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The Bush fared slightly better in this area and managed a decent job of scaling standard definition content without much ringing. To add to the positive news, the Bush also picked up on the PAL 2:2 cadence quite quickly and maintained the lock. Deinterlacing was of an average standard with jaggies visible in the middle portions of the test on the Spears and Munsil benchmark Blu-ray which also revealed that, like many Vestel engineered TVs, it was not the best at handling a 1080p24 signal; with some shredding of edges and a general jitteriness not present in the original content. The Bush 50 inch plasma was also unable to reach a reference white level of 235 which means it will clip details out of the brighter portions of the picture.
Most gamers would probably quite satisfied with the Bush in terms of latency, with an input lag of around 38 milliseconds, it’s amongst the most responsive plasma’s we’ve tested in 2012 using our dedicated instrument. The Bush does show the familiar plasma trait of double imaging with games that run natively under 60 frames per second but many won’t notice, although the chronic image retention issues might put a lot of people off plugging a console or PC in to it.
- Standby: 0.0w
- Out of the Box – Standard Mode: 270w
- Calibrated – Personal Mode: 242w
It would seem the engineers behind the Bush plasma are acutely aware of the image retention given they’ve built an undefeatable pixel ‘orbiter’ in to it. We have no problems with orbiters when used sparingly but here the image would shift, very noticeably, every few seconds. All of which is highly distracting, especially as it drags the edges of objects with it, causing a double (or more) image effect. A similar double imaging could be seen in panning scenes also, regardless of the pixel orbiter. We’ve seen a similar phenomenon with the Panasonic plasma TVs in recent years but here it’s not confined to 50Hz content and a fair degree worse in its manifestation; so one of plasma technologies’ strengths is not inherent in the Bush. Another, deep blacks – and resultant impressive dynamic range – was also lacking in the Bush plasma as the Test Results page demonstrates. We’d usually be able to report that at least the most accurate picture mode would bring about passable colour accuracy and greyscale but, sadly, that wasn’t the case here. We’re struggling for anything positive to say, in all honesty, but the Bush was capable of attaining levels of brightness we couldn’t get anywhere near reaching with the current crop of plasmas from Panasonic, Samsung and LG. In theory that should mean it’s well suited for use in a bright room but the lack of any anti-reflective measures or filter to combat ambient light puts paid to that.
- Bright Pictures
- Simple Menus
- USB PVR facility
- Responsive for gamers
- Large screen for a low price
- Poor dynamic range and mediocre Black Levels
- No accurate Picture Modes
- Distracting picture shifting
- Very bad image retention
- Double edges with movement
- Blu-rays stutter badly at times
- Cheap remote
Bush 50 Inch (Bush50inch) HD Ready Plasma Television Review
The Bush 50 inch Plasma TV isn’t exactly one of the pretty boys of the TV market but its beefy simplicity didn’t cause us any offence and there are enough connections around the back of the stout chassis to keep most satisfied. The remote control, however, has that air of cheapness engendered by small, knobbly buttons that are hard to read and a lightweight build quality. The Bush’s menu system couldn’t have been much more simplistic and we’ve rarely – if ever – seen such a paucity of picture controls. The controls that are present are also mostly locked down unless the Personal viewing mode is selected. Thankfully that mode proved no less accurate than any of the others, not that it’s saying much, and for once we weren’t really able to bring any really meaningful improvements to picture quality by means of a basic calibration.
The bad news didn’t stop there, unfortunately, and the in-built – and undefeatable – pixel orbiter, designed to ameliorate the problems of image retention both frustrated in its regularity of picture shifting and, moreover, didn’t really work at all; making the Bush one of the worst offenders for this particular plasma technology trait. The weak contrast levels didn’t really help portray any content in its best light, either, and the LG-esque dithering of the picture means it’s not one for watching anything like close up. On the plus side, processing of standard definition signals was quite good and input lag for gamers was relatively low. The fact the Bush could be pushed to produce a very bright picture, by plasma standards, would have been more of an advantage had any measures to combat either reflections or ambient light been but in place.
Ultimately this Bush 50 inch plasma is an advert for everything people don’t like about plasma TVs – poor ANSI contrast, noisy pictures and inadequate handling of bright room conditions – and there are much better examples of plasma technology available; perhaps not priced at exactly the same level as the Bush but close enough for it to miss out on an award.
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