screen

(Image credit: Samsung)

Should I bargain the Samsung S95B?

Samsung S95B AttributesNotesRating
FeaturesSamsung’s caller Quantum Dot OLED sheet is paired with an AI-powered Neural Quantum Processor, and has 4 HDMI 2.1 ports4.5/5
Picture qualityNew sheet tech delivers exceptional, mini-LED similar brightness positive peerless blacks and extended colour volume4.5/5
Sound qualitySamsung’s Object Tracking Sound creates a believable soundstage, but movie soundtracks are bass-shy3.5/5
DesignA futuristic, extraordinarily bladed plan is accompanied by a new, solar-powered distant control4.5/5
Smart TV and menusThe revamped Tizen-based Smart TV interface takes up excessively overmuch surface existent property and tin beryllium sluggish3.5/5
GamingSamsung’s caller Game Hub is included, and it’s accompanied by 4k/120Hz and VRR enactment positive debased input lag4.5/5
ValueSurprisingly inexpensive fixed that the S95B uses next-generation sheet tech and is feature-packed5.5/5

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John Archer

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John has been penning astir location amusement exertion for much than 2 decades - an particularly awesome feat considering helium inactive claims to lone beryllium 35 years aged (yeah, right). In that clip he’s reviewed hundreds if not thousands of TVs, projectors and speakers, and spent frankly acold excessively agelong sitting by himself successful a acheronian room.

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