The LG CX OLED TV may not seem like a big step up from last year’s popular LG C9. But behind the scenes, LG has done a great job of focusing on the little things that we had in the previous model What that means is that this new OLED TV is nearly perfect in every way.
The result is an extremely engaging cinematic performance that gives movies and TV shows the loving treatment they truly deserve This TV isn’t just built for movies and your favourite TV shows. We’ve entered an era of next-gen gaming machines, now that the PS5 and Xbox Series X have launched. There’s no doubt that the CX is a surefire gaming TV, with accommodating input layers, VRR (variable refresh rate), 4K/I20fps support and incredible OLED-assisted contrast on the side. If you have the budget for it, this is the 4K OLED TV to buy.
The OLED65CX looks fantastic. The star of the show, as usual with OLED TV technology is how incredibly thin its screen is: for about two-thirds of its back, it’s insanely thin – just a few millimetres deep. But unless you’re happy looking at the back of your TV instead of the front, you probably won’t notice this once you’ve installed the TV for the first time.
The bottom third of the OLED65CX’s back sticks out a bit more than the rest But the design style bears this out pretty well – and the set’s speakers, connections and processors have to go somewhere. The screen attaches to one of the centrally mounted metal plates stands we’ve seen in a couple of generations of C-series now. This is nicely finished and well built, but perhaps looks a little clunky compared to the incredible sleekness elsewhere.
Connections on the OLED65CX are plentiful and well-specified – especially when it comes to HDMI. There are four, all of which can handle 4K at up to 120Hz in 10-bit HDR with chroma sampling Something that could become important with the next generation of games consoles.
One of the HDMIs can also support ARC/eARC (audio return channel), so the TV can broadcast Dolby Atmos from streaming services or 4K Blu-rays to compatible soundbars or AV receivers.
One final design point worth mentioning is the OLED65CX‘s remote control. It’s one of LG’s so-called Magic remotes, meaning you can point it at menu items on the screen instead of having to use cursor buttons to navigate all the menus. There’s also a scroll wheel in the centre of the remote, which allows you to quickly cycle through vertical menu lines.
Smart TV (webOS with ThinQ Al)
Like the rest of LG’s OLED TV range, the LGOLED65CX inevitably uses LG’s WebOS interface for its smart features. As usual, this is mostly a very good thing The economical, no-nonsense home screen with its array of icons is connected to various content sources, is readily available and easy to use and customise.
If you highlight one of the main content apps, the second level of icons will usually appear with direct access to broadcasts or movies from the app you have highlighted. However, this feature only works with apps that have worked with LG to enable it.
I think the sheer volume of content apps available these days may make WebOS’ long scroll bar of apps a bit unwieldy for some content-hungry households. But that’s a small minus compared to all the good stuff.
OLED TVs have always been particularly well-suited to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) technology. So it’s no surprise to see the OLED65CX look fantastic with every SDR Blu-ray or broadcast we threw at it.
Colours are rich and vibrant, but also nuanced and balanced. Contrast is virtually perfect, as OLED’s ability to make each pixel produce its own light brings out shadow detail and dark tones with intensity and degree of
the authenticity that LCDs can’t match.
While the OLED65CX is great with HD SDR pictures, it’s the improvements it brings with 4K and HDR pictures that really count in the premium TV world.
For starters, the OLED65CX‘s black level performance improves in two ways over 2019’s LG C9 OLED displays. First, the black level gets even deeper and maintains that depth and neutrality more consistently. Only occasionally can a truly extremely dark image suddenly appear suffused with a low-level yellowish-grey tone. This is slight, however, and it doesn’t occur very often at all.
Second, the CX combines its improved black levels with more shadow detail and more subtlety in dark colour shadows than last year’s B9s (which actually delivered deeper blacks than the more expensive C9s). So basically, the CX’s handling of black levels and dark scenes combines the best things from both the B9 and C9. And the result is beautiful.
The OLED65CX boasts two new picture modes: Filmmaker Mode, a collaboration between the UHD Alliance and film creatives, and designed to recreate the kind of settings filmmakers use when creating content on the TV. In broad terms, this means that many of the TV’s image processing tools are turned off, resulting in images that some might find a bit jarring and too dull to look at in a bright room.
The other new picture mode is Dolby Vision IQ. This is essentially a Dolby Vision mode that combines the extra HDR image information and screen optimisation elements of Dolby Vision HDR with an assessment of room conditions provided by a built-in light sensor.
In most ways, the new CX series sounds excellent – especially when it comes to the loudness and range of the soundstage that it somehow manages to throw out of its incredibly thin housing: there’s real width and even some verticality to the sound that the set produces.