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LG 50PZ550 50-inch 3D Plasma HDTV Review

It’s been said that you don’t miss something until after its gone. Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve spent considerable time with an HD plasma and I must say it wasn’t until the LG 50PZ550 arrived on my doorstep that I realized how much I missed having a quality plasma display in my home. The whole world may be turning to LED backlit LCD HDTVs but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t an argument to be made for the technology that started it all – good ‘ol plasma. For instance the LG 50PZ550 reviewed here isn’t just your run of the mill plasma, it’s a 3D capable, Internet ready 50-inch beauty that just so happens to not cost a fortune. In fact the 50PZ550 lists for $1,299 though its street price is often lower – much lower. Having just finished reviewing some of the best LED-based HDTVs available today, how would the LG stack up?

LG 50PZ550 Specifications

General

  • Product type Plasma TV
  • Diagonal size 50 in

Video

  • Technology 3D
  • 3D Technology Yes
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Display format 1080p
  • Refresh rate 600 Hz
  • Image aspect ratio 16:9
  • 24p technology 24p Real Cinema
  • Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
  • Widescreen Widescreen
  • Dynamic contrast ratio 3000000:1
  • Brightness 1500 cd/m2
  • Color temperature control Yes (Warm/Medium/Cool)
  • HDCP compatible Yes
  • Supported DTV resolutions 1080/30p, 1080/60p, 1080/24p, 720p, 1080p, 1080i

TV Tuner

  • TV tuner presence Yes
  • Digital TV tuner ATSC, QAM
  • Analog TV tuner NTSC
  • TV tuner reception system NTSC
  • Secondary audio program (SAP) Yes

Audio

  • Speaker(s) 2 x Right/left channel speaker – Built-in – 10 Watt
  • Analog video input signals NTSC
  • Surround mode Yes
  • Sound effects Infinite Surround
  • Total output power 20 Watt
  • Audio controls Sound mode, Treble, Bass, Balance

Network & Internet Multimedia

  • Connectivity Wired
  • Connectivity protocols Wi-Fi ready, adapter sold separately
  • Internet streaming services NetCast

Convenience Features

  • Additional features Auto Volume Leveler II (AVL), Clear Voice II technology
  • Closed captioning Yes
  • Parental channel lock Yes
  • V-chip control Yes

Connectivity

  • Input/Output connections 1 x Composite video/audio input (RCA phono x 3) – Side,
    1 x Composite video/audio input (RCA phono x 3) – Rear,
    2 x Component video input (RCA phono x 3) – Rear,
    2 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) – Rear,
    1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK) – Rear,
    3 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) – Rear,
    1 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) – Side,
    1 x VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)) – Rear,
    1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm) – Rear,
    1 x Network (RJ-45) – Rear,
    1 x Serial – Rear,
    2 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A) – Side,
    1 x Remote control – Rear
  • Video interface HDMI, Component, Composite
  • HDMI ports qty 4
  • PC interface VGA (HD-15)

DVD

  • DVD player type None

Remote Control

  • Type Remote control – Infrared

Power

  • Power device Power supply – Internal
  • Power device nominal voltage AC 120/230 V
  • Power consumption operational 149 Watt
  • Power consumption stand by / sleep 0.2 Watt

Stands & Mounts

  • Stand included Included
  • Stand design Tabletop
  • Stand features Swivel
  • Flat panel mount interface 400 x 400 mm

Dimensions & Weight

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) 46.1 in x 11.4 in x 30.2 in – With stand
  • Weight 65.3 lbs

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Service & support 2 years warranty
  • Service & support details Limited warranty – Plasma display – 2 years,
    Limited warranty – Parts and labor – 1 year

Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)

  • Width (Shipping) 52.4 in
  • Depth (Shipping) 10 in
  • Height (Shipping) 33.2 in
  • Weight (Shipping) 70.3 lbs

Read the full review at hometheaterreview.com.

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