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Reviewed on Nov 14, 2015

LG EG9600 OLED TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
8.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
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
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.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 8.8
Motion 9.2
Inputs 6.7
Sound Quality 7.4
Smart Features 9.0
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

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9.0

Design

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.

Stand

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

Borders
Borders : 0.35" (0.9 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.83" (7.2 cm)

8.8

Picture Quality

The LG EG9600 is a great TV for watching movies in a dark room. Even the colors were pretty good by default. It has pure blacks, 4k resolution and judder-free 24p playback. The picture remains great, even when viewed from the side. Unfortunately it can't get very bright but still deals with reflections very well.

10 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 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 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 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 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 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 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

9.1 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.04
Color dE
:
1.2556
Gamma
:
2.16

9.7 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.27
Color dE
:
0.7263
Gamma
:
2.20

8.0 480p Input

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

8.0 720p Input

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

9.0 1080p Input

Blu-rays looks sharp once upscaled.

10 4k Input

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

7.6 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 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 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.

Pixels
9.2

Motion

The LG EG9600 OLED is also a very good TV for motion performance. There is absolutely no trail following fast moving objects. Movies experience no judder when watched via the inbuilt apps or a blu-ray player. It is able to interpolate content up to the panel's native refresh rate of 120Hz.

9.8 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 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
BFI
:
No
BFI Frequency
:
0 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
No

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

6.7

Inputs

The TV supports a wide range of resolutions and displays text clearly thanks to chroma support. Unfortunately, the input lag is higher than average, which may be an issue for serious gamers. It has plenty of inputs to connect most devices.

6.5 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 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.

Side Inputs
Rear 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 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

7.4

Sound Quality

Surprisingly, the sound quality isn't bad on this TV. Of course, you will still benefit from having an external system.

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.

7.8 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 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.011
Distortion @ 80
:
0.044
Distortion @ Max
:
0.054

Very good, unremarkable distortion performance.

9.0

Smart Features

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 Ads
Ad-free
:
No
Opt-out
:
No

Remote
Remote : Smart

Misc
Power Consumption : 113 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 179 W
Firmware : 03.04.20

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.

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.

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