expired LG 55UK6540PTD 55" (139cm) UHD LED Smart TV $876 (Free C&C or + Delivery) @ The Good Guys eBay

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Recent $200 price drop on the TGG eBay store sees a great price for this Smart TV with its fantastic WebOS UI. Comes with Magic Remote and LG have recently introduced Google Assistant integration to their lineup of 2018 TVs.
I also like that this has a 'centre' stand as opposed to the majority of TVs these days with 'feet' at the far ends of the screen which (IMO) looks cheap but also limits options if you don't have a wide bench/shelf to place it on.

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Mod Note 15/10: Base price has been increased to $1295, which is $1036 after Coupon

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  • +1 vote

    OK with HDR.

    Dimming: Local Dimming
    Video Streaming Apps: Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
    Additional Features: 4K UHD, 4K HDR, Al ThinQ Voice Activated Control
    Weight with stand (without stand): 17.3Kg (16Kg)
    Width (mm): 1237
    Sound: 20W, 2CH, DTS Virtual X Surround
    Resolution (Pixels): 3840 x 2160
    Screen Size: 55"
    Height (mm): 775
    HDMI Input: 4
    VESA Wall Mount Size (mm): 300 x 300
    Refresh Rate: 100Hz
    Screen Resolution: Ultra High Definition
    USB Input: 2
    Smart TV: webOS
    Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 Year

  • -1 vote

    Good buy? I bought few for $1000 for sony ultra hd which were great. Looking for another one.

  • +4 votes

    Don't.. need.. another.. TV.. must resist..

  • +1 vote

    Nice sub $1000 price.
    My 55in Panasonic has dual tuners which is great for recording one and watching other.
    Or recording 2 channels while watching inbuilt Netflix/YouTube or KODI via HDMI
    Couldn't do a single tuner.

    • +6 votes

      You find stuff on fta worth recording lol

    • -2 votes

      Why would you need to record FTA, let alone 2 channels at once? Most of the content is terrible, but it can all be accessed from catch up services?

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        "it can all be accessed from catch up services"

        no it can't lol

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          Since when can it not? Iview, SBS on demand, 10play, 9now etc. Or freeview plus.

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            @brendanm: So you’re saying every single piece of content broadcast on every FTA channel can be re-watched at any time on catch up? Lmfao.

            • +1 vote

              @miq: What cant? Everything I've ever wanted to actually watch has been, or available elsewhere in better resolution.

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                @brendanm: Lol so now it's changed from 'everything' to 'everything you want to watch' and from 'catch up TV services' to 'catch up TV services or any other place'?
                Just admit defeat, bud. FTA recording still serves a very useful purpose. Not to mention for those with limited data and/or unreliable internet connections.

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                  @miq: You never answered as to what you can't watch on catch up services? How would I possibly know about more than I've seen on there?

  • +1 vote

    Anyone know the US or UK equivalent? Trying to do some quick research for some proper reviews.

    • +1 vote

      I searched last night, and couldn't find anything specifically equivalent. Some of the US models didn't have local dimming, or were VA panels rather than edge lit. I found a number of Taiwanese and Indonesian posts about them however.

      Anyway, these are 2018 models, with local dimming, edge lit IPS panels, plus some other tech that I don't yet understand. They've popped up with many retailers, selling up to $1298. There are a couple of reviews of the 55 and 65 inchers, which have the same tech, on ProductReview. I couldn't find any comments elsewhere.

      Good luck, whatever you decide.

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    Can anyone vouch for this TV? (in terms of quality?)

    Thanks :)

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    Can I use this for a gaming monitor ?

  • +1 vote

    How does this compare to Hisense p7 series? Might pull the trigger if this is better?

  • +4 votes

    My brother bought this TV a few weeks ago for $1100 or there abouts. The colour and contrast really isn't that great. It has a very smudgy image. He ended up returning it for Sony 55 inch for about the same price which looks a hundred times better all round.

  • +1 vote

    I just impulsed one.

    Was waiting for a suitable Hisense 55, as I missed out on the last sale, but I love my current (small) LG, and this one has some great reviews on ProductReview. More importantly, it has all the bells and whistles I was looking for with HDR10 and HEVC support, decent input ports, and even smart stuff should I wish to use it.

    Plus, while I don't expect any issues with LG sets, with a RRP of $1095, it should be pretty easy to argue for a longer basic warranty.

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      https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/hisense-50-inches126cm-uled-u...

      I'm really looking at this^ and apparently the LG isn't "proper 4k" according to an above link.

      I'm wanting to maybe jump on the impulse train with you but I need to know if it's still worth it to get the Hisense over it!

      • +1 vote

        I'm really looking at this^ and apparently the LG isn't "proper 4k" according to an above link.

        I'm not certain if this TV has the RGBW layout or not. I tried to find out specifics for this model without success. Even assuming it does, is the Hisense different? And, would it be a problem? I can tell the difference between a Hisence and a TCL set. Wonder if the same is true with this LG set. Also, I really like the 55 over the 50… It's not a huge difference, but somehow looks much larger when I see them side by side in store.

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          I see a lot of people leaning toward the 55 over the 50, but without the comparison side by side would it be that noticeable of a size difference?

          I dunno. This will be my first real tv purchase and I want to make the right decision and not feel buyers remorse

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            @Ninternet: 55" vs 50" TV, depends how far can you sit from TV

          • +4 votes

            @Ninternet: I have a 43" LG 4K TV. It's also RGBW, but it looks great to me. It's bright, sharp, has HDR, and as far as I can tell, it looks like how a 4K should look.

            Whether you'll be happy or dissatisfied really is subjective. It all depends on what other TVs you have or have used.

            Got my parents the same TV to replace their 7 year old Sony. That thing had a terribly picture in comparison.

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          Sites I read said it was the same as the 55UJ6540, which is an RGBW. The LG Oleds are great, but their budget end seems no better than the equivalent cheapo Chinese TVs to me.

          That said they all look better than my 9 year old Samsung …

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            @Pobman: Time will tell when I pick it up. And if it really is visually sub-par, it will be staying in the shop.

            That said, I can't find anything official indicating the panel type. In fact, one foreign site suggested that different sizes had different panels in them. Plus, the reviews I have seen (on the UJ series with RGBW), people are pretty happy with the quality.

        • +3 votes

          I'm not certain if this TV has the RGBW layout or not

          It has RGBW layout. For an unbiased review, check out: LG UK6300 TV Review - RTINGS.com. 4:03 is where the video starts talking about RGBW.

          Basically:

          • You do lose colour resolution with RGBW. Like the video indicated, if you were to use it for PC / desktop, when up close, text will appear jagged.
          • Samsung ad would trash RGBW saying it is actually a 3K TV.
          • LG ad would highlight the fact that LG RGBW 4K TVs are IPS based (and the definition they use for 4K is based on white and black - taking a loophole in the official standard definition).
          • LG ad would shift the focus and show a weakness in VA based TV (i.e. any 4K VA based panel inc. Samsung ones) - colour shift. When you view a VA display off angle (not directly in front of it). The colour shift is very obvious. This is why some people feel TCL panel is rubbish - most people cannot stand colour shift.
          • IPS does suffer from contrast shift, but compared to colour shift, it is not so bad.

          In short, it is disappointing that LG is cutting cost and doing RGBW for their IPS 4K TVs (which is 3K - unless you only care about black and white - then it is 4K). While I much prefer IPS over VA, this cutting corner RGBW is not the right way. Come on LG. Anyway, so both LG and Samsung want consumers to go OLED if they want true / proper, decent HDR 4K.

          • +1 vote

            @netsurfer: The UK one you linked to doesn't have local dimming so I'm not sure that's the equivalent model.

            • +1 vote

              @dazweeja: Local dimming, LG did put yes that in for 55 and 65 inch models. Weirdly enough, the link below says no.
              https://www.winningappliances.com.au/p/lg-55-inch-139cm-smar...

              We'll go by LG official specs so local dimming is there. LG offical specs also indicate no Wide Colour Gamut and they are not specifying the contrast ratio (you wonder why). Thus, I wouldn't get too exciting about local dimming (probably not that many zones). No wide colour gamut - basically it is a TV that barely makes it to HDR (sort of more fake HDR to be honest).

              This is a stop gap 4K* (not true 4K) HDR* (not proper HDR) TV until the proper ones drop in price to more reasonable range.

          • +1 vote

            @netsurfer: Thanks! This explains why those Samsung panels do look worse when looking off angle…

            And also, there will be a big difference with the local dimming and other tech in the UK6540 which the 6300 from the review doesn't have.

            I'd love to be able to afford a nice oled of course, but that isn't going to happen for a long while. While I've not seen it yet, I think this panel will do the job.

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              @sammyrc34: I wouldn't get too excited about the so called local dimming support. If you read the specs carefully, it is only introduced for 55 and 65 inch ones. Who knows what kind of definition LG goes by? Could it simply be 4 zones? (i.e. they need to put multiple backlight sources in those larger TVs so might as well implement some form of local dimming).

              Local dimming but no wide color gamunt - that suggests the local dimming implemented doesn't help improve the contrast that much. Also, no matter how unreal the local dimming you put into an IPS, contrast ratio - VA wins easily by far (one reason why there is a large number of 4K VA panel TVs - contrast ratio). Sadly, if contrast ratio is all you care about, get VA and sit in front of it (try not to look at it from an angle).

              Unfortunately, we don't have decent choices if you want an IPS panel based 4K TV. Samsung went for VA instead of PLS (which is basically Samsung's IPS). It's all about cost (and VA achieves the 4K contrast ratio requirements with ease whereas IPS really struggles).

              Given the price and state of 4K TVs (all manufacturers are cheating and using specs loopholes for these lower range models), this is fine. To be fair, technically, LG can do a proper true 4K HDR (wide colour gamunt) with IPS (with contrast ratio close to VA), but it will cost 3X more. They cannot simply forgo low/mid range 4K market so cost cutting measures have to take place.

  • +1 vote

    Tempting. Moving soon and looking at upgrading my old FHD 32" TV.

  • +3 votes

    I better wait for Sony for $1000 price range

  • +1 vote

    Cheers OP just what I’ve been searching for!!

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    there's a few other ones, panasonic, samsung, tcl and lg. in 43, 50, and '55. $860 - 1100 or so.

  • +2 votes

    Never buying a low end LG again, RGBW is awful. Bought my LG 55" this year for about $900 and going to replace it in a year or two mainly due to the RGBW panel.

    It's especially noticeable if you play any games or watch any animation on the TV, so if you do that stay far away from the low end LG TV's. The high end ones (like OLED) are perfectly fine, as they don't use an RGBW panel.

    • +1 vote

      LG OLEDs use a WRGB panel which is similar to RGBW LCD. Difference is it adds a white pixel to the subpixel array instead of replacing one of the RGB subpixels with a white one.

    • +4 votes

      I have an LG 43" 4K TV with RGBW panel and I use it with an Xbox One X. It looks perfectly fine to me (bright and vibrant)…I don't notice anything weird about the panel. I'm completely satisfied with it. Seriously, they wouldn't sell these TVs if they looked like shit.. To say that they look awful is just an overblown exaggeration.

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        You don't notice that straight lines aren't straight or that circles aren't proper circles?

        I find it's obvious with text or anything high res. It isn't that they aren't bright and vibrant, it's that the pixels are rectangular instead of square, making everything look a bit odd.

        I use a 55" so it might be more obvious to me due to the size, but here's a link that shows what I mean.

    • +3 votes

      Half the appliances in my house are LG and never had an issue with any of them. TV-wise I have a decade old 720p LG plasma and a 3 year old LG OLED. In my opinion LG WebOS is the best TV OS currently available and my OLED still gets regular software updates. Find it interesting your friend didn't say to buy Samsung since in my experience that was the TV brand which got returned most often when I also worked at JB and The Good Guys. They were all pretty much on par though, think as long as you get a name brand you should be alright.

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    When trying to order this TV with the voucher code I get "This code can't be applied to your order."
    I guess it's for the better as I save some money….
    However I've had more and more of those problems recently and I assume it is because I migrated my. EBay account from another foreign country.

  • +6 votes

    Thanks OP! purchased. Had a Samsung 55" FHD lasted 13 months, replaced it with LG 55" FHD which is still going strong. Don't know why people love to bag LG our LG appliances have been great, our 2 door LG fridge still going strong after 12 years and relatives with Samsung fridges have all died… not the relatives just their fridges.

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    This one, TCL 55" with 70 cashback, or ALDI 55" . I am confused

  • +1 vote

    Has anyone picked one of these up and would care to share their thoughts??

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      I want to know as well! Today is the last day of the 20% discount and I'm leaning more towards yes…

    • +2 votes

      Sure, I'll share my thoughts.

      For a sub $1k set, with HDR10, I really like it.

      Regarding the strange fuzzyness some people talk about with text when used as a monitor, yes, I could see a little when close. The RGBW panel changes text display slightly. Aside from monochrome text, shapes, windows etc appear fine. And anything else is perfect.

      Another thing that isn't perfect is the edge lightning. It's noticeable if you have a small bright area with everything else dark, such as when changing inputs. Just the portion of the edges required are lit. It seems like a very budget form of local dimming. Having said that, edge lit panels are common in the budget spectrum, especially with larger units.

      Otherwise, I really like it. It's bright, vibrant with decent contrast. 4k HDR content looks spectacular. Colours look real, without looking exaggeraed or false. The contrast is great too, better than i expected. Definitely better than other budget panels by JVC, TCL etc. I can also watch from the kitchen (not directly in front) without colours looking warped, as happens with other VA panels.

      The smart stuff is really good too. It's quick and responsive. However, I typically use a kodi htpc.

      Overall, I was initially worried about RGBW, but pleasantly surprised. I still notice the local dimming with edge lighting, but that really doesn't happen during shows. More when changing inputs for example. I'd buy this unit again for $876.

      EDIT: forgot to mention, the built in speakers are actually really good too, better than my last TV by a mile.

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    I cant see $876, after 20% discount I can only see $1036. What am i missing ?

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