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LG 50PW350 50-Inch 720p 600 Hz Active 3D Plasma HDTV
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- Bring your content alive with full 7200p HD 3D technology
- Incredibly high contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1 delivers incredibly vibrant colors and deeper and darker blacks
- Energy Star qualified so your entertainment experience uses less energy
- The 600Hz Sub Field Driving virtually eliminates motion blur
- At less than 1" wide the new TruSlim Frame trims away the distraction of a wide frame.
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If you're big on sports and fast action, but not big on bulky frames, the 50PW350 3D Plasma is the HDTV for you. It's got a blistering 600Hz refresh rate that keeps up with the fastest action, so there's a clear picture with virtually no blur. Think plasmas have to be bulky? Think again. The TruSlim Frame gives it a sleek, thin profile that makes it stylish on or off. The third dimension: Bring your content to life with HD 3D technology! The astonishing effects will immediately grab your attention and bring your entertainment experience to the next dimension. Capture every moment: Tired of streaky action or unclear plays during the game? See sports, fast action and video games like never before. The 600Hz Sub Field Driving virtually eliminates motion blur. ENERGY STAR Qualified: Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. for TVs, it means they save energy both in standby and active (when they're on) modes. View it in the right light: Let your TV do the adjustments for you. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience. TruSlim Frame: At less than 1" wide the new TruSlim Frame trims away distraction of wide frame. See and experience more: Pictures are sharper. Colors are more vibrant. Entertainment is more real. Everything looks better on an HDTV. Find the perfect picture: Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature. Wise and not wasteful: With the Smart Energy Saving Features, you can conserve money and energy. Display Type: Plasma. Screen Size: 50". Screen Size Diagonal: 49.9". Full HD 1080: No.
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First of all, let me start with a brief summary of pros and cons:
- Pretty good looking
- Many advanced controls for tweaking picture quality, ISF calibration ready, as LG put it. This is a huge plus for an entry level TV
- Excellent picture quality and color accuracy, especially after being properly calibrated
- Low power consumption for a plasma TV, has built-in smart power-saving feature. After being calibrated, it's less than 100 watts in 2D mode which is very low for a plasma TV and within the territory of LCD TVs.
- Only 720p. This actually doesn't bother me because I hardly notice any difference in picture quality compared to my 1080p TV unless I get very close, something like 2-3 feet or so.
- A small annoying issue I found when I tried to calibrate the TV. No big deal but still annoying. I will explain later.
- Looks like a mirror. This is actually a problem for all plasma TVs, the technology itself. If your room is not dark enough, or the TV is facing a window, the reflection can be pretty bad. High end plasma TVs have some sort of filter or something like that to reduce reflection but they cost a lot more. If your room is pretty bright, get ready to buy a dark curtain.
Now let me go into some more details of my calibration process and how this TV performs.
In fact, the TV has very good color and gray scale accuracy in "Cinema" picture mode. I used my colorimeter, downloaded a free copy of ColorHCFR calibration software and AVS HD 709 calibration pattern disc to test the colors and gray scales. I found Cinema mode has good gamma, color temperature, and luminance accuracy. It's not perfect, but it's not too far off. The contrast should be a little higher but for an out-of-the-box mode, it's very good. If anyone doesn't bother with calibration, just switch it to Cinema mode and increase the contrast a little bit, and it's good to go.
For those who are interested in more advanced calibration, the TV does come with 2 advanced picture modes called "expert 1" and "expert 2" with small "ISF" logos. These two modes have all you need for advanced calibration, either by an ISF-certified professional or do it yourself (Although I dig into these "expert" modes, I'm not an "expert", not even close BTW). Go deep into one of these two "expert" modes, you can adjust individual RGB channels (both Contrast and Brightness), turn on color filters for adjusting color saturation and hue. The TV even has 20-point gray scale curve controls. Although this can be hard to use, it allows much more accurate gray scale adjustment. You also find primary and secondary color controls for CMS (Color Management System), which are rarely found in entry level or even mid-range TVs.
I spent a few hours playing with these advanced controls and the results were amazing. The luminance, gamma, color temperature curves were all very close to the targets with very low deltaE values. Of course they are not as low as what I can get with my graphic monitor, but those numbers and graphs are excellent for a TV. After calibration, the colors look natural and smooth, the skin tones look great. 3D movies look great as well. I did notice some crosstalk/ghosting in some dark scenes but it looks like this problem depends on the content as well. I saw very little ghosting when watching Tangled 3D, almost no problem with the Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D and a little more in Shrek 1 and 2 3D.
However, this was also where I found an annoying issue as I previously mentioned. The picture modes seem to work independently in different viewing modes like TV and Blu-ray. I have a blu-ray player connected to one of the HDMI ports. All my calibration was done in this viewing mode with the use of my blu-ray player. After everything was set and I achieved my desired results, There's no way to apply the calibrated parameters to all inputs. I calibrated the "expert 1" profile (in blu-ray viewing mode) and "expert 1" in TV mode doesn't have the same parameters, it actually doesn't change at all. I had to manually copy the numbers to my notes and transfer them one by one. I found this very annoying even though it's not a big deal and I could get around it. But it's very strange.
Another issue I found pretty odd is the "expert" picture profiles are disabled in 3D view mode. So all your calibrated results have no meaning if you're watching 3D movies. I understand that all energy saving features are disabled in 3D mode but the calibrated profiles are gone too? Very odd indeed. Fortunately, the "Cinema" picture profile still works and as I said, it does a good job.
This TV doesn't have any internet streaming service but who really needs it because if you buy a 3D TV, it's almost certain that you have or will have a 3D Blu-ray player and all 3D Blu-ray players have internet streaming capability. Why we need to pay more for a similar feature in a TV as well?
In summary, Although this TV is certainly NOT among the best out there, not even close; It is an excellent TV, especially for the money. Having a lot of advanced picture controls is a huge plus. Excellent picture quality for the money. Despite some annoying but minor issues I found, I still give this TV 5 stars for its quality and value.
The only problem that I have with this TV is the fact that it does not make a good PC monitor. Whenever it is connected to a TV, the native resolution makes the desktop look a little large and mis-shapen, but when playing games from the PC to the screen, things look great. It is also nice that the monitor will accept the 1080p input from my gaming consoles and PC, so those look amazing as well.
The 3D games look great, but I cannot yet comment on the quality of 3D movies. However, because of the great 3-D games, I would have to imagine that a 3D movie would be just as impressive. The 2D to 3D conversion seems a little gimmicky, but it does add depth to your favorite shows and movies. I still prefer the 2D to stay in 2D though.
Overall, I would recommend this plasma. For the price and the inclusion of 2 free pairs of glasses (when I bought it anyways) this deal cannot be beaten. Excellent sound from the on-board speakers and equally amazing picture make me very happy that I bought this television.