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LG 2016 OLED TV & UHD LED TV RANGE

LG 2016 OLED TV & UHD LED TV RANGE

The LG 2016 OLED TV range is here! In recent years, LG has built a reputation in the TV market as a leader in innovation. The Korean company has delivered on its promise of the mass production of OLED TVs, something which the other big players in the market have yet to do.

LG UHD TV 2016 Range

Never one to shy away from targeted marketing, LG is also releasing its own range of Super UHD TVs – which will go head to head with Samsung’s SUHD range in the shop floor Point of Sale sticker wars.

WebOS 2.0, LG’s excellent Smart TV platform from last year, has been upgraded to WebOS 3.0, with some notable feature enhancements such as split screen view from two sources, and the ability to run LGs Music Player app through your connected Soundbar or Home Theatre System - even while your TV is turned off!

So let’s have a run through the range, starting off with the stunning LG 2016 OLED TV Range.

LG 2016 OLED TV Range

LG is undoubtedly not the only manufacturer who wants to be able to produce OLED TVs. It is however, the only one able to mass produce them relatively efficiently at this point in time.

OLED display technology will revolutionize the market, and LGs 2016 OLED range is the start of that revolution.

LG OLED TV Range 2016

Key Features

Picture on Glass– Refers to the OLED panel being directly mounted on a piece of glass, with rounded transparent edges. This results in a striking design, with the TV being a mere 2.57mm thin.

Perfect Black– OLED displays can generate almost absolute black tones with their ability to turn off light in individual pixels. This results in stunning colour reproduction.

Wide Colour Gamut – Wide Color Gamut (WCG) means a much wider coverage of the colour spectrum. It also means the ability to achieve much smoother gradation between all possible shades in that colour range. Every model in the LG 2016 OLED TV Range has WCG capabilities.

HDR – High Dynamic Range provides a huge improvement on the range of both Contrast and colour, meaning simply that the brightest parts of the image can be much brighter than normal, so the image seems to have a lot more depth. The expanded colour range means that Red, Green and Blue colours, as well as everything in between - are brighter and much more "dynamic". Every model in the LG 2016 OLED TV range is HDR capable, except the EG910T, and the EG960T which is only capable of HDR display through streaming services or USB sources.

HDR-10 / Dolby Vision – Two different types of UHD standards. HDR 10 support is a requirement as part of the Ultra HD Blu-ray official specifications, and will be found in many brands of HDR compliant labelled TVs. Read more on HDR HERE

Dolby Vision, while supporting HDR-10 content, also provides an improved colour bit depth and brightness. Dolby Vision films are mastered in up to 12-bit colour, whereas HDR 10 is mastered for 10-bit colour. Dolby Vision also intends to produce Movies with 10,000 nits of brightness (normal Blu-ray & broadcast TV is just 100 nits).  Dolby Vision is a future proof standard which will be able to take advantage of better displays in the future. LG partnership with Dolby Vision™

LG has teamed up with Dolby to integrate Dolby Vision ™, the leading HDR technology into the company’s top-of-the-range LG 4K OLED and LG SUPER UHD TVs.

From LG Australia Website:

“Dolby Vision™, using 12-bit HDR technology, goes beyond HDR-10, the current minimum standard for HDR content. It has the ability to adjust the level of individual pixels frame-by-frame to enhance image detail, natural contrast and vivid colour.

An end-to-end solution, Dolby Laboratories works from content creation to distribution to layback solutions. Dolby Vision™ has already received support from most major Hollywood studios, including Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. These studios have already announced a commitment to deliver Dolby Vision content for home distribution.

Dolby has already mastered more than 100 movie titles in Dolby Vision™ which will be coming to viewers in the home via streaming service providers, ensuring consumers will be in for a real treat.

Grant Vandenberg, Marketing Manager for LG Home Entertainment is thrilled LG is partnering with Dolby Vision™

“I put it this way: when you’re watching non-HDR content, it’s like flying Economy Class. The introduction of HDR takes viewing into Business Class. And with Dolby VisionTM, the experience goes even further. It’s TV viewing in First Class. With LG and Dolby Vision, we believe this is a partnership that will make a real difference. We love it, Hollywood loves it and consumers will love it.” “

6-Step Upscaler – LGs Upscaling processor. When you are watching non-Ultra HD content, the processor up scales lower resolution video to make it look closer to 4K than ever before.

Web0S 3.0 - WebOS 2.0, LG’s excellent Smart TV platform from last year, has been upgraded to WebOS 3.0, with some notable feature enhancements. In the LG 2016 OLED TV Range, the E6 and G6 models all feature WebOS 3.0, while the remaining three models in the range still run the WebOS 2.0 version.

Magic Mobile Connection – a feature which allows your TV to sync with your Android phone, via a special LG app, and allows you to access any apps including maps, and photo gallery straight on your TV screen. Connect your phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV, and each time you come home, you’ll be able to access your phone from your TV, without the need for a Chromecast or other linking device.

Magic Zoom - a dedicated button on the LG Remote allows you to zoom in on part of the image, without a loss in image quality. A magnifying glass section allows you to move around the screen, during playback, all controlled with the remote

Multi View -  Watch two different sources at once, for example the TV free to air channels as one source, and your Foxtel channels as the second source.

Music Player App - Allows you to listen to music through LGs Music Player app, even when your TV is switched off! So you are able to have your music playlist stream through your sound system or sound bar without having the actual TV display switched on.

Channel Advisor - The software “learns” your viewing habits, and makes recommendations on upcoming shows and programs for you to watch.

The following video shows some of the new features from WebOS3.0 in action

Wi-Fi 802.11ac – The latest and fastest WiFi standard is ‘802.11ac’. This new standard is backwards compatible, but when connected to routers capable of 802.11ac, you will achieve faster speeds over longer distances. In the LG 2016 OLED TV Range, the G6 and E6 models come equipped with 802.11ac.

CLICK HERE to read a great article from Forbes website explaining this standard in detail.

Folding Harman Kardon Soundbar – The G6 Premium LG OLED TV comes with a Folding Harman Soundbar as its base, and all of the componentry is built into the base, which is cleverly doubled as a soundbar. This gives you 60W front-firing audio with a 4.2 channel system designed by Harmon/Kardon. The stand can even be folded back in case you want to wall mount this TV!

LG Super UHD TV

LG 2016 ULTRA HD LED/LCD TV Range

LG has 10 different ranges of UHD models available this year, in sizes varying from 43” right up to 86”. There are 5 model ranges in Super UHD, for large screen sizes 60” and above. The UHD Range consists of 5 models, with sizes available from 43” to 75”.

LG Super HD TV Range 2016

Refresh Rate – All of LG’s UHD LED Models will be capable of a 200Hz refresh rate, from the UH656T an upwards, except he two entry level models, the UH610T (50hz) and the UH652T (100Hz). Read our article on Refresh rate HERE

Backlight Type – Every LG Model above 55” and inclusive in the 2016 LG UHD Range will only include Edge Lit LED Backlighting Panels. Only the 43” and 49” models will come with direct backlighting. The Direct LED displays are backlit by a bunch of LEDs directly behind the screen. This enables localized dimming – which improves contrast.

With Edge Lit LED panels, the LEDs are mounted along the edges of the panel, rather than behind the entire panel. This is beneficial in terms of cost, but also in the ability to produce much slimmer screens.

Wide Colour Gamut – All of LG’s Super UHD Panels contain the ColourPrime Wide Color Gamut (WCG) processor, which means a much wider coverage of the colour spectrum. It also means the ability to achieve much smoother gradation between all possible shades in that colour range.

HDR, HDR-10 / Dolby Vision – The entire Super UHD Range include HDR, HDR-10 and Dolby Vision capabilities. High Dynamic Range provides a huge improvement on the range of both Contrast and colour, meaning simply that the brightest parts of the image can be much brighter than normal, so the image seems to have a lot more depth. The expanded colour range means that Red, Green and Blue colours, as well as everything in between - are brighter and much more "dynamic".

Dolby Vision, while supporting HDR-10 content, also provides an improved colour bit depth and brightness. Dolby Vision films are mastered in up to 12-bit colour, whereas HDR 10 is mastered for 10-bit colour. Dolby Vision also intends to produce Movies with 10,000 nits of brightness (normal Blu-ray & broadcast TV is just 100 nits).  Dolby Vision is a future proof standard which will be able to take advantage of better displays in the future. LG partnership with Dolby Vision™

The five UHD LED Models in the range (ie. Non – Super UHD) will all still be capable of HDR, but not capable of Dolby Vision.

6-Step Upscaler – LGs Upscaling processor. When you are watching non-Ultra HD content, the processor up scales lower resolution video to make it look closer to 4K than ever before. Every UHD Panel in LG’s 2016 Range will be capable of 4K Upscaling.

Other features worth taking note of when choosing the right LG UHD TV for you would be the Sound Quality, and the Wi-Fi capabilities.

All of the Models from the UH656T and up will be equipped with the latest and fastest WiFi standard - ‘802.11ac’. This new standard is backwards compatible, but when connected to routers capable of 802.11ac, you will achieve faster speeds over longer distances. The two entry level models in the range, UH610T and UH652T remain with the 802.11n standard.

Just as in the LG 2016 OLED TV Range, there is also a difference in the sound quality between the models across the UHD LED range. This could be very important especially if you are not intending to purchase a Soundbar to connect to your TV.

The Top of the line UH955T comes equipped with Harman Kardon Speakers, with a sound output of 80W. This is a major improvement on the model directly below, the UH953T which only produces 35W. Have a look at the chart above to compare the sound specifications from different models in the UHD LED range, as there is a wide variation from 20W up to 80W.

Finally, here is another video worth watching from CES 2016 showing off the design of the Super UHD LG Range.

For more information on the LG 2016 OLED TV Range, visit LG Australia's Website HERE

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