LG 15EL9500 review

The largest consumer OLED TV is stylish and exciting, but so very expensive

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No-one in their right mind will be anticipating an audio masterclass from a minuscule, practically two-dimensional set with apparently non-existent speakers and the 15El9500 lives more or less exactly up to expectation, perhaps even managing to fall a little short.

Sound, whatever you do to it, is tinny with a cramped soundstage and barely any bass. The volume range is minimal and harshness creeps in some distance from the maximum setting. And it hardly needs adding that the options for expanding the audio into a forced semblance of surround aren't worth bothering with.

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Still, it's extremely unlikely that anyone with £1,700 to burn on a centrepiece for their home cinema set is gong to spend it on a 15in set when there are 42in plasmas to be had for less.

Which brings us neatly round to the question of value.


The LG 15EL9500 isn't, we think it's fair to say, a flat-out bargain. The picture is highly impressive, it looks fabulous and we're all jolly excited about the OLED-illuminated future that is surely now just a technological corner or two away.

None of which constitutes a totally persuasive argument to buy one when set against that astronomically high price.

As admirable as this TV is, we just can't envisage any normal person frittering more than a grand and a half on a bedroom-size set on the grounds that it's a bit thinner than other perfectly decent tellies that sell for a couple of hundred quid.

OLED might well supplant conventional LCD, with screens getting larger and prices smaller in due course, and in that sense the 15EL9500 is an exciting harbinger of things to come.

As a commercial proposition, though, it is little more than a hopelessly exotic curio for those to whom novelty is all and money no object.

Tech Specs

Product TypeOLED TV
Standard Refresh Rate100 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports1
Brand NameLG
Screen Size38.1 cm (15")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle190°
Vertical Viewing Angle190°
Weight with Stand (Approximate)1.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption40 W
Standby Power Consumption990 mW
RMS Output Power4 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Height with Stand235.10 mm
Width with Stand351.30 mm
Depth with Stand42.90 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1000
Height235.1 mm
Width351.3 mm
Depth42.9 mm
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesChild Lock, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model15EL9500
Product Name15EL9500 OLED TV
Manufacturer Part Number15EL9500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

OLED TV is significantly more energy efficient than existing LCD, LED and Plasma TVs this 15" OLED TV from LG will give you the ultimate in picture quality and the minimum in power consumption.

Response Time100 µs
Weight (Approximate)1.60 kg