It’s refreshing, too, to find fast moving scenes, such as any of Arnie’s fight sequences, looking more or less completely free from the sort of blurring and resolution loss over motion that’s so commonly witnessed with LCD TVs, particularly at the cheap end of the market. This fact helps the image deliver HD images in particular with a pleasingly immediate sense of clarity and ‘snap’.
Also impressive is the lack of noise in the 32PG6000’s pictures, with both high and standard definition sources – even the set’s built-in digital tuner. LG’s Dual XD Engine definitely earns its corn in this regard.
Fine detail levels, meanwhile, are good for a non-HD TV, contributing further to the sense of sharpness with HD material and making it easy to discern such ‘HD giveaways’ as pores on faces – even those of T2’s cyborgs! – and weaves in clothing.
Another image strength concerns the 32PG6000’s colour handling, as it reproduces skin tones and subtle colour blends unusually well for the sub £600 32in market. And finally, I really can’t stress strongly enough how great it is to be able to watch a 32in TV from somewhere off to its side without any reduction in its picture quality whatsoever.
In fact, the 32PG6000’s freedom from LCD’s colour desaturation and contrast reduction viewing angle issues is potentially reason enough in itself to win the hearts of anyone forced to watch their TVs from the side.
The main catch with the 32PG6000’s plasma nature is that its pictures aren’t very bright compared with the majority of today’s LCD rivals. Even using the Vivid image setting – a setting we’d recommend you actually avoid on account of its tendency to exaggerate noise levels and over-egg colour saturations – the picture looks generally slightly muted versus even a pretty basic LCD TV.
Also, while colours are predominantly very good on the 32PG6000, the set isn’t wholly immune to plasma’s tendency to present reds with a rather orangey undertone. To be fair, the longer I lived with the TV the less distracting this problem became, indicating its relative lack of severity compared with plasma technology historically. But I never managed to completely remove the issue, no matter how much I played with the TV’s endless colour adjustments.
Returning to the black level response we praised earlier, while the 32PG6000’s presentation of black gets both deeper and more detail-filled than that of most budget LCD sets, it still falls comfortably short of the black level depths of the best the plasma world has to offer, with a gentle grey/green pall discernable over any of T2’s night-time scenes.
Patches of really fine detail, such as those thrown up by stripey ties and suits, can throw up a little shimmering noise too, even when watching HD. And the 32PG6000 is not the best handler of 1080p/24 sources, presenting them with a touch of judder during camera pans, despite the set’s 100Hz processing.