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LG 65EF950V User Review

  • ajg68
    65EF950V
    Review of LG 65EF950V tv by ajg68, Oct 24, 2015.
    I bought this TV from Currys just about 2 weeks ago. With the £300 recycle and 10% cashback offers that were going on at the time.

    Having had a Pioneer Kuro LX5090 for the last 6 or so years I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of picture improvements. The Kuro was a fabulous TV with great colour and deep blacks. The relative improvement I saw moving from my CRT to the Pioneer in 2008 was about the same as the improvement I've noticed from the Pioneer to the 65EF950V!

    Pictures are detailed and sharp, colours are deep and rich and pop from the screen, the blacks are deeper than the Pioneer and the contrast is stunning.

    I've not noticed any judder at all from Sky, PS4 or Bluray sources - aspect ratio is on 'Just Scan' as I read it can affect judder and the TruMotion settings are all off. I have not experimented with TruMotion as I have not felt the need.

    4k sources from Amaxon and Netflix are superb with the only downside being the variability in the HDR sources. I've seen pictures look a bit washed out when HDR is engaged but others look stunning. Particularly impressive was the trailer for Exodus. I guess this is as a result of HDR standards being in their infancy.

    I was a little concerned reading about crosstalk at the top or bottom of the 3D picture so it was the first thing I tested when the set arrived. Fortunately all was well 3D is pin-sharp across the whole screen!

    As for vignetting, well maybe I've been lucky as I've not really noticed anything negative yet. Its been something I've looked for and perhaps there has been a hint in a programme that had a clip of some mist swirling around a forest at night (might have been Dr Who) but I was watching specifically for it and it lasted a fraction of a second. Reading some of the more hysterical comments on the forum (from non-owners) makes it sound as though the picture looks like there are curtains that start to close every time there is a darker than normal scene, this is not my experience at all. I feel that if you are a potential buyer then its important to maintain a sense of perspective about what, in my experience, is entirely a non-issue.

    I have not had my set professionally calibrated yet. Maybe I will when it has a few hours under its belt. What I've noticed is that the brightness has increased after a few cycles of the automated managed routine that the set runs when its in standby every time it notches up 10(?) hours. This means I've had to lower the brightness setting a touch as I've found the setting vital to the just off-black performance. One click either way can make all the difference to what might appear to be 'noise' in the darker parts of the picture.

    I've run Calman calibration software with an i1 Display Po meter to get the picture the best I've ever seen (although I'm sure a professional would be able to get it better still). One niggle is that I haven't been able to find an easy way to copy settings from one input to another (I use ISF1)

    Quality of the picture using Sky is variable and I have not yet watched anything from the movie channels. Given what Sky have done to compress the sound on these channels makes me wonder whether they are worth it anymore. Having said that the quality of the picture can be amazing on the HD channels. Some programs on BBC1 HD, 5 HD and Discovery HD have been stunning.

    Sound is good but doesn't go as loud as my Pioneer. Fortunately I have a 7.1 setup.

    All in all, I'm very glad I made the leap :)
    This item was purchased from Currys in 215. The reviewer still owns this product.

    Pros

    • Stunning picture!
    • Blacker/better than my Pioneer
    • Lot easier for amateur calibrators to tweak than the Pioneer

    Cons

    • Copying settings from one input to another
    • Cant go very loud

    Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level

    10

    Screen Uniformity

    9

    Colour Accuracy

    9

    Greyscale Accuracy

    9

    Video Processing

    9

    2D Picture Quality

    9

    3D Picture Quality

    10

    Picture Quality Out-Of-The-Box

    8

    Picture Quality Calibrated

    10

    Sound Quality

    9

    Smart Features

    9

    Build Quality

    8

    Ease Of Use

    8

    Value for Money

    8

    Verdict

    9
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