TELE­VI­SIONS LG OLED65E6V

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You may have clocked the OLED65E6V’S rather high ask­ing price, but this TV ac­tu­ally sits just be­low the moth­er­ship model, the G6 Sig­na­ture, which is £1000 more. There’s no hint of it be­ing sec­ond-best on the spec sheet, though. In fact, its big brother has only a more ad­vanced speaker sys­tem. The 65E6V has a 4K OLED panel that sup­ports HDR and Dolby Vi­sion (the ‘other’ HDR for­mat), and qual­i­fies for the Ul­tra HD Pre­mium club, mean­ing it ticks boxes for 10-bit colour depth, BT.2020 colour space rep­re­sen­ta­tion and has a min­i­mum 540-nit peak bright­ness and less than 0.0005 nits black level. In lay­man’s terms, it can go pretty bright and very, very black. It has 3D, too.

Thin but not frail

The OLED65E6V also shares its big brother’s de­sign qual­i­ties, which are more of a talk­ing point than with most TVS that are wheeled through our test-room doors. LG calls the panel fea­tured on the E6 and Sig­na­ture G6 ranges ‘Pic­ture on Glass’, which should be taken only semi-lit­er­ally. The OLED panel – just a few mil­lime­tres thick – is fixed to a trans­par­ent glass plate, also just a few mil­lime­tres deep. Pro­trud­ing from be­hind the panel, the plate acts as the bezel to frame the screen. To­gether they’re around half a fin­ger-width deep – a slim­ness that sim­ply wasn’t pos­si­ble in a telly just a few short years ago. The bot­tom third of the back panel sticks out a few ex­tra cen­time­tres, but it’s still a won­der how LG has man­aged to squeeze all the in­nards into such a slim pro­file.

Thin doesn’t mean frail, though. While it may look as if it won’t take the pres­sure of plug­ging in an HDMI cable with­out be­ing stead­ied, we work our­selves up to give it a lit­tle shake, which it with­stands. The fin­ish of the glass and pat­terned back panel is lovely.

Easy wall mount­ing

Be­tween the panel and the cen­trally po­si­tioned base plate the TV sits on, is an in­te­grated speaker sys­tem. LG calls it a ‘sound­bar stand’. It has a 40W out­put and 2.2-chan­nel con­fig­u­ra­tion com­pared with the G6’s 65W and a 4.2 abil­ity. Of course, the TV can be mounted on the wall in­stead, with most of the connections housed in the panel’s bot­tom left-hand cor­ner for easy reach.

On the side are four (4K, HDR ready) HDMI and three USB (one is 3.0) in­puts. Around the cor­ner on the back panel are a com­po­nent in­put, op­ti­cal and 3.5mm out­puts, and the LAN socket – al­though wi-fi is of course on board for your con­ve­nience. Just note you’ll prob­a­bly need a wired in­ter­net con­nec­tion to han­dle 4K streams.

Like the handset that came with last year’s mod­els, the main re­mote mar­ries an on-screen cur­sor, op­er­ated by gy­ro­scopic sen­sors, with phys­i­cal keys for when your arms get tired. The new de­sign is a sil­ver af­fair: flat­ter, taller and curved at the front, with flat but­tons tak­ing up the top two-thirds.

It’s a straight up­grade on last year’s unit but, per­haps be­cause of its larger size, LG has added a mini re­mote too. This is flat, around the length of the Ap­ple iphone 6S, and a sim­pler tool for ac­cess­ing the home page and chang­ing in­puts, vol­ume and TV chan­nels.

No short­age of con­tent

WEBOS is back and bet­ter than ever in its new 3.0 guise. More evo­lu­tion than rev­o­lu­tion, it re­tains the same colour­ful card-launcher menu, only this time the spot­light is on two new con­tent

“The OLED65E6V has a pre­ci­sion that’s rare even for a 4K HDR and matched only by the OLED65G6V. Tex­ture is tan­gi­ble and it’s con­fi­dent with colours”

dis­cov­ery fea­tures: My Chan­nels and My Con­tent. These ap­pear on the left-hand side of the menu, where they of­fer neat short­cuts to your favourite chan­nels and con­tent.

Want to ac­cess Net­flix’s Dare­devil se­ries with­out hav­ing to go into the app? No prob­lem, sim­ply pin it to the My Con­tent tab. A search button lets you browse con­tent across live and sched­uled TV, Youtube and videostream­ing ser­vices, and if you are at a loose end there’s also a side bar for rec­om­mended chan­nels and live or up­com­ing pro­grammes based on view­ing habits.

On the apps front, the new­bie-friendly in­ter­face is home to Ama­zon, Net­flix and wuaki.tv, BBC iplayer and De­mand5 catch-up TV, and Google Play.

New au­dio set-up fea­ture

New to LG is an au­dio auto-tuning fea­ture, de­signed to cal­i­brate the OLED65E6V’S sound to your spe­cific room con­di­tions. Just point the re­mote, which has a built-in mi­cro­phone, to­wards the screen and hold it still while it does its thing. It shows you the ‘be­fore and af­ter’ re­sults. We pick the lat­ter as it sounds ob­vi­ously clearer and big­ger.

Need­less to say, the sound­bar stand of­fers an im­prove­ment in both in­sight

and vol­ume over a stan­dard flatscreen TV’S speak­ers. And while it’s no­tice­ably smaller, thin­ner and less solid than the flag­ship OLED65G6V’S sound­bar per­for­mance, there’s weight and punch be­hind dra­matic sound ef­fects, and di­a­logue is solid and clear.

Stun­ning re­al­ism

Fun­da­men­tally, it is pic­ture per­for­mance that puts the OLED65E6V’S price into per­spec­tive. In one word, it’s stun­ning. Ul­tra HD Blu-ray discs are march­ing into our test rooms quicker than you can say ‘4K HDR’ – one of the lat­est is The

Mar­tian and it’s a spec­tac­u­lar show­case for the OLED65E6V’S pic­ture.

Un­like some TVS we’ve seen, the LG flags its de­tec­tion of a 4K, HDR sig­nal with a pop-up ban­ner and op­ti­mises the pic­ture to spe­cific HDR set­tings. There are three fixed HDR modes to choose from, or you can tweak to your heart’s con­tent in ‘User’. We take it up on the in­vite, bump­ing up de-jud­der and de-blur in the Tru­mo­tion set­ting so that ev­ery­thing from slow camera pans to fast ac­tion hap­pens with­out a hic­cup.

In re­al­ity, 4K and HDR con­tent doesn’t need flag­ging. The pic­ture is too sharp and crisp to be mis­taken for Full HD. Take its pre­sen­ta­tion of a light bulb: in­stead of be­ing a block of white light, you see the out­line of the bulb as well as the rays of light. It’s things like this that add to the re­al­ism of a scene.

The E6 has a pre­ci­sion that’s rare even for a 4K HDR telly and matched only by the OLED65G6V. Tex­ture is so tan­gi­ble that star­ing at the sandy sur­face of Mars will have you reach­ing for a glass of water. Con­fi­dent with colours, its re­pro­duc­tion is punchy and en­thu­si­as­tic with­out com­pro­mis­ing re­al­ism.

If noth­ing else, OLED has the edge over LCD thanks to its deep black lev­els, demon­strated here by the black bars, Matt Da­mon’s NASA T-shirt and pitch-black space. That doesn’t mean it suf­fers with con­trast: stars stand out like a child in a pub at mid­night.

Even flat­ters DVDS

With Ul­tra HD Blu-rays cost­ing £20 a pop, we’re glad stan­dard Blu-rays aren’t yet char­ity shop items, es­pe­cially when we have an up­scaler like this. The drop in res­o­lu­tion and dy­namic range is clear but this is still an ex­cel­lent pic­ture on a par with the best Full HD sets.

High-def­i­ni­tion streams and broad­casts are squeaky clean and sta­ble. Even DVD hoard­ers needn’t worry, for the LG keeps pic­ture noise to a min­i­mum, pro­duc­ing an im­age that’s per­fectly watch­able, even with old discs such as Dirty Harry.

From aes­thet­ics to sound qual­ity to pic­ture per­for­mance, the OLED65E6V is a TV fit for kings. An­other case for LG of ‘it shoots, it scores’.

The main re­mote in­cor­po­rates gy­ro­scopic sen­sors to op­er­ate the on-screen cur­sor

OLED65E6V is £1k cheaper than the top-flight G6 but runs it close

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