LG OLED E7 (E7P) vs E6 (E6P) Review – (OLED55E7P vs OLED55E6P, OLED65E7P vs OLED65E6P)
LG OLED E7 (E7P) is part of LG’s 2017 OLED TV lineup while OLED E6 (E6P) is the predecessor, a part of LG’s 2016 4K HDR TV lineup. As a newer series, OLED E7 certainly comes with some improvement and update that makes its performance is better than OLED E6. OLED E6 certainly has been discontinued by the manufacturer, but in the market there are some merchants that still sell it, mostly in second hand condition. So, this is just a comparison for OLED E7 as the newer model of LG OLED TV E Series. Like the predecessor OLED E6, there are also 2 screen size options available for OLED E7 including 55 Inch, so this comparison certainly is as true to their entire screen sizes (OLED55E7P vs OLED55E6P and OLED65E7P vs OLED65E6P). So, what are the improvement which offered by OLED E7 as a newer model of OLED E6?
LG OLED E7 vs E6 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||LG OLED E6 (OLED55E6P, OLED65E6P)||LG OLED E7 (OLED55E7P, OLED65E7P)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Dimming||Pixel Dimming||Pixel Dimming|
|Backlight||Self Lighting Pixel||Self Lighting Pixel|
|Picture Engine||Perfect Mastering Engine||Information not provided|
|HDR Engine||OLED HDR with Dolby Vision||Active HDR with Dolby Vision|
|HDR||HDR 10, Dolby Vision and HLG (with an upcoming software update)||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR|
|Ultra HD Premium Certification||Yes||Yes|
|Color Technology||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW)||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW)|
|Advanced Technology||Perfect Black Panel, Ultra Luminance, Cinematic Color, True Color Accuracy, etc||Perfect Black Panel, Ultra Luminance, Cinematic Color, True Color Accuracy, etc|
|4K Up-scaling||Tru 4K Up-Scaler||Tru 4K Up-Scaler|
|Platform||WebOS 3.0||WebOS 3.5|
|Features||Full Browser, LG Content Store, Magic Mobile Connection, etc||Web Browser, VoD Service, Cloud Games, Samsung’s Apps store, etc|
|Remote||LG Magic Remote||LG Magic Remote|
|HDMI||4 (HDCP 2.2)||4 (HDCP 2.2)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1||1|
|Composite In (AV)||1||1|
|Wi-Fi Built In||802.11 ac||802.11 ac|
|Built-In Sound Bar||Yes||Yes|
|Total Audio Output||60W (Woofer: 20W)||60W (Woofer: 20W)|
|Dolby Atmos Decoder||No||Yes|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
The similarities and differences between LG OLED E7 and E6
In term of their design, there are not many differences between LG OLED E6 and E7. Both of them come with impressive design called “Picture on Glass”. This means almost all of material on these TVS is made of glass. The main panel sits directly on the glass, makes the border of the TV look extremely thin with about 5 mm of outer edge looks translucent and 1 cm of black inner edge. From the side, the two thirds of upper part look extremely thin just like a sheet of glass, while a third of bottom look thicker on the back due all of components and built-in sound bar are installed on third of the bottom. On a third of the bottom, LG OLED E7 looks thinner with about 5.8 cm than OLED E6 than has width about 6.6 cm. From the front, under the main panel, there is a built in sound bar and along with the stand on the base of the TV, they support the TV well and stable.
In the technical side, both of them come with OLED panel technology that offer infinite contrast and perfect black level thank to its self light pixel that can switch on/off/dim individually. In addition to infinite contrast and prefect black level, the use of OLED panel technology also makes its performance is excellent when handling motion blur and it offers extremely wide viewing angle coverage. For delivering wide color gamut and excellent rendition of color, both LG OLED E6 and E7 equally have 4 colors sub pixel technology (RGBW) which support by the number of LG’s technology like Cinematic Color, True Color Accuracy, and more. Additionally, for maximizing their peak luminance so the picture produced looks bright, both of OLED E7 and E6 are equally powered by Ultra Luminance technology. Meanwhile, for improving their sound performance, both of them are equipped built-in sound bar. In addition to make their sound quality is better, their built-in sound bar also acts as a part of the stand of the TVs that make the TV stand up more stable and with a design that integrates with the panel, and it also makes the TV looks more impressive on your room.
As the newer model, LG OLED E7 certainly comes with some improvements and more features that make its picture quality and performance better than OLED E6. Come with HDR technology, LG OLED E6 is powered by Perfect Mastering Engine and OLED HDR with Dolby Vision, while LG OLED E7 is powered by Active HDR with Dolby Vision Engine. Talking about the HDR format supported by them, OLED E7 supports more HDR format than E6. For this case, OLED E7 already supports most of HDR format including HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR, while E6 doesn’t support Advanced HDR yet. Additionally, LG OLED E7 has a feature named “HDR Effect” while OLED E6 is not yet equipped with this feature. This feature has a function to improve the brightness and color range of the picture as close as possible to 4K HDR, so you can enjoy any content with the quality nearly 4K HDR. The other main difference between them is 3D technology where LG OLED E6 comes with passive 3D technology while OLED E7 is not equipped with 3D technology. As we know, in 2017, LG no longer include 3D technology on their lineup including for their high end model. On other words, there is no 3D TV that released by LG in 2017. This certainly is a bit disappointing by 3D fans.
Additionally, although both of OLED E6 and E7 are equally equipped with built-in sound bar, but their sound bar have difference in specs. The sound bar of OLED E6 has 2.2 channels speaker with 40 watts of total sound output, while the sound bar of OLED E7 has 4.2 channels speaker with 60 watts of total sound output. Additionally, sound bar of OLED E7 also already support Dolby Atmos while sound bar of OLED E6 doesn’t yet have Dolby Atmos Decoder. In term of connectivity, they also have a difference on Component Input where OLED E6 has this input while OLED E7 is not equipped with this input. Meanwhile, although both of LG OLED E7 and E6 equally come with WebOS as their smart TV platform, OLED E6 comes with newer version of WebOS that is 3.5 version while OLED E6 comes with 3.0 version. As a newer version, WebOS comes with new chip that makes its performance faster and more responsive than the older version. It also comes with new features including Magic Link, Magic Sound Tuning, and a 360-degree video. On their remote, WebOS 3.5 now comes with dedicated button for easy access to Amazon and Netflix. Additionally, the new LG Remote now also allow the users to program the “number button” to act as a quick access button to any app that you want. Meanwhile, the remote of WebOS 3.0 doesn’t have these features.
LG OLED E7 vs E6 Performance
Overall, picture quality of LG OLED E6 and OLED E7 is excellent. The main factor that makes the picture displayed on their screen look excellent is about their infinite native contrast ratio. Since both of LG OLED E7 and E6 have self-lighting pixel and doesn’t use back light, their screen doesn’t emit any light at all when showing totally black color, result in perfect black when they are showing totally black colors. Combined to their excellent black uniformity, this certainly makes details in dark scene looks excellent, especially when set in a dark room where the effect of high native contrast ratio is highly noticeable. This makes their dark room performance is excellent, allow you to enjoy movies with excellent picture quality in your pitch black home cinema. Additionally, since both of them have perfect black level, this certainly also makes shadow details of HDR image displayed on their screen looks excellent like what intended. As we know, for displaying HDR images like what intended, particularly HDR 10 image, an OLED TV must has 0.0005 nits of black level or darker. Meanwhile, with nearly 0 nits of black level, it is quite dark to show shadow details of HDR images fully and excellently like what intended.
While on the contrast and black level, there is no improvement on the newer version, in term of peak brightness, there is a bit improvement on the peak brightness of LG OLED E7 as a newer model over OLED E6. When inputted by SDR contents, OLED E6 might have brighter peak brightness than OLED E7, particularly on small percent windows, but when playing real scene like movies or TV shows, OLED E7 can reach brighter peak brightness than OLED E6. For this case, OLED E7 can reach peak brightness brighter than 300 nits while peak brightness of OLED E6 is still below 250 nits. Nevertheless, essentially, peak brightness reached by them are quite bright to fight the glare, allow them can maintain excellent picture displayed on their screen when set in a bright room. Meanwhile, when inputted by HDR signal, OLED E7 can reach its peak brightness in 10% of window that is more than 700 nits, while peak brightness reached by OLED E6 is also on 10% windows that is about 650 nits. Additionally, when playing HDR real scene, peak brightness reached by OLED E7 is also a bit brighter than OLED E7. This certainly makes both of them can show highlight of HDR images like what recommendation by UHD alliance. As we know, to show highlight of HDR image like what intended and to get Ultra HD certification, peak brightness set by UHD alliance for OLED TV is 650 nits. But even so, since HDR image is usually mastered in 1000 nits – 4000 nits of peak brightness, of course their peak brightness is not quite bright to show highlights of HDR images at 1000 nits – 4000 nits like premium LED TVs. Nevertheless, overall, peak brightness of them are fairly good and brighter for most of OLED TVs.
Meanwhile, about color gamut, LG OLED E7 as a newer series also has a bit wider color gamut than OLED E6. As the not, LG OLED E6 can cover about 95% of DCI P3 Color space while E7 can cover about 97% of DCI P3 Color space. Almost all of primary colors Reds, Blues, and Greens can be shown fairly saturated. This certainly makes most colors of HDR images mastered in DCI P3 can be properly shown on their screen, result in very accurate color of HDR images. Additionally, their color gamut also can cover colors in Rec.2010 fairly well. There is only saturated green that cannot be shown properly where most of modern TV also has problem on saturated green. Additionally, talking about their color volume, LG OLED E7 also has a bit better color volume than OLED E6. But essentially, their color volume is good. Since both of them has infinite contrast and perfect black level, but of then can show its wide color gamut at extremely dark colors. But unfortunately, at high brightness, its color gamut is a bit narrows, particularly at nearly their peak brightness. Still about color performance, both of them already support 10 bit depth of color that means they are able to deliver about 1.07 billion shades of colors. The result, when displaying HDR images that usually mastered in 10 bit depth of color, the color gradient of images looks very smooth. When showing darker color and grayscale, both of them might still have a bit issue, but this should not be problem for normal content. . Overall, combination of wide color gamut, good color volume, and smooth color gradient makes their rendition of color is excellent, and only a bit behind Samsung QLED TV as the TVs with the best rendition of color in 2017.
Unlike premium LED TV with VA Panel where you can watch amazing picture produced by them just from the front and center of the screen, both of LG OLED E7 and E6 can maintain their excellent picture quality even when viewed from extremely wide angle. This means, no matter the angle you are watching the TV, the picture displayed will look as amazing as when you are watching the TV from the center and front. Side viewing angle coverage of OLED E6 and E7 even far better than LED TV with IPS panel that indeed designed for maximizing its side viewing angle coverage. This certainly make both of them are very suitable when used in a room with the people watch the TV from multiple viewing angles.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
In addition to excellent picture quality, both of LG OLED E6 and E7 also has excellent performance when handling motion blur. Their pixel response time is extremely low, far lower than the lowest of pixel response time reached by LED TV. The result, when used for playing fast moving images like fast movies or sport, the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth and clear with almost no motion blur noticeable. Following fast moving object, there is only an extremely short trail where most of people might don’t notice about that. Combined to its great gray uniformity and excellent picture quality certainly makes them very comfortable when used for watching sport and fast movies. Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, there is an improvement on OLED E7 over OLED E6, particularly when playing 24p video via 60p signal like movies from streaming device. At this input source, LG OLED E6 cannot remove the judder completely, while for OLED E7, it can show the picture smoothly and clearly with judder-free. Nevertheless, when playing 24p videos like Blu-Ray Movies or 24p videos via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, both of them equally offer smooth and clear picture quality with judder-free. Additionally, both of LG OLED E7 and E6 also equally have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This allows these TVs can fairly well interpolate both lower frame rate contents 30 fps and 60 fps.
Overall, LG OLED E7 and OLED E6 are equipped with similar inputs/outputs. There is only on Component in that make them are different where OLED E6 is equipped with 1 port of Component IN while OLED E7 is not equipped with this input. Meanwhile, about other connectivity, they are the same. As their major connectivity, both of them are equally equipped with 4 HDMI Ports and 3 USB ports. Additionally, there are also 1 RF In (Terrestrial), 1 Composite IN (AV IN), Ethernet In, and Digital Audio Out (Optical). All of their USB ports and HDMI Ports are equally located on side panel while the other inputs/outputs are also equally located on the rear panel. Meanwhile, discussing about their input lags, there is an improvement on the input lag of OLED E7 than OLED E6. This means OLED E7 has lower input lags than OLED E6 in “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”, makes its more comfortable than the predecessor when used for playing games. With about 21 ms of input lags at any source in “Game mode” and “PC Mode”, this certainly makes OLED E7 is comfortable to play any kind of games, even for fast paced games. Meanwhile, with about 35 ms of input lags, OLED E6 might still be comfortable when used to play casual games, but for fast paced games, it might be a bit disappointing.
As we have mentioned above, both of LG OLED E7 and E6 equally featuring WebOS as their smart TV platform. The difference is about their version where OLED E7 comes with a newer version that is 3.5 while OLED E6 comes with 3.0 version. According to the manufacturer, WebOS 3.5 is powered by a new chip that makes its performance is faster and more responsive than older version. Additionally, there are also some additionally features including 360-Degree-Video, Magic Link, Magic Sound Tuning and others. Nevertheless, in term of interface and navigation, there is not much difference and equally easy to navigate. On the home screen, there is strip bar contains quick access to a lot of apps and features, allow you to launch them without leaving the home screen. Meanwhile, talking about apps provided, there are not many differences. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Amazon Videos, Netflix, and many more, Live TVs, Web Browser, Games, and many more as their preloaded apps on their home screen. Additionally, both of them are also equipped with “LG Apps Store” that provides plenty of interesting apps, videos, and contents where you can directly download from your TV.
As their controller, both of them come with “LG Magic Remote”. At a glance, their remote looks similar where they have long and thin body with similar button configuration. At the center of these remote, there is a scroll wheel for “point and click” functionality that has a function like a mouse on notebook or laptop. This feature becomes the highlight of magic remote, make the navigation feel easier and more comfort. Additionally, both of these remote also equipped with built in microphone for voice navigation, allow you to control some function of the TV with your voice. Additionally, both of them also can be functioned as a universal remote, allow you to control some functions of other device connected on your TV with these LG remotes. A bit difference between them, on the remote of OLED E7, there are dedicated buttons to Amazon and Netflix, allow you to launch these apps without entering the home screen. Another additional feature on a newer remote, the “Number buttons” of the remote can be programmed as the quick access to your favorite features and apps.
|Performance||LG OLED E6||LG OLED E7|
Essentially, both of LG OLED E7 and E6 has excellent picture quality with great performance on some features that offered. Nevertheless, as a newer model, LG OLED E7 comes with some improvement and additional features which fixes the weakness of OLED E6 as the predecessor. Its peak brightness is a bit brighter and its color gamut is also a bit wider, makes HDR performance and picture displayed on the screen of OLED E7 is a bit better than OLED E6. Additionally, the other advantage of OLED E7 is it already supports more HDR format than OLED E6. When playing 24p movies, particularly for 24p videos via 60p signals, OLED E7 also offer better performance than OLED E6. As well as about their input lag, LG OLED E7 also has lower input lags, makes it is more comfortable than OLED E6 when used to play game, particularly for fast paced games. The other improvement that offered by OLED E7 over the predecessor OLED E6 is about their smart TV platform and sound performance.
Which is a better choice between them? As a newer model that offers some improvement and additional features, LG OLED E7 might be a better option for you. Additionally, LG OLED E6 also has been discontinued by the manufacturer. But of course, to get E7, you must spend hundreds dollar more of your money than OLED E6. On the other hand, if you are interested with E6, it might also not a bad option for you. Although it has been discontinued by the manufacturer, but this TV is still available on some merchants.