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LG 50PX990 review

Stylish, competent and delightfully user-friendly 3D plasma

LG 50px990

THX-endorsed 3D playback is unquestionably the standout feature of the 50PX990. The 3D transmitter is built into the TV's chassis and a single pair of active shutter 3D glasses – complete with handy USB recharge cable – is included. It's a pity LG doesn't include a second pair of glasses with the TV, given 3D's supposedly more social appeal; rival sets from Panasonic and now Philips include two pairs.

The 50PX990 can play back every key UK 3D format, including Sky's side-by-side approach, as well as the latest full HD alternate frame system and the set is able to derive three-dimensional pictures from conventional 2D sources.

The four v1.4 HDMI sockets support full HD 3D playback and the various features associated with the format and are joined by a healthy roster of other connections. An Ethernet port supports the online function and also enables you to access files stored on a DLNA PC as well as acting as a portal to future interactive services associated with the set's Freeview HD tuner.

If you can't easily get an Ethernet cable from the TV to your router, fear not, for the 50PX990 also ships with a USB dongle included that makes the TV Wi-Fi capable.

Two USB ports can function as multimedia players and can handle JPEG photo files, MP3 audio files and, excellently, DivX HD video files.

One further jack of interest is for attaching a wireless AV link system. This enables you to receive HD pictures and audio from your sources without having to connect them physically to the TV, though it is currently unclear as to whether or not this potentially useful accessory is available in the UK.

NetCast is the first unimpressive thing about the 50PX990. The online service stretches only as far as YouTube, the Picasa online photo album site and a fairly basic weather channel, which represents a seriously limited offering compared to LG's competitors, particularly Sony.

The 50PX990 gets right back on track with its excellent picture adjustment tools. The THX badge is joined by an endorsement from the Imaging Science Foundation, which has decreed the TV flexible enough to be calibrated to a professional standard by one of its engineers – should you care to pay for the privilege.

You have to choose one of the ISF picture presets if you want to access all of the many tools available. The 'Expert' controls the ISF presets, which include the ability to adjust the contrast and brightness of the red, green and blue picture elements as well as the saturation and tint of the red, green, blue, yellow, magenta and cyan elements.

More standard adjustments, meanwhile, include various noise reduction settings, a black level booster, an optional dynamic contrast system, adjustable gamma levels, an edge enhancer and a film mode.

The final features of the 50PX990 are 600Hz sub-field drive processing, LG's 'TruBlack filter' for boosting contrast and reducing onscreen reflections, a native full HD resolution and a claimed contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyINFINIA PX990
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)34.80 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption181 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Height with Stand804.50 mm
Width with Stand1190 mm
Depth with Stand294.50 mm
3D TechnologyShutter
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height737 mm
Width1190 mm
Depth52.4 mm
Product SeriesPX990
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model50PX990
Product NameINFINIA 50PX990 Plasma TV
Product LineINFINIA
Manufacturer Part Number50PX990
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG PX990 3D TV Infinia series is LGs flagship 3D Ready Plasma TV with sublime picture quality and stunning single layer Infinia design. Convert your living room to a sports stadium or cinema with this large experience perfect for watching sport and movies in crystal clear picture quality. The PX990 is among the first 3D Ready TVs certified by THX 3D and also offers 2D to 3D converting technology to transform your regular 2D viewing into an immersive 3D home entertainment experience.

Package Contents
  • INFINIA 50PX990 Plasma TV
  • 1 x Pair 3D Glasses (Active Shutter)
  • Wi-Fi Dongle
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)30.20 kg