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LG 60PZ550 60-Inch 1080p 600 Hz Active 3D Plasma HDTV with Internet Applications (2011 Model)
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- Bring your content alive with full 1080p HD 3D technology
- Instantly access movies and TV shows, news and weather and the world's largest library of HD movies in 1080p via LG's NetCast Entertainment Access
- 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
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If you want entertainment so lifelike you'll feel like you can reach out and touch it, or a picture so vibrant and clear that you'll forget you're watching TV, then you want the PZ550 3D 1080p Plasma TV from LG. 3D in 1080p Full HD that gives amazing depth to entertainment. A 600Hz refresh rate that helps take the blur out of sports and leaves the action. And a TruSlim Frame that makes it a stylish addition to any room.
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1) Screen Size: 60" ... but, it had to be no more than 34" in height.
2) 3D: this isn't really my criteria, I inherited it from my kids.
3) Thickness: I don't want a very thick or heavy TV
4) Plasma: Sorry, I've owned and viewed LED/LCDs v. Plasma - for sheer 1080p experience, my perception is that Plasma always looks better.
So, going through the brands, I found only LG to fit my criteria. The most important was #1, if it doesn't fit where I need it to fit, all the bells/whistles won't matter. I could give a hoot about 3D, but my kids insisted for their experience. We went to the big box stores and I will admit, it does look cool. I do not have the glasses yet, they are on their way (As the first reviewer mentioned, the 250's are for this TV). Thickness, holy smokes, who wants those behemoths we had a few years ago. This is thin and fairly lightweight. Beautifully done. OK, then finally, the Plasma v. LED/LCD debate. It will go on/on/on.. it's a matter of perception. Technically, the Plasmas have the edge; however, LED/LCDs are catching up. My personal perception is that Plasmas look MUCH better than LED/LCD. Your mileage may vary.
If you do the great comparison that Amazon has towards the bottom of the product page, you'll see this TV is stacked up against the big 2 - PZ950 and PZ750 - whats missing from the 550? THX (yea right); TruBlack Filter (err, not sure what that is); SmartTV (more apps on the TV I'll never use because my 3D Bluray player has them); Magic Motion Remote (great, another remote that I have to point "just right" to do the menus ... plus, I already have a remote that turns it on and off) ... hmm ... not really seeing why I would pay a premium for those features. All else is equal.
So, yes, would I recommend? **ABSOLUTELY** What don't I like about it? Nothing, I love it; however, something that might irritate people is the very reflective surface. It's like a mirror; however, properly positioned (I have a tilt mount), it eliminates my the irritant factor. I've had it with lights on and off and it's beautiful. Really, I am not using this TV to it's true potential with all the stuff on it. I don't use sound (it's connected to an HDMI receiver), I don't tune with it (U-Verse customer), I have 2 cables going to it: power and HDMI (high speed recommended ... or ... incorrectly labeled HDMI 1.4a). I don't even use the internet portion. I use it as a HUGE monitor for all the stuff I do (U-Verse, Wii, PS3, Bluray) ... and now 3D.
UPDATE 13APR2011 - This TV most certainly has ARC (Audio Return Channel). "Definition: Audio Return Channel (ARC) ia a very practical feature that has been introduced in HDMI ver1.4. What this function allows, if both a home theater receiver and a TV have HDMI ver1.4 and offer this feature, is that you can transfer audio from the TV back to a home theater receiver and listen to your TV's audio through your home theater audio system instead of the TV's speakers without having to connect a second cable between the TV and home theater system."
The 60PZ550 is certainly doing this function through my receiver. I made the assumption that since I did not connect my internet to it, I wouldn't need it. I connected my TV to the internet today to see what the functions were ... typical ... Netflix, Hula, Youtube... etc. I fired up a Netflix movie (which looked pretty decent) and low and behold, I have BEAUTIFUL sound coming out of my receiver. Please DISREGARD the reviewer who stated there was NO ARC.
In the end I am extremely happy with my purchase and the $ I saved going with this model. It's hard for me to imagine a TV getting any more clear or vibrant than this TV, especially in 3D mode. I'm sure if you did a side by side comparison to some other super high end TV's you might be able to see a difference, but for me this TV is perfect.
I don't see how you can do better on a 60" 1080P 3D TV, with 2 pairs of active 3D glasses for $1,150 shipped. BTW, I got mine from Paul's TV and couldn't have been happier with the shipment. They put it down in my basement for me and hooked it all up to make sure everything was working to my satisfaction.
Also, FYI I have not even tested the speaker on this TV as I have it hooked up through my receiver which uses other speakers, so I cannot comment on them. My only complaint thus far would be every time you put it from 2D into 3D mode you get two warning messages that eventually go away, or you can press enter. It's a minor annoyace (not worth removing a star), but I haven't figured out a way to disable it.