LG 32PG6000 32in Plasma TV - LG 32PG6000

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More good news, especially with the 32PG6000’s price in mind, is the flexibility of its set up. In fact, its options are so numerous that the TV can even be professionally calibrated by an Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) expert to precisely suit your home’s specific viewing conditions.


If you’d rather set things up yourself, I’ll quickly mention the key options at your disposal. Namely a ‘Fresh’ Contrast booster, a Fresh colour booster, multi-level noise reduction, multi-level gamma adjustments and, if you choose one of the provided ‘Expert’ modes, a black level booster, and individual tweakage of the red, green and blue contrast and brightness levels, and red, green, blue, cyan, yellow and magenta colour and tint levels. Impressive stuff.


Also impressive for the 32PG6000’s money is the amount of video processing it brings to the party. Kicking this off is LG’s Dual XD Engine system, which applies colour, black level, noise and motion handling improvements separately to RF feeds and external input sources. We’ve had cause in the past to bemoan some LG TVs performances with standard definition broadcast material, so hopefully this provision of a dedicated tuner processor will really make a difference. A 100Hz engine, meanwhile, is on hand to double the usual TV frame rate in a bid to reduce motion judder.


Still more good news finds the 32PG6000 using the same Mark Levinson-tuned ‘invisible’ speaker design that’s delivered such winning results on previous recent LG TVs, with Clear Voice processing on hand to help film dialogue sound clearer. This feature recognises and expands the 100Hz-12kHz audio range generally occupied by human speech patterns.


With so many features on board you could be forgiven for thinking that the 32PG6000 must be a bit of a pig to operate. But here again the set confounds expectations thanks to a really elegant, impressively presented set of onscreen menus, and a well thought out if slightly plasticky remote control.


So far we’ve seen precisely zero that could explain the 32PG6000’s extremely economical price, raising serious fears that it’s with its picture quality that the set must inevitably come crashing down. But actually, while certainly not perfect, its pictures are certainly good enough to outgun those of most budget rivals.


The 32PG6000’s biggest strength versus most LCD models is its black level response. During a run-through of ”Terminator 2” on Blu-ray, for instance, the night skies surrounding the trucks during the chase sequence that ends in the smelting factory contain more shadow detailing subtlety than you get with pretty much any budget LCD I can think of. And there’s also less trouble from the notorious ‘grey mist’ effect so common over dark pictures in affordable flat telly circles. Though before you get too excited, black levels are also an issue we’ll return to in the negatives section later on…