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LG A2 OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.8
Reviewed Sep 12, 2022 at 08:32 am
LG A2 OLED Picture
8.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8H
9.3
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.2
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.2
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8G
8.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8H
8.8
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8H
8.4
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
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Type OLED
Sub-Type
WOLED
Resolution 4k

The LG A2 OLED is an entry-level OLED in LG's 2022 lineup. Replacing the LG A1 OLED, it sits below the LG B2 OLED, and it's meant for people who want the fantastic picture quality of OLEDs without the gaming features that LG's B and C Series models come with, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It's available in 48, 55, and 65 inches, which is good enough for most people, but it's disappointing if you want a larger model. It comes with the same LG webOS smart platform and unique Magic Remote as their other OLED models, making it easy to stream your favorite content. 

Our Verdict

8.6 Mixed Usage

The LG A2 is an excellent TV for most uses. It's incredible for watching movies in dark rooms thanks to its perfect black levels and no blooming around bright objects. It's even excellent for HDR movies, but not all colors and highlights look as vivid and bright as they should be. It's great for watching TV shows and sports in well-lit rooms with wide seating areas as it has a wide viewing angle and fantastic reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. Lastly, it's excellent for gaming due to its fantastic motion handling and low input lag, but it lacks advanced gaming features to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X, PS5, or high-end PCs.

Pros
  • Perfect black levels.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
Cons
  • Stutter with low-frame-rate content.
  • Not bright enough to fight a ton of glare.
9.3 Movies

The LG A2 is incredible for watching movies in dark rooms. It displays perfect black levels without any blooming around bright objects, which is ideal for watching movies. It also displays 1080p content from Blu-rays and native 4k content without any issues. It removes judder from 24p sources, which helps with the appearance of motion, but it can't remove it from 60Hz sources like cable boxes.

Pros
  • Perfect black levels.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • No issues upscaling content.
Cons
  • Stutter with low-frame-rate content.
8.2 TV Shows

The LG A2 is great for watching TV shows in well-lit rooms. Its fantastic reflection handling is ideal if you have a few light sources around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It's also great for wide seating areas as it has a wide viewing angle that makes the image remain consistent from the sides. It doesn't have issues upscaling lower-resolution content if you watch shows from a cable box, and if you stream your content, the built-in smart platform has a ton of apps available to download.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling content.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to fight a ton of glare.
8.2 Sports

The LG A2 is great for watching sports. Its near-instantaneous response time makes motion look smooth, which is great for fast-moving sports. It has a wide viewing angle, meaning it's a great choice for wide seating areas as everyone sees the same image. It performs well in moderately-lit rooms thanks to its fantastic reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare if you watch sports in really bright rooms.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling content.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Smooth motion.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to fight a ton of glare.
8.8 Video Games

The LG A2 is excellent for gaming. Its near-instantaneous response time and low input lag provide a smooth and responsive gaming experience. However, it lacks advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series X and PS5. It's an excellent choice for dark room gaming as it has a near-infinite contrast ratio that results in perfect black levels.

Pros
  • Perfect black levels.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
  • Smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Limited to 60Hz panel and HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.
  • No VRR support.
8.7 HDR Movies

The LG A2 is excellent for watching HDR movies. It's fantastic in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, as it displays perfect blacks without any blooming. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR, but its tone mapping is off, resulting in a loss of detail with certain scenes. Its HDR peak brightness is okay and high enough to make small highlights stand out against the rest of the screen, but not all colors are vivid.

Pros
  • Perfect black levels.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • Displays 4k content perfectly.
Cons
  • Stutter with low-frame-rate content.
  • Alright HDR peak brightness.
  • Tone mapping is off.
8.8 HDR Gaming

The LG A2 is excellent for HDR gaming. It has excellent gaming performance thanks to its quick response time and low input lag, but it can't take advantage of the current-gen gaming consoles as it lacks VRR support and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. HDR also looks excellent as it has a high contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, and while its HDR brightness is alright, not all highlights and colors look vivid.

Pros
  • Perfect black levels.
  • No blooming around bright objects.
  • Smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays 4k content perfectly.
Cons
  • Limited to 60Hz panel and HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.
  • No VRR support.
  • Alright HDR peak brightness.
8.4 PC Monitor

The LG A2 is great to use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive feel and displays proper chroma 4:4:4 that helps make text look clear. It has wide viewing angles, but colors lose their hue if you sit too close, and the edges of the screen look a bit washed out. It also has fantastic reflection handling if you use it in a room with a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4 with any supported signal.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to fight a ton of glare.
  • Limited to 60Hz panel and HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.
  • Risk of burn-in.
  • 8.6 Mixed Usage
  • 9.3 Movies
  • 8.2 TV Shows
  • 8.2 Sports
  • 8.8 Video Games
  • 8.7 HDR Movies
  • 8.8 HDR Gaming
  • 8.4 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Sep 12, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG A2 has a simple style similar to its predecessor, the LG A1 OLED. It features two V-shaped feet as the stand, and the back panel is flat except for the housing for the inputs.

Design
Stand

The stand supports the TV well, but it doesn't eliminate all wobble. It also raises the screen high enough off the table that placing smaller soundbars in front doesn't block the screen, but larger ones do.

Footprint of the 65-inch TV stand: 44.5" x 11.0" x 2.64" to the bottom of the screen

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The back of the LG A2 features brushed metal that covers the panel and plastic housing for the inputs. The side-facing inputs are easy to access, but there are a few back-facing ones that are harder to reach if you wall-mount the TV.

The feet have detachable clips that serve as cable management to help keep your setup clean.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.85" (4.7 cm)

The panel itself is very thin, but it doesn't sit perfectly flush against the wall due to the housing for the inputs.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG A2 has excellent build quality. It feels solid, and there aren't any noticeable quality control issues. There's a bit of flex on the plastic housing of the inputs, but this is normal for LG's OLEDs, and it's only an issue if you press against it.

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

The LG A2 has a near-infinite contrast ratio that results in perfect black levels when displayed next to white objects. It means blacks look deep and inky in a dark room, even if there are bright objects on the screen.

6.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
309 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
376 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
345 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
307 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
168 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
354 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
362 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
330 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
294 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
160 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.052

The LG A2 has okay SDR peak brightness. It's an improvement over the LG A1 OLED, and while it gets bright enough to fight glare from small light sources like a lamp, it isn't a good choice to place it opposite a bright window. There's some variation in brightness between different scenes due to its Automatic Brightness Limiter, but it isn't as aggressive as other OLEDs.

These results are from after calibration in the 'Expert (Dark Space, Night)' Picture Mode with the OLED Pixel Brightness at its max, Adjust Contrast at its default of '85', Peak Brightness on 'High', and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50'. The brightness is similar before calibration. If you want the brightest image possible, use the 'Standard' Picture Mode with Adjust Contrast on '100' and the Color Temperature set to '0'. It results in a peak brightness of 484 cd/m² in the 2% window, but the image is less accurate.

The Peak Brightness setting helps make the TV brighter, but it also causes the variation in brightness, which can be noticeable if you use it as a PC monitor with different window sizes. If it distracts you, disabling the setting helps reduce the aggressiveness of the Automatic Brightness Limiter, but it makes the screen dimmer:

  • Peak 2% Window: 256 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 259 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 260 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 260 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 164 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 243 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 247 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 248 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 248 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 156 cd/m²

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The LG A2 doesn't have a backlight, but thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, it's equivalent to a perfect local dimming feature. There's no blooming around bright objects in dark scenes, and bright white pixels are displayed perfectly even if they're surrounded by black pixels. We still film these videos on the TV, so you can see how it performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

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

There's no difference in dark scene behavior between the calibrated picture mode and Game Mode.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
495 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
318 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
174 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
554 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
562 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
366 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
218 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
125 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
544 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
551 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
345 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
206 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
119 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.100

The LG A2 has alright HDR peak brightness. It gets bright enough to make small highlights stand out versus the rest of the image, but it isn't as bright as other OLEDs for a truly impactful HDR image. These results are from the 'Cinema' HDR Picture Mode with the OLED Pixel Brightness at its max, Adjust Contrast on '100', Peak Brightness on 'High', and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50'.

If you find the image too dim, the TV can reach a peak of 697 cd/m² in the 2% window using the 'Vivid' HDR Picture Mode with Auto Dynamic Contrast on 'High', Dynamic Tone Mapping enabled, and the Color Temperature set to 'Cold 50'. However, the image is less accurate like this.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
496 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
319 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
181 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
541 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
553 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
357 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
222 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
124 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
509 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
537 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
336 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
210 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
118 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.097

The HDR brightness in Game Mode is alright and looks the same as outside of Game Mode. The results are with the same settings as outside of Game Mode, but with Game Optimizer enabled.

9.3
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0061
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0049
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0052

The LG A2 has incredible PQ EOTF tracking. It means that it displays images at their correct brightness right up until its peak brightness, where there's a sharp roll-off, resulting in a loss of fine details in bright objects. If you still find the image too dim, you can use the same settings as in the HDR Brightness box, but with Auto Dynamic Contrast on 'High' and Dynamic Tone Mapping enabled. It makes the image appear brighter, as you can see in this EOTF, but it doesn't change the peak luminosity.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.506%
50% DSE
0.130%
5% Std. Dev.
0.329%
5% DSE
0.084%

The LG A2 has excellent gray uniformity. The screen is uniform throughout, and there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, which you won't notice during sports. Like any OLED, there are faint vertical lines with near-dark scenes, but you only notice them if you sit really close.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.243%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The LG A2 has perfect black uniformity as there isn't any blooming around bright objects.

9.2
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
70°
Color Shift
24°
Brightness Loss
69°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
70°

The LG A2 has a wide viewing angle that makes the image remain consistent from the sides. It means that it's ideal for wide seating areas, but some colors lose their hue at narrow viewing angles, so it isn't as ideal if you need to sit close as the edges of the screen start to look inconsistent.

8.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
2.1%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.5%

The reflection handling is amazing. It handles a moderate amount of light well, but strong light sources can get distracting as there's a purple tint. However, it isn't as bad as on QD-OLED TVs like the Sony A95K OLED.

9.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.37
Color dE
0.97
Gamma
2.11
Color Temperature
6,557 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

The SDR out-of-the-box accuracy is fantastic. Colors and the white balance are both nearly perfect, and the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target. However, gamma doesn't follow our 2.2 target for moderately-lit rooms well, as all scenes are brighter than they should be.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.26
Color dE
1.02
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,509 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The accuracy after calibration to the D65 white point is incredible. It's easy to calibrate and calibrating it improves gamma the most as it's perfect with the 2.2 target.

You can see the full settings for our calibration here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The LG A2 doesn't have issues displaying 480p content, like from DVDs and SD cable channels.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from HD cable channels, looks great, as there aren't any issues.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content from Blu-rays looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The LG A2 displays native 4k content perfectly, and there aren't any issues like dithering.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k input.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RWBG

The LG A2 has a WOLED panel because it uses an RWBG subpixel layout with all four pixels in a line. All four pixels are never on at the same time, and you can see alternate pixel photos below:

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
97.50%
DCI P3 uv
99.25%
Rec 2020 xy
71.89%
Rec 2020 uv
77.78%

The LG A2 has an excellent HDR color gamut. It has near-perfect coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, and it's future-proof because it also has good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. However, tone mapping is off in each color space, similar to the LG C2 OLED, meaning details are lost in some scenes.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
63.6%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
33.2%
White Luminance
575 cd/m²
Red Luminance
87 cd/m²
Green Luminance
304 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
28 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
329 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
108 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
362 cd/m²

The LG A2 has good color volume. It displays dark colors well, but it doesn't display colors as bright as the Sony A95K OLED, and it's limited by its incomplete color gamut.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.128
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.112
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.110
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.165

The gradient handling is just decent, and there's noticeable banding in all colors, especially darker ones. Setting the Smooth Gradation setting to 'High' slightly reduces the banding in the test pattern, but it doesn't do anything with real content, and it can cause a loss of fine details in high-quality 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%

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the LG A2. This is different from the long-term burn-in that OLEDs can experience.

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

Even though the LG A2 is likely less prone to burn-in than older OLED panels, there's still a risk. OLED panel technology has significantly advanced since our real-world burn-in test, which used 2017 models, so we don't really know just how likely it is that these TVs will experience burn-in. We'll be starting a new burn-in test shortly to determine how effective each of these new panel technologies are at reducing the risk of burn-in, so our estimated burn-in risk score may change.

Motion
9.7
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.3 ms
100% Response Time
4.6 ms

The LG A2 has a near-instantaneous response time that results in almost no motion blur behind fast-moving objects. However, there's still persistence blur due to the sample-and-hold method of OLEDs.

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

The LG A2 isn't technically flicker-free because there's a slight dip in brightness every eight ms, which coincides with the refresh rate. However, it isn't the same as pulse width modulation on LED TVs because it isn't a full on and off, and it isn't noticeable either.

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

The LG A2 doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur.

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

The LG A2 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60 fps. Unfortunately, there's a ton of artifacting with any fast-moving object, which gets distracting.

5.6
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
37.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
12.1 ms

Due to the near-instantaneous response time, there's stutter with lower frame rate content because each frame is held on longer. Enabling the motion interpolation feature can help reduce stutter, but it isn't a perfect solution.

7.8
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
Yes

This TV removes judder from native 24p sources like native apps and Blu-ray players, but it can't from sources that only output signals in 60Hz, like a cable box.

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 higher-end LG B2 OLED and the LG C2 OLED, the LG A2 is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It means you can't play high-frame-rate games, and you'll see tearing if the frame rate of your game drops.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
176.8 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
11.6 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
11.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
176.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
187.8 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The LG A2 has low input lag in Game Mode, enough for a responsive gaming feel.

7.1
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The LG A2 supports common signals up to 60Hz and displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with any of its supported signals, which helps result in clear text while using it as a PC monitor. It accepts 1080p @ 120Hz signals, but it skips frames.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

As the LG A2 is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and a 60Hz refresh rate, it can't take full advantage of the PS5's capabilities, but it still works with signals up to 60 fps.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

As the LG A2 is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and a 60Hz refresh rate, it can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series X's capabilities, but it still works with signals up to 60 fps.

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)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

As the tuner is limited to ATSC 1.0, you can't stream over-the-air 4k channels.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
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
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 A2 supports eARC, meaning it can pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver or soundbar. It doesn't support DTS or DTS:X, though, which is disappointing as many Blu-rays use this audio format. If you have a Blu-ray player, it's best to connect it directly to your receiver instead of using eARC.

Sound Quality
7.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.78 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.74 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.98 dB
Max
89.9 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.36 dB

The frequency response is decent. Dialogue sounds clear, and the sound profile is well-balanced, but like most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass, so it's best to get a dedicated subwoofer for that.

6.3
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.095
Weighted THD @ Max
1.108
IMD @ 80
4.70%
IMD @ Max
27.27%

The distortion handling isn't bad. There isn't too much distortion at moderate listening levels, but it gets much worse at its max volume.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS webOS
Version 22
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
3 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
6 s
Advanced Options
Many

The LG A2 comes with LG's webOS smart platform built-in, which is user-friendly. It's updated compared to previous versions, as it now supports user profiles, meaning you can customize it for different people in your house.

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

Unfortunately, like almost all smart TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the smart interface, and you can't disable them.

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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

The LG A2 has a great selection of additional apps, so you're sure to find your favorite content.

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Smart Features
Remote
Size
Large
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App LG ThinQ

The LG A2 comes with their well-known Magic Remote. You can use its point-and-press feature like a Wii remote, making it easier to navigate through the menu. Its built-in mic allows you to ask it to open apps, search for content, and switch inputs, but you can't change certain settings like the brightness. This remote comes with the model ending in PUA, but if you get the model ending in AUA from Costco, it supports NFC, so you can tap your phone against the remote to cast content to the TV.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV. You can turn the power on and off, adjust the volume, switch inputs, and change channels with it.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Cable management clips
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 95 W
Power Consumption (Max) 155 W
Firmware 03.20.24

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch LG A2 (OLED65A2PUA), and the results are also valid for the 48-inch and 55-inch variants. It's sold at Costco under the OLED55A2AUA/OLED65AUA model codes, and while it's the same TV, it comes with an extra warranty and its remote supports NFC, while the 48-inch model is only available at Best Buy. The exact model code can vary between different regions and even retailers, but it's the same TV.

Size US Model  Costco Variant  UK Model
48" OLED48A2PUA - OLED48A26LA
55" OLED55A2PUA OLED55A2AUA OLED55A26LA
65" OLED65A2PUA OLED65A2AUA OLED65A26LA

If you come across a different type of panel or your LG A2 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

Our unit was manufactured in April 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG A2 is an excellent TV that offers all the advantages of OLED, like the near-infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, and wide viewing angle. It performs well for its intended use as a cheaper alternative to the LG B2 OLED and LG C2 OLED, so if you don't need extra gaming features or don't care about peak brightness, it's a good choice. However, if you want the best performance you can get with an OLED, it's better to go for the higher-end models.

Also see our recommendations for the best 55-inch TVs, the best TVs for movies, and the best OLED TVs.

LG A1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG A2 OLED is an improvement over its predecessor, the LG A1 OLED. The main difference is that the A2 gets brighter, providing a better HDR experience. It also uses a newer version of the LG webOS platform that has a few extra features like support for user profiles, but other than that, the two TVs are very similar in terms of features.

LG C2 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C2 OLED is a higher-end TV than the LG A2 OLED and has better performance and features. The C2 gets much brighter, especially in HDR, so highlights pop more. If you're a gamer, it's better to go for the C2 as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, both of which the A2 doesn't have, so it can't take full advantage of current-gen gaming consoles.

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

The LG A2 OLED and the LG C1 OLED are similar TVs in terms of picture quality, but the C1 has an advantage for gaming. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, both of which the A2 doesn't have, meaning the C1 can take full advantage of gaming consoles.

LG B2 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG B2 OLED is better overall than the LG A2 OLED. The biggest difference is with the peak brightness, as the B2 gets much brighter, delivering a better HDR experience. The B2 also has many gaming features that the A2 doesn't have, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.

Sony A80K OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A80K OLED and the LG B2 OLED are both excellent TVs, but the Sony model has the advantage in a few areas. Although their SDR peak brightness is similar, the Sony gets much brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more. It also has better image processing features like improved tone mapping and gradient handling. Lastly, if you're a gamer, the Sony TV can take full advantage of gaming consoles thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.

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