I bought this model at a local retailer for a really great price (see other thread) and set it up over the weekend. It was a total impulse purchase as I have been debating between the Sony 75x900e or 75x940e and really thought I would be buying one of those in the future. Below are my initial impressions and specific scenario. Take it for what it's worth
Setup / Intended Viewing
The television is in a 14' x 20' room and currently sitting on its stand. The room has lots of windows, but can get completely dark. I plan to eventually wall mount it and use a projector with a ceiling 120' screen drop down in front for "family movie night" so was really glad at the depth and size. It's only 2.2 inches thick where the Sony's referenced above are 2.5-2.63" so it will be perfect for wall mounting and not stick out too far. For size, I was worried about viewing distance since it's "only" 75 inches but it's replacing a 55" plasma television so it feels completely immersive watching content. I can't believe I was actually contemplating paying 6+ grand for the LG 86sj9570. Again, this will not be my main movie watching television once i get the projector but I'm now in no rush after watching the set. It's quite the upgrade and would be fine for this room long term and for movie nights if I change my mind.
The packaging / box was great, but the stand's holes were not drilled properly so i had to spend a few minutes with a dremmel making the holes bigger so the stand could be put together. Disappointed for sure, but I’ve had to do this on furniture and other items before so manufacturing QC must not be a booming industry.
The remote (which I’m sure I’ll only use to turn on/off the television) is really cool as it acts as a pointer and mouse which is extremely accurate and much nicer than using arrows to go up/down and select different settings.
I have an Nvidia Shield that streams premium cable and my .mkv blu ray / dvd movie collection from a Plex Media Server on my Nvdia Shield Pro and HDHomeRun Prime in another room. This runs over coax into a MoCa Network adapter so I can use a wired connection into this television. I have the lowest internet package from Verizon (now Frontier) so no upgraded speeds. I have this Nvidia Shield and a PS4 plugged into a receiver + speakers and then going to HDMI out into the television.
I set everything up and turned on the television and then let my kid play the PS4 because he was bugging me. I watched him play on/off for about an hour on whatever default settings the television had and was blown away at the picture. The blacks were nice and dark, no motion issues, no problem with video gaming. I didn’t tweak anything so I wouldn’t be concerned at all about gaming on this television since it does have a game mode (which I haven’t tried yet and probably won’t worry about)
I never watched any physical media content, but started out by watching “Man in the High Castle” on Amazon Prime. I tried for an hour to locate 4K/HDR content on Amazon Prime app (both on the Nvidia Shield and within the LG television app) but never found anything that would indicate it was in 4K/HDR. I don’t know if these are separated and I was doing something wrong in searching, if Android TV (which is behind the LG and Shield) doesn’t allow 4K through Amazon Prime since Amazon and Google hate each other, or if the content just streams at best available. This initial show looked okay, but not fantastic—again, just default settings on the television. The picture was clear but kind of muted colors and the lighting looked a little weird in some scenes.
Then, I searched for 4K content on the YouTube app on the Shield and the picture was gorgeous—really nice! I watched some movie previews and a few other items in 4K. Then I decided to play with the settings for the first time on the television and noticed there is an “Eco Mode” turned on. When I turned it off, the television immediately got brighter (there are multiple settings for Eco Mode but I just shut it off and let the television adjust using whatever power it needs).
But, then I had a real breakthrough. On the HDMI ports there is a setting for each one labeled wide color gamut (or something like that) that is disabled by default. I switched it on for HDMI 1 (the only port I am using) and it’s like the television came alive. I went back to Amazon Prime and flipped on the first movie—Daddy’s Home—and this picture is amazing. I can’t figure out how to verify if this is using HDR or 4k or what but it has to be using some upscaling or something. The skin tones were amazing (this turned out to be a great movie to check that out because the characters seem to have their shirts off a lot) and the lights in various scenes really popped. Black leather jackets blended nicely into the television and colors popped.
I then downloaded HBO Go on my Shield and watched “The Criminal” and had the same experience. Some kind of HDR or upscaling had to be working because the lighting was something I had never seen before on a movie. It was really, really nice. I like a warm yellow color to movies and this beats my Panasonic Plasma hands down in color, brightness, etc.
I only got to watch two movies, some YouTube clips, and a few hours of gaming on a PS4 but I would certainly recommend this television. I tried searching for issues—vertical banding, blooming, etc—but went crazy trying to locate them. I did notice during the credits of the last movie I watched that you could see a faint white color in the middle of the screen where they were rolling so assume that has to do with no FALD. I didn’t notice any of that in my limited real world viewing and asked the wife if she saw it but then she thought I was crazy. There was no motion blur on games (didn’t check out sports yet) and was really, really glad there was no soap opera effect on anything.
So, for a 75” television with the peace of mind of HDR10 + Dolby Vision you should give this LG a look.