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Has been a great TV, had it for around a year and have not had any issues. Only wish it came with 3-D glasses. Too bad it has been discontinued.
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Item # 68950PX950 | MFR # 50PX950
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The 50PX950 is LG's best 50" plasma TV. It has the advanced display capabilities that 3D video demands, so it can introduce you to the third dimension whenever you're ready. This is the first TV to be THX-certified for both 2D and 3D video content, which is important, because the picture settings that look best for 2D viewing aren't the best for 3D. THX picture settings are all about accuracy they're calibrated to match what a film director sees on a professional monitor.
Of course, the 50PX950 can't create 3D effects all by itself. You'll also need LG's 3D glasses (sold separately), and a 3D video source. The ultimate 3D viewing experience starts with video material that was filmed or created in 3D. You can choose from several 3D Blu-ray players, and a limited number of 3D Blu-ray titles should be available. Also, ESPN® and DIRECTV® have launched dedicated 3D channels so that true 3D content is available to over 40 million satellite and cable TV viewers. LG also included video processing that can create a mild 3D effect with standard 2D broadcasts, Blu-rays, DVDs and video games.
The 50PX950's THX certification means it passed more than 30 rigorous picture quality tests to ensure top-notch image resolution and color accuracy. And because the amount of light in your room has such a big effect on picture quality, LG includes a new "Bright Room" THX mode, which boosts overall picture brightness for daytime viewing.
LG's NetCast Internet apps bring many of the most popular web services directly to your TV, no need to connect to your computer. Hook up this TV to your wired or wireless home network and start watching movies from your Netflix® Instant Queue, or downloading high-def on-demand titles from Vudu®. To connect wirelessly, just plug in the included Wi-Fi® adapter.
The 50PX950 comes with a conventional full-function remote that works exactly as you'd expect. Then there's the second remote LG's "Magic Motion" wand that's unlike any TV remote you've ever used. It's a motion-sensing design that works like a wireless mouse to control basic everyday functions. You don't just push buttons, you actually wave the remote around. It'll remind you of some of the latest video game controllers.
Average Customer Review(s):
Has been a great TV, had it for around a year and have not had any issues. Only wish it came with 3-D glasses. Too bad it has been discontinued.
This is very elegant and sophisticated looking television... The picture quality is very good - however, it is a darker picture. The picture is about the same as a Sony XBR Series model (which I own). I find that for best results, I have to keep the Economy feature turned off, which allows for the greatest amount of light. The HD Tuner in the set itself, is really remarkable, it picked up all 52 stations in my area without having to ajdust the HD Antenna. The TV Sound is also pretty good. I have only found a couple of quirks and LG may fix these eventually. When you are in Netcast mode (where they keep Netflix, Vudu, Cinema Now, etc...) you can not change input devices (i.e. to go to a computer that is connected). You have to completely exit out of the Netcast mode. Also, the Simplink (which links other HD devices to the TV) doesn't work quite right. If you turn the TV off, you have to re-accomplish the Simplink when you turn it back on. This should happen automatically. Other than that - it is a very beautiful TV.
I have seen no problems with this TV as some others have written. It has excellent motion and black level response; there are only subtle traces of crosstalk visible which is very close to the Panasonic, Sony and Samsung. Many reviews were done before the 100 hr break in period. If you let the TV get past the initial 100 start up hours there is NO !!! Bleeding effect as others have written; that is where images that remain stationary for long periods of time tend to leave outlines on the screen after they have disappeared or moved. Also keep in mind the picture is only as good as the content in which you are showing, and there is some real bad content out there. This is what I'm looking for in a HDTV, and the LG 50PX950 delivers it better than Panasonic,Samsung,Sony or anyone else as far as it goes. I want a Real live looking picture and when it comes to detail LG does it better than anyone, hands down. Bright and bold is not always better if the picture does not look real. Look I love art and even though I may be attracted to a painting that is bright and full of color, if the picture does not show the artist expression in detail, then it is nothing more then just another cheap painting. All the other TV manufactures seem to exaggerate their contrast and colors instead of focusing on real life detail. Well I don't buy cheap art on canvas, and I won't by cheap art on my HDTV either.
This TV has great potential, but just doesn't live up to expectations. The image retention is terrible. If you watch anything in HD that has a banner or logo for more than 10 mins, it stays. I understand it is a plasma and not LCD-LED, but I thought this was worked out for the most part. (Had a Panasonic 720p plasma for 4 years and never had this problem.) It can be corrected by doing their ISM option, but I've had this for almost 2 weeks and find I have to use this option at least once a day. It also came with what looks like a bug or some dirt behind the glass. (On a full white screen it sticks out like a sore thumb.) My Panasonic Blu-Ray player won't play on it. From research on the web it looks like the player and TV aren't talking properly even after firmware updates on both. Haven't tried 3D, what's the use though. Probably going to return it and get a Samsung or Panasonic unless these things can be corrected. Any A/V geek will be disappointed like me, for the average TV watcher, it will be fine. I can see why this TV with all this supposed new technology is so inexpensive. Does have great picture if you can live with the problems and Crutchfield service and shipping were great as always.
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Refresh Rate||N/A|
|Instant Internet Movie Streaming||Yes|
|Picture In Picture||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Yr/2 Yrs Panel|
|Labor Warranty||1 Yr/2 Yrs Panel|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||8|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Composite Video Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||
1 Rear |
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output||None|
|Analog Audio Output||None|
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||31-1/2|
|Height without Stand (inches)||29-1/8|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||11-5/8|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||2-1/4|
|Stand Width (inches)||20-7/8|
|Weight with Stand||76.7 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||Not available|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
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 Resolution: The LG Infinia 50PX950 Plasma TV has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. All of the television's video inputs are displayed at 1920 x 1080 (1080p).
Video Inputs: The LG Infinia Plasma HDTV features HDMI, Component, and Composite video inputs.
Note: The television's HDMI inputs do not accept 480i video signals.
3D-Ready: This Plasma TV can display 3D (three-dimensional) video when received from a 3D compatible device. 3D video contains two pictures for each video frame formatted for each eye. Therefore, special 3D glasses are required to view 3D video. The optional LG 3D glasses (689S100, sold separately) enable you to view 3D video and images on this 3D-ready Plasma television from a 3D-ready source; such as a Blu-ray player, Game system, or Satellite receiver. The wireless 3D glasses communicate seamlessly with the LG 3D-ready TV via it's built-in emitter. The result is a beautiful, full HD 1080p three-dimensional experience that brings you closer to the action from the comfort of your home. The LG Plasma TV offers several 3D modes to match various 3D content.
|Video Input||Signal||Resolution||Playable 3D Video Mode|
|HDMI||720p||1280 x 720||Top & Bottom, Side-by-Side, Frame Packing|
|1080i||1920 x 1080||Top & Bottom, Side-by-Side, Checker Board, Single Frame Sequential, Frame Packing|
|USB||1080p||1920 x 1080||Top & Bottom, Side-by-Side, Checker Board, MPO (Photo)|
|Component||720p||1280 x 720||Top & Bottom , Side-by-Side|
|1080i||1920 x 1080|
Note: The LG Plasma 3D-ready TV along with the LG's active shutter glasses provide a wide, clear view of the action with a 6.5-22.9' and 120° viewing range. To experience LG's 3D technology on this Plasma TV, you will need LG's 3D Active Shutter Glasses (AG-S100), an HDMI (ver.1.4) connected 3D source (such as a Blu-ray player or Satellite receiver), and 3D content.
2D-to-3D: 2D images can be transformed to 3D images. If you are watching a 2D digital broadcast (720p/1080i), the television can transform those two-dimensional images to virtual 3D images.
Note: Analog TV and 480i/480p 2D images cannot be viewed in 3D (three-dimensional) mode.
THX Certified 3D Display: The TV's THX Certified 3D Display lets you watch movies that deliver the meticulous level of visual detail the director envisioned in the studio. THX (Thomlinson Holman's Experiment) is an audio and video certification standard established by George Lucas and Thomlinson. A THX Certified 3D display guarantees screen quality that exceeds the display standard specification in both hardware and software. The THX Certified 3D Display program adheres to the strictest engineering standards regarding color accuracy, luminance, black levels, and more. To earn certification, Infinia passed rigorous laboratory testing covering more than 400 data points. The result is Infinia's THX Cinema and Right Room modes, which deliver an compromised cinematic experience at home.
Dual XD Engine: The Infinia 50PX950 combines two of LG's exclusive XD Engines to maximize picture quality for any type of video content. LG's Dual XD Engine lets you watch sports, play video games, and experience high-speed movie action with exceptionally rich detail and virtually no motion blur. It also completely filters out noise, resulting in a more pure picture. By combining XD Engine processors, panel performance is optimized ensuring higher color accuracy and more realistic images.
TruBlack Filter: The television's TruBlack Filter helps block glare while boosting images on the screen to improve picture quality and contrast ratio. TruBlack Filter technology reduces ambient light reflection, enabling superior black levels and improving contrast for a sharper and more detailed picture, even in a bright room.
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.
5,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast: The Plasma TV delivers a Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 5,000,000:1; which provides stunning colors and deep black, so your picture's details don't get lost in the shadows.
Intelligent Sensor: The LG Infinia 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.
Picture Size (Aspect Ratio): This feature lets you choose the way an analog picture with a 4:3 aspect ratio is displayed on your TV. You can select a different aspect ratio depending on input source (analog broadcasting, digital broadcasting, video input). You can select from:
Picture Wizard (Picture Control): This feature lets you adjust the picture quality of the original image. The LG Infinia 50PX950TV's Picture Wizard (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 features takes the guesswork out of picture adjustments.
Picture Modes (Presets): There are factory presets for picture settings available in the user menu. You can use these preset modes or change each picture setting manually.
Picture Improvement Technology (Advanced Control): Advanced Control allows you to adjust some of the advanced video features of the LG Infinia Plasma TV.
ISFccc Mode: This TV contains the detailed calibrations necessary for professional certification by the Imaging Science Foundation. The resulting ISF "day" and "night" modes will then be accessible by the user to experience the best this LG HDTV has to offer. Sophisticated and detailed calibrations can be made through the ISFccc mode. Detailed calibration requires a licensed technician. Please contact your local dealer to inquire about an ISF certified technician.
Image Sticking Minimization (ISM): A frozen still picture displayed on the screen for prolonged periods can result in a ghost image. You can use Orbiter to help prevent image sticking. The other two functions are for removing a ghost image.
Invisible Speakers: The LG 50PX950 contains a unique invisible speaker system, tuned by renowned audio expert, Mr. Mark Levinson. The TV's speakers are embedded in strategic spots behind the front-cabinet and use minute vibrations to turn the entire front bezel into the speaker system. The result is a clean, polished look, and enhanced audio by increasing the "sweet-spot", giving a wider and richer sound field.
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. There is also a User Mode which allows you to adjust the television's Bass & Treble.
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.
Infinite Sound: Infinite Sound is a patented LG proprietary sound processing technology that delivers immersive 5.1 surround sound with just two front speakers.
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.
Digital Audio Output: An optical digital output is provided to allow you to connect the unit to a surround processor. The TV's digital audio output terminal outputs a Dolby Digital or 2-channel down-mixed PCM signal for use with an external Dolby Digital decoder or other external audio system with an optical audio input.
Note: There is no analog audio output.
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 mini-jack 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. Any HDMI 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.
Note: The LG Plasma TV provides an optimal PC resolution of 1920 x 1080p (60Hz).
Dual USB 2.0 Ports: The television features two side-panel USB type-A ports for playback of video, still image, and music files stored on a connected USB mass storage class (MSC) device. This TV can playback still image files (JPEG), video files (DivX/MPEG), and audio files (MP3/WMA/AAC). It will recognize up to a maximum of 999 folders or 999 files in one folder.
Note: The recommend capacity is 1TB or less for a USB external hard disc and 32GB or less for a USB memory. USB storage devices must be formatted as FAT 32 or NTFS file system provided with the Windows operating system.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: This TV can be connected to a local area network (LAN) via its Ethernet (LAN) port. The included LG Wireless LAN for Broadband/DLNA Adaptor (AN-WF1000) allows the TV to connect to a wireless LAN network.
Note: A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for connection to this TV. Use a standard LAN cable with this TV (Cat5 or better with a RJ45 connector). The included wireless network adapter operates at 2.4 GHz radio frequencies, that are also used by other household devices.
DLNA Certified: This TV is a DLNA Certified digital media product that can display and play JPEG photo content from your DLNA Certified network device and DLNA server. The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a cross-industry organization of consumer electronics, computing industry and mobile device companies. Digital Living provides consumers with easy sharing of digital media through a wired or wireless network in the home.
Note: The DLNA certification logo makes it easy to find products that comply with the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines. This unit complies with DLNA Interoperability Guidelines v1.5. When a PC running DLNA server software or other DLNA compatible device is connected to this TV, some setting changes of software or other devices may be required.
Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials: Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials is easy to use DLNA server software for Windows (CD-ROM software disc included). If you are already using DLNA server software on your PC, Nero MediaHome is not required. Nero MediaHome is not required for Windows 7 since it has a built-in DLNA server.
|Requirement PC System Before Installing Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials|
Compatible Audio/Video/Photo File Formats: The LG Infinia Plasma TV is compatible with the following video, still-image, and audio formats via USB and from your PC via a network connection.
|Video Files||Still Image Files||Audio Files|
|Video Formats||MPEG 1/2/4, H.264, DivX (VOD), Motion JPEG||Still Image Formats||JPEG||Bit Rate||32-320 kbps|
|Resolution||up to 1920 x 1080 (640 x 480 for Motion JPEG)||Baseline Resolution|| 64 x 64 to |
15360 x 8460
|Frame Rate |
|1920 x 1080||up to 30fps||Sampling Rate||MPEG1 (Layer 3)||32/44.1/48 kHz|
|1280 x 720||up to 60fps||Progressive Resolution||64 x 64 to |
1920 x 1440
|Max Video Bit Rate||20 Mbps||MPEG2 (Layer 3)||16/22.05/24 kHz|
|Audio Bit Rate:||32-320 kbps (MP2/3, WMA, AAC, Dolby Digital, LPCM,)||MPEG2.5 (Layer 3)||8/11/025/12 kHz|
NETCAST: NetCast Entertainment Access brings select Internet services directly to the LG Infinia Plasma TV via the television's wired (Ethernet) or wireless (Wi-Fi) network connection. NETCAST allows you stream and instantly access movies, TV shows and video, or get up to the minute news, stock information, or weather updates directly to the LG TV via the television's network connection (no computer required). NETCAST delivers the following online content to the LG Infinia TV.
Note: A minimum connection speed of 1.5 Mbps is required. For the best playback condition, a connection speed of 4.0 Mbps is required. NETCAST online content may change at anytime without notice (please check LG.com for the latest NETCAST online content services).
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 network connection.
TruSlim Frame with Slim Profile: The display is a seamless, edge-to-edge panel of glass over an ultra-slim bezel. At less than 1" thick, the new TruSlim Frame trims away distraction without compromising screen size. The LG Infinia Plasma TV only measures a mere 2.25" in depth.
On-Screen Simple Manual: You can easily and effectively access the TV's information by viewing a simple on-screen manual on the TV. During the Simple Manual operation, audio will be muted.
AV Modes: With AV Mode, you can easily select from one of three picture modes. You can choose from "THX Cinema", "Sports," or "Games" 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 Infinia HDTV will only display inputs which are connected to the television. You can select from preset names to label each connected input.
Analog and 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.
Games: The LG Infinia Plasma TV features preinstalled video games for your whole family to enjoy. You can choose from Jump, Hole In One, Whack A Mole, Sodoku, JigSaw, Cooking Burger, Balloon Hunter, Saving Crystal, Invader, and Urgent Survival.
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 (V-Chip) 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 to block all program viewing for a time period. The Parental Control function is protected by a 4-digit user password.
Key Lock: This feature can be used to prevent unauthorized viewing by locking out the front panel controls, so that it can only be used with the remote control.
Calendar Schedule: The Calendar Schedule feature provides a view of a monthly calendar, so you can keep track of the date better. It also allows you to enter special events for specific members of your family, such as your son or daughter's birthday, or your mom and dad's wedding anniversary; so you won't forget. Notes can be placed for a particular month or calendar year.
World Time: This function allows you to see the date and time from all around the world.
Timers: The Plasma TV employs On, Off, and Sleep Timer functions.
Wireless External Equipment Connection: LG TVs with a proprietary Wireless Control port support the LG Wireless Media Box (AN-WL100W, sold separately). When you connect the wireless ready dongle (included with the media box) to the TV, external devices can be connected to the LG Wireless Media Box and video and audio will be sent to the TV wirelessly.
IR Remote Control: The supplied IR remote control is designed to only operate the LG Infinia Plasma television and SIMPLINK connected components. The remote's buttons are backlit and will light up with a press of a button.
Magic Motion Remote: The included RF remote control uses a 2.4GHz frequency range (2.4-2.4835 GHz; 32-channels) to control the TV up to a distance of 30'. The RF remote operates the TV as if it were a wireless mouse. It allows you to point the remote at the TV and move through menu options. The RF remote contains the following buttons - Power, Menu/Enter, Volume up/down, Channel up/down, and Mute.
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.
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 (Service): The RS-232C port on this TV is used for service only.
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 76.7 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 66.5 lbs without the stand.
Note: The television's straight 3-prong AC plug sits 2.125" from the wall outlet.
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