REVIEW / Giant Budget Plasma

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on November 27, 2012
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 60 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
  • HD Ready certification Yes
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio 3000000 :1
The first model we tested in LG's PA4500/PA6500 series was the 42" 42PA4500. However, the 60" model is also worth a look. It boasts an aggressive price tag and a Full HD screen (1920 x 1080 pixels), while the smaller version makes do with 1366 x 768 pixels.

With plasma screens there's no risk of panel switching or technology swaps, as is sometimes the case with LCD TVs. Here, the screen panel is exactly the same as in the 42" model—LG has just used a bigger version. Plus, the increase in size has allowed LG to bring Full HD resolution to the 60" model while still using the same screen panel.

Please therefore refer to our review of the LG 42PA4500 for more information about this TV.
Our Recommended Settings

After trying and testing the various options in the internal menu, for watching films, we found the best bet was "Cinema" mode. You should then adjust the contrast as desired to increase or reduce the brightness of the white. We pushed it up to the maximum setting maximum to get as close as possible to 200 cd/m².

Our Readings (with the above settings):

Contrast: 1720:1
Black: 0.07 cd/m²
Gamma: 3/5
Delta E: 4.7
Average discrepancy across display: 4%
Viewing angles: 4.8 / 5
Media player: 3.4 / 5

See also: How Do We Test TVs?

PROS

  • Nice, deep black (0.07 cd/m²)
  • Excellent responsiveness (8 ms on average)
  • No clouding (light blotches in dark zones)
  • Price

CONS

  • Image isn't very bright (90 cd/m² on average)
  • Some sharpness is lost in Full HD images
  • Poor audio quality
  • Relatively high power use
  • Glossy screen prone to reflections and glare

CONCLUSION 3/5

If you're looking for a cheap TV, the LG PA6500 is no five-star show-stopper, but it has plenty of plus points thanks to plasma technology (deep blacks, responsiveness, wide viewing angles, no clouding, perfect display consistency).
3 LG 60PA6500 Digitalversus 2012-11-27 10:25:00

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