One other yr, one other C-series OLED from LG. There are just a few positive factors in image high quality and smarts, although equally priced (QD-OLED) competitors does supply a extra vivid color efficiency. The tame sound system might additionally use beefing up, however add a soundbar and the LG OLED65C3 is just about all issues to all individuals.
- Wonderful gaming efficiency
- Spectacular movement and upscaling
- Light-weight design
- Nips and tucks to webOS work effectively
- WOW Orchestra assist with LG soundbars
- Image not as vibrant as equally priced QD-OLEDs
- Sound system continues to be pretty tame
- Image displays some odd inexperienced tones
WOW OrchestraSync LG OLEDs with suitable soundbars
webOS 23New Q-card hub to maintain tracks of sports activities, video games and music
LG ChannelsFree to air streaming service
The most recent iteration of LG’s hottest and best-selling OLED appears to be like to enhance on what got here earlier than it, and when the C-series has been nearly as good and constant because it has, maybe massive swings for the fence aren’t obligatory.
The LG C3 OLED receives a step up in worth the place it’s costlier than Samsung’s first gen QD-OLED and the identical worth because the Sony A95K, each of which use panel expertise that claims to be extra correct and vibrant.
Let’s see whether or not the LG C3 can as soon as once more finest its rivals, for there are various extra adversaries for it to overcome than there have been in 2022…
The C3 is available in 42-, 48-, 55-, 65-, 75- and 83-inch sizes. The 65-inch has gone up in worth in comparison with the C2, from £2699 to £2999.
As per standard there are totally different variations: OLED65C34LA and OLED65C36LC. The distinction is that the latter’s stand can swivel (on a pad hidden beneath the stand), and it’s WiSA suitable as much as 2.1-channels.
- Wafer-thin display screen
- Fast to meeting
The LG OLED65C3 carries the identical aesthetics because the C2 mannequin, so it’s one other gorgeously minimalist OLED that’s surprisingly light-weight for a 65-inch TV.
The display screen is wafer-thin, and the bezel is barely noticeable. The rear panel isn’t as flat because the G3 (which is constructed for wall-mounting) with the rear packaging jutting out for a depth of 45.1mm. Total, it took about 4 minutes to assemble the TV – an easier course of than it was to place collectively the OLED65C1 or the more moderen Hisense A9H OLED.
It’s additionally light-weight at 18.5kg. Which may not sound mild, however the OLED65C1 was virtually twice as heavy due to its stand. Just like the C2, its decreased weight makes it simpler to raise and place on furnishings.
The way in which the connections are positioned are the identical, from the upward-facing CI interface to side-facing inputs and outputs. Like earlier than there’s a cable litter space on however solely to fit the facility cable by. Viewing angles are wonderful, although at broad angles brightness trails off.
- Magic distant with voice management
- Massive library of fashionable apps
- Freeview Play
After reimagining webOS in 2021, LG has continued to tweak and fine-tune its TV interface. And I feel this is likely to be one of the best but.
Apparently, there was a caching difficulty with the 2022 model, so webOS 2023 has ditched the a number of cabinets for apps in only a single row (Now Streaming). It retains the litter to a minimal and means you’re not endlessly scrolling – it’s a lot less complicated and faster.
Additionally new is the Q-Card record. Presently there’s Workplace, Residence, Video games, Music, and Sports activities, which will be customised. As an example, with Sports activities, you may comply with your favorite group (Premier League, NFL, NBA, and so on) and see data about outcomes or upcoming fixtures on the house display screen. The catch is you’ll have to create an LG account to avoid wasting data.
UK customers get Freeview Play with its catch-up and on-demand apps, after which as standard there’s an array of apps from Disney+, Netflix, Apple TV+, Sky Retailer and Twitch.
There’s an enormous push behind LG Channels with its 200 free-to-watch channels, though it’s principally stuffed with actuality TV programmes and disposable crime thrillers.
Nothing has modified with the Magic distant, which I discover the sensitivity to be higher judged than older fashions. In case you have different LG good units, the Residence Dashboard might help handle/hook up with IoT (Web of Issues) units.
New for 2023 is the fast menu. As a substitute of the total menu, hit the settings button and a block of customisations for edits to image and sound modes, power saving measures, gaming, and so on seem on the left-hand aspect. Holding down on the identical button opens the primary menu for extra in-depth modifications.
- ALLM, VRR, HFR, QMS throughout all HDMI inputs
- Quick enter lag with Increase mode
- Cloud gaming assist
As anticipated the LG OLED65C3 helps ALLM (auto low latency mode), VRR (variable refresh price), and 4K 120Hz throughout every HDMI 2.1 enter. New for 2023 is QMS (fast media switching) to make sure there’s not a distracting black display screen/delay when switching to a different gadget or decision/body price.
With HDMI 2.1 accessible throughout all of the inputs, you received’t should share the eARC port (for soundbars) with different units. You may plug a PS5, Xbox Collection X or high-end PC into any of the remaining inputs.
Latency for gaming is 12.9ms – identical because the C2 – and activating ‘Increase’ mode drops it to 9.2ms. With units that assist variable refresh charges, enter lag will be decreased additional, and for PC players there’s AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync VRR options.
Cloud streaming is bolstered by Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Utomik, and Blacknut. There’s additionally Twitch broadcasting for customers of that service.
In case you have an Xbox Collection X, the LG’s Dolby Imaginative and prescient Gaming assist improves distinction, brightness and HDR efficiency with suitable video games, in addition to supporting refresh charges as much as 4K 120Hz. HGiG supplies a constant, non-dynamic HDR efficiency throughout any supported video games.
Apart from the 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs, there’s a headphone out, digital optical out, Ethernet, satellite tv for pc, two RF aerial inputs, three USBs, and a CI+ 1.4 (Widespread Interface) slot.
Wi-fi connectivity contains Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth Encompass Prepared. The OLED65C34LA doesn’t seem to assist the WiSA connection customary, which is a method of including speaker packages and soundbars wirelessly.
There’s WOW Orchestra, which synchronises the efficiency of the C3’s audio system and that of a suitable soundbar for an even bigger sound. The LG SC9 is a suitable mannequin that’s designed particularly for the C3 with its bespoke wall-bracket.
For these involved about picture retention there’s a Screensaver mode (which leaves no static picture on display screen), Display Transfer (which barely shifts pixels), and adjusting how shiny on-screen logos seem. With the EU’s new power laws in pressure, the LG C3 powers up in Vitality Saving mode – flip that off and brightness will increase.
Multi View permits for 2 screens to be considered directly, although there are restrictions through which mixtures will be created. Disappointingly, it appears to be like like you may’t have a video streaming app on concurrently one other supply.
Image High quality
- Brightness much like C2
- Spectacular movement and upscaling
- Some odd inexperienced tones
There’s no image parity between the C3 and G3 because the latter will get the brand new OLED MLA expertise for better HDR brightness. The LG OLED65C3 sticks with the OLED evo panel, and judging by the exams I carried out, its stage of brightness is just like the OLED65C2.
In Commonplace mode the C3 hit 832 nits on a ten% HDR window. By comparability, the C2 was 854 nits on a ten% window, so there doesn’t look like a brightness upswing – even the Vivid mode registered much less at 843 nits.
Regardless of the slight comedown, distinction stays unbelievable. Watching the scene in Males (4K Blu-ray) the place Jessie Buckley’s character enters a tunnel, and also you couldn’t discover a extra excellent instance of OLED’s virtues – the pitch blackness of the tunnel inside contrasting towards the openings at both finish – it appears to be like fantastically cinematic.
Additionally spectacular is the naturalism of the set’s Dolby Imaginative and prescient efficiency. Whether or not watching Males or Jurassic World: Dominion, there’s an unflashy, virtually understated sense of color. It’s Panasonic-esque in its visible look, delicate with deft color dealing with.
When put towards a 2022 QD-OLED from Sony, there are notable variations. The Dig on Netflix options white tones which might be brighter and extra good on the A95K. There’s extra color to character’s complexions, and color gradations are higher on the Sony too, with a wider vary of colors and brighter highlights. The QD-OLED boasts a extra vibrant, vibrant picture that makes the C3 look duller by comparability.
However the LG options more true black ranges than the A95K. Low-light scenes in The Dig seem a lot clearer and outlined by way of depth, and in Captain Marvel (Disney+), the LG picks out extra element in characters’ faces. And the scene on Torfa – notable for its low brightness – sees the LG C3 select extra shadow element and description characters with extra readability.
HDR10 content material, like Ghost within the Shell, appears to be like nice on the OLED65C3 too. The richness of the colors and patterned element of the costumes worn by the African delegation is effectively drawn, whereas there’s a pleasant clean texture of the porcelain faces of the robotic geisha’s serving them.
Complexions are diverse, and once more there’s the LG’s naturalness in the way in which it presents its photographs – it doesn’t overstate issues – or no less than with all of the processing occurring, it equates to a pure sufficient picture.
Although there have been some oddities I observed that didn’t seem correct. In components of Interstellar (HDR10, 4K Blu-ray) there have been noticeable inexperienced tones they usually appeared in Ghost within the Shell every so often. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see in the event that they manifest on the OLED65G3.
Working the LG C3’s efficiency is the α9 AI Processor 4K Gen6, and by way of upscaling it’s not an enormous leap from the C2 however a wonderful efficiency, nonetheless.
A Blu-ray of Captain America: The Winter Soldier seemed splendid upscaled to 4K, and maybe one of the best I can say is that it appears to be like clear, detailed, and freed from artefacts.
Colors are effectively judged, ranges of sharpness and element look excessive whether or not its costume design, units or the faces of characters. Watching a stream of Males on Prime Video versus the Sony A95K did see the latter draw out extra high-quality element (its increased brightness ranges helped too) however you’d should be staring intently to note.
A DVD of the 2009 Star Trek reboot reveals a variety of colors, and OLED’s black ranges present space-set scenes with loads of distinction. The α9 AI Processor can’t work miracles although, as there’s nonetheless a fuzzy sense of element and definition with tender edge definition round characters.
Shut-ups of faces maintain up decently however like with another TV, there’s a shortfall that’s by no means going to be made up as a result of the data merely isn’t there. There’s some noise, however the α9 AI Processor does maintain it to a minimal, which is probably one of the best you may ask for upscaling 480p/576p content material.
LG claims its MEMC TruMotion processing will increase sharpness, smoothness whereas decreasing judder and it does really feel similar to the 2022 TVs. There are 4 choices to select from: Cinematic Motion, Clean Motion, Pure and Consumer Choice. Cinematic has the lightest contact and avoids the SOE (Cleaning soap Opera Impact).
When watching The Enterprise Bros on Channel 4 streaming service, Clean Motion reveals up because the strongest with judder and a really synthetic look with motion. I’m not fully positive you want 4 choices for movement – three together with a consumer choice appears sufficient.
Sound High quality
- Higher than C2 sound system
- Helps WOW Orchestra with LG soundbars
- Audio system vulnerable to bass distortion
If there’s a weak point within the LG OLED armour, it’s the sound system. The LG OLED65C3 has a 40W 2.2-channel system – identical because the OLED65C2 – and whereas it’s higher, there are points.
I caught to AI Sound Professional, Cinema and Commonplace modes over the course of testing and each has professionals and cons. Cinema is essentially the most intense, dynamic, and aggressive mode, and it sounds hotter too, presenting essentially the most credible impression of low frequencies.
That’s good, no less than initially, for taxing motion motion pictures however it comes at a value. There’s distortion when coping with low frequencies in the beginning of each Ghost within the Shell (4K Blu-ray) and Ghosted (Apple TV+). Making an attempt to alleviate this difficulty by utilizing the AI Tuning characteristic solely added barely extra element and brightness to excessive frequencies, however the bass distortion was nonetheless current.
Commonplace reduces the bass distortion, and with AI Sound Professional there wasn’t any, however it additionally feels as if there’s not a lot bass to be heard both. Of the lot, AI Sound Professional is essentially the most expansive in dimension, however that depends upon what you’re watching. It nonetheless highlights background sounds when they need to be left to lie within the background, and it may sound sharp and exhausting – I observed this most with feminine voices in Males. The flip aspect is that the mode amplifies voices to allow them to be heard with extra readability and element.
It’s with DTS tracks the LG OLED65C3 packs extra of a punch with, though it does appear as if the C3 converts them to PCM. The Batman Begins’ soundtrack is sharp, loud, dynamic, and punchy – all the things the Dolby soundtracks appear to not be.
There’s some slight crackle to the bass – like within the scene the place Batman breathes in a hallucinogen – however I didn’t observe as a lot crackle or distortion as I did with Dolby soundtracks. That very same scene can be a great way to listen to how the audio system place Ra’s Al Ghul’s voice in numerous components of the display screen as he strikes across the room.
A soundbar would assist, and the SC9 (or UC9S) is completely designed to companion the C3 with its bespoke wall bracket to hyperlink soundbar and TV. Join the 2 by way of WOW Orchestra and the soundbar takes care of the soundtrack’s meatier points whereas the TV focuses on dialogue and different results planted on display screen.
I do marvel if the crossover between the 2 is kind of there. There’s a drop in bass from the sub and a thinner high quality to the general tone, probably as a result of the TV’s audio system are in use. It’s the same efficiency to Samsung’s Q Symphony in how sound is unfold and positioned on the display screen, although maybe a tad much less aggressive with bass.
Do you have to purchase it?
In case you’re leaping from older C-series:
It’s in all probability a superb time for C8 or C9 house owners to make the leap given the enhancements in movement processing, upscaling and general HDR brightness.
The fee is reasonably costly:
The C-series’ creep again up in worth sees the 65-inch hit £3000 at launch and given the enhancements aren’t huge over its predecessor and there’s competitors in QD-OLED, this isn’t fairly the slam dunk it was in earlier years.
The LG OLED65C3 is identical enticing package deal the C2 was in 2022. What tweaks have been made are welcome, but in addition appear minor and never value shelling out £3000 if in case you have the C1 or C2. The C3 is an even bigger improve in the event you’re coming from the C9 or earlier.
The image high quality principally impresses. Its movement expertise and upscaling impress, whereas its HDR efficiency seems to have gained new ranges of subtlety, although it’s not as vibrant as worth comparable QD-OLEDs. There’s additionally a slight query mark over image accuracy with some odd inexperienced tones.
Avid gamers will love the quick enter lag, and modifications to webOS make for an easier and extra responsive interface. The sound high quality is barely higher than earlier than, however nonetheless reasonably tame in comparison with opponents.
As an all-round TV the LG C3 OLED impresses, however competitors from Philips, as effectively QD-OLEDs from Sony and Samsung, have narrowed the sport within the mid-range OLED market. The C3 isn’t fairly the sure-fire purchase it’s been in earlier years. Take a look at our greatest TV roundup for extra choices.
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The upper brightness MLA panel has been reserved for the G3 OLED within the 2023 line-up, so the C3 fashions don’t get it in any respect.
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Enter lag (ms)
Peak brightness (nits) 5%
Peak brightness (nits) 10%
Measurement (Dimensions with out stand)
Forms of HDR
Refresh Charge TVs
Audio (Energy output)
1441 x 230 x 880 INCHES
826 x 1441 x 45.1 MM
OLED65C3PUA, OLED65C36LC, OLED65C3PSA, OLED65C38LA,
3840 x 2160
HDR10, HLG, Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ with Precision Element
40 – 120 Hz
4 HDMI 2.1, three USB 2.0, optical out, ethernet, two RF enter, CI Slot
eARC, ALLM, VRR, QMS, 4K 120Hz
Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth 5.0, Bluetooth Encompass Prepared
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