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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 panel itself is very thin, but it doesn't sit perfectly flush against the wall due to the housing for the inputs.
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.
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.
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:
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.
There's no difference in dark scene behavior between the calibrated picture mode and Game Mode.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The LG A2 has perfect black uniformity as there isn't any blooming around bright objects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The LG A2 doesn't have issues displaying 480p content, like from DVDs and SD cable channels.
720p content, like from HD cable channels, looks great, as there aren't any issues.
1080p content from Blu-rays looks almost as good as native 4k content.
The LG A2 displays native 4k content perfectly, and there aren't any issues like dithering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The LG A2 doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur.
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.
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.
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.
The LG A2 has low input lag in Game Mode, enough for a responsive gaming feel.
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.
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.
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.
As the tuner is limited to ATSC 1.0, you can't stream over-the-air 4k channels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, like almost all smart TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the smart interface, and you can't disable them.
The LG A2 has a great selection of additional apps, so you're sure to find your favorite content.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.