LG EF9500 4K OLED HDTV Review
65″ EF9500 Ultra HD 3D Smart OLED TV
OLED TVs revolutionized the television industry when they first debuted in the summer of 2013. This technology brought together the best of plasma and LED TV tech and evolved into what is currently considered the best TV image ever created.
So what makes OLED that much better than other current and past television technologies? The answer is simple… infinite contrast and perfect black capabilities. This is accomplished by organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) that make up the pixel structure of the display panel. These pixels are self-illuminating and can be switched completely off which allows the TV to achieve perfect black levels for infinite contrast.
OLED TVs also deliver incredibly intense color reproduction that is vivid and accurate with plenty of dynamic punch.
LG’s EF9500 certainly delivers on all of the above characteristics and a whole lot more.
The EF9500 is a beautifully crafted television. It showcases an ultra-slim design that is approximately 1/4″ thick at its narrowest point, and just under 1-1/2″ at its thickest point which contains the electronics of the display panel. The black bezel that surrounds the screen is super thin and measures just over a 1/4″.
The glossy screen contains an anti-glare coating which I’m happy to report, does not make the picture appear dull or flat.
For me personally, the main design attraction of the EF9500 Series is its flat panel design (yeah!). Gone is the curved design of LG’s other current OLED series models. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against curved TVs. It’s just that I prefer a flat panel design, and in my opinion, a cured design does nothing to enhance picture quality and is all about aesthetics.
I also appreciated this TVs stand design… it adds a subtle yet attractive element to the TV’s overall appearance. The TV and stand are connected by a piece of clear acrylic, giving the TV an illusion of floating in mid-air.
I found the rear panel of this display to be somewhat appealing due to its a-typical white casing other than the usual black or gray colored designs found on most flat panel TVs.
The onboard two-channel sound system was designed by harman/kardon for enhanced audio performance. More on sound later.
LG’s webOS 2.0 smart TV platform is one best available in the industry. This latest version is faster (quad-core processor) and even more user-friendly than its predecessor, letting users effortlessly switch between content, programs and a number of apps including Netflix, Amazon Instant and many more. Booting time has been reduced by up to 60 percent, and connectivity to external devices is even more effortless than before.
Other features include:
- 4 Color Pixel technology adds an unfiltered white sub-pixel to the traditional red, green, and blue, for vivid colors
- 10-bit panel for better color reproduction
- True 4K Engine Pro upscales standard-def and high-def video signals for optimum display on a 4K screen
- Supports HEVC/H.265 and VP9 decoding for streaming 4K video from services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant
- HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness
- DIRECTV 4K Ready — DIRECTV subscribers with the Genie Whole-Home HD DVR can enjoy 4K service and full DVR features without an additional receiver
- Netflix Recommended TV – this certification allows consumers to identify which manufacturers TVs work best with Netflix service
- Quad-core processor for seamless web browsing and app multitasking
- Magic Remote with motion-sensing and built-in microphone for voice control
- 3D capable: includes 4 pairs of passive 3D glasses – 2 regular pairs and two clip-ons)
- 3 HDMI inputs – 2.0/HDCP 2.2
- 1 Component input
- 1 Composite input (shared with component input)
- 1 Digital optical output
- 3 USB inputs – one 3.0/two 2.0
- 1 Ethernet input
- 1 RF input for antenna/cable/satellite
- Built-in Wi-Fi and full web browser capability
- Wi-Fi Direct
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