LG 50PB660V 50" Full HD 1080p SMART Plasma Freeview HD TV £399 @ powerdirect - HotUKDeals
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Plasma's are very thin on the ground now and for anyone still in the hunt for a Plasma TV, choices are limited with only a single 42" 720p plasma available from Samsung and a handful of models available from LG. Panasonic, Samsung and LG have all announced their exit from the plasma TV market, so there will be no new models and very limited stock of existing models going in to 2015.

At £399, this could be a bargain for someone out there. The TV has SMART features, but will require a dongle for Wi-Fi.

Highlights

1080p Full HD
SMART TV
Freeview HD
600Hz Sub Field Drive
3 x HDMI/3 x USB/1 x SCART
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#1
No tv is perfect, but a good plasma comes close ;)
#2
Is this a better picture than a 50 inch led for normal tv ie soaps etc. ?
#3
LOUGHBORO GUY
Is this a better picture than a 50 inch led for normal tv ie soaps etc. ?

I got the 3d version on Sunday and picture is lovely but standard definition is not so good as it wont be on any 50 inch. HD channels are really good, much nicer than a 900 quid 55 inch led I sent back but thats just my opinion as I like the natural look of plasma screens. Its a bargain at that price for sure.
#4
Thankyou for the reply it's for a master bedroom wall only watch freeview hd channels it does look at bargain
#5
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.
#6
CampGareth
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.

I got one from same place same price (I posted the mark electrical deal after I ordered mine for 449) and its so much better than any review. First day it did not look that good but ts settled since it came sunday. I have it on expert 1 setting with just a little tweak and picture is amazing. Just watched madagascar on bbc1 hd and the blacks and colours jumped out. So much better than the led I sent back at double the price. I still love plasma.

Edited By: submerged on Dec 30, 2014 20:25
#7
Don't really see why anyone would WANT a plasma tv
#8
submerged
CampGareth
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.

I got one from same place same price (I posted the mark electrical deal after I ordered mine for 449) and its so much better than any review. First day it did not look that good but ts settled since it came sunday. I have it on expert 1 setting with just a little tweak and picture is amazing. Just watched madagascar on bbc1 hd and the blacks and colours jumped out. So much better than the led I sent back at double the price. I still love plasma.

Glad to hear it, I'm making the jump from a 27" IPS monitor to a plasma in part because of black levels so that's comforting to know. How black will it go out of interest? As in, when all the lights are off and it's displaying full black, can you still see it's on? What about during movies, do you notice the letterbox bars are anything but black?
3 Likes #9
mahel
Don't really see why anyone would WANT a plasma tv

Don't see why anyone would ask such a stupid question !
#10
CampGareth
submerged
CampGareth
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.

I got one from same place same price (I posted the mark electrical deal after I ordered mine for 449) and its so much better than any review. First day it did not look that good but ts settled since it came sunday. I have it on expert 1 setting with just a little tweak and picture is amazing. Just watched madagascar on bbc1 hd and the blacks and colours jumped out. So much better than the led I sent back at double the price. I still love plasma.

Glad to hear it, I'm making the jump from a 27" IPS monitor to a plasma in part because of black levels so that's comforting to know. How black will it go out of interest? As in, when all the lights are off and it's displaying full black, can you still see it's on? What about during movies, do you notice the letterbox bars are anything but black?

Pretty black but not fully but I read on forums that the black level goes darker after 500 hours and again at 1000 and 2000. Not sure if thats right or not. The black bars are not quite as black as the surround at the moment but I am impressed especially at the price.
#11
Tallyho
mahel
Don't really see why anyone would WANT a plasma tv

Don't see why anyone would ask such a stupid question !
LED>Plasma
#12
Great price for what is still a sadly missed medium for decent picture quality.
#13
mahel
Tallyho
mahel
Don't really see why anyone would WANT a plasma tv

Don't see why anyone would ask such a stupid question !
LED>Plasma

Your point being ?
#14
can you play movies via the usb ?
#15
Desp
can you play movies via the usb ?

Yes been playing 3d and hd mkv files no problem
#16
Same price in Sainsburys Cheshire Oaks.
1 Like #17
submerged
CampGareth
submerged
CampGareth
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.

I got one from same place same price (I posted the mark electrical deal after I ordered mine for 449) and its so much better than any review. First day it did not look that good but ts settled since it came sunday. I have it on expert 1 setting with just a little tweak and picture is amazing. Just watched madagascar on bbc1 hd and the blacks and colours jumped out. So much better than the led I sent back at double the price. I still love plasma.

Glad to hear it, I'm making the jump from a 27" IPS monitor to a plasma in part because of black levels so that's comforting to know. How black will it go out of interest? As in, when all the lights are off and it's displaying full black, can you still see it's on? What about during movies, do you notice the letterbox bars are anything but black?

Pretty black but not fully but I read on forums that the black level goes darker after 500 hours and again at 1000 and 2000. Not sure if thats right or not. The black bars are not quite as black as the surround at the moment but I am impressed especially at the price.

Run it in for at least 100hrs on low contrast, the picture might look poor but be patient, you will be rewarded once you crank up the contrast / brightness settings.
#18
Tallyho
submerged
CampGareth
submerged
CampGareth
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.

I got one from same place same price (I posted the mark electrical deal after I ordered mine for 449) and its so much better than any review. First day it did not look that good but ts settled since it came sunday. I have it on expert 1 setting with just a little tweak and picture is amazing. Just watched madagascar on bbc1 hd and the blacks and colours jumped out. So much better than the led I sent back at double the price. I still love plasma.

Glad to hear it, I'm making the jump from a 27" IPS monitor to a plasma in part because of black levels so that's comforting to know. How black will it go out of interest? As in, when all the lights are off and it's displaying full black, can you still see it's on? What about during movies, do you notice the letterbox bars are anything but black?

Pretty black but not fully but I read on forums that the black level goes darker after 500 hours and again at 1000 and 2000. Not sure if thats right or not. The black bars are not quite as black as the surround at the moment but I am impressed especially at the price.

Run it in for at least 100hrs on low contrast, the picture might look poor but be patient, you will be rewarded once you crank up the contrast / brightness settings.

How low do you suggest? Not had a plasma since my 6 series panny and I forget what I did with that.
2 Likes #19
mahel
Don't really see why anyone would WANT a plasma tv

Because some people might prefer natural unaffected picture and deep blacks rather than lower energy and nothing else...
We bought one of last Panasonic's plasma last year - GT60 model and wouldn't change for anything
#20
Always the same old tosh that LED is better.

I prefer LED because you can get a great picture now with much less power consumption and I'm tight so saving pennies makes me happy.

But a plasma always has, still has and for quite some time yet will still have a superior picture quality, dependent on the quality of the unit/manufacturing brand.

If money wasn't an option, I'd have a plasma hands down.
#21
submerged
Tallyho
submerged
CampGareth
submerged
CampGareth
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.

I got one from same place same price (I posted the mark electrical deal after I ordered mine for 449) and its so much better than any review. First day it did not look that good but ts settled since it came sunday. I have it on expert 1 setting with just a little tweak and picture is amazing. Just watched madagascar on bbc1 hd and the blacks and colours jumped out. So much better than the led I sent back at double the price. I still love plasma.

Glad to hear it, I'm making the jump from a 27" IPS monitor to a plasma in part because of black levels so that's comforting to know. How black will it go out of interest? As in, when all the lights are off and it's displaying full black, can you still see it's on? What about during movies, do you notice the letterbox bars are anything but black?

Pretty black but not fully but I read on forums that the black level goes darker after 500 hours and again at 1000 and 2000. Not sure if thats right or not. The black bars are not quite as black as the surround at the moment but I am impressed especially at the price.

Run it in for at least 100hrs on low contrast, the picture might look poor but be patient, you will be rewarded once you crank up the contrast / brightness settings.

How low do you suggest? Not had a plasma since my 6 series panny and I forget what I did with that.

I always run my Panasonic plasma panels in at around 30 contrast & 40 brightness, after 100 hrs I cranked it up on the contrast to about 65 & brightness to about 45 , as always your own eyes will tell for your own settings.

I'd have plasma all day long & am tempted to buy this & just save it for a rainy day.

Panasonic 6, now their was a great panel.
#22
Tallyho
submerged
Tallyho
submerged
CampGareth
submerged
CampGareth
Bought the 690V with built in Wifi and 3D functionality from markselectrical for £450, thinking I wouldn't see another one of these deals come up :P Ah well, from what I hear these aren't great plasmas but since they're the only plasmas we can get for the forseeable future, they'll do. I'll calibrate mine when it arrives and report back.

I got one from same place same price (I posted the mark electrical deal after I ordered mine for 449) and its so much better than any review. First day it did not look that good but ts settled since it came sunday. I have it on expert 1 setting with just a little tweak and picture is amazing. Just watched madagascar on bbc1 hd and the blacks and colours jumped out. So much better than the led I sent back at double the price. I still love plasma.

Glad to hear it, I'm making the jump from a 27" IPS monitor to a plasma in part because of black levels so that's comforting to know. How black will it go out of interest? As in, when all the lights are off and it's displaying full black, can you still see it's on? What about during movies, do you notice the letterbox bars are anything but black?

Pretty black but not fully but I read on forums that the black level goes darker after 500 hours and again at 1000 and 2000. Not sure if thats right or not. The black bars are not quite as black as the surround at the moment but I am impressed especially at the price.

Run it in for at least 100hrs on low contrast, the picture might look poor but be patient, you will be rewarded once you crank up the contrast / brightness settings.

How low do you suggest? Not had a plasma since my 6 series panny and I forget what I did with that.

I always run my Panasonic plasma panels in at around 30 contrast & 40 brightness, after 100 hrs I cranked it up on the contrast to about 65 & brightness to about 45 , as always your own eyes will tell for your own settings.

I'd have plasma all day long & am tempted to buy this & just save it for a rainy day.

Panasonic 6, now their was a great panel.

Its set much higher than that at the moment so may turn down. My 6 series was amazing, only sold it 18 months ago, wish I had'nt now as paid 1200 quid and got 75 for it and it still looked great but lacked hdmi etc and I had no stand.
#23
I've nought 3 LEDs & 1 plasma TV in last 6 years, & nothing touches the 2008 plasma....
1 Like #24
mahel
Don't really see why anyone would WANT a plasma tv
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#25
Had panny plasma for five years and have to admit picture uniformity is the strongest plasmas point no light bleeding patches etc. plasmas are also better on sd content, however on bright sunny days my plasma was not watchable and to watch TV I had to "dim" the livingroom. Currently I am the happy owner of full array led LG55lm960v blacks, smoothness, sharpness and brightness even on the sunniest day is so much better.
#26
crosswski
Had panny plasma for five years and have to admit picture uniformity is the strongest plasmas point no light bleeding patches etc. plasmas are also better on sd content, however on bright sunny days my plasma was not watchable and to watch TV I had to "dim" the livingroom. Currently I am the happy owner of full array led LG55lm960v blacks, smoothness, sharpness and brightness even on the sunniest day is so much better.

Just sent an lg 55lb730v back, had it a week and cost £889. It had poor uneven whites and shadowy corners. This plasma I replaced it with is so much better.

The tv you got is also very expensive compared to this.
#27
Why get rid of Panasonic plasma tv.s I think they are great!!

Edited By: flashback on Dec 30, 2014 22:19
1 Like #28
Plasma & LG. Not a great combination in any respect. If your on a budget & not really after anything special could be an OK deal but I would factor in the build quality of LG sets. £400 is prob ok for a set you'll get maybe 3 years out of.

For anyone with a keen eye & interest in picture quality & overall performance, this TV is right at the bottom of the pile.

For people still claiming Plasmas are still superior to LED's in this day & age is insane & shows how far behind these 'Internet Experts' really are in understanding the technology.



Edited By: 1nsomniac on Dec 30, 2014 22:27: Edit
#29
Just sent an lg 55lb730v back, had it a week and cost £889. It had poor uneven whites and shadowy corners. This plasma I replaced it with is so much better.
The tv you got is also very expensive compared to this.

Lg lb730v is poor as it has no full array led dimming the lg models you want to be looking at today is either lm960v series very rare but still can be purchased from odd seller clearances below £1000 (brand new if you lucky) or 4k la970v still very expensive.
#30
1nsomniac
720p, Plasma & LG. If your on a budget & not really after anything special could be an OK deal but I would factor in the build quality of LG sets. £400 is prob ok for a set you'll get maybe 3 years out of.

For anyone with a keen eye & interest in picture quality & overall performance, this TV is right at the bottom of the pile.

For people still claiming Plasmas are still superior to LED's in this day & age is insane & shows how far behind these 'Internet Experts' really are in understanding the technology.

It's 1080p and Plasma's are superior to LCD's in terms of picture quality. You are however entitled to your opinion no matter how misguided it may be.
#31
1nsomniac
720p, Plasma & LG. Not a great combination in any respect. If your on a budget & not really after anything special could be an OK deal but I would factor in the build quality of LG sets. £400 is prob ok for a set you'll get maybe 3 years out of.

For anyone with a keen eye & interest in picture quality & overall performance, this TV is right at the bottom of the pile.

For people still claiming Plasmas are still superior to LED's in this day & age is insane & shows how far behind these 'Internet Experts' really are in understanding the technology.

Its 1080p
#32
Yea don't know where I got 720p from, maybe description comment, edited post.

...& again, Plasma hasn't been superior in over at very least 5 years. That's not opinion, it's technological fact. It's a little insane that people are still holding on to that statement despite the advancements in LCD/LED/OLED over such a long period.


Edited By: 1nsomniac on Dec 30, 2014 22:38
#33
1nsomniac
720p, Plasma & LG. If your on a budget & not really after anything special could be an OK deal but I would factor in the build quality of LG sets. £400 is prob ok for a set you'll get maybe 3 years out of.

For anyone with a keen eye & interest in picture quality & overall performance, this TV is right at the bottom of the pile.

1080p... this model is 1080p. The 720p models have a much shorter model number which I can't remember at the moment, they're around for £330 in sainsburys.

*edit* never mind, you corrected it :P

Edited By: CampGareth on Dec 30, 2014 22:31
#34
crosswski
Just sent an lg 55lb730v back, had it a week and cost £889. It had poor uneven whites and shadowy corners. This plasma I replaced it with is so much better.
The tv you got is also very expensive compared to this.

Lg lb730v is poor as it has no full array led dimming the lg models you want to be looking at today is either lm960v series very rare but still can be purchased from odd seller clearances below £1000 (brand new if you lucky) or 4k la970v still very expensive.

I will stick to this plasma for 3 or 4 years then get an OLED and miss out led back lit tv's. Not bothered about 4k either as just don't see the point until plenty of content is available. If it ever hits netflix and the like I will need fibre to get here too as my 3meg is not even good enough to get a nice picture on now tv LOL
#35
...and one more thing a 50" plasma will cost you more approx £30-50 per year on electricity bills, than equivalent LED TV, but don't get me wrong this is a good deal and plasmas are great (as long as you don't use them in very bright rooms).
#36
Can't see me changing my Panasonic P50G30 anytime soon, lovely natural picture you just don't get on anything other than a decent plasma
#37
crosswski
...and one more thing a 50" plasma will cost you more approx £30-50 per year on electricity bills, than equivalent LED TV, but don't get me wrong this is a good deal and plasmas are great (as long as you don't use them in very bright rooms).

Wanna do the maths? I picked out an LG LED TV (50LB580V) to compare against since it's the same size and manufacturer, the LED is rated at 92kWh if used 4 hours a day for a year, this plasma is 172kWh, yes that's double but 1 kWh is about 12p after VAT, so that's £11.04 a year for the LED, £20.64 for the plasma. £10 more in 'leccy per year wouldn't put me off, especially if plasma looks better.
#38
They don't give a quote for delivery to Northern Ireland :(
Need to contact them
#39
Is it possible to compare this to the Samsung UE48H6400? Would this TV produce a better picture quality?
#40
CampGareth
crosswski
...and one more thing a 50" plasma will cost you more approx £30-50 per year on electricity bills, than equivalent LED TV, but don't get me wrong this is a good deal and plasmas are great (as long as you don't use them in very bright rooms).

Wanna do the maths? I picked out an LG LED TV (50LB580V) to compare against since it's the same size and manufacturer, the LED is rated at 92kWh if used 4 hours a day for a year, this plasma is 172kWh, yes that's double but 1 kWh is about 12p after VAT, so that's £11.04 a year for the LED, £20.64 for the plasma. £10 more in 'leccy per year wouldn't put me off, especially if plasma looks better.

Firstly Tv in full house (children/parents) is used much longer than 4hours per day on avarage, secondly plasmas power consumption rises drasticly when displaying bright pictures and also when you tweak up brightness and probably you will because plasmas are struggling in bright environment, my old plasma brightness was always set up max during the day and believe me it was like an extra panel heater at home. So 172kWh is pure theory.

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