We've been singing the praises of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV technology for years, and if money is no object, we easily recommend LG's OLEDC7P series. Not everyone wants to shell out $4,500 for a 65-inch TV, though, even if they're willing to splurge. That's where flagship LCD TVs like LG's 65SJ9500 come in. It's what LG calls a Super UHD TV, an LED-backlit LCD model that would be the company's flagship model if not for the pricier OLEDs. At $3,999.99 list it's incredibly expensive (though still less than comparably sized OLED TVs), and its contrast numbers aren't very impressive on paper, but thanks to its wide, accurate color gamut and bright panel, it handles HDR content almost as well as an OLED.
A bezel-free design and extremely thin panel could lead you to believe that the SJ9500 is an OLED TV, not an LED-backlit LCD model. The glass panel of the screen runs from edge to edge, with only a half-inch black border that sits flush around the active part of the display. The edge of the panel is surrounded by a recessed brushed metal strip that sits just behind the glass instead of enclosing and framing it. The result is a very thin screen that measures just half an inch thick over two thirds of its area. On the bottom third of the back, a white plastic hump extends across the width of the TV, thickening the profile out to 2.5 inches and providing room for all of the SJ9500's electronics and connections. The entire TV sits on a brushed metal stand with a large, curved foot and a single neck that connects solidly to the back.
Three HDMI ports and a USB 3.0 port sit in a recessed compartment on the back of the TV, facing left. An additional HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, a composite video connector, an optical audio output, an Ethernet port, and an antenna/cable connector sit in a separate recess, facing back. A small circle of rubber buttons rest in the middle of the bottom edge of the TV, hidden behind a very small LG logo on a plastic protrustion. It offers simple access to functions like power, input selection, and volume adjustment.
Remote and WebOS
The included remote is effectively identical to the Magic Remote LG includes with its other webOS-equipped TVs. It's a slightly curved black wand with a prominent direction pad built around a clickable scroll wheel. A number pad and volume and channel buttons sit above the wheel, while four color buttons, source, and dedicated Amazon and Netflix buttons sit below it. The remote doubles as an air mouse, letting you control an on-screen pointer by waving it around.
The SJ9500 uses LG's webOS interface for its connected features and apps. WebOS is a visually attractive, easy-to-use menu system that arranges inputs and apps across the bottom of the screen, prioritizing the most commonly accessed functions as you use them. You can also pin your favorite shows, movies, and live TV channels to My Channels and My Content menus to the left of the main screen. Major streaming services like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and YouTube are available, though the selection isn't quite as large as on the Roku TV and Android TV platforms respectively used by the TCL 55P607 and Sony XBR-65A1E.
Like its name implies, webOS features a built-in web browser that works fairly well thanks to the air mouse function of the Magic Remote. WebOS also supports simultaneous viewing of two sources at once with Multi-View, along with screen mirroring over Miracast/WiDi (though this screen-sharing standard has become less and less useful as Google pushes Google Cast, so you might have an easier time plugging a Chromecast into the TV if you want to stream directly from your mobile device or computer).
While LG's OLED TVs can show perfect black levels even with other parts of the screen blazing, LED-backlit LCDs don't quite reach that point. The best results for LCD TVs come from using LED array backlighting that can adjust the light it provides for different parts of the screen. While the SJ9500 can adjust certain backlight zones, it relies on edge-mounted lighting rather than an array to make the screen so thin. The result is less than stellar contrast, with occasional light bloom.
We test TVs using a DVDO AVLab 4K test pattern generator, a Klein K-10A colorimeter, and Portrait Displays' CalMAN 5 software on a Razer Blade Pro notebook, using methodology based on Imaging Science Foundation's calibration techniques.
In the ISF-certified ISF Expert (Bright) mode, the SJ9500 showed a peak brightness of 362.95cd/m2 and a black level of 0.07cd/m2 for a modest 5,185:1 contrast ratio. With other parts of the screen running at full blast, however, light bloom creeps in and bumps that black level up to 0.32cd/m2. The Calibrated (Dark) mode fares little better, with a black level trimmed down only to 0.06cd/m2 while dropping the peak brightness to 287.41cd/m2.
For comparison, Vizio's array-backlit M65-E0 shows a peak brightness comparable with the SJ9500's ISF Expert (Dark) mode, but a much lower black level of 0.02cd/m2 for a far better 14,376:1 contrast ratio. LG's OLED55C7P and Sony's XBR-65A1E, both OLED TVs, show perfect black levels of 0.0cd/m2. The LG displays a peak brightness similar to the SJ9500's ISF Expert (Bright) mode, while the Sony stands as one of the brightest TVs we've tested with a 740.22cd/m2 peak brightness. Regardless, the two OLED TVs both show "infinite" contrast because of their black levels.
While the 4K SJ9500 doesn't wow with contrast, it certainly impresses with color. The TV supports high dynamic range (HDR) with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and that shows in our tests. The above chart shows Rec.709 (broadcast standard) color levels as boxes and measured color levels as dots. The SJ9500 shows exemplary reach for reds, blue, and particularly greens, while cyans and magentas remain balanced. Yellows lean a bit green, but not overwhelmingly so, and whites are very accurate. This is excellent color performance, comparable with the LG OLED55C7P, Vizio M65-E0, and the TCL 55P607.
This color comes through beautifully in BBC's Planet Earth II on Ultra HD Blu-ray. The HDR picture is rich and vibrant, without appearing oversaturated or cartoonish. The greens and blues of the "Islands" episode are remarkably varied and detailed, showing off the SJ9500's wide color gamut. Fine details like sloth fur and tree bark appear crisp, though sometimes shadows make them appear slightly muddy in high-contrast shots of sunlight filtered through tree branches. Even with this small flaw, it's an excellent picture.
The raw contrast and color numbers don't always tell the whole story, especially when dealing with HDR content. Despite middling contrast numbers, the SJ9500 does a surprisingly good job showing off The Great Gatsby. While the textures and contours of black hair and black suits can easily disappear in blackness on many TVs with poor contrast, the SJ9500 reproduces those fine details admirably. Some very dark objects can still get swallowed by shadow, but it's a limited effect. The clarity of most shots is impressively crisp and clean, without muddiness.
The game Cuphead also looks excellent on the SJ9500. The hand-drawn animation of the action is smooth and clear, and the film filter used to give the game a 1930s cartoon aesthetic looks great. The slightly muted color palette looks rich without appearing too vivid or breaking the classic animation effect. Cuphead's red shorts are a deep, almost PCMag-like crimson, while Mugman's blue shorts and the yellows and greens of the background are undersaturated a bit to make that red (and the pink of certain interactable objects) really stand out.
Input Lag and Power Consumption
Input lag is the amount of time between when a TV receives a signal and the display updates. In the Calibrated (Bright) picture mode, the SJ9500 shows a disappointing 82.1ms input lag. In Game mode, however, that lag drops to 14.8ms, which we consider excellent and lets the SJ9500 qualify as one of our best TVs for gaming. Game picture modes tend to skew picture quality slightly, but the trade-off can be valuable when playing video games. For better input lag performance than this, you'd need to turn to a dedicated gaming monitor.
Under normal viewing conditions, the 65SJ9500 consumes 160 watts in ISF Expert (Bright) picture mode. ISF Expert (Dark) picture mode trims that down to 132 watts. This is a bit higher than, but comparable with, the Vizio M65-E0's power numbers (150 watts in Calibrated mode, 91 watts in Calibrated (Dark) mode).
The LG 65SJ9500 pushes the limits of just what an LED-backlit LCD TV can do, at least in terms of color performance. Its contrast levels are mediocre when seen purely by the numbers, but it manages to display excellent shadow detail despite lacking the inky blacks of an OLED panel. Combined with an attractive design and the functionality of webOS, the 65SJ9500 is a very appealing TV for anyone with relatively deep pockets. If you can spend just $500 more, though, the LG OLED65C7P offers fantastic color performance and the superlative contrast only an OLED panel can provide, and remains our Editors' Choice. If you want a big screen with solid performance without shelling out quite so much, Vizio's M65-E0 is a fraction of either LG model's price with excellent contrast and very good color.> excellent > at
Bottom Line: LG's 65SJ9500 is a pricey 4K LCD TV that boasts picture quality and style that almost puts it in arm's reach of OLED models.
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