LG C2 (OLED65C2) OLED Evo TV Review

A new design and 20% brighter, does that make it better?

by Phil Hinton
MSRP: £2,699.98
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LG C2 (OLED65C2) OLED Evo TV Review

As things stand, the LG C2 is still the sweet spot in the LG OLED line-up with excellent all-round performance with superb industry-leading gaming features, a full-on smart TV system that supports all of the HDR formats and image quality that has yet again seen a small step up in image quality when compared to last year's model. Plus, the new design and materials used add a nice touch of design flair and eco-friendliness. It comes highly recommended.

The good

  • Superb video processing from the a9 Gen5 AI processor
  • Excellent SDR & HDR image accuracy
  • Superb gaming features and four HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps) ports
  • Excellent WebOS 22
  • Excellent new design and materials

The not so good

  • No HDR10+ or HDR10+ Adaptive
  • No DTS audio support
  • Pink tint was seen to panel edge when off-axis

What Is the LG C2?

The LG C2 continues to be the sweet spot in the LG OLED TV line-up offering all the latest technology and features at a very reasonable price point. You get the latest a9 Gen5 AI processor which brings much-improved speed and stability to the WebOS 22 smart TV system and OS, along with enhanced video processing capabilities that add better just above black detail retrieval, motion performance and improved upscaling.

The C2 range includes 42, 48, 55, 65, 77 and 83-inch screen sizes with the highlights being an OLED EVO panel, new composite materials and brightness boost processing from the α9 Gen 5 AI processor adding a claimed 20% extra brightness. It should be noted that the 42 and 48-inch models do not have the brightness boost processing and use slightly older OLED panels in the initial run out for 2022.

We are reviewing the 65-inch version of the LG C2 and this was purchased from a retailer and is not a manufacturer supplied review sample.

The new α9 Gen 5 AI processor introduces a new level of Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro which this year assesses over 5000 areas of the image to determine how to apply the tone map to content. It is very clever real-time processing which certainly does have an immediate effect on the HDR10 picture quality; this is not accurate to the creator's intent, but it is effective and will win many fans. Purists can of course switch it off and it is not available with Dolby Vision content for obvious reasons.

Just like the 2022 G2 we reviewed recently, the C2 supports all relevant HDR formats including HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ with the new Precision Detail technology from the processor. There is no support for HDR10+, but as content is thin on the ground, you are perfectly well covered by the C2 for HDR material.

... this is not accurate to the creator's intent, but it is effective and will win many fans

The C2 will also appeal to gamers with four full-fat HDMI 2.1 inputs at 48Gbps. There is also support for 4K/120, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Nvidia G-Sync and AMD Freesync, along with ALLM (Automatic Low Latency Mode), plus there is the game optimiser menu and features bar which should give you complete control over your gaming experience. Input lag also measures in at 12.9ms with 4K 60, and 9.2ms when using the Input Delay Boost option. You can half these figures when feeding the panel a 120Hz signal. The C2, like all LG OLEDs, is an excellent option for gamers.

So can the C2 offer a big enough step up from the outgoing C1 to justify the bump in price? Let’s see if it can offer the performance.

NOTE: This is a TV we have purchased for comparisons, testing and long term review and this review will be updated over the next 12 months as we test it further. Please keep checking back for regular updates.

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Design, Connections and Control

The C2 has gone through a complete redesign over the C1 from last year and introduces new materials with a significant weight saving, along with a new stand design and rear of the TV.

... the weight savings will help with transport and wall hanging

The weight reduction is due to using composite materials in the construction of the panel and stand. It remains sturdy and feels well built, but the weight savings will help with transport and wall hanging the C2. The surface material on the rear of the panel is also new with a weave-like pattern made from the composite material.

LG OLED65C2

The edge of the panel is incredibly thin as you would expect from OLED with a silver 1mm strip that goes around the edge. The rear of the panel has a newly designed area for the electronics, speakers and connections. This new section is smaller than last year’s panel rear with the connection now sideways facing.

LG OLED65C2

The new stand design is a smaller centrally positioned unit that while being lightweight is also sturdy enough to hold the panel with no issues with stability.

LG OLED65C2

Connections wise we have three USB slots, four HDMI 2.1 input ports which are all 48Gbps, a LAN, an optical digital output, RF and Satellite antenna and an IR blaster port.

LG OLED65C2

The supplied remote control is the now-standard black plastic LG magic remote. It’s certainly functional and it sits neatly in the hand, but the lack of a backlight and the fact it is black plastic doesn’t quite fit with the market level of the C2. We would encourage LG to look at providing a slightly better designed remote for its higher-end OLED sets in future.

Measurements

Out of the Box

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What is Filmmaker Mode?

What is Filmmaker Mode?

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The Filmmaker Mode is an initiative involving the Ultra HD Alliance, Hollywood studios and TV manufacturers that lets consumers watch content as the director intended using one simple picture setting.  

As we do with all TV reviews, we factory reset and then we measured the out of the box presets to find the one closest to the industry standards so we can view the content as it was mastered and intended to be seen. With the LG C2, that preset was Filmmaker Mode which tracks D65 white, Rec.709 for HD and Gamma BT.1886 for SDR and ST.2084 PQ EOTF, D65 White and DCI-P3 for HDR10. You could also use the two ISF Expert Modes, but remember that only Filmmaker Mode switches off all unwanted processing. You will need to manually switch off items in the ISF modes.

We use Calman colour calibration software, a Murideo Seven Generator and Klein K-10A meter for measurement and calibration.

LG OLED65C2

Once again Filmmaker Mode on the LG C2 is extremely accurate out of the box to the industry standards for SDR. Our greyscale tracking is precise and gamma also falls into the correct BT.1886 curve with no issues at all. Indeed, our DeltaE errors are an average of 1.5 which is well below the visible threshold of three, meaning that no errors within the greyscale or with the gamma are seen in actual TV and film content that you view.

LG OLED65C2

The Rec.709 colour gamut is also accurate albeit with some very slight red saturation errors though, again, our DeltaE errors averaged 1.5 which is well below the visible threshold. This means that the red saturation will not be visible within film and TV content.

Calibrated

The LG C2, like all LG OLED sets, has a full suite of calibration controls available within the menu system as well as being able to use the Calman AutoCal system. We did a full manual calibration in the ISF Expert Dark mode.

LG OLED65C2

Pure perfection is the result of a manual calibration as our greyscale results are absolutely reference level in terms of accuracy and errors. Our tracking is perfect with DeltaE errors averaging 0.3 which is well below the visible threshold of three.

LG OLED65C2

Our colour gamut results to Rec.709 are also reference level with all visible errors removed and DeltaE averages of 0.7 meaning no errors will be visible at all in normal TV and film content.

HDR Results

As we always do with the HDR testing, we measured various window sizes and the peak brightness available from the LG C2. Obviously, this is one area where readers like to take notes and compare, but I will point out that there is far more to a good HDR image than just the peak brightness. Our eyes are no good at picking up differences between peak brightness levels, so to your eye, you will not perceive a difference between 800 nits and 900 nits in isolation. There will be variance in the figures posted by different reviews, but just remember that a difference of 900 nits to 980 nits, for an example, is just not going to be visible on its own, so don’t get fixated on these results, you need the full picture of what is going on, (pun intended).

LG OLED65C2

In the most accurate Filmmaker mode in HDR10 the LG C2 measures in at 743 nits on an industry-standard 10% window and on full-screen measures in at 150 nits. The 65-inch C1 from last year measured 690 nits at 10% and 139 nits at 100%, so there is an improvement with this new 2022 Evo panel.

With HDR, dynamic range matters, as does the just above black and mid-tone levels within the image as these are where our eyes will notice changes, and it is what gives an HDR image that depth and realism.

LG OLED65C2

Tone mapping to the ST.2084 PQ EOTF standard is also very good with slightly different maps for the mastering difference between 1000 and 4000 nits. With 1000 nits mastered content the tracking is accurate to the standard up to the peak brightness limit where the set hard clips.

LG OLED65C2

With 4000 nits content, it is similar but with a more gentle roll-off where it tries to retain as much peak highlight detail as possible before hard clipping. Greyscale and D65 white balance performance is also excellent with both tone maps. These measurements are with the Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro switched off. If you engage it, you do noticeably increase the brightness of the image which affects the shadows and mid tone by brightening up those areas. This is not as intended and while it is eye catching at first glance, you are losing dynamic range and compressing the image for that extra brightness and detail, taking away some depth to the image. It really will be a personal preference setting.

LG OLED65C2

Colour gamut coverage to DCI-P3 within BT.2020 is also very good with excellent saturation tracking. The points are there or thereabouts and we didn’t notice any major issues with saturation tracking at all playing HDR10, HLG or Dolby Vision content. Saturation and brightness remained excellent for HDR colour reproduction with no obvious wash out with bright colours seen, like on the brighter G2. Overall, these results are very good indeed.

LG OLED65C2

We measured BT.2020 coverage at 72% XY and 78% UV with P3 coverage coming in at 97% XY and 99% UV.

LG OLED65C2

Performance

We are reviewing the 65-inch model of the LG C2 in this review which is a retail purchased sample,, but the picture performance should be similar between the different screen sizes from 55-inch and above, thanks to the Evo panel and α9 Gen 5 AI processor. Note that the 42 and 48-inch versions will have slightly different panels with no Brightness Boost, so image quality will be slightly different on those models.

We start with the panel uniformity on a 5% black slide and there is very faint banding present that can only be seen with test patterns in a very dark room. With normal dark scene viewing in a dark room we didn’t notice any issues whatsoever. The same is true with all other brightness levels through the greyscale as it remains clean all the way up to 100%. We didn’t see any issues with Dirty Screen Effect (DSE) or vignetting. Off-axis there is a slight magenta tint to the edge of the panel, but this is only visible when viewing from a wide off-axis angle.

Video processing is excellent with the powerful new a9 Gen5 AI processor serving up some much improved upscaling of lower-resolution sources to the panel's UHD native resolution. Lines are straight and free from ringing or fizzing with excellent detail retrieval and very few sharpening issues.

The biggest bonus is much better out of black performance

Motion is also very good with no induced judder with 24fps material and excellent 5:5 pulldown without any issues. Broadcast 50Hz content is also clean with no signs of frame skipping or unwanted artefacts with TruMotion switched off. Adding in TruMotion at higher levels did introduce artefacts with trailing edges and image break up effects seen with fast moving objects.

With SDR film and TV content, the LG C2 is excellent with superb black levels, accurate colour reproduction which is natural, and vivid when required, with lifelike skin tones adding realism to faces. Films look cinematic with excellent motion from 24fps material with no induced judder or added motion blur not present in the content. Blacks are strong with excellent just above black shadow detail retrieval thanks to the new a9 gen5 AI processing improving the performance coming out of black.

Moving to HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision picture performance we see again an improvement this year from LG with the C2. The biggest bonus is much better out of black performance with just above black shadow detail being far more noticeable with no issues of black flashing or blockiness. Motion is also improved with excellent 24fps playback adding to the cinematic images on display with HDR content.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife looked stunning with excellent dynamic range performance and shadow detail retrieval adding real depth and realism to the image quality. It doesn’t quite go as bright in the highlights as the G2 is capable of showing, but you really would only notice this in comparison.

Images are incredibly accurate in both SDR and HDR showing the real benefits of OLED technology.

LG OLED65C2

As we mentioned in the introduction, the C2 will also appeal to a wide range of gamers thanks to industry leading support. There are four HDMI 2.1 inputs (at 48Gbps), support for 4K/120, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Nvidia G-Sync and AMD Freesync, along with ALLM (Automatic Low Latency Mode), plus there is the game optimiser menu and features bar which should give you complete control over your gaming experience. Input lag also measures in at 12.9ms with 4K/60, and 9.2ms when using the Input Delay Boost option. We didn’t find any issues with HDR gaming depending on the title and initial set up choices, with excellent image quality and very few issues with tearing or judder. Colours looked vivid yet natural and having true blacks certainly adds to the image depth and detail. There are also aspect ratio settings for PC gamers looking to game in the ultra wide ratios. Overall, the LG C2 is an excellent choice for gamers.

It is slick and powerful and everything works as you would expect it to

The smart TV system is the now-familiar WebOS and from this year onwards the version running on the TVs will feature the year of release, so on the C2, this is WebOS 22. It is almost identical to last year with a full-screen home page and various tile layers for video-on-demand services and apps. It is slick and powerful and everything works as you would expect it to, with minimal fuss. Image quality via the apps is also excellent with full menu controls available for image settings.

Sound Quality

The LG C2 has no added soundbar or Dolby up-firing speakers, it relies on built-in stereo speakers for it’s sound performance. Saying that, I was pleasantly surprised at the everyday sound quality for normal TV viewing in an average sized UK living room. There is no weight or bottom end to speak about and it really can’t fill the room with cinematic sound, you’ll need an external sound system for that, but what is on offer is perfectly adequate for the occasional movie and TV drama.

Conclusion

LG C2 (OLED65C2) OLED Evo TV Review

The LG C2 remains the sweet spot in the OLED TV range offering superb all round performance with industry leading gaming features, incredibly accurate image quality with SDR and HDR content, as well as improved video processing and faster WebOS smart TV. The new design is also modern with composite materials used to make the entire package much lighter than previous C versions, and also introduce a new central stand design that is light yet incredibly sturdy.

... there is an obvious step up in image quality and video processing thanks to the a9 Gen5 AI processor

When comparing to last year’s C1 model, there is an obvious step up in image quality and video processing thanks to the a9 Gen5 AI processor which helps the C2 produce excellent just above black shadow detail retrieval and better mid range detail. This brings in more image detail and depth with superb accuracy to the greyscale, EOTF tracking and colour gamut performance. There is also a slight improvement in peak brightness, not only at small widow sizes which benefits specular highlight detail retrieval, but also full screen brightness that adds more brightness overall to HDR and SDR content. Whether these upgrades are worth the current price difference between the two models remains a question only you can answer.

This review will be added to over the next 12 months with comparisons to competing models and even those that are slightly higher in the OLED pecking order to see if the C2 really does offer an all round value for money prospect.

Overall, the LG C2 offers accurate image performance along with excellent industry leading gaming support, a new faster processor and an OLED Evo panel offering 20% better brightness. As such it comes highly recommended!

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LG C1 (OLED65C1) 4K OLED TV Review

LG C1 (OLED65C1) 4K OLED TV Review

by Phil Hinton ·
The LG C-series has long been the sweet spot of the range and the C1 continues that trend. With superb gaming credentials, stunning image accuracy out of the box and a new OS system design, is this the best all-round TV of the year? Let's find out...  
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LG G2 (OLED65G2) OLED Evo Review

LG G2 (OLED65G2) OLED Evo Review

by Phil Hinton ·
With a new Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor and newly developed Evo panel with brightness boost pro technology, the LG G2 is the best OLED the company has yet made, so how does it compare to the best on the market? We are going to find out...  
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Contrast/dynamic range/black level

10

Screen uniformity

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9

Colour accuracy

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9

Greyscale accuracy

10

Picture processing

10

Picture quality

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9

SDR picture quality

10

HDR picture quality

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9

Picture quality out-of-the-box

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9

Picture quality calibrated

10

Sound quality

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8

Smart TV system

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9

Build quality

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9

Ease of use

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9

Value for money

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9

Verdict

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9

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