Of far more ‘serious’ interest is the 50PS8000’s THX certification. This means the TV has been ‘approved’ for picture quality by George Lucas’ THX group, pretty much the AV world’s only worldwide independent quality assurance system.
In the 50PS8000’s case, this THX approval gains its fullest expression in the inclusion among the TV’s picture presets of a THX movie mode, delivering the picture setting THX recommends you use to watch films. But also key to the 50PS8000 finding official favour with THX – and the Imaging Science Foundation, with it professional calibration service – is doubtless its truly extreme image flexibility.
Under not one, but two user-definable ‘Expert’ memory slots you can fine-tune just about every aspect of the image. Running through everything on offer would take hundreds of words and no doubt bore you to death, but there are definitely one or two things I just have to mention.
You can, for instance, turn on or off the set’s Dynamic Contrast feature, where elements of the picture – including the backlight – are adjusted in response to the content of the source image, mostly with a view to boosting black levels during dark scenes without compromising vibrancy during bright scenes.
There’s also a Black Level booster, edge enhancement circuitry, a Colour filter, and a startlingly sophisticated colour management system that allows you to adjust the contrast and brightness of the red, green and blue colour elements, as well as the tint and general colour properties of the red, green, blue, magenta, cyan and yellow colour elements.
As if all this wasn’t impressive enough on such an affordable TV, the set even provides a few (admittedly basic) test patterns to help you optimise contrast, brightness, sharpness, colour and white balance. Excellent stuff.
We’re nearly through with all the 50PS8000’s features at last, you’ll be pleased to know. All that’s left to say is that it’s a Full HD screen, with a vast claimed contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, a high claimed maximum brightness of 1,500cd/m2, and a startling hint of blue in its appealing design.