lg oled65e6 4k tv review: class on glass

lg oled65e6 4k tv review: class on glass

LG has four OLED TV series available in 2016: the entry-level B6 series, curved C6 series, speaker bar-bearing and picture-on-glass E6 series, and flag-waving Signature G6 series. While all of these series look gorgeous in that way only OLED can and promise the stunning contrast-rich picture quality thats OLEDs trademark, two series in particular seem to offer an especially attractive combination of price and design: the B6 series (which I should be reviewing soon) and the E6 series.

Its the 65-inch E6 thats under consideration here. And although Ive lived with it for the best part of a week now, its remarkable picture-on-glass design still raises the occasional head shake of wonder.

The way it mounts its mind-blowingly thin 2.7 mm OLED panel onto also super-thin but fantastically robust see-through glass panel really does make it feel from the front as if youre watching pictures being conjured magically from thin air. From the side, much of the TV presents a profile that makes even the most up-to-the-minute smartphones look obese, with the pictures from nowhere illusion only being broken when you get to the bottom third or so of the screens rear where things stick out further to accommodate the screens connections, tuners, electronics and so on.

The bottom edge of the screen also plays host to a substantial looking sound bar. Despite an attractive grilled finish this sound bar does inevitably look a bit out of place in the context of the barely-there screen above it. And no, you cant detach it.

To be fair, though, the OLED65E6 does still need to be a TV rather than just a mute monitor. And given the immense difficulties associated with trying to get any sound worthy of the name out of a physics-challenging slim screen, LGs decision to collaborate with audio experts Harman Kardon to deliver not just sound but potentially very good sound from a $6,000 TV makes at least some kind of sense. Provided, anyway, that you ignore the nagging suspicion that many of the sort of people who might buy an OLED65E6 will want or already have an external sound system to go with their flash new TV.

The OLED65E6 ticks the connection boxes youd expect of such a high-end TV thanks in particular to four HDMIs, three USBs, and the now obligatory wired and wireless network options. The HDMIs are capable of handling everything the 4K/Ultra HD and high dynamic range worlds currently have to offer - including the best quality source money can currently buy, Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The network options also do their bit for the TVs cutting edge cause by carrying the latest apps from Netflix and Amazon Video, complete with 4K and HDR streaming support. In fact, the Netflix app doesnt just support the HDR 10 open standard HDR format; it also supports Dolby Vision. A detailed but jargon-free explanation of HDR can be found here.

LG is currently the only brand in the UK thats backing Dolbys take on HDR, which - among other things - adds a layer of metadata to optimize pictures on a scene by scene basis, and introduces a degree of optimization for the particular TV its being watched on.

It should be said that at the time of writing Dolby Vision sources are fairly limited. In the US theres VUDU (which, unusually, doesnt also offer an HDR 10 option) plus Marco Polo on Netflix, while the UK only has Marco Polo! Amazon has committed to delivering Dolby Vision soon, though, and Netflix has promised to ramp up its HDR/Dolby Vision content considerably before the end of the summer.

A couple more features worth stressing here are support for 3-D using LGs passive system (you get a couple of pairs of glasses with the TV, but others can be added for very little money given that they dont contain any electronics), and LGs webOS smart TV interface. While many have tried to copy the classic webOS combination of slick navigation, easy customization and ultra-economical onscreen layout, no other brand has yet managed to match it.

LG has been at pains to state that all of its OLED TVs for 2016 should perform pretty much identically. However, it quickly becomes apparent that the OLED65E6 is in fact quite a different picture quality beast to the previously tested OLED55C6.

This brightness difference isnt just some kind of illusion caused by, say, the glass-based design, either. The OLED65E6 measures a peak brightness of over 700 nits if you use its High Dynamic Range Bright setting, an increase of nearly 10% over the C6.

The extra brightness also gives the picture a cooler (bluer) look when watching HDR out of the box than you get with the OLED55C6 - though if this doesnt suit you you can largely work around it via the sets color controls.

The results of the extra brightness with HDR are, as you might expect, mostly positive. HDR images look slightly punchier, slightly more expressive and slightly more detailed in bright areas, with slightly less evidence of the clipping detail loss experienced in peak luminance areas that I experienced on the OLED55C6.

The impact of HDR silhouetting - where dark objects that appear against very bright backgrounds can appear lacking in detail and light subtleties - is also slightly reduced. Though this is something Ill still have to come back to later.

While the extra brightness is certainly welcome and gives HDR even more punch versus standard dynamic range (SDR) content than it enjoyed on the OLED55C6, though, it doesnt stop a more traditional OLED strength - black level response - from still being the OLED65E6s really star attraction.

Provided you take care to keep the screens main brightness setting (as opposed to its OLED Brightness setting) within a fairly narrow 49-52 band, the OLED65E6 delivers black colors which are, in a word, black. Not grayed over, not slightly green, not tinged with blue, but black. And seriously, theres no overstating the stunning impact such a dark foundation has on picture quality.

For starters it proves definitively that HDR is not just about brightness. Its impact is about the whole luminance range from true black right through to peak white, and at the black end of the spectrum nothing else - not even the most extravagantly clever direct-lit LCD TV - can hold a candle to what LGs latest OLED TV is capable of.

I stress latest OLED TVs because LG deserves serious kudos for how much its improved the black level performance of its 2016 OLEDs versus its 2015 models. For while 2015s screens were capable of hitting almost perfect blacks, they were also prone to sudden shifts to grey when trying to handle just above black picture information, and also sometimes displayed clear issues with backlight banding and inconsistency that could often lead to vignetting during some bright scenes. These issues have been almost completely dealt with for 2016, meaning that the OLED65E6 can now partner its beautiful black level profundity with new-found stability and uniformity, ensuring that it puts the boot even more forcefully into the tender areas of LCD rivals.

This is especially true this year, as LCD TVs of all types are finding it difficult to handle the extreme contrast demands introduced by HDR. The bottom line is that OLEDs ability to have every single pixel in its screen deliver its own light independent of its neighbors - even when youre talking about a screen crowded with Ultra HDs 3840x2160 pixels - is simply far better at putting HDRs ultra-bright image elements right alongside HDRs extremely dark image elements without the light elements polluting the dark ones with light leakage.

Being able to see such HDR highlights as moons, torches and candles sitting side by side with pitch blackness without backlight clouds, stripes and blocks appearing around the bright stuff makes for a stunningly cinematic, immersive experience. In fact, Ive had a number of people tell me that after seeing LGs new OLED TVs in action theyve started to feel critical of the black levels theyre seeing at their local cinemas!

Its also a joy to find HDR scenes that contain a mix of very bright and very dark elements not exhibiting so much as a hint of the more generalized backlight clouding you so often see with LCD TVs that use edge LED lighting.

In many ways, in fact, the OLED65E6s combination of unprecedented brightness for OLED and unprecedented black levels by ANY display standard delivers dark HDR scenes more effectively and simply more beautifully than theyve ever looked before.

The OLED65E6 handles very dark parts of the image even better than the OLED55C6 I tested. This is because it doesnt suffer with the same strange blocking and glowing noise that occasionally intruded on the very deepest blacks on the C6 model. Just occasionally I spotted a momentary flicker of residual blockiness over the blackest picture areas, but these incidents are so rare that they're hardly worth mentioning - in fact, you might well never see them unless you particularly go looking for them.

While the OLED65E6s black levels are undoubtedly the star of the show, they also contribute to a gorgeously vibrant but also consistent, balanced and natural color range. What's more, neither the stunning black levels nor lovely colors lose their intensity when viewed from an angle - another key advantage OLED claims over LCD screens.

LGs latest OLED TV also does a good job of showing off its native UHD resolution with the growing number of 4K sources were getting - especially the most pristine option of Ultra HD Blu-rays. There are TVs that deliver a more emphatic sense of sharpness - Samsung and Sonys best models come to mind in particular. But the sharpness level of the OLED65E6 never seems at all forced, and its clarity is there in more subtle ways - in shadow detail and dark color tone handling - thanks to the way its OLED nature can manipulate light and color on a per-pixel basis.

I covered the way Dolby Vision HDR looks versus the open standard HDR 10 format on LGs OLED TVs in my review of the OLED55C6, so I wont go into the same amount of detail here. Briefly, though, while the HDR 10 approach on the OLED65E6 is markedly brighter and thus more instantly eye-catching, the Dolby Vision approach ultimately looks better thanks to superior color saturation and resolution, and more detail in bright areas.

While the OLED65E6 is even better than the OLED55C6, though, it still isnt perfect. The biggest issue is that there can still be noticeable clipping of subtle detail and tonal information in the brightest parts of HDR pictures despite this TVs slight brightness boost over the C6 series. This can leave peak whites looking a bit flared out, and the brightest colors can become a touch monotone.

The slight lack of native brightness chiefly responsible for this clipping also means that occasionally HDR images of extreme contrast can look slightly unbalanced, with dark areas like the shadowy sides of peoples faces becoming a touch too dark. In fact, as noted in passing earlier, where a relatively dark image element appears against a much brighter backdrop the dark area can start to look a little like a silhouette rather than a natural part of the image.

Next, like the OLED55C6, HDR feeds on the OLED65E6 can suffer with some quite noticeable color noise. During Chapter 7 of Exodus: Gods And Kings for instance, background walls can look a little fizzy - especially the walls of the alley Moses walks through at the very end of the chapter.

Theres also occasionally noise in bright areas of pictures. Again using the Exodus Ultra HD Blu-ray as a source, during the early battle scene some shots of the sky exhibit subtle but noticeable color banding and blocking noise. This noise can take on a quite unnatural color tone, too.

Finally, the OLED65E6s motion handling isnt the best. Theres noticeable judder around with no motion processing in play, but LGs motion processing tends to generate some quite distracting side effects like shimmering halos around moving objects and, in some settings, recurring momentary pauses. Choosing a custom mode for the video processing and then setting judder and blur to around their three levels delivers a pretty good compromise, though.

So I can finish the picture quality section on the positive note the OLED65E6 so richly deserves, lets quickly consider its performance with standard dynamic range and 3-D sources. Where SDR footage is concerned its crazily good for the most part, boasting a beautifully balanced contrast performance, gorgeously rich but nuanced colors, and almost nothing to distract you from the glory of what youre watching save for the same motion issues and occasional color noise mentioned earlier. And even that color noise is much less common than it is with HDR.

LG does provide an HDR Effect picture option designed to give standard dynamic range sources a lift in luminance range. However, this tends to increase the appearance of noise and the loss of detail in the brightest areas while also causing a little detail to be crushed out of dark areas.

Combinations of passive 3-D technology and a native Ultra HD screen have repeatedly delivered excellent 3-D results, and so it proves again with the OLED65E6. The passive system means theres no flickering of the sort often experienced with active 3-D TVs, and theres only a relatively small amount of ghosting noise too. This lets you better appreciate the sharpness of good quality 3-D Blu-rays, and joins with the screens outstanding contrast in helping you perceive a large but also natural sense of space in 3-D images. In short, watching 3-D on the OLED65E6 is a genuine pleasure - not something I can sadly say of most 3-D-capable TVs.

I measured the amount of time it takes the OLED65E6 to render images at just over 30ms. This is a good result for a TV - especially a UHD TV - and shouldnt have too drastic an impact on a typical gamers abilities.

I suggested earlier that I could imagine many people would want to partner an OLED65E6 with a separate audio system rather than using the speaker bar attached to the OLED65E6s bottom edge. But actually, if you dont already have a separate audio system you may just feel that the OLED65E6 sounds good enough not to bother getting one.

For starters it produces a startlingly expansive, dynamic soundstage capable of comfortably filling a pretty decent sized living room with clean, open and detailed audio. The mid-range is particularly impressive, delivering vocals with clarity and authenticity while simultaneously having the power and range to comfortably shift up a few gears for action scenes.

Theres also a seriously potent amount of bass in the sound stage for an integrated TV audio system, and this is delivered without overwhelming the rest of the mix or causing unpleasant phutting or rattling noises. To sum all this up, the OLED65E6 is comfortably the best sounding TV Ive tested so far this year.

Thats not to say its perfect; its lack of brightness versus LCD can cause detail loss in bright areas, dark HDR image elements against bright backdrops are sometimes left looking like mere silhouettes, and there are occasionally curious color noise issues, especially with high-contrast HDR material.

For the majority of the time, though, the OLED65E6 produces pictures so downright gorgeous that finding reasons to justify the set's $6,000 price could become a borderline obsession among serious AV fans.

I've spent the past 25 years writing about the world of home entertainment technology--first at Home Cinema Choice magazine, where I became Deputy Editor, and for the past 20 years on a freelance basis. In that time I'm fairly confident that I've reviewed more TVs and projectors than any other individual on the planet, as well as experiencing first-hand the rise and fall of all manner of great and not so great home entertainment technologies. I am currently a regular contributor to Trustedreviews.com, Techradar.com, Home Cinema Choice magazine, Wired, Pocket-Lint.com and, of course, Forbes.

I've spent the past 25 years writing about the world of home entertainment technology--first at Home Cinema Choice magazine, where I became Deputy Editor, and for the past 20 years on a freelance basis. In that time I'm fairly confident that I've reviewed more TVs and projectors than any other individual on the planet, as well as experiencing first-hand the rise and fall of all manner of great and not so great home entertainment technologies. I am currently a regular contributor to Trustedreviews.com, Techradar.com, Home Cinema Choice magazine, Wired, Pocket-Lint.com and, of course, Forbes.

7 best 36-inch induction cooktops for 2020 (ratings / reviews / prices)

7 best 36-inch induction cooktops for 2020 (ratings / reviews / prices)

Learn the most reliable brands, best new features and how to buy at the best possible price in this Free Induction Buying Guide. Over 880,000 people have learned from a Yale Guide

Dan Gauvin | March 03, 2020 | 10 Min. Read

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But by my second try, I made the adjustments. Now I'm hooked. Induction is the best cooking surface available. It's faster than the hottest professional rangetop and can simmer lower than the best electric cooktop.

As previously said, induction is faster than pro gas with a better simmer than an electric or gas cooktop. It also does not require a professional vent like a gas cooktop, because there is less heat emission.

It also has a power boost setting like most other induction cooktops. However, with the Miele, two of these inductors are used at the same time on the 9" x 15" burner providing an incredible 7,700 watts of power.

This unit comes with a full 2-year parts and labor warranty (3 years with Yale Installation), and you can get this unit with a full beveled stainless trim to provide extra protection to the glass surface, or it can have a complete flush installation. But, you will need a great countertop manufacturer and installer.

If you plan on putting a wall oven below your induction cooktop, pay special attention to the manufacturer specifications. Only certain brands and models are approved to have an oven placed below in the same cabinet. We have a separate article about that, by the way.

As with most built-in appliances, the average lifespan of an induction cooktop should be around 10-15 years or more. The glass surface protects the working elements underneath, increasing its lifespan.

Read our Induction Cooking Buying Guide for features, buying tips, and ratings of every available induction cooking product in the market. Well over 620,000 people have read a Yale Guide. Induction is our most popular.

We are here to fill in the disconnect. We'll give you the best features, and the drawbacks as well, including reliability based on over 37,000 calls performed by our service team just last year. Our goal is to give you ALL the information so you know what's right for you.

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