OLED: The best picture technology you’ve probably never heard of…


As I promised in the last post, we'll touch on some trends and the current state of the HDTV & video industry over the next few posts. We'll start with a relatively new sort of TV medium: OLED.

For all intents and purposes, there are no more traditional LCD TVs being produced. Those that are will inhabit the low-cost, budget TV segment. And while they actually ARE still LCD TV's, LED backlit LCDs (commonly referred to as LED TVs) have become the norm for modern sets because they offer superior brightness, better color rendering, and tend to be slightly more energy efficient than the original LCD sets. However, LED sets still exhibit many of the same issues that plagued the original LCD TV:

  • It has limited viewing angles before the picture quality diminishes

  • It is a backlit technology, which prevents it from creating uniform deep blacks and can result in color uniformity issues…

  • Edge lighting the panel (which is very common in many TVs today) can create pockets of lighter areas in the corners of the TV.

OLED is a newer technology being utilized in TVs, but it is a technology that has been around for quite some time. While LG is presently the only company utilizing OLED in it’s sets today, a bevy of manufacturers are reportedly playing with OLED technology so as to bring sets to market in the coming years…

OLED is a premium medium, and as such, currently commands a bit of premium price, as well. It does, however, offer a demonstrably superior end result when comparing its picture quality to its LED backlit brethren. Why??

  • OLED TV has self-lighting pixels that can switch off completely to achieve perfect black for infinite contrast, so images come alive with breathtaking detail.

  • OLED TVs display a wide gamut of accurate colors. Because it can more accurately render black, it can, subsequently, more accurately render grey, and various gradations of colors.

  • OLED has virtually no off-axis viewing degradation. You can all but stand beside it (if you really wanted to) and see a vibrant, natural image.

In fact the only real "advantage" LED sets still have over OLED sets is their peak brightness. In rooms with intense amounts of ambient light and no real way to control it, you may still want to want to opt for a traditional LED based set.

OLED is basically the nearly perfect marriage between the LED and plasma TV technology. If you're looking for the best TV set out there and you're not afraid to pay a few bucks more for it, OLED is what you're looking for.

C.A.V.E.S. Integration is a proud authorized LG OLED reseller. As always, if you have any questions about OLED or any other TV technology, don’t hesitate to contact us:

cavesman@cavesintegration

330-818-6440

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