LG 60PN6500 Review
60 inch HDTV Plasma TV
by Jack Burden, Reviewer
The 60PN6500 replaces the PA6500 from 2012 in LGs plasma lineu for 2013 and early 2014. LGs plasmas are not only looking good but the pricing is outrageously good compared. This model does not contain many of the premium features such as Smart TV and 3D compatibility that you might normally want in a 60 inch TV. You have to stretch up to the 60PN6700 for those features. However, for all intents and purposes the picture is the same – making this LGs top picture quality performer for the year.
The picture quality on LGs plasma TVs has improved significantly in the past couple years and the PN6500 series picture emanates a beautiful plasma image. These plasma TVs may look a little dim compared to LED TVs are the store but dont let that fool you. Your living room is a lot different that a showroom floor and those LED are all on torch mode to make them look so much brighter. You would not use the TV in that way at home anyway. The 60PN6500 delivers some smooth contouring and though the upper limit of brightness is constrained it has a nice depth perception.
So depth and a smooth clear image are a couple of the strengths of this TV. Color richness is average and not what you would get with a top Panasonic or Samsung plasma but is more realistic than most LED TVs.
Black levels are average on this TV for a plasma and better than most LCD TVs.
Side Angle Viewing
The 60PN6500 performs just like all the plasma TVs on the market today from side viewing angles – perfect. This is in great contradiction to the vast majority of LED TVs on the market which lose their contrast and black levels at contrast starting at 15 degrees off center and continuing on down the line. This area of picture quality is not spoken about much these days because most of the manufacturers want to focus on their LED LCD and 4K LCD offerings.
If you are not interested in 3D, Smart TV or any of the fanciest features that higher end TVs have to offer and just want a good sports or movie TV then the 60PN6500 could be the answer. You certainly get great savings from 1) going plasma and 2) foregoing all the extra features. There still plenty of HDMI inputs and connectivity options. If you want Smart TV functionality you can simply purchase a Roku box and plug in with an HDMI cable.
|Jack Burden has been reviewing and writing reviews in the consumer electronics category for 7 years with CEAG. He considers grayscale gradation, film patterned retarders, and focus field drives to be fun topics. Read more about Jack|