I’m not anti HDR in any way. But if you’re viewing HDR content on a non-OLED display, you literally have no idea what you’re talking about.
LG’s flagship OLED predictably took home the gold when it came to black quality, perceived contrast, off-axis performance, screen uniformity, and overall night viewing picture quality. Given a calibration, a high-quality sample, and enough break-in time, we’d expect OLED to beat LED almost every time in these categories and the G6—our top overall TV—didn’t disappoint.
The LG also won for color accuracy and HDR/wide color gamut, though I have my doubts about these results since there was some difficulty in actually getting all four TVs to display HDR10 and Dolby Vision content. And though the LG G6 does have highly saturated colors, the Helmholtz-Kohlrausch effect does mean that the brighter Sony, Samsung, and Vizio sets all look just as vibrant to my eyes.
Ultimately, the shootout does confirm what we’ve seen with our own eyes: OLED is still king
But in the brightness wars:
Where the LED TVs did pull into the lead was in the bright light viewing category, where Sony’s massive X940D took home the prize. Daytime viewing is especially advantageous for LED TVs because you need to get bright enough to overpower ambient light.
So yeah, if you like watching shows in bright sunlight, like some kind of fucking animal, then sure, ramping LED display brightness up to retina scorching levels might be useful… I guess?