Updated: Oct 9, 2017

OLED TV Reviews:

It seems like consumers just got used to LED TV's and now the manufacturers are bringing along the OLED technology and 4K Ultra HD televisions. Which technology is best? For the average TV owner, that is not a simple question to answer. The future is ever changing and the 4K Ultra TV's will be prevalent within a year or so. The less popular OLED TV's are gaining traction though. At the recent CES show in Vegas, LG and Samsung introduced some nice OLED televisions - at a huge price tag. Yes, we know that the consumer electronics show is more about impressing the masses than actually offering affordable electronics. When TV's get to be $10,000 or more, who can really spend that kind of money. The good news is that the manufacturers know that prices must drop in order to get consumers into the game and that is why it's a good sign to see the LG Electronics 55EA9800 drop below $6000 recently. Even the Samsung KN55S9C has fallen in price - partly because demand just isn't there yet. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diodes. OLEDs are a mix between Plasma and LED LCD sets. Will they pick up market share and come down in price? That is yet to be seen, but we have included a more complete buying guide below with some of the best sets on the market currently.

Just what are the advantages to the OLED televisions versus the LCD/LED screens? The OLEDs have better viewing angles and superior 3D performance. You get deeper black levels, similar brightness and power consumption, and what we think is very important is superior motion handling. What about compared to plasma sets? Again OLED is superior in image brightness, black levels, 3D performance, and power consumption (we know plasmas suck energy). The one area that was not much better on the OLED vs plasma was the viewing angle. We don't consider that a downfall as viewing angles are about as good as you can get at this point - not much room for improvement. In talking to experts on OLED televisions, it's apparent that making these new tv sets is not cheap and it's difficult. Therefore, prices may not drop as quickly on the OLEDs as you will see on the 4K Ultra sets. There have also been concerns of shortened life expectancies with OLED screens. Consumer Reports does an excellent job of looking at the Samsung and LD screens while CNET and BestBuy offer up their own opinions. We say the OLEDs are nice, but for now we would stick with the 4K Ultra sets - they are cheaper and offer incredible image and viewing quality. For those that want to step into the OLED buying experience, we suggest you view the top selling OLED tvs here.


RECOMMENDED - The LG Electronics 55EA9800 is the top star in this category so far. Consumer Reports has done extensive testing and comparisons between the LG models and the Samsung offerings. The 55EA9800 features Cinema 3D, 1080p and curved screen. Color quality is amazing as the whites are bright and the blacks are dark. The TV is lightweight and extremely thin. That is what we would expect from technology, right? Compared to my 2008 Panasonic plasma, the LG is light as a feather. The remote control is another benefit of this OLED tv. Get rid of your remotes for Blu-Ray, Set top box, sound bar, etc. The one drawback is that the TV CAN NOT be wall mounted. There is a stand it sits on and that is the way it goes. The 3D viewing experience is also top rate. Watch for pricing on this particular model as we found many online reviews boasting about $1000 price drops as promotions to sell it. If you can get those deals, then the TV may be worth the added $$$ it costs over the 4K Ultra HD televisions.