LG 65UH9500 vs 65UH8500 Review : What are their differences?
LG 65UH9500 and 65UH8500 are members of UH9500 and UH8500 series, the top model and second tier of LG’s 2016 4K SUHD TV lineup. Unlike most of 4K TVs in 2016, both of them also support HDR (High dynamic range. With super mastering engine as the images processor, they doesn’t only support HDR 10 format like Samsung or Sony HDR TV, but also support Dolby Vision. In addition to their advantage on HDR ability, both of LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 also come with IPS panel which keep the quality of the picture from side viewing angle. Additionally, the other main technology behind them is about Quantum Dot panel wherewith this technology, both of these LG 65 Inch SUHD TVs support wide color gamut required for displaying HDR contents stunningly. While most of 4K TVs that released in 2016 began to leave 3D technology, both of 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 comes with Cinema 3D technology based on passive 3D technology. And that is not less interesting from both is about their smart TV where with excellent WebOS 3.0 as their platform, they offer attractive, intuitive, and responsive smart TV, even can be said the best Smart TV platform for now.
In the market, both of them come with the difference in price that is quite a lot. LG 65UH9500 is sold hundreds dollars more expensive than LG 65UH8500. But of course, the price that offered for them is not fixed and could still change at any time, usually will tend to go down as time goes by, moreover if there is newer model released.
LG 65UH9500 vs 65UH8500 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||65UH8500||65UH9500|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Picture Engine||Super Mastering Engine||Super Mastering Engine|
|HDR||HDR Super w/ Dolby Vision||HDR Super w/ Dolby Vision|
|Dimming||Local Dimming||Local Dimming|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot||Quantum Dot|
|Tru Black Panel||Yes||Yes|
|UHD Up-scaling||Tru 4K Upscaler||Tru 4K Upscaler|
|Motion Control||TruMotion 240 Hz||TruMotion 240 Hz|
|Smart TV||WebOS 3.0||WebOS 3.0|
|Output Power||40W Sound (WF: 20W)||40W Sound (WF: 20W)|
|Sound Designed by Harman Kardon||Yes||Yes|
|HDMI||3 (HDCP 2.2)||3 (HDCP 2.2)|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
The Differences between LG 65UH9500 and 65UH8500
As we see on comparison table, there is almost no difference listed on the table between LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500. And indeed, there is no difference on their specifications listed on their official website. But of course, it is impossible two TVs with significant difference in price don’t have difference in specs.
The first difference between them is about the thinness of their top screen where 65UH9500 has a thinness about 2/3 of the thinness of top screen of 65UH8500.But but when viewed from the front, their design look similar with stand made from stainless steel that gives more elegant impression. But of course, this does not make sense with this difference in thinness of top screen, 65UH9500 is sold much more expensive than 65UH8500.
This was not officially released from its official website. But According to according to trustworthy source, the difference between LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 is about the depth of color. Although on their official website mentioned, both of LG 65UH9500 and 65UH850 support 10 bit panel, but many who doubt that 65UH8500 supports true 10 bit panel. Many sources say 65UH8500 only supports 8 bit with dithering although theoretically, 8 bit TVs can produce picture with color gradient like it has true10 bit panel. While 65UH9500 really supports true 10 bit depth of color. As the impact, color gradient of the picture produced by 65UH9500 looks much smoother and pretty well than 65UH8500. When 65UH8500 is inputted 10 bit signals, there are some minor color gradation issues. But even so, it is much better and smoother than 8 bit TV without dithering.
In addition to their difference in depth of color, LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 offers virtually identical performance. Overall their picture quality is pretty well in brighter room. HDR picture that displayed by them is also looks great. But unfortunately, dark scenes of the picture that displayed on each screen cannot get deep blacks. It is caused low contrast ratio of both.
As mentioned, both of LG 65UH9500 and 65UH8500 comes with IPS panel. It indeed makes wider viewing angle, but in other hand, this makes black level deteriorate. Although both of them are already powered by local dimming and tru Black Panel technology, but black level reached by them is not as deep as the competitors that use VA panel. They can only reach 0.089 nits of black level with 1200:1 of contrast ratio. This value certainly is still very high even for SDR contents. This makes the blacks appear inclined to grey in dark room. As we know, to display HDR 10 contents fully, A TV should reach 0.05 nits of black level or lower, even Dolby Vision need much deeper blacks. With their display specs, they certainly cannot display both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision fully. But even so, compared to most of IPS TVs, what reached by LG 65UH9500 and 65UH8500 is a bit better.
Contrary, peak brightness that reached by them is quite bright to display good SDR picture quality in bright room. But it is still far than 1000 nits of peak brightness required by HDR 10, even Dolby Vision need much brighter peak whites. This makes HDR picture that displayed on each of their screen is not as bright as what expected. Compare between them, 65UH9500 can reach brighter peak brightness on whole screen than 65UH8500 that is about 400nits of peak brightness while 65UH8500 only reach about 370 nits of peak brightness. But in small window, 65UH8500 precisely get brighter peak brightness than 65UH9500. Peak brightness is reached by them ion 25% of window where LG 65UH8500 can reach about 550 nits of peak brightness while 65UH9500 only reach about 425 nits of peak brightness. Overall, 65UH8500 as lower series precisely is brighter than 65UH9500. This is due local dimming technology of 65UH9500 significantly reduces peak brightness at smaller window.
Moving on color performance, both of them comes with quantum dot panel that make them already support wide color gamut. Color gamut that can be covered by them is similar, that is about 91% of DCI P3 color spaces. Color coverage delivered by them is quite enough to display HDR 10 contents amazingly and make color of the picture that displayed looks stunningly with saturated color. This makes hard to reproduce color is produced correctly and looks natural. As we know, HDR 10 needs 90% of DCI P3 color space and 10 bit depth of color and of course what delivered by them meet the minimum standardization of HDR 10. But as we have mentioned above, unlike LG 65UH9500 that comes with True 10 bit panel, LG 65UH8500 only supports 8 bit panel with dithering. The result, color gradient is not as good as what offered by UH9500, but at least still looks smoother without a lot of color gradation.
The use IPS panel might makes black level reached by them is not as deep as the competitors, but in other hands, it makes LG 65UH9500 and 65UH8500 offers wider viewing angle than competitors. Both of them can maintain good contrast and color saturation up to 35 degrees off center and front. This may not as wider as what offered by OLED TVs where they offer range of viewing angle up to 178 degrees. The picture still began to deteriorate on the screen of 65UH9500 and UN65UH8500 at extremely side viewing angle, but this is much better than what offered by LED TV with VA Panel where their screen, the picture will look to deteriorate at 20 degrees off center and front, even narrower.
For handling motion blur when they are displaying fast scenes, both LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 is powered by Tru Motion 240 Hz technology. This technology is based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. The result, their pixel response time is quick, quicker than average, this makes motion blur is not much noticeable when they are used for watching sport or fast movies. Compare between them, LG 65UH8500 even has quicker pixel response time than UH9500 as upper series. In other hand, both of them are good performers when handling 24p contents. There is not judder when they displaying Blu-Ray Movies. But when displaying 24p contents via 60i signals like from Cable/Satellite TV, 65UH8500 precisely offers better performance. While when displaying 24p contents via 60p signals like movies from streaming devices, their performance is equally less than the maximum. Judder cannot be removed completely if you don’t enable Tru Motion. But as the impact, this will add soap opera effect on the picture.
As we know, the great performance UHD Up-scaling of 4K TVs is still required considering most of the contents that available in the market still have lower resolution than 4K. This allows you to still enjoy all of the contents that available in the market with 4K experience. Fortunately, with Tru Up-Scaler engine behind them, both of LG 65UH9500 and 65UH8500 offer great performance when up-scaling lower resolution contents to near 4K quality. 1080p contents like Blu Ray Movies looks very sharp and crisp without small details are lost on their screen. Additionally, when they are playing 720p or HD contents like movies from Cable TV, the 4K images produced still looks sharp without lost a lot of small details. Even when the source is SD or 480p contents like DVDs movies, the picture that displayed still looks good in 4K quality.
As mentioned, both of LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 are including few 2016 TV models that come with 3D technology. We will only find 3D on top model X30D/940D and Z9D on Sony TV. Even on Samsung or Vizio 2016 lineup, we will not find 3D on their lineup. Talking about 3D performance that offered by them, it is very great moreover it comes with passive 3D technology that offers flicker-free and crosstalk-free, so makes it more comfortably for eyes. 3D images that produced looks very smooth and clear with very noticeable depth of 3D images. The other benefits, their 3D glasses don’t require external battery like active 3D glasses. Additionally, they are also lighter, more comfortable to use, and sold much cheaper. The only one downside of passive 3D, each of eyes only can receive a half vertical resolution of 3D picture.
Smart TV is one of the main advantages of LG65UH8500 and 65UH9500. As their platform, they feature WebOS 3.0, the third version of WebOS since this platform was first released three years ago. Entering its third years, WebOS have been overhauled to improve its performance and solve many problems on two previous versions. But the simplicity of user interface is still maintained to make you still comfort when navigating or selecting and launching an app. To go on the “home screen” you just need press “Home” button on smart Remote. At the bottom across the screen, there are strip bar contain main apps where you can select and launch apps by pointing the cursor of mouse to app icon and click it. Talking about apps, there are a lot of apps provided. Almost all of popular apps provided like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and much more. Additionally, there are also Web Browser, LG’s contents Store, and many other apps which are not less interesting.
One of the interesting things of WebOS is about their LG Magic’s Remote as the controller. The most useful function is “point and click” that makes you easily when navigating menu or surfing in the internet. The other interesting function is about Voice navigation that allows you to control volume, change the input or channel, or other functions with voice commands. Unlike Samsung Remote that has few buttons, there are a lot of clearly labeled buttons of on LG’s magic Remote/
As their major connectivity, both LG 65UH9500 and 65UH8500 are equipped with 3 HDMI pots support HDCP 2.2. Input lag is low on both 4K and 1080p resolution, but not as low as the competitors. It still good for SDR games, but when for playing HDR games, a slight delay may still be noticeable. In addition HDMI Ports, both of them are also equipped with 3 USB 3.0. Additionally, there are also Digital Audio Out (Optical), Component In, Composite In, Ethernet, and RF (Terrestrial) where the amount of each is 1. On 65UH850, all of USB Ports and HDMI Ports are located outside of the panel and other ports are located on rear panel. At the outside of panel of 65UH9500, there are 1 HDMI and 2 USB Ports while 2 HDMI ports, 1 USB ports, and other pots are located at rear of the panel.
Both of LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 are equipped with 2.2 channel speaker system with 40 watt total power speaker where their audio system is designed by HarmanKardon, a big name on premium audio manufacturers. The result, sound quality of both is very well and above average, at least for slim TV like them. The maximum loudness is quite loud with good frequency response in low volume and good total harmonic distortion. With 2 built-in Woofer, bass or low frequency is sounded steady. For a TV, sound quality offered by them is impressive, but still can be improved by adding external sound bar.
Although both of them are sold with significant difference in price, but performance that offered by them is virtually similar, even in certain aspect, LG 65UH8500 as lower series offers better performance than 65UH9500. As we have mentioned above, the main difference between them is about the thinness of top of panel and the number bits of depth of color. About the thinness, this is not has a major impact on picture quality but about depth of color, it has an impact color gradient of the picture produced, especially when displaying HDR contents. LG 65UH9500 with true 10 bit panel offers slight smoother and color gradient than LG 65UH8500 with 8 bit dithering.
Out of their difference in color gradient, overall, picture that produced by both of them is pretty well in bright room but its black level is not quite darks to display dark scenes, even in a dark room, black scenes looks inclined to grey. But it is still better than most of IPS TVs. Additionally, come with HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, their peak brightness and black level is not quite enough to display HDR contents fully, so if you care about HDR performance, of course LG 65UH8500 and 65UH9500 are not good choice for you. In their price range, there are Samsung SUHD TVs that offers better HDR performance even compliant with Ultra HD Premium Certification, but there is no 3D technology behind them and their viewing angle is poor. In other aspects like UHD Up-scaling, Motion Handling 3D performance, and Smart TV, both of 65UH9500 and 65UH8500 are good performers.
So which is a better choice between them? As mentioned, LG65UH8500 is sold about hundreds dollars cheaper than 65UH9500 but performance that offered is not much different, even in certain aspects, it offers better performance. With the differences like we have discussed a lot above, I think 65UH8500 is a better choice. With performance that s not much different, you will save hundred dollars of your money. But of course, the decision still comes back to you.