So why on earth would it be a hot deal getting a refurb TV for 729 big smackers when its last years model? Well its last years top model with rave reviews and Amazon were selling it for 1100, and this was seen as great value for money. Its a THX Cerified and can be calibrated to give a far better picture quality, which only the Top level Pannasonic V10 had the prior year. In essence a top of the range model for bottom of the range for price.
If this wasnt pick up only, I'd snatch 1 of these up myself but sadly it is. If the refurb turns out to have faults repair or return it under the guarantee, buy on a credt card so you can threaten them with a credit card chargeback if they don't honour the guarantee, but hopefully it'll be A-OKhttp://www.avforums.com/reviews/LG-50PS8000-THX-Certified-50inch-Plasma-Review.html
50 LG 50PS8000 Full HD 1080P Digital Freeview Plasma TV
600Hz : Yes
Graded : Yes
HD Ready : Yes
Full HD 1080p : Yes
FHD Ready : Yes
4 HDMI : Yes
100Hz : Yes
Get Digital : Digital tuner with all Freeview channels
24P Playback - 24 Real Cinema : Yes
Invisible Speakers : Yes
Picture Enhancement : DNIe + Image Technology
Contrast Ratio : 2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Pixel Resolution : 1920x1080p
XD Engine : Yes
SRS Speaker System : Yes
USB Port : Yes
Guarantee Period : 12 Months
Here is the AVFORUMS, where the TV is 1 of the few to be ranked as 'excellent'
So, in wrapping up my findings with the LG 50PS8000, what we have here is really a bit of a bargain, but with some slight problems. The feature list and calibration controls offered are certainly amongst the best in the industry and the THX mode is an excellent out of the box picture preset. Full calibration really brings the best out of the PS8000 resulting in a performance to keep up with the competition in terms of colour accuracy and detail with HD material. SD material from the freeview tuner is average in terms of detail and noise, but at normal viewing distances the image is pleasant enough with no major caveats. HD performance is excellent with Blu-ray and picture processing is improved over previous LG screens with no judder or image jumps. The slight downsides for this TV are a dynamic range and black level which though good, still struggle to pull out the darkest parts of the image, which can looked washed out at times. And image retention which has been an issue with previous LG screens is still an issue with the PS8000. The retention is not overly obvious when watching normal material, however it does eventually disappear and while not a deal breaker, is something to consider when looking at this TV.
The LG 50PS8000 offers extremely good HD images with the most extensive calibration tools on the market. Plus it has an accurate enough THX preset for those who decide that ISF is not quite for them yet. And finally, all this comes with a screen measuring 50 inches for less than £1100 (like we found at Amazon). Even with the minor problems found with image retention and freeview lip sync, I still think this is a bit of a bargain and would recommend you get a demo if youre in this end of the TV market. Its a big screen best buy in my opinion and you have money left over to get it calibrated to its very best performance levels.http://www.avforums.com/reviews/LG-50PS8000-THX-Certified-50inch-Plasma-Review.html