LG’s A-Series OLED TVs are the company’s value-oriented line, with models in all screen sizes priced significantly lower than the more performance-oriented C-Series, a perennial top pick in our list. Best OLED TV buying guide.
The new A2 series will be sold in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes in the US, and the 55-inch model costs $1,299 / £1,078. A 48-inch model is also available in the UK for £999.
As the cheapest LG OLED TVs, the A2 series lacks some of the advanced features found in the C2, G2, and even advanced B2 series models such as HDMI 2.1 ports, 120 Hz display, AMD Freesync and hands-free voice control. They also lack LG’s higher brightness OLED evo panel and the latest generation a9 Gen5 AI Processor 4K, instead having to make do with last year’s a7 Gen5 AI Processor 4K.
But the A2 series nevertheless seems fairly feature-rich for a value-oriented TV. Here’s an overview of what it offers:
- 48-55, 65-inch screen sizes (48-inch not available in the US)
- 4K resolution with support for high dynamic range of Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ, HLG and HGiG (HDR Gaming Interest Group)
- HDMI 2.0b inputs (3) with automatic low latency mode (ALLM) and eARC
- Filmmaker Mode
- Web OS22 interface
- ATSC 1.0 tuner
- AirPlay 2
- Bluetooth 5.0
- GeForce Now and Stadia Cloud Gaming
- Game Optimizer mode with Game Dashboard
- Built-in Google Assistant / Alexa Voice Assistant
LG sent us the 55-inch version (model number: OLED55A2PUA) for testing and to see how the A2 would hold up against more expensive OLED TVs, we quickly measured it to get a handle on its performance. This post will be followed by a full GadgetMasti review, so stay tuned for that in the near future.
Nearly infinite contrast
Multiple measurements of the light output on an all-black test pattern yielded an average reading of 0.0017 nits. That’s remarkably close to the 0 nits, or true black, needed for a TV to qualify as “infinite” contrast — something more expensive OLED models like LG’s G2 manage.
While the contrast on the 55-inch A2 was only “nearly infinite”, blacks looked extremely deep in the manner of the best 4K TVs, making this a promising start to our A2 review. Screen brightness was also adequate for the dim setting where initial testing was conducted, but we’ll talk a lot more about that in our full review.
Nearly complete coverage of the DCI-P3 color space
Sony’s A80K OLED TVan incremental model in that company’s OLED lineup, it achieved full coverage of DCI-P3, the color gamut used for mastering movies for digital cinema and 4K Blu-ray Disc release, which is why we were curious to see if the A2 would measure up (using portrait screens’ Calman Color Calibration Software) to that more value-oriented Sony model.
With a DCI-P3 coverage of 98.8%, the result turned out to be quite close and better than many other TVs, including some more expensive models. LG’s OLED TVs have traditionally measured well on this parameter, so we weren’t too surprised. This is good news for streamers and 4K Blu-ray collectors alike, as LG’s near-full DCI-P3 coverage will indeed do their discs justice.
Low input lag for gaming
While the A2 Series sets are not 120Hz-compatible TVs, they are packed with gaming features, including an on-screen Game Optimizer menu that gives you extensive control over the set’s performance in that mode. With the Low Input Lag setting selected in Game Optimizer mode, the 55-inch A2 TV measured 10 ms – a lower input lag result than the Sony A80K, and one that can withstand the best gaming TVs.
A2 Series: Great OLED TV Value?
We haven’t had a chance to take a deep dive into the LG’s performance yet, but the few sports and news programs we’ve had a chance to watch so far indicate that the overall picture quality is promising for a budget TV. . The big questions now are how this set will hold up with HDR movies and for viewing in more well-lit rooms.
Those questions – and others! – will be answered in our upcoming full review, so stay tuned. In fact, if this set can look 80% as good at games, movies and sports as LG’s C2 Series TVs, the A2 Series will prove to be excellent value.