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The LG 60PK550 is the 60 inch member of the PK550 series of plasma televisions announced at CES 2010.

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Pros

Very inexpensive for such a large set with such good picture quality

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Great color reproduction - particularly after calibration

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Black levels are very good

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Top-in-class picture adjustment options

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Incredibly good value for the dollar

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Very thin frame/bezel

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Natural conversion of 24Hz content to 3:3 72Hz - means no jitter or judder

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Cons

Loud buzzing sound - can be rectified by tightening some screws in the back

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Poor remote

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Quality control issues

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Glass used for the screen is quite reflective, so controlling the light in the room is important

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The LG 60PK550 is the 60 inch member of the PK550 series of plasma televisions announced at CES 2010. It is the largest member of the series which includes two other sizes: 42 and 50. It is built with a slender frame so that doesn't take up as much space as a traditional big screen television. It has a USB connection and HDMI inputs. The LG 60PK550 includes the LG new panel which is designed to reduce reflections inside of the plasma panel. The PK550 series is set to be released in the second or third quarter of 2010, and although the price has not been released, the 60PK550 is likely to be one of the higher priced models.

Features
  • 60 inches
  • Slender frame
  • USB connection
  • HDMI inputs
  • LG new panel
  • Reduced reflections
  • Plasma television
  • One of three sizes
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Omar
11/18/2010 11:16

I think I've finally found the tv I'm going to buy. I was first investigating the #lg_60pk550 for a while, the combination of big screen, great picture quality and a low price is very enticing. However being a plasma I was naturally wary of the weight and power consumption. Lo and behold here comes this Sharp. Same size screen, great picture quality and Dell is selling this for $1800.

In the US the LG can be purchased for about 1300 so the price difference definitely favors that. However, in Canada the prices are much closer. Being an LCD the Sharp is 20 pounds lighter and has a much better power rating.

The one thing that would make this tv an absolute no brainer, but I've been unable to find the answer is if it handles 120hz input. Because if it did then it becomes 3d compatible which would make this tv the best deal on the market.

Yale

Yale

11/18/2010 12:41

Is 120Hz refresh rate the only thing required for 3D capability? I don't believe so. I know that the display needs to refresh at at least that speed (60Hz refresh for each eye), but I think there might be more to it?

Omar

Omar

11/18/2010 12:47

There's three things that are needed for a TV to be 3D compatible: 1) output 120hz 2) input 120hz 3) sync with a pair of glasses.

Lots of modern TVs can do the first thing: output 120hz

"3D" tvs are the ones that do all three.

However if this tv can do the first two - I know it can OUTPUT 120hz, need to know if it can take 120hz INPUT - then you can use something like nvidias 3d solution to get around the third feature (since this tv for sure doesn't have a glasses syncing mechanism).

Nvidias 3d solution uses it's own glasses syncing tech that works with any monitor/tv that can Take 120hz as INPUT.

Omar

Omar

11/18/2010 12:50

I should add. Pretty much no tvs take in 120hz input as far as I know. Just a limited set of pc monitors do.

Erik

Erik

11/18/2010 12:54

If you were to go for the Nvidia setup, then you'd run your 3D content through a PC running the Nvidia hardware/software?

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_3D_VisionKit_us.html

For $199, it seems pretty steep, especially when you have to throw in a compatible HTPC. How much of a premium are you paying for a 3D TV/

Omar

Omar

11/18/2010 01:06

Compared to a 60 " 3DTV there are still significant cost savings. And regardless I'm going to need to buy something as a source for 3d content. With the nvidia solution I'm limited to a pc - a great one can be built for $600- whereas a traditional 3dtv I can use a Ps3 for $300. The cost of the kit itself isn't a big deal since 3d glasses cost about $200 anyway.

I mean really this just goes to show you how ridiculous the premium is for 3D right now. That's why I'd prefer to not pay that premium and instead be future proofed so next year I can "go 3D" with just a couple hundred dollar upgrade and a new gaming computer - which is sweet in itself.

Yale

Yale

11/18/2010 01:12

Sounds like a sound idea if you can find a TV that takes 120Hz. Should make sure the Nvidia system works with a display size that large from a distance that far too, you never know - it was created for desktop displays.

Omar

Omar

11/19/2010 03:31

Ok went through the manual and confirmed that the maximum input refresh rate this tv can handle is 75hz. So obviously not 120hz. It really would have been too good to be true.

Anonymous

Anonymous

11/30/2010 11:33

Omar, you mentioned:
"The one thing is that all the video processing does introduce noticeable lag. This can be overcome in 2 ways: 1) have the audio run through the TV to your receiver, and 2) put the TV in game mode.

What if you ran the audio through you receiver (only) and just the video to the tv, would this eliminate the lag issue?

Also, how does this sharp_aquos_lc_60e88un compare to the Samsung, LG, and Sony LED backlighting tvs? Especially the new Samsung 6800 series with localized dimming? Does the sharp LCD picture quality compare (when it comes to the Blacks being Black), is there a noticeable difference?

Thanks

Omar

Omar

12/01/2010 07:54

When running the audio through the receiver and video through the TV that's when I noticed the most lag. Or rather that's when the video processing was the biggest issue because the audio and video were out of sync. When I ran the audio/video both through the receiver and then to the TV the audio and video were in sync, but there was "control lag" when I moved my mouse around. Both issues were eliminated in game mode, and both were eliminated by running the HDMI through the TV first.

I actually prefer running the audio and video through the TV first since I don't have a very good receiver anyway.

Omar

Omar

12/01/2010 08:14

Now comparing the #sharp_aquos_lc_60e88un to the LED local dimming solutions I have to admit I have only seen those TVs in store, which everyone knows is a poor way to judge. What I can say is that I would put this TV's picture quality up there with anything on the market. I'm not super anal about black levels but I am sensitive to them (my previous TV had horrible blacks and very bad shadow detail) and the blacks on this set are great, absolutely no complaints. I watched Inception on the weekend which is a pretty dark movie, and the blacks were really nice, and I could still see details in the darker areas.

I haven't been able to find how many bits the panel is on the Samsung, but the Sharp has a 10-bit panel, which in my experience is one of the most important things for picture quality. It's a spec that many people don't talk about, but I honestly feel makes a huge difference.

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/01/2010 09:06

Thanks Omar. I really appreciate your time and quick response. All my friends suggested Samsung and I was originally looking at a 55" Samsung LED but saw too many negative reviews regarding LED edge-lit issues.

I ordered the Sharp aquos Lc 60e88un over the weekend based on all the positive reviews from the owners . I really didn't find too many expert reviews, not sure why since all the owners rave about it.

It should show up next week so I will have a chance to check it out.

Thanks again.

Omar

Omar

12/02/2010 08:12

Nice! Definitely interested to hear your impressions!

And ya, for whatever reason this TV isn't super popular. I think the availability of it was quite low, so it's a bit of a black swan in the TV market. I kind of like that though as it's nice knowing not many other people have the exact same thing as you.

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/09/2010 04:11

Ordered my LC60E88Un from Amazon yesterday. Agree that the reviews are very positive. I almost bought the Samsung 55" LED until I saw this flat Tv with an absolutely beautiful picture that was so realistic you would think the people on the screen are in the room with you. Plus, being able to get a 60" for less than a Samsung 55"...a no brainer. Some reviewers have said it produces an almost 3D effect with the 4ms/240hz response. I can't wait to find out. If it looks half as good as it did in that brightly lit Best Buy, I will be thrilled. I'll visit again and give you an update as soon as possible.

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/20/2010 12:53

Hi Omar,

I wrote you about 3 weeks ago regarding the #sharp LC60E88Un "purchased it based on all the positive reviews".

After getting it and hooking everything up I can now sit back and enjoy it. Out the box with no adjustments the picture looks great. I do however notice the lag even with the audio going through my receiver but like the other post mentioned, the game mode will take care of that.

The HD channels and the bluray movies looks great and I have no regrets on going with this LCD tv over other LEDs out there. Thanks for all of your reviews and insight into this product.

WGI

Omar

Omar

12/20/2010 01:57

Congrats on the purchase!! And great to hear that your experience is matching mine.

What I did to remove the audio sync issue and not be forced to use game mode is to run both the audio and video through the TV first, and then use the TV's optical out into my receiver.

The TV has some nice video processing in it, so it'd be a shame to miss out on it when you don't have to.

And I definitely agree with the great picture out of the box. I've tried calibrating it with settings online, but most of the online settings just use the defaults!

Anonymous

Anonymous

12/23/2010 04:31

hey just thought i'd let you guys know visions will be selling this set on boxing day for 1488. it's also being advertised with unlimited quantities. so you don't need to stand out over night. just go there before they close. one day only. i'm poor at the moment but i'm considering getting this set and selling my old tv to help cover some of it lol

Omar

Omar

12/24/2010 01:48

Wow!! This is an amazing price for this TV!! Unfortunately it's in-store only, and Visions is on the West Coast so 1) my parents can't get it, and 2) I don't feel so bad for the priice that I paid

But if you're in the area, this TV is the best deal out of all the TVs in the Visions boxing day flyer.

Omar

Omar

12/29/2010 04:22

Looks like this TV is now available for online order from Visions. At $1500 this is an amazing deal. It stings a little bit that just a month later this TV is available for $200 less than I purchased it for, but what can you do.

Hanyj

Hanyj

07/13/2011 01:13

there is a quite bugging buzz noise coming out of the unit. I just bought it 3 month back, and it started.

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