Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Borders
    3. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. Gray Uniformity
    5. Viewing Angle
    6. Black Uniformity
    7. Gradient
    8. Pre Calibration
    9. Post Calibration
    10. 480p Input
    11. 720p Input
    12. 1080p Input
    13. 4k Input
    14. Color Gamut
    15. Reflections
    16. 3D
    17. 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. Ads
    2. Remote
    3. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Nov 14, 2015

LG EG9600
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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9.4Movies
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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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8.2TV 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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8.2Sports
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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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8.4Video 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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8.4HDR 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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8.9HDR 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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Type : OLED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

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.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 8.8
Motion 9.2
Inputs 6.7
Sound Quality 7.4
Smart Features 9.0
Pros
  • Perfect blacks
  • Perfect motion (although flicker-free)
  • Great picture quality, even at an angle
Cons
  • Varying luminosity (ABL)
  • Poor uniformity of dark colors
  • Higher input lag than average
  • Prone to temporary image retention after displaying static images

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9.0

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG EG9600 Design Picture
Curved : Yes

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.

Stand
LG EG9600 Stand Picture

Dimension of the 55" TV stand: 28.5" x 9"

Borders
LG EG9600 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.35" (0.9 cm)

Thickness
LG EG9600 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 2.83" (7.2 cm)

8.8

Picture Quality

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.

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:
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

As with all other OLED TVs, it has an infinite contrast ratio, because the pixels are really turned off when they are displaying black.

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 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.

6.1 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 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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374 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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374 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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370 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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214 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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117 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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374 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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374 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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370 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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214 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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117 cd/m2

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).

8.8 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 EG9600 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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0.658 %
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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0.128 %

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).

8.0 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.
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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
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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35 °
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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68 °
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 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.

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 EG9600 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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0.300 %

The uniformity of blacks is perfect. Dark colors aren't that great, though (more on this later).

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
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

9.1 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 EG9600 Pre Calibration Picture LG EG9600 Pre Gamma Curve Picture LG EG9600 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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2.04
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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1.2556
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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2.16

9.7 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 EG9600 Post Calibration Picture LG EG9600 Post Gamma Curve Picture LG EG9600 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
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0.27
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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0.7263
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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2.20

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 EG9600 480p Picture

480p upscaling is on par with other TVs and looks good.

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 EG9600 720p Picture

Cable TV and high quality streaming content also looks very good once upscaled by the LG EG9600.

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 EG9600 1080p Picture

Blu-rays looks sharp once upscaled.

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 EG9600 4k Picture

Native 4k content looks very sharp on this OLED TV.

7.6 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.
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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 EG9600 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%
:
87.72 %
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%
:
86.26 %
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%
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63.50 %
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%
:
67.31 %

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 EG9600 Reflections Picture LG EG9600 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%
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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.
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Glossy

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.

10 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
LG EG9600 3D Picture
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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Yes
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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Passive

The 3D is great. It is passive, so it is very comfortable for the eye, without any flickering or crosstalk.

Pixels
9.2

Motion

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.

9.8 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
LG EG9600 Motion Blur Picture LG EG9600 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
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0.3 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
:
2.7 ms

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.

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: Subjectively assigned
LG EG9600 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)
:
N/A
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
:
N/A
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

8.6 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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Yes

It is able to play movies without any judder over a 24Hz and 60i signal.

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 EG9600 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 EG9600 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

6.7

Inputs

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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.

6.5 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
:
50.1 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
:
117.3 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
:
50.2 ms

As long as you don't turn on 'TruMotion,' you can choose any mode you like to get an input lag around 50 ms.

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.
:
Yes

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.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (incl. adapter)
Composite In : 1 (incl. adapter)
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.
:
No
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.
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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 : Yes

7.4

Sound Quality

Surprisingly, the sound quality isn't bad on this TV. Of course, you will still benefit from having an external system.

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.

7.8 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
LG EG9600 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
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3.23 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
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2.91 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
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4.18 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
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89.9 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
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84 Hz

Very good frequency response with no noticeable pumping or compression. The low-end response is good and the maximum loudness is decent.

6.5 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
LG EG9600 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
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0.011
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
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0.044
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
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0.054

Very good, unremarkable distortion performance.

9.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG EG9600 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : WebOS

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.

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

Remote
LG EG9600 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

Misc
Power Consumption : 113 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 179 W
Firmware : 03.04.20

Conclusion Amazon SEE IT Right

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:
Great all-round TV. Displays excellent picture quality from a variety of sources. Handles motion very well and has excellent uniformity. Unfortunately it can't get very bright.
9.4Movies
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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:
Excellent TV for movies in a dark room. Perfect blacks contribute to great picture quality. Added bonus of 3D for those who want it.
8.2TV 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:
Great living room TV for daytime shows. Excellent picture quality for sources of any resolution. Deals very well with reflections in a bright room. Unfortunately TV can't get very bright.
8.2Sports
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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:
Great sports performance. Almost perfect motion handling results in no motion blur. Great uniformity. Unfortunately brightness fluctuates depending on content.
8.4Video 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:
Great TV for gamers. Excellent motion handling for fast paced games. Unfortunately there is average input lag.
8.4HDR 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:
HDR content looks great. Excellent picture quality. Wide color gamut and great contrast. Unfortunately highlights don't get bright.
8.9HDR 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.
Score components:
Excellent PC monitor. Handles motion very well. Great picture quality at a range of resolutions. Very clear text. Unfortunately input lag is above average.
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Additional Review Notes

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 sizeLuminosity (EG9600)Luminosity (EF9500)Luminosity (EG9100)Luminosity (E6)
2%374 cd/m2402 cd/m2336 cd/m2652 cd/m2
10%374 cd/m2400 cd/m2331 cd/m2651 cd/m2
25%370 cd/m2399 cd/m2330 cd/m2413 cd/m2
50%214 cd/m2226 cd/m2172 cd/m2223 cd/m2
100%117 cd/m2135 cd/m281 cd/m2129 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:

10% gray

LG OLED eg9600 10p

20% gray

LG OLED eg9600 20p

2% gray (exposure x7.5)

LG OLED eg9600 2p

5% gray (exposure x7.5)

LG OLED eg9600 5p

This isn't really an issue with normal content, though, even in dark scenes.

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I've heard that OLED TV's can suffer from "burn-in". Is this true and if so, how bad can it get compared to plasma screens?
It's true. It usually only happens with darker images that are onscreen for a minute or more, and it goes away after a few minutes of regular viewing.
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.
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Is the 1200 price difference between this and the 9100 worth it ? Is the picture quality better on the 9600?
Picture quality is the same. The 9600 will get you 4k and could be worth it if you sit close enough to the TV. The 9100 is just as good but is 1080p and has a visible screen door effect if you sit close to the TV since the pixels are pretty small. Beside that, both are excellent choices.
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Is the curved screen really worth it and would you go with the OLED or best Samsung on market at 55 inch? I have xbox one and play a lot of 1st person shooters but my main focus is picture.
The OLED have the best picture quality you can get for now. The curved screen is mostly just for look though. The input lag is a bit high on the OLED TVs but the low motion blur make up for it while playing video games.
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So I just bought the EF9500 and the banding and vignetting is pretty atrocious in dark scenes. Would the EG600 be better in this case, or is it luck of the draw for either model?
It really is the luck of the draw for any of the OLED models.
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Would you guys recommend this TV over the EF9500, even though this TV is not HDMI 2.0a-ready and can't be updated to HDMI 2.0a? The EF9500 is HDMI 2.0a.
We don't know yet whether HDMI 2.0a is going to matter for OLED sets like these. For now, with the media that is currently available, we do prefer the EG9600, but we won't be able to tell whether HDMI 2.0a matters (and how much) at least until UHD Blu-ray is released next year, or whether this will make the EF9500 a better purchase.
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I've read that UHD Blu-ray passes 10 bit color info in the HDR metadata, which means that only TVs that support HDR will display the wide color gamut. Is that true? Great information in your reviews, by the way! Thanks.

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.

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You gave this TV a 9 for gaming, when in reality I doubt very many people would use this as their PC monitor. I feel as though your score on the gaming section is also skewed. How does the median of 8.0 and 7.4 equal 9.0? This also skews the overall score.
We also take the amount of motion blur into account when tallying the score for gaming. That is an area in which the EG9600 excels, which is why it scores so highly for gaming. You can see the full breakdown of our scoring here.
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Is it possible to get this tv without 3D? And if so, does it perform as well as the one with 3D?
No. All EG9600 comes with 3D as well as all other LG OLED TVs we tested. The feature is optional though and it is off by default (everything is displayed in 2D).
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Hello. In general, if I want to compare how well a TV can upscale 1080i content, which reference should I use in the resolution section? 1080p? 720p? 480p? I am seriously considering the EG9600. Thanks.
For 4k TVs, the upscaling of 1080i will look like the picture of the 1080p upscaling. You can also find a picture of 60i in motion in the 'Misc' - 'Other' section. You can't go wrong with the EG9600 since it's the best TV we have reviewed so far.
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Is the lifespan shorter for OLED TVs than the standard LED TV?
Initially, OLED screens did have a significantly shorter lifespan. But there are now claims that modern OLED screens last about as long as LED.
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.
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I recently purchased a 55" LG eg9600 and I absolutely love it, but I found out that it can't play hdr content thru hdmi. I tried getting it switched out with the UB model, but it's totally out of stock. Would you recommend getting the Samsung ks8500 instead? Any advice would be appreciated. I still have a couple weeks for an exchange. Thank you.
If you want to have a good HDR experience, then yes, the Samsung KS8500 is one of the best option at the moment.
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What accounts for the higher Movies and Sports scores that you give the 9600 compared to the flat screen 9500 version? Do the models have significantly different hardware/software?
The LG EG9600 gets a higher score in the Movie department because it is 4k and that it doesn't have judder on 24p sources (like blu-ray). As for sports, we measured a better gray uniformity on the EG9600. All this is mainly due to hardware differences between the two models but we would think a firmware update could fix 24p judder on the software side of the EF9500. You can get all the details on our rating system here.
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The LG EG9600-UB doesn't support Dolby Vision, but could a future software update change this? And if yes, do you believe this to be likely?
Doesn't seem like a possibility considering you would need to have the Dolby chipset to have Dolby Vision, a software update wouldn't cut it.
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Hey, as always, I used your review to help me decide between a few TVs. I ended up with an EG9600 which I love. I noticed you changed your review notes to show that the EG is brighter than the EF from 50% down but in the actual reviews, the EF beats the EG slightly in peak brightness. I'm wondering, is this something I would notice on normal content? Like a higher perceived contrast ratio? (I tend to watch blu rays and PS4 games with medium dynamic contrast, OLED light 80, contrast high, and brightness at about 45). This might be bad in your opinion but I really enjoy the way content looks with these settings, I do not care if it's not accurate. Would I notice a difference between these 2 TVs? I owned the EF9500 for a week and I have these vague feelings that the picture was slightly better.
The difference is unlikely to be noticeable. As a rule of thumb, we generally consider a difference in brightness of ~100 nits to be significant. This depends on the reference brightness as it is not linear but the peak brightness of the EG9600 and EF9500 can be considered to be almost the same. Thank you for pointing out that inconsistency. We have updated the review notes with the current findings.
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65EG9600 or Samsung 65KS8000 in living room?
If price isn't an issue, the LG OLED EG9600 is the better TV. Don't hesitate to buy the KS8000 if budget is limited though. From directly in front, it has nearly as good picture quality and can even get brighter which is good to counter reflections in a bright living room.
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On my EG9600 there is a picture setting called "HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color". It also has shown a message telling me to use HDMI1 and HDMI2 for better color. Does this mean it does support the UHD standard?
'HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color' is the setting to enable HDMI 2.0. This allows for higher bandwidth which is necessary for a 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 signal. If you have the -UB version of the EG9600 then it also supports HDMI 2.0a for HDR over HDMI. This is unrelated to the UHD alliance premium certification standard which was created by TV manufacturers, and is to do with the display performance of the TVs.
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Will this unit work with bluetooth headsets?
No, the LG EG9600 does not support any kind of Bluetooth connectivity.
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Hi, will this TV support Skype? If yes, which camera can I buy for making the video calls?
There is no Skype support on LG TVs for now and we haven't heard anything on future support. For now, the only way to use Skype on this TV is to use a device like this one.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.