LG 65C8V OLED 4K TV Preview
Is this the OLED sweet spot?
The C8 is the first in LG's OLED TV line-up to use their new Alpha 9 processor, which means it offers all the same processing features and picture quality of their higher-end models but without the price tag. The 65-inch 65C8V uses an ultra-slim design, a bezel-less screen and a built-in 2.2-channel sound solution with support for Dolby Atmos. Along with the 65-inch version previewed here, the C8 also comes in 55- and 75-inch screen sizes.
The smart platform is still based around the excellent WebOS 3.0 operating system and the C8 still comes with the Magic Remote for accurate motion control. However this year LG have also added their ThinQ AI system to enable the system to both integrate with other internet devices and provide voice control via Google, Siri and Alexa.
The Alpha 9 processor adds a host of new features to LG's OLED TVs, including improved motion handling, black frame insertion, a de-contouring feature and Active HDR that analyses static HDR10 content and essentially adds dynamic metadata. Speaking of High Dynamic Range, the C8V includes support for HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), Dolby Vision and Technicolor HDR. The C8 can also handle High Frame Rate (HFR) content, although not over HDMI because it uses HDMI 2.0 connections.
One of the big new features on LG's OLED TVs this year is AutoCal in conjunction with Portrait Display's CalMAN calibration software. Professional calibrators with the necessary colour meter and pattern generator, can get direct access to the Alpha 9 processor, allowing the auto calibration feature to quickly and effectively calibrate the C8 to a professional level of accuracy with 33x33x33 3D look up tables.
The new LG 65C8V offers the a comprehensive set of features combined with an attractive design and an impressive level of picture quality and accuracy, making it one of the most interesting OLED TVs of 2018.
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