The LG CX OLED is the best 4K smart TV overall, even in the 55-inch model. With an amazing display, built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, and a ton of other smart features, it’s our favorite set. From LG’s webOS 5.0 to the addition of smart home control and an intuitive motion-control remote, it’s one of the smartest TVs we’ve ever seen.
LG has improved on its superb OLED with a more powerful processor, the addition of Dolby Vision IQ (which adjusts HDR performance based on the ambient lighting), and beefs up the sound with AI-powered audio tuning.
LG 55 Inch TV Overview
It’s hard not to love OLED. And the LG CX OLED is no exception. With its intense highlights and inky blacks, this $2,500 65-inch OLED boasts a crispness that still has LCD and quantum dot sets struggling to catch up.
For the uninitiated, unlike typical LCDs, OLED or organic light-emitting diode displays do not require a separate backlight to illuminate the picture.
The organic pixels emit their own light when activated. This gives them a distinct advantage because each pixel can be completely turned on or off separately; there’s no blurring of images caused by the leaky backlights in LCD and quantum dot sets. It translates into a striking picture that continues to be a head-turner.
The CX also supports the most popular 4K high dynamic range formats, including HDR10 and HLG (hybrid log gamma), which is intended for streaming services like YouTube and 4K broadcasts from the likes of DirecTV.
LG 55 Inch TV Price and Availability
Technically, the LG CX sits in the middle of the company’s line of OLED TVs. The entry-level BX models lack some of the CX video processing, such as the new processor, but cost about $200 less than the CX versions.
By way of comparison, LGs super slim 65-inch version of GX model is the premium model line, designed for minimalistic professional installations and sells for $3,000 or more.
These prices still represent a premium compared to entry-level 4K LCD sets that use quantum dot films. The Vizio M-Series Quantum 65-inches is less than $800, for example, as is the Hisense H9F.
Our review focuses on the 65-inch OLED65CXPUA, but the LG CX OLED is available in several other sizes. With 55-inch and 77-inch models available, you can find a version of the CX OLED TV that fits your home, starting at under $2,000.
And as we approach the launch of LG’s new 2021 lineup, prices are dropping, with sales frequently offering the TV for well-below the standard retail price.
LG CX OLED Design
Another advantage of OLED technology is that because there’s no separate backlight you can go thin, super thin. So the CX is essentially a big piece of glass that is about a quarter of an inch thick.
The official specs measure it at 1.8 inches to account for the part of the panel that accommodates the necessary ports and audio components.
Around the edge, the screen has a thin, black metal frame less than a quarter of inch thick, but there’s a visible black border on the glass itself of about half an inch.
The LG CX can be wall mounted using a standard VESA 300 x 200 bracket. However, the included wedge-shaped table-top stand makes for a very sturdy support. It attaches with a handful of screws, but it takes two people to set it upright on a credenza.
LG CX OLED Ports
As one might expect, the LG CX OLED is well appointed when it comes to making the necessary connections. On the back are a total of four HDMI 2.1 ports plus three USB 2.0 ports.
For older video equipment, there’s a single plug that comes with a composite video adapter dongle. Professional installers will probably make use of the set’s Ethernet port while cord-cutters will be happy to see there’s an RF coaxial plug for an antenna.
For sound, there’s an optical digital audio output and a mini jack for wired headphones.
On the wireless side, the LG CX has the standard Wi-Fi support (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac); Wi-Fi 6 is still too new to appear in most TVs today. Also included is Bluetooth to pair up with headphones for private listening or wireless satellite speakers.
The LG set also supports the aptX format for improved wireless fidelity. And, yes, the set supports Apple Airplay2 as well as Apple Homekit.
LG CX OLED Performance
In setting up the LG CX 65 you’ll find a welter of image options to satisfy virtually any taste. Like other sets of its ilk, there are several preset picture settings, including modes for sports, movies, gaming, vivid pictures, and HDR effects.
It also includes the new Filmmaker Mode, which produces images as close to the original picture as possible by disabling video processing effects like motion smoothing and reinstating the original movie’s aspect ratio, colors and frame rates.
LG CX OLED Audio
A traditional weakness of big flat panels has been their sound skills. Their svelte design lacks the space for conventional speakers. But LG has largely overcome the problem by throwing a number of technologies into the CX OLED models.
To begin with, the set includes an AI Acoustic Tuning setting that uses the remote control’s microphone to calibrate the sound and tailor the audio to your particular room.
The LG CX OLED also supports Dolby Atmos, which was surprisingly effective in the jungle scenes in Apocalypse Now given the set only has only 2.2 channels to work with. Insects seemed to buzz around outside the image before the tiger lept from the center of the screen.
LG calls its controller a Magic Remote, which may be a bit of an overstatement. It has a scrolling/clickable wheel in the center for moving a cursor around the screen like a wireless mouse, as well as the usual numerical and volume, and channel buttons.
It’s a well-balanced, curved remote that can also be used as a universal controller. It took us just seconds to get the remote to recognize a PlayStation 4 and a Roku box, for example, and assume command of those devices.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best 55 inch LG TV?
What are the best 55-inch TVs? Our top pick is the LG CX OLED, the best TV in any size, thanks to it’s impressive OLED display and excellent smart features. It’s also the only TV on the market with four HDMI 2.1 ports, making a great choice for use with the PS5 and Xbox Series X game consoles
Is LG TV worth buying?
Compared to other manufacturers, LG specialises in fashioning inexpensive models with a wide range of features. They are known for providing good value products. Over the past few years, LG has become renowned for its O-LED and IPS LCD TVs. They are one of the best company when it comes to image quality.
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