LG 55B7 4K OLED TV Review & Comments

Steve Withers

Distinguished Member
Motion handling aside, this appears to be an almost perfect TV.

Okay, there's the very minor banding, which is probably not noticeable for most people in most situations. And the brightness won't sear your eyeballs.

But that aside, is there anything wrong with this set?

WOW!
Given that motion handling and banding applies to all OLED TVs and all the manufacturers have dropped 3D, I was struggling to actually find anything wrong with the B7. The best I could come up with was that the side-facing inputs are closer to the edge of the screen than I'd like.
 

Roohster

Distinguished Member
I'd love one of these but it's out of my price range at twice the price of the B6.

Hopefully some discounts will start to appear eventually.
 

Ian_S

Distinguished Member
Given that motion handling and banding applies to all OLED TVs
That's not really the case though is it?

Panasonic and Sony are using alternative BFI style techniques to improve motion in addition to their own (different) interpolation algorithms.

It's only across LG's OLEDs that you can say it's all the same... which surely is a plus/minus against the competition depending on how good you think it is... or not...
 

Steve Withers

Distinguished Member
That's not really the case though is it?

Panasonic and Sony are using alternative BFI style techniques to improve motion in addition to their own (different) interpolation algorithms.

It's only across LG's OLEDs that you can say it's all the same... which surely is a plus/minus against the competition depending on how good you think it is... or not...
That depends on how you look at it, BFI isn't some kind of magic wand, it makes the image darker which is a definite issue with HDR and some people see flicker with BFI.
 

Ian_S

Distinguished Member
That depends on how you look at it, BFI isn't some kind of magic wand, it makes the image darker which is a definite issue with HDR and some people see flicker with BFI.
It's still a different alternative that people will be interested in if it improves upon the base behavior for them. And as you say, motion generates a lot of discussion.

So it's odd to me that the reviews effectively gloss over it. It definitely needs more attention in my view.
 

ashenfie

Well-known Member
With the E7 being 9/10 and now the B7 being cheaper and as good, surely it should be 10/10?
 

Pecker

Distinguished Member
That depends on how you look at it, BFI isn't some kind of magic wand, it makes the image darker which is a definite issue with HDR and some people see flicker with BFI.

As I've said before, it'd be nice to have the option.

Can it really be that difficult?

Indeed, didn't the first generation of LG OLEDs all have it?
 

dave77

Well-known Member
Considering the B6 is half the price of this it would be nice to hear more about the differences between the two and whether the B7 is really worth £1500 more than the B6.
 
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mooface

Active Member
I can't wait for the Panny review and then see how the competition affects the pricing. I anticipate some strong deals this Christmas...hopefully stronger than a free bloody soundbar!
 

rick19011

Banned
Considering the B6 is half the price of this it would be nice to hear more about the differences between the two and whether the B7 is really worth £1500 more than the B6.
2017 models use the same panel as 2016 models it is just more optimized I think 2017 models people are wasting there money when you can get the b6/c6 for like 2k less.
 

LeoWyatt

Active Member
I just find it rather odd that you say a 2017 LG TV is using a 2016 panel. If that was the case then the same banding, vignetting would be present on the new models. Regardless of all the processing the same basic faults would be present, no?
 

rick19011

Banned
I just find it rather odd that you say a 2017 LG TV is using a 2016 panel. If that was the case then the same banding, vignetting would be present on the new models. Regardless of all the processing the same basic faults would be present, no?
Some people who had the 2016 models say the 2017 models actually have worse uniformity if you take a look at the threads, but it is all the panel lottery.
 

Ian_S

Distinguished Member
Forgive my ignorance, so you can optimise extra nits out of a display then?
A manufacturer can optimise to get higher overall brightness on their panels.

There is a reasonably wide variation panel to panel, but all will meet a minimum standard. What LG have stated publicly is that their panels will take a bigger step forward every other year, and in between that will be more of an optimisation... so 2018 is expected to be a bigger jump forward technically, then 2020...

You can't as a customer optimise your TV to get extra nits from it...

As for 2017 models using 2016 panels, I refer to the above, 2017 is generally thought to be an evolution over 2016 panels rather than a revolution. Of course, 2018 panels may end up being just an evolution over 2017, but 2x evolution might look like revolution against 2016. It's all conjecture :)
 

888SNG

Active Member
At the current 3k price of the 55inch B7 even with the improvments over the B6(still on sale) -very hard to justify the cash purchase.

When ever Oled reaches 1000 nits then the cash may leave my pocket more willingly.
 
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MahaRaja

Well-known Member
Steve, would you say that the Sony A1 has better up scaling of HD content, which will the bread and butter for most people's viewing, than LG's effort?
 

Ian_S

Distinguished Member
At the current 3k price of the 55inch B7 even with the improvments over the B6(still on sale) -very hard to justify the cash purchase.

When ever Oled reaches 1000 nits then the cash may leave my pocket more willingly.
I guess to compare apples with apples you need to compare the price the B6 came out at with the B7. In that regard you get a better TV for your money.

With the B6 in run out status, it's always going to be a lot cheaper. So now is the worst time to compare, or the time to get a bargain depending on your view. Same will happen next year with the B7 and B8...

If the issue with the B6 aren't a show stopper then it's still a great TV, but if issues addressed by the B7 are important, but the price is too high, then I'm afraid it's time for patience. The B7 won't drop too quickly while there are lots of B6's around. In a few months time when all the B6's are gone, then I doubt the B7 will still be near full price.
 

babator

Active Member
Maybe nitpicking, but to me, having six times the adjustment points in the LUT is not the same thing as having six times the accuracy.
 

anticlaus105

Well-known Member
At the current 3k price of the 55inch B7 even with the improvments over the B6(still on sale) -very hard to justify the cash purchase.

When ever Oled reaches 1000 nits then the cash may leave my pocket more willingly.

B7 55in is £2.4k in Costco.
 

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