LG's best plasma gets THX 3D, black filter

The LG PZ950 series of plasma TVs offers a slim bezel and THX certification for both 2D and 3D sources.

LG's PZ950 sport the company's fullest array of plasma features for 2011. LG

LAS VEGAS--LG will ship seven different series of plasma TVs in 2011, and the chief of the tribe is the PZ950 series.

Much like the PX950 series we liked last year, the PZ950, along with the step-down PZ750, will offer THX certification for both 2D and 3D sources. The advantage of the system is that one button press provides a relatively accurate picture, and in our tests the PX950's 3D was very good. (In case you're wondering, all LG plasmas use active 3D technology, not the passive variety found on some of its LCDs).

The PZ950's main performance-related bonus over the PZ750 is a RealBlack filter designed to improve black-level performance in brighter rooms. We liked its effect on the 2010 model.

The highest-end LG plasma also offers a thinner bezel than past models, a mere 1.18 inches wide, and a design captured by LG's press release: "Real glass is paired with a hairline aluminum highlight to create a luxurious, virtually borderless appearance, while a transparent lower panel completes the slim even-bezel look."

Both the 950 and the 750 feature LG's new Smart TV interface and Magic Wand remote (see the PZ750 writeup for details). Only the PZ950 includes a Wi-Fi USB dongle for free, however.

Pricing and availability were not announced.

LG PZ950 series features:

  • Plasma TV
  • 3D-compatible
  • THX-certified for 2D and 3D
  • TruBlack Filter
  • Narrow, 1.8-inch bezel
  • Depth less than 2 inches thick
  • Magic Wand remote
  • Smart TV with NetCast and web browser
  • Wi-Fi USB dongle included

LG PZ950 series models:

  • LG 50PZ950: 50-inch
  • LG 60PZ950: 60-inch
Read the full CNET Review

LG 50PZ950 - 50" Class ( 49.9" viewable ) 3D plasma TV

The Bottom Line: Although blessed with solid features, design, and performance, the LG PZ950 series can't match the excellent picture quality of other plasmas in its price range. / Read full review

Read the full CNET Review

LG 60PZ950

The Bottom Line: Although blessed with solid features, design, and performance, the LG PZ950 series can't match the excellent picture quality of other plasmas in its price range. / Read full review

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Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com.

 

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