2018-03-05

Installing LG OLED65W7V Wallpaper TV

Wow... I just got a new TV, and it is amazing.

To be clear the amazing bit it not the picture or the sound, they are the same excellent quality of an LG OLED 65" 4K TV and sound bar. The wow factor is the form factor. This is a "wallpaper" TV.

What is a wallpaper TV?

It means the actual panel of the TV sticks to the wall and is a few mm thick (in this case 6mm) with a flat cable coming down to the "sound bar" which is the main TV logic. Lots of ways that "sound bar" could be on a shelf in a recess or even out of sight if you tried. There are even instructions on the cable being "in the wall".

How much?

It costs more! The price comparison today was 77" LG signature OLED £8k, but wallpaper version £12k. I went for the 65" wallpaper version. My wall has space for 77" and in some ways I am thinking I should have done that, but to be honest, even I am not made of money. As it is, those prices meant upping the mortgage!

Is it really that thin?

Well, yes! Even fitted to the wall with the supplied wall bracket, it is that thin. It claims 6mm... It is. I held 5 credit cards against the wall to see...



Is it a good TV?

The panel is the same as the non wallpaper, but designed to be a thin panel on a wall. Apart from the fun of installing it, it is the same, and is awesome just as before. UHD and HDR, and the awesome contrast with true blacks you get with an OLED TV. Stunning.

Black is black!



Is the sound good?

Seems so - it has a "sound bar", and they have gone all out on the gimmicks with the tweeters motorised coming out of the sound bar when you power up. I even make a video especially for that feature... But actually, yes, very good sound - it even has a calibration mode using the microphone in the remote to adjust for the room acoustics.



How hard is it to install?

Well, I was impressed, it was not too hard, and basically James and I did it! I was scared we would screw up, but no, we managed. I have a nice installation video... All I needed was some wall fixings, and actually some were even supplied (we used Fischer fixing plasterboard fixings).



The flat cable!

The flat cable was an issue, it is a certain length and no "plug" at the panel end just hard wired in, and a tad inflexible. As you see in the video it was too long and meant the sound bar at the front of the table. But it does come with an extender which we used, and looped back in the base/cabinet, and made it work nicely. It is one thing to consider when choosing the height of the TV.

This meant I could have the sound bar further back.

Long term it may be sane to hide the cable within the wall, which would be pretty easy, and have a small floating shelf for the sound bar. So many ways this could look "tidy" with a small amount of work.

18 comments:

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  2. That is very cool. Did your inquisition not find who had buggered up your old TV?

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  3. Looks lovely. What did you do with the old TV?

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    1. Current offer, being slow to reply, is paying me £1k including sound bar, but you could top that!

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  4. That’s a good deal for a scratched screen. Do they know something you don’t?

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  5. That workshop looks like such a fun place to be! It would perhaps also be nice to add a comfy sofa and some dimmed lighting for comfort when watching shows on that amazing new TV. I bet watching that big, immersive high-resolution TV is like stepping into the holodeck on Star Trek!

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    1. Metal plate screwed to wall, two fixing slots at top, and magnets around the sides.

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  7. I guess when it gives you an excuse to spend £7k on a new TV, the loss of the old one is not so bad!! :D

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  8. £7k for a TV which isn't even in the main room of the house? Ouch. For watching day-to-day things is it really any noticably better than something costing, say, £500 ?

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    1. you did get the bit about it being 6mm thick...No other excuse or reason required :)

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  9. Also depends on what you mean by main room - not the biggest by far, but the room I spend most of my time in (mainly as no dogs allowed). We don't have the wall space in right place in the living room, but the TV there is very similar, but on a stand.

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  10. I really, really hope that the pump never goes in the A/C unit right above the TV and water runs down into / onto it!

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    1. You have a very good point! We try not to locate anything electrical under any A/C units.

      The most common cause for leaks for us is mold in the drain... However one time we found a slug, yuck!

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    2. Sitting in an office with an A/C which has done exactly that three times now, that's the very last place I would put valuable electronics.

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    3. Yes, we've had this a number of times too, hence I tend to look at whats underneath them.

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  11. Yes, we're about to move an NTE that's directly under an a/c drain pipe.

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