If you want in on an OLED TV and don’t want to clean out your bank account in purchasing one, the LG B9 series could be the answer from heaven.
With this particular product, you will be getting all that OLED TVs have to offer: fantastic picture quality, accurate colors, deepest blacks and inimitable uniformity and contrast levels. Wide-angle viewing is also second to none. Test after test has indeed shown that OLED is THE TV if you want those impressive perks. Sorry to all QLED and LCD fans out there.
The B9 also matches up pretty well to its more expensive brethren, the C9 series. Aside from having minor design tweaks and slightly less processing speeds than the C9, the overall picture quality has been shown to be nearly identical.
By no means is the B9 a cheap TV, but among all of the 2019 OLED offerings, this TV provides the best value for the money. The 55-inch model comes in at $1,300, the 65 inch $1,900 and the 77-inch monster $4,200. Probably a good idea to stay away from the 77-incher for now, as the price points for 75-inch-plus TVs will eventually sink lower.
As expected from an LG OLED TV, there are plenty of extra goodies as well, namely the built-in Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2. It also boasts Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and all of the HDMI 2.1 extras, including eARC, Auto Game Mode and Variable Refresh Rate.
The WebOS menu system stacks up well with the current competition, but it does lack the overall app coverage of Roku TV or Sony’s Android TV. This, however, can be taken care of easily by purchasing a cheap external streamer like Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The minimalist-driven design of the B9 features a super-slim modern panel. LCD TVs can’t compete with the thinness of OLEDs because they do need backlighting to produce the images. There is, though, a rather noticeable bulge at the bottom of the panel, but this houses the necessary inputs, power supply, speakers and other ancillary components.
As with all OLED TVs, the B9 can suffer from image retention or burn-in, although this has become less common with further advances in OLED technology. Keep in mind that there have been instances of digital artifacts and slight banding, but these are minor issues that do not take away from the superb picture quality you’ll be getting and the great overall value of the product.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV.