LG 55EG9100 OLED Review


Display TypeOLED
Inputs3x HDMI 1.4a, 1x Component/Composite, 1x RF, 3x USB 2.0
Outputs1x Optical
Streaming ServicesAmazon, Netflix, YouTube
Wi-Fi SupportYes
3D SupportYes
Display Size48.2” x 29.9” x 8.2”
Display Weight33.1 lbs.
Review DateOctober 23, 2015
PriceOut of stock

The 55” LG 55EG9100 OLED display is the entry-level LG OLED for 2015. For plasma fans, OLED has been billed as the great savior. Not only would an OLED be thinner than our plasma sets, but it could be brighter and have pure blacks. We wouldn’t have to live with the LCD compromises of worse off-axis viewing and backlights that can’t deliver the darkest blacks. OLED promises the potential to make us forget about plasma once and for all.

Having spent time with the LG 55EG9100, I can say it is the first display I might give up my Panasonic VT60 for. The blacks are pure and provide you contrast ratios no LCD can touch. The colors are vibrant and accurate while still looking great off-axis. Even the curve, which I typically dislike, is not as much of an issue. There are a couple quirks that hold the LG back, no set is perfect, but for those that miss plasma you might finally have the replacement TV you are after.

Amazingly Thin

Display Type:OLED
Inputs:3x HDMI 1.4a, 1x Component/Composite, 1x RF, 3x USB 2.0
Outputs:1x Optical
Streaming Services:Amazon, Netflix, YouTube
Wi-Fi Support:Yes
3D Support:Yes
Display Size:48.2” x 29.9” x 8.2”
Display Weight:33.1 lbs.
Review Date:October 23, 2015
Price:Out of stock
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As used to thin LCD TVs as I am, the LG 55EG9100 OLED is a looker. The top half of the display is as thin as you can get today. The lower half is larger to provide room for inputs and outputs, but still so thin it needs a captive power cable. Even mounting it on the included stand is strange as an OLED is too thin for the type of stands I usually see on a TV. Even at 55” the LG is light enough to do the unboxing and setup myself, though I do recommend a friend to help reduce the stress.

The included remote works as an on-screen pointer for the updated WebOS 2.0 interface. I’ve adapted to using an on-screen cursor instead of a directional pad, and the LG one is good enough. But the remote isn’t backlit which is surprising for a $2,000 TV. There are also only 3 HDMI ports on the left side. If you use a receiver this might be enough, but 4 or 5 inputs seems more appropriate for a high-end TV like this. These are minor quibbles with the set, and I was able to use the remote in the dark without issue after a day.

Perfect Black

Unlike an LCD, OLED pixels produce their own light. With an LCD the panel produces the colors and then a backlight shines through that to create the image. Creating black means closing a pixel on the LCD but some of the backlight always creeps through. Local dimming systems try to improve this on an LCD but those can create their own issues with blooming and other artifacts. Since each pixel on an OLED produces its own light, when you turn one off there is actually no light at all.

If you bought a plasma from Samsung or Panasonic the final year they were made, you have good black levels. So good that you can get a contrast ratio of 25,000:1 and have an image that pops off the screen. So what difference does going from very dark to pure black make? More than you can imagine without seeing it.

Watching scenes from Skyfall the scenes of Shanghai and Macau jump off the screen more than before. The night sky is a pure pitch black that both neon lights and fireworks stand out against. Even with these dark blacks, bright scenes maintain a fantastic, natural look. Skin tones are accurate without any hint of redness to them. The ocean is a rich deep blue while a helicopter exploding fills the room with light but doesn’t cause the night sky to shift from blackness at all. During a vertical pan there is some judder that is visible, but usually it cannot be noticed.

Jurassic World presents a lush world of greens and blues. Daytime scenes are plenty bright with lots of panel brightness to spare. The real flaw with the LG is that it makes the CGI of the dinosaurs more apparent. The struggle here is to come up with something that doesn’t look fantastic while watching the movie.

The usual Harry Potter torture test reveals one of the flaws in the LG 55EG9100. As Voldemort and his minions gather on top of the hill, the entire scene is near pitch black. The LG dips into pure black here, but dips too far. The dark shadow details around the edges of the screen are crushed down to pure black, losing those details. Turning the brightness up lets these details appear, but also moves the letterbox bars away from black into dark gray. Switching the gamma preset from 2.4 or BT.1886 to 2.2 or 1.9 also reduces this but doesn’t look as good overall in a dark room. This only seemed to happen to areas near the edges of the screen, and only with dark shadow areas but it was something I could notice.

Below you see three images taken at BT.1886, 2.2, and 1.9 gamma settings. You can see the right side descends into complete blackness instead of being a shadow. One click higher on the Brightness control and the letterbox bars would move out of pure black, so that isn’t the issue. It just seems to be a flaw in the image processing on the LG OLED displays right now.

While I usually hate the curve on a TV, it didn’t bother me with the LG. Since the viewing angles on the OLED are so much better than an LCD you can sit to the side without the curve reducing that viewing angle. Since the letterbox bars are black, the distortion a curve can introduce is much harder to notice. While I still prefer a flat display the LG is the first curved display that I was OK with being curved.

The fast action of sports looks great on OLED as well. Watching the NFL on CBS over-the-air there is no motion blur that I can see. 1080i test patterns reveal some small processing issues, but these are not visible when watching regular 1080i content on the screen. Combined with the wide viewing angle that the LG offers, it makes a good TV to watch when you have a crowd over to see the game.

As with most LG TVs the 55EG9100 uses passive 3D glasses instead of active ones. The largest benefit is that it is far easier on the eyes to watch with passive glasses than with active ones in my experience. The tradeoff with a 1080p display is that passive glasses cut the effective resolution in half. Watching Hugo in 3D the opening scenes show very good depth and very little crosstalk. The 55″ size doesn’t give you the most immersive experience but you do get a feeling of depth without much eye strain. Switching to Monsters, Inc the loss of resolution is noticeable on the fine fur of Sully. Moving back to 8-9′ away the loss of resolution isn’t at noticeable, but when you get close you can tell. Live action doesn’t show the aliasing as much but CGI is more impacted.

For streaming the included WebOS smart apps get the job done. Netflix and Amazon content streams quickly and reliably while looking good. It takes a little bit of time to start up but after that the responsiveness is good. It doesn’t have the selection of a Roku but it offers the essentials and does a good job with them.

Writing about the performance of the LG 55EG9100 is a challenge. Writing 1,500 words that just point out how incredible something looks over-and-over seems redundant, but it is what I want to do. The LG isn’t perfect, most notably because of the shadow detail issue, but it comes closer than any TV I’ve watched the past few years. It is a picture you have to go see in person because the improvement it offers can’t be conveyed in words.

Bench Tests

Pre- and Post-Calibration numbers for the LG EG9100 are nearly perfect. If you place it into the ISF Expert mode and set the primary controls, like Brightness and Contrast, correctly you will be rewarded with a fantastic image. Full details of the calibration with charts and data can be found after the summary or by following this link.

My First Choice

The LG 55EG9100 is the first display I’d consider replacing my Panasonic VT60 with. It has better blacks, is much easier to move around, and has much better SmartTV features. The shadow detail bug is an issue but to me that’s a much lesser problem than the ones that all backlit LCDs have. The accurate colors and grayscale along with a uniform panel make it an image that is hard to beat.

If I was shopping for a TV now and I could afford it, my list would start with the LG 55EG9100. The only display I’d consider instead for myself is the 4K LG 55EF9600. If you want something for less money I recommend the Vizio M. It won’t have the perfect blacks of an OLED but is an UltraHD display. If you want to be future-proof, you can step up to the UltraHD and HDR-ready 55EF9600 OLED for $1,000 more. If you want the best looking image you can get for $2,000, you should get the LG 55EG9100 as I would today.

Review Summary
Product:LG 55EG9100
Reviewer:Chris Heinonen
Pros:Perfect blacks, incredible contrast ratios, accurate colors, jaw dropping images, thin design.
Cons:Issue with shadow details on some scenes, non-backlit remote, slight judder.
Summary:It isn't perfect but the LG 55EG9100 is as close as I've seen in a long time. As a demanding videophile, it is where my TV shopping would start if I was looking for a new set today.



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Review Summary

ProductLG 55EG9100
ReviewerChris Heinonen
ProsPerfect blacks, incredible contrast ratios, accurate colors, jaw dropping images, thin design.
ConsIssue with shadow details on some scenes, non-backlit remote, slight judder.
SummaryIt isn't perfect but the LG 55EG9100 is as close as I've seen in a long time. As a demanding videophile, it is where my TV shopping would start if I was looking for a new set today.
Value4 / 5
Performance4.5 / 5
Overall4.5 / 5

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53 thoughts on LG 55EG9100 OLED Review

  • FirstReflect says:

    Does this LG 55EG9100 include 3D? I’d imagine it’s Passive 3D if it does, much like the outgoing EC model that this replaces.

    If it does include Passive 3D, did you have a look at it at all? With the 1080p resolution, I imagine it still suffers from looking interlaced once the glasses half the resolution for each eye. But it’s be cool to know for sure from someone who’s actually seen it in person ;) Also whether it shows much if any crosstalk.

    • It’s passive 3D I believe and I haven’t watched any but can this weekend and report back on it. Most people don’t seem to care much about 3D but I will test it out.

      • Fabrizio Zarathustra says:

        Great review. About input lag, did you try renaming input to PC and after that turn on Game Mode? This trick brought down input lag on the ec9300 (1080p model of last year) under 30ms. I would be very very grateful to you if you could try this, and I think it may be useful to many people who are just deciding on this new tv. Thanks.

        • I just tested this and it dropped down to 40ms from 50ms in my testing. A 20% improvement but still not the 30ms that some people were getting last year. This is using HDMI 1.

          • Fabrizio Zarathustra says:

            Thank you very much for the ultra-fast feedback, very appreciated!!! Now I wonder if those 10 ms would make a difference…

          • Piotr W?odarczk says:

            Thank you for the review! I just bought this TV. May I know how to rename imput to PC?

          • Sure, after it’s turned on hit Input on the remote, then select All Inputs from the menu. Select the input on the left side of the screen you want, and on the right you can Edit the icon and the name. One of the options is a PC and that will change the icon and rename it.

          • Piotr W?odarczk says:

            I made it! I started worring that I chose wrong TV. If it is 40, then it makes this TV a middle class in this race, that should be okay for a part time player that I am. Thank you! BTW, from your expierience, does it happen sometimes that upgrade of a firmware changes this value? All the Best!

  • JJHLH says:

    Thank you for a very thorough review. I’ve been looking at this set since it was first announced and actually ordered one online earlier today at a great price. I can’t wait for it to arrive. After seeing the prior year’s model at Best Buy (EC9300) I knew right away that I wanted one. The picture was indeed the best I’ve ever seen. OLED is the future of television. I’m surprised LG is the only company making these sets. I think their competitors made a big mistake.

    • I don’t think other companies don’t want to make OLED but just that it is very hard to do. Panasonic has an OLED set now in the EU that’s better than the LG without the black crush, but is curved and 8,000 Euros. Samsung tried to make an OLED set and either couldn’t make it affordably or decided to go somewhere else. I’d like to see more OLED displays coming out, hopefully without the black crush flaw of the LG, but I imagine it’ll take time.

    • Avatar Roku says:

      LG bought a patent from Kodak that enables them to manufacture OLED at a much cheaper price than any other TV manufacturer. That’s why other manufacturers are trying to come up with buzzwords to make their LCD TVs sound cutting edge. The difference is that OLED makes everything look better while the other stuff depends on content makers and providers to implement new standards and features. Expensive full array LED-backlit LCDs poorly attempt to emulate what OLED does perfectly.

  • Simon says:

    Regarding the black crush issue, were you able to increase the 5% gray scale control to any positive effect? Thanks.

    • Increasing 5% causes the scenes without this crush to have worse gamma. As I said, it doesn’t seem to happen over the whole image, mostly at the edges of it in my viewing. So to me I’d take the unfortunate effect as opposed to make every other scene potentially worse.

      • Simon says:

        Thanks. Strange that LG chooses not to fix this issue in the firmware. I imagine it would be quite easy to correct with a pixel gamma shader using a vignette pattern as a mask.

        • I imagine if it was simple it would have been fixed by now. Over the past few years, across all technologies, Samsung and Panasonic have had much better CMS systems than everyone else. Almost all the other vendors keep showing the same problems, year after year. I don’t think they’re trivial to fix, at least without designing an all new CMS.

  • darksparda4 says:

    Any opinion on this tv vs. the ec9300 from last year? Would you say they are of equal quality.

    • Aside from trade shows I never used the EC9300 so I can’t offer any comparisons between the two. I’ve seen it said that the EG9100 has a faster processor and the updated WebOS 2.0 so it’s faster. If that’s the case the EC9300 must have been slow as the EG9100 isn’t nearly as fast as a Roku or other streaming box.

      • RT says:

        Sorry, but Chris, you included the EC9300 in your 2014 Holiday Buyers Guide as the ULTIMATE Big Screen TV, now you’re saying you can’t compare the two models? Odd.

        • I said the EC9300 is what I’d buy myself from talking to fellow reviewers that have used it extensively and who I trust. It’s all moot now since the EC9300 isn’t available anymore and was basically discontinued once the EG9100 came out.

  • Anthony Hyland says:

    Did you post your calibration settings?
    Thank You!

  • GuyB says:

    I recently purchased the LG55EG9100 model. I have a strange problem. On the left down side of the screen for about ten inches, there is some slight red color over the grey or white scenes (Like the ice on hockey scenes). The other zones of the screen are OK. Is anyone has the same problem?


  • Jean-Pierre Maertens says:

    “…But it isn’t backlit which is surprising for a $2,000 TV”

    It is an OLED tv, so this should not surprise you !!

  • Raymond says:

    Hi Chris, thanks for the fantastic review. This so well written without the fluff and practical for me. I currently have a 50″ Panasonic Viera Plasma purchase in 2009. This week I almost bought a Samsung Js8500 65″ or JS9000 in 55″. I love the OLED 55ED9100 but am wondering if I’m screwed if it doesn’t do 4K in the future. What do you think of the two aforementioned Saumsungs? Should I keep my Panny and save my money for an OLED? Thanks!

    • I’m not a big fan of fluff. I’d rather write fewer words that everyone reads than write a lot more than doesn’t matter much. I reviewed the JS9000 earlier this year and would take the OLED over it. It had some backlight bleeding issues, possibly from the more powerful backlight due to HDR, but it is really distracting. The lack of 4K is annoying, and the 4K OLED is $3,000, so it costs a lot more. Next year it’ll probably be less, but you can say that every year. The OLED can still do wide gamut, but how it will handle that I’m not sure because we don’t know if that will all be physical media or streamed.

      If I was really worried, I’d probably try to hold out longer. I’m holding onto my plasma for the moment, but would get an OLED if I had to replace it. I haven’t used the JS8500 so I can’t really comment on that one.

  • Brent Newell says:

    Hello, thank you for the excellent review. I have a quick question in reference to the calibration process.

    I just purchased this television and have been extremely happy with it, however I feel if I could properly calibrate it I could increase the performance and image. Now, I have no experience with TV Calibration, so I am wondering in the dark here. After spending probably too much on a TV (according to my wife), I do not have a ton to spend on some calibration software. I did happen upon the CalMAN Home Express TV Calibration Kit ($99), and was wondering your thoughts in reference to this product? Do you think I can expect a quality improvement over the factory settings with this product? Could a beginner like myself expect to easily operate this program with positive results? If not, is there another calibration software you would recommend that is in this ballpark price point?

    Really appreciate your time and help!

    • The problem with that CalMAN kit is that the meter is designed around LCDs, and likely won’t perform well with an OLED. The colors emitted by OLEDs have a different spectral distribution than an LCD. While to our eyes they will look very similar, to a meter they will be very different. This is why I had to use my i1Pro and not my C6 to calibrate the OLED, because otherwise the numbers I got were wrong.

      The cheapest spectrometer you will likely get is an i1Pro or i1Pro2, and that will cost ~$500 for a used one and $1,000 for a new one. So unless you really want to teach yourself, or plan to do it for a living, it’ll be far cheaper to hire someone most likely.

  • Cee Cee Lemon says:

    This tv would be a instant buy for me if LG would stop using or allow users to disable the ABL they implement in their sets.

    I can handle a little black crush, but moving contrast around when too much white is being displayed shouldn’t be a thing in a set this expensive.

    • ABL on OLED and Plasma is more a function of the power supply and being limited there than an intentional choice. I never noticed it in my time with it, even when I fired up Art of Flight and it’s almost 100% white scenes right next to an LCD.

  • oldYellowLion says:

    Thanks for review, I am just looking for the best Full HD tv on the market. But one, for me very important point, is missing. Please if you can tell your opinion about SD upscaling quality of this LG, some people are saying that Sony is better. In my country 90% of TV programs are SD, and I have cca 1000 DVDs, so for me it is important. Interesting for sharpnes and noise at upscaling??? This is the reason 4K is useless for me, even on the best and most expensive, SD picture is worse than on my 5 years old HD tv.

  • JM says:

    Would you get a 65 inch oled or a 75 inch led? If so which brand?

    • If I was buying a TV for myself to replace my plasma, I’d get an OLED. While the LG has its flaws, its benefits are such that I’ll gladly accept them. I really liked the Samsung JU7100 series this past year, but I’d still take a smaller OLED over the higher-resolution and larger LCD.

      • JM says:

        Just curious – what is your recommendation in the 75 size

        • My usual recommendation is to get a projector at that size. A 70″ LCD is at least $2,000 usually and an 80″ is up to $4,000 or so. $800 can get you a nice 1080p projector like the BenQ HT2050 (review coming, hopefully next week) and then you can get a good white screen for $250 for 120″. If you need a light rejecting screen, you can get that and still come in under the price of an LCD usually for a much larger screen.

          If you need an LCD then I’d probably lean towards the Vizio M. They performed very well, not quite as well as the Samsung JU7100, but a 70″ is $1,900 while a 75″ Samsung JU7100 is $4,300.

  • RT says:

    Three questions for Chris. Thanks in advance!
    1. Why the EG9100 and not the EC9300? Looks like EC9300 is <$1500 on East Coast TVs vs $2000 for 2015 model (9100).
    2. I have a 7 blinking red lights/dead GT30, costing me $350 to fix a bad buffer and SC board. Would you do same thing or spend $1500-2000 on LG OLED? Love my Panny.
    3. Are sites like Nice Electronics and East Coast TVs scams/bait n switch schemes like most reviews say or are people just upset about paying extra for insurance after the fact, etc? Are these dealers taking out the good parts and selling retrofitted versions? I know Nice Electronics sells an Asian and a Mexican model of most TVs. Very confusing.


    • When the EG9100 came out it was ~$200 more than the EC9300, but the EC9300 was going away to be replaced by the EG9100. Now you can find the EG9100 on sale often on ebay from reputable dealers (like Adorama) for $1500-$1600. Since that’s the same price as the EC9300 there is no reason to get the older model with an older WebOS.

      You can read more about how sites like Nice Electronics and East Coast TVs work here:


      I’d never buy from any of them. Ever.

      • RT says:

        Thanks Chris. Unfortunately I don’t see the $1500-1600 you’re referring to on eBay/Adorama for the EG9100. I see Adorama listed on eBay for $1997. How can I find for $1500-1600? Thanks!

      • RT says:

        I see if on eBay for $1518 from ielectrica. how do I know reputable vs irreputable eBay dealers? Thanks a lot Chris!

        • You have to look who is selling it on eBay and then check to see if they’re LG Authorized, and their return policies. The EG9100 has been the eBay Deal of the Day one weekend every month since it came out. Usually when it is I’ll post it to Twitter on the RHT account and retweet it so people know. The 55″ EF9500 was $2400 this past Friday and we tweeted about that, since it was the first time it was below $3,000.

          Adorama is LG Authorized, so if the TV was broken the warranty would handle it, but buying from Amazon is the easiest way for a TV usually.

          • RT says:

            Thank you sir! Extremely helpful. Just one more Q. Would you repair old GT30 for $350 or buy new LG OLED non-4K for $1500? Is picture quality of new LG better than GT30?

          • Yes. I have a VT60, which is better than the GT30 by three generations, and the OLED is the first thing I’d pick to replace it. Better blacks, though the very dark shadow areas are the small issue it has but it’s still better than any LCD at that.

          • RT says:

            LAST QUESTIONS FOR NOW: Would you get EF9500 ($2300 right now on eBay/adorama) or EG9100 ($1400 when it goes on sale)? How important is 4K/UHD? How much should we expect both versions to drop in price by say, this summer? THANK YOU SO MUCH!

          • Myself, I’d probably get the EF9500. It’s flat, it supports HDR, and it has an expanded color gamut. I’m more concerned about those than the resolution. With UltraHD Blu-ray discs isn’t going to look better than the EG9100 will and the black flames/shadow crush issue is reduced on the EF9500 compared to the EG9100.

            The new B6 OLED from LG is comparable to the EF9500, but with a larger color gamut (99% of DCI/P3 compared to 86-88% for the EF9500). However we have no prices or release date for it yet, so I have no idea what it’s going to cost or when it will come out. It’s more likely to be early-mid summer since that’s when the EF9500 came out last year but that’s an educated guess.

          • RT says:

            Great. Is $2300 a good price or think I don’t have a rush to get bc price only goes down?

  • RT says:

    Chris – Purchased the 55EG9100 on Ebay via BuyDig. Any more intel on proper config given your settings aren’t discussed other than Expert 1 mode? TV will be in a bright-ish room but not sure what to make of your comment above (setting numbers would be helpful): “Most people can put the display into Expert 1, adjust the OLED panel level and gamma preset for their room, and be happy.” How do I know which OLED level and gamma preset to use…?


    • The panel level will adjust the maximum level of light output from the panel. How high that should be depends on your room. If it’s a brighter room, it should be higher.

      The BT.1886 and 2.4 gamma selections behave identically (as they should, since BT.1886 and 2.4 are the same if you have absolute black) and are ideal for nighttime or dim viewing. If it’s a brighter room you might want to set that to 2.2 or 2.1. You can use Expert 2 for this and keep Expert 1 for darker rooms.

  • olezzzz says:

    Hi, I’m trying to calibrate my oled 55eg9100 with calman 5 + xrite idisplay 2 , I see there is a great difference betwenn lcd and oled. So in meter settings, meter mode, I can choose plasma target or lcd target display type. I think the correct one is plasma but I don’t know if the results will be correct at all or only a little bit less accurate…..what do you suggest ? (buy a new meter excluded….:) )

    • Unfortunately you’re not going to be able to do it well without a different meter. We only use the i1Pro or i1Pro2, because the light spectrum from OLED is different than one some other meters can read. We use a different meter to read the black level and very low levels of light output only, but otherwise use a spectrometer. This is what SpectraCal advised us to do. Also, the filters on the i1Display2 are known to degrade over time. Since it hasn’t been made for a while, the data it provides now isn’t that reliable at all. I did testing on two of them around 3 years ago and found this was the case, and it will only be worse now.

  • LordX says:

    Update 07/25/2016 (rtings.com) We’ve received a report that the input lag is now 29.6 ms after the firmware update 04.01.00. We don’t have that TV anymore to confirm this unfortunately.
    Anyone can confirm ???
    also how about testing input lag on 4k ?! not just 1080p !

  • Leonheart says:

    Just bought this tv, look great! Now I’m looking for good picture settings and for games too, what do you guys recommend?

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