LG OLED B1 vs C1 TV comparison 2021/09

A comparison between the two OLED models was already very exciting last year, since the BX was not quite as good as the CX, but often had a much better price. This is similar with the 2021 models, which is why the question of the biggest differences remains here as well.

Can the B1 catch up or will the gap to the C1 widen?

LG B1 OLED
LG C1 OLED
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LG OLED B1 and C1 compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
71%
LG B1 OLED 55"
74%
LG C1 OLED 55"
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
90%
LG B1 OLED 55"
90%
LG C1 OLED 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
96%
LG B1 OLED 55"
96%
LG C1 OLED 55"
HDR Image Quality Icon
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
79%
LG B1 OLED 55"
83%
LG C1 OLED 55"
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
87%
LG B1 OLED 55"
88%
LG C1 OLED 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
99%
LG B1 OLED 55"
99%
LG C1 OLED 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
84%
LG B1 OLED 55"
83%
LG C1 OLED 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
88%
LG B1 OLED 55"
90%
LG C1 OLED 55"
LG B1 OLED 55"
LG C1 OLED 55"
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LG B1 OLED 2021

Always good value for money

OLED Panel
OLED Panel
LG B1 OLED
The LG OLED B1 has always been in the shadow of its big brother and has become a real insider tip. It has almost similar values and only has to do without a few small things. Unfortunately, the B1 is only available via the LG website.
55" (139cm)
OLED55B1PUA
65" (164cm)
OLED65B1PUA
77" (195cm)
OLED77B1PUA

LG C1 OLED 2021

The almost perfect all-round package

OLED Panel
OLED Panel
LG C1 OLED
The LG OLED C1 convinces with a deep black, infinite contrast and a very wide viewing angle. The C-series is also still popular among gamers because it has all the essential features for the new consoles.
48" (121cm)
OLED48C1PUB
55" (138,8cm)
OLED55C1PUB
65" (164cm)
OLED65C1PUB
77" (195cm)
OLED77C1PUB
83" (210cm)
OLED83C1PUB

Detailed comparison: LG OLED B1 or C1

LG B1 OLED 55"
LG C1 OLED 55"
Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison

Almost the same in dark environment

OLEDs are still excellent for dark environments. But in comparison, LG’s C1 and B1 can handle reflections relatively well, even if they are visible in direct light or very bright rooms.

71%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
600 Nits
Video technologies
74%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
760 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison

Very wide viewing angle thanks to OLED panel

The OLED panel in both TVs ensures that the viewing angle is very wide. Here, you can still fully enjoy the excellent picture from a very oblique angle without it looking washed out.

90%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Viewing Angle
very wide
OLED Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
90%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Viewing Angle
very wide
OLED Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
SDR image Icon
SDR image Comparison

OLED quality with good upscaling

Again, both TVs are on par and offer excellent upscaling for older series or movies. Thus, you can watch your retro collection in very good quality. Both devices also try to get the best out of the normal TV program.

96%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
600 Nits
DCI-P3
83%
Energy consumption SDR
104 kWh / 1.000 Hours
96%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
760 Nits
DCI-P3
81%
Energy consumption SDR
106 kWh / 1.000 Hours
HDR image Icon
HDR image Comparison

Excellent HDR quality with small differences

The two TVs are also almost identical in HDR, although the faster processor benefits the C1 here. Thus, the picture can be optimized more efficiently and HDR content looks even better. The C1 is also a bit brighter, which makes highlights stand out more. However, that is complaining on a high level, since the B1 can also conjure up excellent pictures in HDR.

79%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
600 Nits
DCI-P3
83%
REC 2020
65%
Energy consumption HDR
182 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
83%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
760 Nits
DCI-P3
81%
REC 2020
61%
Energy consumption HDR
171 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series Comparison

Ready for the next movie night

Both devices are excellently equipped for the next series marathon or movie night and do not really take anything away from each other. The wide viewing angle also makes a family evening in front of the TV no problem.

87%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.2 Channels with 40 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
88%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.2 Channels with 40 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Gaming Icon
Gaming performance Comparison

Hand in hand into the next adventure

Both the B1 and the C1 are perfect for any gamer and for the new consoles. However, if you want two more HDMI 2.1 ports, you should go for the C1, since there are no other differences in this area.

99%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
HDMI 2.1
2x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 13ms
ca. 5ms
99%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
HDMI 2.1
4x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 10ms
ca. 5ms
Sports Icon
Sports performance Comparison

Victorious into the next season

With the almost instant response time, both TVs are very well suited for all sporting events, as they run extremely smoothly and you can follow every movement exactly.

84%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
83%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
Equipment Icon
Equipment Comparison

Here no wishes remain unfulfilled

Both TVs really have everything a user could want. Only those who really need four HDMI 2.1 ports should perhaps go for the C1, since both TVs are almost identical in this area.

88%
Operating System
webOS 6.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.2 Channels with 40 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
2
HDMI 2.1
2
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
integriert
Ambilight
90%
Operating System
webOS 6.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.2 Channels with 40 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
HDMI 2.1
4
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
integriert
Ambilight
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Our conclusion:
Only minimal differences

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As in the previous year, both LG devices fight a close duel, from which the C1 emerges as the winner, but with a minimal lead. The biggest differences are only in the connections and especially in the processor, which is often reflected in the price.

But no matter which TV you choose, you get an absolute high-end device in your living room with both TVs. You should individually look at which additional features you need and whether you can find a good offer.

LG B1 OLED 2021
87%
LG B1 OLED
More about the LG B1 OLED
  • Usually a little cheaper
  • Only available via the LG shop
55" (139cm)
OLED55B1PUA
65" (164cm)
OLED65B1PUA
77" (195cm)
OLED77B1PUA
LG C1 OLED 2021
88%
LG C1 OLED
More about the LG C1 OLED
  • Alpha9 Gen4 AI processor
  • Four HDMI 2.1 ports
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
48" (121cm)
OLED48C1PUB
55" (138,8cm)
OLED55C1PUB
65" (164cm)
OLED65C1PUB
77" (195cm)
OLED77C1PUB
83" (210cm)
OLED83C1PUB
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