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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Gradient
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. 480p Input
    12. 720p Input
    13. 1080p Input
    14. 4k Input
    15. Color Gamut
    16. Color Volume
    17. Image Retention
    18. Reflections
    19. 3D
    20. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  6. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Total Harmonic Distortion
  7. Smart Features
    1. Apps
    2. Ads
    3. TV Controls
    4. Remote
    5. In The Box
    6. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Jul 20, 2016 , Eric Bousquet

LG B6 OLED
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
8.6Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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9.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.3TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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8.3Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.5Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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9.0HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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8.6HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.9PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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This tv has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the LG C7

Type : OLED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The 4k LG OLED B6 TV provides an excellent picture quality, with an infinite contrast ratio and great motion handling. It delivers great performance even when viewed from an angle, and is perfect for a home theatre setup. Unfortunately there is still room for improvement with an average full screen brightness and average input lag.

Pros
  • Almost no motion blur in sports and video games
  • Perfectly deep blacks provide an infinite contrast ratio
  • Very good picture quality when viewed at an angle
Cons
  • Brightness depends on screen content due to Automatic Backlight Limiter (ABL)
  • Displaying static images results in temporary image retention

Test Results
Design 9.5
Picture Quality 8.6
Motion 9.1
Inputs 7.9
Sound Quality 6.9
Smart Features 9.0

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9.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Design Picture
Curved : No

The LG OLED B6 has an impressive design with a very thin screen, metallic finished back and clear stand. Unlike the E6, there is no large sound bar but instead speakers built into the main body of the TV. 

Stand
LG B6 Stand Picture

The stand has quite a small footprint but still feels very stable. It is made of clear plastic, similar to the EG9600.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 22" x 8.7"

Back
LG B6 Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 300x200

The rear of the TV is a metallic gray. This works well to reduce fingerprints and appears high end. If wall mounted the stand can be removed but the inputs directed out the back of the TV may be difficult to access.

Borders
LG B6 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.43" (1.1 cm)

The borders are very thin and feature a metallic edge.

Thickness
LG B6 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.77" (4.5 cm)

The max thickness is measured at the bottom half of the TV. From a side profile, it looks very similar to the E6. However unlike the E6, there is nothing protruding from the back and so the TV is thinner and appears more flush with the wall.

8.6

Picture Quality

The LG B6P OLED panel's perfect black and high peak brightness of highlights results in a very good picture quality and HDR implementation, making the B6 a very good choice for a home theater enthusiast. The picture quality remains very good, even when viewed at an angle and reflections are dealt with very well. There is some temporary image retention, but this should not be an issue for most people. Those who like 3D will be a bit disappointed, since the B6 does not offer this option unlike the more expensive LG E6.

10 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
LG B6 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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Inf : 1

Like the other OLED panels, the light is emitted from the pixels themselves and are individually turned off when a true black picture is displayed. This is resulting in a infinite contrast ratio.

10 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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No
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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N/A

For reference, we took a video of our local dimming test.

7.1 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
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259 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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408 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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405 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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405 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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221 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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126 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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408 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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405 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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405 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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221 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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126 cd/m2

The SDR peak brightness of the B6 is almost the same as the LG C6 and the LG E6. Overall SDR peak brightness is average, but for highlight smaller than 25%, it has good result around 400cd/m². Anything beyond 25% of the whole screen gets dimmed by the ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter), and this affect the final score, making it an average performer when compare to any similar priced, LED TVs.

8.2 HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
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601 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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745 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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787 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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504 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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268 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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151 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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745 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
787 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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504 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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268 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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151 cd/m2

The peak brightness for the LG B6 is fairly good. It is quite similar in performance to the higher end LG E6. This level of brightness mixed with an infinite contrast ratio will make HDR content look amazing. Unfortunately the automatic backlight limiter (ABL) causes the fullscreen brightness to be very low, and it may not be enough to combat glare in bright rooms.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
LG B6 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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0.999 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
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0.121 %
LG B6 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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0.816 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
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0.109 %

Like the other OLED TVs tested before, the gray uniformity is better than LED TVs, but still isn't 100% perfect. On this picture you can see that the left and right side of the image are more bright and there is also a large band just right of the center that is a bit warmer. That said, the gray uniformity of the LG B6 is still very good and should not cause the dirty screen effect when watching sport like hockey or football. This may vary depending on the individual unit.

On the LG B6P, the image retention is still problematic. When an static image is present on screen for a long time, it will leave a imprint on screen until some normal video content is play. Usually after 5 or 10 mins, the faint ghost image should go away. Gamer should be aware of this inconvenient.

8.1 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Score components:
LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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N/A
LG B6 Color Shift Picture
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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32 °
LG B6 Brightness Picture
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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75 °
LG B6 Black Level Picture
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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75 °

The viewing angle of the LG B6P is very good and you will have a relatively good picture even if you sit at a wide angle. You will notice a change in the tint when viewed from the side.

10 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
LG B6 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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0.245 %

Since no light at all is produced by the individual pixel when a perfectly black picture is displayed, the black uniformity is flawless.

9.5 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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10 Bit

The LG B6P is using an 10 bit panel and color are reproduce very effectively. The gradation is very good and smooth, but there is still some little imperfection in the darker color, but should not be visible when watching movies or regular TV programs.

8.0 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
LG B6 Pre Calibration Picture LG B6 Pre Gamma Curve Picture LG B6 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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4.07
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.25
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.24

Even before calibration, the results are quite good.

9.5 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
LG B6 Post Calibration Picture LG B6 Post Gamma Curve Picture LG B6 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.47
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.25
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.2

The calibration is straightforward, and was able to fix the imperfections out of the box.

8.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 480p Picture

The B6 does a very good job at upscaling DVD. Straight lines don't look choppy at all.

8.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 720p Picture

Cable TV is upscaled very well and you can still make out relatively small details.

9.0 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 1080p Picture

Blu-ray movies are upscaled to 4k resolution without any problems and it looks very sharp.

10 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 4k Picture

4k content look sharp and very small details are easy to notice. A slight blue tint is noticeable, but only when comparing side by side with another TV having a different screen finish.

8.6 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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Yes
LG B6 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
97.31 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
99.55 %
LG B6 Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
71.22 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
75.89 %

Wide color gamut is enabled automatically when the TV detects a HDR signal. The wide color gamut is about the same as the LG E6.

Update 10/13/2016: We remeasured the color gamut, and have updated the result.

7.2 Color Volume
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What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
LG B6 P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
82.453 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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56.908 %
LG B6 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
64.772 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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43.970 %

The B6 has one of the best color volume performances of all 2016 models. It is able to cover most of the P3 color volume and produce saturated colors even at low luminance.

1.8 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
LG B6 Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
2.654 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.475 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.303 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.187 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.133 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.046 %

The LG B6 does have some image retention, but it differs a bit from what an IPS panel would show. Unlike LED TVs, on an OLED TV the image retention looks more like a photo negative, where the brightly exposed part of the screen now looks darker than the rest. When looking at the test picture of our 15% gray pattern the left part of the picture where the white section was is clearly darker than the right side which was black.

Even after 10 minutes, some faint retention remains, but this does go away after some more normal TV viewing. In a case where the retention lasts longer the LG OLED TVs do have some internal testing/fixing programs to fix retention problem and after running this program, any retention that would not be fixed by watching normal content usually goes away. We are not aware of any image retention being permanent on any OLED TVs that we have tested yet.

9.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Reflections Picture LG B6 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
:
0.4 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
:
Glossy

The screen coating on the B6P does a great job at dealing with reflections. It results in a purple tint as visible in the image, but this helps to reduce the intensity of the reflections.

0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
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No
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
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No
2D to 3D
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What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
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No

Unlike the LG E6, the LG B6 does not support any type of 3D.

Pixels
9.1

Motion

The B6 performs very well when it comes to motion handling. Fast plays appear well defined thanks to the excellent response time and it is possible to interpolate all content for those that like the soap opera effect. Movies played via a blu-ray or streaming apps are smooth, but for some other sources judder may be experienced.

10.0 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
LG B6 Motion Blur Picture LG B6 Response Time Chart
Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0.1 ms
Overshoot
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What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0.3 ms

As with other OLED TVs, the response time is excellent and so no trail can be seen following the logo. The backlight is flicker-free. Some people may prefer a flickering backlight instead. Motion blur is non-existent. For low frame rate content this lack of motion blur can be jarring, especially for panning scenes.

4.0 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
LG B6 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
:
0 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
No
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
0 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
No

The B6 doesn't flicker, and there are no options to enable a flicker. This means that despite the fast response time, images may appear slightly blurrier than other TVs.

7.1 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
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Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
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No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
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No

To play 24p source material without judder, you need to activate 'RealCinema' option under 'Setting'→'Picture options'. Although inconsistent, for 60p and 60i sources set 'Trumotion' to user and set 'De-Judder' and 'De-Blur' to 0 to remove judder. It wasn't consistent enough for us to consider a pass though.

10 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
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Yes
LG B6 Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
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Yes
LG B6 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

The B6 is a native 120Hz display, and can interpolate 60Hz and 30Hz content. To enable motion interpolation, set 'Trumotion' to 'User'. For a 30fps source increase 'De-Judder' and for a 60fps source increase 'De-Blur'. Note that this may introduce artifacts.

7.9

Inputs

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The input lag is average but for casual gamers this should still be okay. The TV can accept a wide range of resolutions over all 4 of the HDMI inputs and displays text very clearly.

7.9 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
27.6 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
53.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
54.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
62.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
27.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
70.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
28.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A

The 1080p input lag of the B6P is average and will disappoint the more professional gamers out there who need fast reflexes. To get the lowest input lag, set the input icon to 'Game Console' and change to the 'Game' picture mode. This results in 43.2 ms input lag with a 4k @ 60Hz input and 44.4ms input lag with a 1080p @ 60Hz input. With interpolation, there is 62.6 ms input lag.

It is important to note here that from the get-go, our set always had an input lag a bit higher than what other sources were reporting for this specific TV model, so some of this may be due to differences between individual sets.

Update 11/07/2016: The input lag results have been updated with the newest firmware update 04.30.40, but the results remain largely unchanged. Note that the HDR input lag still cycles, which may be an issue for gamers. A video showing the cycling can be seen here, and a full table of the results can be found below. We will continue to update these results with any further firmware updates.

Note that ranges of numbers show the variance in the cycle of the result.

SourceInput lag
1080p @ 60Hz27.6ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:462.9ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ HDR28.2ms
4k @ 60Hz27.8ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:470.9ms
4k @ 60Hz @ HDR28.5ms

Update 11/08/2016: Some owners have started a petition to LG to address these issues. This can be found here.

After some more testing we have found that none of the LG TVs support chroma 4:4:4 when in a HDR picture mode, regardless of the input icon. This can be seen here .

Update 01/05/2017: With the newest firmware update (04.30.77) the input lag has been reduced across all resolutions. A 'HDR Game' picture mode has been added, and the input lag no longer cycles over time. The results above have been updated.

Update 02/07/2017: Note that in the 'HDR Game' picture mode there is some screen tearing in the bottom 1/4inch of the display. This does not affect the other picture modes.

Update 03/06/2017: Retested the B6 with the latest firmware update (04.31.10) and the screen tearing issue in 'HDR Game' picture mode is now fixed. Input lag remained the same as with the previous update

8.0 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
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Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
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No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
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Yes

To enable Chroma 4:4:4 support, first go in the 'General' menu, then enable 'HDMI ULTRA Deep Color' for the HDMI port that you are using. After, change the input icon to PC in the 'All inputs' menu, accessible thru the remote input button. Under PC mode, the input lag is 70.9 ms at 4k.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Composite In : 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
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Yes
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 2)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

On the LG B6P, when a Bluetooth device is connected, the 'Game' picture mode is unavailable.

6.9

Sound Quality

The LG B6P provides a response which is better than most TVs, but unfortunately there is distortion across all volumes and the TV doesn't get loud.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

7.7 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
LG B6 Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
1.75 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
2.48 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
4.52 dB SPL
Max
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What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
87.6 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
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What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
89.80 Hz

Very good frequency response, for a TV, especially at lower volumes. Lowend cutoff of 90Hz and maximum loudness of 87.6dB are not great, but decent. However, at higher volumes, some pumping and compression may be present. Also, it won't be able to produces the punch and low-end thump that external speaker/sub systems are able to produce.

5.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
LG B6 Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.019
Distortion @ 80
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.074
Distortion @ Max
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.284

Poor performance. The amount of total harmonic distortion at 75dB is excellent. However, there is a noticeable rise in the amount of harmonic distortion under heavier load, especially at maximum volume, where it could be audible is certain situations.

9.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : WebOS 3.0

The B6 features WebOS 3.0, which provides a very responsive interface and is easy to use. Popular applications such as YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Video come pre-loaded and the 'LG Content Store' provides a wide range of applications to extend the viewing experience. The number of available applications is increasing all the time. The remote is similar to the EG9600 and provides a pointer for easy navigation.

Apps
LG B6 Apps Picture

The most popular applications such as YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Video come pre installed, and the 'LG Content Store' is well supported by a range of publishers.

0 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
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What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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No
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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No

TV Controls
LG B6 Controls Picture

The controls are located on the front of the TV, under the LG logo. This is easily accessible when wall mounted. This image is shown with the stand removed.

Remote
LG B6 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

The remote is much smaller than the E6, and is the same as the UH8500. Although it looks less premium than the E6, the smaller size is more comfortable to use. It features a pointer controlled by the remote movements to navigate menus. Although there is a 3D button, the TV does not have the feature.

In The Box
LG B6 In The Box Picture

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • Component in adapter
  • Composite in adapter
  • Cable management tie
  • Manual

Misc
Power Consumption : 92 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 156 W
Firmware : 03.15.07

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (OLED55B6P). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (OLED65B6P).

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG OLED 55B6P doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Size Model
55" OLED55B6P
65" OLED65B6P

Compared to other TVs

LG B6 Group Shot Picture
Top left: LG E6 (OLED55E6P). Bottom left: Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Middle: LG B6 (OLED55B6P). Top right: Samsung KS8000 (UN55KS8000). Bottom right: Sony X930D (XBR55X930D).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG OLED B6 performs quite similarly to the higher end LG OLED E6, as well as last year's OLED TVs. As an OLED it can't be beaten on picture quality, but this comes at a high price. Keep that in mind with our recommendations below.

LG E6
55" 65"

The E6 is a higher end model in the same line up as the B6. It provides the same excellent picture quality but boasts slightly lower input lag and improved sound over the B6, as well as 3D. For gamers with a large budget it is the best TV you can buy, but for everyone else the B6 provides the same experience at a lower price.

Samsung KS8000
49" 55" 60" 65"

The KS8000 is a great overall TV. It provides deep (but not perfect) blacks and an impressive picture quality when viewed from the front, but for home theatre viewing it just can't beat dark scene performance of an OLED TV. For those who don't quite have the budget for an OLED the Samsung KS8000 is our next recommendation. 

Vizio P Series 2016
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Vizio P Series 2016 is a budget home theatre TV. It doesn't provide the perfect blacks or excellent motion of the B6 but offers good performance for those on a strict budget. It is good for gamers though, due to the low input lag. For those on a tighter budget the Vizio P Series 2016 is a good choice, but if you can afford it go with the B6.

Sony X930D
55" 65"

The Sony X930D has a worse native contrast ratio, and overall worse picture quality. The picture quality degrades when watched from a slight angle. This is not recommended as there are other TVs in the same price range with better picture quality and features.

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8.6Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
The LG B6 is a great all-round TV. It excels when watching movies and especially HDR content. The picture quality is great no matter the usage.
9.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
Great for watching movies. an OLED can't be beat and the LG B6 is no exception. It provides excellent dark scene performance and picture quality.
8.3TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
Terrific TV show performance. Great experience from anywhere in the room and deals very well with ambient reflections. Good at upscaling low quality content.
8.3Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
Sports performance is great. The B6 has almost perfect motion handling so fast moving objects appear crisp. Great gray uniformity to reduce the dirty screen effect.
8.5Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
Fast paced video games appear very good. Great motion handling, input lag is average but should not be a problem for most people.
9.0HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
The B6 excels with HDR performance. Highlights get quite bright and provides a wide color gamut for vivid images.
8.6HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Excellent for HDR gaming. Feels very responsive due to low motion blur and good input lag. Can produce fairly bright highlights and provides a wide color gamut for vivid images.
7.9PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
Great choice for a PC monitor. Low motion blur and clear text. The input lag is average and should be OK for most people but unfortunately there is some temporary image retention.
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Questions & Answers

21 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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With the Judder issue on the B6 can a firmware update fix this? Or is it the processing chip on the TV?
This should be possible to fix with a firmware update, the LG EF9500 had judder fixed via a firmware update previously.
39
The TV is almost ideal. He lacks only 2 TV tuners.
It's a great all-round TV, and probably most people's choice for an OLED.
19
I read that there's a software defect where the input needs to be switched from the game console to something else and then back to the game console to get lower input lag. Have you guys tried this?
We have tried this with the newest firmware and are unable to get any lower input lag.
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I currently have this TV. I play first person shooter games and fighting games like Halo and Smash Bros. I did not notice any input lag when playing these games and they are amazing to play on this set. People that come over are even surprised to see the amazing color depth of this TV. Other sites say they received an input lag of around 34 ms while you guys say it's 54ms. Why would you think there'd be a discrepancy? I just want to say this TV is stunning and makes all the graphics of every content 10 million times better. It's just a wow factor!!! Go OLED!

For most people, this input lag is not noticeable. Even with a 60fps signal, the difference between 54ms and 34ms is about 1 frame. We have re measured our B6 with the newest firmware and can confirm the 54.3ms measurement. This is with the input icon set to 'Game Console' and the picture mode set to 'Game'. The picture quality of this TV is exceptional.

Update 11/11/2016: With the newest firmware update, the input lag for 1080p @ 60Hz is now 44.4ms.

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Is the B6 compatible with Direct TV's 4k receiver or will I have to buy a mini-receiver as a go between? Direct TV does not have the B6 listed as a compatible TV yet but this could be because it is so new.
It should work without needing a mini-receiver.
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Love the reviews, and I just picked up a 55B6 based on your findings! I'm having an issue with DTS passthrough via the Optical port, and I was wondering if you know what settings are necessary to enable this functionality? The specs above indicated passthrough of DTS is supported via Optical, but I can't seem to find the trigger to enable it. I'm currently only receiving standard Dolby Digital on files known to contain DTS containers. I have Sound Out set as "Audio Out (Optical/HDMI ARC)", and all other options are grayed out. Any help would be stellar!
We are able to send DTS to our receiver with 'Digital Sound Out' set to 'Auto' and 'SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC)' set to 'OFF' under the 'Audio Out (Optical/HDMI ARC)' in the 'Sound out' section.
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Do you still plan on reviewing the C6? It may be the best overall pick (3D, lower input lag?) for those who don't mind the curve. When you have a chance can you again post some 2% and 5% slides? It would be much appreciated. Thanks!
We plan to review the C6, however not for a few months. It does look promising for gamers though. Below are some comparison slides for the B6 and E6.
2% Gray LG B6 LG OLED B6 2%
2% Gray LG E6 LG OLED E6 2%
5% Gray LG B6 LG OLED B6 5%
5% Gray LG E6 LG OLED E6 5%
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While I love OLED, the LG B6 might be outside my budget. I live outside the USA and I can get the LG 55EG9100 and the Samsung UN65KS8500 for almost the same price. I am totally confused as to what to do because both have pluses and minuses. If it were you making the purchase, does the value 65" KS8500 at the same price, trump the image quality of the OLED? What would you do. Please Help!
Go with the Samsung UN65KS8500. The Samsung KS8500 is not far behind the LG OLED as for the picture quality and in some aspect is even better than OLED TV. You wont be disappointed with the Samsung, it is a very good TV and for the same price you will have a much bigger one too.
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Hey guys, I was excited to see the B6 review posted! I've been waiting on a new TV for what feels like ages; stalking the developments in the OLED space and the slow drop in prices. So, the B6 looks incredibly interesting. It is still, however, pretty spendy and not 100% perfect. So, my question is two-fold: (1) Do you feel this is worth the $500 - $1K extra over last year's EF9500? (2) I'm a gamer, and while not competitive, I play a lot of Destiny online. Supposedly, the C6 has the same video processor as the E6 and, therefore, its lower input lag. But I kind of hate curved screens; so, do you think the difference in lag is noticeable in normal use? Is it enough to justify going curved or even really breaking the bank for the E6 (I don't think I can rationalize the latter; but just for the sake of argument). I keep reasoning myself in circles with this purchase. The B6P seems close to perfect, but it's a lot to spend. I also wonder a little if it's worth giving up on OLED and just buying the Vizio P series while I wait for OLED prices to go down... but then again, those blacks! As you can see, I'm very conflicted. Sincere thanks for the reviews though; they're insanely helpful.

The B6 isn't perfect, but as with the other OLEDs it is one of the best all-round TVs we have reviewed. As you have noted, the biggest issues with gaming on the B6 are the average input lag and the temporary image retention on static content. The difference between the B6 (or EF9500) and the E6 with input lag is ~20 ms. For most people, this should not make a difference. With a 60fps game this results in the command occurring 1 frame later.

The biggest advantages the B6 has over the EF9500 is the higher peak brightness and wider color gamut. For gaming, this should not make a difference. Unless you plan to watch a lot of HDR content go with the cheaper one. The picture quality of an OLED is better than any LCD at the moment.

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Just got B6 65" yesterday. I am using HDMI port 1 connected to Denon AVR-X3300W AVR. Audio ARC does function through DirecTv connected to CBL/SAT on AVR. Internal apps on B6 like Netflix do not pass ARC audio. Noticed that in this posts specs that ARC was listed for HDMI 2. I thought all HDMI ports supported ARC on B6 according to specs from LG?? What is the correct answer for HDMI Support of ARC on B6?
If you check on the side input on the back of the TV, only HDMI 2 is listed with the ARC acronym. If you need to use ARC, you will have to use the HDMI port 2.
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I own two 55B6P's and I use them as monitors. The other day LG posted a new firmware (03.15.25). I have noticed a significant decrease in input lag and was hoping you could confirm it with your testing. Thanks!

We did recheck the input lag after the last firmware update (03.15.25) and there was not any change. It was still 54.3 ms.

Update 11/11/2016: With the newest firmware update, the 1080p @ 60Hz input lag is now 44.4ms.

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So I recently purchased the 55" KS8500 open box for $1,159. I'm a week away from my return window and I'm thinking about the LG B6P. My past two sets have been plasmas, and the KS8500 has some weak points in comparison. Namely: viewing angle, motion and edge light clouding, especially when the screen is black with an icon or lettering on it. The one worry I have with the B6P is image retention. I'm used to it, coming from plasmas, but I'm wondering if it will be a bigger issue than it was with plasma. Just looking for your input to help me make a decision.
It is not worse than what it was with plasma. Also, it is a temporary retention, watching normal content 5-10 minutes will usually make it go away.
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The movie rating is lower than on the EG9600. Is it a little worse, or are the ratings not comparable across years?
For movies, the performance of the two TVs is almost identical. The advantage the LG EG9600 has is 3D, which provides the extra 0.3 to the score. If this is not important to you, then the movie performance can be considered the same. All of the ratings are comparable from the beginning of 2015.
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I see the EG9100 scored a 10 on 1080p content, but this B6 only scored a 9 on 1080p content. Does the EG9100 actually look better than the B6 with 1080p content? Or are you holding the B6 to a higher standard since it does 4K ?
A TV will generally perform better at its native resolution, as it is not necessary to upscale. There are no TVs which do perfect 1:4 pixel matching for upscaling from 1080p to 4k, and so everything is always slightly blurrier. For the EG9100 it can be displayed directly (1 to 1). This is not usually an issue, and some people to prefer this look.
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Hello, I see that the Pre Calibration score is 8.0 and the Post Calibration score is 9.5. I know the OLED TVs produce excellent picture quality but the difference in scores between the Pre and Post is larger than other TVs reviewed on the site and I am wondering if it's worth it to have the B6 calibrated? Is the difference between an 8.0 and 9.5 enough for most people to notice? I understand this is somewhat subjective but any advice is appreciated.
It is not really worth it. It would be worth if you are a professional that will use the TV for work or if you have many TVs in the same room and that you would like them to be exactly the same. But for a normal person that will have only one TV in their setup, a score of 8 is still very good and you might not notice the little difference in color.
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Any idea why the LG E6 scored higher on your Color Gamut test? My understanding was that the display technology itself was identical between these two models.
Yes they should be the same and we consider them to be. The little difference could be just variation between set.
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Would like to understand the functionality of the "shared" component and composite input capability. A specific example would be: can I connect a laserdisc player to the composite input and also connect a DVD player to the component at the same time? My assumption would then be that the DVD audio would need to be handled external to the LG B6. I'm only interested in being able to one or the other at any given time. Thanks!
This is possible. Only the audio RCA connector is shared, and it is possible to select either the 'Composite' or 'Component' input. Either you have to swap the audio cables (which is possible with a switch such as this) or put one of the audio outputs through an external source.
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Hi guys! Awesome review as always. I'm curious about your peak brightness results. All the other reviews have the G6 and E6 as brighter than the B6, but you guys are the opposite. Which HDR mode did you test? And which color temp? Thanks!
We test the peak brightness in 'HDR Standard' picture mode and with a 6500k color temperature. We think that those OLED panels should perform the same and that the difference is only a mater of variation between panels.
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For cable TV, would the judder issues with B6 be obvious when compared with the E6?
24p judder is only for movies, not TV shows. The only judder benefit of the E6 over the B6 is that when a movie is played by a cable box or another 60i source, the E6 will not have judder but the B6 will. This is a pretty rare corner case though, and 24p judder is a pretty subtle effect that many people won't even notice. And when movies are played by a blu-ray player or a smart TV app like Netflix, both TVs will have no judder.
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You guys stated that the B6 and E6 have the same picture quality but you score them differently giving the e6 higher scores. Does the E6 outperform the B6 in terms of picture or is the picture not noticeably different? I want the best between the two.
The picture quality is almost identical (not noticeably different). The difference in score is due to the 3D on the E6 which is weighted for 1% of the picture quality score (a 0.1 point difference). If you don't plan to watch 3D, go with the B6.
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When switching back to input 1(cable) from input 2(Samsung K8500) the picture flickers/jumps/pixelates. Sometimes it will stabilize, but recently nothing fixes it(including powering off/on) and I had to go through the TV's reset mode which takes about 30 minutes. What might be the problem? Also, first time using my HDR player required the TV to be turned off and restarted. Is this a one-time event? I have not seen it again.
It is normal for the TV to turn off when the HDR blu-ray player was first connected since it changed the HDMI deep color setting which requires one. As for the pixelated issue, we haven't noticed this issue, so it might be worth contacting LG support if it is recurring here.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.