Arguably the 32PG6000’s biggest weakness, though, is its susceptibility to image retention, whereby a bright, static image element – such as the TV’s own onscreen menus – can leave a shadowy trace of itself behind for quite some time after it’s supposed to have vanished.
You don’t notice these image echoes over bright parts of the picture, but they can certainly remain for some time over dark areas – especially if you use the set’s rather attractive ‘Fresh Contrast’ setting and eminently avoidable Vivid image preset.
Turning to the 32PG6000’s audio, it’s actually rather good. Vocals are clear and powerful, the soundstage spreads impressively far across your living room, treble information is presented clearly and without harshness, and there’s generally less muddiness to the audio presentation than we’re accustomed to finding on 32in flat TVs – especially those with invisible speakers. A little more bass to underpin action movies would have been the icing on the cake, but this is a superior audio effort overall.
The 32PG6000 is not a perfect TV by any means. But it’s certainly a very worthwhile – and remarkably affordable – addition to the 32in scene, with its plasma technology offering distinct advantages over 32in LCD models that ensure it’s far from the mere gimmick a small part of us had suspected it might be.
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