LG OLED65C8PUA 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.

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). Unfortunately, such discs are not currently available for HDR. A full calibration, particularly of the grayscale 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 SettingsISF Expert (Dark Room)Cinema HDR
Picture Mode
Aspect Ratio16:916:9
Energy SavingOfOff
Eye ComfortOffOff
HDMI Ultra HD Deep ColorOnOn
Picture ModeISF Expert (Dark Room)Cinema (HDR)
OLED Light45100
Expert Controls
Dynamic ContrastOffOff or Low
Dynamic Tone
Super ResolutionOffOff
Color GamutAutoAuto
Color FilterOffOff
Color TemperatureWarm 2Warm 2

White Balance
SDR 2pt (20pt not used)
Green 00
Blue 102
HDR 2pt (20pt not used)
Green 00
Blue 91

Color Management
System SDR
Red Green Blue Cyan Magenta Yellow
Saturation 20 0 0 0 00
Tint18 15 10 -2 16
Luminance -2 2 4 2 -11
Color Management
System HDR
Red Green Blue Cyan Magenta Yellow
Saturation 30 15 1 6 42
Tint-25 30 -3 2 1410
Luminance 20 11 3 6 76

Picture Options
Noise ReductionOffOff
MPEG Noise ReductionOffOff
Black LevelLowLow
Real CinemaOn----
Motion Eye CareOffOff
OLED Panel Settings
Pixel Refresher--------
Screen ShiftOnOn
Logo LuminanceOffOff
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David Vaughn's picture
Tom, Great review as usual. I'd really like a 92" version of this TV for under $10k!
brenro's picture

I'd be happy if I could afford the 77".

davidbe's picture

LG did a great disservice by essentially perfecting 3D on the 2016 model and then dropping it. The 3D is stunningly beautiful on the E6 OLED but not present on the C7 or C8. I bought two E6 models so I don't have to give up my 3D collection if one of them gives up the ghost. I wish LG would bring 3D back. People who have not seen 3D on an E6 (or G6) just have no idea what they are missing.

brenro's picture

But it's not being supported for some reason. Even 3D movies in theaters are only 2K. For the foreseeable future 4K is in and 3D is out.

Bosshog7_2000's picture

In my opinion 3D was the most overrated 'feature' of the AV world in the last 10 years. I'm not alone...hence the lack of support here.

davidbe's picture

Have you ever seen 3D on a 2016 OLED? I totally agree with you that 3D was poorly implemented before that, which accounts for its demise. However, I think if LG has properly promoted 3D on its OLED, that 3D TV could well have made a comeback. If showrooms has shown off the stunningly beautiful 3D on these OLEDs, people would have wanted it. But LG never promoted their outstanding 3D and had a pricing policy that actively discouraged 3D by not putting 3D on the lower priced B6 flatscreen but only on the C6 curved screen, and then LG concluded that there was no demand for 3D because people rejected the curved screen (having never seen or heard how good the 3D was). I think this is a tragic loss to the world and that LG could have revived 3D and created a large demand for it if they had actively marketed it.

drny's picture

Yeah, I know the 2018 C8 has slight improvements over its predecessors.
These are incremental improvements, not substantial.
The only worthwhile substantial improvement regarding OLED's is the price drop compared to 2015 outrageous prices.
The C8 pricing is acceptable.
Yet, keep in mind that in April of this year you could purchase a 2017 65"B7 for $2,300.
You have to spend hours in a completely dark room to appreciate the subtle differences between a B7 and C8 models.
If the room has substantial ambient light, you could not determine which one is the better model if your life depended on it.
Now if a 77"C8 could be had for $5,000 then that would be a must buy.

billy.allen's picture

I wish your evaluation had included a test of the set's reset feature that is suppose to correct any image retention issue. For example, display a static image for some time period and then evaluate how much image retention occurred and whether it could be eliminated. I can't trust an untested system given the amount of static images that still show up frequently particularly when streaming music. I can't get myself to purchase a technology that makes me paranoid about ruining it every time I see a static image. Until I see your test results, I'm sticking with LCD TV's although I'd really like to purchase an OLED.

Bosshog7_2000's picture

Hey Billy. A quick note on image retention...
I bought a 65" LG C7 in Dec of last year. Like yourself I was super paranoid about static images and getting screen burn-in/image retention. I can tell you that I have had zero issues...
I play a PS4 and as you know there are lots of static images gaming and I've never had an issue. What I do get is amazing picture quality...it's literally the best TV I've ever owned.

That said I am careful with static images and I don't leave a show paused and just walk away from it for any great length of time. Also, on a side note it annoys me how I've only got a few 4K channels in my cable package and they all insist on having their logo plastered to the screen. So far, zero issues with image retention so i say go for it!

dave_block's picture

I love watching musicals and different Broadway performances and this TV must be a great option for this aim! I used to check the tour of musicals on https://dearevanhansenshow.com/tour/ but now I can see all the plays sitting on my sofa.