The LG C9 OLED TV presents the best balance between picture performance, smart connectivity, design, and value.
With the C9, LG continues its winning streak for producing top-quality OLED TVs, while also adding in a few extra perks here and there over 2018’s already stellar C8 model. With the new α9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor and the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 inputs, the set marries advanced scaling and future-proof connectivity with the already fantastic image quality an OLED panel provides.
Thanks to the α9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor, the C9 is also capable of advanced upscaling. Meanwhile, gaming performance is strong as well. When activated through supported gaming devices, these modes can help to reduce screen tearing and stuttering, ensuring a smoother gameplay experience.
When it comes to smart TV connectivity, the C9 is powered by LG’s webOS and ThinQ platforms, enabling extensive streaming app support and voice control via the included magic remote. The TV includes integrated options for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa too if you prefer to use those digital assistants.
Amongst OLED models on the market, the C9 offers the best balance between cost and performance. It’s still not exactly cheap, but it is about $1,000 less than Sony’s flagship A9G OLED. Though the A9G has a more stylish design and is capable of a slightly more accurate picture, the C9 actually has the A9G beat when it comes to brightness. The C9 also boasts HDMI 2.1 inputs while the A9G has older HDMI 2.0b inputs.
All things considered, the C9 hits all the sweet spots that buyers should look for when purchasing a great OLED TV. It should be noted, however, that LG’s new 2020 CX OLED is now available for purchase as well. This updated model is meant to serve as a replacement for the C9, and it offers upgraded processing and a few additional features, like a Filmmaker Mode for easier access to accurate image settings. These improvements are relatively subtle, though, and since the C9 is currently still in stock for less money than the new CX, the C9 remains our top pick.