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LG OLED BX vs Vizio OLED H1 2020 Review (OLED55BXPUA vs OLED55-H1, OLED65BXPUA vs OLED65-H1)

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LG OLED BX vs Vizio OLED H1 2020 Review

 LG OLED BX and Vizio OLED H1 are the budget OLED TVs hat released in 2020. LG BX is the lowest model of LG’s 2020 OLED TV lineup or the successor of 2019’ OLED B9. Meanwhile, the Vizio OLED H1 is the first OLED TV that released by Vizio.  Although they are budgets TVs, but picture quality offered by them are not much different to the other model of OLED TVs which sold much more expensive. Nevertheless, as a budget TV, they lack some advanced features that offered by the higher model. But even so, if you only focus on picture quality, you can consider one of them as your choice in buying TV in 2020.

In the market, they both come in 2 screen size variants only. The OLED B9 comes in 55 inches (OLED55BXPUA) and 65 inches (OLED65BXPUA) while the OLED H1 also comes in 55 inches (OLED55-H1) and 65 inches (OLED65-H1). And talking about their price, which one is cheaper, it is depending on their screen sizes. For their 55 inches variant (OLED55BXPUA vs OLED55-H1), they have the same price while for their 65 inches (OLED65BXPUA vs OLED65-H1), the Vizio OLED TV is sold about a hundred dollar more expensive than the LG OLED BX. But of course, their prices are not fixed and can still change at any time. So, with almost the same price, which is superior between them and which is a better choice between them?

Short Review of the LG OLED BX vs Vizio OLED H1

LG OLED BX vs Vizio OLED H1 Specification

Specs and Features LG OLED BX Vizio OLED H1 2020
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Flat Flat
Screen Sizes Available 55 Inches (OLED55BXPUA), 65 Inches (OLED65BXPUA), 77 inches (OLED77BXPUA) 55 Inches (OLED55-H1), 65 Inches (OLED65-H1)
Panel Type OLED OLED
Dimming Pixel Level Dimming Pixel Level Dimming
Picture on Glass design Yes Yes
Picture Engine Alpha 7 Gen 3 Processor IQ Ultra
4K Up-scaling 4K Up-Scaler Spatial Scaling Engine
HDR Format Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
HDR Enhancement 4K Cinema HDR, HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro, Dolby Vision IQ N/a
Contrast Enhancement Ultra Luminance Pro, Face Enhancing Active Pixel Tuning
Color Enhancement Intense Color, Billion Rich Colors, Advanced Color Enhancer, True Color Accuracy, 4 Colors Sub Pixel Ultra Color Spectrum
Clarity Enhancement Double Step Noise Reduction, Frequency Based Sharpness Enhancer N/a
Motion Enhancement OLED Motion Dynamic Motion Pro
Refresh Rate Panel Native 120 Hz Native 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Support HDMI Forum VRR, G-Sync (NVidia Certified), FreeSync, HGiG HDMI Forum VRR
Platform WebOS 5.0 Vizio SmartCast
AI TV (Artificial Intelligence) LG ThinQ AI, Google Assistant, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Intelligence Voice Recognition, AI Picture , AI Sound, AI Brightness, Apple AirPlay 2, Apple Home Kit N/a
AI-based features AI Sound, AI Picture N/a
Remote LG Magic Remote Vizio Remote XTR 140
HDMI 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.1 (HDMI 3,4), HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth (All), HDCP 2.2 (All), ARC (HDMI 3), eARC (HDMI 3) HDMI 2.1 (All), HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth (All), HDCP 2.2 (All), ARC (HDMI 2), eARC (HDMI 2)
USB 3 1
Ethernet 1 1
RF (Terrestrial Cable) 1 1
Composite In (AV) 1 1
Component In No No
Wi-Fi Built In 802.11ac Yes
Bluetooth Support Version 5.0 N/a
Channel 2.2 Channel 2
Total Audio Output 40 Watt(WF : 20 Watts) 2 x 15 watts

Technology and Features of the Vizio OLED H1 and LG OLED BX

Panel Technology

The Vizio OLED H1 and LG OLED BX are OLED TVs, so they both use OLED panel. But even so, since LG is the only company producing large OLED panels, there is no competition between them because they both use OLED Panel by LG. This means, they both use OLED panel that has same technical platform. So, our hopes for real competition on OLED TVs are back on hold. Meanwhile, the competition between them will be more focused on their features and image processor’s ability.

OLED TV Pixel Dimming

 As we have known, one of the main advantages of OLED TV is that it has infinite native contrast ratio, allowing them can produce nearly perfect black. This is due to the OLED panel have pixels that can switch on/off/dim individually and its light source is from its own light, not from backlight. Additionally, since each of their pixels can switch on/off/dim individually, this allows the OLED panel has pixel dimming level. Meanwhile, to LG OLED panel uses WRGB sub-pixel structures where there is an addition white sub-pixel to boost its brightness level.

Image Processor

As their images processor, the LG OLED BX is powered by the Alpha 7 Gen 3 processor, the third generation of the Alpha 7 processor. You need to know, LG BX is the only model of LG’s 2020 OLED TV lineup that powered by Alpha 7 processor, while the higher model like LG CX, GX, or others is already powered by Alpha 9 Gen 7 image processor. Although not as powerful as the Alpha 9 Gen 3 in processing HDR content and Motion, but performance of the Alpha 7 Gen 3 is claimed more powerful than the Alpha 7 Gen 2. There are some upgrades offered by the Gen 3 over Gen 2, such as on its ability of its up-scaling engine, power processing to improve image quality, etc.  It also has an ability to provide some AI-Related Features like AI Picture, AI Brightness, AI Sound, and Ai Volume.

On the other hand, the Vizio OLED H1 is powered by an image processor called “IQ Ultra”. This image processor is powered by a 1 GHz CPU and 64 bit image processing. With “Spatial Scaling Engine” inside, it is able to upscale lower resolution content to 4K in exclusive multi step process. The result is lifelike 4K quality with newfound depth and dimension.

HDR Support

Both of the LG OLED BX and Vizio support most of popular HDR formats. They are support HDR10 (most popular HDR format), HLG or Hybrid Log Gamma (HDR format for TV Broadcasting), and also Dolby Vision (a proprietary HDR format by Dolby Laboratories that already use dynamic metadata). A bit difference between them is about HDR10+ and Dolby Vision IQ where the Vizio OLED H1 also already HDR10+ (an improvement of HDR10 format that already uses dynamic metadata). For this case, the LG BX doesn’t still support HDR10+. On the other hand, it is already supports Dolby Vision IQ. But unlike HDR10+ where it is a new HDR format as an improvement of HDR10, Dolby Vision IQ is not a new HDR format.  Basically, it is a feature that will improves its Dolby Vision experience by automatically adjust its brightness level based on the ambient light.

Motion Technology

Both of the Vizio OLED H1 and LG OLED BX have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This allows them can play content with frame rate up to 120 Hz on their native frame rate. They both can also interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. Not only is that, they both also already support VRR technology. As we have known, VRR technology can improve their game experience by removing screen tearing. For this case, the VRR technology of the OLED H1 is compatible with HDMI Forum VRR while the OLED BX is compatible with HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync, and GSync. Meanwhile, range of their VRR technology is same, which is between 40 Hz – 120 Hz.

Just like other model of OLED TVs, since their panel doesn’t have backlight, to dim their screen, they both don’t use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system, making their screen is almost flicker free. But even so, in certain condition, when they are playing fast moving images, flicker is required to improve their motion appearance. And for this case, they both have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) where it will make their screen flicker at certain frequency when enabled.  On the OLED BX, set “TruMotion” to “User” and “OLED Motion” to “Low” or Medium” will make their screen flickers at 120 Hz while set “OLED Motion” to “High” will cause their screen flicker at 60 Hz. On the other hand, on the Vizio OLED H1, enabling “Clear Action” will make its screen flicker at 120 Hz. Keep in mind, unlike Vizio P Series Quantum 2020, the lowest possible of its frequency pattern is 120 Hz. This means, their screen can only flicker at 120 Hz, even when it is playing 60 fps content like sports or video games and this will cause some duplication.

Connectivity

Both of the Vizio OLED H1 and LG OLED BX have 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports already support HDCP 2.2, CEC, ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), and HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth. A bit difference is about their support to HDM 2.1 where all of HDMI ports of the Vizio OLED H1 supports HDMI 2.1 while on the OLED BX, there are only two ports that support HDMI 2.1.  But even so, although they both support HDMI 2.1, but it only supports around 40 Gbps of bandwidth instead of full bandwidth that requires 48 Gbps.  While the number of their HDMI ports is same, the OLED BX has 3 USB ports while the OLED H1 only has 1 USB port. But even so, although the LG BX has 3 USB Ports, all of them are USB 2.0 and none of them are USB 3.0. Meanwhile, the USB port of the OLED H1 is also USB 2.0.

In addition, they both also have 1 RF In (Tuner In), 1 Composite In (AV In), 1 digital audio out (optical), and 1 Analog Audio Out. A bit difference is about their analog audio out where the OLED H1 uses RCA while the OLED BX uses mini jack 3.5 mm. For connecting to the internet, they both also have built-in Wi-Fi. The difference is about Bluetooth connection where the LG BX has built-in Bluetooth while the OLED H1 doesn’t have Bluetooth connection.

Smart TV Platform

WebOS 5.0 vs Vizio SmartCast

As its smart TV platform, the Vizio OLED H1 runs Vizio SmartCast. Its user interface is very smooth and easy to navigate. Unlike other smart TV platform such as Tizen, WebOS, or Android TV that has good selection of apps, the Vizio SmartCast only focuses on the streaming content apps like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV, etc. And unfortunately, it doesn’t have app store so you can add an extra app. Nevertheless, it is supports video cast, so you can cast anything from your mobile devices. The other shortcoming of this platform is that it doesn’t support voice navigation.

On the other hand, as its smart TV platform, the LG OLED BX runs WebOS 5.0, the latest version of WebOS.  As we have known, WebOS is one of the best smart TV platforms that has smooth and easy to navigate user interface. It also has good selection of preinstalled apps. There are web browser, Streaming apps such as Amazon Videos, Netflix, Hulu, etc, Games, Live TVs, etc. Additionally, this smart TV platform already supports voice navigation that work with its own platform called LG ThinQ AI.  In addition to its own platform, it also supports other home smart application like Amazon Alexa and Google Home.  And for navigating, it is equipped with the excellent LG’s magic remote that has built-in microphone and excellent. This remote has a feature called point and click, making it can act as mouse on notebook.

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Vizio OLED H1 vs LG OLED BX Performance

Contrast and Black Level

Just like other models of OLED TVs, both of the LG OLED BX and Vizio OLED H1 have infinite contrast ratio. This is due to each pixel of their OLED panel cam individually switches on/off/ dim and doesn’t have backlight. The result, black produced by them is nearly perfect and look really black, even if they are set in a dark room. Not only are they can produce nearly perfect black, their black uniformity is also excellent. Additionally, when they are showing a small highlight in a dark scene like subtitle in movies, their pixel dimming level can further improve their performance in a dark room by eliminating blooming around bright object.  Overall, black level and contrast of the both are outstanding and there are no LED TVs that can match it.

Winner: Draw

SDR Peak Brightness

Both of the Vizio OLED H1 and LG OLED BX have decent SDR peak brightness. With real content, the OLED H1 hit around 270 nits while the OLED H1 hits around 270 nits. But even so, their peak brightness actually varies depending on the content.  For the Vizio OLED H1, their peak brightness on 2%, 10%, and 25% window are almost same where it can hits around 400 nits. But even so, the large white area get more dim due to its ABL (Automatic Bright Limiter) system where on 50% window it hits around 270 nits while on 100% window it hits around 150 nits. On the other hand, although with real content, the LG BX can get brighter then OLED H1, but with window white test, its peak brightness is not as bright as OLED BX. The LG BX hits its brightest peak brightness is on 10% window where it hits around 380 nits. Except 2% window where its hits around 320 nits, the bright areas increase, their peak brightness will be dimmer.  On 50% window, it hits around 275 nits while on 100% window, it hits around 130 nits. Their peal brightness may be not fairly bright, but as long as you don’t use them in a bright room with many lights or sunny window, their peak brightness is still bright enough to fight the glare. Let alone they both have excellent reflection handling, so there will no serious problem when you use them in most bright rooms. Overall, LG OLED BX may have a bit brighter SDR peak brightness, but their difference is not too significant.

Winner: LG OLED BX

HDR Peak Brightness

While SDR peak brightness of the LG OLED BX is a bit brighter, the Vizio OLED H1 has a bit brighter HDR peak brightness. With real content, the OLED BX hits around 450 nits while the OLED H1 hits 500 nits. With windows white test, the OLED H1 also can hits brighter peak brightness than the OLED BX on all window sizes. On 2% window (2% of screen is white while the rest is black), Visio H1 can hit around 650 nits while the OLED BX hits around 450 nits. Meanwhile, on 10% window where the LG BX hits its highest peak brightness, it hits around 520 nits, the Vizio OLED hits around 600 nits. And just like their SDR peak brightness, bright is larger, their peak brightness will be dimmer. On 25%, 50%, and 100% window, the Vizio OLED H1 hits around 450 nits, 270 nits, and 140 nits while the LG OLED BX hits around 360 nits, 220 nits, and 120 nits.

With around 660 nits on 2% window and 600 nits on 10% window, highlight of HDR images displayed on the screen of OLED H1 can pop the way they should in HDR. Additionally, HDR images also looks fairly bright in most bright rooms. On the other hand, on the screen of the OLED BX, with less than 450 nits on 2% window and around 500 nits on 10 % window, small highlight cannot truly pop the way the creator intended. But even so, as long as you don’t use it in a very bright room, HDR images displayed on the screen of LG BX still look fairly bright.

Winner: Vizio OLED H1

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Since they use OLED Panel that have the same technical platform, color gamut produced by them is almost similar. The difference in result may be caused by panel variance. In DCI P3 xy color space, the Vizio OLED H1 can cover around 97% while the LG OLED BX can cover around 96%. Additionally, in DCI P3 uv color space, the color gamut coverage of the OLED H1 is around 97% while OLED BX is around 99%. Meanwhile, in Rec.2020 color space, their color gamut coverage is almost same. In rec.2020 xy, Vizio OLED TV can cover around 73% while OLED BX can cover around 72%. IN Rec.2020 uv, the OLED H1 can cover around 76% while the OLED BX covers around 77%. Ignoring their difference, their color gamut is really excellent.

Wide color gamut

The image is only an illustration

In addition to have excellent color gamut, they both also have good color volume. Just like other models of OLED TVs, since they both have infinite contrast ratio, they both can produce saturated dark colors fairly well. But on the other hand, as we have known, their OLED panel uses an additional white sub-pixel to boost its peak brightness. This will make them can produce pure white, but on the other hand, this will cause bright colors are de-saturated, making them cannot produce bright saturated colors. But even so, overall, combination of excellent color gamut and good color volume make colors of HDR images displayed on their screen can be shown fairly accurate, bringing HDR content to life the way its creators intended.

Winner: Draw

Color Gradient

While their color gamut is almost similar, color gradient of the Vizio OLED H1 is much better than LG OLED BX. On the screen of the Vizio OLED H1, some banding may be still there at almost all colors, but they are very minimal and in normal content, they should not noticeable. And overall, its color gradient is really excellent, making color gradient of HDR images look very smooth the way its creators intended. But even so, if you still feel bothered with banding that may be visible, you can enable “Noise Reduction” and “Contour Smoothing” in the “Reduce Noise” setting to remove banding. But unfortunately, these features don’t improve much. On the other hand, color gradient of the LG OLED BX is only decent and it is actually is not usual on LG OLED TV. There is banding in every color and the more in dark shades, even in normal content, it will be noticeable.  Just like on Vizio OLED H1, it also has a feature that can be used to remove banding. But unfortunately, it only a bit improves its color gradient.

Winner: Vizio OLED H1

Side Viewing Angle

OLED vs LED Side Viewing Angle

The image is only an illustration

The use of OLED panel makes the Vizio OLED H1 and LG OLED BX have excellent side viewing angle coverage. They both are able to maintain black level and brightness level up to 70 degrees off center and front. It is much better than LED TV with VA panel where their black level usually start to rise at around 20 degrees while brightness level starts to decrease at around 30 degrees. Meanwhile, although colors can be maintained as good as black level and brightness level, but its performance in maintaining color accuracy is still better than LED TV. On their screen, color will start to look washed at around 50 degrees and start to shift at around 30 degrees off center and front. So, even though you watch TV from the side, the picture displayed on their screen will look remain accurate. And of course this is great for wide seating arrangement.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

The other main advantage of the OLED TV is about its pixel response time. As we have known, OLED panel has nearly perfect pixel response time and this is great for motion. Since their response time is nearly perfect, when displaying fast moving images like fast sports or fast games, the picture displayed on their screen looks very clear with almost no motion-blur. There is only a very short ghosting trail following fast moving object and this should be hard to notice. Nevertheless, just we have known, the nearly instantaneous will cause motion appears to stutter, especially when they are playing low frame rate content like 24p movies. But you don’t need to worry because the image stuttering can be solved by enabling motion interpolation or BFI mode.

Furthermore, they both also have an optional BFI Mode that can help to make motion smoother, especially when they are playing 60 fps or 120 fps content. But just we have discussed above, about their BFI feature, the LG OLED BX is superior because it is able to play 120 fps content at 120 Hz flickering pattern and 60 fps content at 60 Hz flickering pattern. On the other hand, the Vizio OLED H1 is only able to play at 120 flickering pattern, even for 60 fps content.

Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, the LG OLED BX can do a better job than the Vizio OLED H1. Regardless the source of the 24p movies, LG BX is able to remove judder. You just need enable “Real Cinema” and set “LED Motion” to “Auto” or “Medium”. On the other hand, Vizio OLED is able to remove judder only if the source is native 24p movies like movies from DVD or Blu Ray player and movies from streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. If the source is 24p movies via 60 is signal like movies from satellite TV or via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, it is not able to remove judder. To remove judder when the source if native 24p movies or movies from streaming apps, you just need to enable “Real Film”.

Winner: LG OLED BX

Input Lags

In Game Mode, the LG OLED BX has lower input lags than the Vizio OLED H1. With 60 fps content, regardless the resolution, the input lag of the OLED BX in Game Mode is around 15 ms while the OLED H1 has around 22 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps content, he input lag of the OLED BX is around 6 ms at 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 12 ms at 4K resolution. When its VRR mode is enabled, the input lags of the LG BX is also excellent, which are around 6 ms at 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 11 ms at 4K resolution.  On the other hand, the Vizio OLED H1, with 120 fps content, it skips frames, so its input lag cannot be tested. Ignoring the issue on OLED H1 for 120 fps content or in VRR mode, the OLED BX has lower input lag, making it is more responsive than the OLED H1 when used for playing games, especially for fast paced games. On the other hand, although not as low as the LG BX, input lags of the Vizio H1 actually is also fairly low to make it responsive for 60 fps content, even for fast paced content that require fast reflexes.

Winner: LG OLED BX

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both of the LG OLED BX and Vizio OLED H1 are great TVs when used for watching movies in a dark room. They both have infinite native contrast ratio and nearly perfect black uniformity, allowing them can produce dark scene excellently. Additionally, their pixel dimming level also make subtitle in movies look focus and clear without blooming around it. But as we have discussed above, since the image will appears to stutter when playing low frame rate content due to its nearly instantaneous pixel response time, you should enable motion interpolation or BFI mode when watching movies.  Meanwhile, compare among them the OLED BX is slightly better than the OLED H1, particularly when they are playing 24p movies via 60p or 60i signal like movies from satellite TV or streaming devices. Just we have mentioned above, the LG BX is able remove 24p judder from any source while the OLED H1 can remove judder only if the source is DVD or Blu Ray movies or native streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.

Winner: LG OLED BX

For Watching Sports

The Vizio OLED H1 and LG OLED BX also have good performance when used for watching sports. In addition they have excellent motion picture quality, their SDR peak brightness is also bright enough to combat the glare in most bright rooms. And combined to their excellent reflection handling, this allows you to watch sports in most bright rooms obviously and clearly without distracted by glare. Additionally, they both also have good motion handling, allowing you to watch fast sports with almost no motion blur. They both also have an optional BFI mode that can further improve their motion appearance. Additionally, their wide viewing angle coverage also allows you to watch a big game with the best viewing, even if you watch together with a group of your friend or family. Meanwhile, the OLED BX is a bit better due its BFI mode can do a better job in improving motion appearance, particularly when they are showing 60 fps sports

Winner: LG OLED BX

For Playing Games

When used for playing game, the OLED BX is also a bit better than the OLED H1. They may have almost the same picture quality, but motion handling of the OLED BX is a bit better than the OLED H1, particularly for 60 fps games. Additionally, input lag of the OLED BX with 60 fps games is also lower than Vizio H1. So, in addition 60 fps games will look smoother on the screen of the OLED BX, it is also more responsive than the OLED H1. Not only is that, the VRR technology of the OLED BX is also compatible with more gaming features such as FreeSync, GSync, and HDMI Forum while the VRR technology of Vizio OLED H1 is only compatible with HDMI Forum VRR. But even so, although not as good as OLED BX, performance of the OLED H1 when used for playing games is also good. Keep in mind, since OLED panel has a risk to permanent burn-in, especially when it is showing a static image for a long time, playing the same game over long time should be avoided.

Winner: LG OLED BX

HDR Performance

They both may have infinite contrast ratio that makes them can show shadow details of HDR images excellently. Their color gamut and color volume is also equally excellent, making them can show HDR images with accurate and vibrant color. But even so, gradient handling of the Vizio OLED H1 is much better than the LG BX, makes color gradient of HDR images displayed on the screen of the H1 look smoother than on the screen of OLED BX. Additionally, the Vizio OLED TV also has brighter HDR peak brightness than the OLED BX, particularly on small white window. This makes highlight can more pop on its screen than on the screen of LG BX. Overall, Vizio OLED H1 has a bit better HDR performance. But even so, although highlight may be able to pop only if it is set in dim to moderate lit room, HDR performance of the OLED BX is also good.

Winner: Vizio OLED H1

Summary

As we have discussed a lot above, for most usage, LG OLED BX is a bit better than the Vizio OLED H1. It has better 24p judder handling, particularly when playing movies from satellite TV or streaming devices. It also has better motion handling, particularly for 60 fps content. The OLED BX also has lower input lags than the Vizio H1. Not only is that, although they both support VRR technology, but VRR technology of the OLED BX supports more gaming features than the OLED H1. Meanwhile, the Vizio OLED H1 has better color gradient and brighter HDR peak brightness. So, which is a better choice among them? As we have mentioned above, for most usage, the OLED BX may be a bit better, but Vizio OLED H1 has a bit better HDR performance. And with the same screen size, the OLED BX is sold a bit better than the OLED H1. But of course, their prices are not fixed and still could change at any time. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your own preferences. Overall, they are equally great budget OLED TV for any usage.

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