Checkpoint: LG OLED55B6P Edition

Checkpoint: LG OLED55B6P Edition

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My goodness is this TV ever pretty. My LG 55LE8500 bit the dust last week and the stars aligned for me to pick up an LG OLED55B6P for $2299.99 ($700 off). It’s worth every penny despite the fact that I’m not able to fully appreciate the screen’s capabilities yet. I still have yet to receive the new A/V receiver to enjoy my home theatre speaker setup with the 4K goodness. 

First impressions of the screen is that it’s remarkably thin and light. My old LE8500 was 79 LBS without the stand and this new screen is a mere 36 LBS or so. It’s super thin at its thinnest point but half the screen still has a bit of a bulge for electronics, speakers and all the other bits that make TVs usable. The picture quality was very dark and saturated by default but after a bit of tweaking it was much more appealing. Motion resolution and clarity of image is what I’m most taken aback by. I’ve only played Nier: Automata on it but everything looks crisp still and in motion. 

The built-in speakers are quite poor but it’s not surprising considering how little space they have to work with. The interface and “Magic Wand” remote are a joy to use which is a huge step up from the clunky and laggy interfaces of old. I have yet to try any of the built-in apps but it looks there’s a solid app marketplace on there.

 

More Impressions With The LG 55LE8500

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A few weeks have passed since I bought the LE8500, so I thought I should share a few more impressions with the set.

Perusing the AVSForums can be extremely dangerous. They will highlight problems that you may have overlooked initially and completely ruin the way you look at your HDTV. Nearly every HDTV out there has some sort of flaw and the LE8500 is no different.

The most noticeable “problem” is the reflective glass screen. I admit it has become more distracting during late afternoons than I initially expected, but it also helped me realize how poor my blinds are.

The second point of concern is the banding. Reviews have mentioned it and I do notice it in certain situations (ie: PS3 submenu after holding the PS button), but honestly it’s something I can accept. It only happens in very specific circumstances and it isn’t an active problem like the red flashing where the entire image is altered before my eyes.

Other than those two issues, I’ve been more than pleased with this screen.