LG UH9500 Review

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LG UH9500

LG UH9500 Specification

Display Specs
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Flat
Size Available 55” 60” 65”
IPS Panel Yes
Features
Dimming Local Dimming
Tru Black Panel Yes
Picture Engine Super Mastering Engine
Ultra Luminance Yes
Color Technology Quantum Dot
HDR HDR Super w/ Dolby Vision
4K Up-scaling Tru 4K Up-scaler
3D Technology Passive
Motion rate TruMotion 240Hz
Smart TV
Platform WebOS 3.0
Features Full Browser, LG Content Store, Magic Mobile Connection, etc
Remote LG Magic Remote Control
Connectivity
HDMI 3 (HDCP 2.2)
USB 3
Ethernet 1
RF (Terrestrial  Cable) 1
Composite In (AV) 1
Component In 1
Wi-Fi Built In 802.11 a/c
Audio
Channel 2.2
Sound Design by HarmanKardon Yes
Total Audio Output 40 Watts
Sound Effect DTS Premium Sound 5.1

 

Picture quality

One of the highlights of UH9500 is about color gamut that can be covered. With quantum dot panel behind it and 10 bit depth of color, it is able to cover more than 90% DCI P3 color gamut and offers 1024 level of color gradation for each of RGB or equivalent to 1.08 billion shades of color. This makes the gradation between hues is much finer than 8 bit panel. This means its color accuracy is very good and meets the standardization of color gamut and depth set by UHD alliance for HDR 10. But for Dolby Vision, although its picture engine has supported it but its display spec has not been feasible for displaying perfect Dolby Vision quality.

LG UH9500

But unfortunately, the stunning performance of UH9500 in color coverage is not counterbalanced by its contrast ratio, peak brightness, and black level. Contrast ratio delivered by UH9500 is only 1263:1 with 997 nits white brightness and 0.79 nits black level. Compare to contrast ratio that were successfully sent by top model Samsung SUHD lineup that is about 4000:1, of course it still far from them.  In term of peak brightness, LG UH9500 has successfully sent more than 425 nits. For fellow IPS TV or OLED TV, this value can be said great. But if compared to the competitor, it is still far below them. As the comparison, Sony X930D as the top model of Sony 4K LED TV lineup offers more than 900 nits while KS9000/KS9500 of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup offers more than 1400 nits.

UHD Up-scaling Engine

Like other model of LG’s 2016 SUHD TV lineup, UH9500 is also powered by great UHD Up-scaling engine embedded on its Super Mastering Engine called Tru 4K Up-Scaler. Its role on a 4K TV is still important because until now since 4K TV was mass produced, 4K contents that available in the market are still not a lot. Moreover with the advent of HDR on TV, most of creators prefer to re-master their contents in HDR than 4K quality. Technical issue is as the reason. But this issue is not a big problem for UH9500. A 480p source like DVDs is up-scaled as great as 720p like Cable TV or other media. Moreover if the source is 1080p like from Bu-ray player, the result is near perfect in 4K quality and much better than if played on full HD 1080p TV.

Motion Control

LG TV including UH9500 is the one of the best in controlling fast motion images. Its performance even is better than much better than competitor like Samsung SUHD TV.  The motion blur and judder is minimal when playing sports or fast movies thanks to TruMotion 240 Hz based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, LG UH9500 is also one of the best TV that can delivers 24p movie contents at 60i.

3D Performance

When handling 3D contents, LG UH9500 does its job very well. With passive 3D technology behind it, it delivers 3D images in 4K or non 4K quality greatly without flicker or crosstalk. Of course, this is an advantage of passive 3D than active 3D technology.  Two 3D passive 3D included in its buying package may not enough for covering all of your family, but you don’t need to worry, because passive LG 3D glasses is sold much cheaper than active 3D glasses.

Connectivity

LG UH9500LG UH9500 series is equipped with complete connectivity specs consists of 3 HDMI 2.0, 3 USB Ports, 1 Component in, 1 Composite, 1 RF (Terrestrial), Ethernet, Built-in 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and Audio (optical). Of course this makes more flexible when you want connect your TV with your other devices. A bit disappointing is about the number HDMI ports where most of the competitor is equipped with 4 HDMI ports. Of course this will pose a little problem when your HD devices are more than 3.

Smart TV

When you press “Home” Key on the remote, the strip of tiles of your favorite apps or channel will appear along the bottom. You can easy to manage and change your favorite apps or TV channels. For streaming HDR 10 or Dolby Vision contents, there are Netflix, Hulu and other apps provided. WebOS 3.0 also includes fast and lightweight browser that makes you comfort when surfing on the internet. Additionally, there is also LG content Store that provides tons of contents and applications.

A new feature of WebOS 3.0 is about “Magic Zoom”. WebOS is integrated directly with LG’s hardware and this allows you to magnify area of the screen without picture deterioration. Additionally, another new feature is “Magic Mobile Connection” that allows you to stream contents directly from your smart phone.  That is no less interesting is about “LG Music Player” where you can play music while your TV is turning off. And for operating all of these easily, LG UH9500 includes “LG Magic Remote” where as we know, it has a lot of useful functions like “point and click”, voice navigation and others.

LG UH9500

 

 

POSITIVES

– Support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision HDR Format
– Wide Color Gamut
– Great Motion Control
– Wide Viewing Angle
– Audio Performance is above average
– Excellent WebOS 3.0

NEGATIVES

– Contrast Ratio is poor
– Weak Black Level
– Peak Brightness is not as bright as the Competitors
– There are only 3 HDMI Ports

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