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LG 50PQ30 Plasma HDTV Review

50 in.

A lower-end set with decent scores and a really low price for its size.

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Formats

The LG 50PQ30 is a 1080p plasma display that supports 3:2 pulldown and 24p playback.

Viewing Angle

The 50PQ30's viewing angle really shouldn't be a problem. We found it maintained its contrast ratio regardless of where you were standing.

Viewing Angle Chart

Reflectance

External light sources often wreak havoc on your TV screen. Screens prone to reflection can be unwatchable in certain setups. The 50PQ30 did all right on this test, but still had some issues. While it diffused the light well, the resulting glow washed out a large chunk of the screen. If the light is on an angle, however, the reflection won't be too distracting.

Video Processing

The 37LH55 had a few video processing features, some of which caused a visible effect, some of which didn't do anything noteworthy. We're also at a bit of a loss about what they were supposed to do, since the screen doesn't have any explanatory pop-ups and the manual is mum on the subject.

| Setting | Our Impression |

| Dynamic Contrast | Dynamically adjusts contrast, so whites get blown out and darks get lumped together into black blobs. |

| Dynamic Color | Dynamically adjusts color to ensure something is getting oversaturated. |

| Noise Reduction | Significantly reduces noise. |

| Eye Care | This didn't seem to do anything, not even something involving eyes. |

| Edge Enhancer | We didn't see any significant changes. |

| OPC | Makes some whites slightly darker sometimes. |

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Samsung PN50B430 Comparison
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50G10 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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