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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.
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