55EC9300by LG

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
85%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The LG 55EC9300 TV is attractive, and it is super thin thanks to its OLED screen.
  • You won't be disappointed by this set's picture; it has excellent contrast and good color accuracy.
  • The 55EC9300 is a steal compared to other OLED TVs. It is one of the least expensive OLED TVs on the market.

CONS

  • The 55EC9300's smart TV functions and menus are cumbersome to use.
  • Even though this TV is attractively priced for an OLED screen, it is still expensive. If you're on a tight budget, you'd be better off sticking with a conventional LCD TV.
  • The lack of 4K is disappointing.
The LG 55EC9300 HDTV is packed with features that include a 55-inch curved OLED screen, smart TV features, and support for 3D playback. OLED screens display better contrast than LCDs, and because they don't require a separate backlight, OLED TVs tend to be thinner than other types of displays. The 55EC9300 is a 1080p TV, however, so it won't be able to take full advantage of future 4K Ultra HD video.
Name55EC9300UN55JS8500UNHU8550KDL-50W800CUN65JS9500
ManufacturerLGSamsungSamsungSonySamsung
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When I watched a Blu-ray copy of Gravity, stars were unwavering points of light against the deep black of space. And where even ultra HD LCD sets can bleed light and create faint halos around bright objects on the screen, the LG OLED delivered clean, sharp lines without any blooming or blurring. Our contrast ratio measurements matched our subjective impressions with by far the highest number we've seen.

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The EC9300 can be a bit of a power hog, but it's easily fixed thanks to the multiple energy saving settings. Under normal viewing conditions…

The EC9300 can be a bit of a power hog, but it's easily fixed thanks to the multiple energy saving settings. Under normal viewing conditions, with power saving features disabled, the screen consumes a whopping 220 watts. However, by setting Energy Saving to Minimum, which only slightly dims the screen, that number drops to 166 watts.

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The TV’s Freespace-enabled Magic Remote provides Nintendo Wii-like cursor control for its beautiful WebOS-based interface using an RF link t…

The TV’s Freespace-enabled Magic Remote provides Nintendo Wii-like cursor control for its beautiful WebOS-based interface using an RF link that eliminates the need for sight to the TV. The uncluttered remote design proved comfortable to hold and operate although its initial cursor speed was too quick for my taste. An adjustment of the related menu control tamed it nicely.

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LG's first OLED TVs broke the mold with new, cutting-edge design choices. From curved, transparent stands to wall-mount only gallery frames,…

LG's first OLED TVs broke the mold with new, cutting-edge design choices. From curved, transparent stands to wall-mount only gallery frames, LG really kept things fresh in the design department. Of course, many consumers want something more recognizable to decorate their entertainment stands, and that's one of the EC9300's strengths.

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The most important component of picture quality is contrast ratio, and in that arena the LG 55EC9300 trounced the best TVs I had on hand for…

The most important component of picture quality is contrast ratio, and in that arena the LG 55EC9300 trounced the best TVs I had on hand for comparison. That's enough to make it the best-performing TV I've ever reviewed, but it doesn't equal picture-quality perfection.

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LG’s panel can turn individual pixels on and off to produce extremely deep blacks and very high contrast. Picture quality was excellent when…

LG’s panel can turn individual pixels on and off to produce extremely deep blacks and very high contrast. Picture quality was excellent when the room was completely dark, and only slightly less so when the room was filled with sunlight.

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The picture is so silky-smooth and rich, you just want to drink it in like you would an expertly pulled shot of espresso. Every single DT st…

The picture is so silky-smooth and rich, you just want to drink it in like you would an expertly pulled shot of espresso. Every single DT staff member who saw the EC9300 in action spent some time slack-jawed in amazement. But then there was one very significant – some would say, fatal – flaw: distracting judder.

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There’s no over-stating just how great an impact the 55EC9300’s delivery of true black has on your viewing experience, especially when you’r…

There’s no over-stating just how great an impact the 55EC9300’s delivery of true black has on your viewing experience, especially when you’re watching films (which tend to employ wider contrast ranges than your typical TV show).

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Unlike the LG 55EA9800 OLED I reviewed in our June issue, the 55EC9300’s sound quality lacks cavernous colorations. But it substitutes thin …

Unlike the LG 55EA9800 OLED I reviewed in our June issue, the 55EC9300’s sound quality lacks cavernous colorations. But it substitutes thin and nasal instead. It’s adequate audio, but not the equal of what you’d get from a modest external sound system or even a good soundbar—though the audio, of course, isn’t why you buy the ticket.

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LG’s WebOS interface has become a media darling, although after using it for hours on end on this particular display, we were soon tired of …

LG’s WebOS interface has become a media darling, although after using it for hours on end on this particular display, we were soon tired of it. Although it certainly looks great and is a million miles away from the clunky TV GUIs of old, after spending many hours interacting with the menus, we can say with authority that they can be a chore to use if you’re adjusting picture settings

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