One of the hottest things in TV panel technology at the moment is OLED. LG’s OLED TVs sit at the premium end of the market, and have incredible picture quality. A TV using LCD with LED backlighting is generally around one to one and a half thousand dollars cheaper than a similarly equipped and sized OLED model.
Which brings me to LG’s latest premium LCD/LED model – LG calls it ‘Super UHD’ – the 65UH950T. At just under six grand, it’s reasonably priced for a 164cm model, and has the very best and latest of everything that LG has to offer, barring only an OLED panel.
The most startling thing about this TV, though, is its styling. It’s very nearly as thin as an OLED. The flat panel is just 6.6mm thick for the bulk of its area. It swells out to 54.2mm near the base in order to provide for the electronics, connections and so forth.
Before I get to the main game on this TV, let me briefly mention the joys of current high end LG TVs. Briefly because they are similar to those of LG’s current 65 inch OLED model which I reviewed a couple of months ago. Read the fine detail here.
LG’s excellent operating system – WebOS – is up to version 3.0 in this model. Little has changed on the face of it. It remains easy to use, especially with the ‘magic’ remote control, which carries a good complement of traditional TV remote control keys to supplement its point and shoot functionality.
WebOS operates in a highly responsive manner, thanks in part to the quad core processor. Amongst the many smart functions are the ability to stream all manner of video and audio from your network, and from online sources. Netflix, in particular, can stream Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range content on this TV. It is a ‘Netflix recommended’ model. It can connect to your network via cable, or using the dual-band WiFi connectivity.
Basically, all that stuff is as good as it currently gets. The TV section is also highly effective, with the Freeview Plus apps and EPG built in, along with the ability to record to storage plugged into one of the USB sockets.
But what’s particularly special about 2016 is, finally, the release of UltraHD Blu-ray. This offers improved picture quality in three different areas, with a fourth to come. First, and most obviously, the UHD part. Picture resolution quadruples over Blu-ray to 3840 x 2160 pixels, which not coincidentally precisely matches the resolution of the panel on this TV.
Second, it offers HDR – High Dynamic Range – which allows 1024 levels of brightness, also quadrupling that of the conventional Blu-ray standard. That means it can go brighter at one end, darker at the other end, while having smoother graduations between the extremes.
Third, it offers a wider colour gamut, called Rec.2020 rather than Rec.709. This in theory delivers more than twice the range of colours.
Finally, as an option, UltraHD Blu-ray may support Dolby Vision. This quadruples yet again the brightness levels to 4096, and also includes ‘metadata’, instructions in the data stream that provide guidance to the Dolby Vision decoder to control the picture on a scene by scene basis.
And you know what? This TV supports all of those.