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LG OLED B7 (OLED65B7) review: design
The B7 could be a comparatively cheaper OLED proposition, but it’s still an excellent looking specimen. The slim silver bezel is reassuringly premium, the shiny finish contrasting nicely with the white plastic casing. An elegant crescent stand adds some style.
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Perhaps the a key point here’s that the OLED B7 range looks much better than its near-twin the C7. Yes the C7 has slightly better sound, but it addittionally still requires a soundbar to essentially give top-class results, so it is the looks that provide the B7 the minutest of edges, for me personally.
The LG OLED B7 range
This review is especially about the LG OLED65B7 which runs on the 65-inch panel. The only other model in the number may be the LG OLED55B7 which is 55 inches across and just nearly as good, although smaller. It is also cheaper, of course.
LG OLED B7 (OLED65B7) review: performance
Offering deep, real black levels, excellent shadow detail and vibrant wide colour, the B7 is a joy to view. Possibly the big surprise may be the leap in HDR performance it has over previous generations of LG OLED screens. This set is with the capacity of bright spectral highlights which really add depth and dynamism to its images.
There’s a good amount of HDR flavour support too. Furthermore to standard HDR10, there’s HLG HDR and Dolby Vision. Netflix original movie Okja is a fantastic example of the wonder of Dolby Vision. Early scenes of the titular super pig meandering through the South Korean forest, dappled by bright sunlight, look superb. The texture on Okja’s hide and the depth in the landscape is highly impressive.
There’s also a Technicolor HDR setting and the brand’s own Active HDR technology. The latter inserts dynamic metadata into static HDR material on a frame-by-frame basis, to raised manage HDR image processing.
It’s debatable precisely how effective that is, but I’ve rarely seen Mad Max Fury Road (4K UHD Blu-ray) look better. There’s searing heat in the bright sunlight, so when Max hurtles in to the sandstorm in early stages, lightning bolts crackle with peaky luminance.
Detail is uniformly high, although Sony’s A1 and Panasonic EZ952 probably edge the set slightly for outright crispness. To get the best possible 4K image clarity, make certain that Just Scan is considered On in the Aspect Ratio menu.
For the smoothest sports performance, set Trumotion to Clear. This doesn’t incur much in the form of motion artefacts, and keeps pans judder free. For movies, I would recommend switching Trumotion off completely. But everyone understands that, right?
One clear differentiation between your B7 and its own pricier stablemates is audio tracks performance. The B7 employs standard down-firing stereo speakers that may kindly be referred to as functional. Of course, this isn’t a problem if you plan to use the TV within a more substantial AV system, ideally partnered with a Dolby Atmos AV receiver or soundbar. The set actually includes a Dolby Atmos decoder onboard, this means it could decode Atmos audio tracks on select Netflix shows and bitstream it out over HDMI to an external audio system, giving genuinely immersive 3D audio.
LG OLED B7 (OLED65B7) review: features
There’s no shortage of niceties onboard the nice ship B7.
LG’s webOS smart platform remains arguably the slickest linked TV platform around and there’s a complete complement of streaming services available. The interface is highly intuitive, yet simple to customise. Furthermore to Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube, most of which stream in 4K, you get Now TV and a complete house of mainstream catch-up, thanks to the Freeview Play tuner.
You may also use webOS to see 360 degree videos on YouTube, navigating wraparound videos with the supplied Magic Handy remote control. Nothing on the box? Utilize this OLED screen as a wall art, via the OLED still image gallery.
Connectivity comprises four HDMI inputs, all HDCP 2.2 compatible, plus three USB inputs, among that is a fast v3.0 for timeshifting to an external USB hard disk drive. There’s also an electronic optical audio tracks output and Ethernet. Wi-Fi is standard, naturally.
The set has a single remote, the most recent version of LG’s cursor-based magic Remote controller.
It’s 2D only. 3D compatibility has been given the heave-ho.
LG OLED B7 (OLED65B7) review: verdict
Given the B7’s performance and functionality, both 65-inch monster and its own 55-inch mini-me are HDR steals.
The B7 is a damn difficult OLED to resist. The feature slate is high quality and its own webOS smart platform is a delicacy to use. The actual fact that it shares the same picture processing engine as more costly 7-series LG OLEDs