The LG E9 is one of the highest quality OLED TVs in the LG 2019 lineup, and like the B9 and C9, it offers some advantages that current LCD TVs can’t match: Perfect black, HDMI 2.1 and almost infinite contrast. In addition, the E9 has an improved sound solution and thus differs greatly from the rest of the lineup. Find out more here.
Design and workmanship of the LG E9
As with all LG OLEDs, the design and workmanship of the E9 is extremely high quality. “Picture-on-glass” design is a unique feature – this means that the actual OLED panel is mounted on a glass pane, which looks very high quality. At the back it is also very chic: The upper part is completely made of glass, while the lower part is made of plastic and contains the electronics. Furthermore, on the underside there is the stand, which you can’t see at the front.
Depending on the size of the model, it is important to choose a side board that is as wide as the LG E9 itself, as the stand extends across the full width of the TV. Because of the screen size, the E9 may wobble slightly when touched. It is available in 55 and 65 inches.
Since OLED TVs do not require backlighting and the pixels themselves emit the light, OLED panels are extremely flat. By the way, they are similar across all manufacturers, since LG Display, a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Electronics, is the producer of all current panels. Because of this, the LG E9 is very thin, so be careful when unpacking and installing it.
Picture quality: Deep blacks and infinite contrast ratio
Since each pixel of the OLED panel can regulate luminosity and color itself, there are some properties that LCD TVs cannot replicate. Due to the absence of the backlight no black has to be “produced”, but the pixels are simply off – which, incidentally, only saves power. No local dimming is necessary here.
In addition, the contrast is theoretically infinite: While a certain pixel can shine with 100% luminosity, a neighboring pixel can be completely off. This is fantastic for demanding HDR content.
The third big advantage of OLED screens is the extremely wide viewing angle. If you look at the screen from the side, you will notice that all colors are still as saturated and the black still looks as deep as when viewing from the front.
Basically, you should know that OLEDs run up to maximum power in rather dark rooms. If there is little light, the deep blacks and the infinite contrast really come to the fore. In bright to very bright rooms, the peak brightness is sufficient, but for such lighting conditions QLED TVs may be a better alternative.
The LG E9 supports multiple HDR formats to further support its performance in dark environments. These include HDR, HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. HDR10+ is not supported, however, and has been reserved for Samsung so far. Only manufacturers like Philips or Panasonic support all HDR formats.
Very good motion handling of the LG E9
The display of fast moving content, also known as motion handling, is also one of the strengths of OLED TVs. The LG E9 reproduces fast movements such as action films without delay, as the response time is only about 0.1 to 0.2ms. This characteristic has the disadvantage that stuttering can occur during slow pans, however, LG OLEDs have measures in place to counteract this. These include black frame insertion and motion interpolation. However, both of these factors create side effects and artifacts that not everyone likes, so using them is a matter of taste.
Risk of burn in with OLED TVs
As part of nifty marketing efforts by manufacturers who do not produce OLED TVs, there is always talk of OLED panels burning in. This danger is virtually non-existent in real life. Theoretically, this can happen, but modern technologies almost completely prevent it. Static content such as station logos or crosshairs are automatically detected and dimmed or shifted by pixel shift. The Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) prevents burn-in in large, bright scenes.
Then there is the Pixel Refresher. This is a kind of self-cleaning program that starts when the OLED TV is switched to standby mode. What happens technically, LG does not reveal – trade secret. However, Pixel Refresher should be mentioned as an additional measure to avoid burn-in.
An OLED should only not be used as a PC monitor in the office or for 24/7 display of a news channel with a white message bar (CNN).
Gaming on the LG E9
Thanks to HDMI 2.1, the LG E9 is one of the best gaming TVs in its class. This connection standard enables some features that other televisions currently don’t have. 4K @ 120 Hz is one of them, which is not even possible at the moment. Only the upcoming console generation with Playstation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett will make us of its top performance, which makes the LG E9 an extremely future-proof device.
But it also looks good with current consoles. Playstation 4 Pro or Xbox One X or Xbox One S score with a minimum response time and a minimal input lag of just 7ms at 1080p @ 120 Hz and about 13ms at 4K @ 60 Hz. Furthermore there is VRR through HDMI forum AND since November 2019 even through G-Sync for Nvidia graphics cards. This is great for PC gamers, for whom the E9 might be a great choice. Because of a variable refresh rate there is gaming without tearing. Furthermore there is an Auto Low Latency Mode to automatically reduce the latency.
As mentioned at the beginning, the LG E9 does not differ from the C9 in terms of image technology. Same panel, same processor – but the E9 has a built-in 4.2 soundbar, which is supposed to improve the sound. This means that the E9’s sound is better than that of other flat-screen TVs. However, you can’t expect the soundbar to be like a full-fledged sound system – especially the absence of a real subwoofer is clearly audible (and visible, on that note). Nevertheless, mid-range and treble are well developed, while the bass is much tighter than with the C9, for example.
If you have higher demands on sound, you should actually think about using an external sound bar or sound system. Since the LG E9 fully supports Dolby Atmos thanks to HDMI eARC, this is a worthwhile consideration. But in our opinion, anyone who has planned exactly this and can do without the more chic design of the E9 should rather go for the LG C9. By the way, you can find out how the two differ on our comparison page.
Great Smart TV features
All LG TVs of the year 2019 have a very fast and intuitive smart interface. The operation is very versatile, since voice control, an app and the included remote control can be used to control the television.
All types of use work very well. Especially handy is the use of the remote control, because like Nintendo Wii, you can simply hold it on the screen to use it as a mouse cursor. Of course, the directional buttons still work. Thirdly, the smartphone app is functional, but more as a complement than as a stand-alone control option. Voice search and key functions are available here – but nothing more.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube & Co. – all classics are pre-installed. By the way, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are available for voice control. Apple AirPlay 2 completes the available Smart Features.
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