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 Feb 26, 2016

LG UH8500
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
7.6Mixed 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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7.5Movies
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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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7.7TV 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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7.5Sports
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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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7.8Video 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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8.0HDR 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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7.5HDR 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.
7.1PC 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 : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The LG UH8500 4k HDR TV doesn't have revolutionary picture quality, but it is still the best LED TV from LG that we have reviewed so far. It even improved on the already great WebOS smart platform, which is a nice bonus. Like other TVs from LG, it's a good pick for a living room with seating on the sides of the TV. Unfortunately, the picture isn't the best in a dark environment.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Good for sports and video games
  • Great WebOS 3.0 smart platform
Cons
  • Sub-par picture quality in a dark room
  • Peak brightness could be better

Test Results
Design 9.5
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 8.4
Inputs 8.0
Sound Quality 6.8
Smart Features 9.0

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9.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG UH8500 Design Picture
Curved : No

The LG UH8500 is a nice looking TV. Its recess glass, shiny metal stand and its completely white back are some of the details that makes it stand out. There is a high end feel to it.

Stand
LG UH8500 Stand Picture

The stand is made of heavy stainless steel and has a handy space in which to hide a few cables, for a clean look.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 33.9" x 15.4"

Back
LG UH8500 Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 300x300

Another LG TV with a fully white back cover. It shouldn't be seen in most cases, but it's nonetheless original and noteworthy. It might matter more in some rare room setups where the TV sits in the middle of a room.

Borders
LG UH8500 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.59" (1.5 cm)

The glass sits above the borders. This gives the LG UH8500 an interesting look when viewed from up close. The pixels of the screen don't start right at the edge of the borders, though - the edge and the pixels are separated by a black space.

Thickness
LG UH8500 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.77" (4.5cm)

7.4

Picture Quality

Except for in some dark scenes, the LG UH8500 delivers good picture quality, with rich colors, for a wide variety of content. It is also HDR-ready and looks decent for this specific kind of content. It doesn't have any issues with judder. Lower-resolution content, like DVDs, also look good.

6.3 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 UH8500 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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1188 : 1

This TV has an IPS panel, and so isn't able to produce deep blacks. Compared to other IPS TVs, it managed to do a little better than average.

3.0 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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Yes
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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Edge

We set local dimming to 'High' for this test, but we found that it darkened the dot too much. For most content, the 'Low' or 'Medium' value of 'LED Local Dimming' would appear more useful, in that it will not darken small highlights. Overall though, the dimming performance is really poor.

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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312 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
:
138 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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287 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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300 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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300 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
:
301 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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138 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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287 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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300 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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300 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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301 cd/m2

SDR peak brightness for the LG UH8500 is bad. The UH8500 can't get brighter than 300 cd/m², and the local dimming also dims too much the 2% window, which is a bit disappointing for this LED TV, since it is in the high end of LG LED TV lineup.

7.7 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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352 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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219 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
:
541 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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556 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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473 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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370 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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219 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
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541 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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556 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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473 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
:
370 cd/m2


Update: Retested with a HDR signal and local dimming 'High'. It got a bit brighter, but it still isn't a very bright TV as far as HDR goes.

6.9 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 UH8500 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%
:
4.790 %
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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0.209 %
LG UH8500 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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0.614 %
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%
:
0.096 %

As most other LED TVs, gray uniformity is bad. At least, there is no obvious large banding issues so panning shots over playing fields shouldn't be much bothering.

6.2 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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IPS
LG UH8500 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°
:
22 °
LG UH8500 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°
:
28 °
LG UH8500 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 °

As with other IPS TVs, the TV can maintain good contrast and color saturation when viewed from the sides. Picture still begins to deteriorate at more extreme angles.

7.6 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 UH8500 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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1.740 %

The LG UH8500's black uniformity is decent, without any obvious clouding or light bleeding.

9.0 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 UH8500 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 picture above shows the TV fed with a 10 bit input signal. Our 10 bit gradient pattern isn't displayed perfectly, showing some minor color gradation issues, but it is still a lot smoother than when the TV is fed with an 8 bit signal. 10 bit HDR content should then be free from obvious banding.

8.9 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 UH8500 Pre Calibration Picture LG UH8500 Pre Gamma Curve Picture LG UH8500 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
:
2.18
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.8981
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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2.07

Very good pre-calibration values. For most people, a professional calibration wouldn't make much noticeable difference.

9.8 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 UH8500 Post Calibration Picture LG UH8500 Post Gamma Curve Picture LG UH8500 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
:
0.29
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.5564
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
:
2.21

We were able to obtain great results with relative ease, although it always takes more time with the 20 point values. It does get more precise, though.

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 UH8500 480p Picture

DVDs looks good when upscaled and keep a fair amount of details.

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 UH8500 720p Picture

Cable TV looks very good on the LG UH8500.

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 UH8500 1080p Picture

Blu-rays looks very sharp and crisp when played on this LG TV.

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 UH8500 4k Picture

4k native content looks very good without any image quality issues.

7.7 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 UH8500 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%
:
84.35 %
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%
:
90.68 %
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%
:
61.85 %
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%
:
70.62 %

The LG UH8500 offers the option to output a wider color gamut in all of its picture modes. It will be set to 'Wide' automatically when in the HDR picture mode. Unfortunately, even with the 'Wide' setting, the range of color doesn't increase much. TVs with higher DCI P3/Rec 2020 numbers are going to be better for HDR.

6.7 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 UH8500 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 %
:
78.619 %
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.
:
43.854 %
LG UH8500 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 %
:
57.325 %
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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25.522 %

The UH8500 has good performance for DCI-P3, but at very high and very low luminosity colors lose their saturation.

5.5 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 UH8500 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%
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4.687 %
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%
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0.556 %
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%
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0.062 %
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%
:
0.000 %
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%
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0.000 %
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%
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0.000 %

The UH8500 TV have some image retention and it is a bit worse than what we have see on the UH9500. We can clearly make out the colored logos from the static image of the test video right after the 10 minutes exposure to the burn-in scene, but it was completely gone after 6 minutes of recovery.

7.5 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 UH8500 Reflections Picture LG UH8500 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%
:
1.8 %
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.
:
Semi-gloss

A few lights won't be a problem. A small rainbow effect can be seen around bright reflections, though.

9.0 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
LG UH8500 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.
:
Passive
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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Yes

As long as the TV is being watched from directly in front, there is no crosstalk to be seen. As with other 3D TVs, slight vertical angles or wide horizontal angles will create crosstalk.

Pixels
8.4

Motion

Sports look good on the LG UH8500. Action stays clear even on some of the fastest plays. So do players, balls, or cars, none of which will look blurry while moving at full speed. The color uniformity of the fields is not really good though, which is especially noticeable on panning shots.

8.7 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
LG UH8500 Motion Blur Picture LG UH8500 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
:
11.0 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
:
5.1 ms

The pixels response time is quick, so there isn't a long trail following moving objects. There is a small amount of overshoot that isn't apparent.

2.8 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 UH8500 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)
:
120 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
:
120 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
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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

Blu-ray movies play smoothly, as do movies played over cable or satellite. Streaming movies might show some judder if you do not enable motion interpolation (TruMotion).

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 UH8500 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 UH8500 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

Motion interpolation (TruMotion) has to be enabled to enjoy streaming movies without judder. The 'Smooth' pre-set will add the soap opera effect, but using a low custom value can remove judder without adding noticeable soap opera effect.

8.0

Inputs

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The LG UH8500 is a good pick for video games. Low input lag keeps everything snappy and responsive, and games with quick movement, like first person shooters, won't appear too blurry.

8.0 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
:
26.9 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
:
121.7 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
:
48.7 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
:
31.3 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
:
33.8 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
:
45.6 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
:
36.8 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 is low enough for any fast-paced game. The TV's lag even remains at playable levels outside game mode, allowing for more picture options to be enabled. Unfortunately, motion interpolation adds too much lag for games to be properly playable. Those looking for that option for gaming should look for a different TV.

Update 12/08/2016: 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.

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

It supports most standard PC resolutions, except for 1080p @ 120Hz. To enable chroma 4:4:4 for sharper text, go in the input menu and change the icon of the input to 'PC'. For 4k resolutions, you must also enable 'HDMI ULTRA Deep Color,' which you can find in the 'General' menu.

Input lag in PC mode is the same as in game mode.

Side Inputs
LG UH8500 Side Inputs Picture

3 HDMI
3 USB

Rear Inputs
LG UH8500 Rear Inputs Picture

1 Component In (need included adapter)
1 Composite In (need included adapter)
1 Digital Optical Audio Out
1 RF In
1 Ethernet

Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
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.
:
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.
:
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.
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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 : No

6.8

Sound Quality

The sound isn't impressive, but it's decent overall, for a TV. A soundbar would still be a better solution for even better sound, though.

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.

7.0 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
LG UH8500 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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2.25 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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4.49 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
:
7.22 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
:
93.1 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

This TV was tested with "Magic Sound Tuning" enabled. Good low-end extension, especially for a TV. Very good maximum loudness too, however, the TV is likely to pump at higher volumes. The frequency response, after applying Magic Sound Tuning, improves noticeably and becomes flatter and more balanced.

6.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
LG UH8500 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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0.025
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
:
0.051
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
:
0.058

Good distortion results overall; unremarkable performance.

9.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG UH8500 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : WebOS

LG has improved its already good WebOS smart platform to version 3.0. The presentation looks great, navigation is quick, and the app selection covers the basics. In terms of usability, WebOS still has the edge when compared with the smart platforms offered by other brands.

Apps
LG UH8500 Apps Picture

Most of the popular apps are available, including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, and a web browser. The overall number of available apps could be better, though.

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

Ads can be found in the LG content store, and you can only opt-out of personalized advertising.

TV Controls
LG UH8500 Controls Picture

Control buttons for basic functions can be found under the middle of the TV, right under the LG logo.

Remote
LG UH8500 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

Model #: AN-MR600

In The Box
LG UH8500 In The Box Picture

- Remote
- Batteries
- Composite In adapter
- Component In adapter
- 2 pair of 3D glasses
- 1 cable tie
- Manuals

Misc
Power Consumption : 55.6 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 118 W
Firmware : 03.00.13

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (55UH8500) and expect, for the most part, our review to be valid for the other available sizes.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG UH8500 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
55" 55UH8500
60" 60UH8500
65" 65UH8500
75" 75UH8500

Compared to other TVs

LG UH8500 Group Shot Picture
Top row, from left: Sony X850D (XBR55X850D), LG UH8500 (55UH8500), Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Bottom: Samsung KS8000 (UN55KS8000), LG UH7700 (55UH7700). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG UH8500 is a good choice for a wide living room with seatings on the side of the TV. Unfortunately, when watched from front or in the dark, there is a lot of better performing TVs.

Samsung KS8000
49" 55" 60" 65"

The Samsung KS8000 is a more versatile TV that outdoes the picture quality of the UH8500 as long as it is watched from straight on. If you have seating at various positions on the side of the TV, then the UH8500 will maintain a better picture quality at an angle. As a whole, the picture quality of the Samsung KS8000 is more beneficial. Only get the UH8500 if you want 3D.

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

The 2016 Vizio P picture quality is better when viewed directly in front. Only when viewed from a pronounce angle the LG UH8500 gets the edge. The LG has the best smart platform experience and 3D but this is not enough to recommend it over the better Vizio P.

Sony X850D
55" 65" 75" 85"

Both TVs offer a similar picture quality. The Sony x850d is better for sports. It can also get a little brighter which make it a better choice for HDR. The LG UH8500 have 3D and offers a better smart TV experience.

LG UH7700
55" 60" 65"

The LG UH7700 have a close picture quality but still offers a little less on all fronts. The UH8500 is better for movies (dark scenes) and maintains higher details in sports and video games. It is also the only one with 3D.

Conclusion Amazon SEE IT Right

LG's UH8500 is the best of their LED TVs that we have reviewed so far. It doesn't offer the best picture quality when compared to LED TVs from other brands, but those looking for a TV that can maintain its picture quality from wider angles won't find better than this set, except for the more expensive OLED TVs. However, for late night movie watching, there are a lot of better options. In the end, the LG UH8500 is a good TV all around, and should please most who choose it.

Usage Ratings
7.6Mixed 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:
7.5Movies
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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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7.7TV 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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7.5Sports
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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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7.8Video 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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8.0HDR 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:
7.5HDR 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.
7.1PC 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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Questions & Answers

25 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Will you be reviewing the LG UH9500 any time soon?
During summer.
Update 10/5/2016: We bought one. Review should be up within 2 weeks.
Update 10/7/2016: The review is up.
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Your reviews keep getting better and better. Great job!
Thanks!
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Do you know if the LG UH8500 earned 'Ultra HD Premium' certification by the UHD Alliance? I have emailed LG a few times and they won't give me an answer. I read that all 2016 LG OLED's are, along with all Samsung 2016 SUHD's. Because this is such an excellent site, I can compare the LG UH8500 and Samsung JS8500 side by side. I am guessing that the LG UH8500 is not certified, as it did not score as well in coloring by comparison. I don't believe the JS8500 meets qualification either. I am trying to decide between the LG UH8500, the Samsung JS8500, or waiting for a new Samsung KS (maybe 8000) or a Sony D Model (850D or 930D). Obviously price will be part of the decision making process. I am trying to be as HDR ready as possible, in order to get a 4k blu-ray player in the next year or two. Do you think that waiting for a 2016 model that meets the certification will be a drastic improvement over a 2015 HDR cabable TV like the Samsung JS8500? I have learned so much through this site and I'm grateful for the thorough reviews and information. Thanks!
There is no sign of the new 'Ultra HD Premium' certification (including the logo) anywhere on the box, in the manual or on the LG website for this TV. We still don't know how manufacturers will take their measurements to comply with the certification but from our own measurements the UH8500 fall short for its black level, maximum brightness and P3 color coverage. The JS8500 wouldn't comply either. If you want the best HDR experience possible, you should probably wait a month or two to see the new 2016 offerings. We expect that this year TVs will be noticeably better than last year TVs for HDR.
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The new LG 60UH7700 series, sk-4954002 is out. Wondering when this model will be tested and reviewed. Thanks
We just picked it up this weekend. The Sony x850d will be reviewed before but the uh7700 will follow soon after.
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Does this model have bluetooth, specifically the ability to connect to bluetooth headphones or maybe a keyboard?
Yes. We were able to pair bluetooth headphones with the TV. Although it can also connect to a keyboard, only LG wireless keyboards are said to be compatible. Unfortunately, we don't have any in hands to test.
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I have this TV and it is great, I only have one question, when I watch a Dolby Vision series in Netflix, it does not look that good, since all the settings are different as the no-Dolby Vision content, could you provide some settings for Dolby Vision? Thanks in advance.
When watching a Dolby Vision, go with the 'Movie Dark' picture mode, set 'Backlight' to max, set 'Sharpness' to 0. In 'Expert Control', leave 'Dynamic Contrast', 'Super Resolution', 'Edge Enhancer' and 'Color Filter to 'Off'. In 'Picture Option', leave everything 'Off' except for 'LED Local Dimming' set at 'High'.
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I was wondering why LG UH8500 got a 7.4 for movies?
Contrast ratio and local dimming make up 28% of the movies rating. The LG UH8500 score very poorly in local dimming and also for contrast. This is why the score is lower than other TV. If you click on the question mark next to the 'Movies' rating, it will show you what are the score components.
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10-bit panel vs. "10-bit processing": I am finding conflicting information on whether it is only the uh9500, or both uh9500 and uh8500 that has an actual 10-bit panel. Can you shed some actual light on that?
Only the UH9500 is a native 10 bit. The UH8500 is 8 bit + dithering. Note that in our review, we say 10 bit because we look at how smooth the end result is, and if sending a 10 bit signal improves the gradient, we consider it 10 bit, no matter how it gets there. The UH8500 doesn't display a perfect gradient, there is a little bit of banding.
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Wondering if you guys got your hands on the UH9500 yet? I'm torn with the features of the LG and the picture quality of the Samsung KS8000. Does the UH9500 improve on black levels and max brightness over its little brother the UH8500?
We do have plans to review the UH9500, however this will only be in the next few months and until then we do not know how it will perform.
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I love this site! The ability to compare multiple TVs is great. One question I had, though, is how is power consumption rated? I assume power consumption will vary depending on the size of the TV and the brightness levels. Are all TVs rated using the same size and brightness?
Unfortunately, since we only review a single size of a given model, and since screen size is the biggest factor in determining how much power is used, the power consumption results are not directly comparable across reviews. This is also why we don't include power consumption in our score formula.
The luminance does also play a part, though. We do one test with luminance at 100 cd/m2, and another with maximum luminance.
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I assume this is the 1st of the new TVs you have reviewed that were announced at CES 2016. Does that mean we can look forward to reviews on the other 2016's to come soon? Thanks for all you do to help us! Aj
Absolutely. There isn't many 2016 models out yet but we did ordered a few already (like the Sony X850D). We buy them like normal people do, so we don't get them in advance (we don't want to receive special manufacturers samples). Expect to see at least another 2016 TV review this month and even more in the following weeks. Our goal is to review as many as possible. Stay tune!
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You guys are awesome and review the little details that most can't get an answer to. Just to verify, the 5.1 DTS and DD output from optical is from an HDMI source and not built-in apps or USB.
Update 09/28/2016: We can confirm that USB playback supports 5.1 DTS and 5.1 DD, and that built-in apps do support 5.1 DD but haven't been able to test built-in apps for 5.1 DTS support.
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Great job as always! I'm considering the 55" version of this 2016 LG model, as well as last year's Samsung UN55JS8500. The Samsung is heavily discounted, considering the new models are beginning to hit store shelves. Which of the two sets do you prefer?
If you sit in front of your TV, get the Samsung JS8500. The deeper blacks will make the picture look better, and highlights can also get a good deal brighter, which is good for HDR. If you need something that will look good when viewed from off to the side, get the LG UH8500 instead. The blacks aren't as deep and the highlights aren't as bright, but the viewing angle is much wider.
Apart from contrast and viewing angle, both TVs have pretty similar, very good picture.
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The LG UH8500 55inch vs Vizio P 55inch 2016 for TV and gaming what TV is best thanks.
Go with the Vizio P series. Note that the Vizio P55-C1 use a different panel than the one we have reviewed (IPS instead of VA), so the TV Shows scores would be higher than the 7.3 that the VA version now has. Also, the Vizio P better overall for video games.
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I am torn between the 65" LG UH8500 and Sony X850D. I primarily use the TV for movies, sports and cable TV shows. I also use Netflix and Amazon Prime. Both are similarly priced. Curious what you suggest? Also, how much of an issue is it that the X850D does not support Dolby Vision. Thanks for the help.
They both have very similar picture quality, but the UH8500 has some extra features such as local dimming and 3D. The smart platform is also a bit more refined and stable for watching Netflix and Amazon Video. At the moment there is quite a lot more HDR10 content, but either way the LG UH8500 is a better choice.
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Looking for a 75" TV - I'm down to Sony vs LG vs Vizio. I have always been against an "offbrand" like Vizio. It actually scares the heck out of me, but it has gotten some great reviews. We do tend to have Family Movie nights at my house, but yet the 3D is nice for a special treat. I don't know if there is one to fit all of my needs. Oh, yes and under $4000. Thanks
The Vizio P75 is a great all-round TV, and we do not know of any significant difference in reliability between the "premium" and "off" brands. The biggest difference between these TVs are the panel type, which are better suited to different viewing conditions. Generally with more people watching movies the viewing angle of the TV becomes more significant, but this will depend on your room setup. The LG UH8500 and Sony X850D have IPS panels which have a larger viewing angle, but in a dark room the blacks appear gray. The Vizio P series has better picture quality (especially visible in dark rooms), but a more narrow viewing angle. If you watch movies in a bright room with seating to the side, go with the LG UH8500, otherwise the Vizio P series is a better pick.
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First of all, thank you for all of the excellent reporting and testing on TVs. This information has been invaluable in helping me make wise purchasing decisions. As for the weak blacks on the LG UH8500, I was wondering if using bias lighting (in the form of LED strips attached to the rear of the TV) would help in a dark room setting. Also, I'm quite sensitive to the FPR scan lines inherent in passive 3D; I would be sitting six feet away from the 60" version, and I'm concerned the scan lines would be visible at that distance. Thank you in advance for your input.
This would help to increase the perceived contrast ratio of the TV, however dark scenes still do not appear as good as on a VA panel with higher contrast ratio. Even though the vertical resolution is halved when using passive 3D, the 4k resolution of the TV helps to reduce the effect. However due to the distance and the size of the TV, it still may be an issue for you. If you have the opportunity to test this on a 60" 4k TV in person it would be best.
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Hi, is your input lag tests done at 1080p? What about 4K gaming? Native resolution will perform better. Do you guys have any tools to test 4K input lag?
Yes our input lag is done at 1080P, not 4K, but we do plan on adding input lag for all resolutions in a few months.
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Where is the IR sensor located on this TV? I currently have an LG 55LM7600 that has a black frame. I have my IR emitter on the front of the TV, but it's hard to see because of the black frame. I would like to continue using the emitter if I picked up this TV.
It's located in the bottom-middle of the TV, behind the LG logo.
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When you compare viewing from angles, does it include TVs at an elevation and viewing from below? I plan on putting the TV above the fireplace area so it will be elevated?
At the moment we do not test for vertical viewing angles. For VA TVs it is generally about the same as the horizontal viewing angle. For IPS TVs (such as the UH8500) it is normally as bit less as they experience 'IPS Glow'. The best solution is to get a wall mount that tilts down.
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First, thank you for the great reviews across all of the TVs. I have been using the site for a while now. I recently returned 2 75" Sony 850D's due to poor dark room performance and above average light bleed. I picked up the 75" UH8550 and love the day time picture quality. Is it possible to improve the dark room contrast with this TV as it still has "pillars of light" during darker scenes in a low light room ? Or is this the nature of the TV technology at these prices ranges ?
Unfortunately this is due to the way the TV is edge-lit, and the worse contrast ratio. The only way to reduce it is to reduce the backlight, but this may not be an acceptable option for you (it will dim the whole screen). Ideally, you're after a TV which has full-array lighting and a VA panel (or any combination of this should be an improvement for dark scenes). If you would consider returning this TV then the Vizio P75-C1 should be an improvement for dark room performance (at the cost of a more narrow viewing angle and less intuitive smart platform).
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I currently have a 65" DLP TV. I sit about 11.5 to 12 feet away, directly across from the TV, with one viewing area a bit off angle. I watch movies, play Xbox/PC games, along with some TV viewing and sports (baseball mainly). I like my set but wish I'd gone larger, but I also appreciate picture quality and I'm interested in HDR. I'm looking at three options: buy a Vizio P-65 (or perhaps a KS8000), a Vizio M70, or the LG 75UH8500. I can't do the P75 because it won't fit on my stand, wall mounting would defeat the larger size as it'd be much farther away, and buying a new stand would almost end up in a living room remodel due to the room's layout. Which is best--go with the giant screen and deal with the IPS panel, stick with the same size and go for quality, or pick the Vizio M as the bang for the buck option? I am little worried the M's HDR performance will be underwhelming as more content becomes available. I appreciate any help!
Go with the LG 75UH8500. If you care about the viewing angle and since you see relatively far, the bigger IPS TV make more sense. The only draw back of IPS is the black that are less deep, but it is still a very good TV none the less.
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My living room has seating on all 3-sides. Since side viewing was very important, and after some research back in 2011, I decided to go with a Panasonic 50" model TCP50T30 plasma tv. My plasma broke down recently and the in-store extended warranty has offered me full credit to purchase the following two models, LG 55UH8500 or an LG 60UH7700. I know that you have rated the #8500 a little higher than the #7700, and the #8500 also has 3D, but the #7700 is a 60" and the #8500 a 55". I'm leaning towards the #8500 because of your higher rating, and it also has 3D, like my plasma did. However, the 3D feature that the #8500 offers is no way near as important as would having an equal or better side viewing than my original 50" plasma. Would the 60" #7700 model offer better sided viewing than the 55" #8500? My budget won't allow for the 60' #8500. What do you recommend? By the way, thank you for your wonderful website.
Get the 60". The 5 inch extra is more important than the quality difference between the two, especially since they are really similar and in the same ballpark. Keep in mind that the picture quality won't necessarily be as great as your old plasma, especially at an angle.
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I purchase an LG 75UH8500 because I saw on your review it was an 10 bit panel, and then read later in the question that is only an 8 bit panel. Should I be worried. I am considering returning it for the LG OLED 65C6P for a better contrast ratio but I am not sure it be worth the sacrifice of 10 inches in screen size.
The fact is that it is very hard to know if a TV as a true 10 bit panel or an 8 bit + dithering. You almost have to break open the TV and use specialize tool to determined it. Also, you could have a true 10 bit panel that has a worse performance than a very good 8 bit + dithering. In the case of the UH8500 you don't need to be worried and the 10 inches is surely going to have a bigger impact on your movie watching than the fact that it is a 10 bit panel or not.
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Hi, I love passive 3D but don't care for active 3D. I'm interested in this TV (LG UH8500) for 3D content and console gaming. I heard rumors that some 4k 3D TVs don't utilize the 4k resolution/don't display each eye in 1080p when using passive 3D and some do. I already own a 1080p 3D TV and I love it, but I understand the vertical resolution is cut in half when using passive 3D on a 1080p display. I wanted to verify that this particular TV will benefit from the 4k resolution and display 1080p to each eye when using the passive 3D, rather than displaying 3D at 1080p resolution and 540p to each eye. -Also, Is HDR console gaming (PS4 Pro) possible on this unit, or does HDR mode change the input lag and make it delayed/unplayable? Thank you for your time and help!

Yes, with a 4k 3D movies the LG UH8500 will display 1080p resolution for each eyes.

The UH8500 does support HDR10 (Xbox One S and PS4 Pro), but it has an input lag of around 60ms when in HDR mode, which is high and not really the best for gaming unfortunately. It also supports Dolby Vision, but there are no consoles which support it yet.

We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.