LG's 97-inch OLED Wireless TV surprised Heck Out of Me

LG 97-inch Wireless OLED TV: Its sheer size wasn’t the biggest surprise

For years, I was Cover TVs in CES And it doesn’t surprise me much. I’ve seen some wild screens, the ones that are roll up The other is very large Basically video walls, but the versions and prototypes prepared me for those. When I walked into the LG suite at a hotel in Las Vegas, the thing I saw across the room came as quite a surprise.

And I mean Big. It’s a 97-inch OLED TV, which I first saw when LG introduced it last year, and it is still the largest OLED TV in the world. And since OLED offers the best picture quality available, it’s impressive in person at this size. But this did not come as a surprise. For me, the jaw-dropper came when an LG rep told me it was pretty, huge 4k The image was broadcast to the TV without any wires. Wireless TV is real, and it’s coming this year.

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Across the room from the TV sat the wireless transmitter box. On the back of the box were standard HDMI port And a bunch of other connections, and one HDMI cable ran to the Blu-ray player. The on-screen image was from a Blu-ray Disc, sent wirelessly—and flawlessly, to my eyes—from the box to the TV. The top of the box can be rotated to direct an indoor antenna to the TV.

LG M3 Wireless TV Connection Box.

The TV comes with a sending box. The tab at the top indicates the indoor antenna, which can be rotated to point it toward the TV.

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The TV itself didn’t have any video inputs at all, just empty metal where TV inputs are usually located around the back. The idea is to cut down on wires, that old misstep of bland TV fixtures. You, the person who can afford your 97-inch OLED TV, stash your AV equipment inside a cabinet out of sight, along with the transmitter box that everything plugs into. That leaves just the power cord for the TV, an LG cord ingeniously hidden inside one of the legs of the stand.

Sure, any number of TV mounts can hold your gear, too. But the wireless connection allows the TV to stand on its own, which looks impressive on one of LG’s rack-like stands (pictured above) and can greatly simplify wall mounting.

LG says the box can be placed up to 30 feet from the TV. I asked if the wireless connection was a potential risk, especially if you’re sitting between the box and the TV, and company representatives told me it wasn’t because it uses technology similar to standard Wi-Fi routers. They also said it wouldn’t be affected by other Wi-Fi traffic. The signal can handle up to 4K resolution, 120 Hz, which is the limit for today’s games. It’s also the highest resolution and frame rate that most TVs can accept, including LG’s regular 4K OLED models.

The back panel of the LG M3 Wireless TV Junction Box.

The back of the junction box is where you connect the gear.

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The box has three HDMI inputs, which is surprising since most high-end TVs have four, but that’s not a bargain in my book. The rest of the ports are typical for a TV: an antenna, two USB ports, ethernet and an optical digital output, as well as a serial port for controlling home automation.

Wireless TVs were sold in the past, and wireless technology appeared in projectors as well. You can also buy wireless HDMI extender kits for $100 or less, but they generally can’t handle such high bandwidth. This is the first time in years that I’ve seen it integrated into a TV. A company called Displace TV also showed off a wireless OLED prototype at CES, but it’s a 55-inch battery-powered display designed for portability.

In addition to the 97-inch size, LG will release its wireless OLED display, dubbed the M3 series, in 83- and 77-inch sizes. LG says it will come sometime in 2023 with pricing, like the rest of the 2023 LG TVs, yet to be determined. For reference, LG charges $25,000 for a standard 97-inch wired OLED TV and $2,900 for a 77-inch, so no matter the size, the M3 won’t come cheap.

Apart from M3 LG also introduced Three more series of wired OLED TVs At CES 2023.

This product was named one of the best products of CES 2023. Check out our other Best of CES 2023 award winners.

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