LG ROLLS OUT NEW 8K OLED FOR 2019
Overlooking Sydney harbour, LG gave us a sneak-peak at their upcoming 2019 product range today. As I departed my Uber, I received a pleasant welcome by an umbrella welding LG rep and was quickly ushered into LG’s multi-level smart home in Cremorne.
While the home contains every imaginable connected device to make your life easier (including a craft beer ‘pod machine’ which I must admit to viewing with equal levels of fascination and trepidation) there was one thing we were here to see - LG’s new 88-inch 8K Z9 OLED TV.
Equal parts art, statement piece, and television, the Z9 is indeed a sight to behold. Fed with a stream of 8K images, from a few meters back the picture was sublime. However, get up close to the Z9, and the sharpness of the image is breathtaking.
Of course, you’re going to need content, most of which will no doubt become available online. Having found material, you’re also going to need a fast internet connection, which we’re told would need to be somewhere in the vicinity of 80Mb/s.
The Z9 will also upscale legacy content via its six-step upscaling noise reduction process. Granted, it’s not going to be as good as native 8K content, but it should yield improvements.
LG’s Z9 and LED/LCD 8K televisions will be available in the second half of 2019. However, there is no word on pricing just yet.
While the Z9 did indeed cast a big shadow, the rest of the LG’s 2019 range of OLED’s and Super UHD LED LCD televisions also received a share of the limelight.
Indeed, LG welcomed three new OLED’s to its 2019 range, in the form of the W9 “Wallpaper”, which will be available in 77” ($19,999 - April), 65” ($9,999 - May), E9 “Picture on Glass”, which will be available in 65” ($7,099 - April), 55” ($4,299 - April) and C9 “Cinema Screen” which will be available in 77” ($15,999 - April), 65” ($6,399 - March), and 55” ($3,899 - March).
LG’s Super UHD range 2019 LCD/LED range comprises models ranging in size from 49 to 86 inches. All models are based around IPS panels, which are equipped with LG’s Nano Cell technology for broader colour reproduction, which is of particular benefit to 4K HDR material. The SUHD models offer either Full Array Dimming or Full Array Dimming Pro.
The range comprises: SM94 which will be available in 86” ($10,999 - July), 75” ($7,899 - May), 65” ($5,399 - April), SM86 which will be available in 75” ($5,299 - April), 65” ($3,599 - April), 55” ($2,499 - April) and the SM 81 which will be available in 65” ($2,999 - April), 55” ($2,199 - April) and 49” ($1,999 - April).
Not to be forgotten is LG’s UHD range with models ranging from 43” ($1,299) to 86” ($7,999), which will roll out between April and July.
Following through with their commitment given at CES, all of LG’s televisions will offer full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports. This means all of LG’s 2019 TV’s will support HFR of up to 120 frames per second, which is going to be of primary interest to gamers.
Likewise, all of LG’s 2019 range features LG’s Alpha 9 Gen 2 processors. The Alpha 9 processor offers a four-step noise reduction process, which includes black and mosquito noise reduction along with an algorithm to combat banding. The A9 processor is also capable of colour correction and can adjust the brightness of HDR images based upon room lighting.
All of LG’s 2019’s Super UHD and OLED televisions continue to support HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. LG has discontinued production of 1080p panels, all of their 2019 models utilising 4K panels.
Interestingly, and a welcome feature for those who use their television’s inbuilt speakers, is the ability on specific OLED and SUHD models to auto-calibrate the sound to the room environment. This promises to be a boon for those without sound bars or surround systems which struggle to make out voices.
As for ‘smarts’, LG’s 2019 entire range will support voice assistant integration, in the form of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (via future update) with LG’s smart remote and other compatible devices.
Access to content such as Netflix, Youtube and Stan have been further simplified with LG’s webOS 4.5. The ‘Ribbon of Content” will remember the content you have watched and rank in order of the most accessed along the ribbon.
So for example, rather than having to access Netflix via the Ribbon and then select the content you want to see, the Ribbon will provide a short-cut to the last show you watched, so it’s possible to pick up a series directly from where you left off.
A software update will also be released later in 2019 which will make LG televisions compatible with Apple Airplay 2.
Stay tuned, as we will be reviewing selected models from LG’s OLED range in the coming months.
As the owner of Adelaide based ‘Clarity Audio & Video Calibration’, Tony is a certified ISF Calibrator. Tony is an accomplished Audio-Visual reviewer specialising in theatre and visual products.