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LG XXPZ550 - 3D 1080P Plasma TV's with Netcast

post #1 of 285
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Saw these at CES and was very impressed with 2D and 3D performance, especially black levels. Ordered one this weekend, waiting for delivery this week. Best combination of features and price (<$1500 for a 60" 3D Plasma) that I could find:

FEATURES
3D Capable TV1
2D to 3D Conversion
NetCast Entertainment Access2
TruSlim Frame
600Hz Max Sub Field Driving
Wi-Fi® Ready
(Adapter Required, Sold Separately)
Full HD 1080p Resolution
DLNA Certified®
ENERGY STAR® Qualified
Picture Wizard II
Intelligent Sensor
Smart Energy Saving
ISFccc® Ready

IS IT A TV? OR SOMETHING BETTER?

If you want entertainment so lifelike you'll feel like you can reach out and touch it, or a picture so vibrant and
clear that you'll forget you're watching TV, then you want the PZ550 3D 1080p Plasma TV from LG. 3D in
1080p Full HD that gives amazing depth to entertainment. A 600Hz refresh rate that helps take the blur out
of sports and leaves the action. And a TruSlim Frame that makes it a stylish addition to any room.


Looking forward to posting my thoughts when I receive the set. Anyone have one or has ordered one?

John
post #2 of 285
I've ordered the 60PZ550 and its scheduled to be delivered today. I'm psyched!

It looks like the new 3D glasses for this tv are just entering the retail pipeline now. I'm going to hold out a bit until there is a reduction in pricing though. If they can discount the price of the tv that much I feel the glasses will be discounted also at some point. I'm just thrifty like that. :-)
post #3 of 285
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Saw your post in the Plasma Forum:

"I have a 60PZ550 on the way to me and just found out, via email with an LG representative, that the 3D glasses are different than in past LGs.

The AG-S100 and AG-S110 do not work. You need either the AG-S230 (child), AG-S250 (regular), or the AG-S270 (Malli designer).

I was told the new ones are RF and not IR.

Supposed to be available in April according to the LG rep. Price is unknown."


Good stuff and thanks for the info. Best price I could find for the glasses in stock is here:

http:/www.videoandaudiocenter.com

Let us know when you get your set hooked up...

John
post #4 of 285
Hello. I'm not really the type to get into anything really "long-winded" but I received the tv and have it up and running. No problems with anything and the picture looks pretty decent right out of the box.

I've been watching some HD movies on cable and using the Cinema Mode setting. Also have watched a little SD stuff. That even looks better than my previous tv, but I'm an HD "snob" for sure.

I hooked it up via wired connection on my network and the tv quickly linked up automatically. I explored the Netflix, VuDu, Picassa, You Tube, and Cinema Now applications. Everything appears to work well and the 1080p stuff from Vudu looks great.

As everyone researching this tv should already know, the screen is very shiny. In my room its not a problem but I can see how it might be an issue for some.

At this point I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

About the glasses... I saw that retailer had them but I'm going to wait as I stated before in the Plasma area. The 3D was not the primary reason for this tv purchase but now that I've got it, I'm anxious to see it. I CAN be patient though when absolutely needed.

If I have any issues in the future I will report back here.

Good luck!

P.S. I've decided I'm going to break in the tv by watching it in mostly a normal way. Don't overly linger on screens with bars and logo's... that type of thing I will avoid for the first couple of weeks and then I'm not going to worry about it. I'm just saying.
post #5 of 285
For those interested, buydig.com has the AG-S250 glasses in stock for a decent price. Don't forget to search for a coupon to save a few.

Peace.
post #6 of 285
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My TV is to be delivered tomorrow but I won't have much time to play with it until later on this week. I'm looking forward to the first professional review of this set since useful setting info often is given as part of that.

Thanks for the tip on the glasses. Have you bought any yet?

John
post #7 of 285
Cool about your tv showing up soon... I hope you like it as much as my wife and I do.

After I had the tv operating for a few hours I used the built-in Picture Wizard to do some adjustments and it definitely improved things. Be sure to check that out when you get the chance.

Yeah... I bought 2 pair of the glasses and they are scheduled to be delivered this coming Wednesday. I've never seen a 3D tv in action before so I won't be able to compare it to much. I will come back later in the week and share my initial impressions.

I'm interested to hear what you think about the tv. Drop a few thoughts here when the time is right.

Randy
post #8 of 285
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Made it over the first hump in that the TV arrived safe and sound this morning. Unboxed the set and powered it up with the delivery man there and all was good.

This is my second LG flat panel as I have a 55" LCD that I use as a computer monitor and bedroom TV upstairs. I agree, the Picture Wizard is useful for quickly getting things dialed in. Hope to hook the set up tomorrow night so I'll give some feedback then. This is my first Plasma TV and it's replacing a 5 year-old JVC DLP that has done yeoman's work...

John
post #9 of 285
I just purchased the 60pz550 at hhgregg for a fairly rocking deal. The took good care of me...the bundled the ag-s110 with it which I denied the unit with in the store. The 3d appeared to be working. Is there any official documentation that specifies the glasses compatibility?
post #10 of 285
In the users manual it specifies the AG-S250, and not the AG-S110, as an accessory for this tv.

I also emailed LG customer support and they told me the older glasses are not compatible because they use IR and the new ones use RF.

That's all I know.
post #11 of 285
While I await the 3D glasses so I can check that out, I've been messing with the DLNA aspect of my 60PZ550.

I have a wired connection to the tv and its now a part of my home network. I installed a 30 day trial of Mezzmo Media Server on my PC and it found and linked up with the tv immediately. No muss, no fuss!

I then proceeded to stream Avatar 3D to the tv. At first it said it was an incompatible file but I had previously played the file via the USB input (both USB1 and USB2) connector and knew it worked. I checked Mezzmo and it was transcoding the file. When I turned this function off the movie streamed flawlessly. It was side by side and I used the tv's 3D to 2D function and it combined the 3D stream into a 2D picture and it was beautiful. I had no intention of watching the movie again but the picture was just so good I couldn't stop watching. No joke. Trust me, I'm not one to over hype something... just calling it like I see it.

I continue to be impressed by this tv and thought I would share.

Peace.
post #12 of 285
Thread Starter 
Good info. Do you think wireless would work similarly or one needs a more robust wired connection? What was the source of the 3D movie?

I'm knowledgable on the home theater side, less so on IT issues. Thanks...

John
post #13 of 285
Just set up my new 60pz550. Everything was great until I shut it off for the first time. When I turned it back on, I was greeted with a screen that now flickers and jumps all over the place. I've tried different HDMI, cable from the wall, and the internal internet features which all are affected. This was replacing my samsung 6400 with horible backlight issues and now this tv is acting like this. Does anyone know how to hard reset the LG?
post #14 of 285
In theory I think wireless would work just fine but... I have read some unfavorable comments concerning the LG wireless adapter so I just decided to forgo that option. I think the adapter can be had for $40 or thereabouts so if wired was not possible for me, I certainly would have given it a try. If you go for it, be sure to let us know how well it works.

The file I used was a 15GB MKV with DD 5.1 audio. I also streamed some AVI files. I'm awaiting an optical cable to run from tv to receiver so for now I am only using tv sound. By the end of the week, I will have that rectified.

Glasses should be here tomorrow... that should be interesting. :-)
post #15 of 285
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Originally Posted by Fsuhammond View Post

Just set up my new 60pz550. Everything was great until I shut it off for the first time. When I turned it back on, I was greeted with a screen that now flickers and jumps all over the place. I've tried different HDMI, cable from the wall, and the internal internet features which all are affected. This was replacing my samsung 6400 with horible backlight issues and now this tv is acting like this. Does anyone know how to hard reset the LG?

Sorry to hear about this, man. I don't know how to reset it but I know I would be on the phone first thing in the morning talking to somebody!

Be sure to let us know how things work out for you.
post #16 of 285
Tv is boxed back up and now I have two tvs ready to be returned tomorrow. WTF, would've been better to just get a vizio. Two top brands in two weeks have been nothing but let downs. By the way LG cs said it needed to be serviced. An hour old tv needs to be serviced, no thanks.

Update: Returned the samsuck, and exhanged the LG. Of course they didnt have any left so I told them I would take the display as it had only been on the shelf since friday last week. They gave me the display for another $50 off, so in total it was about 23% off of retail. I have not plugged it in at the house as Im waiting for another set of hands to help move it. However it did work well in the store so I have hope for this one. By the way, they hooked up my returned Tv and as it warmed up, it was very close to losing all picture functionality.
post #17 of 285
Ended up ordering one of these yesterday to replace a ho-hum 50" Panasonic from 4 years ago. I was going to go for the pk550, but for about 10% more this made sense.

Hopefully I don't end up with a lemon like Fsuhammond did. I've usually put LG in the vizio-Westinghouse range of electronics - in other words, best to be avoided.
post #18 of 285
The first one was a super sour lemon to say the least, but thats another reason I opted for the display as I knew it worked.

Does anyone know if this tv supports ARC? Cant seem to find it listed on LG's site. Thanks in advance.
post #19 of 285
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Originally Posted by JackOften View Post

Hopefully I don't end up with a lemon like Fsuhammond did. I've usually put LG in the vizio-Westinghouse range of electronics - in other words, best to be avoided.

Don't think that's true about LG anymore as they're right up there with Samsung, Panasonic and Sony these days in both features and PQ. On the only Westy I owned, the HDMI ports failed on both the original and replacement TV. It's currently on the wall in my son's room used as a PC monitor since only the VGA input works...

John
post #20 of 285
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Originally Posted by John Robert View Post

Don't think that's true about LG anymore as they're right up there with Samsung, Panasonic and Sony these days in both features and PQ. On the only Westy I owned, the HDMI ports failed on both the original and replacement TV. It's currently on the wall in my son's room used as a PC monitor since only the VGA input works...

John

I hear ya. Reviews have been decent for LG products of late. It's made me a little more comfortable with the purchase.

Here's hoping they've worked on black levels! I'm in the "3D's a fad" camp so I was just hoping for a pk550 with a slightly improved picture.
post #21 of 285
UPDATE 3/10/11 11:50
I want to set the record straight on the problem I reported earlier. It happened again after the box was actually working for short while. The problem was NOT the 60PZ550. It was in fact a bad FIOS box. I did not suspect the FIOS box as I took the HDMI cable out of the old TV and put it into the new TV. This was a working FIOS box for the past 8 months. Anyway, the upstairs box works perfectly when hooked up to the new TV and picture looks great. Just as good if not better. I just figured it out so I have not made any picture adjustments yet. But it is obvious to me that the bad picture I reported was due to the bad FIOS box, not the TV. The bad box produced the same results on the upstairs TV....shows "No Signal" for any HDMI port. So the picture quality must have been degrading until the HDMI out just crapped out altogether.

Just wanted to make sure to provide accurate info for any potential TV buyers.

My original post....
Quote:


My personal experience so far with the 60PZ550 is that the picture is not as good as my 60PK540 that is next to it. I have just about identical settings and my subjective opinion is that the picture is more crisp, clear and overall better on the 60PK540.

I upgraded because I got the 540 from Costco for $1420 and the 60PZ550 was $1391. The many added features including 3D, 2 USB, DLNA, NetCast etc. made it a no brainer since I was within the 90 days to return the Costco set. I have not returned it yet so I can evaluate the two sets. Kinda dissappointed right now but will give it a weekend to check it out. My HDMI ports on the PZ550 didn't work for the first 14 hours and then the next day they worked. Made me very uncomfortable but they work now. I have that...."my TV is suspect" feeling like something may go wrong again soon. So I may swap it for another as I'm within the 14 day period from Electronic Expo. I told them what was wrong and they are willing to work with me on the swap. I was nervous about the negative rep they seem to get but my experience has been ok so far.

Just adding some experience for others to use. Anyone else have this set up and running care to comment your PZ550?
post #22 of 285
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Originally Posted by Rando Pando View Post

For those interested, buydig.com has the AG-S250 glasses in stock for a decent price. Don't forget to search for a coupon to save a few.

Peace.

Electronic Expo has these for $72.
post #23 of 285
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Originally Posted by 60PK550 buy? View Post

My personal experience so far with the 60PZ550 is that the picture is not as good as my 60PK540 that is next to it. I have just about identical settings and my subjective opinion is that the picture is more crisp, clear and overall better on the 60PK540.

Good info, thanks. Any calibration done on either plasma? Had a chance to test the 1080p/24 mode?

Hopefully some peeps will start posting their calibrated settings. I know each panel can vary a little coming off the line, but it's still probably an improvement over factory settings.
post #24 of 285
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Originally Posted by JackOften View Post

Good info, thanks. Any calibration done on either plasma? Had a chance to test the 1080p/24 mode?

Hopefully some peeps will start posting their calibrated settings. I know each panel can vary a little coming off the line, but it's still probably an improvement over factory settings.

JackOften...wanted to make sure you saw this info.....

UPDATE 3/10/11 11:50
I want to set the record straight on the problem I reported earlier. It happened again after the box was actually working for short while. The problem was NOT the 60PZ550. It was in fact a bad FIOS box. I did not suspect the FIOS box as I took the HDMI cable out of the old TV and put it into the new TV. This was a working FIOS box for the past 8 months. Anyway, the upstairs box works perfectly when hooked up to the new TV and picture looks great. Just as good if not better. I just figured it out so I have not made any picture adjustments yet. But it is obvious to me that the bad picture I reported was due to the bad FIOS box, not the TV. The bad box produced the same results on the upstairs TV....shows "No Signal" for any HDMI port. So the picture quality must have been degrading until the HDMI out just crapped out altogether.

Wanted to make sure to provide accurate info for any potential TV buyers.
post #25 of 285
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Originally Posted by 60PK550 buy? View Post

JackOften...wanted to make sure you saw this info.....

Big thanks 60PK550buy!
post #26 of 285
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by 60PK550 buy? View Post

Electronic Expo has these for $72.

And I walked into Fry's today and they had a stack of the AG-S250's for $65. They're also running a promo where they claim they'll beat any Internet price (some conditions apply...) and throw in two pairs of glasses...

John
post #27 of 285
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Bought 4 pairs of glasses at Frys and we watched our first 3D movie, Imax "Wild Ocean" on the set.

Pros - Plenty bright enough, great depth of field and resolution, no ghosting or crosstalk, just very enjoyable

Cons - Glasses lost sync twice, wearing takes a little getting used to

Must be something on the emitter because all four of us lost sync at the same time each time. Still, great experience and looking forward to the next movie. So far, very happy with the set...

John
post #28 of 285
My glasses are losing sync also. Really sucks when you are playing a game. Looks like these new glasses might not be quite ready for prime time.
post #29 of 285
Is anyone else having HDMI handshake issues with an Xbox 360 being run through a AVR? Three components into my AVR, then 1 HDMI out to TV. The cable box and BluRay work great, but the xbox will not work without doing a 20 series of unplugging, plugging and input switches on the tv. I can cycle through the other two components without a hitch, but the xbox is a problem. I know it has something to do with the TV, as I've been running this setup for 8 months on my panny S1 and a week on the returned samsuck. Here is the really odd part, if I connect the xbox hdmi straight to the TV, all is well, but I dont get 5.1 sound via optical out on the tv. For now I've just moved the Xbox to the panny for the kids, but this crap is getting irritating. Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
post #30 of 285
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Originally Posted by Fsuhammond View Post

Is anyone else having HDMI handshake issues with an Xbox 360 being run through a AVR? Three components into my AVR, then 1 HDMI out to TV. The cable box and BluRay work great, but the xbox will not work without doing a 20 series of unplugging, plugging and input switches on the tv. I can cycle through the other two components without a hitch, but the xbox is a problem. I know it has something to do with the TV, as I've been running this setup for 8 months on my panny S1 and a week on the returned samsuck. Here is the really odd part, if I connect the xbox hdmi straight to the TV, all is well, but I dont get 5.1 sound via optical out on the tv. For now I've just moved the Xbox to the panny for the kids, but this crap is getting irritating. Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.

Which AVR? Onkyo's can be problematic in this area.

Sounds like it may be an avr issue since it works fine directly. If you have an extra HDMI input on the AVR (or exchange ports with another component) it might not be as fussy.
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