There are many handsome OLED TVs round lately, and few look higher than these put out by LG. The South Korean TV maker has put an immense quantity of thought into its premium OLED vary, nowhere extra so than with the LG E Collection OLED – even when it was sadly discontinued this yr.
2019’s LG E9 OLED was a masterclass in panel design, providing a glass show that banished the bezel and nearly gave the impression to be floating up from the counter – providing a really breathtaking visible expertise. Greater than anything, it appeared completely different from another TV put out that yr.
The E9 didn’t fairly make the lower for 2020, although, with the brand new Gallery Collection GX mannequin changing the E Collection line as an alternative. Whereas it presumably made enterprise sense for LG to chop the E Collection – which doesn’t appear to have obtained practically the quantity of media consideration because the cheaper (and equivalently specced) C9 OLED, or the extra reasonably priced B9 OLED on the backside of LG’s 2019 OLED vary – it’s a loss nonetheless.
We have been upset to not see an EX mannequin unveiled at CES 2020 together with the opposite new LG TVs being proven off, and have been advised merely that the E Collection was not being pursued.
Neil Robinson, Senior Director for Strategic Tasks at LG Electronics, tells us that “The E and G Collection have been each step-up fashions, so the GX could be seen because the substitute for the E9.”
Given how shut the LG GX and LG WX are by way of design – each being slim, wall-mounted televisions, with solely actually a soundbar to distinguish the latter – the elimination of an E Collection is a transfer away from selection, even when the GX will make sure to discover an viewers of its personal.
It’s a disgrace, given the actually distinctive aesthetic of the E Collection in comparison with different LG TVs. The brand new BX and CX fashions look primarily the identical as one another, too, like most televisions lately. How a lot are you able to iterate on a flatscreen, in any case?
Why we liked the E Collection OLED
Actually, there are many delicate variations between the bodily appearances of TVs, whether or not that’s the place the TV model’s brand sits, what sorts of toes or stands prop it up off a counter, or the thickness and high quality of the show’s casing. That’s to not point out the variations in image high quality – which is basically the guts of any tv expertise.
However that’s why the E Collection felt so refreshing: providing a novel kind issue amid a ceaseless catalogue of identikit rectangles. Most of LG’s OLED vary shares the identical panel and processor, anyway, so variations in design really feel much more essential.
In our LG E9 OLED evaluate final yr, we praised the set’s “all-glass, frameless panel” for its “open and expansive air”, in addition to “a stunning image, with crisp element and actually cinematic visuals”. Other than minor irritations – the dearth of HDR10+, and a patchy Bluetooth connection – the E9 was and is a knockout tv to observe.
The yr earlier than? We known as the E8 OLED “arguably the last word expression of those OLED advances, due to its glamorous design, niftily built-in sound system and, better of all, mesmerizingly good photos.”
Different LG TVs have equally intriguing design decisions – together with the TV stand for the C9 OLED, which is slanted to funnel audio in the direction of the viewer – however it’s irritating to see profitable examples of this not pursued additional, restricted to only one or two mannequin generations.
So the place did the E Collection go?
Our senior house leisure editor, Nick Pino, speculates that “the explanation to not make one this yr isn’t primarily based on any pre-existing points [with the E Series design], however slightly that LG determined it couldn’t innovate sufficient to warrant a brand new mannequin.”
It’s attainable that LG backed itself right into a nook with the glass panel design. The TV market calls for iteration, and the distinctive design constraints of a glass show could have meant there was much less room to change or enhance its form going ahead in comparison with different designs (the GX actually appears like an iteration on the W Collection, slightly than a standalone mannequin).
OLED panels are additionally notorious for occasionally getting broken throughout manufacturing – given their delicate, natural supplies – and we will’t think about an all-glass show offsetting worries about breakages both.
The LG E9 OLED continues to be on sale for these wanting one thing completely different – costing roughly half what it did at launch this time final yr – and we advocate you have a look should you aren’t offered on the brand new Gallery Collection GX OLED, which presents the one notable divergence from LG’s present fashions. Processing enhancements are prone to be minimal in comparison with the 2020 vary too.
However for these of us wanting one thing completely different from our televisions, it appears like we’ll must look elsewhere – whether or not that’s Samsung’s zero-bezel Q950TS QLED, the rotating Samsung Sero TV, or Hisense’s wacky projector-TV hybrids – to take action.