LG OLED TVs don't mess with success in 2018

CNET | 1/2/2018 | David Katzmaier
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If you bought an LG OLED TV in 2017, buyer's remorse probably won't be an issue.

And if you're waiting for a final round of price drops on a 2017 OLED TV, perhaps timed for the Super Bowl, potential buyer's remorse is not a good reason to wait for the new versions, IMO.

LG - OLED - TVs - Favorites - Buyers

LG's 2017 OLED TVs are our all-time favorites for high-end buyers, and the company's 2018 models look to continue that trend with a lineup, and feature set, that's mostly the same.

The top-end set for 2018, the W8 series, retains the ultra-thin "wallpaper" design that debuted last year, and the step-down E8 series is similar to last year's E7 design, albeit with a slightly slimmer sound bar. The less-expensive series, C8 and B8, keep the more standard-looking, while still super-thin, design.

LG - OLED - TVs - Features - Year

LG's 2018 OLED TVs have mostly the same picture-affecting features as last year, including perfect black levels, similar light output and color gamut/color volume capabilities, and compatibility with all three major HDR formats. For audio all of the series above continue to support Dolby Atmos, just like most of the 2017 sets, and none of them have HDMI 2.1.

New for this year is the migration of a 77-inch size down to a more mainstream series, the C8, although LG said it would continue to be extremely expensive (the current 77-inch OLEDs cost $10,000). It's also adding a fourth HDR format, "Advanced HDR by Technicolor," which will also be rolled out to 2017 OLEDs.

Stuff - Models

Here's the stuff that's unique to the 2018 models.

A9 processor: LG makes a big deal out of its new image processor, which it calls A9. Said to improve noise reduction, sharpness, contrast and color (the latter with superior color mapping), it's available on every model except for the least-expensive B8. Beefier processing might sound cool, but...
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