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LG OLED55B6 User Review

  • Durtranks
    A real tough TV to compete with!
    Review of LG OLED55B6 tv by Durtranks, Oct 28, 2016.
    If like me you're looking to enter the world of serious home AV technology then you have certainly found the right TV to begin your journey!

    The B6 was the first item in my multi-step upgrade plan, having scoured the battlefield that is a new TV purchase I'd come to the conclusion that OLED would be my display technology of choice, which with LG at the time being the only company with OLED sets led me to the OLED x6 line of TV's.

    After deciding I didn't like the look of soundbar beneath the E6 & G6 sets and deciding 55" was my size choice I carefully considered which compromise to make - do I keep 3D but get a curved panel which I'm not a fan of (the C6) or lose 3D but stick with my preferred flat panel style (B6), the C6 didn't quite make the cut and after 2 months with the B6 here are my findings.

    Design.
    "That is TOO thin!" - That one sentence alone from my fiance gives a good idea of what to expect from the B6 design-wise! The upper portion of the panel is about the same in thickness as an iPhone 6, with the set thickening out towards the lower portion housing the TV's connections.

    One thing that is worth mentioning (having upgraded from the LG ub850v) the side HDMI connections feel a little further back from the edge of the TV giving just enough room for HDMI cables to make the 90+ degree turn away from being on show.

    In a strange move the power supply for the TV is hardwired into the TV rather than being an IEC cable which you can disconnect, this could cause problems for users looking to wall mount their TV; very odd move from LG here.

    The design of the remote also feels a little lazy on LG's part in my opinion, the remote is shared between other 2016 models meaning the B6 remote has a button to active 3D despite not actually being a 3D panel! Additionally in a a bizarre move they've gotten rid of the info button!

    Other than those minor issues the magic pointer functionality of the remote works an absolute treat, making web OS 3 a joy to navigate!

    Now lets get down to the real important stuff...

    Picture quality.

    Out of the box I was absolutely stunned by the B6's picture quality, with this being my first OLED I immediately gave the Sin City BluRay a spin and was amazed, all this time I had been used to dark grey masquerading as black but not anymore, this is how dark scenes are supposed to look!

    Couple this with the amazing colour pop and you are on to an absolute winner with this set, two months in and it still leaves my jaw on the floor from time to time!

    Coming from edge-lit LED I was very nervous when it came time to watch a football match, but instead of an image plagued by horrible banding I was instead treated to motion perfect high quality football nirvana.

    Out of the box ISF day/night settings along with the default HDR and Dolby Vision settings are pretty good and perfectly usable however they'll never be as good as getting a professional calibration done. For example prior to my pro-calibration the film grain added to Star Trek Into Darkness was far more noticeable than it should have been simply due to having incorrect settings. Once professionally calibrated this same film-grain was far more subtle and felt as intended, rather than overwhelming the picture.

    One other point to consider is that this set will only ever be as good as the source material you feed it, the B6's excellent video processing will really highlight any faults or poor quality found in source material. For example The Revenant UHD BluRay in all its HDR glory will simply blow you away whereas on the flipside of that coin if you view a channel that broadcasts in severely compressed HD or SD it really won't look that good; but in this day and age who is really watching SD channels?

    Also with the recent introduction of HDR gaming I'm sure many will be concerned with LAG input but having played both Forza Horizon 3 and the latest Deus Ex in HDR I would personally say this is a null point; I haven't noticed any LAG in HDR mode whatsoever! Many users are calling for a HDR Game Mode and while I'm sure it is something LG have in the pipeline, unless you're a serious competitive gamer I don't think the current lack of such a mode should put you off the B6.

    Finally I feel I must address the infamous(?) UHD HDR BluRay stutter issue that many owners have been complaining about over the past couple of months. The latest firmware release (at the time of writing this review) not only resolves the issue but shows LG's dedication to customer service - LG reps actually visiting an AV forum members house to test a fix for the issue in a live environment, I do wonder how many other major TV manufacturers would go to such lengths when it comes to customer service; outstanding stuff from LG in my opinion!

    Sound Quality.

    I'm afraid I can't really comment much here, with me running the TV into a 5.1 system and before that a soundbar, I haven't really experienced the B6's built in sound capabilities all that much. The odd occasion I have used the built in speakers however, they have seemed sufficient but lacking those lower frequencies that really fill the body of the sound that only a sound bar or surround sound system can deliver.

    Final Verdict.

    If there was ever a time to dive into the latest in TV technology I would certainly say now is the time to do so, for the current price of the 55B6 you're getting a LOT of TV for your money and that is only going to become more of a true statement in the upcoming months with (hopefully) some great Black Friday, Christmas and January sale bargains to be had.

    The outstanding picture quality that is able to dive into the deepest of blacks while then being able to soar to incredible brights in the blink of an eye coupled with it's gorgeous design and wealth of features/in-built apps make the LG 55B6v a real tough TV to compete with!
    This item was purchased for £2,299 from Currys in 2016. The reviewer still owns this product.

    Pros

    • Incredible picture quality
    • Dolby Vision support
    • Fantastic OS

    Cons

    • A rocky start with UHD HDR stutter (now fixed via firmware).
    • No HDR game mode.

    Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level

    10

    Screen Uniformity

    10

    Colour Accuracy

    10

    Greyscale Accuracy

    10

    Video Processing

    9

    2D Picture Quality

    10

    Picture Quality Out-Of-The-Box

    9

    Picture Quality Calibrated

    10

    Sound Quality

    8

    Smart Features

    9

    Build Quality

    9

    Ease Of Use

    10

    Value for Money

    10

    Verdict

    9
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