But if you had to pick one that oozes the most value for your hard-earned cash, that choice is relatively easy—it’s LG’s 55-inch B9 Series, which can be had for a reasonable price of $1,300.
If you do eventually decide to splurge on this particular model, know that it will likely surpass all of your sky-high expectations regarding what these highly regarded OLED panels can offer.
So, what do you actually get with the B9 Series? You really do get the whole package, including sleek and slim design, fantastic picture quality, accurate colors, wide-angle viewing, deepest blacks, and inimitable uniformity and contrast ratios.
Moreover, the B9 matches up very well to its more-expensive big brother, the C9 Series (which you can upgrade to this model for a few hundred dollars more). Aside from having minor design tweaks and slightly lower processing speeds than the C9, the overall picture quality has been shown to be nearly identical.
Even compared to the high-end CX models—which feature Dolby Vision IQ, Nvidia G-Sync and Filmmaker Mode—if it is only the picture quality you’re after, that top-notch value is unquestionably still with the B9 Series.
As expected from an LG OLED HDTV offering, 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 today’s must-have HDMI 2.1 extras, including eARC, Auto Game Mode, and Variable Refresh Rate.
Keep in mind that although the B9 is pretty great for gamers, if you’re still seeking that next-generation level of gameplay, the CX or BX Series might be a better choice because they are able to support both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync. But for everyday TV-watching and movie nights, the B9 will surely check off all the boxes.
The B9 is amazing to look at as well—as the minimalist-driven design 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 conspicuous light bulge at the bottom of the panel, but this houses the necessary inputs, power supply, speakers, and other ancillary components.
Lastly, be aware that, like all OLED HDTVs, the B9 can suffer from image retention or burn-in. There also have been instances of digital artifacts and slight banding, but these are minor issues that do not diminish the superb overall value that you’ll be receiving.
But be aware: as this was last year's model, know stocks are limited.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.