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LG OLED65C9PUA REVIEW

LG OLED65C9PUA

PROS

  • Excellent black ranges and glorious distinction.
  • Extensive coloration attain.
  • Highly effective sensible TV platform with Google Assistant.

CONS

  • Costly.
  • Colours are barely cool out of the field.
  • Restricted choice of streaming providers.

$1,715.99

LG OLED65C9PUA SPECS

Panel Kind OLED
Display Dimension 65 inches
Decision 3,840 by 2,160
Video Inputs USB, Composite, HDMI, RF
HDR Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR-10
HDMI Ports 4
Streaming Providers Sure
Display Brightness 667.89 nits
Black Stage 0 cd/m^2
Distinction Ratio Infinite
Refresh Price 120 Hz
Enter Lag (Recreation Mode) 13.5 ms

Natural light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs are among the finest you should purchase, in each fashion and efficiency. The know-how permits the panels to be extremely skinny whereas producing excellent black ranges and a variety of coloration. It is also very costly, which is why even LG’s “lower-end” OLEDC9 line prices are greater than its flagship Tremendous UHD LCD TVs. The 65-inch OLEDC9 we examined goes for $3,499.99, so it isn’t for budget-minded patrons. That mentioned, it is essentially the most inexpensive OLED TV we have seen, and it gives probably the greatest photos you will get, incomes it our Editors’ Selection.

Design

The C9 is one of all LG’s most easily and conventionally designed OLED TVs, but it surely nonetheless seems enticing because of its utterly bezel-less design. All the entrance of the TV is just a pane of glass containing the OLED panel, with a flush black border measuring solely 0.3 inches between the lively part of the display screen and the sting. The panel is framed by a tiny strip of rounded gunmetal aluminum, too small to be seen in opposition to the border of the display screen except you get very near the TV. The again of the C9 is brushed gunmetal aluminum, offering some help construction to the OLED panel whereas maintaining it solely a tenth of an inch thick (not an excessive amount of help; be very cautious when establishing the TV as a result of the bezel-less design makes it susceptible to bending whenever you decide it up).

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The decrease half of the C9 bulges out one other 1.7 inches within the center to accommodate the plastic enclosure that holds the entire TV’s electronics in addition to the OLED panel. Other than the ability connector on the correct facet, all ports sit on the left facet of the again of the TV in two recesses. Three HDMI ports and a USB port face are left within the leftmost recess. A fourth HDMI port, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, an antenna/cable connector, an optical audio output, and three.5mm ports for audio, composite video and RS-232C management programs face immediately again within the second recess.

The included Magic Distant is now standard LG fare for its sensible TVs. It is a curved, shiny black plastic wand lined with buttons and dominated by a round navigation pad with a clickable scroll wheel within the center. A quantity pad and quantity and channel rockers sit above the navigation pad, whereas easy playback controls and devoted service buttons for Amazon Prime Video and Netflix sit beneath it. A pinhole microphone close to the highest helps you to use the TV’s voice search and Google Assistant. And, like all Magic Remotes, this one additionally serves as an air mouse for controlling an on-screen pointer.

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WebOS

LG’s WebOS sensible TV platform powers the C9’s options and apps. It is a useful, easy-to-use interface that arranges your most typical content material, whether or not apps, channels (dwell TV and even YouTube channels), or inputs, in a row of parallelograms that pop up on the underside of the display screen. It is a beautiful menu system that is simple to customize.

Most main streaming providers are right here, together with Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Films & TV, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and YouTube for video and iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and Spotify for music. It is not the most important choice, and the hundred-odd leisure apps do not go almost into the regional or topic-focused niches that the hundreds of apps on extra open sensible TV platforms like Roku TV and Amazon Fireplace TV go into.

It incorporates Google Assistant on prime of LG’s personal voice-based content material search, so you’ll be able to communicate into the distance to get the identical info and sensible dwelling management options you’ll discover on a Google Home. This is not an Android TV or Google Solid gadget, although, and for many media-based voice assistant options the TV makes use of LG’s WebOS-based service first. Alexa can also be deliberate to be added as a choice to WebOS later this month, letting you select which main voice assistant you need to use with the TV.

WebOS has a number of built-in options outdoors of streaming apps. Channel information exhibits to you what is on TV, both OTA with an antenna or cable or satellite tv for pc with a linked field. The LG Channels characteristic provides free streaming Web TV channels like Shout! TV and Mashable, all of which could be built-in into the information alongside the traditional channels. An internet browser masses websites on the TV, and is pretty simple to make use of because of the air mouse performance of the Magic Distant. The C9 additionally helps display screen sharing over Miracast, and gives a Gallery mode that rotates artworks or photographs on the display screen.

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Efficiency

The LG OLEDC9 sequence is a 4K TV that helps excessive dynamic vary (HDR) content material in HDR10, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

We take a look at TVs utilizing a Klein K-10A colorimeter, a Murideo SIX-G signal generator, and Portrait Displays’ CalMAN software with testing methodology primarily based on Imaging Science Foundation’s calibration methods. The C9 exhibits glorious distinction and coloration vary, unsurprising contemplating the TV’s OLED panel and a premium value. In Technicolor (Knowledgeable) image mode utilizing an 18-percent white area, the TV exhibits a peak brightness of 667.89cd/m2. That is barely brighter than the LG OLEDE9P (633.56cd/m2), which makes use of the identical OLED panel because the C9, however not a lot brighter that slight variation cannot account for it.

Each TV is fairly vivid for OLEDs, although they can not attain the blazing brightness of high-end LED-backlit LCD TVs just like the Sony Master Series Z9F and its 1,677.49cd/m2 peak brightness with the identical 18-percent area. In fact, LCDs nonetheless cannot attain the proper black ranges of both OLED TVs, which give each the C9 and E9P “infinite” distinction.

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The C9’s colors are very spectacular, however not excellent. The above chart exhibits DCI-P3 coloration ranges as bins and measured coloration ranges out of the field, within the TV’s Technicolor (Knowledgeable) image mode, like dots. The TV exhibits a really wide selection of coloration, protecting 93.4 % of the DCI-P3 coloration area. Nevertheless, whites run a bit cool, pulling yellows a bit towards inexperienced and magentas a bit towards blue. It is not almost as correct because of the Samsung Q9FN, which nonetheless impresses us with its coloration efficiency.

Skilled calibration could be a costly service, typically operating a couple of hundred {dollars}, however, we advocate it for customers prepared to spend a number of thousand {dollars} on their TV. The LG C9 (and E9P, which exhibits almost equivalent coloration efficiency) helps Calman’s AutoCal characteristic, which automates the calibration course to make way more particular person changes in minutes quite than hours. It in all probability will not make the service less expensive, because it requires costly tools and software programs, however, it would make the calibration a lot sooner and handy.

Unsurprisingly, the C9’s glorious distinction and powerful coloration efficiency make a superb image. BBC’s Planet Earth II seems glorious on the OLED panel. The greens of crops and blues of water within the “Islands” episode look vivid and pure, although the marginally cool colors of the TV out of the field are a bit obvious within the whites and grays of sloth fur and tree bark. They do not look overly blue or in any other case distractingly inaccurate, only a contact cooler than TVs just like the Q9FN and Z9F. Particulars in each vivid daylight and shade come via clearly, with nice textures simply discernible in darkish components of the body without showing remotely light or washed-out. Even cheetah fur backlit by the solar, which usually could be virtually invisible or blown out with overcompensation, could be seen clearly in opposition to the brilliant mind behind it.

Deadpool additionally seems excellent on the C9. Whereas the TV’s whites are barely cool, its reds hit the DCI-P3 coloration worth spot-on, which makes Deadpool’s purple costume look balanced and well-saturated even below the overcast lighting of the opening scene. The burning lab struggle can also be filled with elements, even within the very darkish shadows forged by the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flames.

The Nice Gatsby actually stands out on the C9 because of its superlative distinction. Within the celebration scenes, the whites of the lights, balloons, and shirts look vivid and impartial whereas nice particulars just like the cuts and textures of black fit in the identical body come via clearly. Pores and skin tones seem pure, if very barely cool at instances. All through the scenes, darkish blacks by no means look muddy or washed-out, and vivid whites by no means clip or lose any contours within the highlights.

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Enter Lag

Enter lag is the period of time between when a TV receives a sign and the display screen updates. Utilizing the HDFury 4K Diva 18Gbps HDMI matrix’s lag tester, the OLED65C9 exhibits a particularly excessive enter lag of 92.2 milliseconds in Technicolor (Knowledgeable) image mode. Nevertheless, switching to the Recreation image mode and disabling the Tremendous Decision characteristic improves enter lag on the slight expense of image high quality, dropping that quantity to a particularly low 13.5ms. That simply places it below our 20ms threshold to contemplate the C9 one of many best TVs for gaming.

OLED Greatness

LG’s OLEDC9 sequence of OLED TVs provides an improbable image in an extremely slim body. It is hardly shocking, contemplating LG’s OLEDs persistently impress us with their efficiency yr after yr. It would not have essentially the most correct coloration out of the field, and is expensive sufficient that we would advocate knowledgeable calibration if you happen to plan to make such costly funding in your dwelling theater, however even untouched it seems glorious and exhibits among the finest distinction you’ll find in a shopper TV. If cash is not an object and your first precedence is image high quality, it is a superb alternative.

LG’s different OLED TVs use very comparable panels to the C9 and primarily based on the OLED65E9PUA we examined, do not provide any important enchancment in image high quality. For these fashions, you are paying additional primarily for the economic design, like a further $800 for the floating glass look of the 65-inch OLED65E9PUA and several other thousand extra for the ultra-thin panel-only design and single-wire-attached Dolby Atmos soundbar.

In the case of simply image high quality and options, the C9 line stands alongside its dearer siblings and is our Editors’ Selection for high-end TVs. In case you’re not fairly able to spend a number of hundreds on a brand new TV, the TCL 6-Series stays our favorite price range mannequin, with a 65-inch model obtainable for lower than $1,000. You will not get the superlative distinction or ultra-thin design you get with an OLED panel (or Google Assistant), however, you may spend a lot, a lot much less.

THE BOTTOM LINE

LG’s OLEDC9 sequence of OLED TVs provides improbable distinction with excellent black ranges and vivid colors, in a remarkably skinny and enticing design.

$1,715.99

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