For an LCD, good side angle viewing quality
Good gaming input lag performance
LG WebOS3.5 one of the better Smart TVs on market
Magic Remote is exceptional
Picture quality is merely average with mediocre gray scaling/black levels not great
Local Dimming not so effective
Slightly disappointing HDR performance
DISPLAY QUALITY Rating: 89/100
Tru 4K Upscaler – Mastering Engine – HDR
Not only may be the SJ8500 HDR compatible, LG has added focus on upconverting standard definition signals to HDR-like quality (find out about HDR below). The features is named HDR Effect, and I thought id worked well – bettering brightness and color in a variety of regions of the picture.
There is absolutely no more important element of a 4K UHD TV compared to the video engine – specially the capability to upscale/upconvert resolution to the native resolution of the panel. LG’s SJ8500 does an extremely nice job in this regard, and with much improvement over last year’s models. Processing artifacts are cleaned up nicely. Having less 4K content will probably continue well in to the future, so stellar upconverting all types of HD resolutions 720p, 1080p, 480p is vital. The bigger up the HD chain you go, the better the clarity and detail showing off the native 4K resolution. This Video engine and upscaler quality can be among the differentiating factors upgrading the purchase price scale between models within LG. The SJ8500 runs on the 4 step process to examine and enhance broadcasts, recorded video, and home gaming consoles.
Side Viewing Angles
LG’s SJ8500 uses an IPS (in-plane-switching) panel, albeit a fresh one for 2016/2017. The IPS panel permits much better display quality from side angles without degrading color saturation and contrast much. That is among the standout top features of this TVs display quality. You may still find weaknesses in both with side angle viewing as contrast degrades, but usually the IPS panel is 20%-30% better from angles than non-IPS panel LED TVs. Reflections are also subdued by the IPS panel and front substrate. (Note: The 75SJ8570 may have a VA panel instead of IPS that will provide better black levels and poorer side angle viewing).
This shot shows the fantastic amounts of detail observed in both bright and dark regions of the screen
Color Prime / Color Rendition/Picture Settings
Colors do to render more depth and slightly better saturation in these new 4K HDR models. The SJ8500 comes with an expanded color gamut meeting HDR standards, nonetheless it is limited in comparison to other opponents or LG’s OLED TVs. LG contends that is because of the new Nano Cell technology-which uses phosphor (colored) based LED lighting. Out from the box calibration is quite easy with this TV, no dependence on a specialist calibration. Using the Cinema picture mode setting with Contrast at 80% gets you almost all of the way there.
What is HDR?
The big focus TV feature for 2017 is HDR (High Dynamic Range). HDR extends the number that a pixel within an TELEVISION can show and perhaps looks much better than 4K TV. This pertains to the brightness and luminosity of images. Contrast is increased by increased brightness instead of deeper blacks. Instead of just improve the brightness of the picture overall though, the true reason for HDR is to improve contrast in a variety of image regions of the picture. It increases the presentation in the brighter elements of the picture which creates more contrast with surrounding darker elements of the picture. Since picture contrast is probably the primary features in increasing perceived depth, HDR is known as a major display quality improvement though it might not improve the overall contrast of the panel a whole lot.
Bright colors receive increased purity. An excellent HDR image will show better shadow detail, and the scenes that you’ll notice the the majority are people that have light illuminating images, like a room which has sunlight to arrive through a window and illuminating elements of the area. HDR content is and you will be in short supply for some time.
The studios, distributors (Netflix, Amazon) and TV manufacturer must all be on a single page that you can see HDR content. More HDR content is showing up on Amazon and Netflix.
Front and Center Viewing
The same IPS panel that triggers the SJ8500 to excel from side angles performs in mediocrity in black level depth and contrast. IPS panels are specially proficient at side angle viewing capability, but eliminate from black levels. If you are a nighttime, center view, movie watcher this may well not be the very best TV for you personally (however the price may put you outrageous).
Contrast and Local Dimming
The neighborhood dimming feature could be fired up or off and influences contrast much. It’s adjustable in High, Medium or Low setting and you may spot the picture darkening progressively from low to high with all the feature. It generally does not really enhance display quality much and we recommend the reduced or medium setting if you’re going to utilize the feature at all.
TruMotion/Fast Motion/Judder Settings and Performance
The TruMotion feature setting is employed for judder reduction. Our recommendation is to carefully turn the TruMotion settings feature off with all but sports programming. It adds that kitschy fake turn to the picture by detatching an excessive amount of the intended background blur. Among our readers called it the “Telenovela” effect to provide you with some perspective. It’s especially distracting during BluRay movies. It could sharpen older DVDs and present you a fresh perspective on them.
The SJ8500 does a good job of eliminating judder generally in most content despite having the Trumotion setting switched off. Streaming movies and older DVDs may show some, especially in scenes that pan slowly laterally.
The SJ8500 does not have any problem with fast motion video scenes due partly to it’s 120Hz panel.
Features Rating: 93/100
WebOS 3.5 Smart TV Features
The principal improvements over last years excellent WebOS 3.0 are cybersecurity assurance program certification, an improved or at least different zoom function that allows an individual to zoom in on various regions of the picture. You will literally learn compared to the game day announcers in the review box – for good or for bad. Also, what we found interesting was the capability to hook up our cellular devices to it and view content on it, especially pictures or videos. There are new “hot” buttons allowing you to connect right to Netflix and Amazon with a press of a button. Boot up times are fast, which is either the very best or among the finest Smart TV systems out there now regarding speed, and interface. The interface layout is easy and intuitive and makes sorting your chosen programs super easy with the idea and click procedure of the brand new LG Magic Remote (we love the Magic Remote). The power of an individual to order and place the many Apps that matter most is a significant strength over competing systems. Overall, WebOS offers a smooth, and incredibly enjoyable experience. The main one knock is that Samsung’s Tizen, Android and Roku do offer more Apps selection, although LG could have almost each of the major Apps that are believed important.
Smart TV options are Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, HSN, Showtime, Drama Fever, iHeart Radio, and newly DirecTV to mention a few.
The one I love for you personally cable-cutters out there is Sling TV, which for a monthly cost ($20) gets the all important ESPN and ESPN 2 looked after. It also offers you the addictive and entertaining Food Network.
IheartRadio can be an digital sound service that allows streaming of live r / c.
Sound Mode Options – Solid Sound Quality
Sound quality is preferable to average on the SJ8500 probably as a result of Harman Kardon design influence. Volume capability is way better than competing models. 35% volume level is enough to fill a mid-sized room. Clear voice 2 was well known music alternative. The SJ8500 packs 40watts of music output.
Design and Appearance
The SJ8500 has excellent clean lines and a tiny half inch bezel frame. The TVs depth is significantly less than 2” and though it isn’t curved the attractive and well-made metallic silver stand is curved, which lends a good artistic modern touch. There can be an indention for the bezel frame which is absent in the seemless design of the bigger priced cinema screen design TVs. But also for the price difference I love this one better.
Value Rating: 92/100
55SJ8500 – $1999 MAP – 88/100 Projected Price $1199
65SJ8500 – $2799 MAP – 88/100 Projected Price $1499
75UH8570 – $3699 MAP – 79/100
Price points on the SJ8500 are somewhat better in small sizes. At our projected price points, the SJ8500 is a very good buy taking into consideration the feature set. Whatever you really sacrifice is that jet black contrast of OLED. The SJ8500 compares with similar LED 4K HDR models from Samsung and Sony. The SJ8500 has all of the bells and whistles had a need to future proof for HDR, Dolby Vision, and 4K UHD content. The WebOS 3.5 system works great and the Magic Remote is always fun and easy. Passive 3D is an advantage for those that are looking it. All of this is enveloped in a sleek modern very attractive package. Medium quality black levels and contrast are drawbacks.