LG QNED86SRA Mini-LED TV – bright and colourful (review)

The LG QNED86SRA is a mid-range Mini-LED TV – its greatest and solely mini-LED of 2023. It is available in 65/75/86” and affords respectable brightness and saturated colors that all of us crave. Add LG’s TV experience, and you’ll be able to see why it’s fashionable.

We have reviewed a couple of 2023 mini-LEDs this 12 months; with out exception, the out-of-the-box calibration has not been splendid. Let me clarify as a result of there’s a conundrum.

Do you need pure colors because the filmmaker meant or bright, over-saturated colors that bear a passing resemblance to actuality?

The reply is that Mini-LED/Quantum Dot color is usually an abomination to videophiles (like me), however Joe and Jane Average adore it – similar to a sugar hit! So, our exams present you a similar picture in a couple of modes.

Interestingly, LG has a Picture Wizard that reveals you a variety of photographs, and you choose those you want. In a number of exams, most of our client panel ended up with a ‘Frankenpicture’ – too cool, too bright, low black ranges, and garbage distinction. But they liked it, particularly the sensible pink Netflix and Channel 7 logos.

Note: All specs are for the 65″ LG QNED86SRA (SRA is 2023 and Australian inventory). It is to not be confused with QNED86SQA (2022 mannequin) or worldwide fashions. Prices are RRP, and promotional costs are appropriate on the time of publication.

Australian Review – LG QNED86SRA 2023 65” Tested as at 26/10/23

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We use Fail (beneath expectations), Pass (meets expectations) and Exceed (surpasses expectations or is the category chief) towards most of the objects beneath. We sometimes give a Pass(in a position) ranking that’s not so good as it needs to be and a Pass ‘+’ ranking to indicate it’s good however doesn’t fairly make it to Exceed. You can click on on most photographs for an enlargement.

Mini-LED or OLED?

Mini-LED makes use of 1000’s of blue mini-LEDs as a backlight to excite Quantum Dots (for colors) and is managed by way of a regular TFT/LCD gate that opens or shuts to regulate brightness and color. It pushes LCD gate expertise to the restrict. All it provides to a low-cost Edge, Direct or Backlit FALD LED/LCD is greater brightness and higher QD color. In doing so, it creates some new points that we point out beneath calibration.

The greatest TV is OLED (every of the 8.3 million pixels is a lightweight and dimming zone), and LG is the chief in that discipline. You can learn extra Confused about TV tech? That’s simply what they need! (Guide 2023).


First Impression – Pass+

LG makes wonderful high quality TVs, and it’s evident from the match and end that that is well-made. The Magic Remote is intelligent and useful with an on-screen cursor.

To place this, the LG QNED86SRA has a Quantum Dot, Mini-LED, IPS panel with 1200 nits (examined 1120) peak brightness, 1000:1 distinction (examined 1070:1), 180 dimming zones (15 x 12 – 65”), 100% DCI-P3 (examined 93%). Delta E is 3.9 (2.5 after fundamental calibration), and it might decode Dolby Vision/Atmos IQ/HDR10 (not HDR10+).

It runs an α7 AI Processor 4K Gen 6 processor with LG WebOS 23 and shares the identical operational traits of:

It could also be value a learn, and you might spend extra on OLED (my advice).

LG webOS 23 – Pass+

LG webOS 23 (variations at the moment are year-specific) is straightforward to make use of, the distant is intuitive, and the settings assist screens negate the necessity for a handbook. There are so many sensible options in WebOS 23, an enormous vary of apps (round 1000) and all Australian streaming and digital channels. It additionally has LG Channels (FAST – Free Advertising Supported TV) streaming service that gives a variety of Internet TV channels.

The backside half of the display has Quick Cards and the apps checklist.

Home Office to be used with a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse and distant entry to Windows 365, Chrome distant desktop, distant connection to a PC, and Google apps. Ideally, you’ll use an Ethernet cable connection for the bottom lag operation.

Games: Best with a gamepad.

Music: Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal, plus LG suggestions.

Sports: Sports alert to comply with video games and groups.

Multiple profiles: You can every obtain tailor-made content material. If you’ve gotten LG ThinQ units, you should utilize the TV as a Home Hub.

Ports – Pass

2x HDMI 2.1, 48Gbps Ports 3 and 4K/120Hz (3 is eARC) for uncompressed Dolby Vision (DV), ALLM, VRR, FreeSync

2 x HDMI 2.0, 18Gbps – Compressed DV often to 50/60Hz

Optical out for a soundbar or listening to help repeater.

Ethernet 100Mbps (nonetheless no Gigabit however ample for 4K digital streaming)

2 x USB-A 2.0 5V/.5A/2.5W

Optical audio out

Wi-Fi 5 AC twin band 2.4/5GHz

BT 5.0 Tx/Rx (two-way)

RF antenna and satellite tv for pc connections


Its OLED TVs now have 4 x HDMI 2.1 – not an enormous challenge.

3.5mm cabled headphone port (use Bluetooth)

It is a disgrace that it doesn’t have at the least one USB-A 3.0 port with 5V/2A/10W to help exterior SSD.

IR blaster port

Miracast/Airplay 2/Bluetooth/WiSA – Pass+

It helps Miracast (examined) for a 1080p (upscaled to 4K) display mirror from a suitable PC or Android smartphone.

You may use a USB-C to HDMI cable in case your cellphone or laptop computer helps USB-C 3.1/2 Alt DP 1.4 audio and video streaming.

The Bluetooth 5.0 codecs are SBC and Qualcomm aptX and help audio system and earphones. You can join two BT headphones for impartial listening. It might not work with Apple AAC-only units. Read Bluetooth sound codecs – what it’s essential to know as the sport has modified.

The TV helps WiSA 2.1 audio system (WiSA SoundShip Dongle required – not examined) for a wi-fi, as much as hi-res 24-bit connection. This isn’t a soundbar substitute.

AirPlay 2 (not examined) is for Apple merchandise.

Calibration – let the conundrum start

Without getting too technical, it’s essential to calibrate for a superb stability between brightness, distinction, and color accuracy. The downside with Mini-LED is you will get maybe two out of three proper. For instance, the Cinema and Filmmakers modes are extra correct for pure color and distinction, however brightness suffers.

As Joe and Jane Average suppose color is extra essential (they’re simply impressed), we chosen Standard Mode (Vivid is simply too bright). We set Black Level to 75%, Gamma 2.2, full video vary (and different minor tweaks). We couldn’t get a good three-way stability utilizing cinema or filmmaker modes for gentle rooms.

While we use skilled gear to tweak RGB color, distinction and gamma, you will get 75% of the way in which there with 4k ©Calibración HD BT.2020. It is a ZIP file and has numerous take a look at patterns. Instructions are right here.

LG AI – Pass+

LG has for a few years had superior AI enhancements to its picture, however the 2023 fashions take that so much additional with the next:

AI Picture Pro: does all of it for you primarily based on LG’s deep machine studying.

AI Brightness: makes use of an ambient gentle sensor to regulate display brightness to the encircling gentle. Turn it off if you happen to use this in an space with affordable ambient gentle management (media room).

AI Genre choice: It can use ten totally different modes to match the content material.

AI Sound and Sound Pro: Optimises sound to content material and helps with clear voice and spatial sound (it’s restricted to the TV speaker’s functionality).

AI Acoustic Tuning is low-level room tuning utilizing the magic distant microphone. You can choose normal, bass increase or treble increase. It tunes to a viewing house of about 3 x 3 metres.

AI content material advice: It recommends content material because it learns extra about your viewing habits. You can flip this off.

Most customers will use AI settings somewhat than calibrate; to be honest, it might produce a superb end result.

How does it look? Pass+

With the caveat that this has been calibrated to the reviewer’s tastes (concentrate on distinction and colors), it gives a good, colourful, bright picture.

The TV helps:

SDR content material modes are Vivid, Standard, Filmmaker, APS, Cinema, Cricket, Game Optimiser, ISF Bright Room, ISF Dark Room, and Personalised Picture Wizard.

HDR content material – Vivid, Standard, Filmmaker Cinema Home, Cinema, and Game Optimiser.

For Dolby Atmos IQ – Vivid, Standard, Cinema Home, Cinema, and Game Optimiser.

HDR/Dolby Vision – Pass

Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (DA) claims are about decoding the metadata and downmixing the panel and speaker functionality. Mini-LED received’t offer you some legendary, marvellous DV/DA expertise reserved for top-grade LG OLEDs.

HDR/HDR10 and Dolby Vision are good. OLED has extra HDR element, but it surely all comes right down to calibration – OLED doesn’t want that.

Colour and purity – Pass+

Remember that color is within the eye of the beholder, and saturation is the enemy of pure color.

After calibration, we achieved pure colors (93% DCI-P3), however you’ll get even higher with skilled calibration. Delta E out of the field was 3.8 (<4 is sweet), and we obtained this to 2.5 – ditto. Our exams’ main colors, pink, inexperienced, and blue (RGB), are almost 100% correct. Secondary and tertiary colors (like pores and skin tones) are fairly affordable. The intention is to calibrate to indicate the utmost variety of shaded containers in every color row – that requires porofessional calibration however that is fairly good. 75% color reveals good main colors. Wizard mode reveals a bias to saturated color. Look at teh gold costume in every picture and pores and skin tone. Vivid is approach over saturated Our ‘normal’ calibrated mode reveals pure colors and particulars with as a lot brightness earlier than you begin to blow out the picture. Cinema mode is nice in darkened rooms Filmmaker might be most correct however I choose cinema (darkish room) or normal (gentle room) Colour gradient – Pass+ While it's a 1.07 billion color panel, we suspect it's 8-bit + 2 FRC (Frame Rate Control) as we skilled minor bunching and banding that doesn't happen in OLED 10-bit panels. Don’t fear; 99% of LED panels are this kind and flash two alternating colors (known as dithering) so rapidly that you just understand any of the shades in a pretend 10-bit color vary. Does the TV show these 1.07 billion colors? No. Will you be capable of inform? See the video beneath – seemingly, not. We suspected FRC as thre isn't fairly sufficient differential between the final two vertical columns. Brightness – Passs+ All TVs quote peak brightness in a 2-10% display space when displaying HDR content material. As a rule, regular SDR (normal dynamic vary) brightness is round half of the height, though few LED/LCD TVs attain 570 nits as this does. Percent of ScreenNits2900511001011205070075600100570 It achieves enough brightness to show Dolby Vision. Before calibration all you might see is a black screeen. Contrast – Pass Contrast is the distinction between the whitest white and the blackest black. This has a 1000:1 (that's native distinction – an actual determine – not a dynamic distinction garbage determine), so sure, you will note some very darkish gray the place OLED (infinite distinction) is pure black. It took a number of work however we obtained the distinction almost excellent. Grey squares ought to present in each quadrant. Contrast on Vivid mode Contrast after fundamental calibration – you'll be able to see all bands. Gradient reveals a little bit banding. Contrast in 10% increments Contrast in 5% increments is sweet. Bloom and dimming zones It has 180 diming zones (not as many because the Hisense U7KAU 2023 Mini-LED TV – worth mini-LED (384 zones) or TCL C845 – a superior Mini-LED with the lot (576 zones). While the black ranges are OK for a mini-LED TV, there may be blooming round outlined white objects on a black background, e.g., subtitles – the textual content has a form of halo round it. We may simply learn 24-point textual content, however OLED will get right down to 14-point. If there are limitations to this TV, it's as a mid-range mannequin as Australia didn't get premium QNED Mini-LED fashions. Dirty Screen Effect (DSE) – Pass+ DSE in an LCD panel means inconsistent luminance efficiency throughout its floor space. It can seem as random splotches, uniform strains, extensive bars, and generally vignetting (barely darkening towards the corners). The LG QNED86SRA didn't exhibit DSE, giving uniform color, white and black screens. We may learn right down to 10-point textual content. Off-angle viewing – Pass IPS has a wider viewing angle – claimed 175°, however you lose distinction previous 145°, however colors are correct. It is best than a VA Mini-LED panel (Samsung) however nowhere close to OLED. You get the perfect picture sitting in entrance of the TV. Reflectivity – Passable To maximise display brightness, it has fairly excessive reflectivity, primarily if there's a bright gentle behind the viewing space (as per the picture beneath). It isn't a problem at evening or with some ambient gentle management. Motion Smoothing – Pass+ It is a local 100/120Hz (Australia makes use of 50Hz energy, therefore 100Hz), and it makes use of Black Frame Insertion for movement smoothing 200 (this isn't Hz). LG’s Motion Pro Smoothing does an ideal job when wanted for sports activities and quick motion. Leave it off for regular viewing. Wizard mode. Vivid Mode. Our calibrated stadnard mode displaying extra natual pores and skin tones. Upscale – Pass+ LG QNED86SRA does a superb job upscaling – its AI is certainly to the fore right here. This is 480p upscaled. Colours are extra saturated and brighter than the unique beneath. Original 480p displaying pure colors and highlights. PWM – Unknown Most LED-based TVs use pulse width modulation (PWM) to differ brightness (OLED doesn't). Our take a look at indicated some very minor flickering at low refresh charges, indicating no PWM flicker, so it shouldn't trigger complications, eye pressure, and so forth. LG TV audio system – Pass It has 2.2 sound – 2 x 10W down-firing full vary and 2 x 10W down-firing woofers. Maximum quantity is 80dB with noticeable distortion and frequency clipping. Sound high quality is greatest described as hole and tinny. Overall it's nice for clear voice and free-to-air TV. It has no low bass (20-50Hz); mid-bass begins from 50Hz rising to excessive bass at 100-200Hz. This is sufficient to hear bass however to not really feel it. The frequency graph beneath (gold line) is fairly uneven, which means it clips the frequencies and lowers the dynamic vary. The treble is flat however lacks the ‘ethereal really feel as if you happen to have been there’. It has seven sound modes – AI Sound Pro, Standard, Cinema, Clear Voice Pro, Cricket (Sports), Music, and Game Optimiser however most will choose AI Sound Pro. Sound Share is sweet as you should utilize the TV speaker and an Optical out soundbar or listening to gadget. It doesn't have a 3.5mm jack, however BT 5.0 is OK and helps two earphones. The EQ can recess frequencies however not increase them. Summary: Mediocre sound and restricted DA results. Buy a soundbar. Virtual Dolby Atmos – Not actually The TV decodes PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS (as much as 5.1), Dolby Atmos (DA 5.1.2), and downmixes to its 2.2 audio system. The soundstage with non-spatial sound is as extensive and excessive because the TV. DTS and DA don't add 3D peak and barely widen the soundstage simply previous the display. It is all you are able to do with Left/Right down-firing audio system. All sound can move via the HDMI eARC cable to a soundbar for processing. This is a candidate (as are most 2022/23 LG OLED/QNED) for the LG 2023 Soundbar vary – WoW clever sound (SC9S, SE65, S95QR, S90QY, S80QR, S80QY and S76Q). Game Optimiser (not examined) LG OLED has lengthy been the TV of selection for avid gamers, and this Mini-LED affords a more cost effective various with little trade-off. LG was one of many first to implement HDMI 2.1 with 4K@120Hz and full help for Xbox and PlayStation Dolby Vision video games. It helps selectable sport genres, Reduced Blue Light, Dark Room mode, Minimise enter lag, VRR 120Hz, ALLM, HGiG, G-Sync, AMD FreeSync Premium, and extra. It additionally helps NVIDIA GeForce Now cloud gaming. 21:9 (60Hz) or 32:9 3840 x 1600/1080 or 2560 x 1080. Dynamic Tone Mapping for HDR Game Sharpness Colour depth Black ranges LG QNED86SRA measurement 1452 x 839 x 44.9 x 31kg – no stand. 1452 x 907 x 285 with stand x 35kg – with stand. 400 x 400 VESA M6 – not fairly flat mount. LG Wall Mount WB21LMB $170.85 The stand lifts the TV 70mm however has no peak adjustment. Many soundbars are greater than that and will block the TV’s IR distant receiver. Voice It has an LG voice management by way of the distant. It may use Alexa by way of an App. Google Assistant can carry out fundamental features by way of a Google Home speaker linked to the ThinQ app. Power Use – Pass+ HDR Maximum 180W SDR Maximum 140W Typical FTA News 60-100W Care: 86” has 260W max CyberShack’s view – The LG QNED86SRA Mini-LED TV is a nice TV for bright Aussie lounges Besides the necessity to calibrate it (any TV’s vivid setting is an insult to my eyes), it might produce pure color with good distinction. You will want knowledgeable calibrator to get these two and good brightness. And that's the conundrum – I need excellent color, distinction, and brightness that OLED gives! We should do not forget that that is LG’s mid-range mannequin (65” $3495 particular $2995) with 180 dimming zones towards $2299 Hisense U7KAU 2023 (384 zones, ranking 82/100) $2999 TCL C845 (576 zones ranking 92/100). Subjectively, its picture high quality is best than the Hisense (a superb entry-level Mini-LED the place you get greater than what you pay for) however doesn't give the outcomes of the TCL. In the ultimate evaluation, it comes right down to what worth you placed on the LG model, which ought to assuage any cognitive dissonance you endure. Once you get it residence, you can be delighted. Ratings 88/100 Features: 90 – It has all the required {hardware} and extra AI smarts than opponents. Sound may enhance, however if you happen to spend this a lot, get a Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar. Value: 85 – Even the present particular value of $2999 is a tad overpriced. Harvey Norman has it for $2495, making it higher worth. Performance: 90 – It loses factors for out-of-the-box calibration. Standard and Vivid modes are overly bright with over-saturated colors. If you're taking the time to learn up on Calibration and do the fundamentals, it might produce a 9/10 image. Ease of Use: 90 – LG WebOS 23 is straightforward to make use of with all main streaming Apps. Its guarantee is 12 months, and Australian Consumer Law ought to shield you for a couple of years. Design: 85 – a giant glass slab with a centre, non-height adjustable pedestal that's not excessive sufficient for many soundbars. LG QNED86SRA, LG QNED86SRA LG QNED86SRA Mini-LED TV 65/75/86" $3495/4495/5995 however you will see that substantial reductions Pros Excellent picture processing Decent viewing angle Good for video games LG’s strong fame for excellent TVs Joe and Jane Average will adore it Cons Calibration out of the field is for saturated, not pure, colors 1000:1 distinction means darker gray than pure black The decrease variety of dimming zones makes blooming extra evident The sound is common and doesn't obtain Dolby Atmos results It isn't the category chief

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