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LG E9 (OLED E9) vs C9 (OLED C9) Review (OLED55E9 vs OLED55C9, OLED65E9 vs OLED65C9)

by on October 7, 2019
 



LG E9 vs C9 Review

LG E9 (OLED E9) and C9 (OLED C9) are parts of LG’s 2019 4K OLED TV lineups. They both directly replace the 2018’s LG E8 and C8. In the market, the LG E9 is available in 55 inches screen size (OLED55E9PUA) and 65 inches screen size (OLED65C9PUA), while the LG C9 is available in 55 inches screen size (OLED55CPUA), 65 inches screen size (OLED65C9PUA) screen size, and 77 inches screen size (OLED77C9PUA). Meanwhile, with the same screen size (OLED55E9PUA vs OLED55C9PUA, OLED65E9PUA vs OLED65C9PUA), the OLED E9 is priced hundreds dollar more expensive than the C9.

As we have known, all models of OLED TVs have almost similar picture quality. If there is a difference in component of picture quality, their differences is only on their peak brightness and color gradient because these components are influenced by their ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter) and image processor. Meanwhile, about the variables that influenced by their panel like contrast ratio, color gamut, black uniformity, reflection handling, viewing angle coverage and others, their performance is almost similar. So, if there is a difference, this is more due to panel variance. The factors which distinguish them are usually on their design and additional features. So, what are the differences between the LG C9 and E9?

Short Review of LG E9 (OLED E9) and C9 (OLED C9)

LG C9 and E9 Specification

Specs and Features LG C9 (OLED C9) LG E9 (OLED E9)
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Flat Flat
Screen Sizes Available 55 Inches (OLED55C9PUA), 65 Inches (OLED65C9PUA), 77 inches (OLED77C9PUA) 55 Inches (OLED55E9PUA), 65 Inches (OLED65E9PUA)
Picture on Glass Design No Yes
Panel Type OLED OLED
Dimming Pixel Level Dimming Pixel Level Dimming
Picture Engine Alpha 9 Gen 2 Processor Alpha 9 Gen 2 Processor
HDR Format Supports Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR, HDR10, HLG Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR, HDR10, HLG
HDR Enhancement 4K Cinema HDR, HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro 4K Cinema HDR, HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro
Contrast Enhancement Object Depth Enhancer, Ultra Luminance Pro Object Depth Enhancer, Ultra Luminance Pro
Color Enhancement Intense Color, Billion Rich Colors, Advanced Color Enhancer, True Color Accuracy Pro, 4 Colors Sub Pixel Intense Color, Billion Rich Colors, Advanced Color Enhancer, True Color Accuracy Pro, 4 Colors Sub Pixel
Clarity Enhancement Quad Step Noise Reduction, Frequency Based Sharpness Enhancer Quad Step Noise Reduction, Frequency Based Sharpness Enhancer
4K Up-scaling 4K Up-Scaler 4K Up-Scaler
Refresh Rate Panel Native 120 Hz Native 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Support HDMI Forum VRR, NVidia G-Sync with near future update. (The 77 Inches model (OLED77CPUA) doesn’t support any VRR technology ) HDMI Forum VRR, NVidia G-Sync with near future update
Platform WebOS 4.5 WebOS 4.5
Features LG ThinQ AI, Google Assistant, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Intelligence Voice Recognition LG ThinQ AI, Google Assistant, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Intelligence Voice Recognition
LG Magic Remote 2019 model 2019 model
HDMI 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.1 Full bandwidth (All), HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth (All), HDCP 2.2 (All), ARC (HDMI 2) HDMI 2.1 Full bandwidth (All), HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth (All), HDCP 2.2 (All), ARC (HDMI 2)
USB 3 3
Ethernet 1 1
RF (Terrestrial Cable) 1 1
Composite In (AV) 1 1
Component In No No
Wi-Fi Built In 802.11ac 802.11ac
Channel 2.2 Channel 4.2
Total Audio Output 40 Watt(WF : 20 Watts) 60 Watt(WF : 20 Watts)
Dolby Atmos Support Yes Yes

The Differences between LG E9 vs C9

Design

The major difference about the LG C9 and E9 is their design. Just like the predecessor LG E8, the LG E9 also comes with “Picture on Glass” design. Unlike most OLED TVs which are their panel is mounted on the plastic or metal cover, the panel of LG E9 is mounted on the glass. The border is very thin which is there is almost no gap between the start of the pixel and the edge of the bezel. Additionally, the bottom side of glass also serves as the stand and support the TV very well. This gives an illusion that the picture displayed is floating. Meanwhile, from the back, it looks very clean. The upper part of the screen is the back of the glass panel while the bottom part is plastic where all electronics and its input/outputs are housed. Additionally, at the lowermost part, there is the back of the stand that made from plastic into which the cable management is serviced.

On the LG C9, just like most TVs, its panel is mounted on the plastic cover. At the lowermost part, there is stand that made from plastic the TV extremely well. But even so, just like the predecessor, its stand is nearly the full width of TV, so if you want to place it on the table, it requires a large table. Meanwhile, the back of the TV is almost similar to the predecessor C8. The upper part of the screen is plain, while the bottom part of the screen is the plastic cover where all electronic part and input/outputs are housed. The back of the stand is also made from plastic and serves the cable management. Nevertheless, its cable management is not as good as neat as the cable management of OLED E9.

Note: There is information that the 77 inches model of LG C9 (OLED77C9PUA) doesn’t have cable management.

Built-in Audio System

The other difference between the LG OLED C9 and OLED E9 is on their built-in audio system. As we see on comparison table above, the LG OLED E9 has built-in 4.2 channels speak system with total sound output of 60 watts. On the other hand, the LG C9 has built-in 2.2 channel speaker system with total sound output of 40 watts. They both have the same built-in woofer. But even so, since the LG E9 has more number of channels, it should have more impressive sound quality then the LG C9 that only has 2.2 channel speakers.

Features and Technologies of LG C9 and E9

Except we discussed above, there is almost no difference between the LG E9 and C9 on the features and technologies brought by them. They use the panel which have the same technical platform, are supported by the same image processor, have been integrated with AI (Artificial Technology), have the same native refresh rate panel, support VRR Technology, and others.

Panel Technology

WRGB OLED

Just we have mentioned above, the LG E9 and C9 use the OLED panel that have the same technical platform. They both use OLED panel that has WRGB pixel structure. As we have known, OLED panel has self-lighting pixel that can switch on/off or dim individually. Unlike the LED TV that require backlight as its light source, on the OLED panel, it light source is its pixels itself. So, if they are showing black, there is no light that emitted from the black area, allows them result in nearly-perfect black. Additionally, their individual self-lighting pixel also makes their lighting is extremely precise, makes small highlight in a dark scene can be shown without blooming. But unfortunately, since the light source of the OLED panel is its own pixel, white produced by them is not as bright as LED TVs. They both may have white sub-pixel that can boost its peak brightness, but on the other hand, this will de-saturate some certain very bright colors, makes them cannot produce saturated very bright colors fairly well.

Image Processor

The LG OLED C9 and OLED E9 both are supported by the Alpha Gen 2 Intelligence processor, the second generation of the Alpha 9 chipset. This Alpha 9 Gen 2 chipset is very powerful, more powerful than the Alpha 9 Gen 1 or Alpha 7 Gen 2. The Alpha 9 Gen 2 chipset also brings some AI-Related features to the both LG E9 and C9 such as AI Picture, AI Brightness and AI Sound. Additionally, the support of this chipset also makes its smart TV performance is faster and more responsive than the other model that powered by less powerful image processor such as OLED B9, SM9500, SM9000 and others model.

HDR Supports

Both LG OLED C9 and OLED E9 support the same HDR format. They both support HDR10, the standard HDMI format by UHD alliance. In addition to HDR10, they both also support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), a HDR format for TV broadcast developed by BBC and NHK. Additionally, they both also support Dolby Vision, a dynamic HDR format by Dolby Laboratories. Not only that, they both also have an ability to support Dolby Atmos pass through via their HDMI ports, even via TrueHD  signal that require wider bandwidth.

Motion Technology

The LG C9 and E9 both have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This allows them can accept 120 fps content or interpolate the lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. Additionally, since their HDMI port already support HDMI 2.1, this allows them can accept HFR signal like 4K @ 120 Hz.  In addition they both has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, they both also already support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) panel that can improve their game experience. But a bit unfortunate, the VRR technology that supported by them is HDMI forum where there is not many devices that support this format. And at this time, there is only the Xbox One that already supports this format. The good news, LG has announced that the nearly future firmware update will make LG E9 and C9 also support NVidia G-Sync VRR technology.

OLED vs LED TV Motion Blur

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Since they both don’t have backlight, by default, they both don’t use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) Dimming System to dim their screen. This makes their screen is almost flicker-free that means it is great. But even so, the both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that will make their screen flickers at 60 Hz. This feature is very helpful to make motion crisper particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. Additionally, their BFI model also can be used to reduce image stuttering that caused by their instantaneous pixel response time. But a bit unfortunate, their BFI mode cannot flicker their screen at 120 Hz. This will makes their performance in handling motion is less optimal when playing 120 fps content.

Inputs/Outputs

Both LG C9 and E9 are equipped with the same inputs outputs. They both have 4 HDMI ports and their HDMI ports support most of common resolution. At both 120 Hz and 60 Hz, they both support almost all of resolution including 1080p, 1080p @4:4:4, 1440p, 4k, 4K@4:4:4. Additionally, their HDMI ports also already support HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, HDMI 2.1, CEC, HDCP 2.2, ARC (Audio Return Channel), eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), and others.

In addition to HDMI ports, they both also have 3 USB ports. But even so, all of their USB ports are only USB 2.0 and none of them is USB 3.0. Additionally, they both also have 1 Tuner In, 1 AV IN (Including adapter), 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical), 1 Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack 3.5 mm), and Ethernet port. And for wireless connection, they both are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Smart TV Platform

WebOS 4.5

As their smart TV platform, the LG C9 and E9 both run the latest version of WebOS or 4.5 version.  You need to know, since last year, there is no major change on its interface. As we know, the WebOS usually has intuitive, simple and easy to use interface without major bugs. Nevertheless, in this version, there are few new features and the major is Home Dashboard. This feature has a similar function to SmartThings on Samsung TVs, allow both of them are able to connect with loT devices. Meanwhile, this platform also has good selection of pre-installed apps. There are VoD premium service such as Netflix, Amazon Videos, Hulu, and many more, Live TVs, Web Browser, Games, and many others. Additionally, even though not as many as Google Play Store or Samsung Apps Store, its apps store called LG’s apps store also provide huge selection of apps you can directly download from your LG TV. Additionally, it has been also integrated with LG ThinQ AI and supports voice navigation. The new thing that offered is that it is already supports AirPlay 2 and has built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Remote

LG MAgic Remote 2019

Just like most other models of LG’s 2019 TV lineup, as their controller, the LG C9 and E9 also come with the 2019 model of LG’s magic remote. Physically, it is similar to the 2018 model. Its button layout is also similar to the 2018 model. But even so, in this model, some buttons have function change. This remote also have built-in microphone for voice navigation and their voice navigation is excellent. The excellent thing is that it has “point and click” feature, allow you to move the cursor on the screen by moving this remote. Combined to a “clickable” scroll wheel on the center of the remote makes the navigation is extremely easy. This feature is similar to the feature on WII Remote. The new thing is this remote is able to control other devices through IR connection, like OneRemote feature on Remote Samsung. This allows it can be used to control not only CEC compatible devices, but also other devices that don’t support CEC.

New Features Offered by the LG C9 and E9

As the 2019 model, the LG OLED E9 and C9 bring some new additional features that will improve your watching TV experiences. Here are some new features brought by the LG OLED C9 and OLED E9

AI-Related Features

AI Picture

As we have mentioned, the use of Alpha 9 Gen 2 Processor makes both LG E9 and C9 have some AI related features and one of them is AI Picture. This feature is able to automatically optimizing the picture. To achieve optimal noise reduction, sharpness enhancement, and detailed improvement, the quality of source, and identifying issues such as image block noise, banding, jagged edges, and blurred details will be analyzed. And then, an appropriate AI-generated algorithm is used to maximize the image based on the findings above.

AI Brightness

This feature is able to automatically adjust the PQ (Perceptual Quantizer) EOTF based on the readings from the ambient light sensor. By enabling this feature, this TV can automatically adjust its peak brightness in order the image brightness is suitable to ambient light.

AI Sound

This feature is able to automatically optimize the sound based on the type of content being played by them. Additionally, even though the LG E9 and C9 don’t use 5.1 channel system, but the AI Sound allows them are able to up-mix stereo sources to 5.1-channel virtual surround sound.

HDMI 2.1, eARC, ALLM

One of the major improvements offered by the LG E9 and C9 over the 2018 model is that they both now already support HDMI 2.1. The wide bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 allows them are able to play HFR (High Frame Rate Content) such as 4K @ 120Hz via their HDMI ports. In last year, their predecessor might be already able to play 4K HFR content, but it is only limited via USB and streaming. Additionally, both of them also already support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) on their HDMI 2.2. This allows them are able to pass through higher quality of audio signal like Dolby Atmos that is encoded in TrueHD Signal or higher quality DTS:X signal. Furthermore, the HDMI ports of the LG C9 and E9 also already supports ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). This allows them can automatically change to Game Mode once they both detect game signal from compatible console.

Control Over Peak Brightness (White Sub-pixel Boosting)

This actually is not a new feature considering their predecessor has allowed you to control their white sub-pixel to adjust their peak brightness. The difference is that on OLED C9 and E9, you can do this job via the user menu instead via service menu on OLED C8 and E8.

Separate controls for MPEG Noise Reduction and Smooth Gradation

You need to know, to achieve optimal noise reduction, they both use quad step process that involves the application of de-contouring filter in two passes and compression artifacts removal filter also in two passes. Until now, there is actually no change in comparison with the predecessor. But the difference, in the LG C8 and C9, these two filters are controlled simultaneously by MPEG Noise Reduction on their picture menu. Meanwhile, in LG E9 and C9, these two filters are controlled separately. The application of de-contouring filter is still controlled by “MPEG Noise Reduction” while the compression artifacts removal filter now is controlled by “Smooth Gradation” feature. This allows you to remove in-source posterization artifacts without cause a loss of some fine details in some scenes.

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LG E9 vs LG C9 Performance

Picture Quality

The LG C9 and E8 have almost similar picture quality. Almost all factors of picture quality of both have the same ballpark. If there is difference, this is more due to the panel variance. And overall, they both have excellent picture quality.

Black Level and Contras

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As we have known, one of the best things of OLED TVs is that they have infinite contrast ratio. This allows them are able to produce nearly perfect black. This is due to each pixel of their OLED panel is able to turn off/ or dim individually. Additionally, their individual self lighting pixel also makes them excellent black uniformity. Combination of nearly perfect black and excellent black uniformity makes dark scene displayed on their screen looks excellent, even when they are set in a dark room where the impact of the difference in contrast ratio is very sensitive.  Furthermore, the individual self lighting pixel also make their panel has pixel dimming level, allow them to show small highlight in a dark screen with blooming-free.

Winner: Draw

SDR Peak Brightness

Both LG E9 and C9 also have similar SDR peak brightness and overall, their peak brightness is really good. With real content, they both can hit a bit brighter than 300 nits, bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms. Additionally, with window test, they both also have the same behavior. The brightest peak rightness is reached by them is on 2% and 10% window (2% or 10% of screen is white while the rest is black), which is slightly brighter than 400 nits. But even so, as bright scene increase, their peak brightness drops. A bit difference between them is that the ABL system of C9 is more aggressive than the E9. The result, when showing the entire screen is bright, peak brightness of LG E9 drops down to around 240 nits while C9 significantly drops down to around 150 nits.

Winner: Draw

HDR Peak Brightness

Both LG OLED E9 and OLED C9 also have good SDR peak brightness. With real content, they both can hit brighter than 700 nits, bright enough to show HDR image as bright as they should be. Additionally, they both also can show highlights at around 800 nits, makes highlight of HDR images looks standout the way they should in HDR. But unfortunately, just like with SDR content, they cannot maintain their peak brightness at the same level in all scenes. The larger bright area of image, their peak brightness is increasingly dimmed by their ABL. Even when they are showing the entire screen is bright, their peak brightness is dimmed down to around 140 nits.

Nevertheless, overall, the HDR peak brightness of the LG C9 and E9 is excellent for OLED TV. It may not be able to show HDR images as bright as high end LED TV like Samsung Z9G or Samsung Q90R. Additionally, they both also cannot show HDR images at 1000-4000 nits off the target intended by content creator. But at least, they both can show HDR images as bright as they should be. Small highlight even looks standout on their screen.

Winner Draw

Color Gamut and Volume

The LG E9 and C9 have similar color gamut and their color gamut is great. In DCI P3 color space, their color gamut can cover around 97% of color space. This allows them can well show almost all colors of HDR images that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 content. Additionally, their color gamut coverage in Rec.2020 is also around 74%. This means, although not all, but at least, most colors of HDR images mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Vision can be shown fairly accurately.

Wide color gamut

Meanwhile, even though not as good as the color volume of most models of Samsung QLED TV, but their color volume is still good. Their infinite native contrast ratio allows them can produce deep dark colors fairly while. Meanwhile, on the top, they both also can produce bright whites fairly well. But unfortunately, the white-sub pixels may make them can produce pure white, but on the other hand, this caused de-saturation in some certain bright colors. This certainly makes them cannot produce bright saturated colors. Nevertheless, regardless their flaw in producing bright saturated colors, their color reproduction is excellent, allow them can show colorful HDR images.

Winner: Draw

Color Gradient

10 bit color gradient

The LG C9 and E9 both can also do the same great job in handling gradient. Overall, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth. There may be still some very small banding in certain colors, but in normal content, this should not be noticeable. But even so, if you still feel bothered with some banding that may be visible, they both have “Smooth Gradation” feature that can be used to remove the banding.  As we have discussed a lot above in “Smooth Gradation” section, although the both can be used to remove the banding, but the “Smooth Gradation” feature has different behavior to “MPEG Noise Reduction” feature on the predecessor LG E8 and C8. Both of these features can remove the banding, but the Smooth Gradation can maintain fine details better than “MPEG Noise Reduction”.

Winner: Draw

Side Viewing Angle

OLED vs LED Side Viewing Angle

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Side viewing angle also becomes the other best things that offered by OLED TVs including the LG C9 and E9, better than LED TV with IPS panel.  Black level and brightness of images can be maintained up to around 70 degrees off center and front that means it is great. But a bit unfortunate, at moderate angle, color still lose and lose accuracy, worse than VA TV that use special viewing angle filter like Sony Z9F or Samsung Q90R. But even in general, their side viewing angle coverage certainly is better than LED TVs, even with IPS panel. The result, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on their screen still looks accurate. For you have wide seating for watching TVs, they both are great TVs for you.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

Just like other model of OLED TVs, both LG C9 and E9 have nearly instantaneous pixel response time. The result, when they are playing fast paced contents like fast sports or video games, motion looks very clear with almost no visible blur. Following fast moving object, there is only extremely short ghosting trail which is most people should be hard to notice. But on the other hand, the nearly-instantaneous pixel response time cause the images appear to stutter, particularly for low frame rate contents like 24p movies or 30 fps content. Nevertheless, you don’t need to worry. The image stuttering can be removed or minimized by enabling their BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode or motion Interpolation. Just we have mentioned, both LG OLED E9 and C9 have an optional BFI mode that can help make motions crisper, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like video games or sports. To enable their BFI mode, you just need set “TruMotion” to “User” and toggle the OLED Motion setting.

When playing 24p movies, both LG E9 and C9 can do great job in handling judder. Regardless the source of the movie, they both can show them smoothly with judder-free. This means, whether you are playing movies from DVD or Blu-Ray Player, from streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and others, from satellite TV, or from streaming devices, the movies displayed on their screen looks very smooth with judder-free.  To remove the judder, you just need to enable “Real Cinema” in the “Picture Mode Setting” menu. But keep in mind, if the OLED Motion Enabled, there will always be 24p judder.

Winner: Draw

Input Lags

LG OLED C9 and OLED E9 both have excellent input lags in Game Mode. At 60 Hz, regardless the resolution, their input lags are around 14 ms. Meanwhile, at 60 Hz, their input lags are even more excellent, which is around 7 ms. With their excellent input lags, they are very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games which require fast reflexes. And combined to their excellent motion handling, good side viewing angle coverage, and others, this certainly makes them are great TVs for any games. As we have mentioned, they both already support HDMI Forum VRR technology and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) that can improve their game experience. LG has announced that the nearly future firmware update will make LG E9 and C9 also support NVidia G-Sync VRR technology that will further improve their game experience.

Winner: Draw

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Just like other models of OLED TVs, both LG E9 and C9 are greats TVs for watching movies in a dark room. They both have nearly-perfect black and excellent black uniformity, great for dark room viewing. Additionally, they both also have pixel dimming level, makes them able to show highlight without blooming, great for watching movies with subtitle. Both of LG C9 and E9 can do a great job when handling movies, allow you to watch any movies with judder-free. And if you are car race movies fan, they both also have excellent motion handling. In general, they both are equally outstanding TVs for watching movies in a dark room.

Winner: Draw

For watching Sports

In addition they both are outstanding TV for watching movies in a dark room, they both are also great TVs for watching sports. Both LG E9 and C9 have good HDR peak brightness, makes them are very suitable when used for watching sports in most bright rooms. Additionally, their instantaneous pixel response time also allows them are able to show fast sports with almost no motion blur. After all, they both also have a 60 Hz BFI mode that can help motion crisper. This certainly allows you to watch Moto GP or F1 with clear picture quality. Not only that, their excellent gray uniformity also allows you to watch sports without dirty screen effect. This soccer field or hockey field will look clean without any dark sport.  And finally, when you are watching a big game with a group of your family or friend, their excellent side viewing angle ensures all of you will get the best viewing.

Winner: Draw

For Playing Video Games

Not just for watching movies and sports, they both are also great TVs for playing video games. Combination of their excellent motion handling and low input lags allows you to play any games responsively with smooth picture quality, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Additionally, they both also already support HDMI Forum VRR technology that can improve their game experience, albeit at this time, there is only X Box One that already supports this format. But as we have mentioned, in the near future, LG has promised that their firmware update will make them support NVidia G-Sync which is this format has been supported by more devices than HDMI Forum. And since their HDMI ports support ALLM, they both can automatically switch to Game Mode once the signal from a game console is detected. So, you do not have to manually switch to ‘Game’ mode each time you want to play a game. But keep in mind, when showing a static image for over longtime, they both have permanent burn-in risk. So, to prevent their screen from permanent burn-in, playing the same game for overlong time should be avoided.

Winner: Draw

HDR Experience

Both LG C9 and E9 are good TV for watching HDR content, particularly in showing dark scene. Their nearly-perfect black makes dark scene of HDR images can be shown excellent with a lot of details revealed. Additionally, combination of their excellent color gamut and good color volume also makes them can show most colors of HDR images accurately, regardless they are showing HDR10, HLG, or Dolby Vision content.  They both also has good gradient handling, makes color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth without any major banding. And their good HDR peak brightness allows them can show HDR images as bright as they should be. Special for their HDR peak brightness, even though they can show HDR images as bright as they should be, but their peak brightness is still less bright in comparison with high-end LED TV like Sony Z9F or Samsung Q90R. Additionally, since their peak brightness is still less than 1000 nits, this also makes them are not able to show HDR  images at 1000-4000 nits of the target HDR image is usually mastered. Nevertheless, overall, their HDR performance is great.

Winner: Draw

Summary

As we have discussed a lot above, even though the LG E9 is sold hundred dollars more expensive then the LG C9, but its performance and its picture are almost similar. They both have excellent picture quality, great motion handling, good side viewing angle, and low input lags. This makes them are great TVs for any usage. Whether you use them for watching movies in a dark room, watching sports in bright room, HDR content, TV Shows, playing games, and Smart TV experience, their performance is equally great. Additionally, they also have almost the same feature. Meanwhile, the major differences between them are only on their design and built-in speaker system. As we have mentioned, the LG E9 comes with “Picture on Glass” design and 4.2 channel speaker system with total 60 watts of sound output. On the other hand, the LG C9 comes with 2.2 channel speaker system with 40 watts of sound output and standard design.

So, which is a better choice between them? Since they have similar picture quality and performance, the decision comes back to you according to your budget and preferences. Just simple, if you only focus on picture quality, the LG C9 certainly is better choice. You can save hundreds dollar of your money for the picture quality that is not much different. Nevertheless, you can choose the LG E9 if you don’t mind to get the aesthetic of their “picture on glass” design and more impressive sound quality.

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