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LG GX + Stage is here, some initial feedback

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moxxey
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moxxey posted on Mon, Jun 15 2020 9:19 AM

Firstly, photo to follow. Not quite fully set it all up yet.

LG GX 55" + Stage + BeoRemote arrived Saturday. First impressions? Picture quality is simply stunning, especially for 4K-sourced movies and content. HD looks good, too.

Surprisingly the TV has a fairly decent speaker. Indeed, it's so decent sometimes I can't tell if the Stage is on or the TV speaker when watching something like the news and other regular TV.

Apps are good. So good I've realised I won't need the Apple TV. You get the Apple TV app, Netflix, Prime Video and other apps I use.

But, some less good news...

- Stage sometimes doesn't turn on with the TV. Anyone have any ideas on this? Very frustrating.

- BeoRemote, as expected, doesn't work with the TV yet. No access to the B&O app on the LG Appstore.

- No UK catch-up apps! No iPlayer, no All 4, ITV Hub, nothing. Incredible.


All in all though, thoroughly recommended.

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Sandyb replied on Mon, Jun 15 2020 12:20 PM

I dont think any of the 2020 LG's have the Uk catch up streaming apps.

Its and LG thing (obvs) - something has happened between them and the Freeview alliance (or whatever it is called).

It will get sorted though - but may take a search of LG forums to get an idea of timeframe,

 

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moxxey replied on Mon, Jun 15 2020 3:04 PM

Sandyb:

I dont think any of the 2020 LG's have the Uk catch up streaming apps.

I'm more worried/annoyed that the Stage doesn't turn on with the TV, to be fair.

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I have one with a C9 panel and have no issues, also the C9 has those apps available. Don’t know why it’s any different for the CX

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moxxey replied on Mon, Jun 15 2020 8:31 PM

Mikipidia:
I have one with a C9 panel and have no issues, also the C9 has those apps available. Don’t know why it’s any different for the CX

I think the GX hasn't had full B&O implementation so far. You can't access the B&O LG store app, the TV requires a firmware upgrade (due mid-July), so it's not quite fully integrated....yet. Same with the CX.

Still, the picture quality is unbelievably good. I used to bang on about my BV12-65, but this about 10 levels higher. So good. It's almost embarrassingly good in 4K.

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With the latter parts with the apps I meant the freeview and itv/channel4 aps and the like too. They seem to all be working fine on the C9 panel, so maybe it’s the same for those too. As in not fully validated by lg for their content store just yet?

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moxxey replied on Mon, Jun 15 2020 9:11 PM

Mikipidia:
With the latter parts with the apps I meant the freeview and itv/channel4 aps and the like too. They seem to all be working fine on the C9 panel, so maybe it’s the same for those too. As in not fully validated by lg for their content store just yet?

As Sandyb mentioned earlier, LG lost the agreement to supply those apps for 2020, so any new TV shipped this year won't now include those apps (at least until they sort out the agreement).

Won't be a big issue for me as my Sky Q box should be installed Friday.

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Hiort replied on Tue, Jun 16 2020 7:34 AM

Nice! 

Did the flat mounting wall bracket for the GX work well? Think that is a very clever solution.

Look forward to pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MaxH replied on Tue, Jun 16 2020 7:36 AM

The Apple TV plugged into an HDMI port will give you all the UK catch up apps.

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moxxey:

Still, the picture quality is unbelievably good. I used to bang on about my BV12-65, but this about 10 levels higher. So good. It's almost embarrassingly good in 4K.

Yea I remember, Welcome to the world of OLED Big Smile

 

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moxxey replied on Tue, Jun 16 2020 11:03 AM

Emil Jensen:

moxxey:

Still, the picture quality is unbelievably good. I used to bang on about my BV12-65, but this about 10 levels higher. So good. It's almost embarrassingly good in 4K.

Yea I remember, Welcome to the world of OLED Big Smile

The only downside - there has to be a downside - is that SD looks awful (as it's seriously upscaled to 4K), and low-quality HD looks a bit washed out compared to the BV12-65.

Obviously top quality HD or 4K is another level and then some.

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moxxey:

Emil Jensen:

moxxey:

Still, the picture quality is unbelievably good. I used to bang on about my BV12-65, but this about 10 levels higher. So good. It's almost embarrassingly good in 4K.

Yea I remember, Welcome to the world of OLED Big Smile

The only downside - there has to be a downside - is that SD looks awful (as it's seriously upscaled to 4K), and low-quality HD looks a bit washed out compared to the BV12-65.

Obviously top quality HD or 4K is another level and then some.

Yes that is very true, 

Lucky I only look at Streaming, so everything is good except HBO 

And Itunes have very good deals on 4K HDR film, highly recommend

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I can't remember if LG allows for input specific settings. If it does, then you can use a more vivid default setting (so that SD looks brighter and more colorful) and use the Apple TV 4K input calibrated for HDR. In general, since HDR is much brighter and more colorful, SD content with a setting that is optimized for HDR tends to appear dimmer and washed out in my experience. You'll also find that you might prefer the video and audio from some of the Apple TV app over the default LG Apps only because the Apple TV Apps are implemented better in some cases than their WebOS versions (in my experience Disney+ and Netflix fall into that category). YouTube App on the LG might be better since in my case (I have a Sony OLED) the Android TV version of YouTube is slightly better than on the Apple TV, but Netflix on Apple TV is better, even with the default Android app having access to Sony's Netflix calibration.

So using the Apple TV you might be able to get the best of both worlds - SD and HD.

 

The Apple TV remote works perfectly with the LG GX TV and Stage using HDMI CEC (although the Beoremote One looks much nicer :))

 

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moxxey:

The only downside - there has to be a downside - is that SD looks awful (as it's seriously upscaled to 4K), and low-quality HD looks a bit washed out compared to the BV12-65.

Obviously top quality HD or 4K is another level and then some.

Let’s have some pictures already.

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moxxey replied on Tue, Jun 16 2020 8:52 PM

Chris Townsend:
moxxey:

The only downside - there has to be a downside - is that SD looks awful (as it's seriously upscaled to 4K), and low-quality HD looks a bit washed out compared to the BV12-65.

Obviously top quality HD or 4K is another level and then some.

Let’s have some pictures already.

It’s a black TV on a wall. Visualise it.

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