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LG Plasma TV a brand review!
The quality LG plasma TV PA6500 is not an expensive plasma with natural display colours gives a solid looks and solid bright-room visual quality. High quality image processing is the highlight of the LG plasma, with correct 24p response mating well with the full 1080 picture quality plasma resolution. This LG plasma has a living-room-friendly creative display appearance gives an interior outfit and it's easy to use as well.
The one bad thing in the LG plasma evinced some of the lightest, least realistic black levels in its class. Colours lack some of the saturation found in the plasma TV's peers, and it showed more temporary image retention. The LG plasma suffers from solarization, which manifests as distinct bands in gradient colours.
The bottom line of LG plasma PA6500 is a good decent plasma TV brand and if you'll have nothing less than 1080 plasma for cheap price, but it's not the best value at this level.
It is getting towards the spiky end of 2012, and save the surprise appearance of some OLEDs, we've seen most of the plasma TVs that we expect to score highest in picture and visual quality. This leaves us with plasma televisions like the PA6500: not a dreadful plasma by any means no, that's the Panasonic plasma X5 but one that still can't qualify for our recommendation.
LG's cheapest plasma 1080p does some things right, particularly colours, and some not-so right, the worst being LCD-like black levels that lead to a less "present" picture. The LG PA6500 plasma's biggest problem, though, is that its competition is too high. At 50 inches, the entry-level Samsung plasma E450 is cheaper and a better performer despite its lower resolution; if you insist on plasma 1080p, the slightly more expensive Panasonic U50 is the way to go. Meanwhile the 60-inch PA6500 is among the least expensive TVs you can buy at that size, but we'd still recommend paying extra for the much better picture quality of the Samsung plasma PN60E550.
LG plasma Information to notice:
I performed a hands-on evaluation of the 50-inch LG 50PA6500, but this brand review also applies to the 60-inch size in the plasma TV series. Both size have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar visual quality.
Plasma TV Design
Let us invent a new term to describe the plasma TV PA6500: it is a perfectly "living roomable" plasma television. That is to say that it won't stick out in an obnoxious way in your living area, or look so drab as to induce spontaneous comas. The frame is clad predominantly in glossy black with a vaguely gun-metal wedge at the bottom. The swivelling stand has a business like appearance and is a welcome change from stodgy rectangular ones.
The included remote control is surprisingly full-featured with access to all most commonly used functions: volume, channels, and so on. Indeed, I had to double-check that this was the correct remote since it seemed too good for such a cheap plasma TV.
The plasma TV's menu system is similar to the rest of the line, with small, easy-to-read icons leading to a pleasant experience. Of course, it does without the Smart TV aspects of the connected televisions, which greatly helps in the "simple" department.
LG plasma TV features:
Unlike the cheaper plasma PA4500 and its 720p resolution, the PA6500 is a full-HD, 1080p television. Apart from that though, the set doesn't have many features when compared to more expensive devices. Additions like 3D and smart TV are far from ubiquitous yet, and you'll have to pay a bit more to enjoy them.
The plasma TV, like most plasmas these days, features 600Hz subfield driving, which refers to the rate at which the plasma TV sends the picture to the screen, and is not actually related to 120Hz-type engines found on LCD TVs.
LG plasma picture settings:
Like the plasma PA4500 that precedes it in LG's line-up, the PA6500 includes plenty of tweaks, including ISF pre-sets and 20-point grayscale adjustments. The LG plasma TV also comes with a power-saving mode, although like most such additions, it caps light output, which leads to a too-dim picture.
Plasma TV Connectivity:
The LG plasma features three HDMI ports, with two on the side and one on the rear with an uncommon two component inputs, a composite connector, a single USB port and a PC connection.
Perfect plasma picture quality:
The plasma PA6500 is essentially a 1080p version of the PA4500 and as a result, it’s picture quality is very similar to the cheaper TV's. Black and white levels and shadow details are almost identical in visual performance, the two do difference in colour response. We would describe the plasma PA4500's colour as more excitable, with richer skin tones and better colour saturation. On the other hand, the plasma PA6500 was more muted, but arguably more accurate. One problem that find was the plasma PA6500 was the most susceptible of all the models in the line-up to image retention, as I'll detail shortly.
If the Samsung plasma E450 didn't exist, this TV would probably present a better deal, but for the money you can get a better-performing plasma TV at 50 inches. Plenty of better 60-inch sets are available too, but they do cost more than this LG, making the 60PA6500 a potential bargain product pick -- but I'd still pay a couple hundred more to avoid this TV's issues. Yes, the LG plasma does look better some LCDs up to twice the price, but even at this level it's not good enough.