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LG Signature 88 Review • The most spectacular TV

The new flagship TV of the ultra- premium brand LG SIGNATURE has finally reached our shores. The freshly baked wonder of Korean OLED construction LG Signature 88 has an 88-inch wingspan and is capable of displaying an 8K picture of a film studio (and, perhaps, even higher) quality.

Design

Premium luxury, charisma and style – all inclusive! At the same time, the model is surprisingly democratic and “without unnecessary pathos” keeps itself in the interior – despite its outstanding dimensions, it is perceived “easily”, gracefully, practical and natural. The same feeling as if another window appeared in your apartment, facing directly into another, very distant Galaxy.

The absence of a frame (“frameless design”), the minimum thickness of the panel and the strict geometry of the podium create a feeling of a certain special “airy lightness” (as far as possible for a device weighing more than 100 kg).

The podium stand is encased in polished aluminum – it evokes pleasant associations with high-end audio devices. In combination, it can act as a universal AV rack (for placing related equipment, a collection of discs or jade figurines).

As conceived by the designers, the curbstone and the OLED screen are inseparable from each other – hanging the display on the wall as a picture, in this case, is not possible – after all, 102 kg, you know … (however, LG SIGNATURE has another premium OLED model smaller diagonal, allowing a suspended installation method). Although a special mode of “museum and exhibition” demonstration of paintings (in a stylized frame) in all the visual power of the 8K screen is provided.

Sound

Built into the heavy base of the TV stand is a perfect multi-channel “invisible” audio system (two subwoofers and four satellites), capable of delivering 80 watts of 4.2-channel cinema sound – quite enough for quiet (not causing an overdose of adrenaline and anger of neighbors) home viewing.

For lovers of a larger-scale sound action, the model provides several alternative options to supplement it with more powerful and high-quality acoustics. Including wireless (connected via Bluetooth).

Connections

Like all OLED TVs from LG SIGNATURE, OLED 8K TVs are equipped with a group of four HDMI 2.1 inputs (three side and one rear). The top version of the terminal is 8K compatible – it has a bandwidth of 48 Gbps. At the same time, the TV “digests” content with a frame rate of up to 120 Hz, understands dynamic HDR metadata, is endowed with an eARC system (enhanced audio return channel) and VRR support (Variable Refresh Rates – a variable frame rate is especially useful in the case of game content), as well as ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode – a mode of minimum latency, very useful for gaming entertainment).

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Also on board are three USB terminals (side and two at the back). Well, of course, there is everything that is basically necessary “for life”: various types of TV broadcast inputs, LAN network connector, Cl-slot, WiFi (802.11ac), Bluetooth (5.0) and AirPlay 2. Plus, of course, all kinds of (digital and analog) connectors for audio devices and headphones.

Remote

For its most important TV, LG SIGNATURE has prepared something special – a luxurious metal remote control, again (to match the aluminum podium), made in the spirit of respectable High-End.

The arrangement of the keys is generally traditional and well known to users of LG SIGNATURE TV devices (with some minor changes). At the same time, the main advantage of this remote control (like that of Magic Remote) is the “spatial mouse” function. By moving the remote control in front of you in the air, you can accurately position the on-screen cursor to make settings and use all kinds of intelligent services running the updated WebOS operating system.

Yes, OLED 8K TV is literally “to the eyeballs” filled with numerous useful functionality: searching for movies and music (including voice), surfing the Internet, managing smart home devices, scheduling affairs, tracking currency rates and weather events … non-trivial “use of TV from LG SIGNATURE), we will definitely devote a separate publication in the near future. For now, let’s talk about the main thing – image quality.

Image quality

The model is equipped with a self-emitting OLED-matrix with a native resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels (8K). Each “point” of such an OLED matrix is ​​an independent light source of the desired color – there is no need for additional backlighting (like an LCD TV) – an uncompromising depth of black and film studio color reproduction is achieved.

What do you want to watch in 8K? At first glance, there isn’t much 8K content today. But no! If you are a photographer, clip maker (or, at worst, a blogger) and shoot on a DSLR, then the 8K display is just “what the doctor ordered” for viewing and processing your pictures in “life size” and clarity …

You can turn off all TV enhancers and enjoy the creative delightful process of authoring photo + video production on a professional display, creating unique 8K content yourself. The main thing is that the hardware of the computer pulls.

It’s the same story with games. The TV has a special mode that minimizes the time lag – everything is very smooth, clear, fast and cool. In addition, the theme of 8K gameplay is rapidly gaining momentum (much faster than new theatrical 8K content is released).

So now you won’t be bored with the 88 ”8K display. And the built-in upscaler (converts traditional FHD and 4K to 8K), powered by the α9 III generation of the newest processor, has not been canceled either – the content “finished” with its help looks very entertaining and watchable. Moreover, even from a very close distance.

But the main fiefdom of OLED 8K TV is definitely cinema. So far, we had the good fortune to contemplate full-fledged 8K only on the example of specialized branded demo videos. But the meaning of what he saw was already quite clear: in terms of price / image size, the presented model is able to compete with the best 4K / 8K high-end cinema projectors. At the same time, here (unlike a projector) we have: 1) full black and color realism even in conditions of incomplete blackout; 2) full 8K; 3) quite cinematic and almost “full-wall” image size of film studio quality. So the price of 2.5 MRB against the background of other techno-economic realities of the market looks (against the background of the declared advantages) quite justified.

LG Signature 88 Specifications:

Screen: 88 “(223cm) / 8K UHD 7680 x 4320 / 8K OLED 120Hz / Motion Pro / 10 Bit
HDR support: Cinema HDR / DolbyVision IQ / HDR10 Pro / HLG
Sound: 4.2 80 Watt (2 x 20 Watt subwoofer + 4 x 10 Watt satellites)
Audio codec : AC4, AC3 (Dolby Digital), EAC3, HE-AAC, AAC, MP2, MP3, PCM, WMA, apt-X
TV tuner: 2x DVB-C / T2 / S2 (DVB-T2 Standard: HEVC H.264 and H.265)
Connections: 4x HDMI 2.1 (HDCP 2.3) (eARC support for 2x HDMI); 3x USB 2.0; WiFi + LAN; Bluetooth; CI-Slot (1x CI + Version 1.4)
Smart platform: webOS Smart TV
Dimensions with stand: 1961 × 281 × 1456 mm
Weight (full): 104 kg

More info at www.lg.com

LG Signature 88 is one of the largest and most spectacular TVs that money can buy. Unearthly 8K image quality and full stuffing of highly intelligent control functions makes this one of the best TVs to date
The good:
  • Stylish design
  • Depth of black
  • Widest functionality
  • Sound quality
The not so good:
  • Price

Conclusion

LG Signature 88 is one of the largest and most spectacular TVs that money can buy. Unearthly 8K image quality and full stuffing of highly intelligent control functions makes this one of the best TVs to date!