The LG 65G6P 4K Ultra HD OLED TV Wins 2016 TV Shootout

LG OLED65G6P (TL), Sony XBR75X940D (TR), Samsung UN78KS9800 (BL), Vizio RS65-B2 (BR) TV Entries in Value Electronics' 2016 TV Shootout
LG OLED65G6P (TL), Sony XBR75X940D (TR), Samsung UN78KS9800 (BL), Vizio RS65-B2 (BR) TV Entries in Value Electronics' 2016 TV Shootout. Images provided by LG, Sony, Samsung, and Vizio

Which TV Is Best For Your Home Theater?

The answer to this question is not only determined by the numbers, but the subjective opinion based on each individual viewer's perceptions and needs.

The TV Shootout

To pin down more precisely what might be the best TV, both technical and observational factors have to be taken into consideration. To assist in this endeavor, Value Electronics conducts an annual TV shootout (now in its 12th year) in which a selected group of experts and consumers take part.

For 2016, Value Electronics hosted the contest at CE Week, which is a mini-CES trade show held annually in New York City during June.

The TVs selected for the 2016 shootout included were all 4K UltraHD sets, and included three LED/LCD sets (Samsung, Sony, Vizio) and one OLED unit (LG).

The 2016 Contenders

Value Electronics invited several manufacturers to participate, and LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio answered the call with requests to enter several models, which were narrowed down to the single flagship model from each company. The entries selected represent the best (and highest priced) models each company has to offer consumers in 2016.

Here is the listing of the final entries chosen for the shootout (listed in the left-to-right order they appear in the photo included with this article):

OLED65G6P OLED TV

Sony XBR75X940D Ultra HD LED/LCD TV

Samsung UN78KS9800 Curved Screen UHD LED/LCD TV

Vizio RS65-B2 Ultra HD LED/LCD TV - Available at Best Buy/Magnolia

Test Conditions

Journalists, TV calibration professionals, and other CE Week attendees were invited to judge the TVs. All four TVs were line-up side-by-side for viewing.A series of standardized test patterns and a selection of film clips was presented. Test categories included: Black Quality, Perceived Contrast, Color Accuracy, Moving Resolution (how much resolution in maintained in moving images as opposed to still images), Off-Axis performance (viewing quality on either side of the center sweet spot), Screen Uniformity (how well is color, brightness, and contrast distributed across the entire screen surface), HDR/Wide Color Gamut Performance, and overall viewing quality in both a well-lit room (Day Mode) and darkened room (Night Mode).

There are also several additional points to keep in mind about the TV Shootout.

  • Not all screen sizes were the same. The LG and Vizio entries were 65-inches, Samsung contributed a 78-inch model, and Sony rounded out the entries with their flagship 75-inch model.
  • Although the LG and Sony entries were 3D-capable, 3D performance was not a measured category.
  • The Samsung UN78KS9800 was the only TV in the shootout that had a curved screen.
  • All the TVs were arranged along the same horizontal plane.
  • All of the entries were HDR compatible, and were evaluated for the performance of that feature.
  • It is very important to note the TVs entered in the shootout were evaluated strictly on video performance. Factors such as built-in audio and ease-of-use were not taken into consideration, nor were added Smart features such as network and internet streaming capabilities evaluated.

The Winner!

Value Electronics, based on the scores submitted by the attendees, declared the LG 65G6P OLED TV as the overall winner of the 2016 TV Shootout.

The LG 65G6P topped the results in all categories except for overall daytime viewing quality. In that category, the LG LG 65G6P was bested by the Sony XBR75X940D.

The results also revealed that while the LG won by a wide margin, Sony came in second for Perceived Contrast, Color Accuracy, HDR/Wide Color Gamut, and Night mode performance, Samsung came in an overall third place across the board, with the results rounding out with Vizio in fourth place in all tested categories.

Another interesting result to take note of is that the LG 65G6P did better in color accuracy and wide color gamut performance than both the Samsung and Sony sets, which incorporate Quantum Dot Technology (touted by it is proponents to be able to match the color quality of OLED at less cost).

To find out more on how each TV placed in the shootout, which also includes a by-category breakdown of each TV's strength and weaknesses, check out the results chart posted by Value Electronics.

The Final Word - Sort Of....

Final points to take into consideration is that even with professional calibrators, journalists, and "videophile" consumers, there is some subjective variation on how each person between and within those groups perceive color and light.

In other words, although this type of TV shootout probably provides the best way to evaluate TV image quality in a side-by-side viewing environment, the top vote getters may not necessarily provide the best choice for every consumer, and, of course, you have to keep you budget in mind. Also, the top sets from only four TV makers were represented.

NOTE: This was the first year that Panasonic did not participate as they have geared down their TV presence in the U.S. market and no longer offer a high-end flagship set (Read my report for more details).

Bonus Articles from About.com TV/Video:

Hands On With The Sony XBR75X940D 4K Ultra HD TV

The LG OLED TV Range Profile (Includes the OLED65G6P)

Winners from past years include: The LG 65EG9600 OLED TV (2015), LG 55EC9300 OLED TV and Samsung F8500 Plasma TV (2014 - TIE), Samsung F8500 Plasma TV (2013), Panasonic VT50 Plasma TV (2012), Sharp Elite LED/LCD TV (2011), and Panasonic VT25 Plasma TV (2010).

Additional Perspective - 2016

European TV Test Audience Favors LED/LCD Over OLED In Head-to-Head HDR Testing (Forbes).

TV Purchase/Owner Satisfication Survey Results For 2016 (Twice).

This page will be updated for each year's Value Electronics TV Shootout results - So stay tuned!