LG C9 OLED


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The LG C9 is part of LG’s 2019 OLED lineup. It scores with outstanding picture quality, unmatched contrast, HDMI 2.1, top motion handling and great response time. The C9 also convinces with Smart TV features. There are only a few disadvantages, but these also carry weight. We’ll tell you more.

Processing and design of the LG C9

As usual, the construction and workmanship of the LG C9 are very good. In terms of design it follows last year’s models LG B8 and C8 – the screen covers almost the entire available area and the edge is very thin. The TV stands very securely and hardly wobbles.

Depending on the size, a sufficiently large table should be available, as the stand covers almost the entire width of the TV. The 55” and 65” variant have a very flat stand which extends almost entirely to the rear. This stand also provides a handy way to hide and guide cables to the rear. The 77” variant on the other hand looks identical to 2018’s OLED C8. If wall mounting is desired, this requirement has been settled.

The television itself is frighteningly flat. On the wall it looks good, as the LG C9 almost completely blends into the interior. Nevertheless, be careful when unpacking and setting it up!

Picture Quality: Maximum Contrast and Deepest Black

Like all OLED TVs, the C9 does not have a backlit LCD panel, such as the Sony X950G. Instead, each pixel can be turned on and off, dimmed and no local dimming is required. This provides a black level unmatched by Non-OLED TVs.

The C9 also achieves best results in terms of contrast: Since individual pixels are simply switched off and adjacent pixels can glow at full brightness, the maximum contrast is theoretically ∞:1.

The viewing angle is extremely wide due to the OLED Panel. Even from the side there are hardly any changes in black level and brightness. However, colors can change a little from the side. Televisions with VA panels like the Q90R use a special filter to counter this effect. This is not necessary with OLED TVs.

The Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) is a damper for the otherwise outstanding image quality. In large bright scenes, such as ice hockey, the brightness is automatically reduced to reduce the risk of burn-in. Even if that won’t bother most people, you can’t turn it off.

The C9 achieves its best performance in dark rooms. The perfect black is more effective and the colours appear more brilliant. If you live in a house or apartment with many windows and very bright rooms, you might want to look for a QLED set. Read more about this in our comparison of OLED and QLED TVs.

Naturally, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Advanced HDR by Technicolor are also supported, as with the 2018 devices. The second generation Alpha 9 image processor provides the power required for picture processing and motion interpolation.

Very good motion handling on the LG C9

The motion handling of the C9 is incredibly good. Fast content can be played back almost without delay. The response time is about 0.2 ms. This value is so low that slow pans can result in stutter. To prevent this, the built-in Black Frame Insertion Feature (OLED Motion) or Motion Interpolation of the C9 is suitable. The former can, however, lead to Judder.

Burn-in risk with OLED TVs

As with any OLED television, there is a risk that very bright and static content may burn into the LG C9. Static contents are, for example, news bars or station logos. In the real world, there are hardly any such incidents, as such content is very rare and this type of wear takes a very long time. Smaller content, such as crosshairs when gaming, is no problem at all with techniques such as Pixel Shift being implemented. Station logos are automatically detected and dimmed by the C9. This virtually eliminates the risk of a burn-in.

White news banners such as CNN, which never change position or brightness, remain dangerous. But those who don’t set the TV to maximum brightness and don’t watch 24/7 CNN usually have nothing to fear.

Gaming on the LG C9

In combination with a Playstation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X / S, the C9 cuts an extremely good figure. Thanks to the almost immediate response time and a minimum input lag of about ~7ms at 1080p @ 120 Hz and ~13ms at 4K @ 60 Hz, gaming is really fun. There’s hardly any delay or blurred motion. Even HDR content can be displayed fantastically while gaming. HDMI 2.1 allows larger data transfers (48 Gb/s) that Playstation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will definitely take advantage of. VRR (HDMI Forum VRR) for gaming without tearing is also supported – but so far only with the Xbox One X and only by the 55″ and 65″ versions of the C9. The Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) is a feature that is also made possible by HDMI 2.1. This reduces the latency between controller and screen to a minimum automatically.

Update September 2019: LG Electronics has announced that the LG C9 and E9 will also be capable of Nvidia G-Sync in the near future. This way VRR for gaming without tearing is also possible with Nvidia graphics cards.

Lackluster sound

As with almost all 4K UHD TVs, the picture is worlds better than the sound. The C9 clearly reproduces voices, but it simply lacks bass, as it is often wanted and desired in action movies or video games. If you want to buy the C9 for your own home cinema, you should consider the additional investment for a soundbar or hi-fi system. Dolby Atmos is also supported by the LG C9, so the consideration to buy a corresponding soundbar for Dolby Atmos is justified. The C9 has an HDMI eARC port, which allows significantly higher data transfers than normal HDMI ARC. This even makes uncompressed Dolby Atmos and DTS:X possible.

Very good Smart TV features

The interface based on LG webOS 4.5 is very easy to use and runs fast and smooth. Some of the apps are jerky though but this is probably going to be fixed in a future update. Three options are available for operation: 1. voice control 2. remote control 3. app on the smartphone.

The voice control works well. Even better is the use of the remote control as a mouse cursor on the screen by moving your hand, similar to the Nintendo Wii. If you don’t like this, you can navigate through individual fields with the direction keys as usual. Although the remote control isn’t as chic as its competitor Samsung, it’s at least as functional. The smartphone app is intended more as a supplement than as a stand-alone operating device. Basic voice searches and key functions can be performed with this app.

The most important apps are already pre-installed and a lot more are available. Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2 are also on board.

Variants of the LG OLED C9

LG OLED B9

In an older test we have already introduced the LG B8. The successor B9 is now available. It is now home to the second generation Alpha 7. In comparison, the C9 features the more powerful second generation Alpha 9. Image processing and interpolation are on a slightly higher level with the C9 – but this is only noticeable when these features are used. And if that’s the case, only image enthusiasts will notice a difference. Therefore, laymen should go for the B9. The sound of the B9 has been reworked, but we find that the new sound is not the same as that of a good surround soundbar.

LG OLED E9

The LG E9 is once again superior to the C9 in terms of equipment. The design is completely different: the stand protrudes only to the rear and the TV is completely flat to the front. It has the same technical features as the C9. There’s also an integrated soundbar that raises the sound of the TV. Whether the change in design and the sound bar justifies the heavy additional charge is questionable.

LG OLED55E9PUA E9 Series 55" 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2019)
$ 2496 $ 2096
Price incl. VAT., Excl. Shipping

LG Signature OLED W9

LG OLED65W9PUA
$ 6999 $ 5996
Price incl. VAT., Excl. Shipping

That still isn’t all. The LG Signature Collection has an OLED TV up its sleeve for those who are not satisfied with the B9, C9 or E9. The W9 has the same technical features as the C9. HDMI 2.1, Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, Amazon Alexa – all this is on board. Unfortunately, the HDMI Forum VRR feature for tearing-free gaming is missing for now. Another decisive difference: Unlike the B9, E9 and C9, the television’s technology is not behind the screen.

It is located inside the supplied sound bar, which is connected to the actual screen with a single cable. The screen itself is hung on the wall and resembles a window with a ridiculously mall depth of only 3 millimeters. The LG W9 is the flagship of the OLED series and has a corresponding impact on your wallet.

Future-proof LG C9 OLED TV

The LG C9 is a 4K OLED TV that provides a picture quality that won't be surpassed so easily. Sharp movements and breathtaking contrast make for a fantastic home cinema experience. Gaming is also fun with the C9. Although the sound lets a little air up – this can be easily retrofitted with an external sound bar without having to resort to the more expensive LG televisions of the 2019 lineup. With HDMI 2.1 the LG OLED is ready for the next generation of gaming consoles. With the C9 also supporting all the formats which still need to become more widely available it truly is a future proof set.
Picture Quality96
Motion Handling91
Smart TV features90
Gaming96
Reader Rating4 Votes79
Pros
Perfect blacks
Contrast ratio of infinte:1
Clear motion
HDMI 2.1
Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos
Cons
Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
Risk of Burn-In
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LG C9 OLED: Variants & Models


Manufacturer LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
Product code OLED77W9PLA
OLED65W9PLA
OLED55E97LA
OLED65E97LA
OLED77C9PLA
OLED65C97LA
OLED55C97LA
Screen size 77 Inch
65 Inch
55 Inch
65 Inch
77 Inch
65 Inch
55 Inch
Panel OLED (10 Bit)
OLED (10 Bit)
OLED (10 Bit)
OLED (10 Bit)
OLED (10 Bit)
OLED (10 Bit)
OLED (10 Bit)
Price $ 9,999.99*$ 5,996.99*$ 2,096.99*$ 2,996.99*$ 5,496.99*$ 2,496.99*$ 1,596.99*
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Picture
Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast Ratio ∞:1
∞:1
∞:1
∞:1
∞:1
∞:1
∞:1
Brightness 985
985
985
985
985
985
985
HDR10+






Dolby Vision






Local Dimming OLED
OLED
OLED
OLED
OLED
OLED
OLED
Frequency 120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
Gaming
Input Lag 13.5
13.5
13.5
13.5
13.5
13.5
13.5
VRR

HDMI 2.1
HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1
HDMI 2.1
Audio
System 4.2
4.2
4.2
4.2
2.2
2.2
2.2
Power (RMS) 60 W
60 W
60 W
60 W
40 W
40 W
40 W
Dolby Digital






DTS






Dolby Atmos






Soundbar inside






Inputs
HDMI 2.0 0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HDMI 2.1 4
4
4
4
4
4
4
HDMI ARC 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
HDMI CEC 4
4
4
4
4
4
4
USB 2.0 3
3
3
3
3
3
3
USB 3.0 0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Ethernet RJ45 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3.5mm jack 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Digital optical 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Digital coaxial 0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Satellit 2
2
2
2
2
2
2
Antenna 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Ci+ 1.4 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Bluetooth






Wifi






USB recording PVR






Timeshift






Picture-in picture






Tuner Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner






Measurements
Actual screen diagonal (mm) 1596
1639
1388
1639
1956
1639
1388
Width without base (mm) 1721
1446
1226
1447
1722
1447.8
1226.8
Height without base (mm) 989
823
753
877
991
830.6
706.1
Depth without base (mm) 5.96
3.85
50.3
50.3
56
45.7
45.7
Weight without stand (kg)

14.4
20.8
29.9
25.2
18.9
Width with base (mm) 1460
1446
1226
1447
1722
1447.8
1226.8
Height with base (mm) 1073
901
753
877
1047
861.06
739.1
Depth with base (mm) 208
198
220
220
253
251.5
251.5
Weight with stand (kg) 43.5
29
25.8
33.6
36.5
33.9
23
Width of footprint (mm)






Depth of footprint (mm) 208
198
220
220
253
251.5
251.5
VESA standard (mm)

300 x 200
300 x 200
400 x 200
300 x 200
300 x 200
Stand removable?







* Approximate price incl. VAT, plus shipping costs // Last updated on 23. October 2019 at 6:09. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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