LG PZ550 50" 3D Plasma HDTV


Design and Setup of the LG PZ550 3D Plasma HDTV

The hardest part about setting up the PZ550 was waiting for my wife to get home to give me a hand. From there it was just a few screws to attach the panel to the base and lift it onto our TV stand.

There are plenty of inputs to connect your devices on the LG: four HDMI, a couple component and USB inputs. The HDMI inputs are solid and my cables fit snuggly into them. The USB inputs are used to charge the 3D glasses or to view media off a USB drive. However, with only two, I’m not sure how you would charge a family of active 3D glasses. Perhaps a cheap USB hub to charge more than 2 at a time would do the trick. On the plus side, the glasses never ran out of juice for me and the longest session without charge was about 3 hours. However, they would occasionally turn off at random times for no reason.

The picture modes are nearly identical to the LW5600 LCD with vivid, standard, cinema, sport, game, ISF expert1 and 2, and the addition of a power saving APS mode. I’m not sure when one would actually use the APS mode as the brightness is greatly reduced, thus saving on the voltage needed to light up the phosphors.