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.


The LGEC9300 sports the best picture quality ever

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LG LogoCnet’s David Katzmaier posted his review of the most affordable 55″ OLED HDTV to date and apparently, it sports the best picture quality ever.

I was reminded of the many benefits and shortcomings of OLEDs through this review. Thin profiles, lower power consumption and superb picture quality are the high points but some of the shortcomings and potential issues with the technology gives me pause.

Like plasma TVs, it is susceptible to burn-in and as someone who watches sports and plays video games, this could be a deal breaker. Technologies like “pixel shifting” can help with this shortcoming but I am still weary of this.

There are also concerns about the screen’s brightness later down the road and the longevity of certain colored pixels.

The final negative is the curved screen. OLED panels can be easily manipulated but it doesn’t mean they should. Reviewers have mentioned the artifacts that are produced by curving these screens, so why do manufacturers continue to do this? Because they can market it. I just hope they get over this phase by the next round of OLED HDTVs.

I’ve always wanted an OLED. I’ve been waiting for affordable OLED screens for over 5 years. The technology sounded so promising and now we’re finally within striking range. $3000 is a lot of money for a 55″ 1080p HDTV these days but come next year, we could see them debut at $2500 or less and then I’ll consider getting my hands on one.

I just hope they make enough advancements to address the longevity and image retention issues.


CES 2012: Year of the 55″ OLED HDTV

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That’s a lot of screen.

I used to think highly of Sony’s LCD HDTVs, but I’ve since given up on the failing conglomerate’s screens and hopped onboard the LG train. LG makes great screens. I really like 55LE8500 I picked up last year and unless LG starts stinking it up with their screens, I’ll continue to keep them in the running.

So it shouldn’t be much of surprise to know that I’m very much looking forward to LG’s 55″ OLED effort. The styling is elegant with its 1 mm bezel and that “Magic Remote” with its motion controls, built-in mic and trackball would make me pause for a second and rethink my Logitech Harmony strategy.

Samsung also announced their own 55″ OLED screen, but like LG they have yet to announce pricing. If you’re waiting for Sony, you may be waiting awhile as they’ve pulled out of the consumer OLED game.

Sony Pours Money Into OLED, Sells Cell Chip Factories

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LCDs and Plasmas are nice today, but something better could be just around the corner: OLED. Sony is hoping to bring OLED displays into the mainstream market sooner rather than later and by investing $204 million into larger panels; these are great first steps. Hopefully we’ll be seeing screens larger than 11 inches in production.

I’m personally excited for this technology and to see any company invest money into its development is always a plus.

In other news, Sony is selling off their Cell chip production facilities to Toshiba. Toshiba will be taking over the Cell processor and RSX chip manufacturing for both the PlayStation 3 and other products which include Toshiba’s.

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