LG 2012 plasmas 40 percent blacker, best gets antiglare
LG is touting its line of 2012 plasma TVs, including the flagship PM9700 series, as delivering black levels that are 35 percent to 40 percent deeper than the company's previous generation.
LAS VEGAS--When it comes to black levels, perhaps the most important ingredient in picture quality, LG's plasma TVs certainly have some improving to do.
LG's best plasma, the PM9700 series, also adds an extra we haven't seen since 2008's Pansonic TH-PX77U series: a new antiglare/antireflective "TruBlack" screen that LG's rep told us was almost as effective as the matte screen on LCDs at curbing reflections in bright rooms. Such a screen finish doesn't exist on any other plasma TV.
Unlike LG's LED models, its plasmas utilize active 3D technology. The PM9700 offers the company's Smart TV suite and Magic Motion remote, although the latter lacks the voice control found on some of the company's other 2012 TVs. See theLED for more on LG's Smart TV additions.
As evident from the image above, LG has also revamped the styling, thinning the bezel, going for a more metallic finish and adding a funky legged stand.
LG PM9700 series features:
- Plasma TV
- TruBlack antiglare screen
- Magic Motion remote
- Smart TV
LG PM9700 series models:
- LG 50PM9700 50-inch, pricing and availability TBD
- LG 60PM9700 60-inch, pricing and availability TBD