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LG A1 OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Jun 11, 2021 at 10:05 am
LG A1 OLED Picture
8.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
9.1
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.0
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.0
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG C1 OLED
8.7
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio OLED 2020
8.5
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.5
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WRGB
Resolution 4k

The LG A1 OLED is a new entry-level OLED released in 2021. It delivers nearly identical picture quality to the more expensive OLEDs, like the LG C1 OLED, but it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, lacks HDMI 2.1, and doesn't support variable refresh rate technology (VRR). Like all OLEDs, it looks amazing in a dark room, with nearly perfect contrast and perfect black uniformity. It comes with the same updated Magic Remote as the C1, and the smart interface is just as smooth, running the latest version of webOS. Despite the amazing dark-room performance, it can't get very bright, so HDR content doesn't stand out as well as it should. Unfortunately, like all OLED TVs, there's a chance of permanent burn-in with static content, but we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.

Our Verdict

8.5 Mixed Usage

The LG A1 OLED is an excellent TV for pretty much any usage. Deep, inky blacks make it an outstanding choice for watching movies in the dark. The low input lag and nearly instantaneous response times help deliver an amazing experience playing games in SDR or HDR. It's also great for watching sports or TV shows thanks to the wide viewing angles and superb reflection handling, but it can't get very bright, so it's not ideal for a bright environment.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time.
  • Superb viewing angles.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static content.
  • Not bright enough to overcome glare.
9.1 Movies

The LG A1 is an outstanding TV for watching movies. The OLED panel delivers perfect inky blacks with no blooming, and it has great gray uniformity. Older movies are upscaled well, with no noticeable artifacts. Unfortunately, it can't remove judder from all sources, which might bother some people, and the nearly instantaneous response time results in some noticeable stutter, especially in slow-panning shots.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Lower resolution content is upscaled well.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
Cons
  • Some stutter in low frame rate content.
  • Can't remove judder from all sources.
8.0 TV Shows

The LG A1 OLED is great for watching TV Shows during the day. It has outstanding viewing angles, making it a great choice if you like to walk around with the TV on, and the smart interface has a huge selection of streaming apps. It also has remarkable reflection handling, but, unfortunately, it can't get very bright, so it's not the best choice for a bright viewing environment. Low-resolution content is upscaled well, great for watching older shows, and it has impressive gray uniformity.

Pros
  • Superb viewing angles.
  • Lower resolution content is upscaled well.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static content.
  • Not bright enough to overcome glare.
8.0 Sports

The LG A1 OLED is a very good TV for watching sports. The nearly-instantaneous response time results in very little blur behind fast-moving objects. Although it has outstanding reflection handling, it's not very bright, so it's not a great choice for a brighter environment. On the other hand, the outstanding viewing angles make it a great choice for watching the big game with a large group of friends, and it has impressive gray uniformity.

Pros
  • Nearly instantaneous response time.
  • Superb viewing angles.
  • Lower resolution content is upscaled well.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static content.
  • Not bright enough to overcome glare.
8.7 Video Games

The LG A1 is an excellent TV for playing video games. The OLED panel has a nearly instantaneous response time, so there's almost no blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience. On the other hand, it's not very future-proof, as doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 inputs, doesn't support variable refresh rate technology, and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time.
  • Very low input lag.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static content.
  • Doesn't support variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1.
8.5 HDR Movies

The LG A1 OLED is excellent for watching movies in HDR. The nearly-infinite contrast ratio results in perfect blacks with no blooming, without the need for a local dimming feature. It also has an amazing color gamut, with nearly perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content. Unfortunately, it has disappointing peak brightness in HDR, though, so small highlights in many scenes don't stand out the way the content creator intended.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
Cons
  • Not bright enough for small highlights to stand out.
  • Some stutter in low frame rate content.
  • Can't remove judder from all sources.
8.5 HDR Gaming

The LG A1 OLED is an amazing TV for gaming in HDR. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and a nearly instantaneous response time, so motion looks clear with little blur. It has a nearly infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, as well as an amazing color gamut, all of which are important for a good HDR experience, but it can't get very bright. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 ports, and it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology, so it can't take full advantage of the latest gaming consoles.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time.
  • Very low input lag.
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
Cons
  • Not bright enough for small highlights to stand out.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static content.
  • Doesn't support variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1.
8.5 PC Monitor

The LG A1 OLED is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor, with some limitations. It has outstanding viewing angles, exceptional low input lag, and a nearly instantaneous response time. It's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, though, and it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology or HDMI 2.1. Unfortunately, there's a chance of burn-in with static content, and the RGBW subpixel structure can cause text clarity issues in some cases.

Pros
  • Nearly instantaneous response time.
  • Superb viewing angles.
  • Very low input lag.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in with static content.
  • Doesn't support variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1.
  • 8.5 Mixed Usage
  • 9.1 Movies
  • 8.0 TV Shows
  • 8.0 Sports
  • 8.7 Video Games
  • 8.5 HDR Movies
  • 8.5 HDR Gaming
  • 8.5 PC Monitor

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The LG A1 is a new entry-level OLED, sitting below the LG B1 OLED and the LG C1 OLED. It offers similar picture quality to the more expensive LG OLEDs but lacks the more advanced gaming features.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG A1 OLED has a very similar design to the LG C1 OLED, but the stand is different, with two v-shaped feet similar to the LG UP8000.

Design
Stand

The stand supports the TV well but has a wide footprint. It sits low, leaving about 2.4 inches between the bottom of the bezel and the table, so some soundbars won't fit without blocking part of the TV.

Footprint of the 65 inch TV stand: 44.3" x 11.0"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The back of the TV is plain, and unfortunately, there's no cable management. Like the LG C1 OLED, the top half is metal, but the thicker bottom portion that houses the electronics is plastic.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.89" (4.8 cm)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the LG A1 has excellent build quality. The display portion of the body is metal and feels well-built. The section that houses the electronics is plastic but seems to be well-built. The plastic stand feels a bit weaker than the solid stand on the other models, like the LG C1 OLED, making the overall package of the A1 feel a bit less premium.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

As OLED displays don't have a traditional backlight, they have nearly infinite contrast, as each pixel can be individually disabled. This results in perfect, inky blacks, which is ideal in a dark room. Unlike LCDs, this doesn't vary between units.

6.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
262 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
350 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
352 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
318 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
260 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
121 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
332 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
333 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
302 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
246 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
116 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.069

The LG A1 has mediocre brightness in SDR. It's slightly less bright than the LG C1 OLED, but it's not a very noticeable difference. Like all OLED displays, there's a fair amount of variation in brightness depending on the scene due to the Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL). If you find this distracting, disabling the Peak Brightness setting results in almost all scenes being displayed at about 230 cd/m².

We measured SDR brightness after calibration, using the 'Expert (Dark space, night)' Picture Mode, Color Depth set to 'Warm 50', and Peak Brightness set to 'High'.

If you want an even brighter image and don't care about accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'Standard', set Brightness and Contrast to max, Peak Brightness to 'High', and Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High'. We measured a peak of 458 cd/m² with a 2% windows using those settings.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

Since each pixel is self-illuminating, the LG A1 produces perfect blacks with no blooming without the need for a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the local dimming feature on other displays compares to one without local dimming.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

There's no difference in dark scene performance in Game Mode.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
452 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
498 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
497 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
362 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
211 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
112 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
480 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
481 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
342 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
200 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
107 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.098

Unfortunately, the LG A1 has disappointing HDR peak brightness. Although it tracks the EOTF correctly, displaying most scenes at the correct brightness, it peaks at a low brightness level and rolls of gradually. It's not bright enough for most HDR content, and small highlights don't stand out as well as they should. Like all OLED displays, there's a fair amount of variation in brightness depending on the scene due to the Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL). If you find this distracting, disabling the Peak Brightness setting results in almost all scenes being displayed at about 370 cd/m².

We measured HDR brightness before calibration, using the 'Cinema' Picture Mode, with Brightness and Contrast set to max, Peak Brightness on 'High', and Color Depth set to '50'. All other picture processing settings were left disabled. If you want to make HDR brighter, you can try enabling HDR Tone Mapping or setting Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High', which can help as seen in this EOTF.

To get the brightest possible image at the expense of picture quality, use the 'Vivid' Picture Mode, enable HDR Tone Mapping, and set Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High', and leave the other settings as mentioned above. We measured a peak of 625 cd/m² in the 2% window using these settings.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
444 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
504 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
499 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
360 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
222 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
116 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
484 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
484 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
342 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
195 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
112 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.097

Switching to Game Mode makes no difference to the peak brightness, which is great.

8.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.773%
50% DSE
0.139%
5% Std. Dev.
0.873%
5% DSE
0.089%

The LG A1 OLED has great gray uniformity, but there are some bands that appear slightly different from the rest of the screen. These aren't noticeable with regular content. In near-dark scenes, it's a bit better, but like all OLEDs we've tested, there are some faint vertical lines. These aren't really noticeable unless you're looking for them. Note that this can vary between individual units.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.272%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Since each pixel can be turned off, the LG A1 has nearly perfect black uniformity, with no sign of blooming. Unlike LCDs, this doesn't vary between units.

9.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
70°
Color Shift
32°
Brightness Loss
70°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
70°

The LG A1 OLED has outstanding viewing angles, making this a great choice for a wide seating arrangement. Colors stay accurate to a slightly wider angle than the LG C1 OLED, and there's very little change in brightness or gamma at an angle.

9.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
2.0%
Indirect Reflections
0.4%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.6%

The LG A1 OLED has superb reflection handling, but it's noticeably worse than the LG C1 OLED. The semi-gloss screen finish doesn't diffuse reflections as well as the glossy coating on the LG C1 OLED.

7.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.32
Color dE
2.31
Gamma
2.30
Color Temperature
7,267 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

The LG A1 we tested has good accuracy out of the box, but this can vary between units. All colors are slightly inaccurate, but most people won't notice it. The white balance is the biggest issue, affecting all shades of gray, and the color temperature is a bit cold, giving everything a slightly bluish tint. Gamma is a bit high, and most scenes are darker than they should be.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.16
Color dE
1.16
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,512 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Through calibration, we were able to correct almost everything. White balance is nearly perfect, and gamma tracks our target of 2.2 almost perfectly. The color temperature is very close to our target, and any remaining inaccuracies in colors aren't noticeable.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, like DVDs, looks great, with no noticeable issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, including cable TV, looks great.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly, with no noticeable issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The LG A1 OLED is a 4k TV that can't accept an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The LG A1 uses a WRGB subpixel structure. Like other OLEDs, all four subpixels are never lit at the same time. This image shows the red, white, and blue sub-pixels. You can see an alternate photo with the green, red, and white subpixels lit here.

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
97.04%
DCI P3 uv
99.08%
Rec 2020 xy
72.34%
Rec 2020 uv
78.02%

The LG A1 has an excellent color gamut, with almost perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by the majority of HDR content currently available, and good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

7.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
87.2%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
40.1%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
66.7%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
31.9%

The LG A1 has good color volume. Absolute color volume is slightly worse than the LG C1 OLED, but the normalized color volume (adjusted for the peak brightness of the TV) is a bit better. This means that colors are closer in brightness to pure white than on the C1, but this is mainly because pure white isn't as bright. Thanks to the nearly infinite contrast ratio of this TV, dark saturated colors are displayed properly.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.109
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.128
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.114
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.099

The LG A1 has very good gradient handling. There's some banding in every shade, but it looks good overall. The Smooth Gradation feature can help reduce banding but not remove it completely. Note that we don't recommend leaving this setting enabled, as it can cause a loss of fine details in some content.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

Although there are some noticeable signs of image retention, it's too faint for our systems to detect. Note that this can vary between units.

This test is only indicative of short-term image retention and not the permanent burn-in that may occur with longer exposure to static images.

2.0
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Yes

Like most OLED TVs, the LG A1 isn't immune to permanent burn-in, but we don't expect it to be an issue if you watch varied content. It has a few features to help reduce the risk, though. These include Pixel Cleaning, Screen Move, and Adjust Logo Brightness settings. You can read more about our investigation into long-term OLED burn-in here.

Motion
9.4
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.3 ms
100% Response Time
7.3 ms

The LG A1 has outstanding response times, but it does behave a bit differently from the other LG models we've tested this year, including the LG C1 OLED. Transitions from dark scenes to bright scenes are significantly slower than usual, causing a bit more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

Although this TV doesn't use Pulse-Width Modulation to dim the screen, it's not flicker-free, either. There is a slight decrease in brightness that matches the TV's refresh rate. This isn't at all noticeable in person.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker For 60 fps
N/A
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
N/A

Unlike the rest of LG's OLED lineup, the LG A1 OLED doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The LG A1 OLED has an optional motion interpolation feature, which can reduce the amount of stutter when watching low framerate content. Unfortunately, we found that it doesn't perform very well, with significant artifacts and haloing in action scenes.

6.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
34.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
9.4 ms

Due to the slightly slower response time on this TV, there's a bit less stutter than the other OLED displays we've tested, like the LG C1 OLED or the Sony A90J. It's acceptable overall but still noticeable when watching movies, especially in slow panning shots.

5.6
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

The LG A1 can only remove judder from 24p sources. This is different from the other LG OLEDs we've tested and is likely due to the 60Hz refresh rate.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

Unlike the LG C1 OLED, the LG A1 is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
134.4 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
134.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
147.7 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The LG A1 has outstanding low input lag in Game Mode, close to most 60Hz gaming monitors. Most people won't notice any latency when gaming.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The LG A1 supports many common formats, but only at 60Hz, as it can't refresh faster than that. Although it'll accept a 120Hz 1080p signal, it just skips every other frame. All supported formats can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, but a 4k 60Hz signal can only display chroma 4:4:4 in SDR with 8-bit color due to the bandwidth limitations of HDMI 2.0.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

The LG A1 OLED only supports a 4k @ 60Hz input from the next-generation consoles, as it lacks the HDMI 2.1 ports necessary for higher refresh rates. Although the TV exposes that it can accept a 120Hz signal at 1080p, it just skips every other frame, resulting in a 60Hz image.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Unlike the LG C1 OLED and above, the LG A1 only has three HDMI 2.0 ports and no HDMI 2.1 ports.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

Unlike the LG C1 OLED, there's no composite input, even with an adapter.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

The LG A1 supports eARC, so it can pass most high-quality audio formats to a connected receiver or soundbar. It doesn't support DTS:X though, so if you have a UHD Blu-ray player, it might be best to connect it directly to your receiver instead of using eARC.

Sound Quality
6.7
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
80.00 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
6.00 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
5.46 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.45 dB
Max
91.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.95 dB

The LG A1 has an okay frequency response. The low-frequency extension (LFE) is okay, but like most TVs, the bass lacks thump or rumble. Above the LFE, the sound profile is balanced, resulting in clear dialogue. It can get loud, but there's a bit of compression at higher volume levels.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.143
Weighted THD @ Max
0.627
IMD @ 80
6.63%
IMD @ Max
23.35%

Unfortunately, although the overall distortion is acceptable, at max volume, there's significant intermodulation distortion. This varies depending on the content, though, and not everyone will even notice it.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS
Version 6.0
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
6 s
Advanced Options
Many

The LG A1 runs the same webOS smart interface as the LG C1 OLED. Instead of the dual ribbons found on 2020 models, the Home hub is now full screen, with emphasis placed on rows of suggested content, connected devices, and apps. The interface is easy to use and very responsive, and we didn't notice any issues with it during testing.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, the interface is full of ads, both in the home menu and in the app store. There's even an entire section of the home menu dedicated to home shopping.

8.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

LG's app store has a huge selection of apps, so you shouldn't have any issues finding an app for your streaming service of choice.

9.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App LG TV Plus

LG has finally updated the design of the Magic Remote, which had remained virtually unchanged for a few years. The new remote is slimmer but still has the same great features as the previous model. The remote has built-in voice controls and can be used to change inputs, search for content, or search the web.

Note: When originally announced, the new Magic Remote was advertised to support NFC for quick pairing with a phone to cast content to the TV. It appears that only certain regions are getting this feature and that if the unit supports it, an NFC logo appears on the remote. Ours lacks that logo, but we're not sure exactly which regions are getting that feature.

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In The Box

  • User manual
  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • Cable tie

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Misc
Power Consumption 87 W
Power Consumption (Max) 121 W
Firmware 03.11.25

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the LG 65 inch A1 (OLED65A1PUA), which also comes in 48 inch, 55 inch, and 77 inch sizes. For the most part, we expect our results to be valid for those models as well.

Size North America Model   EU Model
48" OLED48A1PUA OLED48A16LA
55" OLED55A1PUA OLED55A16LA
65" OLED65A1PUA OLED65A16LA
77"  OLED77A1PUA   OLED77A16LA

If you come across a different type of panel or your LG A1 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests like gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in March 2021, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG A1 is a good cheaper option if you don't care about the extra gaming features on the more expensive LG models.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best OLED TVs, the best 4k TVs for watching movies, and the best TVs on the market.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG A1 OLED and the LG C1 OLED deliver very similar picture quality but differ in the extra features available. The C1 is a better gaming TV, with 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, support for variable refresh rate technology (VRR), and a 120Hz refresh rate. For movie lovers, the C1 is also a slightly better choice, as it can remove judder from any source, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce persistence blur.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED and the LG A1 OLED deliver nearly identical picture quality, but the CX offers better gaming features. The CX has 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, and it supports more advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate technology (VRR). The CX is also a bit better for movie watching, as it can remove judder from any source, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce persistence blur. 

LG BX OLED
55" 65"

The LG BX OLED and the LG A1 OLED deliver nearly identical picture quality, but differ in their extra features and gaming performance. The BX is much better for gaming, with 2 HDMI 2.1 ports for next-gen consoles, a 120Hz refresh rate, and support for advanced gaming features, including variable refresh rate technology (VRR). The BX is also better for movies, as it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature, and it can remove judder from all sources.

Samsung QN90A QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN90A QLED and the LG A1 OLED are very different TVs, as they use different panel technologies, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The LG is a better choice for watching movies in a dark room, as it displays perfect blacks with no blooming, and has better uniformity. The Samsung is a better choice for gaming or for watching TV in a bright room, though, as it has a faster refresh rate, it supports advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 and variable refresh rate technology (VRR), and it's significantly brighter.

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