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LG nails down a truly killer 4K non-OLED TV with its new 65UH9500

by on January 17, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – January 17, 2016

OLED was the definite top-shelf 4K UHD TV technology of 2015 and LG was its only purveyor for the year, creating what were some of the absolute best 4K TVs on the entire market with their absolutely stunning perfect blacks, exquisite colors and superb realism. With the addition of the fantastic webOS 2.0 smart TV platform, arguably the best of its kind on the entire market, these televisions truly kicked ass with their specs.

However, when it came to their non-OLED 2015 models, LG sort of fell flat in comparison to almost all of the other major brands and with the exception of the same fantastic webOS 2.0 smart TV platform, these LCD TVs from the Korean electronics giant were less than stellar performers when it came to some of their display specs, particularly those which revolved around contrast.

Well it seems that this is undergoing a big change for 2016 and the latest non-OLED 4K TV from LG, presented at this year’s CES 2016 in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, is quite a remarkable piece of technology.

We’re still waiting for a chance to review the new LG UH9500 and will have our detailed take on this new television up as soon as we possibly can, but for now at least, it seems that the company’s non-OLED flagship TV for 2016 shows that LG is finally also making an effort to ensure that its LCD 4K TVs also rival the very best LCD models from the other major brands, particularly Samsung and Sony.

While details on the UH9500 are still a bit loose, private demonstrations of its display chops to reporters and tech watchers at the CES floor in Vegas revealed a seriously cool piece of technology with some excellent visuals and physical design parameters.

Starting with that physical design, the UH9500 is a much appreciated return to flat screen technology, thus avoiding the rather gimmicky and less than “immersive” curved displays that were the big trend of 2015’s major 4K TV models. Furthermore, as a flat screen TV, the UH9500 offers one amazingly thin display panel, all the more impressive for belonging to an LCD TV instead of an OLED, whose technology is much friendlier to extreme panel thinness. In simple terms, the UH9500 is downright attractive and this is more than can be said of many 2015 LG LCD TVs.

Complementing the exquisite thinness and wonderfully minimalist design is a very attractive silver tone to the TV’s body, with brushed gunmetal color incorporated wherever possible on this particular television. This applies to the bezel, back of the TV and the curved bar that serves as the UH9500’s stand. Overall, the effect is truly a pleasure to behold, with the silver contrasting wonderfully with the black richness of the screen itself.

As for the extremely thin display of the 9500, what it most indicates (though we haven’t confirmed this yet) is that this particular model comes with an edge-lit display instead of the more powerful and contrast-superior technology of full-array LED backlighting. Nonetheless, though edge-lit LED isn’t as great as full-array, we’ve seen it done superbly well in a number of LCD TVs (particularly from Sony and Samsung most of all) and in the UH9500 the edge-lighting seems to work exceptionally well, given that the TV’s content demonstrations at CES showed some exquisitely rich, deep blacks and great brightness on illuminated content sections.

The LG UH9500 Super UHD 4K TV on display at CES 2016

The LG UH9500 Super UHD 4K TV on display at CES 2016

Furthermore, with the inclusion of IPS display construction, the UH9500 also seems to avoid another major problem commonly found in edge-lit LCD TVs. This being that of poor visual quality at off-center angles. From what was seen at CES, once again, this new LG LCD TV still delivers some great contrast, color and dark tones even when viewed from well off center.

Finally, in this new model, LG has added in all of the usual and powerful connectivity specs, the new and arguably even better webOS 3.0 smart TV platform and has also given the TV HDR capability through the use of something the company calls “True Black Control” technology. LG promises that True Black Control, while not being quite as good as actual OLED, will nonetheless deliver some truly excellent HDR-level picture quality.

In essence, the new LG UH9500 is a major step up from the quality of the company’s 2015 LCD TVs and will indeed give even the best Sony, Panasonic and Samsung LCD 2016 4K TV models a serious run for their money.

We’re definitely looking forward to a review of this new set in at least a couple of its different screen sizes (the model viewed at CES 2016 was a 65 inch version)

Story by 4k.com

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  • Donald H
    January 30, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Lets all hope the 65UH9500 has much better contrast than the 65UF9500.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 31, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      We’re working on reviewing this television and will report in greater detail as soon as we have done so but for now at least, from what we’ve seen and heard from others, yes, the model is a major improvement over LG’s 2015 and 2014 non-OLED 4K models.

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  • Donald H
    February 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Where did you purchase your UH8500 from?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Hello Donald, we have so far only covered the UH9500 in a news overview and don’t yet have a unit for a full review. However, it will probably be released to the market sometime in the next month or two, since we’re already seeing Sony’s 2016 4K TVs on pre-order with expected delivery and in-store sales release in March.

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  • Pete P
    August 30, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Very interested in this UH9500 first impression report. Two questions. First – do you expect to have a full review of the UH9500 any time soon? Second – do you believe the UH9500 will be a significant improvement over the UH8500? Thanks.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 31, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Hello there Pete, we did already review the UH9500. you can see it here. Also, in our genral impression in comparing the two TVs, quite honestly we note little serious difference between them. The UH9500 does offer slightly better color performance and a mildly superior local dimming quality but both are very close to being the same in quality. Both TVs offer IPS display so their contrast level and peak brightness specs are not the best we’ve seen for HDR LCD 4K TVs. We’d much more recommend the Samsung KS8000 or any other Samsung 2016 SUHD TV model (or even 2015 models like the JS9000 or JS9500) or even Vizio’s 50 inch and 65 inch 4K TVs in the 2016 P-Series, which also offer much better contrast and also deliver the benefit of superb local dimming due to their full-array LED backlighting technology.

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