Posting up a copy of the review I did on this set over at Amazon (even though I bought the set at Best Buy
) Also including updated settings after hitting the 200 hour mark.
This review is from: LG 60PA6500 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV (Electronics)
UPDATED INFO: I just wanted to share my post 100 hour calibration settings. After 200 hours they will change slightly again (primarily contrast and brightness) as I'm still keeping contrast fairly low until I reach the 200 hour mark. This is after much tweaking using the various tools noted in the LG 60PA6500 thread over at AVS Forums.
FINAL UPDATE: 12/12/2012 after 200 hour calibration:
Aspect Ratio: Just Scan / 16:9 / or even Set by Program - depends on source
Energy Saving: Off
Picture Mode: Expert 1 or 2
H. Sharp: 15
V. Sharp: 15
Dynamic Contrast: Off
Noise Reduction: Off
Black Level: Low
Color Gamut: Standard
Edge Enhancement: Off
Color Temp: Medium
Method: 2 Point
No amount of tweaking using the "Warm" color temp setting yielded an overall picture I was happy with. The warm setting may calibrate perfectly with a colorimeter and calibration tools, but it always looks "too" fleshy and tinted to my eyes. Using the above settings I was able to get great whites (although still a little to the blue side), grayscale performance is awesome and almost zero banding. These settings were also a nice compromise on getting life like flesh tones.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Although I didn't buy the 60PA6500 from Amazon, I did purchase the same unit with a BB price match offer. I spent a week here at Amazon and on other websites reading the reviews and feedback. The new TV purchase was a necessity after my four year old Samsung Plasma bit the dust when three capacitors on the power board blew out. As others have mentioned, the LG has possibly the worst picture quality when viewing the display and comparing it to others at your local BB or other TV merchant. And par for the course, three different sales people tried to up-sell me on a Panasonic or Samsung, but after all my research, I was pretty set on what I intended to buy when I walked into the store. I didn't need a Smart TV, and while 3D is cool I just didn't see us using the technology to any great extent. We took the TV home around 9PM and I spent until around midnight calibrating colors and setting the advanced display options. For the first 100 hours I'm keeping the contrast below 65 and brightness below 55 to allow for a proper burn-in. But I can already tell that this plasma is going to have a beautiful picture. Even with the power off, this is a pleasing unit to look at. It won't win any awards for ground breaking aesthetics, but it should work well with about any decor. The bezel is nice and thin, and you'll be impressed with the thin depth of the unit overall. The stand is top notch in design, looks, functionality and it does swivel (kudos to LG for not skimping with the stand on an entry level TV). The firmware on the unit I purchased from BB was outdated, so I downloaded the latest FW from LG and flashed that the next day. Then re-entered my picture settings from the previous evening. After 100 hours I'll re-calibrate again. Honestly though, the color accuracy out of the box is pretty darned close if you set the TV to Standard mode, turn off most of the post processing options - and MOST IMPORTANTLY - make sure that energy savings is disabled. I've found that Standard Mode and Expert Mode are both very close to perfect color wise. Again, the most important thing is to disable the post processing features and energy savings. After I get my 100 hour burn-in complete I'll come back and post my full settings.
My best advice - DO NOT let the poor PQ in the store sway you from purchasing this TV. I can't believe that LG doesn't insist that the merchants turn off the energy saving feature, at least for customer demo purposes. This TV can be adjusted to picture quality levels that will rival units costing much, much more.
Menu Options for picture control and calibration
Very good color accuracy using standard or expert modes with little if any color tweaking required
Stand is EXCELLENT and swivels
Design / Appearance
3 HDMI inputs
Firmware updates are painless - just download the firmware update, unzip the file to a USB stick, plug the stick into the USB port on the TV. At that point the TV auto detects the USB stick and the firware update, written prompts are easy to follow.
On my set there is some jitter when watching fast moving content from my HTPC. This is a high end HTPC running a dual core Intel processor, 8Gb memory and HD5850 using a resolution of 1920x1080 @ 60Hz. All video connections to players, cable box and HTPC are via HDMI cables. It's worse on streaming content than if watching DVD or Bluray media. There isn't an option to enable "Film Mode" when viewing @60Hz, and I couldn't find any other tweaks to help eliminate it. With that being said, it would not affect my purchase decision one bit and I would buy the same set again.