4K TVs are quite common in today’s households, but even though that is the case, some people just do not have the money to buy them. Thankfully, not all 4K TVs are expensive. In fact, you can snag one up at a relatively affordable price.
If you fancy an OLED TV that can handle the 4K resolution with HDR, then the LG OLED65B6V is a great choice. The LG OLED B6 is their cheapest OLED TV, but do not be fooled by its “cheap” tag as it actually comes with a slew of features.
In today’s article, I will review the LG OLED65B6V and if it is worth your money.
The LG OLED65B6V is a 65-inch OLED TV with dimensions of 1229 x 715 x 48.6 mm (W x H x D). This OLED TV is so slim that it can be placed on your wall much further than other 4K TVs. It looks absolutely gorgeous and the only thing that looks bulky is the part where the speakers are put. Other than that, the TV looks sleek and stylish. This OLED TV has a flat design which is a good thing, but if you want to have a rather curved 4K TV, then you may want to opt for the C6 instead.
Anyway, the TV itself has a brushed metallic base that can hold the entire thing without a hitch. Furthermore, the TV can be wall mounted if you want that. Either way, the TV is a great addition to your living room setup.
The LG OLED65B6V also comes with a smart remote which you can use to navigate through the different settings of the TV. It is referred to as a “smart” remote because you can actually see a pointer on screen and you can just point to whatever it is that you want to go to and press the appropriate button to enter. The buttons are highly responsive, but pointing to the things that you want will take time getting used to.
At the back of the TV, you will find a plethora of ports such as the LAN port, 4x HDMI 2.0a inputs, 3x USB 3.0 ports, an optical port and the usual connection standards to connect the TV to your cable subscription, if you still use it.
The LG OLED65B6V is a Smart TV after all and it comes with a wealth of features. First off, it makes use of the company’s own WebOS 3.0. This is by far the easiest Smart TV OS ever as it is not only pleasing, but the menus are also straightforward as well. When you press the home button on the smart remote, you will then have a couple of cards at the bottom of the TV which you can access by pointing to a specific card. Furthermore, you can rearrange the cards depending on your preference.
Aside from the WebOS, the LG OLED65B6V also has a vast array of apps it can support like Netflix and Amazon Video. You can also choose from a wide variety of apps from the LG store as well. Also, this Smart TV also supports Dolby Vision as well.
As for the performance, the LG OLED65B6V is a pretty good TV in terms of picture quality. The beauty of OLED displays is that it makes use “self-emitting pixels” that turn off whenever it is displaying a dark image. This results into deep blacks and amazing contrast. Do note, however, that although the blacks are punchy, there are some areas where the whites are just not appealing. Despite this fact, it is just a subtle difference, but it is a bit noticeable for the keen eye.
In terms of SDR performance, the LG OLED65B6V is arguably one of the best OLED TVs on the market. And, do remember that this is the cheapest variant among all of LG’s OLED TVs. Colors are punchy and vibrant and it is further accentuated because of how OLED TVs work. OLED TVs have pixels that create their own lighting which enhances the picture clarity even further. Again, I do have to point out that the whites suffer a little bit, but not too much.
How does it perform when HDR is turned on while in 4K mode? Well, it is a hit or a miss. It is a miss whenever there are colorful areas and there are some parts of the frame that have dark areas in it. The colored parts are “clipped” in the sense that they do not fit into the frame that nicely. They lose a little bit of their vibrancy. The explanation here is that OLED TVs are only capable of brightness levels below 1000. For the picture to not be clipped, the TV should have brightness levels up to 4000 to counteract such an effect.
There is a way to rectify this issue, however, and that is by using the Dolby Vision. It is the same as the normal HDR 10 standard (which the TV uses) as it retains most of the color vibrancy. Unfortunately, only Netflix supports this feature on all of their 4K content, but hopefully, other streaming sites follow suit.
The sound of the LG OLED65B6V leaves something to be desired. Even though it is fitted with some Harman/Kardon speakers, it is a bit lackluster when compared to the other LG OLED TVs. I would still recommend people buying an additional soundbar if they want to amp up their movie viewing experience.
As far as input lag is concerned, it is a bit high on the OLED65B6V at 44.2 msec. It makes up for it when it comes to response time as this TV has a fast response time of 0.1ms. That is really quick and it can really help with motion blur. For games, it is still in the acceptable range, but if you’re going to play professionally, this TV might not suit you.
So, is the LG OLED65B6V any good? Despite being branded as the cheapest OLED TV among LG’s current lineup, the LG OLED65B6V holds its own ground as it delivers deep blacks and punchy colors. Yeah, the brightness is a bit underwhelming, but the amazing contrast and vibrant colors pretty much make up for it.
It also has an amazing response time of 0.1ms, although its input lag is a bit high at 44ms. The audio performance is also not its strongest feature, but there are plenty of soundbars on the market that can complement any 4K Smart TV.
This TV also comes with HDR 10 and Dolby Vision and you can use either of them for best results. The TV makes use of the company’s WebOS 3.0 which has a very user-friendly interface and it is pretty easy to navigate.
All in all, the LG OLED65B6V is an affordable OLED TV that doesn’t compromise on visual performance. You can get one for under $4000.