The 4k LG EG9600 OLED UHD TV has amazing picture quality. Motion performance is excellent and the design looks sleek. It isn't without flaws though. The input lag is rather high, and the uniformity of dark shadows is pretty poor.
- Perfect blacks
- Perfect motion (although flicker-free)
- Great picture quality, even at an angle
- Varying luminosity (ABL)
- Poor uniformity of dark colors
- Higher input lag than average
- Prone to temporary image retention after displaying static images
It has a curved screen, and the back of the TV is white. The bezel around the screen is very thin. Like most TVs, it wobbles back and forth a bit when you push it.
The LG EG9600 is a great TV for watching movies in a dark room. Even the colors were pretty good by default. It has pure blacks, 4k resolution and judder-free 24p playback. The picture remains great, even when viewed from the side. Unfortunately it can't get very bright but still deals with reflections very well.
As with all other OLED TVs, it has an infinite contrast ratio, because the pixels are really turned off when they are displaying black.
The uniformity of blacks is perfect. Dark colors aren't that great, though (more on this later).
For the sake of comparison with LED TVs, we filmed our local dimming pattern (even though the TV technically has no backlight). The result is a perfect dot, without blooming.
When displaying a small 2% window of pure white and at max 'OLED LIGHT', it is able to achieve luminosity of 373.5 cd/m2. For comparison, the highest score in this test was hit by the Samsung JS9500, with a 726.7 cd/m2 max. Like all OLEDs, the max luminosity varies a lot depending on what is displayed on the screen (see our full measurements in the Q&A section).
The uniformity of the colors is pretty good. You can see a slight discoloration in some places (the left and right side is a little bit pink), but nothing major. Darker colors are more of an issue though (see the 5% and 10% gray pictures that we took in the Q&A section).
The picture quality is still great at an angle, way better than all LED TVs, even the ones with an IPS panel. The hue changes slightly, but nothing really noticeable.
Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.
The screen finish is the same as on all the other OLED TVs that we have reviewed. Bright objects appear purple, but at least it does a great job at reducing the ambient reflections. Keep in mind that the curve zooms in on the reflections, so make sure you don't have a window directly opposite the TV.
The luminosity of the screen varies depending on what is displayed. On a white that covers 50% of the screen, we measured 214.1 cd/m2, which is a bit lower than average for a TV.
The 3D is great. It is passive, so it is very comfortable for the eye, without any flickering or crosstalk.
The LG EG9600 OLED is also a very good TV for motion performance. There is absolutely no trail following fast moving objects. Movies experience no judder when watched via the inbuilt apps or a blu-ray player. It is able to interpolate content up to the panel's native refresh rate of 120Hz.
The response time of the pixels is similar to other OLEDs. There is a slight overshoot on some transitions, but nothing apparent to the naked eye. By default, the screen doesn't flicker, and there is no option to make it flicker, either.
It is able to play movies without any judder over a 24Hz and 60i signal.
The TV supports a wide range of resolutions and displays text clearly thanks to chroma support. Unfortunately, the input lag is higher than average, which may be an issue for serious gamers. It has plenty of inputs to connect most devices.
As long as you don't turn on 'TruMotion,' you can choose any mode you like to get an input lag around 50 ms.
- 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 get chroma 4:4:4, set the icon of the HDMI input to PC. To get on top of that 4k @ 60hz, you will need to turn on UHD Color. Unfortunately, it doesn't support an input of 120 fps.
Surprisingly, the sound quality isn't bad on this TV. Of course, you will still benefit from having an external system.
Very good frequency response with no noticeable pumping or compression. The low-end response is good and the maximum loudness is decent.
Very good, unremarkable distortion performance.
It has the WebOS smart TV platform, which is great, and it even includes a web browser (although flash doesn't work). The remote is also useful, particularly since it can be moved to control the mouse pointer. Read our full review of LG's smart TV platform here.
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Questions & Answers
ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter)
All OLED TVs suffer from a varying luminosity problem. The overall luminosity of the screen changes depending on the picture displayed. The brighter the overall picture to display, the darker the colors will be. Plasma TVs also suffered from this problem, and they were even worse.
Here is a table of all current OLED TVs, with 'OLED LIGHT' set to the max, and with a different % of the screen covered with pure white:Update: Updated peak brightness values with new measurements
|Window size||Luminosity (EG9600)||Luminosity (EF9500)||Luminosity (EG9100)||Luminosity (E6)|
|2%||374 cd/m2||402 cd/m2||336 cd/m2||652 cd/m2|
|10%||374 cd/m2||400 cd/m2||331 cd/m2||651 cd/m2|
|25%||370 cd/m2||399 cd/m2||330 cd/m2||413 cd/m2|
|50%||214 cd/m2||226 cd/m2||172 cd/m2||223 cd/m2|
|100%||117 cd/m2||135 cd/m2||81 cd/m2||129 cd/m2|
As our measurements show, the luminosity stays constant up until a large portion of the screen is bright. Then there is a sudden drop.
This is noticeable if you look for it, and it can bother some people. But most people won't see this under normal usage unless you point out to them.
Dark gray uniformity
While the uniformity of brighter colors is better than on LED TVs, the dark colors are worse. On very dark colors, you can see some banding and lines appearing:
This isn't really an issue with normal content, though, even in dark scenes.
Overall, not as bad as what you get from plasma (any object, bright or dark, could be retained), but still an annoyance for some people.
Yes, this is correct. TVs that have a wide color gamut option but no HDR support won't benefit from UHD Blu-ray players 10 bit color gamut. In the case of the EG9600, the TV can support HDR through its apps only but not over HDMI since it doesn't have HDMI 2.0a. Our Samsung UHD Blu-ray player displayed a message at the beginning of a movie saying that the feed would be better on a TV that support high dynamic range (HDR), like it does with TVs that doesn't support HDR.
Update: We have the -UA version of the EG9600, and this one doesn't support HDMI 2.0a. But the -UB version does.
It seem that LG initiated an upgrade program for customers affected, if you have the -UA version, you may try to contact LG to see if they can do something about your TV.
Conservatively, yes, it's likely OLED will degrade a bit earlier, but it probably won't be that much earlier. An OLED TV should still last you.