LG 65EF9500 OLED Ultra HDTV Review Settings


Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are provided only as a potentially useful starting place.

The settings here that are most likely to translate reliably from one sample to another are those involving specific features with only a few setting options, such as Color Gamut, Gamma, and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of settings. This will be particularly true for color temperature, white balance, and color management adjustments (where available).

We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample by using one of the many display setup DVDs that are available, such as Digital Video Essentials (DVD) or DVE HD Basics (Blu-ray). A full calibration, particularly of the gray scale and color gamut, is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.


Picture Mode: Expert1
Aspect Ratio Just Scan
Energy Saving: Off
OLED Light 45
Contrast: 70
Brightness: 49
H Sharpness: 22
V Sharpness: 23
Color: 60
Tint: 0
Expert Control
Dynamic Contrast: Off
Super Resolution Off
Color Gamut: Wide
Edge Enhancer On
Color Filter Off
Gamma: 2.2
Picture Options
Noise Reduction Off
MPEG Noise Reduction Off
Black Level Low
TruMotion Off
White Balance
Color Temperature: Warm2
Method: 2-Point
Pattern: Outer
2-point R G B
High: -8 -2 10
Low: 2 1 0
10 0 0 -1
20 -1 0 -2
30 -1 0 0
40 0 2 -3
50 -2 -3 -3
60 0 1 1
70 3 -1 -5
80 1 -1 5
90 2 -4 0
100 0 -3 0

Color Management System

Saturation -7 -9 0 -11 0 -12
Tint -4 9 0 1 4 7
Luminance 26 15 5 16 -15 9
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trynberg's picture

Awesome. Now just need to wait for the inevitable 50% price reduction in the next 1-2 years.

brenro's picture

This TV's been out since September of last year and is about to be obsoleted by this year's models. Also, it's selling for $5000 everywhere.

dommyluc's picture

...they would be advised to do better with the "burn-in" issue than they did with plasma. Even if burn-in was never a major problem with proper care, the OLED manufacturers had would be wise to get out in front of this. A lot of people would not buy plasma TVs because of the perceived burn-in problem, despite the superiority of plasma over LCD.

mikem's picture

There's enough technological chatter from Tom here that would make Einstein blush. How on earth is the average viewer muddle through this mess? While I consider myself an unrepentant long-term audiophile I had to read his article 3X and I still don't understand it. That said it's clear he likes the LG OLED. Only problem is the cost. The other problem for me is my HT room is only 14 X 12 so it doesn't matter if this tv is the greatest of all time since I'm unable to take advantage of a big screen OLED. My panny is 55" and perfect in size for my room. I originally bought a 65" but the size was like having a Hummer in my room.

Andrew08's picture

It may be able to beat my p65vt60g, just wait for it to be cheaper.

Deus02's picture

I don't know whether or not it has been previously mentioned, but, one of the remaining problems with the current crop of 4K material displayed on either OLED or LED 4K monitors is the problem of judder surprisingly noticeable even with moderate "on screen" motion. Streamed and/or compressed 4K material(i.e. youtube) is almost unwatchable. It would seem that only native uncompressed video will show these monitors in their best light.

I purchased an LG 4K LED set back in December and so far the best picture I have seen is an upscaled to 2160p, 1080p Blu-Ray disc from my Oppo 105 player where the judder is almost gone. I would hope when UHD players and their companion discs become more available that this issue no longer will be a factor.

shawn's picture

Hi Tom. I was hoping you would copare the OLED to your kuro or ZT60 like you always do with display reviews. You never did this time and instead compared a Vizio.......Boring! Haha.

Really though, i would love to hear your thoughts on how OLED compares to the two last best plasmas with motion, near black and shadow details, uniformity etc. Thesd are all issues that's talked about on forums and most kuro and VT/ZT60 owners are not buying OLED since they feel their TV is still better overall. You also can't beat that plasma organic-ness!