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LG 50PK550 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV
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- Full HD 1080p Resolution
- 600Hz Max Sub Field Driving
- 3M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
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- Brand Name: LG
- Model Number: 50PK550
- Display Technology: Plasma
- Display Size: 50 inches
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Top Customer Reviews
Over the past 7 years I've upgraded tv's 5 times with my firt being a panny plasma and then 3 lcd's 2 LG 1 Samsung and now the PK550 and none have ever impressed me half as much as this unit, it has great blacks(I think they rival panasonic's blacks) absolutely no motion blur or artifacts and the picture quality is the most vibrant and clear I've seen in a while...
I tested 4 movies and here are the results
Ong Bak 2 - bluray - awsome pictue no blur or artifacts great sound
Disney's Up - bluray "same as above"
(and just if anyone wanted to know here's little on the BD570
Ip Man - 720P MKV DVD - awsome picture no blur or artifacts & great sound
Chocolate - 1080P MKV 120GB HDD - "same as above
I would totally recommend this tv to anyone looking for good quality at an affordable price as well as the BD570 they make an great combo set
Oh yeah just in case here are my settimgs
(keep in mind I'm no professional calibrator)
LG 50 PK550: Just scan, energy saving off,pic mode: expret2,contrast 100,brightness 33,H Sharp 50,V Sharp 50,color 62,expert control: D Contrast off, noise reduc off,gamma high, black level low, color gamut standard,edge enhance off
LG BD570:User setting: Contrast 2,brightness 0,Color 1, Sharpness 2,Noise reduction 0
I was very nervous as this was my first plasma and i read about burn ins and IR. But after only 3 days and doing research I feel more confident in the tv and plasmas in general. I just do the "color wash" mode sometimes when im gone to break in it/speed the break in process up. If im playing a game that has a HUD on for a while, ill pause the game, and do a quick "color wash" for about 10 seconds and set it back to orbiter and keep playing. Now, this may sound annoying, but honestly, it's not. You get used to it and get real quick at using the tv.
Also the pk550 has a load of calibration options. I love that. Anyway, it's a great tv, def best bang for you buck for a 50" 1080p plasma. This is my first plasma and it's an LG. I have much more faith in plasmas now. Especially lg. Pick this set up!!
I purchased this set from somewhere else (Dad has a retiree discount) so I got it cheaper, but otherwise would had no problem buying from here.
I only had the set for a few days, but I really like it so far. I'm doing a break-in period for the set (not really necessary, but helps age the phosphor evenly) so the settings are a little low right now, but still fantastic. I watched two BD movies so far(The Hurt Locker & StarTrek) and they were awesome to watch. Colors were vivid and the detail kept my eyes popping out. lol I don't know if I ever could be happy going back to DVDs again. lol
**Note on plasma Tvs: Burn-In has not been an issue with plasma TVs for quite a few years, but you may still get some Image Retention. I have seen very little IR on this set, and what did show up quickly went away. I wouldn't even consider it an issue.
I know Samsung has been having problems with loud buzzing sound coming from their plasma TVs, and a few heard it from other manufacturers as well(including LG), but I cannot hear any buzz coming from mine. I even held my head up to the TV and the only hum I heard was the mini-frig in the room. :)
The screen is very uniform in lighting. Probably my only wish would be for darker blacks. My set is not calibrated yet, so I know it will go darker than it is now. It's not bad mind you, but you can tell where the black bars end from a movie and the black bezel begins, which would disappear with the darkness of the room.
**For the Gamers: As far as I can tell, there is very little lag or none at all. I tried a couple games (ie GTAIV & Crackdown) and got into a Semi-truck.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has been a great TV since I bought it in July 2010, just over four years from this writing. Unfortunately the manufacturer warranty is only one year, and today it developed a... Read morePublished 24 months ago by JohnR
Nice tv but doesn't last long at all. The pixels starting going out after a few months, right after the warranty expired.Published on April 4, 2014 by Elanquick
after 2 1/2 years of owning this it has a vertical line in the middle of screen needs new panel not worth paying $800 plus dollars for a tv that only last a couple of years.Published on March 30, 2014 by sean mahon
I got this TV in January of 2011 as an exchange for a LG 50PK750 that had some PQ issues and another 50PK550 that showed up with what looked like spilled liquid behind the glass. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Dougie Fresh
I have to say I have loved this TV until a month ago when a green line appeared down the middle of my screen. I called LG and apparently the panel is gone.... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Michele Mccormick
I was excited by this deal 2.5 years ago and loved the tv for long time. After one year it would sometimes not turn on and I would have to wait an hour. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Melanie H. Postell
- Great color and display
- Picture looks very sharp and clear
- Picture viewing from the side of the TV is not too bad
- Sound is OK... Read more