Best OLED TVs

There’s never been a better time to buy an OLED TV

by Steve Withers Aug 24, 2017 at 10:53 AM


  • There's no doubt that 2017 is the year that OLED technology finally reached a point of mass market appeal.
    Although still dominated by LG, who also make all the panels, there are now four other manufacturers in the OLED TV market space, offering consumers far greater choice.

    MORE: What is an OLED TV?


    The technology itself has ironed out early teething problems and all of this year's OLED TVs naturally offer 4K Ultra HD resolution, incredible black levels, superb dynamic range and very wide viewing angles. There have been significant improvements in delivering detail just above black, which was something of a limitation in earlier OLED TVs. They also offer a wider colour gamut (WCG) that approaches 100% of DCI-P3 and increased brightness for improved High Dynamic Range (HDR) performance. Whilst not as bright as an LCD TV, the deep blacks and the ability to deliver peak highlights at a pixel level means that both Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and HDR content can look particularly impressive on an OLED TV.

    MORE: What is Wide Colour Gamut (WCG)?

    MORE: What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?


    However with so much choice, LG alone offer five different models in 2017, it’s easy to become rather confused. Which manufacturer is best for you, which model meets your needs, what’s the best value and what about features such as Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)?

    MORE: What is Dolby Vision?

    MORE: What is Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)?


    Well here at AVForums we have reviewed every single OLED TV released to date, so we can recommend the best of the models currently available. Just follow this simple guide and you’re sure to find the OLED TV that suits your needs and your pocket.

    LG 55B7


    Reviewed 13th of June 2017 at £2,999


    Our Rating: 9/10 – Best Buy

    Features: Although technically the entry level model in LG’s 2017 OLED range, the B7 has exactly the same panel and picture performance as every other LG model this year. So you get support for wide colour gamuts and high dynamic range – specifically HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. You also get Dolby Atmos support and WebOS with the Magic Motion remote and a full set of video streaming services. The design is also very attractive with an ultra slim chassis and a curved stand, making the B7 a great choice for anyone thinking of moving to OLED.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: The B7 would be the ideal choice for a gamer with an input lag of only 21ms regardless of whether you game in 2K or 4K and SDR or HDR, it can also handle 4:4:4 and 1080p at 120Hz.

    Pros
    • Dolby Vision
    • Design
    • Input lag
    • Dolby Atmos
    • WebOS
    • Price
    Cons
    • None
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The LG B7 is the ideal OLED TV for gamers.

    LG 65E7


    Reviewed 9th of June 2017 at £4,999


    Our Rating: 9/10 – Highly Recommended

    Features: This mid-range 4K OLED from LG boasts a built-in soundbar and the company’s ‘Picture-on-Glass’ design, making it a highly attractive and very well-made TV. As with all of LG’s models this year it supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG, along with Dolby Atmos. There’s also the excellent WebOS smart platform that includes every major video streaming service and the effective Magic Motion remote. Impressive image accuracy and an excellent HDR performance make the E7 a superb all-rounder that quite simply does everything.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: All of LG’s 2017 OLED deliver a superb input lag of just 21ms, regardless of whether you’re gaming in 1080p or 4K and SDR or HDR. As an added bonus LG’s OLEDs can also display 4:4:4 correctly and accept 1080p at 120Hz.

    Pros
    • Dolby Vision
    • Design
    • Build quality
    • Input lag
    • Dolby Atmos
    • Sound quality
    • WebOS
    Cons
    • None
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The LG E7 is the ideal OLED TV for Dolby Vision support.

    LG 65G7


    Reviewed 23rd of July 2017 at £6,999


    Our Rating:
    9/10 – Recommended

    Features: Although not LG’s flagship OLED TV this year, the G7 does form part of the company’s Signature range of high-end products. So there’s a built-in soundbar and a superior level of build quality that uses LG’s ‘Picture-on-Glass’ design. As with all of LG’s models this year it supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG, along with Dolby Atmos. There’s also the WebOS smart platform that includes every major video streaming service and the excellent Magic Motion remote. However despite delivering an impressive performance, the G7 faces stiff competition from the cheaper but almost identical E7 or the more expensive but more innovative W7.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: As with all of LG’s other OLED TVs this year, the G7 is ideal for gamers with an input lag of just 21ms, regardless of whether you’re gaming in 1080p or 4K and SDR or HDR. It can also display 4:4:4 correctly and accept 1080p at 120Hz which is a nice bonus.

    Pros

    • Dolby Vision
    • Design
    • Build Quality
    • Input lag
    • Dolby Atmos
    • Sound quality
    • WebOS
    Cons
    • Price
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The LG G7 is the ideal OLED TV for sound quality.

    LG 65W7

    Reviewed 11th of March 2017 at £7,999


    Features:
    The flagship model in LG's OLED TV range for 2017 is the W7 wallpaper TV. As the name suggests this incredible design moves all the electronics, connections, amplification and speakers to a separate all-in-one box, which just leaves the 4mm deep OLED panel to mount on the wall. This is done using a special bracket, along with hooks and magnets, and the result is a TV that is simply breathtaking in appearance. As with all of LG's 2017 OLED TVs the image quality is impressive and there's support for every form of HDR including Dolby Vision, along with Dolby Atmos and WebOS. The W7 isn't cheap but it's an innovative design statement and a great example of just what you can do with OLED technology.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: The W7 might be a design statement but it's also good for gamers with an input lag of just 21ms, regardless of whether you’re gaming in 1080p or 4K and SDR or HDR. It can also display 4:4:4 correctly and accept 1080p at 120Hz which is a nice bonus.

    Pros
    • Dolby Vision
    • Wallpaper Design
    • Build Quality
    • Input Lag
    • Dolby Atmos
    • Sound Quality
    • WebOS
    Cons
    • Price
    Read the hands-on review

    BEST FOR: The LG W7 is the ideal TV to wow your friends and family.

    Sony KD-65A1

    Reviewed 22nd of April 2017 at £4,999


    Our Rating:
    9/10 – Highly Recommended

    Features: Sony's first large screen consumer OLED TV might use an LG panel but it still has all of Sony's design flair with a minimalist appearance, an angled stand and an innovative 'Acoustic Surface' that uses the screen itself as a speaker. There are all the benefits you would expect from a 4K OLED TV with deep blacks, great contrast, impressive dynamic range and wider viewing angles. The image performance is also superb with an accurate picture, excellent motion handling and impressive HDR with support for HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. There's also the Android TV platform and plenty of video streaming services, making the A1 a popular choice for anyone looking for an OLED with a bit of style.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: The A1 was something of a mixed bag when it came to gaming with a disappointing input lag of 47ms for a 1080p signal, regardless of whether it was SDR or HDR. Thankfully this dropped to a more acceptable 29ms with a 4K signal and again this was the same whether that was SDR or HDR.

    Pros
    • Dolby Vision
    • Motion handling
    • Design
    • Build quality
    • Acoustic Surface
    Cons
    • Occasional banding
    • 1080p input lag
    • HDMI inputs limited
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The Sony A1 is the most impressive OLED TV in terms of design and innovation.

    Panasonic TX-65EZ1002

    Reviewed 21st of May 2017 at £6,999


    Our Rating:
    9/10 – Highly Recommended

    Features: The EZ1002 takes LG's OLED panel and adds Panasonic's uncompromising approach to image accuracy, resulting in a TV that is essentially a semi-professional model. The EZ1002 delivered the most accurate out-of-the-box measurements we have ever seen, with greyscale, gamma and colour performances that were reference all the way. It also benefitted from deep blacks, superior contrast performance and wider viewing angles, along with a soundbar that has been tuned by Technics and Panasonic's My Home Screen 2.0 smart platform which is simple but effective. There's support for WCG, HDR10 and HLG but Panasonic have yet to embrace Dolby Vision. The EZ1002 certainly isn't cheap but if you want a TV that delivers a level of accuracy that is close to a professional monitor then it's the OLED for you.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: The EZ1002 is ideal for home cinema use but it's also handy for gaming, with an input lag of 26ms regardless of whether you game in 1080p or 4K and SDR or HDR, and the ability to accept a 4:4:4 chroma signal.

    Pros
    • Image accuracy
    • Semi-professional
    • Sound quality
    • Input lag
    • Build quality
    Cons
    • Occasional banding
    • No Dolby Vision
    • Price
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The Panasonic EZ1002 is the most impressive OLED TV in terms of professional features.

    Panasonic TX-55EZ952

    Reviewed 13th of June 2017 at £2,999


    Our Rating:
    9/10 – Highly Recommended

    Features: The EZ952 drops the soundbar and absolute black filter found on the more expensive EZ1002 and it also loses the semi-professional feature of being able to load custom LUTs (look-up tables). However in all other respects its the same supremely accurate OLED TV with deep blacks, great contrast, improved shadow detail and wide viewing angles. There's also support for WCG, HDR10 and HLG but, like the EZ1002, no Dolby Vision. However in all other respects the EZ952 is an excellent OLED TV with both SDR and HDR content and, best of all, it delivers this image accuracy at a much lower price point compared to the EZ1002.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: Like its more expensive brother, the EZ952 is great for gaming, with an input lag of 26ms regardless of whether you game in 1080p or 4K and SDR or HDR, and the ability to accept a 4:4:4 chroma signal.

    Pros

    • Image accuracy
    • Input lag
    • Price
    Cons
    • No Dolby Vision
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The Panasonic EZ952 is the most impressive OLED TV in terms of image accuracy.

    Philips 55POS901

    Reviewed 1st of February 2017 at £2,799


    Our Rating:
    8/10 – Recommended

    Features: The POS901 was Philips's first foray into the OLED TV market and, like everyone else, they're used an LG panel, but the manufacturer has given the TV its own unique twist by adding their excellent video processing. Although the POS901 was released in 2017 it used an older panel and as such it isn't quite as bright as the competition, however in all other respects the POS901 delivered a really impressive performance with both SDR and HDR content. There's no Dolby Vision support but since this is a Philips OLED TV, it does include their Ambilight technology that can be an effective way of adding bias lighting.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming Performance: If there was one area where the POS901 disappointed it was in terms of input lag, with the Philips measuring 55ms regardless of whether the source was 1080p or 4K and SDR or HDR. This is undoubtedly too high for serious gamers, although it's unlikely to bother those of a more casual nature.

    Pros
    • Image processing
    • Sound quality
    • Ambilight
    Cons
    • Input lag
    • No Dolby Vision
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The Philips POS901 is the first OLED TV to include their unique Ambilight feature.

    Philips 55POS9002

    Reviewed 25th of October 2017 at £1,999

    Our Rating: 9/10 – Recommended

    Features: The 9002 is Philips's second 4K OLED TV and it builds on the success of that excellent first model by improving some features and getting the price down. To achieve the lower price point Philips have dropped the built-in soundbar and the HDMI inputs are limited but otherwise the 9002 boasts most of the same features including a dual-sided remote, the Android Smart TV platform and 3-Sided Ambilight. The 9002 also includes the new P5 image processor for superior picture enhancements and it supports HDR10 and HLG. There's no Dolby Vision but otherwise this is an excellent OLED TV with a lovely 4K image, impressive HDR performance and great colour accuracy with superb blacks and shadow detail.

    Full Specifications

    Gaming performance: The 9002 was a definite improvement over Philips's previous OLED TV and the manufacturer has managed to get the input lag down from 55ms to 36ms for SDR and HDR gaming. This isn't as low as low as some of the competition but it is under the key 40ms barrier.

    Pros
    • Image processing
    • Ambilight
    • Price
    Cons
    • No Dolby Vision
    • HDMI inputs limited
    Read the full review

    BEST FOR: The Philips 9002 is the most impressive OLED TV in terms of image processing.

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