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Reviewed on Jul 20, 2016 , Eric Bousquet

LG B6 OLED
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.5
Mixed Usage
What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
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9.0
Movies
What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
8.3
TV Shows
What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
8.3
Sports
What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
8.5
Video Games
What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
9.0
HDR Movies
What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
8.6
HDR Gaming
What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.8
PC Monitor
What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
This tv was replaced by the LG B7A

Type : OLED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The 4k LG OLED B6 TV provides an excellent picture quality, with an infinite contrast ratio and great motion handling. It delivers great performance even when viewed from an angle, and is perfect for a home theatre setup. Unfortunately there is still room for improvement with an average full screen brightness and average input lag.

Pros
  • Almost no motion blur in sports and video games
  • Perfectly deep blacks provide an infinite contrast ratio
  • Very good picture quality when viewed at an angle
Cons
  • Brightness depends on screen content due to Automatic Backlight Limiter (ABL)
  • Displaying static images results in temporary image retention

Test Results
Design 9.5
Picture Quality 8.6
Motion 9.1
Inputs 7.9
Sound Quality 6.9
Smart Features 9.0

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9.5

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Design Picture
Curved : No

The LG OLED B6 has an impressive design with a very thin screen, metallic finished back and clear stand. Unlike the E6, there is no large sound bar but instead speakers built into the main body of the TV. 

Stand
LG B6 Stand Picture

The stand has quite a small footprint but still feels very stable. It is made of clear plastic, similar to the EG9600.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 22" x 8.7"

Back
LG B6 Back Picture
Wall Mount : VESA 300x200

The rear of the TV is a metallic gray. This works well to reduce fingerprints and appears high end. If wall mounted the stand can be removed but the inputs directed out the back of the TV may be difficult to access.

Borders
LG B6 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.43" (1.1 cm)

The borders are very thin and feature a metallic edge.

Thickness
LG B6 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.77" (4.5 cm)

The max thickness is measured at the bottom half of the TV. From a side profile, it looks very similar to the E6. However unlike the E6, there is nothing protruding from the back and so the TV is thinner and appears more flush with the wall.

8.6

Picture Quality

Score components:

The LG B6P OLED panel's perfect black and high peak brightness of highlights results in a very good picture quality and HDR implementation, making the B6 a very good choice for a home theater enthusiast. The picture quality remains very good, even when viewed at an angle and reflections are dealt with very well. There is some temporary image retention, but this should not be an issue for most people. Those who like 3D will be a bit disappointed, since the B6 does not offer this option unlike the more expensive LG E6.

10 Contrast
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
LG B6 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
Inf : 1

Like the other OLED panels, the light is emitted from the pixels themselves and are individually turned off when a true black picture is displayed. This is resulting in a infinite contrast ratio.

10 Local Dimming
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
No
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
:
N/A

For reference, we took a video of our local dimming test.

7.1 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
:
259 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
408 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
405 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
405 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
221 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
126 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
408 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
405 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
405 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
221 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
126 cd/m2

The SDR peak brightness of the B6 is almost the same as the LG C6 and the LG E6. Overall SDR peak brightness is average, but for highlight smaller than 25%, it has good result around 400cd/m². Anything beyond 25% of the whole screen gets dimmed by the ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter), and this affect the final score, making it an average performer when compare to any similar priced, LED TVs.

8.2 HDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
:
601 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
745 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
787 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
504 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
268 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
151 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
745 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
787 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
504 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
268 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
151 cd/m2

The peak brightness for the LG B6 is fairly good. It is quite similar in performance to the higher end LG E6. This level of brightness mixed with an infinite contrast ratio will make HDR content look amazing. Unfortunately the Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) causes the fullscreen brightness to be very low, and it may not be enough to combat glare in bright rooms.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
LG B6 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.999 %
50% DSE
What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.121 %
LG B6 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.816 %
5% DSE
What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.109 %

Like the other OLED TVs tested before, the gray uniformity is better than LED TVs, but still isn't 100% perfect. On this picture you can see that the left and right side of the image are more bright and there is also a large band just right of the center that is a bit warmer. That said, the gray uniformity of the LG B6 is still very good and should not cause the dirty screen effect when watching sport like hockey or football. This may vary depending on the individual unit.

On the LG B6P, the image retention is still problematic. When an static image is present on screen for a long time, it will leave a imprint on screen until some normal video content is play. Usually after 5 or 10 mins, the faint ghost image should go away. Gamer should be aware of this inconvenient.

8.1 Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Score components:
LCD Type
What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
:
N/A
LG B6 Color Shift Picture
Color Shift
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
32 °
LG B6 Brightness Picture
Brightness
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
75 °
LG B6 Black Level Picture
Black Level
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
75 °

The viewing angle of the LG B6P is very good and you will have a relatively good picture even if you sit at a wide angle. You will notice a change in the tint when viewed from the side.

10 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
LG B6 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
0.245 %

Since no light at all is produced by the individual pixel when a perfectly black picture is displayed, the black uniformity is flawless.

9.5 Gradient
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
10 Bit

The LG B6P is using an 10 bit panel and color are reproduce very effectively. The gradation is very good and smooth, but there is still some little imperfection in the darker color, but should not be visible when watching movies or regular TV programs.

8.0 Pre Calibration
What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
LG B6 Pre Calibration Picture LG B6 Pre Gamma Curve Picture LG B6 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
4.07
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.25
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.24

Even before calibration, the results are quite good.

9.5 Post Calibration
What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
LG B6 Post Calibration Picture LG B6 Post Gamma Curve Picture LG B6 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.47
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.25
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.2

The calibration is straightforward, and was able to fix the imperfections out of the box.

8.0 480p Input
What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 480p Picture

The B6 does a very good job at upscaling DVD. Straight lines don't look choppy at all.

8.0 720p Input
What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 720p Picture

Cable TV is upscaled very well and you can still make out relatively small details.

9.0 1080p Input
What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 1080p Picture

Blu-ray movies are upscaled to 4k resolution without any problems and it looks very sharp.

10 4k Input
What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 4k Picture

4k content look sharp and very small details are easy to notice. A slight blue tint is noticeable, but only when comparing side by side with another TV having a different screen finish.

8.6 Color Gamut
What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
:
Yes
LG B6 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
97.31 %
DCI P3 uv
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
99.55 %
LG B6 Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
Rec 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
71.22 %
Rec 2020 uv
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
75.89 %

Wide color gamut is enabled automatically when the TV detects a HDR signal. The wide color gamut is about the same as the LG E6.

Update 10/13/2016: We remeasured the color gamut, and have updated the result.

7.2 Color Volume
What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
LG B6 P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
82.453 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
56.908 %
LG B6 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
64.772 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
43.970 %

The B6 has one of the best color volume performances of all 2016 models. It is able to cover most of the P3 color volume and produce saturated colors even at low luminance.

1.3 Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
LG B6 Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
2.654 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.475 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.303 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.187 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.133 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.046 %

The LG B6 does have some image retention, but it differs a bit from what an IPS panel would show. Unlike LED TVs, on an OLED TV the image retention looks more like a photo negative, where the brightly exposed part of the screen now looks darker than the rest. When looking at the test picture of our 15% gray pattern the left part of the picture where the white section was is clearly darker than the right side which was black.

Even after 10 minutes, some faint retention remains, but this does go away after some more normal TV viewing. In a case where the retention lasts longer the LG OLED TVs do have some internal testing/fixing programs to fix retention problem and after running this program, any retention that would not be fixed by watching normal content usually goes away. We are not aware of any image retention being permanent on any OLED TVs that we have tested yet.

9.0 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Reflections Picture LG B6 Bright Room Picture
Reflection
What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
:
0.4 %
Screen Finish
What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
:
Glossy

The screen coating on the B6P does a great job at dealing with reflections. It results in a purple tint as visible in the image, but this helps to reduce the intensity of the reflections.

0 3D
What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
:
No
3D Type
What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
:
No
2D to 3D
What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
:
No

Unlike the LG E6, the LG B6 does not support any type of 3D.

Pixels
9.1

Motion

The B6 performs very well when it comes to motion handling. Fast plays appear well defined thanks to the excellent response time and it is possible to interpolate all content for those that like the soap opera effect. Movies played via a blu-ray or streaming apps are smooth, but for some other sources judder may be experienced.

10 Motion Blur
What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
LG B6 Motion Blur Picture LG B6 Response Time Chart
Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0.1 ms
Overshoot
What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
:
0.3 ms

As with other OLED TVs, the response time is excellent and so no trail can be seen following the logo. The backlight is flicker-free. Some people may prefer a flickering backlight instead. Motion blur is non-existent. For low frame rate content this lack of motion blur can be jarring, especially for panning scenes.

4.0 Image Flicker
What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
LG B6 Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
:
0 Hz
BFI
What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
No
BFI Frequency
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
0 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
:
No

The B6 doesn't flicker, and there are no options to enable a flicker. This means that despite the fast response time, images may appear slightly blurrier than other TVs.

7.1 24p Playback
What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
:
No

To play 24p source material without judder, you need to activate 'RealCinema' option under 'Setting'→'Picture options'. Although inconsistent, for 60p and 60i sources set 'Trumotion' to user and set 'De-Judder' and 'De-Blur' to 0 to remove judder. It wasn't consistent enough for us to consider a pass though.

10 Motion Interpolation
What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
:
Yes
LG B6 Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
:
Yes
LG B6 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

The B6 is a native 120Hz display, and can interpolate 60Hz and 30Hz content. To enable motion interpolation, set 'Trumotion' to 'User'. For a 30fps source increase 'De-Judder' and for a 60fps source increase 'De-Blur'. Note that this may introduce artifacts.

7.9

Inputs

Score components:

The input lag is average but for casual gamers this should still be okay. The TV can accept a wide range of resolutions over all 4 of the HDMI inputs and displays text very clearly.

7.9 Input Lag
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
27.6 ms
1080p With Interpolation
What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
53.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
54.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
62.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
27.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
70.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
28.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A

The 1080p input lag of the B6P is average and will disappoint the more professional gamers out there who need fast reflexes. To get the lowest input lag, set the input icon to 'Game Console' and change to the 'Game' picture mode. This results in 43.2 ms input lag with a 4k @ 60Hz input and 44.4ms input lag with a 1080p @ 60Hz input. With interpolation, there is 62.6 ms input lag.

It is important to note here that from the get-go, our set always had an input lag a bit higher than what other sources were reporting for this specific TV model, so some of this may be due to differences between individual sets.

Update 11/07/2016: The input lag results have been updated with the newest firmware update 04.30.40, but the results remain largely unchanged. Note that the HDR input lag still cycles, which may be an issue for gamers. A video showing the cycling can be seen here, and a full table of the results can be found below. We will continue to update these results with any further firmware updates.

Note that ranges of numbers show the variance in the cycle of the result.

SourceInput lag
1080p @ 60Hz27.6ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:462.9ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ HDR28.2ms
4k @ 60Hz27.8ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:470.9ms
4k @ 60Hz @ HDR28.5ms

Update 11/08/2016: Some owners have started a petition to LG to address these issues. This can be found here.

After some more testing we have found that none of the LG TVs support chroma 4:4:4 when in a HDR picture mode, regardless of the input icon. This can be seen here .

Update 01/05/2017: With the newest firmware update (04.30.77) the input lag has been reduced across all resolutions. A 'HDR Game' picture mode has been added, and the input lag no longer cycles over time. The results above have been updated.

Update 02/07/2017: Note that in the 'HDR Game' picture mode there is some screen tearing in the bottom 1/4inch of the display. This does not affect the other picture modes.

Update 03/06/2017: Retested the B6 with the latest firmware update (04.31.10) and the screen tearing issue in 'HDR Game' picture mode is now fixed. Input lag remained the same as with the previous update

8.0 Supported Resolutions
What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
:
Yes

To enable Chroma 4:4:4 support, first go in the 'General' menu, then enable 'HDMI ULTRA Deep Color' for the HDMI port that you are using. After, change the input icon to PC in the 'All inputs' menu, accessible thru the remote input button. Under PC mode, the input lag is 70.9 ms at 4k.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Composite In : 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 2)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

On the LG B6P, when a Bluetooth device is connected, the 'Game' picture mode is unavailable.

6.9

Sound Quality

Score components:

The LG B6P provides a response which is better than most TVs, but unfortunately there is distortion across all volumes and the TV doesn't get loud.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

7.7 Frequency Response
What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
LG B6 Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
1.75 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
2.48 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
4.52 dB SPL
Max
What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
87.6 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
89.80 Hz

Very good frequency response, for a TV, especially at lower volumes. Lowend cutoff of 90Hz and maximum loudness of 87.6dB are not great, but decent. However, at higher volumes, some pumping and compression may be present. Also, it won't be able to produces the punch and low-end thump that external speaker/sub systems are able to produce.

5.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
LG B6 Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.019
Distortion @ 80
What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.074
Distortion @ Max
What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.284

Poor performance. The amount of total harmonic distortion at 75dB is excellent. However, there is a noticeable rise in the amount of harmonic distortion under heavier load, especially at maximum volume, where it could be audible is certain situations.

9.0

Smart Features

Score components: Subjectively assigned
LG B6 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : WebOS 3.0

The B6 features WebOS 3.0, which provides a very responsive interface and is easy to use. Popular applications such as YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Video come pre-loaded and the 'LG Content Store' provides a wide range of applications to extend the viewing experience. The number of available applications is increasing all the time. The remote is similar to the EG9600 and provides a pointer for easy navigation.

Apps
LG B6 Apps Picture

The most popular applications such as YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Video come pre installed, and the 'LG Content Store' is well supported by a range of publishers.

0 Ads
What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
No
Opt-out
What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
No

TV Controls
LG B6 Controls Picture

The controls are located on the front of the TV, under the LG logo. This is easily accessible when wall mounted. This image is shown with the stand removed.

Remote
LG B6 Remote Picture
Remote : Smart

The remote is much smaller than the E6, and is the same as the UH8500. Although it looks less premium than the E6, the smaller size is more comfortable to use. It features a pointer controlled by the remote movements to navigate menus. Although there is a 3D button, the TV does not have the feature.

In The Box
LG B6 In The Box Picture

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • Component in adapter
  • Composite in adapter
  • Cable management tie
  • Manual

Misc
Power Consumption : 92 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 156 W
Firmware : 03.15.07

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (OLED55B6P). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (OLED65B6P).

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their LG OLED 55B6P doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Size Model
55" OLED55B6P
65" OLED65B6P

Compared to other TVs

LG B6 Group Shot Picture
Top left: LG E6 (OLED55E6P). Bottom left: Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Middle: LG B6 (OLED55B6P). Top right: Samsung KS8000 (UN55KS8000). Bottom right: Sony X930D (XBR55X930D).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The LG OLED B6 performs quite similarly to the higher end LG OLED E6, as well as last year's OLED TVs. As an OLED it can't be beaten on picture quality, but this comes at a high price. Keep that in mind with our recommendations below.

LG E6
55" 65"

The E6 is a higher end model in the same line up as the B6. It provides the same excellent picture quality but boasts slightly lower input lag and improved sound over the B6, as well as 3D. For gamers with a large budget it is the best TV you can buy, but for everyone else the B6 provides the same experience at a lower price.

Samsung KS8000
49" 55" 60" 65"

The KS8000 is a great overall TV. It provides deep (but not perfect) blacks and an impressive picture quality when viewed from the front, but for home theatre viewing it just can't beat dark scene performance of an OLED TV. For those who don't quite have the budget for an OLED the Samsung KS8000 is our next recommendation. 

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

The Vizio P Series 2016 is a budget home theatre TV. It doesn't provide the perfect blacks or excellent motion of the B6 but offers good performance for those on a strict budget. It is good for gamers though, due to the low input lag. For those on a tighter budget the Vizio P Series 2016 is a good choice, but if you can afford it go with the B6.

Sony X930D
55" 65"

The Sony X930D has a worse native contrast ratio, and overall worse picture quality. The picture quality degrades when watched from a slight angle. This is not recommended as there are other TVs in the same price range with better picture quality and features.

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8.5Mixed Usage
What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
The LG B6 is a great all-round TV. It excels when watching movies and especially HDR content. The picture quality is great no matter the usage.
9.0Movies
What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
Great for watching movies. an OLED can't be beat and the LG B6 is no exception. It provides excellent dark scene performance and picture quality.
8.3TV Shows
What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
Terrific TV show performance. Great experience from anywhere in the room and deals very well with ambient reflections. Good at upscaling low quality content.
8.3Sports
What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
Sports performance is great. The B6 has almost perfect motion handling so fast moving objects appear crisp. Great gray uniformity to reduce the dirty screen effect.
8.5Video Games
What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Score components:
Fast paced video games appear very good. Great motion handling, input lag is average but should not be a problem for most people.
9.0HDR Movies
What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
The B6 excels with HDR performance. Highlights get quite bright and provides a wide color gamut for vivid images.
8.6HDR Gaming
What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Excellent for HDR gaming. Feels very responsive due to low motion blur and good input lag. Can produce fairly bright highlights and provides a wide color gamut for vivid images.
7.8PC Monitor
What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
Great choice for a PC monitor. Low motion blur and clear text. The input lag is average and should be OK for most people but unfortunately there is some temporary image retention.

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