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Opinion on LG Plasmas? Owners speak up please!


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 29 2010 - 12:40 AM

Come November I was all set to purchase my first 3D display,

the Panasonic 65VT25,  which most who have reviewed it are

heralding as the new benchmark display.

Something really cool happened last week at Cedia that kind

of threw a wrench in the works....


I won a 50" 3D system from the folks at LG.


The system consists of their 50PX950 display, 3D Blu-ray

player, 2 glasses and bundled movie.


I am in the process of talking to LG about paying the difference

to upgrade that 50" to their 60" model.  I don't see a problem

with them doing that.


I am very thankful to the folks at LG and the last thing I want

to do is to play down such a gracious prize package.


The thing is, when it comes to plasma displays, Panasonic

has been the one to beat.  Since they have incorporated many

of the Kuro specs into their high-end displays, you can expect

outstanding black levels which for me is one of the most important

features I look for.


I know very little about LG and the quality of their displays.  I know

they are a Korean company and back in the day their displays

weren't highly touted.  From what I have read recently, that seems

to have changed dramatically.


I had a chance to look at the 50" display at Cedia and it looked

outstanding on the floor.  Here is a video of the display which

appears right at the beginning. Of course the display was set to

bright and vivid to exaggerate its colors, but nonetheless, I was

very impressed with the quality of the 3D I was watching on it.


I am very pleased that this display has a THX certified mode

that would give me a proper 2D and 3D calibrated picture. That's

a major plus.  However, at the moment there are no professional

reviews available on this display.


So, knowing very little about LG, I am wondering if there are any

owners of LG plasmas out there that can give some insight into

the quality of their displays including black levels.
I could sell this prize package and put it towards the Panasonic,

but in a way, I am hoping that the display is comparable to the

high end Panny model in most respects and that it would provide

me with a satisfactory viewing experience.


Thanks in advance.

 

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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   elwaylite

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Posted September 29 2010 - 05:21 AM

All I can offer, is that the VT25 is the best 2d and 3d set this year, and I'd recommend it second to none. I also have a problem with LG reliability history. Id get the VT25.
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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   JoeCool6972

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Posted October 31 2010 - 02:08 AM

I can tell you this so far as reliability. LG Corp has been making televisions since 1947. Only thing is they changed the name of the TV company to the corporate name of LG... Anyone remember GOLDSTAR? My in laws still have a working 20" CRT from 1988 in a bedroom. And here is a funny thing about it... IT SAYS MADE IN USA ON THE LABEL...A KOREAN BASED COMPANY MADE ELECTRONICS IN THE US. Can you find anything electronic made in the us anymore?



#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted October 31 2010 - 02:24 AM

Wow.  I had a 1982 13" Gold Star TV that for all I know is still going strong for the person I gave it to.  I'd been wondering about LG and where they came from, seemingly all of a sudden, but never bothered to look it up.

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Steve Berger

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Posted October 31 2010 - 06:30 AM

The initials stand for Lucky - Goldstar. I think the name "Lucky" was one of those unfortunate names (in Korean) that didn't translate well into English and prompted a rebranding to LG or LGE.

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   GeorgeAB

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Posted October 31 2010 - 06:54 AM

Ron, Be sure to read the review of the Panasonic VT25 by Doug Blackburn in the recent Widescreen Review.  I have much more confidence in considering LG since it signed on with THX.  They have not had a good record in the past of adhering to video standards in their designs.  I can't speak to durability, since I've always steered clear of their products.  They have a really slick on-board graphical picture setup routine and menu system in their top models.  Their color management facilities are still not complete.  The Samsungs have the most elaborate calibration functionality, but their black levels are not as good as the top Panasonics or LGs, and they have a reputation for awful customer service.  Drop Gregg L. a note.  He has more exposure to what is out there than I do. Best regards and beautiful pictures, G. Alan Brown, President CinemaQuest, Inc. A Lion AV Consultants Affiliate "Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 31 2010 - 10:39 AM

George and all, Thank you for the responses thus far. I just received my LG 60PX950 two days ago. Have had very little time to watch it.  At first glance the picture looks damn good -- especially in THX CINEMA mode though I am uncertain if I should be watching regular TV in that mode. Black levels look pretty damn good. I hope to do a basic review on the display over the next few weeks.

 

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