The television industry can be a turbulent place. The TV technology is coming and going in a few years, and although some formats such as LED LCD have remained for a while, they must always justify their existence.
The latest technology that challenges the dominance of traditional LCD devices is OLED – and by all standards, it's finally time to spend its money.
Entry-level models like the LG B8 OLED finally give consumers a better choice when it comes to OLED TVs, while more expensive models from Sony and Panasonic each eat a Samsung OLED panel.
But are we ready for OLED to overtake LED LCD screens as new mainstream display technology? Are you here to stay or will the demand blow for plasma like? And which of these OLED televisions are worth their price for stickers?
To answer these questions, we turned to some market experts.
TV sales have been declining, but OLED is on the rise
in recent years to deal with a worldwide decline in sales. However, a new report from Futuresource Consulting shows that TV revenue increased 3% last year and its value 7%.
The sale was supported by the World Cup last year, but the rising value of televisions is due to increased sales of premium televisions such as OLEDs.
"OLED is beginning to make its presence felt and will push through the million mark for European broadcasts in 201[ads1]9", reads the report which also states: "The increasing demand for OLED has contributed to this That's a key point: LG Displays manufactures all the OLED panels in the world, which explains why LG records more OLED televisions than others.
Nevertheless, Sony, Panasonic and Philips for their first-class premium TVs now seem completely dedicated to the OLED.
OLED has found a niche in the premium market and it should stay that way. And while this may disappoint your hopes of spending a few hundred dollars on an OLED killer OLED in 2019, it's not out of the question, a brand new OLED for just as much as a mid-tier LED LCD screen from Samsung to buy.
Want to see all OLED options? Here's what's coming from them in 2019.
Sony OLED TVs in 2019
While Sony's screens are not completely revolutionary they are a combination of slimmer chassis designs, Apple AirPlay 2 and Homekit -compatible and continue to use in-screen audio.
All in all, the five-piece set of Android TV-based OLEDs is one of the most appealing we'll likely see, not least due to their Netflix Calibrated and IMAX-enhanced modes .
Sony A9G / AG9 Master Series
Confused as A9G in North America and AG9 in Europe, this is the flagship of Sony's 4K series.
Based on the X1 Ultimate chip and a new Pixel Contrast Booster, the A9G / AG9 Master Series features Acoustic Surface Audio + technology thanks to actuators that make the screen vibrate to produce sound. It is compatible with Dolby Atmos and the TV can be used as a center speaker in a home theater system.
Read our reviews: Sony A9G / AG9 Master Series
Sony A8G / AG8
The A8G (North America) / AG8 (Europe) is Sony's attempt to produce a quasi-affordable OLED. There is no X1 Ultimate processor, as seen on the AG9 OLED, but only an X1 Extreme processor. Design wise, however, there is something unique. If you want to place a sound bar underneath, turn the desktop stand 180 ° and the TV will start up.
Want to know what Sony has to do with LED LCD screens? Here is the entire Sony TV 2019 lineup
LG OLED TV for 2019
As a manufacturer of all OLED displays, LG has an advantage when it comes to bringing the latest and greatest OLED televisions to market. Whether this applies to the mainstream models is unclear. The competition produces OLED TVs just as well, although LG usually starts the year with an OLED TV that no other brand can match.
This is especially true for 2019.
LG's 4K OLED TVs for 2019 feature HDMI 2.1 inputs and HDMI-EARC for lossless audio, LG's new Alpha 9 processor , Dolby Atmos, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and support for a new wireless audio standard called WiSA .
LG Signature OLED TV R
Who needs a flexible, rollable TV? The answer, of course, is absolutely no one, which is convenient, because absolutely nobody will be able to afford the most eye-catching OLED television of all.
The OLED65R is a wafer-thin 4K OLED television that rises from a relatively flat-looking Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker cabinet. It has Line View, which allows the TV to be raised halfway to display a news ticker or the song currently playing at the top of the control panel. Expect to be sold for a Supercar prize at the end of 2019.
Read our reviews: LG Signature Series OLED TV R
LG B9 OLED
If you jump to the other side of the window will find here LG's entry-level OLED televisions for 2019, not mentioned at CES, but listed on their website as "coming soon". For this reason, the details of the B9 range of OLED televisions are little known. Expect Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and 4K resolution, but the older Alpha 7 processor from LG.
LG C9 OLED
One step away from the LG B9 is the LG C9 OLED. These mid-rangers provide a balance of performance and price without compromising the company's latest processor. LG C8 of the past year was delivered with a 2.2 sound bar.
LG E9 OLED
If you take the C9 one step further, you'll find the extravagantly designed (and higher priced) E9 OLED.
Based on the 2018 E-Series, you expect the same features as the W9, but with a glass body and glued chassis instead of the "wallpaper" design of the W8.
LG W9 OLED
Upgrading to the showstealer of the past year LG W8 "wallpaper TV," the W9 is likely to feature the same slim image form factor. Since the W8 is equipped with a 60 W 4.2 built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar, you expect similar high-end audio signals.
LG Z9 OLED
LG's Z9 series consists of just one unbelievable 8K OLED TV. The Z9 is the first television to be launched in the course of the year. It is an all-in-one product consisting of display and speaker built into the base. That seems rather restrictive, especially as potential buyers are likely to use a reference cinema environment from such an expensive high-end television. The Z9 will be the first 8K TV with HDMI 2.1.
Read our hands at first glance: LG Z9 8K OLED
Panasonic OLED TVs for 2019
The Japanese brand Panasonic has previously developed its own extensive range of plasma and LED TVs, but in recent years has become the choice limited to a few ultra-premium OLED TVs.
She claims that her new GZ2000 OLED televisions are "the world's most movie-rich TVs", hired by a Hollywood colourist to create a "Professional Edition 4K OLED "display to produce.
This two-headed setup also features 4K resolution, HCX PRO Intelligent Processor, Alexa and Google Assistant support for HLG and HLG Photo (a new still image format for HDR recording) and more speakers, which Dolby Atmos can deliver. Panasonic also claims that its two GZ2000 TVs are the first OLED TVs to support both Samsung HDR10 + and Dolby Vision.
Here are our hands on Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED TV review
Philips OLED TV for 2019
Although Bowers and Wilkins lost the sound, ver Add some Philips OLED TVs for 2019 over some cutting-edge technologies. Last but not least, the third-generation P5 processor and every HDR variant; HDR10, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision and HLG.
Both Android TVs have four HDMI ports and are equipped with three-sided Ambilight . The only difference between the Philips OLED 854 and OLED 804 series are the different frame designs. Expect to be offered for sale in May 2019.
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