In the cutthroat premium HDTV war, the Korean tech company’s much-vaunted OLED technology is more often than not considered the best on the planet, and it has proven on an annual basis why it should be the standard for all OLED panels currently out on the market.
As for the C9 Series in particular, this mammoth HDTV has no problems checking off all of the boxes of what you would desire in a high-end panel. It features one of the best image qualities ever tested on a TV, delivering perfect deep black levels, precise colors, unmatched wide-viewing angles, and outstanding uniformity and contrast ratio.
The C9, as expected, also boasts most of the ancillary perks that you would want in a pricy set like this—such as the much-have HDMI 2.1 features—including eARC—and comes with full-fledged support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2. Also know that the HDMI port should have no problem handling 4K at 120fps.
The handy remote control also lets you speak to, and hear from, those voice assistants. The webOS smart TV operating system, despite some minor hiccups, is mostly fluid and user-friendly as well, so getting to your favorite streaming app like Netflix or Hulu or on-demand content will surely be a snap for family movie nights.
Because of the much-praised organic light-emitting diode technology, there is no backlighting to be found, so the overall design is sleek and slim—in fact, the C9 is thinner than many smartphones out there.
As with most TVs that feature super-slim designs, the speakers are usually a conspicuous weak point. Although LG’s speakers are acceptable for everyday casual TV-watching, you should really invest in a decent soundbar to bring out that immersive, cinematic experience when watching sports and action-heavy movies.
Another great aspect of the C9 is that it features superb variable refresh rate and extremely low input lag, which will surely be appreciated by diehard gamers out there waiting patiently for the next-generation consoles from PlayStation and Xbox.
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.