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After spending a few weeks looking at LCD televisions, it's time for us to return to testing a plasma TV today. Although the technology may have waned in popularity over recent years, it still offers better value for money than LCD. The new PZ950 from LG, known as the PZ950T in the UK is no exception: it offers a fifty-inch display for around a thousand pounds, and still boasts the firm's high-end technology, including support for active 3D. LG hasn't reworked the design of its top-of-the-range plasma TVs for two years now, using the same exterior design today as it did back in 2010. Like with the PX950, a pane of glass covers the entire front of the screen, with a border of five centimetres around the outside. It looks good, despite the shiny finish on the glass. Inputs come in the form of four HDMI 1.4 inputs, two of which are on the side, as well as SCART, VGA and composite and component video ports. There are also two USB 2.0 ports on the side for accessing multimedia files on external devices formatted using NTFS or FAT32. During our tests, the built-in media player could handle most file formats, only struggling with MT2, M2TS and subtitle tracks contained inside container formats.
LG has been so aggressive about promoting its new passive 3D TV technology this year that you'd be forgiven for thinking the brand no longer made any active 3D TVs. But actually, active 3D is still alive and well on the plasma side of LG's TV range, thanks to LG's belief that plasma screens aren't bright enough to work with the filter that has to go across the front of passive 3D TVs.The 50PZ950T we tested is LG's 50-inch flagship 3D plasma TV. This is reflected in its design, as it enjoys LG's very attractive Infinia/Razor Frame styling, complete with a single-layer finish over both its bezel and its screen. In fact, the glass top sheet extends fractionally beyond the TV's edges, which adds style from the front as well as exaggerating the TV's impressively slim profile (by plasma standards).Another flagship feature is the inclusion of a black filter within the screen's structure to boost contrast. Plus you get not one but two remotes with the TV: one standard one and one Magic one that's kind of like a WiiMote for your TV. The LG 50PZ950T is also equipped with the latest version of LG's Smart TV online service, complete with a number of new services that are helping it to become a real rival to the online offerings of previous connected TV leaders Samsung and Sony.
LG's Infinia 50PZ950 is an attractive 50-inch plasma set with good picture quality, plenty of Internet options, and excellent 3D graphics. Its only disadvantage is that navigating through its hundreds of apps and options can be a bit tricky. Listed at $1700 (though Amazon currently sells the set for $1200), our review model has a 50-inch 1080p plasma screen surrounded by a thin black bezel. This HDTV lacks some features you might expect in a high-end model, such as built-in Wi-Fi (it does ship with an LG Wi-Fi dongle, however), but it does support both the manufacturer's new LG Smart TV connected TV platform and its app store. Like the Sony Bravia 46HX820, the Infinia 50PZ950 sports a thin black bezel that helps give it a "bezel-less" look. A sheet of glass extends across the screen to the edges of the bezel; as a result, when the HDTV is turned off, the set almost seems to lack a bezel altogether. In the 50PZ950's case, however, the blank screen is much lighter gray than the bezel, so the effect isn't perfect. A superthin strip of clear glass surrounds the bezel. The set sits on a rectangular swivel stand that curves upward, so it resembles a little hill on your TV stand.
The 50PZ950T is the flagship TV in LG's current plasma range. Not only does it offer 3D support and a new filter to improve black levels, but it also features LG's Smart TV platform, which provides access to a range of Internet services, including BBC iPlayer. This 50-inch, 1080p set doesn't come cheap, though. It will set you back around £1,100. The 50LZ950T is easy on the eye. The front of the TV seems to be made from a single sheet of glass that runs from edge to edge. At 49mm deep, it's relatively slim for such a large plasma model, and we reckon it'll look the business in any lounge. The TV offers plenty of connectivity options. Alongside four HDMI ports, there are a set of component inputs, a single full-sized Scart socket, along with another half-sized one, and a VGA port for hooking up computer equipment. For Internet connectivity and digital media playback, LG has included two USB ports, as well as an Ethernet socket. LG also bundles a USB Wi-Fi dongle, but it's a shame Wi-Fi isn't just built directly into the set. As with most of the latest TVs on the market, this one has a Freeview HD tuner, giving you free access to high-definition services from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 via a standard terrestrial aerial.
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