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LG E9 (OLED55E9) OLED TV Review & Comments

Fasen

Standard Member
Another excellent review :) One wish though, would it be possible to make the graphs/pictures zoomable (is that even a word?)
 
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Deleted member 707962

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"There's support for every flavour of HDR, bar HDR10+"

I really thought they had added HDR10+ reading the first part. Seems to support the same HDR formats as the previous models with nothing new in this area.
 

daveb975

Well-known Member
Are you mad lol , better design , better sound and I still think better uniformity for not a lot more.
It depends on your use case, I suppose. I personally didn't like the design of the E9, and I'd never use the TV sound anyway. The panel lottery being less of a problem on the E9 is definitely a good point, but for £600 price difference, I'll choose a good retailer and return it if I get a bad one.
 

Tegs200

Active Member
It depends on your use case, I suppose. I personally didn't like the design of the E9, and I'd never use the TV sound anyway. The panel lottery being less of a problem on the E9 is definitely a good point, but for £600 price difference, I'll choose a good retailer and return it if I get a bad one.
Fair point and I suppose when I got my E9 it was only £299 difference at the time so a lot easier decision.
 

milano j

Active Member
Oled Oled....great PQ and subjectively speaking have the best all round PQ,but if your in the market for a 75" screen....forget it.............diminishing returns............considering thee price of a Qled 75"
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
"There's support for every flavour of HDR, bar HDR10+"

I really thought they had added HDR10+ reading the first part. Seems to support the same HDR formats as the previous models with nothing new in this area.
Well, the new dynamic tone mapping pro works well and is an improvement on last year. Plus, the ability to enter the exact peak brightness to adjust the tone mapping to the panel is also a new 2019 feature I really like.
 

Tegs200

Active Member
Well, the new dynamic tone mapping pro works well and is an improvement on last year. Plus, the ability to enter the exact peak brightness to adjust the tone mapping to the panel is also a new 2019 feature I really like.
Thanks for another informative and fair review Phil.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
So is there black crush across all OLEDs with the current technology Phil?
It appears LG's way of avoiding the black flashing with low bit compressed material is to apply some gamma manipulation which has the side effect of adding in some crush. The last firmware did fix this issue to a degree, but if I am being complete in my assessment, it is still apparent when you go looking for it or testing for it. I would suggest that the majority of owners and user will never notice and it is not something I think is an issue after calibration.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Fair point and I suppose when I got my E9 it was only £299 difference at the time so a lot easier decision.
Yup same as , £280 difference and I will have to use the inbuilt speakers during the evenings I thought it the better choice for myself as I also prefer the look of the E9 over the C9. Plus I only had to fork out £120 out of my own pocket due to this being a replacement under warranty for my 902.
 

wezzywebb

Distinguished Member
Are you mad lol , better design , better sound and I still think better uniformity for not a lot more.
Yet the review says it looks the same as the C9 does when it comes to uniformity, its always going to be a panel lottery , although if you buy a GZ2000 you do improve the odds significantly !!
 

connect

Active Member
You’ve already done a 2019 TV awards then reviewed another TV. Would this have been placed at number 1 in any of the categories if done again?
 

Tegs200

Active Member
Yet the review says it looks the same as the C9 does when it comes to uniformity, its always going to be a panel lottery , although if you buy a GZ2000 you do improve the odds significantly !!
He actually says they are almost identical to the eye meaning there is a difference even if it is small , and if you look at owners the C9 still has many more unsatisfied panel owners than the E9 , and this is also 1 review with Vincent and other reviews showing it even better.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
You’ve already done a 2019 TV awards then reviewed another TV. Would this have been placed at number 1 in any of the categories if done again?
No. Plus, we have to put in place a cut off date, so we can do our awards. We let manufacturers know what that date is.
 

wezzywebb

Distinguished Member
He actually says they are almost identical to the eye meaning there is a difference even if it is small , and if you look at owners the C9 still has many more unsatisfied panel owners than the E9 , and this is also 1 review with Vincent and other reviews showing it even better.
No 2 Oleds look the same ,and there are far more C9 owners than E9, and quite possibly its the same E9 doing the reviews in the UK .
You may have hit lucky with your set , but there is no guarantee that buying an E9 over a C9 gets you a better panel
 

connect

Active Member
No. Plus, we have to put in place a cut off date, so we can do our awards. We let manufacturers know what that date is.
I wonder why LG send in their sets so late. This time next month the new 2020 models will have been announced. You’d have thought get them in reviewers hands April / May so they can plaster award badges everywhere on their marketing.
 

Tegs200

Active Member
No 2 Oleds look the same ,and there are far more C9 owners than E9, and quite possibly its the same E9 doing the reviews in the UK .
You may have hit lucky with your set , but there is no guarantee that buying an E9 over a C9 gets you a better panel
The same E9 being used could be true and I might have just hit lucky but the still dosnt stop the fact that a lot of C9 owners have been left feeling dissapointed and I've only ever seen 1 E9 owner in the same boat.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
What are members views on Sky Q on the E9 . Set the Q box to 2160 or set it to 1080i for SDR and let the E9 upscale the image ?
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Hi all , when my E9 arrives I will put it on my AV unit to begin with . Now I'm debating to wall mount it so my Sky Q and UB820 can sit on top of the AV unit rather than in it.

What I need in my limited space is a wall mount so the tv sits as close as poss to the wall so my centre speaker is not in the way of the E9.

Any suggestions?
 

Dangerous Days

Standard Member
Good review and potentially great TV if you can win the panel lottery, but annoyingly for me, I‘ve just had to send back my second E9 for uniformity issues.
 
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vulgartrendkill

Active Member
Thank you for another very informative review. I currently have a C7 and would be interested in just how much better the new gen TVs are. I find the motion on my set a little jarring.
 

Bruggelink

Standard Member
In the last 8 years I bought 3 LG TV's. The last one being the 65 LG C6 (the last model to support 3D alas). Although I have no complaints about picture quality, I do have complaints about the satellite tuning system. It is a complete disaster, and of course these kind of reviews never look at this part of a TV.

As usual the help-system is abundant about trivial controls, but as soon as it gets a bit difficult you are out in the cold. Several contacts with the LG help-desk made it clear the customer service doesn’t know one iota about this problem, and they invariably suggest to revert to factory settings…

So what goes wrong ?

The most common thing to happen is that some channels suddenly disappear completely, so there is no way you can put them in your favourites again, you have to scan the satellite (waiting patiently because BBC four only starts transmitting at 7 o’clock), and then waiting till the scan is completed.

Luckily I found that I can save the channel list to an external disc, and if channels disappear (I guess this happens because of bad memory management when updates to apps are installed) you can restore the channel list and your favourites from the disc. Fine (although you also have to re-enter the permanent recordings of a series you may have programmed), this week the TV found a new way of annoying me : when I switched to BBC2, after a few moments it changed to BBC1, again and again.

Restoring the channel list did nothing to remedy this problem, so I had to go back to zero and scan the satellites. LG why can I blind-scan Astra 19.2 and 28.2 but not Astra 23.5 ? If you forget to uncheck blind-scan Astra 23.5 the system hangs when it reaches that satellite and you have to restart the TV to get out of it (you get a warning when you try to abort the scan normally, but if you answer yes or no, it makes no difference : you are stuck)

How can I get updates for new transponder lists ? I suppose LG has them to put in new TV's ?
How do I know the transponder list is up-to-date, because some transponders just seem dead (although I have a 100 % signal, and 100 % quality on all transponders that do work.

You think I could manually edit the transponder list… but if the first transponder doesn’t give a signal then my LG doesn’t look any further, it thinks the whole satellite has left orbit… and there is nothing to edit.

The automatic scanning does not find all channels, because when I manually scan transponder by transponder (quite a chore) it always find a number of channels that the automatic scan didn’t.

Also, LG, if by some miracle you are looking to these kind of comments : please give us a list with the frequencies, and the possibility to sort channels by satellite and by frequency. And a way to sort favourites by letting the user give in a number, instead of the laborious bubble sort you implemented.

So finally would someone brave it to test this satellite system in the newest LG, just to know if this system has evolved (I spare you the flaws of the first LG in that regard), because scanning channels and rearranging favourites takes the best part of a day.

When I am at home I can eventually fix these problems, my wife (and most users I guess) would have to pay for assistance.

Forgive me the long rant.
 
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Not sure what your definition of "not a lot more is" £1999 v £1399 is quite a bit more in my book!
RRP, yes but if you keep an eye on deals then one for £17-1800 or less shouldn’t be too hard to find in the boxing day/January sales. During Black Friday most retailers had the 55 inch E9 between £1600-£1800, and I got one for £1400 brand new from Crampton&Moore who were selling them at that price for about 16 hours before they sold out completely while other retailers were still pushing their C9 for £1300-1400 deals.
 
Thank you for another very informative review. I currently have a C7 and would be interested in just how much better the new gen TVs are. I find the motion on my set a little jarring.
Motion is reasonably improved over the C7 which I had previously. I now have a C9 and E9 (split my time between two homes) for comparison. But you still will get judder sometimes with low frame rate content unless you enable motion compensation. I was watching the new season of the Expanse and there was one particular scene which required me to set dejudder to about 7 or 8 out of 10 before it was eliminated. This however introduced soap opera effect. In fact, anything above level 1 was too much for me so I just make do. If this is a problem for you then either go with Sony who still have the best motion handling around or wait to see if LG and other brands improve their motion handling next year.

I would say that there’s no point in upgrading to another LG this year just for moderately improved motion. It is however absolutely worth it if you want HDMI2.1 features like eARC and variable refresh.
 
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SeeMoreDigital

Well-known Member
Nice post @Bruggelink,

With regard to satellite tuning in many respects the pre-2014/15 televisions running LG's Netcast OS offered more logical functionality. And you could create your own channel number lists....

Indeed. Some time ago after the bizarre loss of Channel 4 HD on the Freesat platform I decided to back up the Freesat TV channels list (using the 'Copy Programmes' function) and manually re-edit all the channel numbers to match Sky's channel number list and create an all new GlobalClone00001.TLL file (which took many hours to do).

Anyway, after uploading the all new GlobalClone00001.TLL file, the TV rebooted itself and 'all' the free-to-view satellite channels available via 28.2E were working fine. However, and this is the bit I don't understand, the Freesat logo/icon is still displayed, which also has the knock on effect that the 'manual tuning' option has been removed too!
 

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