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LG 50PQ30 50-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV

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  • 600Hz sub-field driving refresh rate technology for realistic movement in sports and movie actions
  • 720p Full HD resolution 1365 x 768p with 3x HDMI v 1.3 digital inputs with swivel stand
  • Mega contrast ratio of 2 million to 1 provides sharper image quality
  • Smart energy savings 3.0 specifications
  • LG Simplink allows for convenient control of other LG products using HDMI connection
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameLG
Item Weight84 pounds
Product Dimensions3.4 x 48.2 x 31.1 inches
Item model number50PQ30
Color NameGloss Black
Specification Metenergy_star
  
Additional Information
ASINB001THBKQG
Best Sellers Rank #157,888 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight120 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model: 50PQ30
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Refresh Rate: 600

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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

LG PQ30 What do you want in an HDTV? Do you want your sports events to look like you're watching from the good seats? Your action heroes to look like they might jump off the screen? If that's what you're looking for, and who isn't, this TV delivers. With a 600Hz refresh rate, it's perfect for fast action. With 2,000,000:1 Mega Contrast, bright colors and dark scenes are brought to life. This is a television you'll have to see to believe.


Innovative Technologies

Capture Every Moment
See sports, fast action and video games like never before. The 600Hz refresh rate displays rapid motion in crystal clarity. (Learn more)

You Won't Believe Your Eyes
2,000,000:1 Mega Contrast lets you see colors in every beautiful shade and dark scenes with greater picture detail. (Learn more)

View It in the Right Light
Every room has different colors and lighting. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to your room's unique conditions. (Learn more)

Core Technologies

Audio Should Be Heard, Not Seen
The slim-silhouette Invisible Speaker System delivers a look and audio that are equal parts clean and polished. (Learn more)

Hear Every Whisper
Hear audio the way it was meant to be heard. Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells. (Learn more)

The Perfect Fit
Sports, cinema and video games can all be heard and seen as they were meant to be with AV Mode II. (Learn more)

Other Features

Smart Energy
Conserve money and energy. With an Energy Star 3.0 rating, you can be green and save green. (Learn more)

Watch Like a Pro
It's ISFccc Ready for professional calibration. A more personalized viewing experience awaits, if you're so inclined. (Learn more)

Memories Brought to Life
View family photos and listen to MP3 files right in the comfort of your living room with USB 2.0. (Learn more)

Connected with Crystal Clear Color.
Hook up your HD devices and get the Full HD experience. 3 HDMI V.1.3. Deep Color inputs give you the rich hues and HD picture you want. (Learn more)

All In One
Having a hard time keeping track of your remotes? With SimpLink™, all your LG devices can be controlled with just one remote. (Learn more)

A Real Stunner
Plasma televisions come in larger sizes, deliver a beautiful picture and are perfect for viewing sports and fast-paced action. (Learn more)


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600Hz Sub Field Driving
Sports. Action movies. Video games. Nothing is too fast for LG. 600Hz virtually eliminates flicker and blur. See realistic movement like never before.



Intelligent Sensor
Automatically examines and optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience — and can also save energy and money.



Invisible Speaker System
You won't believe what you're hearing. Fine-tuned by renowned audio expert Mr. Mark Levinson, LG TVs utilize a unique, hidden speaker system that delivers a clean, polished look with a wider sound field. Where some sound systems and speakers only project their best audio towards the center of a room, the Invisible Speaker System projects great sound throughout.



Clear Voice II
Automatically enhances and amplifies the sound of the human voice frequency range to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells. Can also be personalized with a new 12-step adjustment level — putting you in control.



AV Mode II
Quickly and easily select from one of three AV modes for "Cinema," "Sports," or "Games" to enjoy optimized HDTV picture and audio quality easily set with a convenient button on the remote control.



Smart Energy Saving
In addition to adhering to the new Energy Star 3.0 guidelines, LG HDTVs have energy-saving options like the ability to choose settings for different types of programming, "video mute" or engaging exclusive Intelligent Sensor Technology that automatically dims the backlight when lighting conditions are reduced. Now you can save the world from the comfort of your couch.


ISFccc Ready
LG's ISFccc Ready HDTVs contain the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and much more to meet local lighting conditions for both day and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset modes for easy access from your LG remote.


USB 2.0
Now reliving that fantastic family vacation can happen in the comfort of your living room. Easily connect your external USB devices to enjoy JPEG photos and listen to MP3 files—all at the same time if you want.


HDMI V.1.3 with Deep Color
Make installation of any enabled device a snap. Get 10.2Gbps of bandwidth for deeper colors and more to take advantage of the best Full HD experience. HDMI V.1.3 connectivity lets you prepare yourself for tomorrow's technology today.


Simplink
Are your remote controls taking over the living room? Now with SimpLink™, you can easily set up and control all of your HDMI™ connected LG devices with just one remote.


Why Plasma?
Plasma displays generate their own light to produce a stunning contrast ratio and smoother, crisper, high-motion video. This is one reason why some consumers prefer plasma displays to LCDs for watching sports and action movies. Plasma displays are also known for their deep, rich blacks, and incredibly precise colors, making them ideal for watching movies—where dark scenes are more common.

What's in the Box
LG PQ30 Plasma HDTV, Remote control, Owner's manual

Product Description

THX display certification sets this series apart. 50" PDP HDTV, 1365 x 768 Resolution, 20,000:1 Contrast Ratio, 1,500:1 cd/m2 Brightness, ATSC/NTSC/Clear QAM - 1 Tuner, SRS TruSurroundXT, 3 HDMI input. USB 2.0.

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I find the best picture of all is strangely enough off an antenna. My local channels come in strong and are digital, their pictures are incredible. I hooked my laptop up… Read more ›
Called the LG repair guy and he said I needed to get an HD…So i got the HD cable box now and the HD channels are clear, but the regular channels are still not that clear. Read more ›
Called customer service and was told part is on backorder - and now have been…So I guess I would say it is a great picture when it works, which hasn't been often for me. Read more ›
Plug your USB device or game console into it and view your photos and play games easily. Sharp picture and HD looks awesome. Definitely worth the price paid. Read more ›
The colors pop out at you. I went to Sears to compare this set with Panasonic and Samsung and this TV provides the best picture out of the 3. It has a lot of features and… Read more ›
This was a good buy, I feel like the quality is high especially for the price. I did my research and I'm glad I did! Read more ›
I was really amazed at the ease of setup and what a sharp picture with outstanding colors. You can't go wrong with this Tv. Read more ›
Factory default color setting was VIVID, and I have not touched it. It has great whites and true blacks, and blu ray movies are crystal clear. Don't waste your money on… Read more ›
Pros: Rich, vibrant colors; full complement of inputs; extensive color calibration and menu system; inky plasma blacks Read more ›
There is very little sign of image retention on…The only time I've seen it is from the bright white and red menus of the Netflix interface via Samsung's blu-ray player. I… Read more ›
The only time I've seen it is from the bright white and red menus of the Netflix interface via Samsung's blu-ray player. It went away after a quick white wash. The set has… Read more ›
The set's pixel grid and screen-door effect are, of course, visible within 3 feet, but once you sit back 5 or more feet it disappears and you're left with a sharp,… Read more ›
This is an incredible tv at a great price. Read more ›
I even recently hooked up my PSP through the usb cable on the side of this hdtv and listen to music , looked at photos , and watched videos…Great product for a great price. Read more ›
Pros: Nice Clear Picture, good sound, 600hz, low price Overall the picture quality is great in HD and SD content on this tv. Read more ›
Cons: a few minor things, remote is not the greatest or easiest to use, black levels are good but not as good as a…Overall great tv for a great price with lots of features Read more ›
I watch TV and not specs. Do yourself a favor and go to Sears or another retailer and check this set out and then order it online if you can find a lower price. Read more ›
You cannot tell the difference. This TV handles fast moving action just like the higher priced LCD's. TRANSFORMERS movie was no problem at all for this baby. Read more ›
Have only had this for a few days, but the picture is terrific, the menus are easy to understand, the built in features are amazing. Read more ›
Now four months later I discovered a debug menu for further…Its amazing how much options and control LG crammed into this tv for video and sound quality!! nice!! Read more ›
Having a 50" screen is great, 42" Hitachi looks like a small screen now. PC and USB Inputs are good to have features. I am just too happy with this tv purchase. Read more ›
It's hard to go wrong at this price with any of this…Given its natural color, solid build quality, full feature set, and fantastic image quality, the set recommends itself. Read more ›
At the time of this review I am…I love the settings I love the features when I upgrade to a 1080P it will definitely be with LG. great price, great picture, can't beat it. Read more ›
I am sure on some level their is but for the price 720p works great for me. I do not have any trouble with glare and the sound is surprisingly GOOD. I have it hooked to a… Read more ›
This is a great tv. The picture is the best and the sound is really good. I looked all over and researched for a good tv and no other one compared to the picture quality… Read more ›
The speakers are nicely hidden underneath the set, and LG includes several sound enhancement modes, two of which - the ClearVoice and auto-volume - are actually useful. It's… Read more ›
Pros: Nice Clear Picture, good sound, 600hz, low price Overall the picture quality is great in HD and SD content on this tv. Read more ›
No burn in or image retention issues as…The swivel stand is nice and the design looks pretty good with the glossy black although I am not a fan of the bottom grey stripe. Read more ›
PC input on this thing is not bad at all too. The Panny X1 doesn't even have a decent stand or RGB input. All around you can't go wrong with this set and just in time for… Read more ›
I hope this lasts as my last plasma tv though(Hitachi over 5yr now and still running good). Having a 50" screen is great, 42" Hitachi looks like a small screen now. PC and… Read more ›
2. The price. This was significantly cheaper than comparable LCD units, and has a better viewing angle and no pixel drag. 3. Easy switching of AV inputs. Read more ›
No burn in or image retention issues as…The swivel stand is nice and the design looks pretty good with the glossy black although I am not a fan of the bottom grey stripe. Read more ›
It's hard to go wrong at this price with any of this…Given its natural color, solid build quality, full feature set, and fantastic image quality, the set recommends itself. Read more ›
Have only had this for a few days, but the picture is terrific, the menus are easy to understand, the built in features are amazing. Read more ›
3. "Menu" button on the remote is in an odd place. Normally that button would be set apart like the power button is. This is minor, but still makes me look at the remote to… Read more ›
The amount of extra features on this…I especially like the intelligent sensor because if I am watching tv in the dark at night the tv does not blind me with brightness. T… Read more ›
Great TV, easy set up, great picture, wish for an old rca cable sound option. Read more ›
I have called LG customer service because I was trying to hook up my computer to the tv so I could watch netfilx. Customer Service was excellent. I like this company and… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By B. Lee on June 1, 2009
Pros: Rich, vibrant colors; full complement of inputs; extensive color calibration and menu system; inky plasma blacks

Cons: Ineffective anti-reflective coating; basic remote; jerky motion on panning

Summary: This year's bargain plasmas - the Samsung 50PNB450, Panasonic TC-P50X1, and the LG 50PQ30 here - can all be found for around the same price. Each set has its strengths and weaknesses, but in my opinion this LG set comes out the strongest of the pack to be the best big-screen value in 2009.

This set looks great. The swivel stand is a gentle oval in front but tapered in the back to allow you to push it close to a wall - thoughtful. All the inputs are well labeled and easy to find, and LG includes a full batch of cable ties and routes for your convenience - thoughtful. There's also a handy microfiber cloth to polish the shiny bezel - thoughtful. Out of the box, it's a great experience.

Once plugged in to an HD source (I have a Scientific Atlanta HD cable box, a XBox 360, and a Samsung BD-P1600 Blu Ray player), the colors in Standard mode are much better than on the Panasonic plasma I also own. LG generously included two "expert" modes which allow full tuning of each color channel as well as adjustments for greyscale, gamma, etc - this set easily bests the competition from Panasonic and Samsung, with the added bonus that 95% of viewers will plug it in, think it looks great, and never touch any of that stuff. There are energy saving modes which dim the set according to prevailing light conditions as well, and the set automatically turns off if there's no signal.

I will add that this set does not buzz, or at least buzzes much less than my Panasonic plasma.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Carpenter on April 18, 2009
For a 50" TV at this price point you cannot find a better one. The colors pop out at you. I went to Sears to compare this set with Panasonic and Samsung and this TV provides the best picture out of the 3. It has a lot of features and settings found on more expensive sets. Don't spend more money because a set has 1080p if you cannot tell the difference. I cannot tell that my TV is 720p at the distance I watch it, so why pay for it. This set has lush colors and good brightness and contrast. The skin tones are remarkable not orange or red like my 42" LCD. I watch TV and not specs. Do yourself a favor and go to Sears or another retailer and check this set out and then order it online if you can find a lower price.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MC on July 18, 2009
After getting burn 3x with our Toshiba 62HM95 DLP(has a class lawsuit for the defected light bulbs that only last 6 month), we thought is time to give up the DLP and shop for a new set. With tight budget, we set our target to under 2K, 52' Plasma or LCD, while we debating between a Vizio 55"120Hz 1080dpi 550XVT1A or Samsung 52" 120Hz 1080dpi VP550XVT1A...we spot this LG 50" plasma..$799 @ Costco right next to them. We stood in front of this 3 sets for 15~20 min. seriously couldnt see any big difference, the color is more vivid than the Vizio, but has almost the same contrast than the Samsung..yet..price tag is +$1k difference!!...bought it home, rushed and set up with my Toshiba upscaling DVD player with HDMI..wallah!!.....plays the movie beautifully, black has so much detail on it, we have a very bright living room ( long windows from all side, plus high ceiling) this TV still does great job..if you dont want to pay for arm & leg for TV, this is a great choice..!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Packer Fan 3,14,15,66,92 on October 20, 2009
I bought this, and had a Y-controller go out within three weeks - the top half of my screen went black, while bottom half and sound worked fine. Called customer service and was told part is on backorder - and now have been two weeks without a TV (scheduled for fixing 3 weeks after part broke). So I guess I would say it is a great picture when it works, which hasn't been often for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Atlreviewer on July 13, 2009
Pros: Nice Clear Picture, good sound, 600hz, low price
Overall the picture quality is great in HD and SD content on this tv. My seating distance is at 8 feet which is about as close to this tv as you can get, any closer and you will need a 1080p or probably a smaller tv. No burn in or image retention issues as far as I can tell after playing video games on the tv(set on orbital. The swivel stand is nice and the design looks pretty good with the glossy black although I am not a fan of the bottom grey stripe. Sound on this tv is nice and clear. HD content looks great and after watching some hd dvd movies(sorry no blu ray player yet) I am impressed with the picure on this set. The amount of extra features on this entry level tv is impressive and will allow you to customize to your hearts content. I especially like the intelligent sensor because if I am watching tv in the dark at night the tv does not blind me with brightness. The tv also supports 24fps for movies. Xbox 360 games look amazing on this tv such as COD4. The tv's instatanious response time means no more lag and things are where they should be i.e. Guitar hero, and online gaming. Fast motion is handled well by the 600hz. SD tv looks good and most stations are pretty clear. Lots of imputs and monitor imput means a 50inch computer screen is possible. Also supports usb so you can play pics or music easily over the tv.
Cons: a few minor things, remote is not the greatest or easiest to use, black levels are good but not as good as a panasonic, 4:3 HD content cannot be stretched to fill the screen
Overall great tv for a great price with lots of features
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