As regular readers will appreciate, I’ve generally been very happy with a number of recent LG TVs. But the 42PQ6000 is a big disappointment – even after spending way longer than normal trying to calibrate its settings to perfection.
Starting off tough, I first fed the 42PQ6000 a few standard definition sources. And found it seriously wanting with anything less than the most pristine of DVD transfers. This is chiefly down to the TV’s inability to do anything to suppress the inherent video noise in many standard definition sources – especially broadcasts. In fact, the 42PQ6000’s ill-judged attempts to sharpen standard definition pictures end up exaggerating source noise – especially if you forget to turn off the Edge Enhancement circuitry.
Also problematic with standard definition sources are the 42PQ6000’s colours. Basically, they’re just not very credible at all, with skin tones that either look too orange or too green; some suspect reds and greens; some rather dirty-looking peak whites; and a general lack of colour vigour compared with what we’re fast becoming used to seeing from other plasma and, especially, LCD/LED TVs. Colours also suffer some slightly messy, unsubtle blends, especially where people’s skin is concerned, leaving some colour areas looking blocky and unrealistic.
Another, more minor issue I had with the 42PQ6000 is its susceptibility to image retention. I’m not talking here about the permanent screen burn that used to occur with old plasma and even some CRT TVs, but rather about residual traces left by onscreen graphics for a few seconds after they’re supposed to have disappeared. Even though I witnessed no permanent damage during my time with the 42PQ6000, however, even short-lived image retention can still be distracting, at least during dark scenes.
The 42PQ6000 doesn’t even totally excel when showing dark scenes – usually a banker for plasma technology. For it seemed to me that in its bid to make blacks look as deep as I’d expect them to on a plasma screen, the 42PQ6000 has ended up leaving really dark shots looking a bit hollow and one-dimensional.
One final disappointment concerns the 600Hz engine, which doesn’t seem to bring nearly as much to the table as I’d expected it to, only marginally reducing judder rather than making it a thing of the past.