A cinematic experience from your own sofa

lifestyle September 08, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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Thin layers of glass dominate the new E8 TV from LG adding a touch of class to your viewing pleasure

A NEW 65-inch Oled TV from LG, the E8 boasts excellent picture quality and great sound all packaged in an elegant glass-layer design.

With a panel that looks like a thin sheet of glass and which is flanked by two glass layers. The TV looks really elegant. The thicker part behind which the controller board lurks is so well concealed as to be completely invisible from the front. LG says it has worked with BoConcept, a premium lifestyle furniture maker from Denmark, to design the E8 so that it sits proudly as a piece of furniture in your living room.

The TV has 3840x2160-pixel resolution in high contrast and an impressive level of blackness thanks to the Oled panel technology with self -lighting pixels, which allows the parts that are supposed to be black to be turned off to achieve perfect black level.

With this technology, LG calls the E8 a “floating illusion”. Look at a documentary with a Siam fighting fish as the subject, turn all the lights off and the fish will appear to be floating in the room.

The E8’s brain is LG’s Alpha9 Intelligent processor that the South Korean giant says is the most powerful processor ever for providing true-to-life images with rich colours, sharpness and depth.

Quad-step noise reduction technology is used by the processor uses to significantly suppress noise and enhance the image.

The advanced algorithm improves the clarity of images, removing artefacts and rendering clean, sharp 4K pictures while the depth enhancer precisely separates the main object from the background image and analyses textures and edges. By detecting the edge of the main image, Alpha 9 can then enhance the sharpness of those edges, creating depth that focuses on micro details for better viewing.

The processor uses internal Colour Look Up Table (CLUT), which has been significantly increased so there is more depth and accuracy to colourful content.

The E8 supports high dynamic range formats, including Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR by Technicolor, HDR10 Pro and HLG Pro. HDR movies are movies recorded with special techniques to show sharp details in all ranges of lights when viewed on displays that support the HDR technologies.

The E8 is also capable of delivering cinematic sound with Dolby Atmos technology. The TV uses 4.2 channels of speakers to deliver 60 watts of sound output that surrounds you and offers a wonderfully realistic, immersive experience that puts you inside the story. Be prepared to duck when a plane flies overhead!

The E8 comes with AI ThinQ that has the Google Assistant built in, so you can control compatible smart home devices using just your voice. You can also use the Magic Remote, which has a built-in microphone, to give basic voice orders to the TV, such as increasing and decreasing volume, opening a web browser and searching for movie clips, for example.

The E8 also has Gallery Mode that serves as an excellent screen to display scenery of world-famous places, updated for every season, as recommended by TripAdvisor.

The E8 runs on LG’s WebOS making it easy to control various TV functions with the Magic Remote. The Magic Remote is like a mouse that lets you point and click to activate various functions.

During the test, I found that setting up the E8 was a breeze. The WebOS guided me to easily tune into the terrestrial digital TV channels.

 The WebOS also guided me to put the TV online by connecting it to my Wi-Fi router using 802.11ac fast wireless protocol. Once it is connected to Internet, several more functions and contents are accessible.

The HDR movies are sharp and clean with vivid colours. I tried watching “Wonder Woman” in 4K HDR format form Apple TV 4K. The picture was beautiful. 

I also used the E8 to watch Channel 400 from TrueVisions' 4K satellite receiver box. Channel 400 of the box is the first and only 4KI broadcast in Thailand so far. Now, the channel is showing 4K documentaries from the Love Nature 4K Channel and football matches of the English Premiere League.

The images of the documentaries were so sharp that it felt like being in the field with wild animals. Wild animals looked so real that my pets were startled by the leopards and cowered at the sight of snakes. 

The football matches in 4K looked great with details and vivid colours and blur-free fast actions. The 65-inch size made watching the match fun as the football players did not appear too small..

LG OLED TV E8 has a suggested retail price of Bt199,990.

>> Display Type: OLED

>> Resolution: 3840x2160

>> Dimming technology: Self lighting pixel

>> Black; Infinite Contrast

>> Picture Master Processor: Alpha9 Intelligent Processors

>> Upscaler: 4K Upscaler

>. Noise reduction: Quad Step NR

>> HDR Format Support: Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR by Technicolor, HDR10, HLG

>> Audio output; 60W in 4.2 channels

>> Surround sounds: Dolby Atmost, Dolby Surround, OLED Surround

>> Inputs/Outputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB 2.0, 1 optical digital audio out, 1 headphone out

>> Connectivity: Ethernet port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4..2

>> Smart TV: WebOS, Gallery Mode, Web Browser

>> AI TV: LG AI ThinQ, Google Assistant, Intelligent Voice Recognition