There was a time when OLEDs would cost an arm and a leg. But with the advancement of technology, an OLED can be yours for around Rs 1,000,000 if you know where to look. Another thing to keep in mind is that OLED TVs are available in India from LG, Sony and Panasonic. In 2019 we saw German TV maker Metz enter the Indian market. The company brought its portfolio of TVs, including an OLED TV. The OLED has an introductory price of Rs 99,999 making it the first OLED TV in India to be priced below Rs 1,00,000 albeit at a single rupee. After the introductory price, the Metz OLED TV is priced at Rs 1,19,999. Is it worth the investment?
Panel Size: 55-inch
Panel Type: OLED
Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision support: No
Weight: 20.7 kg
HDMI ports: 3
USB ports: 3
Price: Rs 1,19,999 (introduction price was Rs 99,999)
Build and design
The Metz OLED TV has a design that reminds me a lot of the Sony Bravia A1† The Bravia A1 had a picture frame design where the TV leaned back on the table just like a picture frame. The Metz OLED has a similar design. It has a kickstand at the back and if you put the TV on a table you might think it tilts a little too far back for a comfortable viewing experience. Know that this is not the case as viewing angle is not an issue when it comes to OLED TVs. Keep in mind, however, that the base of the TV is flush with the table, so you may need to reconsider the placement of your set-top box or soundbar when placing the TV on a tabletop.
The TV speakers are located under the panel, facing forward and covered in fabric. The panel is extremely slim and the TV gets a little thick towards the bottom, but that’s because all the internal parts are housed there. When it comes to the screen, there are almost no bezels around it, giving you an immersive experience. There is a white light that lights up under the Metz logo when the TV is on, but it’s not distracting. You can control the lighting of the logo through the TV’s settings if you want.
Overall, the build of the TV is premium, the panel is slim, and the frame design is nice.
Ports and Connectivity
When it comes to connectivity options, the TV has one HDMI port and two USB ports on the side. These ports are hidden behind a flap, which is nice, as it preserves the aesthetic appeal of the TV. The rest of the connectivity options are on the back. On the back we have the AV input, LAN port, two HDMI ports, optical audio port, service port and the antenna port. In general, three HDMI ports are fine, but we wish there was also a headphone port or a stereo audio port (white and red) for connectivity to an external device. At least there’s ARC for your home theater connectivity needs in HDMI port 1.
Display panel and image quality
Since the TV has an OLED panel, we can expect some of the best picture performance. The Metz OLED TV supports 4K, HDR 10 but does not support Dolby Vision. Know that when you use an OLED panel, you get the best picture quality. Before we tell you how sublime the content on this screen looked, let’s get the worst out of the way. We noticed a burn-in like image retention on the screen. However, this was only visible when there was a uniform gray color on the screen and it only happened on this specific color. This was first noticed when we launched the Play Store and opened the search option which makes the whole screen gray. Then we launched the display tester app on our Android smartphone and cast the screen to the TV. Look, we saw the logo again on the uniform gray color. This was the Netflix logo and the “x” logo popping up in the update section of the Google Play Store. It’s one of those things that if you don’t know where it is you will miss it, but once you know where it is it will really stand out.
That said, we want to reiterate that we’ve only seen this on a gray background. For the rest of our experience with the TV, it was not visible. So let’s take a look at this TV’s picture performance with our standard set of tests.
The TV has access to the Play Store, so you can access apps like hot star, and other streaming services. The TV also supports Netflix, but unfortunately there is no native app for it Prime Videos† You can of course “cast” prime video content from your smartphone to the TV as Prime Videos now supports Chromecast and the TV has Chromecast built in.
The beauty of the OLED TV is its ability to produce an infinite contrast ratio, true blacks and deep colors. All this is correct and works well on the Metz OLED TV. Watching Netflix through the built-in apps gave us access to HDR content and it looked breathtaking. The battle sequence of Altered Carbon Season 1 Episode 7 is rich in detail, with nice highlights and important details clearly visible in dark corners. The muzzle flash in the slow-motion sequence here is absolutely compelling. The Grand Tour Season 1 Episode 1, where you have many cars driving through the desert, is a sight to behold. Even the incredibly dark Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 was featured on this TV.
While enjoying content from the built-in streaming apps, a pressing issue came to my attention. You cannot access the picture settings if you are in an app such as Netflix or Hotstar. So if you want to change the picture mode or the audio mode, pressing the menu button does nothing at all. This is a big downer and a problem for those who want to tinker with the image and audio settings when consuming content from the native app. In OLED TVs from Sony or LG, this is not a problem at all, as access to the settings when consuming content from the native app is just a button away. The Metz TV produces good looking content from the get-go, but not being able to control the settings is a bummer.
A large catalog of Netflix, Prime Videos, Hotstar and more content in India is in 1080p. From Game of Thrones to John Wick, Mission: Impossible and even Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and more, 1080p content looks good. Of course, if you play 4K HDR content at its full capacity and immediately switch to 1080p and sit just 1.45m away from the TV, you’ll be able to tell the difference. But from a viewing distance of 6 to 8 feet, the TV can display Full HD and 720p content very nicely. We played a lot of HD and FHD content from YouTube and it played extremely well on the TV.
As we moved on to gaming, we used our Xbox One X to play games on the TV. We were able to play games in 4K and HDR when supported and the experience is generally very good. From a game like Forza Horizon with lush environments in HDR to Gears 5 which is our new benchmark for 4K HDR console gaming, the experience was very good. It was in the dark sequences that we realized the TV’s peak brightness isn’t quite as high as the LG C9 (read our review here), but it certainly isn’t disappointing. If you play games on this TV, know that you will have a pleasant experience. The game mode setting of the TV is not in the picture preset. So don’t forget to enable the game mode from the settings to get the best experience.
Gaming on the TV is nice but considering the price of Rs 1,19,999 there is one thing to consider. The LG B9 is available for a street price of about 1.15,000 rupees. The LG B9 supports HDMI 2.1 on all four HDMI ports, making it not only future-proof, but also compatible with variable refresh rate, a feature present on the Xbox One X and future game consoles. The B9 also supports NVIDIA G-Syncwhich is another feature to consider.
The sound from TVs is generally disappointing, but that’s not the case here. The speakers face forward which always helps and there is clear channel separation, especially when watching action content such as a plane flying over the screen or two people at the end of the screens talking to each other. This contributes to the immersion of watching content on the screen. Even at 30 percent volume, the TV is quite loud, making the audio great for everyday use. For immersion in the heat of battle or to really feel the screams in a movie like A Quiet Place, you’ll want to invest in a sound system. But considering what’s on offer here, it’s pretty good.
As for the remote control, it is traditional and functional in design. You have the standard button layout with the numeric keypad on top, D-Pad with menu buttons in the middle with the volume, play, and channel buttons down. The strangest placement is the mute button. It is located on top of the remote and is difficult to reach with one hand. It should have been at the bottom, closer to the volume controls.
With functionality, the buttons are clickable, but the downside is that you have to point the remote at the TV for the controls to work. Pressing the Google Assistant button on the remote also put the TV into pairing mode and after that nothing happened. The TV kept saying “searching for bluetooth device” without another question what to do with the remote.
These minor niggles leave the product lacking in sophistication and it becomes harder to call it value for money for the asking price.
Software and User Interface
The Metz OLED TV runs Android TV 8 out of the box and the overall user interface is smooth and responsive. The grid layout is nice, the content is presented first and the basic user interface makes the TV easy to navigate. Overall, if you’ve used an Android TV powered smart TV in the past, you’ll feel right at home here. Unlike Sony, who have tweaked the UI in their flagship Android TVs, Metz has kept it stock and we’re okay with that. Overall, we’re happy with the user interface, apart from the fact that you can’t control the picture presets when consuming content from streaming services installed on the TV.
What it comes down to:
If only….. If only the TV was cheaper or didn’t have the minor niggles we were dealing with, it would be easy to recommend. But with TVs like the LG B9 adding more features at a lower street price, it gets a little hard to recommend the Metz OLED TV. The Metz TV has a good screen, a smooth attractive user interface design and a decent audio output for a TV. What works against it is the lack of image controls when consuming content from the native apps and minor bugs we encountered with the user interface. TVs like the LG B9 bring HDMI 2.1, meaning you can access eARC, VRR, and more.