Review – LG Signature OLED65G6P

LG Signature OLED65G6P

LG Signature OLED65G6PIt is generally recognized that LG’s trend of producing thoroughly excellent, wildly expensive televisions using high-performance organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels continues in 2016 with the LG Signature G6 line. LG also adds high dynamic range (HDR) to its ultra high-definition (UHD, or 4K) panel, with support for both Dolby Vision and HDR-10. All of that, combined with a built-in soundbar and an impossibly thin design, will cost you; the 65-inch OLED65G6P we tested retails for $7,999.99. Still, despite the price, the design, along with the picture and sound quality, are impressive enough to earn the Signature G6 a perfect score and our Editors’ Choice designation for ultra-high-end televisions, replacing last year’s LG 65EF9500$4,999.99 at Dell.


The G6 uses LG’s newest connected television platform, WebOS 3.0. It’s similar to earlier versions of the OS in terms of interface design and available features. It uses the same angular menu bar along the bottom of the screen that displays apps, services, sources, and other functions in a single line. It also offers the same collection of apps, including 4K streaming services like Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube.

WebOS 3.0 adds a new My Content feature that lets you pin your favorite movies and shows to a quick-access menu on the left side of the screen. Any content you select as a favorite will appear on the menu, with quick access through streaming services that offer it. A My Channels menu has also been added right below My Content, letting you select up to 10 favorite channels to access quickly. The G6 is compatible with most set-top boxes, and integrates channel navigation into its menu system. It also supports 3D content, and includes two pairs of passive glasses.


We test televisions with a DVDO AVLab 4K test pattern generator, a Klein K-10A colorimeter, and SpectraCal’s CalMAN 5 software. Like all other OLED televisions we’ve tested, the G6 is capable of displaying perfect black, emitting absolutely no light. We measured its peak possible brightness at 386.17cd/m2, excellent performance for an OLED panel, and about the same as the LG 65EF9500. Because of its perfect black levels, the G6’s contrast ratio is “infinite” (though, more precisely, it simply can’t be mathematically calculated).

The chart above shows ideal color values as boxes and measured values of colors in the G6’s wide gamut setting as dots. The television can reach well beyond expected color measurements, while not showing much noticeable skewing of any given color away from what it should be. The 65EF9500 also showed excellent range, but the G6 seems to reach a bit further more consistently, particularly with greens and reds.

LG Signature OLED65G6P


Earlier LG OLED televisions have striking designs, but the G6 outdoes them all. The entire flat panel is mounted on a single sheet of glass, which is less than a quarter of an inch thick. There’s a rectangular protusion on the back, which houses some of the electronics and connects the panel securely to the base.

The base is a stylish, two-inch-tall near-trapezoid with horizontal metal strips running along the edge. It conceals a 60-watt soundbar designed by Harman Kardon, along with the G6’s various connections, including an antenna/cable connection, a combination composite/component video input, an Ethernet port, four HDMI inputs, an optical audio output, an RS232C connector, and three USB ports. As such, it’s an integral part of the television itself, and you can’t use the screen without the base installed in some way.

When used as a stand on a table, only the front two inches of the base are visible as a rectangle jutting forward from the screen. The rest sits hidden behind the panel. The base can also be installed vertically on the panel for wall mounting; LG says this altered orientation won’t hurt the soundbar’s performance.


LG includes two remotes with the G6. The larger remote is a redesigned, LG Signature-specific version of the Magic Remote the company has included with previous WebOS televisions. It’s an 8.8-inch silver candy bar wand covered in black buttons, with a navigation pad featuring a clickable scroll wheel in the center. The number pad and Channel/Power/Volume buttons sit above the wheel, and playback controls sit below it. Like LG’s other Magic Remotes, this wand functions as an air mouse, moving an on-screen cursor when navigating the television’s WebOS 3.0 interface.

The second remote is smaller (5.5-inch), simpler, and silver. It contains only a navigation pad, volume and channel controls, and Back/Home/Input/Power buttons. This remote doesn’t function as an air mouse like the larger Magic Remote, but works just fine to page through menus and streaming services.

LG Signature OLED65G6P

Viewing Experience and Conclusions

Because of the strong contrast and excellent colors, the G6’s picture is incredible when watching high dynamic range (HDR), 4K content. As mentioned, the television supports both Dolby Vision and HDR-10 HDR video, the latter of which I tested with the Ultra HD Blu-ray version of Mad Max: Fury Road. The red sand of the wasteland and the blue-white skies look vivid and full of subtle shifts in hue and tone. Dark details on vehicles and in shadows appear crisp without looking remotely washed out. All in all, the G6’s picture is fantastic when displaying 4K HDR video.LG Signature OLED65G6P

Non-4K, non-HDR content looks pretty impressive as well. I watched X-Men: Days of Futures Past on both Ultra HD Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray to see how the television upconverts 1080p video. While upconversion can’t produce new details where there are none in the original source material, the film looks very crisp and detailed scaled up to the G6’s 4K resolution. The dark, purple-neon-lit landscape has plenty of clarity in the shadows, while the bright orange of the inhibitor devices and the red of Wolverine’s cigar embers pop out. The standard Blu-ray obviously isn’t as sharp as the Ultra HD Blu-ray, but it still shows loads of detail on the G6, without any blotchiness or noticeable artifacting of less advanced upconversion processes.

The built-in soundbar is an appreciable improvement over the speakers found in most HDTVs. The fight scenes in X-Men: Days of Futures Past are forceful, with the impact of gunfire and punches sounding powerful against the drumbeat of the soundtrack. Dialogue also comes through clearly. The soundbar can’t replace a larger, more powerful multi-piece speaker system in terms of how much sound it can put out or even how much it can make the walls shake, but compared with other HDTV speakers we’ve heard, it sounds very good.

LG Signature OLED65G6POnce again, LG has produced a television with the best possible picture thanks to OLED technology. Perfect blacks, excellent color reproduction, and support for both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision HDR standards add up to an incredible display. The thin design and superior sound quality only sweeten the deal. Of course, you’ll pay an exceptionally high premium at $8,000 for the 65-inch model. LG will release additional OLED televisions outside of the Signature line later this year, which will presumably be less expensive, and we’ll see if their performance is comparable when we test them.

And if OLED is out of your price range, the Samsung UNJU7500Best Price at Amazon series offers a feature-rich 4K viewing experience with an attractive design, and the Vizio DuC$1,439.99 at Amazon series, while not nearly as stylish or powerful, offers an excellent value for users looking to get into 4K for the first time. But if you’re looking for the best television money can buy right now, the LG Signature OLED65G6P is it, hence it’s our Editors’ Choice.

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