Waiting for LG to put its industry-leading OLED TVs on sale has become an annual tradition, and the wait is finally over.
Afterfor Black Friday 2018, LG’s is finally on sale for the Super Bowl 2019. They’re not cheap by any means, but they’re less expensive than any other 2018 OLED TV so far. Here’s the breakdown.
LG OLED B8 series pricing
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A press release LG emailed to Techhnews claims that the new pricing is its lowest ever on OLED TVs, but it’s actually a tie. For Black Friday 2017 LGto exactly the same price: $1,500 for the 55-inch TV and $2,300 for the 65-inch model.
Time to pull the trigger, cowboy
LG’s Super Bowl discount on the B8 might not be its lowest in history, but if you’re in the market for a high-end TV and can afford an OLED — in short, if you’ve been waiting for this price drop — now is the time to buy.
See the 55-inch OLED B8 at Amazon
See the 65-inch OLED B8 at Amazon
In my review of the OLED B8 I gave it Techhnews’s Editors’ Choice award as the best high-end 2018 TV. It delivers everything I expected from an OLED TV in terms of image quality, starting with perfect black levels. It has plenty of brightness and contrast to make just about everything — including football — look great. Yes, the more-expensive C8 did just a bit better in my tests, but the difference isn’t worth the money.
All OLED TVs have the increased potential for burn-in compared to LCD-based models, although most people and use cases it won’t be an issue. If you’re unfamiliar with burn-in,.
In case you’re wondering, I don’t think the B8 will get another official discount. Yes, it and other LG OLED TVs can be found for less in some places online, but as far as LG’s official pricing goes, I’m guessing this is as low as it goes.
Of coursewill arrive this spring, but , I don’t expect to recommend buying them over the 2018 models until Black Friday 2019 at the earliest. Yes the new models have some HDMI 2.1 features that could appeal to high-end gamers and Dolby Atmos fans, but the main image quality improvement from 2018 to 2019 is better processing. Based on past comparisons, I expect the visible difference between the B8 and its 2019 cohorts to be minor, at best.
In other words OLED image quality has largely plateaued, and unless you’re willing to pay up for a slight improvement, your best bet is to get the cheapest one.
And now the cheapest widely available OLED TV is the B8. If you don’t want to wait another year for a new TV, consider this your green light.
75-inch options and more
Beyond its still-high price, the main downside of the B8 is the fact that it maxes out at 65 inches. Yes, LG sells a 77-inch OLED, but it costs seven grand.
A lot of TV shoppers, especially football fans who want to enjoy the big games in style, are gravitating toward a 70- or 75-inch TV. If you’re looking for a high-performance set in that size that’s relatively affordable, my primary recommendation is the new. The is another excellent bet.
To get significantly better image quality in a 2018 75-inch TV over those two you’ll need to pay up, way up, for the.
LG’s discounts still too rich for your blood? Relax, we’ve got plenty of choices forat every budget.