PROS / The ability to hook up the TV to the internet is just one additional feature that enhances this TV.
CONS / The sound quality on the LG 50PS80 falls short compared to other Plasma TVs.
VERDICT / If you have a solid sound system this is a worthy option for you. If not, we would suggest looking elsewhere.
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When looking to get a new HDTV there are a lot of different options such as LED, LCD or plasma. The LG 50PS80 falls in as one of the best 50 inch LG plasma HDTVs for overall performance and picture quality. The LG 50PS80 is also THX certified which gives it that extra boost when it comes to the sound quality through the TV speakers. LG also offers NetCast for even more options when it comes to finding that perfect video to watch with your family or loved one. You can even checking the weather, stock or even watch the news while you’re watching your favorite video.
Plasma TVs are known for they extremely bright and brilliant colors and the LG 50PS80 has all of this and more with 1080p HD, which gives you that almost realistic feel to anything you watch. LG has taken the idea of making a good plasma screen and made it into something that everyone can enjoy. The blacks and whites are more defined so instead of getting a weak depth of color from your TV you’re going to find that everything looks more defined. Add in the 60Hz sub field driving, which takes those fast pace and somewhat blurry or glitch fight scenes and makes them look even more realistic. There have been some complaints that the sub field driving looks almost too smooth and gives the movie an almost fake look but, we will let you decide that for yourself.
Over the past few years the home entertainment center has gone from just a TV and some speakers into something much more. One thing that has become very popular over the past few years is the ability to hook your TV up to the internet. This allows you to watch Youtube videos, get Yahoo TV Widgets, access Netflix and even stream movies directly from Vudu. With all of these amazing extras the LG 50PS80 truly does have everything you could want to make everyone happy.
One of the things that some people don’t think about when purchasing a new TV is how it is going to sound in a big room. The LG 50PS80 does a lot of things the right way when it comes to picture quality and crisp clean movie watching however, when it comes to sound it falls a little flat without at least a 5.1 surround sound system. The speakers don’t have a lot of depth and are a little weak if you want to put them in a good sized or even medium room. However, for the most part the video quality is what everyone is after and the fix is easy with an in expensive surround sound system.
If you are looking for a TV that has some of the cleanest and most brilliant looking pictures than the LG 50PS80 will not disappoint. We would recommend that you have a surround sound system to get the most out of this TV however for the money with or without it is well worth the price.