The essential overview of LG’s 2016 OLED 4K TVs: Pricing and Specs
Stephan Jukic – May 5, 2016
When LG first started releasing its OLED 4K TVs in 2014, there was quite a bit of skepticism in the air about how well they would sell or if these televisions were even feasible at all for any consumer market popularity, but then again, almost all 4K TVs were still being treated with doubt by quite a few otherwise knowledgeable sources in 2014 as well.
Well, now that it’s 2016, we can safely say that LG’s OLED lines of 4K models have definitely been a hit with many buyers and some of them have even become affordable enough to have broader market appeal. The latest OLED models are still insanely expensive even by 4K TV standards but the picture quality they offer remains the best on the market in 2016, just as was the case with the 2015 OLED 4K TVs and their LCD counterparts.
With that said, let’s take a bit of a look at what’s in the offering for this year in the world of LG OLED and see what sorts of prices and quality you can expect. Be forewarned, on both counts, the keyword is “high”.
For their 2016 OLED 4K TVs, LG has come out with four different TV series. These are the G6, E6, C6 and B6 ranges. All are designed to deliver the very best of LG OLED technology and all four series offer new developments for the delivery of an OLED ultra HD viewing experience that’s notably superior to what LG offered in its 2015 and 2014 OLED 4K models. This is mainly thanks to the new inclusion of full-blown high dynamic range specs for both major HDR standards, Ultra HD Premium and Dolby Vision.
Furthermore, the design of the 2016 OLED models has radically shifted to a new form factor and LG also claims that it’s working on making its latest TVs more affordable than ever for the overall quality they offer. While we can definitely vouch for increases in quality and drastic design changes, the increased affordability LG claims to be going for does seem a bit hard to believe.
Nonetheless, these new models and the G6 which we’ve already reviewed in particular are indeed looking like some of the best home entertainment displays we’re likely to see at least until the very end of 2016 and the G6 is in our view the single best TV of any kind in 2016 to-date. It simply blows any competitor we’ve yet reviewed right out of the water.
Here’s a breakdown of all four series:
NOTE: while the prices for the G6 and E6 models have been confirmed already, pricing for the E6 and C6 model OLED HDR 4K TVs is still speculative, based on sources with unconfirmed information.
The flagship model among LG’s 2016 lineup, the “Signature” G6 is without a doubt the best 4K TV on sale so far and its price is also more than hefty enough to leave out of reach for most consumer budgets. Coming in two sizes, 65 inches and 77 inches, the G6’s OLED panel is mounted to an ultra-thin 2.57mm glass panel that comes with no dark bezels and looks spectacularly stylish. In simple terms, whatever content you watch on this TV looks like it’s emerging out of thin air, as a sort of window into another dimension. This applies particularly to dark rooms and is stunning to behold.
What’s also stunning about the G6 is its ability to deliver some absolutely superb color realism, full 4K HDR standards compatibility with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 and its capacity for a peak brightness in excess of 540 nits, which is downright impressive for an OLED TV. On top of all this, the G6 comes with one remarkably robust 60W speaker system in the control bar running along its bottom. Did we mention that the G6 is expensive? Because it really damn-well is and will really shatter most piggy banks, with the 65 inch version selling for $8,000 and the 77 inch model for a whopping $25,000.
Bear in mind however that for these prices you’re getting your hands on the most stunning display quality we or likely anyone else have ever seen in any TV sold anywhere.
OLED E6 Series
As far as we can tell, the E6 is nearly identical in terms of picture quality to the flagship G6 but doesn’t quite match the same glass panel thinness and offers a weaker audio power at just 40 watts in its 2.2 channel speakers. These details aside, this TV is easily superior to even the best LCD UHD models for 2016 in most display specs and also comes with full Ultra HD Premium certification and Dolby Vision HDR coverage as well. The TV also covers something close to 99% of the DCI-P3 color spectrum and manages at least 540 nits of peak brightness, just like the flagship G6.
On the other hand, the E6 is quite a bit less expensive, with the 65 inch model going for “just” $6000 and a 55 inch version retailing for an almost reasonable $4000. This is a good discount considering that the only serious tradeoffs for it are a thicker glass panel and weaker built-in speakers.
OLED C6 Series
With the C6 OLED TVs (and the B6 models which follow them) we see a change in design back to something more typical of the 2014 and 2015 OLED 4K models, with no more Picture On Glass panel construction or integrated sound bar integration. This alone makes these TVs far more affordable than their G6 and E6 cousins while also allowing for a more traditional desktop stand appearance and distinct VESA wall-mountability.
Furthermore, the C6 is the only 2016 GL OLED TV with the curved design that was implemented nearly across the board in the 2015 and 2014 OLED TVs. However, in this model the curvature is very slight and the display panel is still only a few millimeters thick. It’s actually funny in a way, LG’s OLED TVs seem to be the only 4K models on today’s market in which curved display actually means lower prices instead of the opposite.
The C6 also comes with a slightly weaker level of processing power and slightly lower but still stunningly high DCI-P3 color spectrum coverage at “just” 95% instead of the 99% you can expect from the G6 flagship and E6 secondary models. Nonetheless, this OLED TV does still come with full HDR10 UHD Alliance Ultra HD Premium qualifications for OLED and meets Dolby Vision HDR standards as well.
Pricing for the C6 models possibly sits at $5000 for the 65 inch model and $3000 for the 55 inch model, meaning that these TVs actually cost just about the same as their E6 Picture On Glass cousins.
OLED B6 Series
Finally, we get down to the bottom-tier (for OLED) B6 4K TVs for 2016. These once again come with a flat panel design like the two top-tier models but don’t come with a Picture on Glass back panel for their OLED display, meaning that they look like flat screen versions of the C6 and closely resemble the late 2015 EF9500 LG OLED TV. The B6 TVs also come with full Ultra HD Premium and Dolby Vision HDR certification, offer 95% DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut coverage and come with the latest connectivity specs. In terms of pricing though, they cost the same as the C6 TVs from what we can tell, this applies to both the 55 inch and 65 inch models. In other words, the only real difference between the C6 and B6 seems to be the curvature and as we’ve said on this site before, this is no major difference at all.
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