LG TV Lineup 2024: What to Look For This Year

As shiny new 2024 TVs are set to arrive this spring, some TV brands have invited A/V fanatics like me to get a glimpse of their latest and greatest models before they hit the streets. LG’s event came in the form of a trip to the company’s impressive new US headquarters in NJ for the annual TV Reviewer Workshop.

In a crowded room full of reviewers and YouTubers, LG showed off its best and brightest new 4K TVs, including this year’s G4 and C4 OLED, as well as its latest mini LED TV, the QNED90. We only had a few hours with the TV in a very controlled environment, so first impressions are limited, but it’s clear that LG isn’t doing much to its prized models, with the same performance as last year with a few enhancements. Is offering. ,

The biggest change for 2024 may be the latest webOS smart platform, which has been completely redesigned this year with some much-praised usability features. From a chatbot that can help you adjust your picture to an always-available information screen, webOS looks better than ever, which LG hopes will help the brand’s best TVs stand out.

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Even when shown side-by-side, it’s hard to see a big difference in LG’s latest G-series and C-series TVs compared to last year. That is to say, the new TVs looked great, with excellent color, contrast, and detail, but not particularly better. LG hasn’t made any major updates to its MLA (Micro Lens Array) technology, which means the G4 will only see a minor increase in brightness this year. LG first added the technology to its 83-inch G-series models, but the step-down C-series once again missed out, so it too will offer only minor upgrades until 2023.

The G4 has a new A11 processor designed to further improve picture and audio, while the C4 moves up to A9 Generation 7. The most interesting upgrade was the G4’s new Professional Mode that lets picture purists control TV brightness with greater granularity. Burst with HDR content without losing detail. As LG describes it, the complaint is that its flagship OLED isn’t as bright as top competitors, due to its peak brightness being intentionally lowered to preserve detail and prevent “clipping” in bright scenes like lightning bolts or explosions. has been limited.

With Professional mode, you can fine-tune brightness to a fine level for mastered content at up to 1,000 nits, as well as 4,000 and 10,000 nits, far beyond what current OLED TVs can reproduce. Is. We got to see the feature in action with scenes from titles like mad max fury road And it was cool to see how well you can adjust the screen, allowing you to increase the brightness range without destroying fine detail.

Photograph: Ryan Vaniata

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