The LG OLED 55 B6V surpasses all the models. It has shown perfect black levels, wide viewing angles, precise colors and a very bright image, it is compatible with HDR TV movies, Dolby Vision and the HDR10 and its remarkable design features an ultrafine slab.  With LG, the price is always a little high.

The LG OLED 55 B6V

The LG OLED 2016 televisions offer the best picture quality of all the models we tested, and the B6 offers the best value for money. If you’re looking for an excuse to buy an OLED TV, here it is. In the fall of 2016, LG lowered the prices of its lowest priced OLED Ultra HD models in the B6 series.

We are on high budgets, but these OLED televisions offer the best picture quality we have seen so far in our tests. In other words, if you have the budget and want a TV 55 or 65 inches, it is the B6 that should be chosen.

It’s the test:

When tested side-by-side with LCD TVs, the B6 is simply superior. Its image quality is equivalent to that of the LG E6 that we tested at the same time but which is more expensive. From our point of view, it is useless to spend more for this model which is distinguished by its design and its more powerful system.

So yes, the B6 and E6 are the best TVs. And yes, many will be able to say rightly that they are too expensive, despite a drop in price. The good LCD TVs are significantly more affordable and offer an image quality that will satisfy the greatest number. But if you are able to put the price to have the top of the top, the LG B6 is the model to choose from.

The test is dedicated to the 55-inch version (OLED55B6V), but our remarks also apply to the 65-inch version (OLED65B6V). Both have the same technical specifications and, according to LG, should offer the same image quality. Also note that the curved version of the B6, the C6, shares the same technical sheet, except that the latter is 3D compatible.

 The fineness of the OLED

Many LCD TVs are exceedingly thin, but rarely compete with the fineness of an OLED screen. The upper part of the B6 is only 4.5 mm thick. The lower part, which contains the electronics, the power supply and the connector is a little thicker: a little less than 5 centimeters.

Of course, the LG OLED 55 B6V does not embody the sophisticated design of the E6 with its glass frame, but it is nonetheless very seductive. The foot is harmonious with its angular design and its dark silver hue. But our feeling is that at this price level, buyers will opt for a wall mount. Good news, the B6 and all 2016 models are compatible with VESA wall brackets.

The remote control is almost identical to last year and we love it very much. It is equipped with a sensitivity slider to navigate through the menus, as well as a directional pad and a rubberized scroll wheel.

The smart TV: good but not the best 

We have nothing serious to criticize LG’s Web OS Smart TV and the interface is even more responsive than the 2015 version. But the competing bones are simply better. Android TVs have more applications and more efficient and Samsung offers an ecosystem of more compatible devices.

The LG interface offers voice search and a “content store”, but neither is as easy to use as competing systems. The best is still to tap your streaming sources from other terminals or your box.

Connectivity and functionality

One of the origins of the excellent image quality of OLED screens is that each pixel produces its own light wherever LCD screens rely on a backlight that runs through a liquid crystal panel. For its range of TVs OLED 2016, LG announces a brightness gain of 25% and an extended tonal range. The manufacturer also ensures that all its models, including the B6 and E6, offer the same image quality.

One of the great technical innovations compared to the 2015 models is the compatibility with both types of HDR: Dolby Vision and HDR10. This means that these TV sets can handle more HDR content than their competitors. Both the B6 and E6 are based on the same Web OS Smart TV operating system and have access to the same streaming services as Netflix.

 

Connectivity is rich:

  • 4 HDMI inputs with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2
  • 3 USB ports
  • 1 YPbPr video input
  • 1 composite video input
  • 1 Ethernet port
  • 1 optical digital audio output
  • 1 antenna input
  • 1 port RS-232 minijack

Image quality

There is nothing like the image quality of the OLED and the B6 and E6 are the best OLED TVs tested so far. They improve the performance compared to the EF9500 of 2015 in the brightness, colorimetric and the homogeneity of the dark areas. Sure, they are not perfect, but they outclass any LCD TV. To be honest though, let’s point out that we did not have the best LCD from Samsung and Sony.

It could be said that the E6 offers a slightly brighter image but it is not impossible that it is related to the diagonal difference of the two models that we tried. The set of OLED televisions we tested are distinguished by the perfection of their blacks much deeper than LCDs. The difference is noticeable in dark scenes. We can see it on an excerpt from “The Revenant” when Hugh emerges from the darkness, lit by flashlights. The black bands below and above the image, shadows in trees and Hugh’s silhouette were a deeper, more realistic black than on any LCD screen.

If the black and contrast levels are better perceived in low light, they remain quite convincing when the lighting is more intense and are in any case better than on LCD TVs. The latter, on the other hand, have a clear advantage in bright light, especially at Samsung.

Advanced anti-reflective screen

LG said it improved the anti-reflective screen of the 2016 models but it was difficult for us to see a real difference. All OLED televisions are doing fine to maintain the depth of the black in a bright room.

As for the color fidelity, nothing is wrong. The B6 displays high color precision both according to our measurements and with the contents that have served as a reference. The TV also proved to be very effective for video processing. LG has corrected the motion compensation problems we found on models 2015 on camera movements in some movies.

One of the other big advantages of OLED technology compared to the LCD is the image quality which does not move even if it is not in the direct axis. The black levels and color fidelity are much better under these conditions than on an LCD. Regarding HDR video, the B6 does wonders. We were able to test the difference between Oled and LCD with two screens side by side on the HDR10 version of “The Revenant”. In these conditions the image of the E6 is the best we have seen so far in our laboratory. The landscapes, the clouds, the blues of the sky, the green of the grass are both more realistic and natural.

We also appreciated the fact that, as on the 2016 Samsung models, the E6 detects the HDR signal and automatically proposes to restart the TV to activate the appropriate settings.