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LG EG9600 OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 14, 2015 at 12:00 am
LG EG9600 OLED Picture
8.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
9.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.2
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.2
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.4
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.9
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
Type OLED
Resolution 4k
Refresh Rate 120 Hz

The 4k LG EG9600 OLED UHD TV has amazing picture quality. Motion performance is excellent and the design looks sleek. It isn't without flaws though. The input lag is rather high, and the uniformity of dark shadows is pretty poor.

Our Verdict

8.6 Mixed Usage

Great all-round TV. Displays excellent picture quality from a variety of sources. Handles motion very well and has excellent uniformity. Unfortunately it can't get very bright.

Pros
  • Perfect blacks
  • Perfect motion (although flicker-free)
  • Great picture quality, even at an angle
Cons
  • Varying luminosity (ABL)
  • Poor uniformity of dark colors
  • Higher input lag than average
  • Prone to temporary image retention after displaying static images
9.4 Movies

Excellent TV for movies in a dark room. Perfect blacks contribute to great picture quality. Added bonus of 3D for those who want it.

8.2 TV Shows

Great living room TV for daytime shows. Excellent picture quality for sources of any resolution. Deals very well with reflections in a bright room. Unfortunately TV can't get very bright.

8.2 Sports

Great sports performance. Almost perfect motion handling results in no motion blur. Great uniformity. Unfortunately brightness fluctuates depending on content.

8.4 Video Games

Great TV for gamers. Excellent motion handling for fast paced games. Unfortunately there is average input lag.

8.4 HDR Movies

HDR content looks great. Excellent picture quality. Wide color gamut and great contrast. Unfortunately highlights don't get bright.

7.9 PC Monitor

Excellent PC monitor. Handles motion very well. Great picture quality at a range of resolutions. Very clear text. Unfortunately input lag is above average.

  • 8.6 Mixed Usage
  • 9.4 Movies
  • 8.2 TV Shows
  • 8.2 Sports
  • 8.4 Video Games
  • 8.4 HDR Movies
  • 8.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor

Test Results

Design
9.0
Design
Style
Curved Yes

It has a curved screen, and the back of the TV is white. The bezel around the screen is very thin. Like most TVs, it wobbles back and forth a bit when you push it.

Design
Stand

Dimension of the 55" TV stand: 28.5" x 9"

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.83" (7.2 cm)

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1

As with all other OLED TVs, it has an infinite contrast ratio, because the pixels are really turned off when they are displaying black.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
N/A

For the sake of comparison with LED TVs, we filmed our local dimming pattern (even though the TV technically has no backlight). The result is a perfect dot, without blooming.

6.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
374 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
374 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
370 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
214 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
117 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
374 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
374 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
370 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
214 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
117 cd/m2

When displaying a small 2% window of pure white and at max 'OLED LIGHT', it is able to achieve luminosity of 373.5 cd/m2. For comparison, the highest score in this test was hit by the Samsung JS9500, with a 726.7 cd/m2 max. Like all OLEDs, the max luminosity varies a lot depending on what is displayed on the screen (see our full measurements here).

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
0.658 %
50% DSE
0.128 %

The uniformity of the colors is pretty good. You can see a slight discoloration in some places (the left and right side is a little bit pink), but nothing major. Darker colors are more of an issue though (see the 5% and 10% gray pictures that we took here).

8.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
LCD Type
N/A
Color Shift
35 °
Brightness
68 °
Black Level
75 °

The picture quality is still great at an angle, way better than all LED TVs, even the ones with an IPS panel. The hue changes slightly, but nothing really noticeable.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.300 %

The uniformity of blacks is perfect. Dark colors aren't that great, though (more on this later).

9.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

9.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.04
Color dE
1.2556
Gamma
2.16

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.27
Color dE
0.7263
Gamma
2.20

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p upscaling is on par with other TVs and looks good.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Cable TV and high quality streaming content also looks very good once upscaled by the LG EG9600.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Blu-rays looks sharp once upscaled.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content looks very sharp on this OLED TV.

7.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
87.72 %
DCI P3 uv
86.26 %
Rec 2020 xy
63.50 %
Rec 2020 uv
67.31 %

9.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Reflection
0.4 %
Screen Finish
Glossy

The screen finish is the same as on all the other OLED TVs that we have reviewed. Bright objects appear purple, but at least it does a great job at reducing the ambient reflections. Keep in mind that the curve zooms in on the reflections, so make sure you don't have a window directly opposite the TV.
The luminosity of the screen varies depending on what is displayed. On a white that covers 50% of the screen, we measured 214.1 cd/m2, which is a bit lower than average for a TV.

10
Picture Quality
3D
3D
Yes
3D Type
Passive

The 3D is great. It is passive, so it is very comfortable for the eye, without any flickering or crosstalk.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
9.8
Motion
Motion Blur
Response Time
0.3 ms
Overshoot
2.7 ms

The response time of the pixels is similar to other OLEDs. There is a slight overshoot on some transitions, but nothing apparent to the naked eye. By default, the screen doesn't flicker, and there is no option to make it flicker, either.

4.0
Motion
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
BFI
No
BFI Frequency
0 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
No

8.6
Motion
24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
Yes

It is able to play movies without any judder over a 24Hz and 60i signal.

10
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

Inputs
6.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
50.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
117.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
50.2 ms

As long as you don't turn on 'TruMotion,' you can choose any mode you like to get an input lag around 50 ms.

8.0
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes

To get chroma 4:4:4, set the icon of the HDMI input to PC. To get on top of that 4k @ 60hz, you will need to turn on UHD Color. Unfortunately, it doesn't support an input of 120 fps.

Inputs
Side Inputs

Inputs
Rear Inputs

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

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth Yes
ARC Yes (HDMI 2)
USB 3 Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 Yes
CEC Yes
MHL No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes

Sound Quality
7.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.23 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.91 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.18 dB SPL
Max
89.9 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
84 Hz

Very good frequency response with no noticeable pumping or compression. The low-end response is good and the maximum loudness is decent.

6.5
Sound Quality
Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
0.011
Distortion @ 80
0.044
Distortion @ Max
0.054

Very good, unremarkable distortion performance.

Smart Features
9.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS WebOS

It has the WebOS smart TV platform, which is great, and it even includes a web browser (although flash doesn't work). The remote is also useful, particularly since it can be moved to control the mouse pointer. Read our full review of LG's smart TV platform here.

0
Smart Features
Ads
Ad-free
No
Opt-out
No

Smart Features
Remote
Remote Smart

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 113 W
Power Consumption (Max) 179 W
Firmware 03.04.20

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