Best OLED TV 2015 4K
by Jack Burden and Robert Wiley
The contest is easy for 2015. LG is the winner due to the fact that they are currently the only manufacturer of OLED TVs for the year. This may change, but for the meantime LG has come out with an impressive array of OLED TV 4K offerings. You know I want one of these. They are just beautiful. I knew that OLED 4K would one day be a reality. I hope that LG can get production up enough to bring the price down. I haven’t been so attracted to a picture quality since the best Pioneer and Panasonic Plasma TVs. And these LG OLEDs are much better. (We have no affiliation with LG, just glad they are pursuing this excellent technology). All of the following models are our Best OLED TVs for 2015.
LG wins our Best of CES 2015 award for the second straight year with the 77EG9700 OLED 4K TV. The exceptional black levels and eye-popping color trump the LED backed 4K UHDs from other manufacturers.
LG has a variety of OLEDs for the year. A second model is the 55EG9600 floating art slim curved OLED TV also in 4K. Also available in 65” with the 65EG9600
LG smartly is making OLEDs also in a flat screen in the 65” Floating Art Slim Flat 4K OLED TV model 65EF9500 and 55” 55EF9500
The 55EC9300 OLED TV which is currently available will continue for the year. Though we much prefer the 4K OLED TVs, we're listing this 1080p resolution model because it is somewhat available.
Sony 4K UHD TV
The color and clarity are simply amazing on this 4K OLED TV from Sony. Blacks are deep and color reproduction is very realistic.
This TV won our Best TV of CES 2013. We used to think of 4K UHD and OLED TVs as mutually exclusive and even wrote a comparison at 4K vs. OLED TV, but all that changed at CES 2013 when several manufacturers proudly displayed 4K OLED TVs. Sony seems more ready to ship OLED than any manufacturer except LG. However, whether they will be able to ship the 4K OLED is another matter. Regardless, this TV displays the best of OLED and the best of 4K TV technologies. You get the rich inky black levels and beautiful colors of OLED and the super high resolution of 4K UHD. It's really no contest at this point. This 4K OLED technology is so incredible that I would rather have a 55 inch version of this, than a 70 inch 4K LED TV. It's that much better.
LG's OLED is an amazing TV. Movement is extremely fluid. Notice the bright colors, inky blacks, detailed brights, and smooth edges.
LG is ready to ship this model and it's already out in other countries. The 3D on this TV is passive rather than active, but it looks fantastic with or without 3D content. It will also enjoy that cool new Magic Remote with a very advanced voice-interaction feature. The screen frame is so thin it's barely there! LG displayed it in a slightly inverted curved version as well, but my guess that model will not ship soon.
Samsung 55 Inch OLED TV
This dynamic image from one of Samsung's OLED TVs provides amazing depth, black levels, peak whites, and detail all at the same time
Though Samsung kept promising a ship date of late 2012 on their 55 inch OLED TV, that never happened. They hope to have this model out in middle 2013. It's certainly impressive looking, with beautiful rich pitch blacks, and colors that pop off the screen. It's almost bezel-less as well. Samsung showed it at the CES show with the multi-view 3D function whereby two people can view different 3D content on the same screen at the same time. When I tested the quality, it worked without a flaw. How does the audio work with that feature? Great question. Speakers on the active 3D glasses handles is the answer.
Sony 55 Inch OLED TV
Sony's 55 inch OLED shows off the picture depth OLEDs are capable of. Bright whites and deep blacks are seen on the petal and in the background on this image.
Though Sony seemed to focus more of their attention on the release of their W900A 4K UHD TV, they also had a stunning OLED TV, not just of the 4K variety. They are the only manufacturer that has actually shipped and sold their OLED TV (a 24” model) in 2009 and 2010. I think they are ready to try it again. Blacks and colors are awesome.
Panasonic 4K OLED TV
The Panasonic 4K OLED TV presents excellent black levels in conjunction with brilliant color. This is the reason for OLED TVs.
Not to be outdone by Sony, Panasonic also had a prototype 4K OLED TV that looked about as good. But there was only one prototype, while Sony had theirs displayed in many places with lots of diagrams about the way it worked.