First Impressions: LG 55″ C8 4K HDR OLED TV


A sure sign of spring is a fresh crop of premium TVs to play with. Today I’m excited to unbox the LG 55″ C8 4K HDR OLED, which sports LG’s AI ThinQ technologies and an all-new processor, the A9. This 55″ TV retails for $2500 and is a technological powerhouse that’s surprisingly affordable given its capabilities.

With support for 4K UHD including the three major HDR formats—HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG—and the exceptional image quality emissive pixels provide, it promises to be one of the best TVs of the year. OLED rewards movie lovers with the deepest blacks you can achieve on a consumer display: true black. OLED pulls this trick off without distracting artifacts such as halos or clouding that bedevil emissive displays.

By now, the advantages of OLED are fairly well-known to this community. The 2018 C8 represents a refinement to the technology that brings it ever closer to ideal picture quality.

In order to get a head start on my first impressions post, I called the shipping service and intercepted the TV days before it was scheduled to be delivered. I rushed home and put together the TV—single-handedly—in 2 minutes flat. I’m used to dealing with 65″ TVs, handling a 55-incher was easy.

Since I picked the TV up on a Friday, my desire to game in HDR provided all the incentive I needed to get the LG OLED C8 up and running for the weekend. I set it up in my downstairs living room, which includes a 5.1.2 Atmos system and features the gaming trifecta of an Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a PC with an Nvidia GTX 1080 video card.

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