LG PZ550 50" 3D Plasma HDTV


Introduction to the LG PZ550 3D Plasma HDTV

To follow up my review of the passive 3D LCD LG TV, LG sent me their 50” PZ550 3D Plasma TV to check out. This was a great opportunity for me to compare both the active shutter and passive approach to 3D from the same manufacturer. The LCD set benefitted from the passive approach by allowing its users to purchase many cheap sets of glasses for large gatherings. However, the film-patterned retarder cut the resolution in half and added a shimmer to the image that was too distracting. Another major issue was with the frame creation upconversion that was always on in 3D mode. This gave movement an artificial look and feel and I was worried that might be associated with all 3D sets including the PZ550 plasma and was anxious to find out. Continue reading to hear how this LG TV performed.


  • Design: 3D Plasma HDTV
  • Screen Size: 50" Diagonal
  • Native Resolution: 1080p
  • Brightness: 1,500 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 3,000,000:1
  • Light Source Life Span: 100,000 hours
  • Film Mode Processing: 3:2 / 2:2 Pull-Down for HDMI 1080p 24p
  • Picture Modes: Vivid, Standard, APS (Power Save), THX Cinema, THX Bright Room, Sports, Game, ISF Expert 1, ISF Expert 2
  • Weight: 65 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,799.99 USD
  • LG
  • SECRETS Tags: HDTV, Plasma, 1080p