LG Electronics 55EF9500 55" 4K Ultra HD Flat Smart OLED TV (2015 Model)
Although even recently LG TVs were far from the top of the pack, they have introduced image quality and performance upgrades so substantial that their TVs are now some of the best currently available. The LG EF9500 is nearly identical to the EG9600, but with a flat (instead of a curved) screen. This 4K TV uses OLED technology, allowing for the use of an extremely thin panel and image quality that is capable of surpassing plasma TVs. Available in 55 and 65 inch models, the EF9500 is arguably one of the best high end TVs currently available, rivaled only by its curved sibling, the EG9600. Picture quality is outstanding, with flawless black levels, bright whites, and accurate colors. This TV performs well in both bright and dark rooms, and offers better off-angle viewing than any LED LCD TV is capable of. The design of the TV is also stunning, with an exceedingly thin panel and a sturdy remote that - with the use of a transparent part - makes the TV look as though it is floating.
LG’s latest remote is included with the EF9500, offering an improved design over previous models. The motion control works well, and allows for easy use of the generally responsive and intuitive Smart TV interface. Plenty of picture settings are offered, allowing for fine-tuning the image as desired. Connectivity is slightly disappointing due to the inclusion of only three HDMI inputs, but all come with both HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. Unlike the curved EG9600, the EF9500 is HDR compliant, meaning that it is capable of supporting future HDR sources. Other connectivity includes three USB ports, an analog AV input with composite video, component video, optical digital audio out, Ethernet, headphone out, and a RS-323 connection.
The EF9500 is not perfect, with some minor issues with uniformity and video processing that put it below some other top TVs in terms of performance. This being said, if you’re looking for a 55 or 65 inch TV with a flat panel - and are willing to spend this much - this is the one to get.
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