LG OLED65C9PUA Review
This really is a top of the line offering, with a premium visual experience that absolutely delights and excites with pure viewing pleasure. The LG OLED65C9PUA has the latest and greatest in visual quality, with many additional extra features. There’s a glorious 4k resolution experience with HDR10, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support. To the side of that you get Apple Airplay, Bluetooth and of course wifi with the option for a traditional Ethernet cord. This line-up presents three options, a 55”, a 65” and a 77” with the model I got to check out being the middle tier 65”.
It was glorious in terms of size, and the scale. I typically use a 4k resolution screen so visually I’m used to the best that’s available resolution wise at the moment, this visual experience really did surpass what I’m used to seeing. I know 8k is somewhat available, but not commonplace like the 4k is at this point. The colors were more vibrant in movies, the games looked even better and I was shocked. Everything did generally look great, as did upscaled content. When reviewing these TVs I like to try various lower resolutions to see how it performs and the upscaler is certainly grand. 720p and 1080p resolution based content did upscale in a lovely way.
With the WebOS you do get many apps to download, this a natively built in store area. There are standard ones such as Netflix, Amazon Prime among others. You also get buttons right on the remote for them, including just a movies button. Building on that, the voice support is fantastic here. Right from the remote you can call upon the built in AI ThinQ, take advantage of Google Assistant or also Amazon Alexa.
I loved using the Bluetooth music player with this, it connected to my iPhone XS beautifully. Building on that, the home server works flawlessly for streaming any type of format I threw at it. Very impressed by that aspect. There’s a nice home hub to take advantage of, this connects to all your other smart devices if you have those available.
The remote was fairly solid, traditional as it’s stacked with buttons. It gets the job done, I personally prefer a more minimalistic remote however. I did like that it can control devices, was neat to run the Xbox One X without needing a controller on. This will be a fine remote option to use in your day to day.
The TV has connection spots for four HDMI; three USB, a RS-232C, a composite and an optical port. There are many options, and you get some on the straight back, or to the side on the left when facing the screen. I’m used to these ports being right, but purely preference. There’s a small cord for power, and that’s about it. The wall mount option is for VESA 300 x 200. The TV without the stand is 57“ x 32.7“ x 1.8“ weighing 55.6 lbs. With the stand it is 57“ x 33.9” x 9.9“ at 74.7 lbs. The screen is insanely thin, I can’t even describe how minimal it is. It just immerses you, and when you look at that thinness you’re just blown away by its majesty. The back is also just a gorgeous smooth glossy finish that you can get lost in. It was somewhat hard to place due to how thin it is when holding it, but once you get it there it’s truly stunning to take in.
To dive into the more technical aspects of what’s included. First off, there’s support for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) which is great to see. There are true black colors present, and it has little screen reflection when it comes to the background environment. It’s basically perfect at any viewing angle and that was impressive. It was very bright if needed, and the colors did just pop in some situations and were beyond expectations. I would suggest turning off the blur effect though.
The 4k HFR is great to see for support, high frame rate is always nice to see with a fluid presentation options. There’s 4k Cinema HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. You get deep learning AI picture through the a9 Gen2 processor, definitely powerful and smooth for quick responsiveness.
The LG OLED65C9PUA is a perfect modern TV delivering a gorgeous native 4k HDR with Dolby Atmos for perfect audio quality and great Dolby Vision. It plays everything perfectly well, and it all looked better than ever. It greatly enhanced some movies far beyond expectations and every game felt like a step up from what I had been experiencing before. The HDR helps a lot, and there are many smaller visual additions that really cover all grounds.
The voice elements within the remote were responsive, and varied in regards to which groups were supported. This is a generally excellent option for viewing, playing anything you want while making it look better than you had previously seen it. The screen is insanely thin, it’s elegant and you can just get lost in the visual quality. It was great to check this out, certainly an enjoyable experience. The movies I loved looked fantastic, and the games were very impressive.
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LG OLED65C9PUA Review product loaned by LG tested with Xbox One X with Games, Movies and Streamed Content. Games; Gears 5, Gears of War 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, DayZ, Wolfenstein: YoungBlood Minecraft. Movies (all 4k, some HDR); Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Dark Knight Rises, Avengers, La La Land, Thor Ragnarok, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Mission Impossible - Fallout, Evil Dead.
Rating Overall: 9.0