What’s the difference between OLED and QLED?

When it comes to choosing a screen to equip your home theater, media room, or any other space, there are plenty of options to consider. Projectors and short-throw projectors have seen an increase in popularity, but if you’re in the market for a television, you’re likely going to end up choosing an OLED or QLED TV. But what’s the difference between the two?

We’ll start with the OLED, or Organic Light-Emitting Diode TV. The flagship screen technology for LG, OLED uses a tiny LED for every single pixel represented. Because of this, the screen doesn’t require any backlighting, as each LED is capable of providing its own color and light. The lack of backlighting enables the OLED to reach unparalleled black levels as the LEDs are simply turned off, rather than being dimmed.

Another benefit of no backlighting is a screen that is capable of being flexible. In addition to standard flat screens and curved screens, LG has been able to create “rolling” screens that can be stretched or condensed, allowing some to even be stored as drop-down screens in the ceiling the way a projector screen might.
The accuracy of the blacks produced allows for an “infinite contrast” between the darkest and brightest parts of the image with almost non-existent blooming. When you see a bright image on a dark background and the light seems to bleed from the brighter object into the background, that’s blooming. OLED does better than any other technology has when it comes to nullifying this effect.

A few other features of OLED include minimal motion blurring, a muted brightness that’s ideal for movies, particularly in a dark room, and HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. OLED screens also feature better refresh rates, making them good choices for gamers who have, or plan on buying the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X.

Pricing on OLED’s from the LG website starts around $1,500 (without discounts) for a 55-inch. That price may seem a tad higher than you might expect for a TV of that size, but that price reflects the difficulty of mass producing OLEDs as they are made at a lower volume than QLEDs are.

Speaking of QLED…

The Quantum-Dot Light Emitting Diode is primarily a Samsung technology that has been adopted by a variety of manufacturers. Unlike their OLED counterparts, QLED TVs make use of a backlight and the LEDs used are not self-emissive. In reality, QLEDs are essentially an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) television with a quantum-dot filter in front of the LCD backlight.

QLEDs are capable of brilliant white colors, with ultra-bright images, perfect for brightly lit rooms. But there are drawbacks, including slower refresh rates, poorer black levels than OLED screens, and thicker, inflexible screens.

That isn’t to say QLEDs don’t have their benefits. QLEDs come in a wider variety of screen sizes, and at a much cheaper price point for most models, making them more consumer-friendly for those looking for a great viewing experience without breaking the bank. A Samsung 55” QLED purchased directly from Samsung’s site saves you as much as $600 compared to its OLED counterpart.

In 2021, Samsung debuted the Neo QLED, which is similar to the OLED in pricing, with progressively better features at higher price points. The Neo QLED multiplies the number of LEDs used, resulting in more precise brightening, widened viewing angles, and a reduced amount of blooming problems.

When purchasing a TV to usher your home entertainment set-up into the future world of 8K, OLED and QLED both offer quality images that will impress and won’t let you down.

Schedule an appointment or drop in at Blue Grass Home Entertainment to see the difference in person and decide what fits your home’s needs the best.

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