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LG OLED55B7 vs Philips 55POS9002 Ultra HD OLED TV comparison review

 Gaming and PC connectivity

Characteristic  Result LG OLED55B7 Result Philips 55POS9002
PC preset Yes (HDMI input can be renamed to PC) Yes (within each picture mode)
1:1 pixel mapping Yes Yes
4:4:4 UHD color resolution Yes Yes
Input lag (measured in 1080p60 SDR) 21.3 ms in Game picture mode (around 88.0 ms in other modes) 38.9 ms (other picture modes around 56 ms)

Input lag measurements using Leo Bodnar’s Lag Tester.

Winner: LG OLED55B7

Sound quality

Sound quality on both TVs was decent but as expected, not as powerful and clear as on more expensive models with built-in soundbar like previously tested Panasonic TX-65EZ1002 or LG’s own E7/G7/W7 OLED TV. For non-demanding users, it will be OK, but for those into movies and music, an external audio system is highly recommended.

Winner: a tie (both perform the same)

Energy consumption [W]

Picture preset LG Philips
Standard  176  122
Cinema/Movie  204  93
Expert Bright (calibrated)  201  158
Expert Dark  168  148
Standby < 1 < 1

All values measured on ANSI pattern – 50% black and 50% white on the screen with Energy save option disabled.

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Conclusion

Test overview per category

Category Winner
Design and build quality a draw
Remote control LG OLED55B7
Interface and Smart TV LG OLED55B7
Built-in media player LG OLED55B7
Picture quality LG OLED55B7
Sound quality a draw
Gaming and PC connectivity LG OLED55B7

 

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Following the comparison review between LG's 2017 UHD LCD TVs, I had a chance to directly compare two OLED TVs that many consider  best buy choices for around 2000 euros. Both are based on LG Display's WRGB OLED panel technology that was widespread at this year's IFA show in Berlin not only from LG and Philips but from many other brands as well. I had more than generous period of one month to conduct numerous calibrations and picture processor tests to get to know strengths and weaknesses of both sets. Which is a better choice for the money - read&hellip;

Review Overview

Best buy TVs - highly recommended!

Summary : Both LG OLED55B7V and Philips 55POS9002 are excellent TVs and true best buy choices considering the price. A high-quality design on the outside is combined with stable and content-rich Smart TV platforms and excellent picture quality that can easily rival more expensive OLED TVs on the market such as those from Panasonic or Sony. I was highly impressed with factory picture accuracy on both TVs - even HDR did not scream for calibration out of the box. With that being said, LG did end up with slightly better picture quality, support for Dolby Vision, lower input lag and more user-friendly Smart TV platform and remote, so I consider it as a winner of this duel. Still, they both are excellent choices and get my full recommendation, especially considering the price for which there are almost no alternatives.


Retail prices:

LG OLED55B7V Philips 55POS9002
Croatia – starting at 15.499,00 kn (check actual prices on nabava.net)

Germany – Amazon.de

UK – Amazon.co.uk

Croatia – 14.999,00 kn (check actual prices on nabava.net)

Germany – Amazon.de

Review sample provided by:

LG Croatia

Review sample provided by:

Philips Croatia

Sponsors:

HDMI cables provided by Supra Cables.

OPPO UBD-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray player supplied by Sigma Audio Koncept.

Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player supplied by Samsung Croatia.

Ultra HD Blu-ray movies (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Kong: Skull Island) supplied by Menart.

Ultra HD HDR-10 test patterns supplied by R.Masciola.

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About Darko Hlušička

Founder of HD Televizija website. Certified ISF calibrator(Level II). Tech enthusiast since the 90s. Loves movie soundtracks.

10 comments

  1. Great review- be great to see a comparison to the new Toshiba when that arrives.

    • Hi David – thanks, glad you like the review. Yeah, I would like to test Toshiba OLED – hopefully it will reach Croatia at some point.

  2. Thanks for the nice overview.
    Really at a loss between these two.

    Philips with the ambilight and better processing software.
    LG with the better overal OS, remote and support.

  3. Hi Darko,
    I am following your website and reviews from Malta (in the Mediterranean sea).
    Thanks for the excellent work which you are doing!
    My Philips TV from 2009 had a big problem with the panel and I have to replace it; not worth mending.
    I am really torn between LG B7 and Philips POS 9002.
    Both local suppliers here in Malta provided very competitive prices with a marginal difference between the two so price difference is not an issue.
    I use TV a lot especially satellite TV on Dreambox where most channels are either HD or SD (i.e. 720 * 576 or 1280 * 720 or 1920 * 1080).

    I love the Ambilight and think that Philips has better processor (P5 – upscaling) but it is a pity that it does not have Dolby Digital nor Dolby Atmos.

    On LG I love the operating system and its vibrant colours. And the additional systems available: Dolby, Technicolor.

    So my puzzle is this: are the additional systems so important or given that I use most satellite TV (and internet-streamed content too), upscaling of lower-quality content more important?

    Is the upscaling on the LG say of SD or HD content inferior to that of Philips?

    If you were in my position, Darko, which way would you go – for the LG or the Philips?

    Thanks again and regards,

    David from Malta

  4. I have finally decided on purchasing the LG B7 over the Philips but have heard about, and also followed various Youtube videos relating to burn-in / image retention which apparently is not covered by warranty.

    There are also tests to prove this: http://www.rtings.com/tv/learn/permanent-image-retention-burn-in-lcd-oled

    Because of this I have become scared of Oleds and am seriously considering the Samsung QLED Q7. A word of friendly advice from Darko would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Hi. I’m in the same place as you are, between LCD (Sony XE93 or even XE90) vs OLED (LG C7). While OLED are miles better PQ still there are people reporting issues with screen uniformity. On other hand LG has all the bells and wishes regarding technology, great OS. Sony has, maybe better upscaling and doesn’t need to be bed-in (no worries with static content), good with sport content (moving resolution). I would like to have possibility to spend some time with booth TVs and then decide for one, but I think it’s hard to arrange. I’m still to contact local stores on their return polices, eg if there is return-it-no-questions-asked policy then I would go that road. I’m also owner of 2006 LCD Philips set and one thing is for sure it’s going to be a huge improvement with either set.

  6. Hi Josip. Please consider the following:

    http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/b7-b7a-oled
    http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/c7-oled
    http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/e7-oled

    Quote from LG B7 test: “This is a worse result than we tested on the C7 and the E7, which were both better on this test and this result is more in line with the 2016 B6. This is likely only due to panel variance though, as all 2017 LG OLED TVs should perform very similarly as the panel used in those supposed to be the same.”

    rtings.com tests image retention results: B7 1.2/10; C7 5.4/10; E7 5.2/10.

    The B7 result is very strange as it is completely out of range relative to the other LG sets (which ultimately share the same panel) namely C7 and E7.

    In 2016, all B6, C6, and E6 LG sets got very similar results: B6 1.3/10; C6 1.3/10; E6 1.2/10.

    I think that there is something strange with the B7 result as rtings.com itself seems to be implying (please confer with above quote).

    There could have well been something bad with the particular B7 set tested, although I cannot say this for certain.

    Another great option could be the Sony A1E if you can find a really good Black Friday bargain:

    http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/a1e-oled

    On image retention this got 3.7/10 (which is better than LG B7, although not as much as LG C7 and E7). On the internet, I could not find many instances of image retention / screenburn on A1E and this bodes well.

    In conclusion, I shall be going for the OLED but shall avoid the B7 (just to be safe). Either LG C7 with a soundbar or E7 or Sony A1E (the latter two not needing a soundbar).

    If only Darko could give us a friendly word of advice!

    Any further feedback on this from anyone would be welcome.

  7. Pozdrav Darko.
    Imam namjeru kupiti LG OLED55B7V 55″ uskoro.
    Sve sam proučio ali nikako da pronađem informaciju o dugotrajnosti OLED panela novije generacije.
    Ipak je to popriličan novac za nešto što nije neophodno, a da recimo traje samo 5 godina i nakon toga da počne gubiti na kvaliteti.
    Mislim konkretno na boje i svjetlinu panela.
    Moram li brinuti o tome ili je to sa novijom generacijom OLED-a rješeno?
    Bilo kakav feedbac je dobrodošao.
    Hvala.
    BTW, super ti je YT kanal i recenzije na webu.
    Lp, iz ZG-a.

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