"3D TV Done Right!"5.0 starson by Paul_Frazier
Pros: TV has wifi built in
+ Image is clearer and is much brighter
+ Lot of features on this set - youtube, web browser, vudu, games...
+ Great price under $900
+ Remote easy use
Cons: - Glass screen can reflect lights
- Not as bright as a LCD using the 50% brightness setting
Summary: My previous TV was a three-year old Panasonic HDTV 50" plasma and so I'm able to review this TV with some experience with another set that had similar specifications. I wasn't expecting massive leaps in image quality and merely purchased this TV because of the low price it was at and the fact that I wanted the 3D experience.*** P.S. If you will buy this TV I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004LFCYRM?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new_map&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
I have to say however that once tweaked, this set is leaps and bounds beyond my older TV. The image is clearer and is much brighter. Of course as I said you have to tweak it to get that perfect image and by far in a way the most essential tweak is to switch off the terrible energy saving option that infects this television. The theory is this 'intelligently' dims areas of the unneeded sections of the screen to save power since plasmas draw a lot of juice. The reality, however, is everything looks dirty and dim even at 100% brightness. In fact with the energy saving setting on, the more I tweaked things, the dimmer the TV seemed to get. Thankfully it's just a quick disable of this option and retina-burning brightness is the wonderful result. Just how I like it.
Once I was satisfied with the image settings I immediately played the IMAX 'Ultimate Wave Tahiti' 3D blu ray to stretch its legs. And I was blown away. Everything looked so clear yet... in 3D! And I love the fact that the menu options are also in 3D meaning that tweaking the depth settings whilst playing a 3D movie is extremely easy (and quite effectively bizarre).
Now there's a lot of features on this set - youtube, web browser, vudu, games, apps and so on and I've yet to try any of them. This is due to the fact that this 'wifi ready' set doesn't have wifi; you have to buy the LG AN-WF100 Wi-Fi USB Adaptor or use a cat5 cable. I almost dinged the overall rating stars because of this. Even sub-$100 gadgets like apple TV has wifi built in. I decided against the ding and have ordered the dongle but boy is it frustrating to spend four figures on a set up only to find you're missing a 1 inch long peripheral that cost $20 or so. This also means I haven't had chance to try the supplied extra mouse pointer wii-like remote controller (you also get a nice light-up normal remote) although it does look interesting.
Sound is also unused in my set up as I have a 7.1 receiver. Usually sound on these sets is passable but nothing to write home about - I can't imagine this set pumps out huge bass because it's so thin, but perhaps the speakers are in the base or something. In all honestly if you're getting this TV then you probably already have equipment that sounds better than the in built speakers though.
Almost certainly due to the high brightness that I have this set I do notice a lot of inherent memory. This is often thought to be burn-in on plasmas and I read in another review for this plasma TV that they were whitewashing the set every night to rectify it. Please don't do this! Temporary image retention is normal for a plasma and it self corrects itself fairly quickly once you start watching something else. This set 'suffers' from it no more than any other plasma that I've seen and I just wanted to put that out there in case you bought it and thought you'd ruined it with some burn in.
So what we have here is a utterly stunning TV that's got everything you need. It's ten steps ahead of my three year old plasma in all respects plus it's 70lbs lighter. I cannot recommend this TV highly enough regardless of whether you're into the 3D thing. What a great set.
Updated on Aug 26, 2011
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