LG E6 OLED, analysis: 6 mm (and 5,000 euros) are enough to have the best image quality of the moment
LG is the undisputed king of OLED technology. This is basically because it is the only manufacturer that has invested and insisted on such technology for years.
In a few months we will start to see OLED models from other major manufacturers, still all of them in a high-premium range. To counter that effect, this 2016 LG has presented the E6 range of OLED models of the highest level, both in design and performance. At Xataka we have tested the 65-inch LG E6. Is 4K OLED panel and HDR the perfect combination to enjoy home theater?
LG E6, technical characteristics
The new range of LG OLED televisions for this 2016 is crowned by the G6 Signature range and several steps below, the B6 and C6. But the most interesting is the new OLED E6, which without the exclusivity of the Signature model, includes all the technologies that really matter to enjoy a television for which we pay a large amount of money.
The new LG OLED E6 are available in the classic diagonals of this type of model: 55 and 65 inches.
The LG E6 OLED is an Ultra Premium certified model, with a new generation panel (10-bit), native 120 Hz refreshment and 3840x2160 pixel resolution, and with support for HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. At the color level it has 90% of the DCI-P3 color space.
In view of this data sheet it is clear that we have not tested an input OLED TV model. The price of almost 4500 euros for the 55-inch version of the E6 leaves no room for doubt.The LG E6 adds a premium design where sound is important, with the best you can unite on a television: OLED, UHD panel and HDR. But watch the price
The LG E6 is also a 3D television. It uses passive technology, including two quite comfortable glasses and with which we can, for example, resort to the game in full screen but with two images (one for each player) at the same time.
A virtually open OLED panel
The LG E6 does not look like an affordable TV. It perfectly conveys the idea of a high-end television, with careful design in every detail. That extra that needs a model for which we pay a good amount of money.
It has a frameless design called Picture On Glass and where the thickness of the television is almost that of the panel: 6 mm.
LG places the OLED panel on a glass structure that acts as a support and is the only thing along with a minimal edge that protrudes a few mm from the panel, hence the Picture On Glass. The result is that at the usual visiting distance, it appears that the TV does not really have frames.
With this thickness the topic of connections is critical. The solution that LG has found for all the electronics and connections has not been to remove them to an external module, as some brands do when they want to offer a panel of the slightest thickness, but has placed it in the lower area of more classic thickness but still thus quite reduced.
This area serves as the base of the equipment and sound system. The set is stable but not as stable as in a TV model where there is so much difference in weight and thickness between zones. So be careful to move it too much.
Complete at connection level
In this lower area all the equipment's connections accumulate. And they are not few. The main ones are 4 HDMI 2.0a ports, all of them prepared to receive content with HDR and UHD resolution (HDCP 2.2), and three USB, of which one is USB 3.0.
All these ports are located on the side of the lower area, quite close to the edge, which can cause something to be seen depending on which cables you have connected.
If we go to the back we find the other ports, with an Ethernet, analog video inputs, RS-232, CI, the classic inputs for antenna as well as output for headphones and optical audio. The location of the connections, mostly on the side, makes it easier for us to place the TV on the wall if we want.
Logically, at this level, it goes without saying that this model has complete wireless connectivity: Wifi, WiDi, DLNA and Bluetooth.
Integrated sound system
LG has quite successfully taken advantage of the fact that somehow it had to add thickness in the lower third of its OLED model to integrate the sound there. It does it with a kind of very well designed bar and with the technological signature of Harman / Kardon.
The system is fantastically integrated into the TV set and offers 40W of power using a 4.2 system. with support for Dolby and DTS sound. And a 20W woofer.
There is a top model in this range that raises the bar for this coupled soundbar with 65W total power.
The result is quite satisfactory, especially when the thickness of the equipment could not give much room to this aspect of the television.
With this LG E6 we can choose a very high level without ever distorting it, and both the voice and the bass are more than correct, without managing to offer a sound that equals that of a separate external bar.
A good idea is to calibrate the system with an automatic function that you start up and that configures the system depending on our living room.
Two remote controls for you to choose
In a certain current line of televisions it is common for the manufacturer to offer two remote controls, even standard. This is what happens with this LG E6, where we find the longest classic controller where the highlight is the kind of trackpad composed of navigation buttons and a small scroll wheel.
In our test we have resorted more to the comfortable second command. It is half the length and controls necessary to function on a day-to-day basis: volume, channel change, navigation wheel, as well as direct access to source change and webOS.
OLED panel in all its glory
Blacks with a value of 0 cd / m2, unparalleled grayscale between LED technology and full contrast are the main arguments of a good OLED panel. And that maxim is fulfilled with the new LG E6 OLED that we have tested.LG's OLED (10 bit) panel not only maintains quality at its highest level, but also solves almost all defects in this technology.
Without the spectacular nature of the most complete LEDs, the brightness level of this OLED panel is very complete and more than enough (about 650 cd / m2) to achieve, with the contrast and pure blacks as a reference, an ideal dynamic range to be achieved. match of HDR sources, although in general it seems to me that a high-end LED with HDR offers better performance in that specific content.
Furthermore, the new generation of OLED panels that LG includes in this high-end model has taken seriously the increasingly real threat from LEDs of the highest level. For this reason they have been polishing very minor defects in the high-end OLED range, and for example there is total uniformity on the screen as well as the practical disappearance of vignetting.
There are also aids to avoid the dreaded image retention of OLED technology that reduces the life of the panel (among others a screensaver that is activated shortly after moving or having fixed menus in Smart TV mode), but it is a doubt that , by technology itself, will always be present. And in a model that is above 5,000 euros it is quite a reasonable doubt.
In this way, although the panel response time is not a bad thing (over 30 ms), it is not recommended for long gaming sessions precisely because of image retention.
Ready to enjoy from power on
The image quality that this LG OLED leaves us is outstanding without any adjustment. But in case a demanding user prefers to perform a calibration more in line with their tastes, needs or specific viewing environment, there is the possibility of doing it in sections such as white balance, gamma control and CMS (Color Management System), among many others.
In the image customization menus at the user level there are two quite practical designed to adjust the image in dark or bright environments.Their access does not require many menu steps, so save the path in memory because you will want to use them often.The LG E6 OLED allows a very complete calibration, as well as at the user level with predefined modes. But even if you don't want to "touch" anything, the quality is maximum
We can opt for the predefined modes and most of the image improvements that apply as standard can be disabled to enjoy the purest OLED panel, especially in cinema where the native quality and standards are well set.
There are very effective modes ready to use, but also the possibility of calibrating in a much more advanced way for those who want to go much further in customization.
The technology that assists the most problematic image to enjoy the cinema is usually the one destined to achieve a more fluid movement. A good decision might be to leave TruMotion disabled with content that is not sporty or especially critical in this regard.
The LG OLED TV is a prodigy in viewing angle and glare reduction. You can place yourself wherever you want in the room that the vision is practically identical to what you have if you were right in front of the screen.
HDR and 4K in all its glory
Once you decide on the technology you want for your television, the difference is made by the quality of the panel and associated technologies.
This LG OLED adds playback of UHD and HDR content, being certified as Ultra Premium. That guarantees us to be before an outstanding panel in all aspects. It is also an HDR 10 and Dolby Vision model. It is the best television on the market in image quality, although it surely will not make such a big difference with high-end LEDs if we look at the price tag.If you accept its price, the LG E6 OLED is the TV with the best global image quality on the market
A grateful The news about the behavior of this LG E6 OLED is that we should not worry about the type of content. The television itself detects the source and if it is HDR or UHD, it indicates it with a pop-up window, adjusting from that moment the parameters set by default.
In case we want some of those parameters are controllable, and we can decide between display modes for HDR, both 10 and Dolby Vision.
With UHD content, the detail and sharpness of elements that it is difficult to differentiate in FullHD is amazing. The same happens with HDR content, which revitalizes general scenarios for our enjoyment. At this level, it is really worth paying to have Movistar or Netflix-type services where we not only have more and more UHD content, but also HDR.
Something we don't recommend doing is force the HDR effect if the source isn't ready for it. There is an option to do it on this LG OLED, but the result is worse than what we get with that particular mode disabled.
Good job with non-UHD content
With UHD and even FullHD content it is quite easy to succeed for a high-end television. The problem comes when you have to drive and work with fairly low-quality native content.
With the more than logical differences, the LG E6 also does an excellent job in this regard, standing out for video processing with lower quality sources.
Both in television broadcasts of dubious technical basis and on DVDs, the image quality cannot improve but at least it does not leave us feeling suffering on visualization It does happen on other television models.
Web OS 3.0 at the controls of the TV
If it were not for the OLED panel technology itself, a good selling point for this LG Smart TV would be in the use of the new webOS 3.0. It is attractive, functional and advanced.
To the good dose of applications and associated services of series, with Netflix at the head of all of them, we must add an attractive interface visually as well as practical to access content directly (we can go grouping in My Content or My Channels, or perform global searches on all associated services).
The system, either to move between modes, change between sources (it does it automatically if we want, it marks active entries in a prominent way and we can even easily change their names) or install and move applications, it goes with total fluidity , and is supported by the processor included in this high-end model.
The general interface of the TV is also very successful. The menus are clear, eye-catching and there are direct options that make it much easier to switch between different aspects.
LG E6 OLED, Xataka's opinion and note
LG has lived placid years in the premium sector of televisions. While the rest of the manufacturers struggled to gain market share in the entry range, LG has been the queen brand among the high range along with Samsung. But the only one in the sector of OLED models.Faced with the threat of competition in the high-end OLED TVs, LG has reinforced its range with a high-level model such as the LG E6, both in terms of features and design.
In a few months we will begin to see movement in the competition, always in the highest range. We already told you that at least in three years a substantial reduction in the price of OLED technology in the high-end is not expected. So LG has not asleep on the laurels and this 2016 has placed on the market models such as this LG E6, with the highest image quality, careful sound, reference design and uniting acronyms that sell (HDR and UHD) but which, together with OLED, now give the maximum in cinema enjoyment at home.
Logically OLED continues to have peculiarities, but they are already so small that it is normal for other brands to want to enter the segment. Right now they mark the level of quality to be reached in the premium range if you are willing to pay the price they ask for this technology, in this case, almost 4,500 euros for the 55-inch version.
9.4Design9.5 Image quality9.75 Sound9 Interface and software9.5
- High-end design
- Unrivaled dynamic range
- Calibration possibilities
- webOS works very well
- OLED technology price
- Location of the side ports
The equipment has been loaned for testing by LG. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises