Ameya DalviJuly 29, 2021 10:08:44 AMT
Overall: 4.5 / 5
Price: Rs 1,34,990
In places like Mumbai, where the average living room size is quite small, 55-inch TVs may seem a little overwhelming. The 48-50-inch screen size hits a sweet spot when the viewing distance is about nine feet. However, if you want to buy a high-end television, you will hardly get any options that are smaller than 55 inches. But no more! LG has addressed this issue and how with the new CX 48 OLED TV. With its striking design, modern features and excellent image quality, this is as good as it is if you have financial muscles.
LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV – Design and connectivity: 9/10
Its very thin upper body and almost borderless design on three sides are sure to grab your attention. The top of the body is less than 4 mm thick; yes, you read it correctly. In perspective, most smartphones available today are more than twice as thick. The frames are so narrow that there is no room for a company logo. The bottom of the TV is understandably thicker to host all the circuits and speakers and give the TV more stability.
Despite its very thin profile, the TV is deceptively heavy and weighs almost 15 kg even without a stand. The centrally mounted metal stand is quite sturdy and allows you to place the TV on a much smaller table. I was wondering why only a few manufacturers choose center racks! In the connection section, you get four HDMI 2.1 ports that support a higher frame rate, VRR (variable refresh rate), ALLM (automatic low delay mode) and eARC (with HDMI 2).
You also have three USB ports, optical audio output, A / V input, component input, 3.5mm headphone output and LAN port. The 3x HDMI and 1x USB ports are placed on the side of the TV closer to the left edge, making them easier to use even if you choose to mount it on a wall; smart design decision.
The other ports are located on the back of the TV towards the wall; not a smart investment if you decide to mount the TV on a wall. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi. Almost everything you need is available here.
LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV – Features & Specifications: 9/10
The LG CX 48 features a 48.2-inch OLED panel with an Ultra HD (4K) resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. This TV supports all popular HDR formats such as HDR10 / 10 Pro, HLG and Dolby Vision. Gamers will be pleased to know that it also supports FreeSync, Nvidia’s G-Sync application, and has a 1ms response time, low input delay and support for VRR and ALLM. Unlike certified Android TVs, it doesn’t have a built-in Chromecast, but it’s Apple Airplay 2 compatible to stream content from Apple devices. It also supports screen mirroring. You can use Google Assistant or Alexa for voice commands on this TV.
The LG CX 48 is powered by an Alpha 9 Gen3 AI 4K processor, which is powerful enough to provide smooth operation. Audio output power is 40 watts RMS and support for Dolby Atmos audio. Here you will find 2.2-channel settings with two speakers and two built-in subwoofers for extra perforation.
Like most LG premium TVs, you also get the Magic remote control here, which is quite thick compared to most smart TV remote controls today, but is packed with interesting features. Despite its size, it looks stylish and feels good in the hand with a smart weight distribution. It is powered by a pair of AA batteries that come with the device. The voice-controlled remote works via Bluetooth; you can bring up the selected voice assistant by pressing the corresponding button and entering voice commands.
The remote control has hotkeys Netflix and Prime Video, and the standard Navigation keys. When it comes to navigation, you can use the built-in air mouse by moving the remote like a joystick (now you know why it’s called the Magic Remote) or simply use the D-pad and the center scroll wheel, which also works confirm / OK. The build quality of the remote is pretty solid and I can’t think of any significant key that is missing here. It works perfectly and is fun to use.
LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV – operating system and user interface: 9/10
Like all LG smart TVs, the CX 48 has WebOS and has one of the most comfortable interfaces among smart TVs. Not only does it look good, it’s also easy to use and can be smooth when browsing through apps or settings. It offers you a lot of customizations and options to convert image and sound. The platform now has applications for all popular OTT platforms, including Disney + Hotstar, Sony LIV, Zee5 etc., and content can be viewed up to Ultra HD resolution whenever available. The Magic Remote works as expected in all applications, including the Air Mouse feature, and makes life easier.
LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV – Picture quality: 9.5 / 10
The picture quality of this OLED TV is simply excellent with accurate colors and excellent contrast. The black levels are as good as I’ve seen since the days of plasma TV. The 4K OLED panel may not look as bright as some QLED TVs, but it’s bright enough and, most importantly, much easier on the eyes. The details of the dark areas of the test videos in the high-contrast scenes were fully visible, and the contrast is something to look at. The color reproduction of this TV is excellent and the colors feel pretty natural in most parts. It is well tuned out of the box and has plenty of color presets and adjustments to adjust them.
This LG TV supports Dolby Vision, and the content encoded in that format looks very impressive. The contrast is top notch, but the relatively low brightness can be felt in some scenes, or probably I’m just used to the brightness of non-OLED TVs. Displays HDR10 / 10 + standards in use Prime Video look just as vibrant, with no flickering at all in high-contrast scenes, which is common on many LED TVs. The 4K SDR content also looks sharp on this TV with accurate colors and fine detail.
The enhancement engine for this TV is one of the best I’ve come across. Not only does Full HD content look sharp and in some cases comparable to 4K, 720p videos look much better than usual on this TV. In fact, some 480p videos also look perfectly watchable. Having said that, don’t make your expectations too high for non-HD channels on DTH. But if you’re going to watch it, don’t waste money on OLED TV. The viewing angles are absolutely great. Motion smoothing also works just right without any unnaturally smooth motion or motion artifacts.
This TV has a filmmaker mode that automatically adjusts the picture the entire cinematic effect, creative purpose, and cinematic experience are preserved. In short, it allows you to watch a movie the same way its maker intended. Pretty neat feature to try. I wanted to test the much-advertised gaming features of this TV, but unfortunately I didn’t have a new Xbox or PlayStation 5 in hand during the test. But even without it, there’s a lot going on on this TV.
LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV – Sound quality: 8/10
As I mentioned earlier, the audio output from this LG TV is rated for a total RMS of 40 watts, and here you get a 2.2-channel speaker. The sound reproduction is powerful and striking, with clear songs and plenty of detail in the sound. The built-in subwoofers give the sound a good amount of heat, and the bass can be felt more often than not. I say to the extent that TV speakers do a better job than many entry-level soundbars, and their production is enjoyable in a variety of content types, from dialogue heavy music to music to movies or online series.
The speakers are Dolby Atmos compatible, but don’t expect miracles. There will be no surround speakers or tweeters here; it’s a 2.2 channel setting, remember? While the sound quality is undoubtedly very good, it does not have the same wow factor as the picture quality. If you’re looking for a better sound experience, the TV offers you plenty of output options, both analog and digital, so you can connect a soundbar or speaker system. The TV also supports two-way Bluetooth, so you can route the audio output of this TV to Bluetooth headphones / earphones / speakers or play audio wirelessly from the TV speakers from your phone or tablet.
LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV – Total power: 9/10
Unlike Android TVs or Amazon Fire-based TVs that take more than 35 seconds to turn on, this LG TV turns on in barely 10 seconds when you turn on the power, which is awesome. The TV will then restart in seconds from standby when you turn it on with the remote control. The support for the video codec via USB is quite solid and the default player was able to play almost all the files in the test set. It stuttered when playing a single 4K video, but playback was generally smooth everywhere. Television offers a sophisticated experience in almost every department, just what is expected of such a premium product.
LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV – Price and Judgment
The LG CX 48 4K Smart OLED TV can be purchased for Rs 1,349 0 with a one-year warranty on the TV and an extra year on the panel. Some retailers also offer a 3-year comprehensive warranty on this TV. Needless to say, it is quite expensive, but this is also no ordinary product. This is almost the pinnacle of TV technology right now. I haven’t come across as good picture quality or contrast on any of the standard LED TVs or even QLED TVs I’ve tested so far. What can I say, but the quality is not cheap.
And not only the image quality is impressive. Everything from design to operating system has great subtlety, and a 1ms response time, low input delay, and high throughput on HDMI 2.1 ports are sure to impact the hardcore gaming community. So if you are looking for all this, the LG CX 48 will give you little reason to complain. Having said that, I would like to add that this model should only be purchased if the viewing angle is less than ten feet. If you don’t want space, you might as well go for this 55-inch version of this TV, which occasionally sells for a similar price.