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LG 50PA6500

50" 1080p plasma HDTV

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Our take on the LG 50PA6500

by Steve Kindig
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The pros of plasma

If you're into picture quality, and you want a cinema-like home viewing experience, you owe it to yourself to check out plasma for your next TV. Plasma holds the edge when it comes to smooth motion and rich colors — high-def movies and TV shows look effortlessly real. Plasma's superior picture contrast and deep black levels are best enjoyed in rooms without a lot of windows or lamps, where you can dim or darken the lights.

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A picture that's hard to beat for the price

LG's 50PA6500 is a terrific TV, plain and simple. Its beautiful picture will make every moment of your viewing time more enjoyable. Plasma is the choice of most video experts because of its vibrant picture and exceptionally wide viewing angles. You won't find a 50" LCD TV that performs this well for such an affordable price.

Getting the best picture is now easier

The 50PA6500 looks great right out of the box, but if you'd like to fine-tune settings like contrast or color, LG makes it easy. Their Picture Wizard II avoids complicated menus — what you'll find instead are easy-to-use adjustments and a quick self-calibration feature. Piece of cake.

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Features:

  • 49.9" screen (measured diagonally)
  • glossy screen with black bezel and cabinet
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner (subscription required to receive cable channels — contact your local service provider for details)
  • 600Hz Max Sub Field Driving for clear video motion
  • 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Picture Wizard II easy screen calibration
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • meets ENERGY STAR® requirements
  • remote control
  • SIMPLINK™ simplifies remote control of compatible LG components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 5 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 component video (one is selectable component/composite)
    • 3 HDMI v1.3
  • PC input
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output
  • USB port for connecting a camera or thumb drive
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 20-1/2"W x 11-3/4"D)
  • wall-mountable (wall bracket not included)
  • 46"W x 27-3/4"H x 2-7/8"D (29-7/8"H x 11-3/4"D on stand)
  • weight: 63.4 lbs. with stand; 58.2 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 2 years panel, 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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49.9"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate
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N/A
Backlighting Type
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N/A
3D
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No
Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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No
Wi-Fi
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No
MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Yr/2 Yrs Panel
Labor Warranty
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1 Yr/2 Yrs Panel
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In-home
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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5
HDMI Inputs
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3
Component Video Inputs
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2
Composite Video Inputs
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0
RF Inputs
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1
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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No
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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None
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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187 kWh
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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$21
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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46
Height with Stand (inches)
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29-7/8
Height without Stand (inches)
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27-3/4
Depth with Stand (inches)
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11-3/4
Depth without Stand (inches)
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2-7/8
Stand Width (inches)
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20-1/2
Weight with Stand
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63.4 lbs
Weight without Stand
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58.2 lbs
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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Pedestal Stand
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Assembly required
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What's in the box?

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  • 50" Plasma TV
  • Stand base
  • Stand body
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (AKB73615337)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Protection cover
  • Four M5 x 16mm screws (with flat-/lock-washers)
  • Four M4 x 30mm screws (with flat-/lock-washers)
  • Cable-tie
  • Cable clip
  • 3 Ferrite cores
  • TV cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual booklet
  • Product Registration Card
  • Warranty Information
  • Cleaning cloth instructions

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Video Features
Audio Features
USB/PC Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

Protective Skin Glass: The LG Plasma TV's Protective Skin Glass delivers significant glass durability and safety, along with superior picture clarity.

Triple XD Engine: The LG PA6500 series Plasma TV utilizes LG's exclusive Triple XD Engine video processing system for optimum picture quality. The Triple XD Engine delivers a dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1 for stunning colors and deep blacks, so the TV's images are crisp, rich, and vibrant.

600Hz Max Sub Field Driving: The television's 600Hz refresh rate virtually eliminates motion blur for an incredible viewing experience of fact action sports, movies, and video games. 

HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.

1080p Video Resolution: The LG PA6500 series Plasma TV has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. All of the television's video inputs are displayed at 1920 x 1080 (1080p); regardless of input signal. The LG Plasma HDTV features HDMI, Component, and Composite video inputs.

  • HDMI (v1.3): The three HDMI  inputs can be used to connect a DVD player, Blu-ray player, or satellite/cable box with an HDMI output. The HDMI 2 input can also be used to connect a device with a DVI output (a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable is necessary). If a DVI-equipped device is used, a separate audio cable will also be needed from the device to the "PC/DVI Audio In" 3.5mm stereo audio jack. No audio cables are needed for an HDMI-equipped device. The HDMI jack will accept 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, and 480p video signals; as well as support Deep Color, and x.v.Color. The television's HDMI inputs do not accept 480i video signals.
  • Component Video: The two Component Video input swill accept 1080p (60Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.
  • Composite: The component video 2 input can also be used as a composite video input and will accept 480i only.

Picture Size (Aspect Ratio): You can select a different aspect ratio depending on input source (analog broadcasting, digital broadcasting, video input).

  • 16:9: Resizes the image ratio to fit 16:9 screen.
  • Just Scan: Displays high-quality image without loss. Only available in DTV, HDMI, or Component (over 720p) mode).
  • Set by Program: Depending on the input signal, screen aspect ratio changes to 4:3 or 16:9.
  • 4:3: Resizes the image ratio to fit 4:3 screen.
  • Zoom: Resizes the image to fit the screen width. The top and bottom parts of the image may be cut off.
  • Cinema Zoom: Formats an image to the cinemascope ratio (2.35:1) and zooms in on the ratio.

Picture Wizard II (Picture Control): This feature lets you adjust the picture quality of the original image. The LG PA6500 series TV's Picture Wizard II (Easy Picture Calibration) offers self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. This feature takes the guesswork out of picture adjustments.

Picture Modes: The LG Plasma TV provides auto, preset, and manual adjustment of the television's picture settings.

  • Intelligent Sensor: Let the TV do the adjustments for you. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience. The LG Plasma TV's Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience. Unlike other sensors which can only sense brightness of ambient light, LG's "Intelligent Sensor" uses 4,096 sensing steps to evaluate its surroundings. Using a sophisticated algorithm, the LG processes picture quality elements including brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and white balance. The result is a picture optimized for its surroundings, more pleasing to watch and which can also save up to 50% in power consumption.
  • Presets: Easy to use factory presets for picture mode settings include APS (maximizes video images while reducing power consumption, without hurting picture quality), Standard (provides optimum viewing for general use), Vivid (maximizes the effect of the video by strengthening the contrast/brightness/color/sharpness), Cinema (optimizes video for watching videos), Game (provides fast response speed for fast gaming system).
  • User Adjustment: This mode allows you to adjust the video quality settings manually. Contrast (increase or decrease the gradient of the video signal), Brightness (adjusts the base level of the signal in the picture), Sharpness (adjusts the level of crispness in the edges between the light and dark areas of the picture), Color (adjusts intensity of all colors), Tint (adjusts the balance between red and green levels), Color Temp (set to warm to enhance hotter colors such as red, or set to cool to enhance cooler colors such as blue).
  • Expert Mode: The LG Plasma TV is ISFccc Ready and contains the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and much more to meet local lighting conditions for both day and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset Expert 1/2 modes for easy access from your LG remote.

Picture Improvement Technology (Advanced Control): Advanced Control allows you to adjust some of the advanced video features of the LG Plasma TV.

  • Dynamic Contrast: Adjusts the contrast to keep it at the best level according to the brightness of the screen. The picture is improved by making bright parts brighter and dark parts darker.
  • Preferred Color: Set the Skin, Grass, and Sky color independently.
  • Super Resolution: Provides a crystal-clear picture by impr0ving the details in an area that has a blurry or unclear picture.
  • Gamma: You can adjust the brightness of dark areas and middle gray level areas of the picture.
  • Color Gamut: Maximizes the utilization of colors to increase color quality.
  • Edge Enhancer: Shows clearer and distinctive, yet natural edges of the video.

Additional Picture Options:  Additional picture options include:

  • Black Level: Sets the black level of the screen to the proper level.
  • Noise Reduction: Reduces screen noise without compromising video quality.
  • Film Mode: Makes video clips recorded in a film look more natural by eliminating judder effect.

Image Sticking Minimization (ISM): A frozen still picture displayed on the screen for prolonged periods can result in a ghost image. The TV's ISM prevents images from sticking or removes ghost images. There are 3 ISM modes.

  • Normal: If image sticking is never a problem, ISM is not necessary - set to Normal.
  • Orbiter: Orbiter may help prevent ghost images. However, it is best not to allow any fixed image to remain on the screen. To avoid a ghost image on the screen, the image will move every 2 minutes.
  • Color Wash: The color block with the screen moved a little and the white pattern are alternately displayed. It is difficult to see the after image on all colors. Once it has been corrected it will not be visible in any color.

Audio Features

Virtual Surround: Infinite Surround is a patented LG proprietary sound processing technology that delivers immersive 5.1 surround sound with just two front speakers.

Sound Modes: Sound Mode lets you enjoy the best sound without any special adjustment using factory presets. Standard, Music, Cinema, Sport, and Game are preset for optimum sound quality.

Tone Control: You can adjust the TV's Bass & Treble output.

Clear Voice II: Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells.

Auto Volume: Auto Volume makes sure that the volume level remains consistent whether you are watching a commercial or a regular TV program. Because each broadcasting station has its own signal conditions, volume adjustment may be needed every time the channel is changed. This feature allows users to enjoy stable volume levels by making automatic adjustments for each program.

Screen Off: You can turn the screen off and only sound is played through the television's speakers.

Digital Audio Output: The optical digital output terminal will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM. The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from a digital broadcast channel through the TV tuner. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the television via HDMI, RCA, or USB.

USB/PC Functions

USB Port: The television features a USB (type-A) port for playback of video (MPEG/MKV/DivX/AVI/WMV), still image (JPEG) and music (MP3) files stored on a connected USB memory device. The television can support USB external hard disc drives (up to 1TB) and USB mass storage class devices (up to 32GB). You can connect up to 4 USB storage devices at a time to the USB input. The USB storage devices must be formatted as FAT 32 or NTFS file system.

Type Supported File Formats
Video File Type: MPEG, MKV, DivX, AVI, Motion JPEG, WMV
Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Maximum Bit Rate: 20 Mbps
Photo File Type: JPEG
Baseline Resolution: 64 x 64 to 15360 x 8640
Progressive Resolution: 64 x 64 to 1920 x 1440
Music File Type: MP3
Bit Rate: 32-320 kbps
Sampling Rate: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz

Slideshow w/ Background Music: The LG television lets you watch a slideshow of your photos (JPEG) while listening to background music (MP3) from an inserted USB device.

PC-Compatible: This unit has a rear-panel 15-pin D-Sub (RGB) input that allows you to use it as a high-resolution computer monitor. This input consists of a stereo minijack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output. When using the RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack, you must use the PC Audio 3.5mm input for your audio connection. The HDMI 2 input can also be used with a computer. The TV can be set to automatically adjust to the video signals received, or you can use the setup menu to adjust the screen's Position, Size, and Phase. The LG Plasma TV provides an optimal PC resolution of 1920 x 1080p (60Hz).

Software Update: You can update the TV with the latest software to enhance the product operation and/or add new features via the TV's USB port. Visit LG's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

Convenience Features

AV Modes: AV Mode is three preset picture and audio settings. It allows the viewer to quickly switch between common audio/video settings. It includes Cinema, Sports, and Game Modes. With AV Mode, you can easily select from one of three picture modes; Cinema (optimized for movies), Games (optimized for gaming), or Off (optimized for basic viewing) to enjoy an optimized picture and sound experience.

Favorite Channels: Favorite Channels are a convenient feature that lets you quickly select channels of your choice without waiting for the TV to search through all the in-between channels. You can check which channels are stored in the memory by displaying the favorite channel list.

Input Label List: The LG HDTV will only display inputs which are connected to the television. You can select from preset names to label each connected input. 

Analog/Digital Caption Modes: Analog and Digital Captions are provided to help the hearing impaired watch TV. Select a caption mode for displaying captioning information if provided on a program. Analog caption displays information at any position on the screen and is usually the program's dialog. Caption/Text, if provided by the broadcaster, would be available for both digital and analog channels on the Antenna/Cable. This TV is programmed to memorize the caption/text mode which was last set when you turned the power off.

Picture/Sound Test: This function is a customer support function that can execute picture and sound tests.

Parental Control: Parental Control can be used to block specific channels, ratings, and other viewing sources (external input block). The Parental Control Function is used to block program viewing based on the ratings sent by the broadcasting station. The default setting is to allow all programs to be viewed. Viewing can be blocked by choosing the type of the program and the categories. It is also possible block a specific channel. The Parental Control function is protected by a 4-digit user password.

ENERGY STAR Certified: Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in Standby and On modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.

Timers: The Plasma TV employs On, Off, and Sleep Timer functions.

  • Auto On/Off: You can program the television to turn On and turn Off at a certain time. You can set the On and Off timer to Daily, Mon-Fri, Mon-Sat, Sat-Sun, or Once. You can also set the input, channel, and volume level for the On Timer. If you do not press any button within 2 hours after the TV turns on with the On Timer, the TV will automatically revert back to standby mode.
  • Sleep Timer: The Sleep Timer turns the TV off at the preset time (10, 20, 30, 60, 90, 120, 180, or 240 minutes).

Remote Control

IR Remote Control: The supplied remote control is designed to only operate the LG Plasma television and SIMPLINK connected components. The numeric keypad, volume up/down, channel up/down, and input buttons are glow-in-the-dark.

SIMPLINK: SIMPLINK allows you to control and play other LG AV devices connected with HDMI cable without additional cables and settings, from the television's remote control. SIMPLINK provides the following remote functions.

  • Sync Power On: When the equipment with SIMPLINK function connected HDMI terminal starts to play, The TV will automatically turn on.
  • Direct Play: After connecting AV devices to the TV, you can directly control the devices and play media without additional settings.
  • Select AV Device: Enables you to select one of the AV devices connected to the TV.
  • Disc Playback: Control playback of connected Blu-ray and DVD players.
  • Switch Audio-Out: Offers an easy way to switch audio-out.
  • Power Off All Devices: When you power off the TV, all connected devices are turned off.

Note: To operate SIMPLINK, an HDMI cable over Version 1.3 with CEC function should be used. This TV may work with devices with HDMI-CEC support, but only devices with the "SIMPLINK" logo are fully supported.

RS-232C Port (Control & Service): The RS-232C on this TV is intended to be used with third party RS-232C control hardware and software. The RS-232C port allows you connect the RS-232C input jack to an external control device (such as a computer or an A/V control system) to control the TV's functions externally.

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand: The TV is shipped with a pedestal stand unattached; assembly is required using the supplied hardware. The tabletop stand allows the television to swivel 20° left or right. The television weighs 63.4 lbs with the stand.

Wall Mounting: The pedestal stand can be removed to wall-mount the television with and optional bracket (sold separately). The TV has four threaded inserts on the back for use with an optional wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is 400mm horizontal x 400mm vertical. The threaded inserts require 6mm machine screws (not supplied). The television weighs 58.2 lbs without the stand.

Note: When mounting the TV on the stand or a wall (with optional bracket) leave 4" of clearance on each side of the television and 4" above/below the television for adequate ventilation.

Detachable AC Power Cord: The television includes a detachable 5' AC power cord which plugs into the rear-panel of the TV. The AC cord protrudes 0.25" from the rear-panel of the television (already accounted for in overall depth of TV). The power cord is fitted with a straight AC plug that sits 2.0625" from the wall.

 
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By orangeman, Waterloo,Ia on Monday, April 08, 2013
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Plasma is the best for my light situation(darker room).The swivel stand is the best feature in addition to the great picture.I would definitely purchase the same product again.All the features are a breeze to adjust with the straight forward remote.Crutchfield is the best way to get the best price and convienence of delivery at your front door.
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5 out of 5

Awsome Picture for the Price

Written By CB, San Francisco. CA on Saturday, March 30, 2013
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A great value for the picture. It works great as a computer monitor.
Pros:
Stunning Picture
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By L, Athens, GA on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Excellent picture, great motion. No pixel blur or blocking during action scenes. And I am watching the NHL. Lots of fast motion. It's fantastic
Pros:
Great Picture, Great Value
Cons:
The owners manual and directions could be better detailed.
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5 out of 5

No buyer regrets

Written By CaleB, SC on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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Very big bang for the buck, no problems with set up or use, just be sure to take care of light reflection sources (as with all plasma's) or you'll be seeing it on the screen. Crutchfield's price was great with fast and free shipping as an added bonus!!
Pros:
Price, size, and performance
Cons:
none that I can see
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4 out of 5

nice Plasma TV

Written By MaineRustic, So Portland, Maine on Sunday, February 10, 2013
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I've never owned a plasma TV or one this large, but I do love it. It has a nice crisp picture, it was easy to set up and overall, I love it. It was built well with quality, it was everything that I read about in the ads.
Pros:
Easy to set up, great picture a good product
Cons:
not sure how to get my Roku setup in a way that the speakers use my receiver instead of the TV. Every other thing that I set up, including accessing my macbook via HDMI works great
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By David, Camp Verde, AZ on Monday, February 04, 2013
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Excellent picture. Has the feature I needed.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Excellent picture quality.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great TV at an affordable price

Written By Patrick, New Rochelle, NY on Monday, February 04, 2013
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The best TV at an affordable price. I bought it on sale. Can't complain about it
Pros:
Great quality, very reasonable price
Cons:
Kind of heavy
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By Marjan, Paso Robles, CA on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Researched the product on the internet and Consumer Reports. Was torn between the LED and Plasma, Plasma won out and I love it - can view picture from every angle. Still learning how to use all features as we have only had it for about a week. Bought ours through Crutchfield and delivery was prompt.
Pros:
Our first ever flat screen Plasma television. Excellent picture, I like that you can choose to view from cinema, game, sport and standard. Good sound.
Cons:
The screen is pretty reflective when someone has a light on for reading - we moved the reading light to a different chair. Problem solved!
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5 out of 5

Perfect HDTV.

Written By Miguel, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Absolutely perfect. Went from in the box to set up and working perfectly in very little time. A true value for the money. Couldn't ask for more!
Pros:
Styling, sound quality, picture quality, ease of setting up, good price.
Cons:
Didn't come with tip protection cable, but was not listed as having or needing one. Might be a good idea, though.
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4 out of 5

Good value

Written By linvist, Detroit, MI on Friday, January 04, 2013
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Excellent picture. The screen is highly reflective. The sound is better than expected, but a good soundbar is preferable is want theater sound.
Pros:
Picture quality, good sound for the price.
Cons:
Highly reflective
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By ChipR, Wake Forest, NC on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
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This was my first venture with a plasma TV after 3 LCD TV purchases from 3 brands. This LG plasma TV is by far the best value for the picture quality and screen size I have experienced.
Pros:
Picture
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great Mid-Range Plasma

Written By Brandon, Rhode Island on Monday, December 31, 2012
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I wanted a nice flat panel to wall-mount with a screen size between 46 and 50 inches diagonally. My search was narrowed down to a 50 inch plasma, between this television, and Panasonic's TC-P50U50.

With a similar price point, it was a difficult decision and I can only assume i made the right decision based off of other product reviews. Despite that, I am very satisfied with my purchase of the LG 50PA6500.
Pros:
Thin Bezel creates an illusion of larger screen. Relatively lightweight. Reasonably thin depth. Picture Quality is amazing for this price.
Cons:
Screen Glare. Could be a tad bit brighter.
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5 out of 5

Beautiful Picture!

Written By Marinite, Fairfax, California on Thursday, October 25, 2012
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I did not intend to buy a plasma television but after speaking with Dean about plasma in general and the cost of this particular televsion with shipping included I am quite happy.
Pros:
Picture
Cons:
The first one arrived cracked. I don't think the packaging is very sturdy.
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By Anonymous, Spring Lake, MI on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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I used to be a Sony man, but LG has won me over with the quality and economy combo. This picture is amazing. It's also ranked very high in CR.
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4 out of 5

Excellent plasma for the price

Written By Pcw127, Austin, TX on Thursday, October 04, 2012
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The purchase process with Crutchfield was great as usual. This is the best plasma for the money. The image quality is excellent with some adjustment. Picture are clean and clear with natural colors. Blu ray looks amazing with no edge roughness and the black level is not as dark as other competitors but not within this price range. For a 50 inch mid end plasma TV you can't go wrong with this one.
Pros:
Vibrant colors Smooth motion Amazing Blu Ray performance
Cons:
OK black level
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5 out of 5

Great picture at a great price

Written By JonathanL, Houston Texas on Saturday, September 29, 2012
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This is the perfect choice for anybody seeking top class picture without unnecessary features. Built in speakers much better than expected (using these until my home theatre receiver and speakers are installed. I am using an Apple TV box (less than $100), and this adds all the extra "smart TV" features beyond what you get on the very high priced models. There's no 3D capability, but that was not important to me - although I admit I would have preferred to have it, just forgot!
Pros:
Great picture. Easy set up. TV's sound quality really quite OK compared to a lot of sets. Simple design is very tasteful
Cons:
Remote is not illuminated. No 3D capability. The design is not as cool as higher priced sets.
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By Anonymous, Boynton Beach, FL on Friday, September 28, 2012
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I wanted a TV for my living room, and because of the wider viewing angles, this Plasma worked out perfectly. It's now become my favorite room in the house. I added the Sony HD-CT150 sound bar, and they work beautifully together.
Pros:
Bright, colorful picture Great viewing angles Great price and value
Cons:
Shipping was a day later than promised, but I was able to be home to receive it.
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5 out of 5

Very happy

Written By MattQ, Pasadena, CA on Friday, September 28, 2012
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The TV is beautiful. It works exactly as all of the other online reviews have said. I like the menus, the ease of switching inputs, the ease of sizing aspect ratio, the ease of choosing the image settings. The screen is reflective as other reviews warned, but we don't mind at all. I mean, look at the price, man!!!! In the evening, turn off the lights and enjoy the amazing picture. When it's sunny, go outside and enjoy nature ;). I jest. The TV is fine in the day too and we have several big windows without blinds.

So in summary, it's great. I can't imaging buying a different TV. Very satisfied.
Pros:
Screaming value Picture quality Beautiful bezel Ease of use - good menus Quality build and appearance
Cons:
Reflective screen
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500 Plasma

Written By oldavman, Jerseyville, Illinois on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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I replaced an older 42" Hitachi plasma with this 50" LG PA6500 model. Great price - $ delivered! The first one I received was damaged- screen was cracked. I called Crutchfield and the CSR was very helpful and apologetic and immediately sent me a replacement. The picture quality is what I expected from a plasma TV - very good black levels, excellent deep colors, and off axis vewing was excellent. Surprisingly, the audio was not too bad either I have been purchasing equipment from Crutchfield since the early eighties and the customer service has always been top-notch AAA+++.
Pros:
User interface was very good. Very good black levels, excellent deep colors, and off axis vewing was excellent. Inputs easily accessible.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

The 50PA6500

Written By Jim, Sheffield,Pa. on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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I only gave it a 4star on the picture quality. Not that its bad by any means. I did buy it on the reviews from here and across the internet.I am very impressed with it. The 4 star rating is because of what I already knew in advance. Not the best in well lit rooms, but then again I knew that before I bought it. But when the evening comes around, which is when I'm home most..the picture quality is incredible. When the room is starting to get dark, this is when you'll appreciate everything about it. Side viewing is second to none. Sound is fantastic, but then again I only have 2 other TV's to compare. It does everything I want it to do. So in the end, I'm very happy with this TV...I could've bought this cheaper at a few other places by a few bucks, but I've bought from Crutchfield before and the stand behind their products and their service is outstanding. As for shipping, you can gaurantee you'll get it on time and in perfect shape.
Pros:
everything
Cons:
lacking a little in bright lit rooms, but not bad..
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5 out of 5

Great Deal

Written By JP, Rochester, NY on Monday, September 17, 2012
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Great Value
Pros:
Great Picture, Value
Cons:
Glare
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5 out of 5

Awesome TV

Written By AustinS, Logan, Utah on Sunday, September 16, 2012
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Great TV, picture is excellent. Have it mounted on my wall, and the HDMI inputs on the left side (facing left) are very convenient - my wallmount keeps the TV very close to the wall, so there would have been a lot of pressure on the HDMI port on the back if I had used it (would have me worried). Being a plasma there is glare on the screen when we have all our windows unshaded during the day, but at night or when curtains are placed over the windows and it's nice and dark/dim this thing is a beauty. I only use it in cinema mode, but if somebody wants to be 'greener' there is an 'energy efficient' option that dims the image a bit and uses less power. This thing really shines in cinema mode though, with great color representation.

Very happy, and so is everybody else in the house.
Pros:
Wonderful Picture Convenient side inputs (2 HDMI) Great price
Cons:
None, considering glare is a problem all plasmas have in common, buyer should know about and plan for it when purchasing
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By Ed H., Dunnellion, Fl. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Every thing I wanted in a TV.
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5 out of 5

Screen cracked

Written By Stan, Frankfort, KY on Monday, September 03, 2012
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Been wanting a plasma for the den where I can control the light. This worked out great. With the surround sound setup the picture & sound are great. The only problem was the first unit was poorly packaged & the screen was cracked in multiple places. I received the unit on a Tuesday & got the replacement on the following Friday. The new unit was in a heavily padded additional box. Its been 2 weeks since I got the original unit & unfortunately its still sitting in its box in the living room waiting to be picked up by UPS.
Pros:
Great picture, easy to wall mount.
Cons:
Slow pickup of damaged unit.
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5 out of 5

Great TV for the price!

Written By Bob D, Williamstown, NJ on Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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This is a great TV for the money, shipping was really fast too! Keep in mind when considering this TV, the one downside is the glare you get. It might not look as good in a room with a lot of natural light. But I am very happy with this TV!
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By Diana L, Bellingham WA on Saturday, August 18, 2012
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I bought a LG PA5500 50" from a local store. Specs identical to this model. The motherboard failed in 2 weeks and I returned it. Then I bought a Panasonic from Costco but the features were not as nice as the LG so I returned it. It has been 3 weeks with my PA6500 with no issues. I love this TV. Ordering from Crutchfield was a breeze. Delivery was as advertised. My only issue with delivery was the box had been sitting in something icky that got all over my carpet. I like the viewing angle of the plasma. The colors and definition are great. I rarely turn the sound up past the halfway point and the quality of the sound is fine. I am a very happy customer.
Cons:
None that I have found
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5 out of 5

LG Plasma - good experience and great product

Written By Mario, Bellevue, WA on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Excellence price and performance as a TV. Using Xbox 360 + media center and full HD content looks great. Focuses on what I want in a TV - great picture, good sound, easy setup at a great value.

Screen size is great for our room - 20x30. Cases size is about the same as our older 42" plasma.

NOTE: regarding another review - it was 3 HDMI ports - one in back, and 2 in back but facing left side.
Pros:
Price Picture quality Sound quality Slim case, slim bezel
Cons:
none for me
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5 out of 5

Great picture

Written By TimD, KY on Friday, August 10, 2012
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I researched sub $1k televisions for several weeks before making the decision to purchase this set. There is nothing comparible to the picture quality of the 50PA6500 in this price range or even quite a bit beyond. The set has a fantastic picture and the black levels are much better than previous LG models in this class. Some reviews on this site state that there is only 1 HDMI but there are 3 and that it is not 3D. This is a 3D capable set.... you would only need to purchase the emitter for the glasses to hook to the set.
Pros:
Slim bezel, stunning picture, plenty of inputs for a basic home theater setup.
Cons:
It would be better with true ARC capability instead of the proprietary LG Simplink system. Running all components through a soundbar into one television HDMI connection confuses the set and makes it swap HDMI inputs to empty slots on it's own when Simplink is used for the other components.
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5 out of 5

50" LG Plasma Tv

Written By Hal N, York,PA on Saturday, July 21, 2012
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Has a really nice picture. I really like the set.
Cons:
only 1 HDMI
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5 out of 5

Great Price For A Good Television

Written By Jon, Maine on Sunday, July 15, 2012
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I have had this tv around a month now which is why I waited on a review to really test it. This is my first HD television and it certainly did not disappoint! The picture on newer blurays is fantastic and extremely crisp. I had zero issues with setting this up the onscreen menu is incredibly easy to use. One thing I really want to tell you if you buy this television you absolutely MUST turn off Energy Saver Mode under your picture options. Having that on makes the picture very dim and weak. Soon as you turn that off the picture comes to life. As for Crutchfield, the shipping was very fast and prompt, I will certainly keep coming to them for my future electronics needs. Highly recommend the tv.
Pros:
Good picture, great price, easy to setup
Cons:
None that I can think of, I have had absolutely no problems at all.
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3 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By Anonymous, Kansas on Thursday, May 31, 2012
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After 3 days TV quit working...issue with power switch. Crutchfield was very good to work with on this problem and promptly sent me out a replacement. Hoping I don't have a problem with the second one.
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By E.M., TX on Friday, May 25, 2012
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For under $800 this is one GREAT TV, bueatiful rich colors & deep blacks, easy to set up & intuitive controls...no 3D but that is a Pro. I have it connected to my Onkyo receiver for 7:1 surround which sounds outstanding...
Pros:
Just about everything
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

LG 50PA6500

Written By Anonymous, philadelphia on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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perfect fit for computer n=monitor
Pros:
3 hmdi ins
Cons:
needs more variety outs
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