LG Plasma TV 2009

LG is one of the HDTV manufacturers that didn’t abandoned plasma TV technology (as Pioneer and Vizio did). The company still believes that plasma TV has advantages over LCD (which I agree with) and they are here to stay. Though in terms of picture quality LG falls behind Panasonic and Samsung, mainly because of the poorer black levels, their 2009 models do have some good features to make them appealing to many consumers. Aside from the fact that LG plasma TV models are generally cheaper, they also come with an impressive set of features. LG happens to be the first plasma TV brand to integrate Netflix support in their models. Their high-end models also feature an embedded hard-disk drive which turns the TV into a DVR and gives the owner a lot of flexibility over what he wants to watch and when.

General Overview of LG’s 2009 Models

Just as the 2009 plasma TV models of other brands, LG plasma TV models have a long lifespan of 100,000 hours. That is more than good as it means the picture quality will last for many years.

The PS80 and PS60 series from LG are THX certified. That means you get perfect color accuracy out of the box, without any calibration. This is a great feature and if you are looking for a plasma TV with good picture quality, THX is one feature that you want to have.

The design of 2009 LG plasma TVs has been changed, the company using now a single layer design. That means the screen is covered with a flat surface and you don’t get an edge between the actual screen and the bezel. The advantage of this design approach, aside from being nice looking, is that when you clean your plasma TV, the dust will not get stuck in the corners of the screen.

USB connectivity is present on all 2009 LG plasma TVs. It is important to note a difference between LG series – the low end models only support JPEG and MP3 on USB media, while the high-end models can also play DivX HD content.

For those of you that want to go green, LG offers the possibility to reduce the power consumption either manually, by selecting a certain energy saving level, or automatically by letting the TV detect the amount of ambient light and adapt its contrast and brightness accordingly. Note that using a power saving mode can reduce the overall picture quality a bit, especially if there is a lot of ambient light.

LG 2009 Plasma TV Series

  • LG PS80 – top of the line high-end 1080p models
  • LG PS60 – high-end 1080p models
  • LG PQ30 – entry-level 720p models

LG PS80 Series

The PS80 series comes in 60 inch and 50 inch sizes. The main characteristic of LG PS80 models is the support for NetFlix streaming. This is the only plasma TV on the market at this point that supports NetFlix. Aside from this, the PS80 plasma TVs also has an integrated HDD with a capacity of 250GB, an USB port that supports JPEG, MP3 and DivX HD streaming, support for Yahoo widgets and two tuners. All these features make it one of the most feature packed Plasma TVs on the market. Aside from the fact that you can watch NetFlix content or access information through Yahoo widgets, the embedded HDD and the dual tuners allow you to jump back and forth through the program you’re watching, or watch a program while you record a different one in the background. You can also schedule recording if you wish, using the integrated Electronic Programming Guide (EPG). This set of features makes LG PS80 plasma TV models stand out from the rest of the plasma TVs with its PVR-like capabilities.

Quality wise, though it falls behind high-end models from Panasonic and Samsung when it comes to black levels, the models in PS80 series are THX certified and include THX Media Director. That means you get perfect colors out of the box without the need to calibrate the TV. The THX Media Director is a feature that automatically recalibrates the TV based on the specific content you are watching so that you get superb quality no matter what content you watch.

LG PS80 Specs at a Glance

  • Resolution: 1080p (standard) / 1920×1080 (exact)
  • Contrast ratio: 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
  • THX: YES (Including THX Media Director)
  • 24p cinema mode: YES
  • USB: YES (JPG, MP3, DivX HD)
  • WiFi: YES
  • Bluetooth: YES
  • NetCast: YES
  • Other: 250GB hard disk drive (HDD), dual tuners.

LG PS80 Models

LG PS60 Series

The picture quality of LG PS60 plasma TV models is similar to that of PS80 series. PS60 models are also THX certified (though they don’t include THX Media Director). Even though, just as PS80, it doesn’t match high-end Panasonic and Samsung plasma TV models when it comes to black levels, the color accuracy is perfect. While it does have THX certification, PS60 series lacks the THX Media Director, NetCast support, DivX HD support for USB and the integrated hard-disk drive. Of course, if you can live without these features, you basically get the same picture quality that PS80 offers but for a lower price.

LG PS60 Specs at a Glance

  • Resolution: 1080p (standard) / 1920×1080 (exact)
  • Contrast ratio: 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
  • THX: YES
  • 24p cinema mode: YES
  • USB: YES (JPG, MP3)
  • NetCast: YES
  • Other: Frameless design

LG PS60 Models

LG PQ30 Series

LG PQ30 plasma TV models are entry-level models. As opposed to the other series presented above, PQ30 have 720p resolution (1366×768 pixels) and lack some of the features present in PS80 and PS60: THX, DivX HD support for USB playback, NetCast service, etc.

One feature of PQ30 series that is worth mentioning is Auto Volume Leveler II which normalizes the sound so you don’t get fluctuations in volume. It is quite common to experience loudness for a moment (during an action scene) and then have a hard time hearing a whispered dialogue. The Auto Volume Leveler II takes care of that.

LG PQ30 Specs at a Glance

  • Resolution: 720p (standard) / 1366×768 (exact)
  • Contrast ratio: 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
  • THX: NO
  • 24p cinema mode: NO
  • USB: YES (JPG, MP3)
  • Netflix streaming: NO
  • Other: Auto Volume Leveler II

LG PQ30 Models

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