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The quest for
the best TV picture possible has been a long one, stretching back to the early
days of cathode ray tubes and muddy black and white pictures on small and,
compared with even the worst of today's TV's, grainy screens.
Then we had
colour and, decades later, high definition, both of which were game changers.
The next game changer was the evolution from big, fat and heavy CRT's to liquid
crystal, or LCD – the flat screens that have freed up space in our viewing
rooms while also offering us better quality and larger pictures. LCD evolved to
LED, which are really LCD panels with different "back lighting."
Now there are
two new technologies vying for your after tax dollars, one of which is a
logical next stepin the high definition
evolution – 4K – and one of which is an absolutely ground breaking leap in
picture technology: OLED.
for organic light emitting diode and the only thing you need to know about that
is that it's a quantum leap from today's LED TV's (which can be exquisite in
their own right) and offers not only a picture quality that absolutely knocked
off my socks but which is also so thin that if I had 52 of them I could have very
nearly shuffled and dealt them like huge playing cards.
don't require back lighting, they can be very light and thin, as well as
offering "perfect" blacks, and fantastic off axis performance (within
limits - the picture doesn't lose its lustre, it just gets hard to see when
you're far to the side).
been around for a while, but only in the couple of years have they become
anywhere close to mainstream for TV's, though "AMOLED" (active matrix
OLED) screens have been available on cell phones for several years. As for
TV's, I remember seeing a Sony OLED at least a decade ago, and it was a
remarkable thing that was cool to look at but totally impractical for home
theatre because it was about a 12 inch screen that cost a ridiculous amount.
I sure care about
OLED now! LG, the South Korean electronics maker who, along with country-mate
Samsung, is currently giving all the "established electronics makers"
a run for your money the same way Hyundai and Kia are doing in the automotive
marketplace, is making a major push to OLED, and the company was kind enough to
send me their spectacular OLED65B6P, a 65 inch unit I got to live with for
about a month. LG then made me send it back, before I could see if they'd be
willing to take my soul, or maybe my grandson, in exchange for leaving it here.
Yep, it's that good.
Oh, it isn't
perfect – in fact I found a couple of things about it quite annoying – but all
that pales in comparison with a picture quality that reminds me of the golden
days of plasma screens, except that even plasmas' rich colour performance isn't
up to the standard of today's OLED. I say that as someone who has owned a 50
inch LG plasma or the past 10 years or so and is still completely happy with
its picture quality.
Or was, until
about a month ago.
thing you notice when unpacking a TV such as this – or, I daresay, upon seeing
it in the store – is how incredibly thin it is. The 65 incher I've been testing
is no thicker than the panes of glass that make up the shelves in our
knickknack cabinet. I kid you not; the crack above about shuffling and dealing
isn't much of a stretch at all.
around the picture – the TV's frame, as it were – is equally tiny, so what
you're getting is basically all screen, and how can one complain about that? And
if you think your current TV shows every bit of fine detail possible (I thought
my excellent reference4K LED did until I put this one
next to it), you're in for an "eye opening" experience.
Setup of the
OLED is mostly straightforward, though I think the reviewer before me may have stuck
the wrong remote control in the box because it had a 3D button and this TV
doesn't do 3D. The lack of 3D didn't bother me a whit, but the remote itself
left something to be desired when it came to navigating the LG's menu system. I
believe there's supposed to be one of those "mouse like" Magic
Remotes included that you wave at the screen as well, a type I really don't
like either, but the other reviewer must have forgotten to put it in the box as
well – along with the bolts that attach the TV to its stand. I'd mutter
"journalists!" in frustration, but I've screwed up some product
returns over the years too, so better not to throw stones.
LG uses webOS
3.0 for its interface and it works fine for the most part. It's a cleaner
interface than on some TV's I've tried, and it also allows for good
connectivity to your other devices.
A couple of
weeks after I received the TV there was a software update and the process of
installing and updating it went smoothly via Wi-Fi. The update moved the volume
display from the bottom of the screen to the right side, which seemed kind of
silly and weird – but the more I watched the TV the more I appreciated it being
off to the side, away from most of the picture "action."
Once I'd tried
them to ensure they actually work I turned off all the nannies that are
supposed to improve the picture quality – sharpness, noise reduction, frame
doubling, resolution doubling, etc. etc. etc.,. This prevented artifacts such
as unnecessary grain or that awful "soap opera effect" that makes
foreground objects look great, with everything else looking like it's been added
later digitally. I wanted the OLED to display source material directly, with no
messing about. And, boy, did it ever!
I also set it
up for my room, dimming the picture substantially from the default settings
using the DVE HD Basics
disc. I turned it down quite a bit, such is the incredible brightness of the
LG, but didn't have to do any tweaks to the colour, tint, etc., which were fine
right out of the box.
included audio by harman/kardon and it's very good TV sound, with good dynamic
range and even pretty good bass all things considered. Heck, I'm amazed they
managed to stuff any type of speaker into this cabinet, such is its tiny
footprint. So if TV sound is important to you, this LG should serve you well.
TV sound isn't
important to me, because I always hook my TV's, and review TV's, into an external
audio system and use it when I'm watching stuff in which the audio is important
(i.e. movies as opposed to "Jeopardy!"). To facilitate that, the LG
comes with an optical output, and it worked fine.
material, I used a huge variety of stuff, from 1080i sports on satellite TV
(which looked great!) to 4K YouTube via the Roku. Discs provided the best
tests, and I tried everything from 480i DVD to regular 1080p Blu-ray and UHD
HDR discs - using Oppo
Digital's great new UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player, which up
converts content to 4K beautifully if the source isn't 4K to start with.
Some things I
noticed quickly included the fact that the OLED's blacks were so deep that it
looked as if the screen were turned off on those parts of the screen (i.e. black
bars from letterboxing, etc). It also showed that some content's "fades to
black" weren't as black as the phrase might suggest, because the LG's were
And that was
just the beginning. Want rich colour? LG's OLED is a treasure for the eyes.
Ditto for its performance with fine detail (part of this is undoubtedly the TV's
4K capability as well), which is absolutely stunning. I kid you not - it was
such an outstanding video experience that it was almost like watching movies for
the first time even if I'd seen them many, many times.
That feeling extended
to such venerable titles as Lawrence of Arabia (4K remastered 1080p Blu-ray),
and Ben-Hur. More modern conventional Blu-rays, such as Guardians of the
Galaxy, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and the new Star Wars Rogue One,
looked so good up converted to 4K by the Oppo that it made me wonder just how
much better a real 4K disc could look.
So I tried
some 4K HDR discs and found out. And not surprisingly, there's an even more
magnificent experience waiting with true 4K HDR, in which the colour and detail
are even more impressive. I tried the Star Trek reboot
discs back to back with their Blu-ray counterparts and, though the differences
can be subtle if you're only watching casually, they're definitely there. Indeed,
this LG put out what's easily the best picture I've experienced in my home, and
I've not only been reviewing TV's for close to 30 years, I've also owned my
share of high end screens.
So, yes, 4K
OLED is indeed a new world of video.
perfect of course, and I did experience a couple of weird issues in which one
of the LG's HDMI inputs suddenly refused to work and it took a hard reboot
(unplugging the system from the wall for a few seconds) to correct it. I put it
down to handshaking issues, which raise their ugly heads periodically with
HDMI, but I really don't know.
this were kind of annoying, but I'd live with them easily to get this picture
quality in my home theatre. In fact, this LG has convinced me that my next TV
is definitely going to be OLED unless something better comes along between now
and the time I can afford one, which is doubtful since OLED is so cutting edge
right now is that, like any new technology, OLED is expensive. The current
model of this particular LG, for example, lists today on Amazon's Canadian
website for $4699.99 CAD and is on Best Buy's Canadian site for $6999.99. However
you slice it, that's a pile of after-tax disposable income in this age of
thousand dollar 4K TV's, but if I had the cash to buy this TV today, I'd pay it
happily. It's that good.
My advice, if
you're looking for a new TV and can afford it, is that you should run to your
favourite retailer and pick up one of these fabulous units, especially if it's
If you aren't
looking for a new TV yet, then remember OLED when it's time for you to go
shopping. It'll knock your socks off.