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Hands-On: LG Signature OLED G7 65" 4K TV with HDR

The 2018 OLEDs are coming, and yet LG has decided that the Signature OLED G7 will remain in the company's TV lineup. So, while I wait to unbox a 2018 OLED sometime soon, I've decided to get some hands-on time with the G7, which is a gorgeous TV in every sense.

This hands-on will be informed by the discussion here in the comments. I have a number of video sources at my disposal including UHD Blu-ray, Apple TV 4K, Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, a gaming PC with a GTX1080 graphics card, and a 4K pattern generator (for colorimetry).

Now, before getting into this hands-on, I'd like to note that going forward my reviews will point to sites like rtings.com and reviewed.com when discussing strictly objective measurements (when available). The reasons for this are twofold: First of all, there's no point in duplicating a properly performed measurement. And secondly, I don't review enough TVs to create a useful database for comparison, those sites do. And regardless, it certainly doesn't mean I won't take my own measurements when appropriate.

My goal in reviewing TVs, going forward, is to correlate subjected measurements, including those of my peers, with subjective impressions of overall picture quality, especially as pertains to specific usage scenarios such as watching HDR movies or 4K HDR gaming.

In 2018, a top-level goal of mine is to incorporate the experiences I've had covering the TV industry into a more organic and open way of examining the flagship offerings of the major players in the North American TV market.

Okay, enough of that. Here's the LG G7 hands-on...


Initial Observations:

- The Signature OLED G7 is undeniably a "statement" TV. You are paying for some (very cool) design elements like "Picture-on-Glass"

- I've had the G7 on-hand for about a month and used it as a giant PC monitor.

- I haven't had a single instance of image retention, much less any risk of burn-in. That's with static elements including white "windows" on a black background. I think that whole subject of OLED burn-in is overblown.

- Today I'm beginning the hands-on with the G7 in the living room, connected to my main system.

- Also today, I used the G7 double check the graphics quality of Shadow of the Colossus in HDR on a PS4 Pro. The result looks stunning.

- Tonight I will watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 4K HDR (streaming) on this system with 5.1.4 Atmos sound. Really looking forward to that.

Here's a picture of the G7 and my new living room setup:

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Would you share you settings, and firmware update? Like when watching HDR content what is your OLED backlight, motion settings, contrast, etc.

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Would you share you settings, and firmware update? Like when watching HDR content what is your OLED backlight, motion settings, contrast, etc.
Yep, I will, I'll be working with this TV over the weekend. I'm only just now getting serious about checking out the features/settings & all that. Gladly...

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You say "The result looks stunning." I would be interested in your thoughts about why it's stunning. Is it because the images are very realistic? Do you think anyone would disagree with you about whether it's stunning? I'm not asking about this particular post, really -- but sometime when you're bored with what you're doing, maybe jot down some thoughts about the general issue.

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You say "The result looks stunning." I would be interested in your thoughts about why it's stunning. Is it because the images are very realistic? Do you think anyone would disagree with you about whether it's stunning? I'm not asking about this particular post, really -- but sometime when you're bored with what you're doing, maybe jot down some thoughts about the general issue.
Oh I can answer that right now. I had a mental image of how the game would look if rendered "properly" and the OLED pulled it off. Subtle deep shadow detail? Check. Specular highlights that tickle the retina? You bet. Are the colors rich and saturated? You bet.

It is, ultimately, a subjective expression of enthusiasm for how that game (Shadow of the Colossus) looks in HDR on a OLED.

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Will be following this one and enjoy hearing your experiences. I've always done Dell Ultrasharp monitors on the pc gaming rig but tv's are getting to the point where they are actually worth considering.

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Given that a G8 model is on the way, I don't understand the claim that the G7 is staying in the lineup. It would seem it is being replaced, although maybe slightly later than the C8/B8.

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Given that a G8 model is on the way, I don't understand the claim that the G7 is staying in the lineup. It would seem it is being replaced, although maybe slightly later than the C8/B8.
Well, it's staying in the lineup a little longer than the other models? Anyhow, I have one and it makes a good point of reference to get used to it as I wait for the C8 to show up. This is not intended as a formal review anyhow, it's meant to be more of a blog.

Things are about to get busy with the 2018 models, certainly.

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As long as your reviewing old tv's, could you review a 2016 "c" 3D model? Give us your take on the quality of the 3D and any tips on adjustments to improve it further?

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As long as your reviewing old tv's, could you review a 2016 "c" 3D model? Give us your take on the quality of the 3D and any tips on adjustments to improve it further?

Given the lack of 3D TVs on the market, I suspect that if LG had continued selling that model, it would still have some buyers today.
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Given that a G8 model is on the way, I don't understand the claim that the G7 is staying in the lineup. It would seem it is being replaced, although maybe slightly later than the C8/B8.
According to a (very legit looking) graphic posted in another 2018 LG thread, G7 is carrying over in the lineup in the US. Maybe the G8 is Eurasia exclusive?

Here's the link from the other thread: http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net...duct_Guide.pdf

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Well, it's staying in the lineup a little longer than the other models? Anyhow, I have one and it makes a good point of reference to get used to it as I wait for the C8 to show up. This is not intended as a formal review anyhow, it's meant to be more of a blog.

Things are about to get busy with the 2018 models, certainly.
Well certainly pages like http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2018/03/lg...018-tv-lineup/ claim there is a 65" G8 coming.

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I just got my g7 today. So excited about it. I am surprised the build date for it says March 2018. Makes me belief the rumor of lg continuing g7 through this year. Looking forward to more info from you. I am not sure what the right setting is supposed to be. Currently I am using tevhnicolor with oled light turned down to 60.
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I just got my g7 today. So excited about it. I am surprised the build date for it says March 2018. Makes me belief the rumor of lg continuing g7 through this year. Looking forward to more info from you. I am not sure what the right setting is supposed to be. Currently I am using tevhnicolor with oled light turned down to 60.
I've been a bit distracted by the C8 but I'm returning to the G7 by the end of the week. I watched The Greatest Showman on in last night and was blown away by the presentation, it looked beautiful and I was never distracted by a picture quality issue.

Also notable is how extremely cool the Picture on Glass design really is. So futuristic.
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That design started back in 2016 so it's beginning to look a bit old hat now to those of us with E/G6s. Actually, it's still striking 2 years on (if a bit nerve-wracking). I only wish that watching content on it was always equally as satisfying.
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I've been a bit distracted by the C8 but I'm returning to the G7 by the end of the week. I watched The Greatest Showman on in last night and was blown away by the presentation, it looked beautiful and I was never distracted by a picture quality issue.

Also notable is how extremely cool the Picture on Glass design really is. So futuristic.
Is that movie a real 4K transfer?

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OK the long story short here is that today I'm putting a meter on this G7, taking some measurements, performing a couple tweaks, checking out a few more clips, and packing it to send back to LG.

Self-evidently the C8 is the star of the show at this time, garnering much more interest. To that end, I'll keep my hands-on review of this G7 short and sweet. If you prefer the Cliffs Notes version, with the lights out and high-quality source material I enjoyed TV and movies like never before and therefore am in agreement with the folks that get excited about the ultra deep blacks that this technology achieve. The Technicolor Expert modes made it easy to enjoy a very high quality picture right out of the box and numerous movies looked better than I've ever seen movies look on any TV before.

Anyhow, I'm juggling a few things at once but want to give this TV its due. It was especially handy to have hands-on experience with it, prior to getting into the first impressions of the 2018 C8 OLED. Final, brief hands-on review coming soon.
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