LG EG960V review: Ultra HD OLED TV

LG EG960V review: Ultra HD OLED TV

The EG960V is a curved screen and unfortunately the screen is non-reflective. When the television is off this results in some strange reflections on a ‘problem’ which incidentally have to deal with all curved TVs. LG’s screen with a thin, chrome rim. The upper half of the television is actually quite thin, the lower part and is equipped with all the electronics and connections, and is thus thicker. From the front you can see, however, nothing of this. What you do see is the curved metal base which is connected by a transparent plexiglass neck on the screen. Because the connector is transparent, the TV seems to float above the base, in our opinion an elegant solution.

We see the TV from the back, we see that LG also there paid attention to the design. The white back on the upper side is provided with a rhombus pattern, while the thicker bottom part has been kept as unobtrusive as possible. If we look at the connections it is striking that all common connectors are present. It is a pity that LG all three HDMI connections addressed to the side, allowing you to maneuver the cables in a sharp turn to avoid that they extend beyond the screen.

LCD vs OLED

We have often written about the differences between LCD and OLED, but we repeat it again. LCD panels give itself no light, but work as a kind of digital blinds that can be put to open and close to let light through. That light is coming from a fixed light source behind the panel. Until a few years ago were so used CCFL lamps, nowadays it is often white LEDs or quantum dot LEDs that illuminate the LCD panel from behind. Each pixel consists of three LCD cells that filter the white light from the LED backlight and red respectively, passing green and blue. With these three colors all the nuances can then be mixed.

Drawback of LCD technology is that stopping the light through the LCD cells never succeed completely, so black is never completely black. Another disadvantage is that the viewing angle is not perfect. By the distinctive way the LCD cells transmit light, contrast and color rendition take off as you get less directly in front of the screen. Many LCD TVs also use so-called edge-LED backlights, the LEDs can be found only on the top or sides of the screen, and the light is distributed through a so-called guide plate over the screen. That division, however, is never quite perfect, so the picture is not illuminated completely smooth.

LG EG960V review: Ultra HD OLED TV

OLED screens on the other hand consist of millions of organic LEDs that are controlled individually and produce light themselves, or stay completely dark. The advantage is that black really is black and there are no problems with color shift when the screen is not straight on, but is viewed at an angle. Also, there is no problem with the luminance distribution across the image, each pixel after all, takes care of its own light output. And it does not stop, because OLED cells can also respond very quickly, so that by blurring or ghosting is no question.

OLED also has some disadvantages. Firstly, the maximum brightness is limited in practice. This is because it depends on the image being displayed. Small bright objects on a black background may appear very bright, but when the entire screen to be white, the brightness increases tremendously. This is because an OLED panel, but can handle a limited amount of energy, and these should be distributed among all pixels. That is incidentally not a unique feature of OLED, plasma displays and CRT monitors also knew this limitation. In practice, this means above all that the average brightness of an OLED TV that is lower than that of modern LCD screens. No problem in a normally lit room, but less suitable for installation directly next to a large window.

In addition, OLED cells are sensitive to aging, wherein the brightness decreases over time. Because OLEDs for use in televisions is still a relatively new technology, it is still not clear how aging works in practice, but assume that the brightness decreases slightly over time.

A final drawback of OLED was until recently the price. However, LG has done much to improve its production processes and significantly reduce costs. And that worked out. For although respectively 4500 and 6000 euro remains a lot of money for an ultra hd tv, LG is at this price point not far above those of the LCD top models of the competition.

webOS 2.0

The EG960V uses webOS 2.0, an evolution of the platform that LG introduced last year. Through which development is chiefly done under the hood. Version 2.0 namely looks the same, but has become much faster. webOS is a dramatic new approach to the concept of smart TVs. No longer is linear TV viewing primary function where as a bonus a menu with some smart TV functions added. Instead, make all the features of the TV part of the same navigation bar, which makes it just as easy to change channels as to Netflix, Youtube or Uitzendinggemist to boot. Also, switching between apps to webOS will be a lot easier and faster.

LG EG960V review: Ultra HD OLED TV

About the interface of LG’s TVs webOS is well thought out and the adage ‘less is more’ has clearly been high priority. After pressing the home button on the remote control appears at the bottom of a strip with ten angled bars – ‘maps’ – each of which is a shortcut to an app, input or function. The biggest map in the bottom left image shows the most recently used app, which beside its links to other commonly used features. The link to LG’s store is always present, but also the content of the main window depends on your viewing habits. Scroll from the main screen to the left, you’ll see a list of recently used apps, scroll to the right, you will see a list of all installed apps.

LG has made this interface so really flat, and then we do not mean the visual design. Indeed, there are no (sub) groups more for certain features like the media player, external inputs, apps and live TV, everything is housed in one bar.

For us, the new structure has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is of course that you do not have to navigate through all kinds of menus, something with a remote control is generally no fun. Disadvantages are, however, too. If you install many apps, the summary bar with apps quickly becomes very long and you will have to scroll through several pages regularly. Moreover, it is possible to rearrange apps, inputs and functions themselves rank on the right page with the complete list, so you always have common functions quickly available. Another disadvantage is that the apps that are on the main screen, change depending on the use of the TV. That is basically useful because the main display (over time) perfectly fits your viewing habits, but especially in the beginning it is confusing that icons appear here, reposition, or even disappear.

The app offer webOS is good. Virtually all applications that were on the NetCast platform available seem to be ported to webOS. In the LG store we can find RTL XL, LOOK (SBS), NPO Broadcast missed, NOS Sport, NOS news, Netflix, Pathé Home and Videoland back. Operation using gyroscopic magic remote works fine, which we are glad that LG’s remote is now also equipped with a numeric keypad.

Picture quality and sound

Before we start talking about image quality, first as a brief discussion of the sound. The EG960V uses downward speakers that their sound through reflection on the neck and the foot radiating toward the viewer. As with virtually all flat TVs is the sound quality is not great. Any bass absence and although dialogues are well understood, film effects and music do not come into their own. As mentioned, we have come to expect from this slim TVs, but a top model in this price range we had secretly expected something more.

Subjective image quality

Then, the image quality. Which has two aspects: the pure technical quality which we watched with our colorimeter measure again what about brightness, contrast, greyscale and color reproduction. That purely abstracted figures in picture quality is good, but we will come back later on. First we want to talk about the image quality as you experience as a viewer. For although numbers say a lot, you OLED actually really seen to include how well the image quality of such a screen. LG delivered our test model of the EG960V with a USB stick full of ultra hd footage, including of course the necessary nach scenes that bring the good black display in the spotlight. The picture quality of the EG960V is at such ultra hd material really stunning. Good LCD TV showing a beautiful picture, but OLED is really of a different order. Even normal images that are shot in daylight look fanstastisch out, which is also striking that the viewing angle of the TV are very good. Even if you look at the picture completely from the side, taking the color and contrast imperceptible off. The above may sound like an OLED advertising pitch, but we encourage anyone skeptical to inside look at an electronics store walk to view it. Red retailer where they claim not to be crazy, EG960V has anyway are arranged in a large number of stores.

LG EG960V review: Ultra HD OLED TV

Conclusion

Then the measured values, partly because they have seen that we are above story does not suck our thumb. We have tested the television in the movie mode and we first figured out what about the brightness of the screen. As we wrote earlier, the maximum brightness with OLED screens because it depends on what is shown in the image. LG has the ‘OLED brightness’ of the EG960V defaults to 60%. At this institution we measure on a checkerboard – with half of the image is white, and the other half black – a maximum brightness of 133 cd / m². We switch over to a completely white image, but then the brightness drops to 94 Cd / m².

If we set the TV to its maximum brightness by the ‘OLED brightness’ to perform at 100%, then we measure the same patterns of 274 cd / m² and 136 cd / m² respectively. However, in connection with any aging of the screen we would not recommend to use television effectively with full brightness. When using 60% brightness you have to deal when viewing normal images with peak magnitudes ranging from about 110 to 160 cd / m². These are not record scores, but in practice it is perfectly usable.

Then the greyscale. In the movie mode, the EG960V show reasonable scores, but not perfect. Grayscale contain relatively few too many red and blue and some green too little, leaving a slightly purple tinge is visible in black and white images. From the menu of the TV’s color balance, however, fairly easy to arrange, so this is not an insurmountable problem, but a little sloppy, we find it to be a device in this price range.

The color rendering of the TV standard is okay to very good. The color coordinates of red, blue, cyan and magenta are in good agreement with what we would expect according to the Rec.709 color standard for HDTV, green and yellow, however, are slightly shifted towards red. The TV can also ‘wide color’ mode be established such that all color coordinates shift slightly outward. The color range is here however smaller than what we are seeing this year with quantum-dot LCD TV backlights. For now you have nothing to a larger space, but for the future it is good to know that these television anyway not really like a wide color gamut display can be considered.

LG EG960V review: Ultra HD OLED TV updated: August 27, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis