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After reviewing the CX, it that I would recommend most OLED shoppers buy instead may be the LG B9 from 2019. I compared both LG OLEDs side-by-side in my own spanking new basement TV lab, and it had been really tough to tell the difference between them in display quality. My measurements sussed out some slight variations, and watching some low-quality material gave a vanishingly small edge to the CX, perhaps as a result of its improved processing.
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But that’s tiny potatoes when compared to huge price difference between your two now — $600 to $800 for the 65-inch size, according to where you shop. The purchase price gap will shrink as the CX gets discounted and the B9 sells out later this season, but even then another TV will stay less costly and likely an improved value aswell: the 2020 BX series. Search for CNET’s overview of that TV soon.
My other comparison TV was the TCL 8-Series, which includes the best display quality of any non-OLED TV I’ve recently reviewed. It’s a excellent performer and brighter then either OLED, but both B9 and CX beat it for overall display quality. Every OLED TV I’ve ever reviewed exhibits the real black levels, infinite contrast and near-perfect off-angle performance which makes images become more active like no other TV technology you can purchase.
Solid iphone app and voice support
LG’s webOS menu system can be basically unchanged from this past year. It still lacks the ground breaking extras and app-based setup of Samsung’s Tizen system and falls well short of the software coverage of Roku TV or Sony’s Android TV. If you wish more apps, your very best gamble is to get an external streamer, although only a few, like the Apple TV 4K, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Nvidia Shield can support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Meanwhile LG’s software for Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus and Vudu all support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, while Apple TV iphone app supports Vision however, not Atmos. Using the TV’s built-in software gets you the highest-quality video and music from those services, no external streamer required.
The remote tracks the motion of your hand to whip quickly around the screen, something that’s particularly helpful when signing into programs or searching using an onscreen keyboard. The scroll wheel can be ideal for moving through apps, like those seemingly infinite thumbnail rows on Netflix and Amazon.
LG’s TVs remain the only devices that enable you to use both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The primary mic button invokes Google Assistant while a long-press of the Amazon button gets you Alexa. Both can do all of the usual Assistant stuff, including control smart home devices, answer questions and respond with a voice appearing out of the TV’s speakers (yep, both voices). Basics like “What’s the elements?” works as you’d expect from either assistant, filled with onscreen feedback.
The CX also works together with Apple’s AirPlay 2 system, exactly like a great many other TVs including 2019 models just like the B9. I could turn up my iPhone to talk about photographs and video to the screen from the Photos iphone app together with mirror my Mac and phone screens. The LG also offers the Apple TV app, of course.
The feature-packed CX includes almost everything that matters in today’s TV. LG says the brand new A9 Gen 3 chip — included on the CX however, not on the B9 or BX — has improved deep learning chops and “AI picture Pro” enhancements. I didn’t notice any major advantages from the processor in my own testing.
New for 2020 may be the Filmmaker Mode, which takes the area of the Technicolor Expert modes of years past. As promised it turns off the Soap Opera Effect for film-based content (yay) but so do a great many other modes in the CX, including Cinema, ISF and Dolby Vision itself (yes, this TV includes a Large amount of picture modes). While plenty-accurate it is also relatively dim therefore i finished up using Cinema and ISF Bright for some critical viewing.
Most of LG’s 2019 and 2020 OLED models are the latest version of the HDMI standard: 2.1. Which means their HDMI ports are designed for 4K at 120fps, support increased audio tracks return channel (eARC) along with two gamer-friendly extras: variable refresh rate (VRR) and programmed low latency mode (ALLM, or auto game mode). Have a look at HDMI 2.1: What you ought to know for details. I didn’t test these features yet because of this review.
Talking about VRR, the B9 and CX also support the Nvidia G-Sync standard. One difference between your two, however, is that only 2020 models just like the CX may also support AMD FreeSync.
Bear with me, normal readers, since there is one ultra-technical downgrade on the CX when compared to 2019 C9. As reported by Forbes, the brand new model’s HDMI ports support 4K at 120fps up to 40Gbps (10 bits), while this past year they went up fully 48Gbps (12 bits). In a statement, LG told CNET that “the marketplace situation evolution indicated that real content that will require 48Gbps isn’t available available in the market.” The only devices that may look better at 12-bit in comparison to 10-bit are next-generation consoles just like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One Series X, but I’d be surprised if it creates a large difference.
Selecting connections is otherwise top-notch. Unlike a lot of Samsung’s sets, that one actually comes with an analog video input for legacy (non-HDMI) devices, though it no more supports analog component video. Gleam dedicated headphone/analog audio tracks output.
Picture quality comparisons
Normally I am able to compare a TV against 4 or 5 others side-by-side, but during coronavirus lockdown how big is my basement — and limited usage of comparison TVs — reduced that number to two. Happily these were two of the greatest TVs of 2019, the B9 OLED and the TCL 8-Series. As I mentioned previously the CX and B9 were basically tied, with image quality that deserves a score of 10/10, as the TCL fell somewhat short of both.
Click on the image at the proper to start to see the picture settings found in the review also to read more about how precisely this TV’s picture controls worked during calibration.
Dim lighting: Prearranged in my own darkened basement TV lab, the CX immediately distinguished itself from the LCD-based TCL however, not so much from its sister LG OLED. Between your two OLED TVs I didn’t spot any major differences.
Watching the 1080p Blu-ray of Parasite, the trademark perfect black levels and superior contrast of OLED were an upgrade in punch and realism. Every scene benefited, but as usual the darker kinds showed the major differences. As the Parks discuss the transgressions of their chauffeur in Chapter 4, for instance, colors of their faces, clothes and the encompassing kitchen looked, well, richer and more realistic. In extremely dark scenes like Park Dong-ik’s ride in the rear of the automobile, the difference was a lot more evident in a side-by-side comparison.
Shadow detail was excellent on the CX and overall dark areas still looked drastically more realistic than with the TCL. Pro tip: In my own recommended picture mode, Cinema, boost Brightness from 50 to 52 to reclaim those shadows while still preserving perfect black levels.
Bright lighting: No major changes here: The CX was as bright as previous LG OLEDs and substantially dimmer than high-end LCDs.