The 4k LG OLED E6 TV delivers an excellent picture quality that can be enjoyed from anywhere in the room. Due to its perfect black, it has an infinite contrast ratio which results in a picture that pops. Motion blur is also practically non existent. It isn't perfect though, maximum brightness and dark gray uniformity could be better.
- Nearly no motion blur in sports and video games
- Excellent picture quality even when viewed from the side
- Infinite native contrast ratio due to perfect black
- Brightness not as high as other HDR TVs and varies depending on content
- Prone to temporary image retention after displaying static images
The look of the LG OLED E6 is impressive. From first glimpse, the TV appears high end. The upper part of the TV is so thin that it is hard to imagine televisions getting any thinner than this. The stand and speakers are flat with the table surface which is an interesting design.
The upper part of the LG E6 is amazingly thin when viewed from the side. Only the lower part of the TV goes thicker on the back. Because of this, the screen won't be flush on a wall if wall mounted. On such a setup, some of the back connections might be blocked too. The 'Max Thickness' measurement includes the cable management hanger that stick out at the back of the TV and that can't be removed.
- 11% Contrast
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 2% Gradient
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
The E6 has exceptional picture quality for watching movies and TV. The OLED panel allows perfect black performance. The HDR support and color performance is very good and the peak brightness is an improvement on other OLED TVs. It displays sources from a wide range of resolutions very well. The screen coating deals with reflections well and the 3D is an added bonus.
The pixels in an OLED display are individually switched on and off, and so infinite contrast ratio exists where the blacks emit no light.
For reference, we took a video of our local dimming test.
The overall SDR peak brightness is average for the LG E6 OLED TV. SDR peak brightness is good until the highlight gets pass 25% of the total windows size. At this point, ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter) start to dim the highlight making each of the following windows dimmer than the previous one and leaving the full screen 100% windows at almost 1/4 of the brightness of the 2% windows.
The E6 has a much better peak brightness than any other OLED TV we have reviewed. Like other OLED TVs, it has ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter). The maximum luminosity varies depending on the content. A bright image full screen is significantly darker than on other TVs, which is apparent in scene transitions.
When displaying static content, brightness starts to go down after around 1 minute 45 seconds until it stabilizes at around 6 minutes. During that time, any movement on screen will bring back the brightness to its full capacity.
The gray uniformity is better than LED TVs, but it is still not perfect. You can see in our picture that the top half is warmer than the bottom, and the edges brighter.
There is image retention, which is most obvious when viewing a gray screen after long periods of static content. This should not be an issue when viewing normal content.
The viewing angle of the E6 is great and won't be an issue. Contrast stays very good even from severe angles but like other OLED TVs, color shifts can be observed from around 20 degrees.
On a completely black screen, the pixels emit no light and the uniformity is perfect.
The E6 has a 10 bit panel, and the colors appear very good with only very slight tints, not noticeable when viewing normal content.
Good out of the box white balance and color dE. Although faint, a blue tint can be observed and appear more prominent in our pictures than it is with our eyes. The camera sensor would be more sensible to it.
Calibrating the LG E6 wasn't hard and most problems could be fixed. Unfortunately, the blue tint issue couldn't be resolved completely although it became less prominent.
To achieve greater support for Rec. 2020 you must change 'Color Gamut' to 'Wide' and enable 'HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color' on the input you are using. The color gamut will be automatically changed to 'Wide' when an HDR signal is detected.
Update 10/13/2016: We remeasured the color gamut, and have updated the result.
The E6 has the same good color volume coverage of the other 2016 OLED models. It can produce saturated P3 colors even at low luminance.
The E6P OLED TV does have some image retention, like the B6P and the C6P OLED TVs. The image retention is not as strong as we have seen on some LG IPS TVs, but it tends to last much longer, which can be annoying to people who play a lot of video game and also watch TV shows or movies with the same TV. Note that we did have to run the test/fix program from the TV main menu to get rid of some residual image retention, before we could run our image retention test, since it already had some image retention from other testing done beforehand. The procedure got rid of all the image retention and we could do our test afterward. This is a good example of how OLED TV behave and even if retention last a bit longer, it is not a permanent problem.
Reflections are well taken care off on the LG E6. The TV can get bright enough so it isn't a problem in a bright room and direct reflections can be seen through although they have a purple tint. No rainbow effect could be seen which is also good.
The E6 has passive 3D which performs very well. The higher resolution of the 4k screen means you don't see the alternating lines which are visible on 1080p OLEDs.
The LG E6P is excellent at handling motion. There is a minimum of motion blur, and options to interpolate content up to 120fps. Movies play smoothly via a blu-ray player or streaming apps but not from all sources.
Just like other OLED TV we have reviewed in the past, the response time is practically perfect and there is very little overshoot. No trail can be seen following the logo at all, which will give a very clear watching experience during fast movements. The backlight of the TV is also flicker-free.
As with the other LG OLED TVs, the E6 doesn't flicker moving images. This means that despite the very fast response time, some blur is seen due to eye tracking.
Enable 'RealCinema' under 'Picture Mode Settings'>'Picture Options' to remove judder on 24p content over a 60i signal. Movies over 24p signals such as a blu-ray player experience no judder.
The E6 is able to interpolate 30Hz and 60Hz content up to 120Hz.
The E6 performs supports a wide range of resolutions at up to 60Hz. The input lag is not as low as some other TVs, but is still good.There is a wide range of inputs which should be great for most people.
Update 06/17/2016: The input lag can take some time to stabilize, but adjusting the picture mode to 'Game' and changing the input icon to 'Game console' reduces the input lag to 34.2ms at 1080p. Ensure 'TruMotion' is disabled.
Update 08/09/2016: The 1080p input lag outside game mode was updated to 50.7ms and the input lag under HDR mode with a 1080p resolution was also verified, and it is also of 50.7ms.
Update 09/14/2016: The input lag with an HDR signal under a 4k @ 60Hz resolution is a bit higher than without an HDR signal, because when the TV detects a HDR signal, it switches to a special HDR picture mode. To have the best input lag, be sure to select the 'HDR Standard' picture mode.
Note that the less expensive LG B6 has a better input lag under HDR with a 4k resolutions than the E6.
Update 10/07/2016: A video of the input lag differences can be seen here.
Update 11/08/2016: Some owners have started a petition to LG to address these issues. This can be found here.
Update 12/02/2016: With the newest firmware update (04.30.19) there has been the addition of a HDR gaming mode. In this mode the HDR input lag is lower, and should be fine for HDR gaming. Note that although the TV accepts a 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR signal, it can't accurately display the chroma subsampling in any HDR mode, even with the 'PC' icon selected. The HDR chroma subsampling looks the same as the B6, visible here .
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
To enable chroma 4:4:4 support, change the input icon to PC. Press the input button on the remote, select 'All Inputs', and click 'Edit Icon'. For chroma 4:4:4 support at 4k and 60Hz, enable 'ULTRA HD Deep Color' under 'General' settings. The input lag in PC mode with the 'Game' picture mode is 34.0 ms.
The LG E6 produces great sound for a TV. Frequency response is good and distortion is well managed as long as the volume isn't set too high. Contrary to most TVs, a sound bar and sub is not a requirement here although some will still outdo the performance of the E6.
Very good frequency response, for a TV. With the low-end cutoff of 71Hz and maximum loudness of 91.2dB, this TV should be able to perform decently in most situations. 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.
Average 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, while remaining within acceptable limits.
The LG E6P comes loaded with WebOS 3.0 that has both a sleek design and a very responsive interface. WebOS 3.0 comes with many demanded application such as Youtube, Netflix, and Amazon Video already pre-loaded on the home screen which is great for easy access, you can also download plenty of application straight from the 'LG Content Store'. Since WebOS is open source you can expect frequent updates as well the number of applications to increase. The remote, just like other LG TVs we have reviewed in the past, has a pointer which makes it very easy to navigate through menus. In terms on inputs, this TV has it all, you will not have any issue when it comes to connecting all your devices to it.
The TV doesn't lack support for applications as it has the most demanded applications such as Youtube, Netflix and Amazon Video already pre-loaded to the home screen, you can also downloaded plenty of applications from 'LG Content Store' that is also located on the home screen. Since WebOS is open source to the public there will never be the lack of applications.
The E6 is one of the most expensive TVs this year. In spite of that, it isn't free from ads.
Differences between Sizes and Variants
We tested the 55" (OLED55E6P). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (OLED65E6P).
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG OLED 55E6P doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
Compared to other TVs
The LG OLED E6 is very similar to last year 4k OLED TVs. Its picture quality can't be beat but some high quality LED TVs offers better bang for the bucks. If budget is not an issue though, there is still nothing better than an OLED TV.
The LG EF9500 offers near identical picture quality but is inferior when it comes to HDR because of lower color gamut and the lack of Dolby Vision support.
The Samsung KS8000 gets close to the picture quality of the LG OLED E6 as long as it is viewed directly from front. The KS8000 can get brighter and is the TV you should buy if you don't have the budget for an OLED.
The Vizio P Series 2016 has a slightly worse picture quality when viewed directly from front but lot worse when watched from the side. Its screen uniformity is notably worse. It has a very low input lag, which makes it a better choice for video games.
The Sony X930D has worse native contrast ratio and worse picture quality. It even aggravates when watched at an angle.
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Questions & Answers
We used the 'HDR bright' picture mode because it can get brighter and color temperature can be adjusted for a warmer and more natural look. Here is the differences in brightness between the 3 picture mode.
|Window Size||HDR Bright||HDR Vivid||HDR Standard|
|2%||652 cd/m2||634 cd/m2||635 cd/m2|
|10%||651 cd/m2||635 cd/m2||549 cd/m2|
|25%||413 cd/m2||401 cd/m2||374 cd/m2|
|50%||223 cd/m2||215 cd/m2||198 cd/m2|
|100%||129 cd/m2||123 cd/m2||112 cd/m2|
About the Samsung QLEDs, we don't know how they'll perform but we suspect the only important improvement will be viewing angles. If you do decide to buy one it's best to wait until three months after their release, the price drops dramatically during the first three months.
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