LG’s 48-Inch OLED HDTV CX Series: The Best $1,500 TV Money Can Buy?


With next-gen­er­a­tion gaming con­soles from PlayStation and Xbox near­ing their respec­tive release dates, many are rush­ing out to find the per­fect HDTV that can boost their gaming expe­ri­ence to the next level. 

And if you wound up select­ing LG’s forty-eight-inch CX Series OLED—which is cur­rent­ly retail­ing for $1,500 at Best Buy—few would argue with that choice.

This par­tic­u­lar model from the Korean tech giant is jam-packed with all of the next-gen­er­a­tion perks and pro­cess­ing speeds you need to create the best pic­ture and view­ing expe­ri­ence on the planet.  

Here’s a quick run­down of what you’ll get with the CX Series: sleek and slim design, fan­tas­tic pic­ture qual­i­ty, accu­rate colors, deep­est blacks, and inim­itable uni­for­mi­ty and con­trast ratios. And like the B9 and C9 Series, the CX also proves that its wide-angle viewing is second to none.

Powered by the α9 Gen 3 AI Processor 4K, the CX also fea­tures the much-cov­et­ed HDMI 2.1 fea­tures — includ­ing eARC — and comes with full-fledged sup­port for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2. The ultra-handy remote con­trol also lets you speak to those voice assis­tants. 

The set also comes with Cinema HDR, which sup­ports a wide range of for­mats for scene-by-scene pic­ture adjust­ment — includ­ing the must-haves of Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. 

You can rest assured that the CX sup­ports the Nvidia G‑Sync stan­dard and AMD FreeSync, which help to elim­i­nate screen tear­ing and stut­ter­ing. The end result is notice­ably smoother game­play — no matter how graph­ics-inten­sive the first-person shoot­er or sports games are. 

The one aspect that has the poten­tial to dis­ap­point some LG TV owners is the webOS oper­at­ing system, as it lacks the inno­v­a­tive extras and app-based setup and cov­er­age of Roku TV, Samsung’s Tizen, or Android TV. If you desire a bigger selec­tion of apps, then your best bet is to go out and get an external streamer

Because of the CX’s reliance on organic light-emitting diode technology, there is no back­light­ing to be found, so the over­all min­i­mal­ist-driven design is van­ish­ing­ly thin. There is, though, a notice­able slight bulge at the bottom of the panel, but this houses the nec­es­sary inputs, power supply, speak­ers, and other ancil­lary com­po­nents. 

Finally, one caveat is that be aware that like all OLED TVs, the CX is sus­cep­ti­ble to suffer from image retention or burn-in—although this pesky issue has become less common with fur­ther advances in OLED tech­nol­o­gy.  

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or con­tact him on LinkedIn

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