But if you do your critical viewing, as I do, with the lights turned out so that there are no distractions, nor reflections on the screen, few LCD TVs can come close, and none can match it.
Image processing of the LG OLED65C9 TV
All that said, some aspects of the picture processing were not exactly class leading. I use some specific clips to test things like a TV’s handling of Australian DVDs delivered in interlaced format, as well as HDTV similarly delivered. Plus, to determine how much damage the motion smoothing processes do to the picture. I had high hopes, given LG’s spruiking of the Alpha9 Gen 2’s merit’s.
With 576i50 content from DVD, it did an adequate job. It delivered a fairly sharp image, but the TV was too often confused by the picture content into choosing the wrong progressive scan conversion mode. That resulted in unnecessary and distracting on-screen distortion. That said, when it did properly detect the correct mode to use, it switched rapidly and effectively.
With 1080i50 content, which is on some Australian Blu-ray discs and of course just about all free-to-air HDTV, the TV seemed a little more solid. It was tricked by only the most difficult sections of video. Those are the ones that routinely trick just about all processors.
As for motion smoothing, there were two modes: Clear and Smooth. Both did a good job of eliminating the judder in the scenes requiring it. But both also introduced some ancillary distortion into the image. In one scene, for example, the rivets on a railway bridge fuzzed briefly out of existence as the train passed over the tracks above. But only with motion smoothing on. With it off, the rivets remained in their proper place.
I imagine the Alpha9 Gen 2 processor does some stuff better than other processors. But on these functions? Well, when I got back home I reran the same tests again on my two year old LG OLED65C7, and the performance was identical. And that one was pretty much in the middle of the pack.
I deal with that by leaving the motion smoothing switched off and using the high quality picture processing in my Blu-ray player for picture scaling and progressive scan conversion.
But when I do feel that the picture is irritatingly jumpy and I want a bit of motion smoothing, I use the “User” setting with “De-judder” set to around 4 on the 10-point scale. That seems to smooth things noticeably, if less than the fixed settings, while keeping that distortion down to a minimum.
It looks like I finished, there, on a negative note. But take that in context. If you want a TV that delivers the best picture on the planet, well I’d suggest you strongly consider the LG OLED65C9 TV.