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I think it's a pretty good price for a 1080p 50 incher. The spec:

50 inch (127 cm) 16/9,
"Full HD" Freeview,
600Hz,
3,000,000:1 dynamic Contrast
HDMI x2,
USB 2.0

The LG 50PK350 50" Full HD Plasma TV delivers a fantastic picture, thanks to an impressive dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1 and detail-packed 1080p resolution. The 600Hz sub-field drive provides an image which is free of motion blur - making this the ideal TV for viewing sports and fast-paced action movies!

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#1
just beat me to the post cracking deal
#2
:)

Definitely one of the lowest I've seen yet from a reliable retailer. Friend got his recently for £649, so this is definitely a bargain imo.
#3
Anyone got this hooked up to a pc @ 1920x1080 ? Via ?
#4
Is 8Ft too close to watch this screen from for SD picture through Sky
#5
dontasciime
Anyone got this hooked up to a pc @ 1920x1080 ? Via ?


If you need sun tan... :thumbsup:
#6
2 hdmi
what is this 2006

i use 4 hdmi's now nevermind in a few years

this is plasma btw for anyone wanting to know
#7
ohitsaidwalker
Is 8Ft too close to watch this screen from for SD picture through Sky


i'd say yes, too close, i have an hd ready 50" lg, viewing distances range from 5 feet to 12-13 feet, with 7-10 feet being the norm and it's good for that range.
#8
ohitsaidwalker
Is 8Ft too close to watch this screen from for SD picture through Sky


No, that distance is absolutely fine.
#9
Shonk
2 hdmi
what is this 2006

i use 4 hdmi's now nevermind in a few years

this is plasma btw for anyone wanting to know


most people will partner this TV with a sound system of some kind (the built in sound on this TV is by far the worst thing about it) most modern amps have HDMI switching, so in that case you'd only need one input.
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Measured this with a spectrophotometer, and colours are very accurate indeed out of the box - pretty unusual for all but top end hdtvs. Most manufacturers deliberately use stupid colours that look lurid and attractive in brightened showrroms, but terrible and unnatural in homes. In particular, red is usually way oversaturated, yellow miles off target, and green can be wildly off-hue (especially with Samsungs). If you like skin to look like skin rather than orange, and grass not to look neon bright, accurate colours are for you.

Downside is that like all the cheaper 2010 LG plasmas, it's very, very reflective. For anything with dark scenes, this is a set to be used at night, preferably with no room lighting falling directly onto it.

Blacks are good, better than Samsungs, but not quite as good as Panasonics.

Yes, it plays all sorts of movies off USB.

Handles 1080p24 perfectly without judder (at 72hz).

1-1 for 1080p hdmi from a PC


There are models in the LG range with better anti-reflection coatings (790+), and more features like bluetooth/freeviewhd/etc (590+), but those suffer from a lot of software problems that make the picture worse. Some of these may get fixed with firmware, some not.
#11
Shame it's only got 2 HDMI as already said, if it had 4 and was LCD I would consider upgrading to one of these but not for a 2 HDMI plasma.
#12
NOT FAIR I want but wifey (and bank manager) says no, hot excellent price

simate
Shame it's only got 2 HDMI as already said, if it had 4 and was LCD I would consider upgrading to one of these but not for a 2 HDMI plasma.


so basically totally the wrong set for you then lol
#13
anyone who have this, does it support MKV via usb?
#14
arfster
Measured this with a spectrophotometer, and colours are very accurate indeed out of the box - pretty unusual for all but top end hdtvs. Most manufacturers deliberately use stupid colours that look lurid and attractive in brightened showrroms, but terrible and unnatural in homes. In particular, red is usually way oversaturated, yellow miles off target, and green can be wildly off-hue (especially with Samsungs). If you like skin to look like skin rather than orange, and grass not to look neon bright, accurate colours are for you.

Downside is that like all the cheaper 2010 LG plasmas, it's very, very reflective. For anything with dark scenes, this is a set to be used at night, preferably with no room lighting falling directly onto it.

Blacks are good, better than Samsungs, but not quite as good as Panasonics.

Yes, it plays all sorts of movies off USB.

Handles 1080p24 perfectly without judder (at 72hz).

1-1 for 1080p hdmi from a PC


There are models in the LG range with better anti-reflection coatings (790+), and more features like bluetooth/freeviewhd/etc (590+), but those suffer from a lot of software problems that make the picture worse. Some of these may get fixed with firmware, some not.


Thanks i wanted to know about pixel mapping ....
#15
is this better than the panisonic 50 inc 1080p that dixons had last week??x
#16
digiengland;8809850
anyone who have this, does it support MKV via usb?


Yup, you simply put the stick in, it pops up a menu asking for audio/photos/video, and you navigate around. You can also make a playlist, which is useful.

Manual says it supports: mpeg/vob/avi/divx/mp4/mkv/ts/trp/tp with audio support for ac3/aac/mpeg/mp3/lpcm (no dts). Also has subtitle support in multiple formats.Note no wmv, and I was able to trip it up with a ts file containing 1080 interlaced mbaff h264 recorded off BBCHD. Not terribly surprising, that trips up everything (edit: manual says ts files with h264 are supported, so probably mbaff is the problem). Normal stuff like a 720p mkv/ac3 and avis were flawless though.

Photos are limited to jpegs, music to mp3s. You can have music playing while watching photo slideshows, nice touch.



Unknowns

1) will ac3 audio and so on route out to an external audio receiver?
2) couldn't test high complexity 1080p h264 mkv cos my usb stick wasn't big enough (probably are profile/bitrate limitations). Manual says max 1080p30 20mbit, h264 profile 4.1, so it'll handle any mkvs out there, but not straight dumps of Blurays.
3) could only test a 4gb stick, so dunno if it'll take bigger
(edit: manual says up to 32gb for sticks, and 1000gb for usb hard disks. Those are "recommended maximums", it may handle higher).
4) Does it auto-change refresh rate depending on source content? (edit: it does for bluray/htpc). Would be nice for 24p stuff if it did (edit: 24p mode is excellent, ultra smooth at 72hz).


Also, ISF expert profiles are disabled in usb mode, so if you get it calibrated you can't use that. That means you lose the advanced settings: 20 point greyscale adjustments, and the CMS (you need a colorimeter to use these though). You still have default cinema mode though, noise reduction, brightness/contrast, and colour/tint/temperature.


That leads onto another plus point: if you do have a colorimeter the adjustments available here are second to none. 20 point greyscale is lurrrrvely, most sets only have 2 point. Calibrated using this, the picture is better than just about any set going (literally reference class gamma, luma, colour temperature, the lot). You can even set different day and night settings for every input. LG have really done a wonderful job with the calibration tools.
#17
Good question as I bought the Panasonic 50 inch for £649 , from John Lewis , with the 5 year .
#18
I plan to get this model to avoid the potential Panasonic black level issue which is upsetting many owners.

This LG model gets lots of excellent reviews for picture quality.
#19
I have the lg 50pk590 which has freeview HD.I must say that the tv is amazing.I played divx and mkv videos using my USB and it plays it all. However, it has got some reflection but for that price you can't complain.
One more thing- the speackers are s*** so get a home cinema system aswell
#20
thilee

One more thing- the speackers are s*** so get a home cinema system aswell


Yes, that's true, the speakers are pretty ****-poor. Unfortunately, that's an inevitable tradeoff given how ultra thin it is.
#21
arfster
Yup, you simply put the stick in, it pops up a menu asking for audio/photos/video, and you navigate around. You can also make a playlist, which is useful.

Manual says it supports: mpeg/vob/avi/divx/mp4/mkv/ts/trp/tp with audio support for ac3/aac/mpeg/mp3/lpcm (no dts). Also has subtitle support in multiple formats.Note no wmv, and I was able to trip it up with a ts file containing 1080 interlaced mbaff h264 recorded off BBCHD. Not terribly surprising, that trips up everything (edit: manual says ts files with h264 are supported, so probably mbaff is the problem). Normal stuff like a 720p mkv/ac3 and avis were flawless though.

Photos are limited to jpegs, music to mp3s. You can have music playing while watching photo slideshows, nice touch.



Unknowns

1) will ac3 audio and so on route out to an external audio receiver?
2) couldn't test high complexity 1080p h264 mkv cos my usb stick wasn't big enough (probably are profile/bitrate limitations). Manual says max 1080p30 20mbit, h264 profile 4.1.
3) could only test a 4gb stick, so dunno if it'll take bigger
(edit: manual says up to 32gb for sticks, and 1000gb for usb hard disks. Those are "recommended maximums", it may handle higher).
4) Does it auto-change refresh rate depending on source content? Would be nice for 24p stuff if it did.


Also, ISF expert profiles are disabled in usb mode, so if you get it calibrated you can't use that. That means you lose the advanced settings: 20 point greyscale adjustments, and the CMS (you need a colorimeter to use these though). You still have default cinema mode though, noise reduction, brightness/contrast, and colour/tint/temperature.


That leads onto another plus point: if you do have a colorimeter the adjustments available here are second to none. 20 point greyscale is lurrrrvely, most sets only have 2 point. Calibrated using this, the picture is better than just about any set going (literally reference class gamma, luma, colour temperature, the lot). You can even set different day and night settings for every input. LG have really done a wonderful job with the calibration tools.


is the 50pk590 not as good though iYO
#22
What would be the warranty on this please?
#23
dontasciime
is the 50pk590 not as good though iYO


More features, but slightly worse picture it seems. However all the things that make the picture worse appear to be software bugs, and are thus potentially fixable in firmware - just a question of whether LG can be bothered (pretty certain the forced sharpening will be taken care of, not sure about the black levels though).
#24
arfster

Also, ISF expert profiles are disabled in usb mode.......



First downer: those expert profiles are the ones with the accurate colours :-( Cinema mode doesn't, several of the colours are a lot too bright, and magenta is way off hue.

This is a really silly error, and might be fixable by copying the expert1 settings to cinema in the service menu.
#25
arfster
First downer: those expert profiles are the ones with the accurate colours :-( Cinema mode doesn't, several of the colours are a lot too bright, and magenta is way off hue.

This is a really silly error, and might be fixable by copying the expert1 settings to cinema in the service menu.


Is the service menu easily found ? exited ?
#26
This set does not have HD Freeview as far as I can see (looked at LG website http://www.lg.com/uk/tv-audio-video/televisions/LG-plasma-tv-50PK350.jsp )
HD freeview not available in Bournemouth area until 2012 anyway (I assumed it was available to all freeview areas already).
#27
Personally thinking of getting this as it's got HD Freeview but there's just SO many tv's out there, my head's in a spin :(
http://www.richersounds.com/product/plasma-tv/lg/50pk590/lg-50pk590#
#28
arfster
Yup, you simply put the stick in, it pops up a menu asking for audio/photos/video, and you navigate around. You can also make a playlist, which is useful.

Manual says it supports: mpeg/vob/avi/divx/mp4/mkv/ts/trp/tp with audio support for ac3/aac/mpeg/mp3/lpcm (no dts). Also has subtitle support in multiple formats.Note no wmv, and I was able to trip it up with a ts file containing 1080 interlaced mbaff h264 recorded off BBCHD. Not terribly surprising, that trips up everything (edit: manual says ts files with h264 are supported, so probably mbaff is the problem). Normal stuff like a 720p mkv/ac3 and avis were flawless though.

Photos are limited to jpegs, music to mp3s. You can have music playing while watching photo slideshows, nice touch.



Unknowns

1) will ac3 audio and so on route out to an external audio receiver?
2) couldn't test high complexity 1080p h264 mkv cos my usb stick wasn't big enough (probably are profile/bitrate limitations). Manual says max 1080p30 20mbit, h264 profile 4.1.
3) could only test a 4gb stick, so dunno if it'll take bigger
(edit: manual says up to 32gb for sticks, and 1000gb for usb hard disks. Those are "recommended maximums", it may handle higher).
4) Does it auto-change refresh rate depending on source content? Would be nice for 24p stuff if it did.


Also, ISF expert profiles are disabled in usb mode, so if you get it calibrated you can't use that. That means you lose the advanced settings: 20 point greyscale adjustments, and the CMS (you need a colorimeter to use these though). You still have default cinema mode though, noise reduction, brightness/contrast, and colour/tint/temperature.


That leads onto another plus point: if you do have a colorimeter the adjustments available here are second to none. 20 point greyscale is lurrrrvely, most sets only have 2 point. Calibrated using this, the picture is better than just about any set going (literally reference class gamma, luma, colour temperature, the lot). You can even set different day and night settings for every input. LG have really done a wonderful job with the calibration tools.


Top posting. Nice to read some science about these things.
#29
I got this telly in Richer Sounds in Glasgow yesterday. It was meant to be £630 but they gave me it for £600. I also paid 10% (£60) for a 5 year warranty which I got as my last HD telly only lasted 2 years before going.

Can anyone that knows about this telly tell me why that when I have my PS3 plugged in and set up at full 1080p it flickers constantly? When I take off 1080p and just have 1080i it works fine.
#30
KilliePie
I got this telly in Richer Sounds in Glasgow yesterday. It was meant to be £630 but they gave me it for £600. I also paid 10% (£60) for a 5 year warranty which I got as my last HD telly only lasted 2 years before going.

Can anyone that knows about this telly tell me why that when I have my PS3 plugged in and set up at full 1080p it flickers constantly? When I take off 1080p and just have 1080i it works fine.


mess on with ps3 720 1080 options only select one .. try different hdmi cable as well as the other hdmi port
#31
whats the power usage of this ???

my brothers looking for a replacement for a px60 which was using 350w-400w in bright scenes lower wattage use in dark scenes
banned#32
ohitsaidwalker;8808204
Is 8Ft too close to watch this screen from for SD picture through Sky


scrumpypaul;8809140
i'd say yes, too close, i have an hd ready 50" lg, viewing distances range from 5 feet to 12-13 feet, with 7-10 feet being the norm and it's good for that range.

eh? :thinking:
#33
Would this tv be good for games, xbox ps3 etc? I currently have a 37" samsung 720p, would I benefit? Please help me I can't decide if a 50" 1080p is the way forward or a 40" 3d led hdtv?

I want games to look as best as they can.
#34
I bought this TV from currys last month, paid about £630 after quidco, 10% voucher at the time, and selling a half price budled xbox arcade on ebay! :-) Im very pleased with it, it replaced a 40" samsung LCD, the only comment i would make is the fact it is quite reflective but picture quality makes up for this.

The lack of HDMI's doesnt bother me as its hooked into a Denon AV system.

Great buy!
#35
I bought the PK590

To anyone who has either of these TVs

When the footy's on, and the camera is panning left or right towards the action, do you see any sort of vertical lines on the screen?

Also... watch/Sky + Come Dine With Me... at the end where the credits are rolling and the picture splits half credits half what's coming next etc.

Do you have distinct horizontal shadow lines (coming from the credits) right across the screen?

The PK590 I have just sent back had both going on

The worst it got was when watching something where someone was standing in front of/beside a set of window blinds
The blinds would leave lines going right through the persons face and neck
This would happen with lots of different scenes with horizontal structures in them

I await a replacement but I'm not too hopeful

To me LG TVs atm are really pants
#36
csiman
eh? :thinking:


Thanks.. I thought I was going loop the loop....I thought my wife had answered, thought it was coded?:whistling:
#37
Fancy one of these for the bedroom. Had been long thinking of getting a 37" to 42", but for the extra £100 or so you'd pay for a 37"-42" it's a hell of a leap up in screen size.
#38
Invested in the 50PK350 at the weekend. Impressed so far, but I'm not an expert, and can't spot slight flaws that some people can.
Upgraded from a 32in LCD. Got Sky+HD coming at the end of the week hopefully, then the next job will be to buy a BluRay player!
#39
Similar to me.
Yesterday bought the 50PK590 and now need a blu ray player.
Was thinking about just getting a ps3 as have heard the blu ray player is good on them?
Any ideas anyone?
#40
magough
Similar to me.
Yesterday bought the 50PK590 and now need a blu ray player.
Was thinking about just getting a ps3 as have heard the blu ray player is good on them?
Any ideas anyone?


How much did you guys get your PK590 for? and what else do these have over the PK350?

Thanks

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