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LG 50PX990 review

Stylish, competent and delightfully user-friendly 3D plasma

Our Verdict

For

  • Sumptuously designed
  • Excellent operating system
  • Mostly very good 3D and 2D pictures
  • THX 3D endorsement
  • Not bad value

Against

  • Currently impoverished online system
  • Black levels could be better
  • A little input lag
  • Occasional image retention

The plasma-powered LG 50PX990 is the UK's first TV with THX 3D certification.

This is a big deal, since the Lucasfilm-devised standard's tough criteria demand that 3D images remain bright and natural when viewed through the special glasses and that the shuttering lenses employed to create the three-dimensional effect don't cause synchronisation errors or introduce crosstalk noise.

The latter specification by itself should ensure that no LCD 3D TVs bag the same endorsement any time soon.

The 3D playback is just a small part of what this set has to offer, however, with other highlights including access to LG's NetCast online platform and a rather attractive single-layer fascia design.

Unsurprisingly, the 50PX990 sits right at the top of LG's plasma lineup, joining its 60-inch 60PX990 sibling in being the only 3D-capable plasma sets currently offered by the South Korean brand.

You get a similar level of spec minus the 3D with the PK990 series, while the cheaper PK790 range sheds the black level filter found on the more salubrious models. If you'd rather try LG's LCD 3D models, the flagship ones are the LX9900s, which come in 55-inch and 47-inch options and feature direct LED backlighting.

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