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LG B2 OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Jun 23, 2022 at 11:20 am
LG B2 OLED Picture
9.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
9.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.5
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN90A QLED
8.8
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: none
9.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
8.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG G1 OLED
9.1
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: LG G1 OLED
9.1
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WOLED
Resolution 4k

The LG B2 OLED is a mid-range OLED TV, replacing the 2021 LG B1 OLED. It sits between the LG A2 OLED and the LG C2 OLED in LG's 2022 lineup and is extremely similar to the C2. The main difference is that the B2 has a different processor, and it uses another type of OLED panel, meaning it doesn't get as bright in HDR as the C2. Still, this TV has a bunch of the same features, like the built-in webOS smart platform that makes it easy to stream your favorite content, and for gamers, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two ports, and it supports FreeSync, HDMI Forum VRR, and G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) formats. It's also available in a few sizes, from 55 to 77 inches, but it's not available in smaller sizes like the C2.

Our Verdict

9.0 Mixed Usage

The LG B2 is a fantastic overall TV. It's remarkable for watching movies in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect blacks, and it's also excellent for watching HDR movies, but some colors don't look vivid. If you watch shows or sports in bright rooms, it's impressive as it has incredible reflection handling to fight glare from a few light sources, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It's incredible for gaming as it has features to take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, supports variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, and has low input lag and a near-instantaneous response time for smooth motion. It's fantastic to use as a PC monitor, but OLEDs risk permanent burn-in when exposed to the same static elements over time.

Pros
  • Deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • No issues upscaling content.
  • Wide viewing angle.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Some colors aren't vivid.
9.4 Movies

The LG B2 is remarkable for watching movies in dark rooms. Blacks look deep and inky in the dark thanks to the near-infinite contrast ratio, and there's no blooming around bright objects either. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content like from DVDs or cable boxes, and it automatically removes 24p judder from any source. Sadly, movies appear to stutter due to the quick response time, which can be distracting.

Pros
  • Deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • No issues upscaling content.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
Cons
  • Movies appear to stutter.
8.5 TV Shows

The LG B2 is impressive for watching TV shows in well-lit environments. The reflection handling is incredible, and it has good SDR peak brightness depending on the content, but it's not bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It also has a wide viewing angle that makes the image look the same from the sides as if you were watching from in front. The built-in webOS smart platform has a ton of apps available to download, and the TV doesn't have trouble upscaling low-resolution content if you watch cable TV. If you use over-the-air signals, it unfortunately doesn't support 4k channels.

Pros
  • No issues upscaling content.
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
Cons
  • Some scenes don't get bright enough to fight glare.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
8.8 Sports

The LG B2 is great for watching sports. Fast-moving players and balls look smooth with minimal motion blur, and it has great gray uniformity that makes playing surfaces look good. It has a wide viewing angle, making it an ideal choice for wide seating areas as people from the side see a consistent image. It has incredible reflection handling if you have a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright with large areas of bright colors, like while watching sports, and it's not enough to fight a ton of glare.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Exceptional motion handling.
Cons
  • Some scenes don't get bright enough to fight glare.
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
9.3 Video Games

The LG B2 is incredible for gaming. It has a bunch of gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support that make it fully compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It also offers a quick and responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and near-instantaneous response time. Lastly, it's remarkable for dark room gaming as it has a near-infinite contrast ratio that produces deep blacks, and there's no blooming around bright objects either.

Pros
  • Deep and inky blacks.
  • Exceptional motion handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Supports all common VRR formats.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
8.7 HDR Movies

The LG B2 is excellent for watching HDR movies. It looks incredible in dark rooms as it displays deep and inky blacks and has perfect black uniformity without any blooming. It displays a wide color gamut in HDR, but its tone mapping is off, so colors don't look the most accurate. It also has okay HDR peak brightness, enough to make some highlights stand out, but it doesn't get bright enough to deliver a truly satisfying HDR experience with bright and vivid colors.

Pros
  • Deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Small highlights pop.
Cons
  • Some colors aren't vivid.
  • Tone mapping is off.
9.1 HDR Gaming

The LG B2 is fantastic for HDR gaming. It delivers incredible gaming performance thanks to its VRR support, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, quick response time, and low input lag. It's also fantastic for dark room gaming because blacks are deep and inky, and it displays bright objects without any blooming. Its HDR experience is excellent thanks to its dark room performance, but some highlights don't truly pop, and not all colors look vivid.

Pros
  • Deep and inky blacks.
  • Perfect black uniformity.
  • Exceptional motion handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Supports all common VRR formats.
Cons
  • Some colors aren't vivid.
  • Tone mapping is off.
9.1 PC Monitor

The LG B2 is fantastic to use as a PC monitor. Your mouse movements and keyboard inputs feel responsive thanks to the low input lag, and you won't notice motion blur thanks to the quick response time. It also has a wide viewing angle that makes the image remain consistent if you sit too close, and the reflection handling is incredible if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around. Sadly, OLEDs risk permanent burn-in when exposed to the same static elements over time, like from a PC's user interface.

Pros
  • Incredible reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.
  • 9.0 Mixed Usage
  • 9.4 Movies
  • 8.5 TV Shows
  • 8.8 Sports
  • 9.3 Video Games
  • 8.7 HDR Movies
  • 9.1 HDR Gaming
  • 9.1 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 23, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 16, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The LG B2 has an elegant style that looks like other LG OLEDs. It has a center-mounted stand with a thin panel and a mainly gray body.

Design
Stand

The center-mounted stand has a small footprint and keeps the TV stable, but it doesn't prevent all wobble. Sadly, it only raises the bottom of the screen about 2 inches off the table, so placing a soundbar in front blocks the screen.

Dimension of the 65-inch TV: 22.0" x 9.6" (the actual footprint where the stand touches the table is 17.3" wide).

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The LG B2 has a metal back panel, and the part housing the inputs is plastic with a brushed aluminum look. Some of the inputs are side-facing and easy to access with the TV wall-mounted, but the back-facing ones are harder to reach, and you can't make the TV sit flush against the wall if you have cables plugged into the back. Speaking of which, there's a clip for cable management to help keep your setup clean.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.93" (4.9 cm)

The LG B2 comes with a detachable cable management clip that adds about 0.43" (1.1 cm) to the total thickness, and it means the TV doesn't sit flush against the wall if you wall-mount it. However, you can easily remove it if this bothers you. The above measurements don't include the clip.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG B2 has excellent build quality. It's well-put-together, and there aren't any obvious quality control issues. It has a solid metal back panel, but the plastic portion where the inputs are feels cheap and flexes easily. Despite the stand's small size, it still supports the TV well, and there's only a bit of wobble from front to back.

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

The LG B2 has a near-infinite contrast ratio that results in perfect black levels. It means the TV displays deep and inky blacks next to bright objects when viewed in the dark.

7.5
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
377 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
483 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
478 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
439 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
384 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
196 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
461 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
457 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
417 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
364 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
187 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.056

The LG B2 has good SDR peak brightness. It's enough to fight glare if you have a few small lights around, but scenes with larger areas of bright colors, like in hockey or basketball, are dimmer due to the Automatic Brightness Limiter. Even though the TV gets brighter than the LG C2 OLED with the test slides, the C2 is still brighter with real content, but the difference isn't too noticeable.

This was tested in the 'Expert Dark Space' Picture Mode with the OLED Pixel Brightness at its max, Adjust Contrast on '85', Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50', and Peak Brightness on 'High'. These results are from after calibration, but the results are the same from before calibration.

Enabling the Peak Brightness setting causes a variation in brightness between different scenes. Disabling it keeps the brightness more consistent, but large areas are still dim. You can see the results with it disabled below:

  • Peak 2% Window: 322 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 322 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 323 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 322 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 193 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 305cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 305 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 307 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 304 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 184 cd/m²

If you want the brightest image possible and don't care about image accuracy, use the 'Standard' Picture Mode with OLED Pixel Brightness and Adjust Contrast set to '100', Auto Dynamic Contrast on 'Medium', Peak Brightness on 'High', and Color Temperature set to '0'. This results in a peak brightness of 556 cd/m² in the 2% window.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The LG B2 doesn't have a backlight, but thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, it's equivalent to a perfect local dimming feature. 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

The LG B2 doesn't have a backlight, but thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, it's equivalent to a perfect local dimming feature. 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.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
632 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
716 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
709 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
462 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
302 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
146 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
672 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
677 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
440 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
285 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
139 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.098

The LG B2 has okay HDR peak brightness. It's enough to make some small highlights stand out, but its overall HDR experience isn't as good as other OLEDs like the LG C2 OLED. Like in SDR, larger areas of bright colors are noticeably dimmer, so it looks best when there's a small highlight on a dark background. The EOTF tracks the target PQ very well until the peak brightness where there's a slightly sharp roll-off, causing a loss of fine details with some really bright scenes.

These results are from the 'Cinema' HDR Picture Mode with the OLED Pixel Brightness and Adjust Contrast each at '100', Peak Brightness on 'High', and Color Temperature set to 'Warm 50'. If you find the image too dim enable Dynamic Tone Mapping and set Auto Dynamic Contrast to 'High'. This makes the image appear brighter, as you can see in this EOTF, but it doesn't change the peak brightness.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
627 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
709 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
695 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
453 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
311 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
146 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
626 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
664 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
428 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
292 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
139 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.094

The LG B2 has okay HDR peak brightness in Game Mode, and it looks the same as outside of it. Although the results are slightly dimmer in Game Mode, there's no visible difference. These results are in the 'Game Optimizer' Picture Mode with the same settings as outside of Game Mode.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.614%
50% DSE
0.132%
5% Std. Dev.
1.014%
5% DSE
0.113%

The LG B2 has great gray uniformity. The screen is uniform throughout, and there isn't any noticeable dirty screen effect in the center, which is good for watching sports or using it as a PC monitor. It doesn't have a pink tint like the LG C2 OLED, likely because it uses a different type of OLED panel. Like any OLED, there are faint vertical lines in near-dark scenes, but they're hard to notice unless you really look for them.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.406%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The LG B2 has individually-lit pixels that result in perfect black uniformity with no blooming.

9.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
70°
Color Shift
49°
Brightness Loss
70°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
70°

The LG B2 has a remarkable viewing angle. Although colors start to shift at really wide angles, the image remains consistent as you start to view it off-center, making this a fantastic choice for wide seating areas.

9.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.1%

The LG B2 has incredible reflection handling. It handles even strong light sources well, so you won't have many issues using it in a bright room unless you have a full-screen webpage open or you're watching sports because the screen gets dimmer with full-sized bright objects.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.86
Color dE
1.59
Gamma
2.23
Color Temperature
6,829 K
Picture Mode
Expert (Dark Space)
Color Temp Setting
Warm 50
Gamma Setting
2.2

The LG B2 has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy in SDR. It displays colors well and has minimal inaccuracies to the white balance. However, the color temperature is on the cold side, giving the image a blue tint, and gamma doesn't follow the 2.2 target for moderately-lit rooms as most scenes are too dark.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.26
Color dE
0.76
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,490 K
White Balance Calibration
22 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The LG B2 has incredible accuracy after calibration to the D65 white point. It's easy to calibrate thanks to the already-excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, and you won't have any issues with the image accuracy.

You can see the settings for our calibration here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The LG B2 doesn't have any issues upscaling 480p content, like from DVDs and SD cable channels.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from HD cable channels, looks great on the LG B2.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

This TV upscales 1080p content from Blu-rays as well as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The LG B2 displays native 4k content perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The LG B2 is a 4k TV that can't accept an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The LG B2 uses an RWBG subpixel layout, and all four pixels are never on at the same time. You can see the green and red pixels here and the blue and green pixels here.

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
96.78%
DCI P3 uv
98.97%
Rec 2020 xy
72.10%
Rec 2020 uv
77.56%

The LG B2 has an excellent HDR color gamut. It has fantastic DCI-P3 coverage, which is the common color space used in most HDR content and has decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. However, tone mapping is off with both, resulting in inaccurate colors, especially with green between both color spaces.

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
74.4%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
40.3%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
65.2%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
35.2%

The LG B2 has decent color volume. It displays dark and bright colors well, but it's limited by its incomplete color gamut and can't display colors as bright as pure white. It means that some colors don't look vivid like they do on the Samsung S95B OLED.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.109
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.123
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.104
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.184

The LG B2 has decent gradient handling, but there's noticeable banding with real content. It's also noticeably worse than the LG C2 OLED. The Smooth Gradation setting helps reduce banding. However, it also causes a loss of fine details with high-quality content.

9.6
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.14%
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 some very minor signs of temporary image retention after displaying a high-contrast static image for 10 minutes. However, it disappears quickly and isn't indicative of permanent burn-in.

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

Even though the LG B2 TV 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 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
9.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.2 ms
100% Response Time
2.4 ms

The LG B2 has a near-instantaneous response time resulting in almost no motion blur behind fast-moving objects. However, there's still persistence blur because of the way that OLEDs use a sample and hold method.

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

The LG B2 isn't technically flicker-free as there's a slight dip in brightness every 8 ms, which coincides with the 120Hz refresh rate of the display. However, it isn't a full-screen on and off, so it isn't noticeable like the flicker on LED TVs.

8.7
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The LG B2 has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur. It only flickers at 60Hz, which is disappointing if you play 120Hz games and want to use the BFI feature. The BFI score is based on the flicker frequency and not the actual performance.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The LG B2 can interpolate lower-frame-rate content up to 120 fps. Like most TVs, it works well with slower scenes but struggles to keep up with fast-paced content. It doesn't stop interpolating even when the action gets busy, but it doesn't look as bad as some other TVs.

5.0
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
39.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
14.3 ms

Due to the quick response time, lower-frame-rate appears to stutter as each frame is held on longer. Enabling the motion interpolation feature can help reduce the stutter.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The LG B2 automatically removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes (NVIDIA Certified)
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

The LG B2 supports all of the common VRR formats, and they work without issue for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It supports Lowframe Rate Compensation (LFC) when the frame rate drops below 40 fps, but the minimum VRR range is 40 fps on devices that don't support LFC, like the PS5.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
156.3 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
11.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz
11.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
156.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
147.2 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
6.0 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
6.0 ms
4k @ 120Hz
6.1 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
7.3 ms
1440p with VRR
7.2 ms
4k with VRR
5.6 ms
8k with VRR
N/A

The LG B2 has very low input lag for a quick and responsive feel. Setting Prevent Input Delay to 'Boost' helps ensure the lowest input lag possible in Game Mode, even with VRR enabled. However, if you have the BFI feature enabled, you need to leave Prevent Input Delay to 'Standard', which increases the input lag.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The LG B2 displays any common signal up to 4k @ 120Hz on HDMI ports 3 and 4. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with all its supported resolutions, which helps make text look clear when using the TV as a PC monitor. HDMI 1 and 2 are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so they can't take full advantage of the TV's capabilities.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 can't do 1440p
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The LG B2 doesn't have any issues using the PS5 and Xbox Series X to their full capabilities. You can also play Dolby Vision games up to 120 fps on the Xbox. You need to connect your console to HDMI 3 or 4 for full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and to use the console to its full capabilities.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The HDMI 2.1 ports support the full 48 Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, which is an improvement over the LG B1 OLED, which has a max bandwidth of 40 Gbps. However, because one of the HDMI 2.1 ports is also the eARC port, you can only use the full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on one other device with HDMI 4 if you connect a receiver. Sadly, the tuner only supports ATSC 1.0, so you can't use it for over-the-air 4k channels.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
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

Unlike the LG B1 OLED, this TV doesn't have an analog audio output, so you can't connect headphones or speakers that require this connection.

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

You can pass high-quality uncompressed Dolby Atmos audio to a compatible receiver, but the LG B2 doesn't support DTS or DTS:X passthrough. It's disappointing because many Blu-rays use this audio format.

Sound Quality
7.0
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.33 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.41 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.00 dB
Max
88.3 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.66 dB

The LG B2 has a decent frequency response. It's good enough to listen to clear dialogue, but you need a dedicated subwoofer if you want the best sound experience with proper bass.

6.9
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.065
Weighted THD @ Max
0.510
IMD @ 80
5.10%
IMD @ Max
10.82%

The distortion handling is okay. There isn't too much distortion at moderate listening levels, but it gets more noticeable 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
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
4 s
Advanced Options
Many

The LG B2 has a newer version of the LG webOS interface than the LG B1 OLED. It now supports user profiles, meaning you can customize it for each person in your household, and it's easy to use. LG advertises it as webOS 22, but the TV reports itself as using version 7.1.0. It uses a different processor than the LG C2 OLED, but navigating through the interface feels similar.

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

Unfortunately, there are ads throughout the interface, and you can't fully disable them.

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

The app store has a ton of apps available to download.

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

The LG Magic Remote has a point-and-press feature that makes it easy to navigate through the menu, kind of like a Wii remote. The built-in mic allows you to ask it to change inputs, open apps, and search for content. Unlike the LG C2 OLED, it doesn't have a mic built into the TV for hands-free control.

Smart Features
TV Controls

The button is underneath the center of the TV, allowing you to turn the TV On/Off, change inputs, adjust the volume, and switch channels.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AA batteries
  • User manuals and stickers

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 83 W
Power Consumption (Max) 174 W
Firmware 03.11.05

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch LG B2 (OLED65B2PUA), and the results are also valid for the 55 and 75-inch models. Note that the last three letters in the model number (PUA in this case) vary between retailers and individual regions, but there's no difference in performance. It's available in the US and Europe, but it's not available in Canada.

Size US Model  Europe Model
55" OLED55B2PUA OLED55B26LA
65" OLED65B2PUA OLED65B26LA
77" OLED77B2PUA OLED77B26LA

If you come across a different type of panel or your LG B2 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

Our unit of the LG B2 was manufactured in April 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The LG B2 is a fantastic OLED TV. It delivers deep blacks, and it has features for console gamers. Unlike previous years, the B2 is a clear step down from the LG C2 OLED in terms of peak brightness, so if you watch a lot of HDR content, it's best to spend just a bit more for the C2. However, if you don't care about brightness and just want the incredible picture quality that OLEDs are known for, the B2 doesn't disappoint.

See our recommendations for the best OLED TVs, the best LG TVs, and the best TVs for movies.

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

The LG C2 OLED is a higher-end TV than the LG B2 OLED, so it performs better overall. They have the same SDR peak brightness, but in HDR is where the C2 stands out as it gets brighter and highlights pop more. The C2 also has better gradient handling, resulting in less distracting banding while watching HDR content.

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

The LG C1 OLED and the LG B2 OLED are similar OLEDs. The B2 is the better choice if you need something to use in a well-lit room because it gets brighter in SDR. However, their HDR brightness is similar, and the C1 has better gradient handling, so if you watch HDR content, it's better to go for the C1.

LG B1 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG B2 OLED is an upgrade from its predecessor, the LG B1 OLED. The main difference is that the B2 gets brighter, so its overall picture quality is superior; this makes it a better choice for well-lit rooms. However, if you're watching movies in dark rooms, there isn't much difference, except the B2 gets brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more.

LG G2 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83" 97"

The LG G2 OLED is higher-end than the LG B2 OLED. If you want the best picture quality, the G2 gets brighter, delivering a better HDR experience. However, the B2 still delivers the same remarkable dark room performance, and if you want to place your TV on a table, it comes with a stand, which the G2 doesn't have.

LG A1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG B2 OLED has more features than the LG A1 OLED, so if you're a gamer and need HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, the B2 is the better choice. The B2 also performs better in well-lit rooms as it gets brighter, and highlights pop more in HDR. If you don't care about extra features and you're not after premium picture quality, the A1 delivers the same incredible dark room performance as the B2, thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio.

Sony A80J OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A80J OLED and the LG B2 OLED are similar TVs. If you only watch movies and shows in dark rooms, the Sony delivers better overall picture quality as it has better gradient handling and gets brighter in HDR. However, if you want something to use in a bright room, the LG is the better choice, and it also has better overall gaming performance if you're a gamer.

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