March 1, 2024

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LG unveils its 2024 OLED TV range

LG unveils its 2024 OLED TV range

There are few, if any, AV-related announcements each year that are more eagerly anticipated than LG's annual unveiling of its new OLED TV lineup. So I'm happy to say that day has come early this year, before CES 2024 starts in Las Vegas next week. And while LG's new OLED range may seem like more of an iterative improvement from 2023 rather than the revolutionary leap we got with the G3 series last year, there's still plenty of exciting things for serious AV fans to look forward to.

Given the leap forward in WRGB technology, last year's LG G3 models introduced us to their use of Micro Lens Array technology (as part of what LG calls Brightness Booster Max technology, to reflect the fact that MLA hardware is just part of what makes LG's premium OLED picture quality tick), Let's first look at LG's new G4 range.

The main picture improvement here is set to come from a new processor that LG claims is so big a leap over its predecessor that they've called it the Alpha 11 AI instead of the Alpha 10 engine we'd expect to follow from 2023's Alpha 9 processor. If you want some numbers to go along with the Alpha 11 AI hype, LG claims the new chip will deliver four times the AI ​​performance of its predecessor, 1.7x graphics performance, and 1.3x the overall processing power – all in combination with 2.5GB of RAM. .

The biggest news about the Alpha 11 is that LG's AI Picture Pro deep learning-powered picture enhancement system can now work across all sources, including those connected to the TV via HDMI, instead of only working with broadcasts and some streaming services as is the case. I did before.

The new AI Picture Pro system carries the latest versions of Genre and Scene Analysis, AI Supersolution, Noise Reduction, and OLED Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro features (the latter of which splits the image into thousands of analysis blocks to make tone mapping more effective) that we've seen in AI Picture Pro before . But Alpha 11 also introduces two major new potential features for AI Picture Pro: object enhancement via visual perception and AI director processing.

The Object Enhancing By Visual Perception feature allegedly analyzes every pixel in an image to better detect different objects in the image and process them more effectively to help make it more realistic (so key objects get more focus, for example). The AI ​​director's processing attempts to apply color theory (where color is used to enhance emotion) to everything you watch while mastering and categorizing the content to give the images more power.

These two new features may seem like a problem for AV professionals who prefer their TV to display the images it receives as accurately as possible. However, given the power and extent of the deep learning AI behind these features, I think they're probably worth at least a try, even for die-hard cinephiles.

The Alpha 11 processor introduces two potentially important new elements to the G4's AI Sound Pro system as well: an 11.1.2-channel virtual mixer that can be applied to stereo sources, and a new audio remastering system capable of using artificial intelligence to extract sounds from audio mixes so that their clarity can be enhanced without Impact on the rest of the mixtures. These new features join the previous AI Sound Pro features of Adaptive Sound Control (which optimizes audio playback in real-time based on content analysis), AI Sound Tuning to optimize sound for your room setup, and Dynamic Sound Booster to make sound smoother. It looks more dynamic and powerful.

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