LG 50PZ950T review

LG's 50-inch flagship 3D plasma TV boasts a huge online service and active 3D

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Sound quality

LG 50pz950t

The LG 50PZ950T is a robustly built, seriously weighty TV – facts that seem to serve it well where audio is concerned. For starters, it produces surprisingly good stereo definition by flat TV standards, with an unusually wide soundstage that still manages to sound coherent.

When the going gets tough there's a slightly dense feeling to the mid-range that means voices just start to creep into distortion, but treble effects always remain very clear, and there's even a passable amount of bass – something you hardly ever get with a flat TV.

Value

If LG's 50PZ950T had the picture performance to go with its looks and features, its £1,100 price might well have looked like a bargain. Unfortunately, though, when you can get clearly superior 50-inch 3D plasma performers such as Panasonic's TX-P50GT30B for more or less the same money, LG's flagship no longer looks like such a great deal.

Ease of use

Impressively, the LG 50PZ950T ships with two completely separate remote controls. The standard remote control is effective enough, feeling comfortable and ergonomic to use, and enabling you to navigate through LG's very attractive and legible on-screen menus without needing to expend significant amounts of brainpower.

But it's the other remote that's really cool. This so-called Magic remote enables you to point it at the options on the screen and select them that way. It also delivers a degree of gesture control, enabling you to drag, flick and select things without using multiple buttons and arrow keys.

This sounds a bit gimmicky on paper, but actually it works startlingly well – especially if you're one of those people who persistently struggles to get your head around the way traditional remote controls relate to on-screen menus. Mind you, the design of LG's on-screen menus is actually first rate.

There is room for improvement with the LG 50PZ950T's operating system, though. For starters it would be great if the rather slow and flaky Smart TV system could be sped up and made to work consistently!

The instructions manual is dismal too. Arriving on eco-friendly CD rather than in the more convenient paper form, it unfortunately turns out to be one of those horrible manuals that covers a large range of different TVs, leaving you having to pick out the bits that are relevant to the LG 50PZ950T. Annoying. And it's badly translated too.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyINFINIA PZ950
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)32.50 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption178 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand786.60 mm
Width with Stand1175.20 mm
Depth with Stand317.20 mm
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height720.6 mm
Width1175.2 mm
Depth49.6 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesPZ950
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player, Channel Labeling, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model50PZ950T
Product NameINFINIA 50PZ950T Plasma TV
Product LineINFINIA
Manufacturer Part Number50PZ950T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

50" Full HD 3D Plasma Smart TV with freeview HD and 600Hz

The PZ950 3D Smart TV series is LGs flagship Plasma TV with sublime picture quality and stunning Infinia design. Bring the magic of 3D home and 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 PZ950 is not only Full HD 1080p with LG 600Hz technology but also offers Smart TV to give you access to the best of the internet on the big screen thanks to LG Smart TV. Add freeview HD built in and the PZ9 Infinia Series will take your home entertainment to a whole new level.

Package Contents
  • INFINIA 50PZ950T Plasma TV
  • 1 x Pair of Active Shutter Glasses
  • Wi-Fi Dongle
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)28.90 kg