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Review of LG’s Hot 55-inch Smart 3D Curved OLED HDTV (55EC9300)

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LG-55EC9300

Two of our favorite series on the market right now include LG’s OLED and Samsung’s S’UHD lines. Both series providing mind boggling visuals and packing so many features, it no longer feels like “just a TV”. Today we get to sit down with LG’s 55-inch OLED model (55EC9300).

The only thing we could fault this TV was that it was curved. Unless the screen is 70-inches or larger, we don’t see much improvement going with such a gimmick. However, as long as that isn’t what you are paying for, it doesn’t get in the way unless you decide you want to hang it on the wall (it just doesn’t look right). However, sitting there on its stand, the curve and design of this model does give it a feel of prime elegance. So maybe you are looking for something that not only fills the need of video for a room, but also blends in with the decor around it.

Back to the topic of mind boggling, the image on this TV is no less than astonishing. This is why this TV recently used to run $15,000 until they finally dropped it down to a more reasonable price range of $2999-3500, depending on where you find it (Amazon is one of the best prices at this moment). OLED technology is by no means, cheap. OLED far surpasses the history of LCD and plasma technology that we have seen to-date–although, there are some LED coming our way in the future that will compete (but they aren’t here yet).

The 55EC9300 is literally one of the best 1080 TVs we have ever sat in front of. If you replaced a window in your house with it, you would easily fool those around you, even though it isn’t 4K (imagine if it was). Everything from rich colors to contrast and deep blacks, this TV nails it all. The 240hz refresh brings everything you need out of fast moving images. Edges are sharp without blur or difficulty picking out the layers in an image. Any text displayed on the screen is crystal clear (depending on your source of course).

You are able to view the TV clearly no matter where you are in the room, regardless of if you are viewing it straight on, or from an extreme angle. The screen is glossy, adding to its richness–just make sure you don’t have any lighting in the room shining directly into it, else you will get a reflection/glare.

We couldn’t find any bleeding or halo effects. We really couldn’t find anything to complain about. At first, we didn’t even run one of our calibration discs to fine tune anything. We simply played with a few settings and allowed our eyes to judge the rest. I can’t say that we have ever done so little to bring out such a great image in a TV. Of course, we eventually threw a calibration disc into the mix, which brought a lot more richness to the screen.

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The only TVs that have a better picture vs price range, aren’t available yet. Super 4K screens like Samsung S’UHD won’t be making it onto the market until later this year, and you can bet the price is going to be a tad higher than what this model falls into.

Since we were so impressed from the start, one of the first things we tested it with was the Rio 2 movie on blu-ray. A movie jam-packed with color and beautiful visuals. It felt like the movie was coming alive. The 3D was amazing with very little exhaustion to the eyes, and realistic layers–given, most of us here aren’t normally fans of the current state of 3D technology. It was enough that about 20-30 minutes into the movie, we swapped out for How to Train Your Dragon 2, just to experience the same effect with another movie.

We also took some time out to watch a few scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy, which has been one of our favorite movies for testing the last few months. We have now seen the movie so many times, and yet it was still so difficult to turn away from.

4-color-pixel-ec9300LG makes use of a similar approach to its design as Sharp does with their models, with an added subpixel. Where Sharp adds a yellow subpixel to the screen, LG has added a white. Dy doing so, it enriches the accuracy of colors in the screen. This is something they are going to be doing with all of their next-generation models. TV just keeps getting better.

Taking a look at the other things it can do, the TV is packed with all sorts of features. The app store contains everything you would expect to find and we found no lagging or buffering issues with any of the applications we tested (of course, this depends on the speed of connect you have). Speaking of connecting, it offers both WiFi and wired ethernet (like any other smart TV these days).

dual-play-ec9300It offers the unique Dual Play feature that you find in a few of LG’s models now. The ability to play a video game with a friend, while each of you are able to make use of the entire screen in the process. Split screen gaming is something of the past now. It does this by splitting the screen in layers that are separated by using LG’s Dual Play glasses (sold separately), similar to how TVs deliver 3D. One pair deciphers player one’s screen, and the second pair of glasses is able to see player two. Taking the glasses off would reveal a blurry screen similar or worse to looking at 3D without wearing the glasses. Sadly, we did not have a pair of these glasses on-hand, so we were unable to test this specific function of the TV (oh no!). Maybe we will be able to cover this in the future. LG should send us a pair so that we have a set on hand the next time we test one of their models! The glasses run about $25 and can be found here.

We did spend some time playing the latest Call of Duty however. Gaming on the TV was entertaining as it would be on any other top notch TV. We actually found that the detail was only noticeable when we stopped to view the scenery. The fast moving game forced us to focus more on our actions than the details around us. This led us to throw in Final Fantasy 13 (Lightning Returns), so that we can walk around and experience a game with strong surroundings. The outcome was superb.

Now lets take a look at everything else! The TV itself is super light and super thin. In the box alone, it weighs just below 50lbs. On its stand, it weighs around 37lbs. This means one person alone could take care of setting up this tv. Of course, two should be used for safety–don’t want to make any mistakes. As mentioned, once it is sitting on its stand, it looks great. Very complimenting to everything else around it. If anything, it may make everyone around it look subpar if the decor in the room isn’t to snuff. Also, the TV is so thin, your guests will take turns looking at it from its side angle, just to catch a glimpse of it, while wondering how they can fit so much quality into such a fine amount of space.

All the typical connections are present, including 4 HDMI 1.4 inputs. The TV does not support HDMI 2.0, but there is no need to as it isn’t 4K, therefore you would never hit a bandwidth limitation at any point. There are 3 USB (2.0) ports to enjoy all of your favorite media with. We tested USB out with a few HD DivX files which turned out just as amazing as the rest. One file was a music video, and the other was a japanese animation short. No lag and media navigation was a snap. Of course you have RF, shared composite/component, optical and LAN.

Inside you will find LG’s Magic Remote which allows you to control everything with. It also acts as a universal remote so that you can use it to control some of your other devices with (i.e., sound, cable, blu-ray). The Magic Remote is most popular for it’s ability to use motion and voice to control your content with. It also has a scrolling wheel in the center. It also feels super comfortable in the hand with its ergonomic design. We haven’t tried it with other devices as a universal remote, but we love using it’s motion and voice control to navigate options with. At times, we still like to hook a wireless keyboard up due to personal preferences, but the remote technically covers everything for you.

Our Conclusion

All-in-all, the LG 55EC9300 is a solid TV. Picture is out of this world, and the features you get with it are too. We even found the curve to add a level of elegance to it. We couldn’t stop drooling over it. The fact that a 1080 TV could look so good was outstanding. We decided to give it a 9 out of 10. Assumably, if this was a 4K on top of everything else, it most likely would have been the first TV we have ever rated to score a flawless 10 rating.

9 / 10 stars           

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Specifications:

SMART TV

  • Premium Content
  • Full Web Browser
  • Skype™ Ready (Camera AN-VC500 required and sold separately. Skype subscription required
  • Magic Remote Control
  • Natural Voice Recognition
  • Universal Control Capability
  • Launcher Bar
  • Games
  • Easy Setup
  • Recent/Multitasking
  • LivePlus
  • Live Menu
  • LG Content Store (App Store)
SMART SHARE

  • Media Share
    • Remote App
    • Network File Browser
    • YouTube Send-to-TV
  • Screen Share
    • MHL (Mobile HD Link)
    • Miracast
    • WiDi
AUDIO

  • 2 Channel Speaker System
  • Mono/Stereo/Dual (MTS/SAP)
  • Dolby® Digital Decoder
  • DTS Decoder
  • 40w Audio Output (Watts – THD 10%)
  • 6 Different Sound Modes
  • Clear Voice II
  • 3 Mode Sound Optimizer
  • Optical Sound Sync
  • Wireless Sound Sync
  • Smart Sound Mode
CONNECTIVITY

  • Wi-Fi® Built-in
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • SIMPLINK™ (HDMI™ CEC)
  • USB
    • Video – DivX HD
    • Photo – JPEG, JPS, MPO
    • Audio – AC3 (Dolby Digital), EAC3, HE-AAC, AAC, MPEG, MP3, PCM, DTS
INPUTS

  • 1 RF In (Antenna/Cable)
  • 1 Component Video In(Y, Pb, Pr + Audio)
  • 1 Composite In (AV) (shared w/Component)
  • 4 HDMI (3 Side, 1 Rear)
  • 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
  • 3 USB 2.0
  • 1 LAN
  • 1 RS-232 (mini jack)
POWER

  • ENERGY STAR® Qualified
  • Power Supply (Voltage, Hz)
    • 100V ~ 240V, 50/60 Hz
  • Standby Mode
    • 0.3W
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHTS

  • TV without Stand (WxHxD)
    • 48.2″ x 28.1″ x 3.1″
  • TV with Stand (WxHxD)
    • 48.2″ x 29.6″ x 8″
  • TV without Stand weight
    • 31.7 lbs
  • TV with Stand weight
    • 36.1 lbs
  • TV Shipping Dimensions (WxHxD)
    • 52.4″ x 33.3″ x 10″
  • Shipping Weight
    • 49.2 lbs
WARRANTY / UPC

  • 1 Year Parts & Labor Limited Warranty
  • UPC: 719192594388
PANEL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen Size Class (diagonal)
    • 55″ Class (54.6″ diagonal)
  • Resolution
    • 1920 x 1080
  • Display Type
    • OLED
VIDEO

  • Triple XD™ Engine
  • Resolution Upscaler
  • Tru Color Generator
  • Smart Picture Mode
  • 8 Picture Modes
  • 8 Mode Aspect Ratio
  • Just Scan (1:1 Pixel Matching)
    • HDMI, Component, RF: 0% OverScan 1080i, 1080p, 720p
  • Real Cinema 24p (2:2 pull down)
  • Picture Wizard III
LG CINEMA 3D FEATURES

  • FPR (Passive) 3D Type
  • 3D to 2D/2D to 3D
  • 3D Depth Control
  • 3D Viewpoint Control with 20 Levels
  • 3D Image Correction
CABINET / ACCESSORIES

  • Remote Control
  • 3D Glasses
    • F314 (Clip 2EA, F310 2EA)
  • Wall Mounting Bracket (Wall Mount OSW100 required and sold separately).

Are you a manufacturer or distributor that would like us to test something out for review? Contact us and we can let you know where to send the product and we will try it out.

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James

Designer, Editor and Reviewer for Poc Network, ProAudio and Mobile Nations.

James enjoys spending most of his time as an audio engineer and technician for the live music industry when he isn’t running around the office here juggling an intense workload. He can also be found frequently in the nearby mountainous ranges, scrambling rocks and rappelling down large sections.

3 Comments

    • James

      Very good question. I had to pull up the notes on this one. We did test out 3 formats in which it did play back just fine. Those were AVI, MPEG and MOV. There is a good chance it may play back additional formats as well (such as MKV), however we no longer have the model here, so we are unable to test out those additional formats. LG (as well as the other major names) do a good job at making sure they can play back as many formats as possible.

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