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LG 50PQ30 Plasma HDTV Review

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

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Value Comparison

This is a battle of budget vs. features. The Sony is far more expensive, but provides a slew of online content—currently it's the best offering from any manufacturer, by leaps and bounds. If streaming content options appeal to you, you might want to consider spending the extra money on this smaller set. If size is your main concern, the LG does that and does it well, offering a lot of screen for its cost.

Blacks & Whites

The LG's contrast ratio wasn't as high as the Sony's due to it's really low peak brightness.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

Both TVs had about the same color performance.

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Motion

While the Sony is a bit smoother, the LG had less artifacting.

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Viewing Effects

The 50PQ30's viewing angle is far wider than the KDL-40W5100's.

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Connectivity

Below we've compared the 50PQ30's ports to a few of its competitors. Note the lack of media ports on the 50PQ30.

The Sony KDL-40W5100 has an absolutely insane array of streaming options. Sony's online features are currently the best in the industry.

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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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