LG C1 vs C2 – Which OLED TV is better in 2023?

When buying a new TV, there are so many choices. Should you buy an LED, OLED, or QLED? Which manufacturer? VA (Vertical Alignment) or IPS (In-Plane Switching)? So many questions and really no right or wrong answer.

In this article, we’ll take a look at LG C1 vs C2, two similar OLEDs from this popular TV manufacturer and see which TV is a better choice for your money.

LG C1 vs C2 – Overview

The LG C1 was released in January 2021 and is available in 45, 55, 65, 77 and 83-inch variations. It boasts a near-infinite contrast ratio, webOS 6.0 smart TV, 120Hz refresh rate and 4K resolution.

Its successor, the LG C2, came out in 2022, and with it, LG pretty much upgraded everything at least a little, plus added some new features. Here’s a table comparing the main specs:

FeaturesLG C1LG C2
Screen Sizes (in inches)45, 55, 65, 77 and 83 42, 45, 55, 65, 77 and 83
Screen PanelOLEDOLED
Processora9 Gen 4 AI 4Ka9 Gen 5 AI 4K
Operating SystemwebOS 6.0 Smart TVwebOS 22
Refresh Rate120Hz120Hz
Variable RefreshYesYes
Resolution3840×21603840×2160
Contrast RatioInfinite :1Infinite :1
HDMI Ports4 (HDMI 2.1)4 (HDMI 2.1)
USB Ports3 (USB 2.0)3 (USB 2.0)
WiFi and BluetoothYesYes
Speakers40 Watts40 Watts
PriceCheck Price on AmazonCheck Price on Amazon

LG C1

LG C1 OLED TV
LG C1 OLED TV

Pros:

  • Wide viewing angles
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio
  • Excellent response times
  • Great blacks with zero visible blooming
  • Top-notch reflection handling

Cons:

  • Potential burn-in
  • Some colors can be off

LG C2

LG C2 Series OLED TV
LG C2 OLED TV

Pros:

  • Wide viewing angles
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio
  • Perfect blacks
  • Top-notch reflection handling
  • Excellent response times

Cons:

  • Not as slim as some other LG models
  • Possible uniformity issues at certain angles
  • ABL (Auto Brightness Limiter) can be distracting

Features Face to Face

Panel Technology

Both models here use OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels. This means that you can enjoy watching them from wide viewing angles, and they also have excellent response times.

Winner: Draw

Image Processor

LG A9 Gen5 AI Processor 4K
LG A9 Gen5 AI Processor 4K

The LG C1 uses the α9 Gen 4 AI 4K processor, which offers deep-learning technologies and excellent content upscaling to provide superior image and color accuracy.

On the other hand, the LG C2 has the next generation α9 Gen 5 AI Processor 4K under the hood. This CPU boasts even better AI audio upscaling and a few more improvements.

Winner: LG C2

Motion Technology

When it comes to motion technologies, both models are almost perfect 10s. The response times are excellent at 2.3ms each, so if you’re looking for a TV to watch sports on or use as a PC monitor, you can’t go wrong with either of these.

The two models also support variable refresh rate (VRR) and have a 120Hz refresh rate and optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion).

The only downside is there’s some stutter in long panning shots on both TVs.

Winner: Draw

Picture Quality

Contrast Ratio / Black Level

Again, LG did an excellent job with both models in terms of picture quality.

Both LG C1 and C2 have an inf: 1 contrast ratio. This means they can reach black levels of 0 nits and technically an infinite difference between brights and darks on the screen.

Winner: Draw

Local Dimming

Since OLED TVs don’t use a backlight, neither of these two models feature local dimming. However, thanks to the infinite contrast ratio, this is really not an issue.

Winner: Draw

Peak Brightness

This is the first category where we can see some significant differences between LG C1 vs C2.

The LG C1 is mostly okay when it comes to peak brightness in both SDR (302 nits) and HDR (639 nits) content. It will handle itself well in scenes with relatively normal brightness, but very bright content can cause it some trouble.

In comparison, LG C2 handles brightness a little better as its SDR content reaches peak brightness at 422 nits and HDR at 850 nits. While promising, this is still not as good as LG’s G2 model with 1170 nits (here’s our comparison of LG C2 vs G2 4K TVs).

Winner: LG C2

Color

Both C1 and C2 have a wide color gamut (the number of colors a TV can display) and some very good color volume as well.

The LG C1 covers almost an entire DCI P3 color space (96.33% DCI P3 xy and 98.83% DCI P3 uv). The only problem is that some colors can be off the mark as it doesn’t map them perfectly.

It also has a solid color volume (the amount of color it can display through the luminance stage), although its slightly lower peak brightness limits it in this regard. Still, the high contrast ratio ensures that it produces dark, saturated colors well.

The LG C2 is slightly better when it comes to color gamut and covers an even greater range of DCI P3 (98.01% DCI P3 xy and 99.36% DCI P3 uv). Like with the C1 model, the tone mapping isn’t the best, and this especially shows with greens.

As for color volume, it’s fairly good, and thanks to the infinite contrast ratio, the dark saturated colors are displayed exceptionally well.

Winner: Draw

Viewing Angles

You can expect excellent viewing angles with both C1 and C2 and these two TVs will be the perfect choice if you want to watch a sports game or enjoy a movie night with a bunch of friends.

This is one of the biggest advantages that OLED panels have over VAs.

The differences here are minuscule really, and pretty much nitpicking, but you’ll only get to see some color washout begin at 57 degrees for C1 and 65 degrees for C2.

Winner: Draw

Reflections / Anti-Glare

If you have a choice, don’t place your TV near the window, but sometimes that’s the only place in the room and TV manufacturers know this. 

Thus, you want a TV with good reflection handling and both LG C1 and C2 nail this category superbly. Both TVs have a glossy screen finish.

Thanks to the glossy finish and anti-reflective coating, direct reflections are almost non-existent on LG C1. However, as some content may have lower brightness, it may not be perfectly visible in extremely bright rooms. Despite this, it still gets a higher rating from us compared to Sony A80J, as you can see in our LG C1 vs Sony A80J comparison review.

Similarly, LG C2 also handles reflections perfectly. It also uses a glossy screen finish to reduce direct reflections to almost none. The only issue is that the anti-reflective coating can add a purple tint to the screen, however, this won’t affect image quality.

Winner: Draw

Sound Quality

If you’re looking for a well-balanced sound profile — both LG C1 and C2 both are pretty impressive in this regard.

There’s not a lot of difference here as both have 2.2 channel 40 Watt speakers, which is fairly good at moderate volumes, but you’ll hear some compression and artifacts if you crank the volume to max and like most TVs, these two also can’t produce much bass.

Winner: Draw

Smart TV Platform (Operating System)

The LG C1 supports webOS 6.0, while LG C2 uses the newer webOS 22. These two operating systems are pretty similar, but the latest OS features a few new bells and whistles. You get features like Ambient Mode, Room-to-Room Share (that lets TVs within a home share content), built-in apps like 1M HomeDance and LIVENow. 

Another difference is that with webOS 22, you can configure up to six user profiles based on browsing templates.

Winner: LG C2

Connectivity

Inputs

If you’re looking to connect your TV monitor to a PC or a gaming console, the first thing you want to look at is how many ports it has and which ports.

Both LG C1 and C2 have four HDMI 2.1 ports and three USB 2.0 ports, plus Ethernet, Audio Jack, and Optical Audio Out ports. One major difference is that C2 lacks the 3.5mm analog audio out jack, meaning you won’t be able to connect it to external speakers.

Winner: Draw

Voice Assistant

Both LG C1 and C2 come with the integrated Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants and support the LG ThinQ AI which only gets better the more you use it, thanks to deep learning.

Winner: Draw

Wireless Technologies

When it comes to wireless tech, LG C1 and C2 both support 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi connections, as well as Bluetooth 5.0.

Winner: Draw

Conclusion

Other than the newer image processor and the operating system, there’s not a lot of difference between LG C1 vs C2. Price-wise, these TVs are for someone with a slightly deeper pocket as the cheapest 48-inch LG C1 or C2 OLED TV will cost you about $1000 and the larger ones (77 and 83 inches) are around $2-3 grand.

Should you buy C1 or C2? The C2 is slightly better, but not by much. Is it worth the extra cash? It’s really up to you.

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