LG G6 Signature OLED 4K HDR Ultra HD TV Review – 65G6P – (OLED65G6P, OLED77G6P)
There’s no better way to state it. The LG OLED65G6P (and its 77 inch cousin when it comes out soon) is almost inarguably the best 4K TV of 2016, at least from what has been released so far by any brand –though we doubt this model will be topped at least until the end of 2016 when a number of new TVs possibly emerge.
Not only is this a 4K TV with full HDR certification from both the UHD Alliance and Dolby Labs with their respective Ultra HD Premium and Dolby Vision standards, it’s simply stunning in every way. Picture quality is amazing, the blacks are perfect, colors look intensely realistic and just about everything else you could want in a 4K TV is present, along with LG’s superb WebOS 3.0 smart TV platform, which still remains one of the best if not the best on the market for usability and intuitive design. In simple terms, the word “Outstanding”, perfectly fits the G6 65 inch model that’s now out on sale (with a 77 inch Signature model coming soon, followed by several E and B-Series OLED 4K televisions for a bit further down the road.
The price for the G6 we’re focusing on here is insane considering that this is only a 65 inch 4K HDR TV but if you want the literal best on the market today, this is your television of choice, piggy bank-breaking retail cost and all.
Let’s start with the physical design of the G6, because it’s unlike that of any other 4K TV on sale today or to-date. A single flat and insanely thin nearly bezel-free glass panel with a thickness of just 1/8th of an inch takes up the entire display space. If a company wanted to create a TV display that looked as much as possible like a weightless window into another world, they simply couldn’t have come closer than LG came with the look of the G6’s screen because of this. All other aspects of the TV’s sound, processing and memory storage technology are kept inside a slim rectangular grey base that spans the width of the TV and also includes the built-in sound bar. For those of you who want to mount your own G6 to a wall, that same rectangular base can be retracted behind the glass display panel and thus leaves you with nothing but a massive glass screen on which all content appears.
The overall effect of the G6 design is in other words, deeply impressive, with nothing that quite matches it for immersive quality among any other 4K TV today.
Next up, there is the OLED technology of the G6. This is the same feature that mainly made LG’s 2015 4K TVs the best models on the market --particularly the EF9500 and EG9600 OLED 4K editions--, and LG’s OLED skill is back but with still further enhancements to deliver a display that offers unparalleled local dimming, lighting precision and contrast levels.
By its very nature, OLED display technology allows each and every single one of the 8.29 million pixels on the G6’s 4K screen to individually light up to full brightness or dim down to perfect darkness. There is no backlighting technology to speak of and the concept of local dimming, which in LCD 4K TVs might consist of several dozen to a couple hundred “local dimming” zones, gets taken to an extreme in which there are 8.29 million local dimming zones on the OLED TV, one for each pixel. As we described before in our LCD vs. OLED comparison post, no LCD/LED 4K TV model comes close to matching this level of precision, and the LG G6 takes the OLED brightness to its highest levels yet.
Next up, there is the sheer color quality of the G6, by their nature, OLEDs can be filtered in a way that lets them create a very diverse and smooth color saturation level. In the case of the G6, it is the first OLED TV to have been certified by the UHD Alliance for its HDR standards, which means that it can output 10-bit color and has in fact had its OLED cells reformulated from their 2015 design so that they can achieve both higher luminance and deliver virtually 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. This is an impressive achievement indeed, considering that even Samsung’s stunning KS9000 and other 2016 SUHD 4K TVs with HDR only manage about 93% of DCI-P3 color space coverage.
Furthermore, Since LG has built compliance with UHD Alliance HDR standards into its OLED65G6P, the TV has to manage no more than 0.0005 nits of maximum darkness (or darker) and has to be capable of a minimal peak brightness of 540 nits. These are the HDR standards that the UHD Alliance has set for OLED 4K TVs and the G6 manages to deliver on all of them. This means two different things. First among them, the simple fact that, unlike some of the older OLED 4K TVs from 2014 and Plasma TVs before them, the G6 is truly a bright 4K television by any measure. It’s peak luminance can exceed 540 nits in 10% spot testing and this means a quality of peak brightness that matches the same spec in many high quality (but not HDR) LCD TVs. For OLED technology, this is impressive indeed.
Secondly, the black level and peak brightness ranges of the G6 mean that it can offer a native (not dynamic) contrast ratio of 1 million to 1. So-called “dynamic contrast” ratios of 1 million or more to 1 are a common part of 4K TV marketing and for the most part they’re meaningless nonsense. However, with the OLED65G6P, we see an actual, native and testable contrast ratio in these ranges. This is also something we can soon expect from other LG OLED 4K TVs as they emerge, and from other brands’ OLED models.
In essence, the qualities described above confer upon the G6 one truly spectacular quality of display that has to be seen to be believed. A written description in a review and even photos taken of a G6 model at work don’t do justice to how stunningly this TV’s native 4K HDR video sources play out.
Finally, we can’t finish a rundown of the G6’s qualities without also covering just how much we love the WebOS 3.0 smart TV platform. It’s superb, it’s highly intuitive and the LG “Magic” smart remote that accompanies it is also a great little piece of TV control hardware.
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Our only serious complaint about the OLED65G6P is its price tag, end even with this we can’t criticize too much since what you’re getting for those nearly $8,000 spent is a 4K OLED TV that’s better even than the outstanding 2015 EF9500 OLED 4K TV, with a physical design that’s even more impressive to behold in a living room or den.
Aside from pricing, three other things are worth mentioning. First of all, despite impressive gains in brightness that put the G6 on par with what a normal high end LCD/LED TV can manage in terms of luminance, the G6 is still well behind the new 2016 HDR LCD TVs in terms of how many nits it outputs. 540+ nits (up to almost 600 or so) is remarkably good brightness for OLED technology, similar to the brightness of many 2014 and 2015 LCD 4K TVs but it’s less than half the luminance that 2016’s HDR LCD models like the Samsung SUHD TVs and Sony’s new Bravia models are capable of. This is compensated for by an extraordinarily deep perfect black capacity but for realism, raw peak brightness is a crucial technology. If OLED can’t go brighter still down the road, it will start to lag behind the eventual arrival of 2,000+ nit LCD TVs as they almost certainly emerge.
Additionally, Gamers who want to use the G6 HDR OLED TV for HDR gaming from newer consoles like the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One S are also out of luck since Game Mode doesn't deliver anything close to decent input lag with HDR on this or any other 2016 OLED HDR 4K TV for the time being due to a hardware design oversight by LG, apparently.
Finally, sound quality on the G6, while quite robust for the space it occupies in the highly minimalist sound bar/ processing unit along the bottom of the TV, could have been further improved even if it meant a slightly larger speaker system. This is after all a 4K TV that costs more than many cars.
We can’t deny it, the LG OLED65G6P is downright stunning across the board. This is as close to flawless a 4K TV as you’re going to find for this year and the display quality for native 4K HDR content is flat out breathtaking while also being stunning for normal 4K and upscaled non-4K video. If you’ve got the money to spend and want the best in home entertainment technology, this is the TV to go for right now, even more so when its 77 inch version goes on sale for an even more savings account-destroying price.
• Screen size: 64.5 diagonal inches - OLED65G6P (76.5 diagonal inches in largest model - OLED75G6P)
• Smart TV: WebOS 3.0, LG Magic Remote Apps and Full Web Browser
• HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
• VP9 Included. Yes
• HD to UHD upscaling: Yes
• HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
• Refresh Rate: 120Hz native refresh rate
• Screen Lighting: OLED
• Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes both built-in WiFi and Ethernet port
• Remotes: LG Magic Remote, smaller (5.5-inch), simpler accessory remote
• Connectivity: 4 HDMI 2.0a ports, 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 Component, 1 composite, 1 Audio Out, 1 RF In, 1 Optical Audio, 1 RS232C Mini Jack
• Sound: 4.2 Channel 60W Sound (WF: 20W)with with Dolby Digital Plus
• Real Contrast Ratio: 1 Million:1
• Black Level maximum: 0.0005 nits
• Other Display Features: Passive 3D technology, Magic Zoom, Cinematic Color, 2 3D glasses included
• TV weight without/with stand: 69.9 lb./ 69.9 lb.
• Dimensions: 57.5" x 34.8" x 9.6" inches with built-in stand and display thickness of 0.2 inches
• Processor: Quad-core Perfect Mastering Engine
OLED : The OLED panel of the OLED65G6P is now essentially brighter and more color rich than it has ever before been. Only last year’s EF9500 comes close to matching what the G6 offers but this latest TV still takes its OLED additions to new levels. The models compliance with both Dolby Vision and UHD Alliance Ultra HD Premium specs means some superb peak brightness by OLED standards and couples it with the same rich blacks we’ve always expected from this technology. However, what makes the 2016 OLED experience in the G6 work particularly well is its sheer 10-bit color quality, occupying more of the DCI-P3 color space than any previous LG OLED model. This color quality is also what allows the G6 to offer what they call “Cinematic Color”, which is their description of color coverage in the TV which is almost exactly the equal of the best professional digital theater movie presentations.
HDR : As we’ve already said, the G6 OLED TV not only offers HDR 10 certification (via the Ultra HD Premium standard of the UHD Alliance) but is also compliant with the rigorous HDR and color standards of Dolby Labs. This means superb contrast ratios, excellent levels of black (as we’d expect from OLED by now) and peak brightness that is much better than we’ve previously seen in OLED TVs, particularly in the 2014 models from a while back. The HDR standards really show themselves when native 4K HDR content is viewed on the G6, either from a streaming source like Netflix or a media source like 4K UHD Blu-ray. Best of all, because this TV is equipped to handle both Dolby Vision standards and Dolby Vision standards, it offers the widest possible access to high dynamic range content, we’ve yet seen in a 4K TV.
Picture-on-Glass : The Picture-on-Glass design of the G6 definitely impresses with its appearance, giving the TV a display like no other we’ve yet seen in any 4K TV to-date. It may not add anything to the picture quality in real, practical terms but it looks downright stunning. In basic terms, LG has applied their ultra-thin OLED panel module directly to a single giant pane of glass which makes up the G6’s display. Thus, the outer bezel is transparent and the TV’s overall weight is considerably lower given its large size. Most of all though, this highlight of the G6 makes it look truly unique.
WebOS 3.0 : In 2016 LG’s newest 4K TVs have moved over to the WebOS 3.0 update to WebOS 2.0 and we’re not unhappy with what this newest WebOS offers. The newest version of the Smart OS remains the best of its kind among all the major 4K TV brands and we love its usability, simplicity and sheer speed as you navigate it. WebOS 3.0 lets you add specific TV channels to the strip of tiles along the bottom of the screen when you press the “home” key on the remote and the OS makes surfing the web as well as surfing between channels and streaming services extremely easy and intuitive.
LG has also added in a redesigned Magic Remote, with Motion want capability and numerical keys for things like DVR control and other content access features, while the newly included Magic Mobile Connection feature is also a great addition, letting you access photos, videos and other media from a network-connected Android smartphone or tablet. This means faster, more convenient display of your phone’s videos, photos, apps and music as well on the exquisite display of the G6 OLED TV.
Upscaling : LG’s Upscaling engine is nothing short of superb. We love it across the board in the G6 and think it has even improved from the already-excellent quality it offered in the 2015 LG OLED TVs. The 4K Upscaler engine impressively upscales almost all sources of non-4K video content to not only look sharper but also to have a much richer, deeper range of shadow and color variations in their shots. This is something that can be seen in non-HDR 4K content and in HD content as well, with even 720p video and SD video sources also managing to look much better than they normally would.
What’s even more interesting is to see how, like other premium 2016 HDR 4K TVs, the LG G6 also “upscales” native non-HDR 4K content, not by increasing its resolution of course, but by improving the quality of its contrast and dynamic range in slight ways, even if the effect isn’t as impressive as that offered with viewing of native HDR 4K video sources.
3D Technology : LG’S G6 offers up the company’s passive FPR 3D display capacity for 4K and non-4K content. Two pairs of 3D glasses also come included. The 3D on the G6 offers some excellent depth perception and sharpness due to the quality of the screen behind it but as an FPR system, it’s not quite as rich some we’ve seen, though viewing angles with the quality of the 3D are quite wide.
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This almost can’t be stated enough, the LG G6 OLED TV has the best visual quality of anything we’ve seen in 2016 and it will not be easy to top what it’s capable of, unless someone comes along with a means of making OLED technology even brighter. Even the pickiest of 4K TV observers will have a very hard time in not being impressed by how remarkably good the display of the G6 looks by all the measurements of quality you can image.
Speaking from a technical point of view, the 99 to 100% DCI-P3 color space coverage means not only 10-bit color but 10-bit color taken to a fantastic level of high quality even the other flagship 4K TVs of 2016 can’t match. The multiple compliance with Dolby Vision, UHD Premium and even the related HDR 10 standards also means that aside from this superb color coverage, the brightness of the G6’s display is like nothing previously offered by an OLED television. At 540 nits or even higher in peak brightness capacity, this model comes right to the verge of matching lower-grade HDR in some 2015 LCD 4K TVs. Now that statement alone doesn’t really sound impressive at all unless you keep in mind that this is an OLED display we’re talking about, with all the attendant qualities which make OLED far superior in sophistication, precision and visuals to any LCD TV.
Until the G6 and, presumably, its soon-to-arrive cousins in the remaining 2016 LG OLED line, the one weakness of OLED was low brightness and this is no longer the case with the G6, even if LCD HDR TVs can now manage more than 1400 nits of spot peak brightness, the G6 still gives ordinary LCD run for its luminance money. When you also take into account the fact that it can produce essentially perfect blacks and local dimming to the precision of a single-pixel level, you get an idea of what this particular television’s display is like to behold.
Connectivity-wise, the G6 offers pretty much the same standard package of inputs and outputs you’d expect in any 2016 4K TV. Its one major improvement has been the inclusion of a fourth HDMI 2.0 port, something which we found oddly lacking in many 2015 OLED TVs from LG.
Thus, in the G6 65 inch OLED 4K TV, you get the usual list of 4 HDMI 2.0a ports, 3 USB ports and the following:
• Wi-Fi® Built-In 802.11 a/c
• Wi-Fi® Direct
• SIMPLINK™ (HDMI™ CEC)
• RF in (Antenna/Cable) 1
• Composite In 1
• Component In 1 (shared with composite)
• Ethernet 1
• Optical 1
• RS232C (Mini Jack) 1
As you’re probably expecting if you’ve read this far into our review, the LG OLED65G6P 4K OLED HDR TV is not at all cheap, with a current retail price of $7,999.99 on the Amazon.com website and LG’s own retail sales page for this model.
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As we’d said above, this is as close to flawless a 4K TV as we think will be the case in 2016. The LG G6 suffers only from the flaw of being too expensive for most users. That aside, even its lower than LCD brightness capacity is more than made up for by all the other HDR-friendly and OLED-specific specs this model offers.
• Extraordinary picture quality and color
• Stunning black levels and pixel-perfect dimming
• Amazing brightness by OLED standards
• HDR-compatible in multiple standards
• WebOS 3.0 is superb
• Incredible design
• Not as bright as LCD TV
• Really expensive for 65 inches
• Very high input lag for console gaming in HDR