Design and Connections
The PG6000 boasts LG’s dual XD engine which claims free flowing judder free images along with full 100Hz processing. The menu system is also very similar to that seen on the PG7000, with a video game type graphical interface, offering all the choices you could possibly require. Looking at the picture area this takes us to a traditional menu screen which offers all the usual picture settings.
Moving around the back and we find the following connections. There are four HDMI v 1.3 (three on the back, one side mounted), RGB/PC, component, two scart along with optical digital output, stereo analogue out and an RS232 port. On the side of the set are further connections which include, USB in, s-video, composite along with audio jacks and a PCMCIA card slot. So overall, the PG6000 is certainly laden with enough connections to make even the most hardcore of users happy.
Menus & Setup
So with this in mind, we first need to know how close the display can reproduce the Rec.709 HD standard and how good the greyscale mix is with the out of the box settings. For this we measure each picture mode provided to find the exact settings available, and which ones get close to D65 and Rec.709. So how well does the PG6000 get to these standards in the best out of the box presets?
Video processing is also a high point with the LG. The scaling and deinterlacing of material is first rate with very few jaggies and most of the tests passed with flying colours. Even cadence detection was very good and within a few frames of material changing. Blu-ray playback is also well handled with no signs of serious induced judder when playing back at 24p. Overall I was mightly impressed with the processing at this price point.
One of the slight weak points with the PG6000 is its dynamic range and black levels. Blacks are not as fluid or deep as some competing products in its price range, such as offerings from Panasonic. However, although things are not as deep as they could be, at the price point this Plasma operates you would be hard pushed to get an LCD that will beat it in that department.
Colours out of the box are strong and ever so slightly over saturated with some material. Red is the main culprit with some flesh tones looking slightly blushed. However, with the majority of material I fed the LG, I didn’t see to many instances where inaccuracies actually affected my viewing pleasure. Freeview pictures on the PG6000 can look good with higher bit rate channels, such as the BBC content, however with poor material there was nothing that I could do other than add slight processing to try and clean up the results. However feed the TV a good quality source and the picture quality is very good indeed, and depending on your viewing position, you will not notice any real issues with 720p resolution.
Having a full calibration certainly adds an extra dimension to the LG’s performance with a variety of material. Colours are now vivid but natural with flesh tones looking completely natural in their presentation. Detail levels are higher and more pronounced with added shadow details jumping out. The image just look far more convincing once the set has been calibrated and LG should be congratulated for showing other manufacturers in this price point how it should be done. It would have been an added bonus for end users had they included the THX preset on the UK sets, as an accurate image brings out the real performance of this TV.
- Nice sleek design and one piece of glass over the front makes this a design statement.
- Good out of the box settings which get pretty close to D65
- Excellent accuracy in images following full calibration
- CMS and Temp controls for ISF calibration
- Good Video Processing for SD and HD signals
- Handles 24fps material
- Plenty of inputs for existing equipment
- Above average sound quality from the speakers on board the TV
- Good value for money
- The black levels are disappointing
- Image retention can be a slight problem, even in calibrated modes.
- There are signs of phosphor trails on certain material
LG PG6000 (42PG6000) Plasma HDTV Review
There are a few slight issues with the screen, which may cause some issues. Image retention on the LG is still a problem with some logos and DOGs still being visible after changing channel. These do eventually disappear but can be a little annoying when they do appear. And it is the same case even in calibrated mode, so hopefully this issue will eventually be fixed by LG in future products.
Overall, the LG is a no-nonsense plasma TV that offers a good out of the box performance, and looks extremely accurate when calibrated thanks to its full picture controls. If you are looking for a budget plasma TV which offers more than most, I would recommend that you check out the LG PG6000.
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