LG 60PZ950 Plasma TV - A Blacker Shade of Pale

Launch SRP: S$3999

Design & Connectivity


Before we discuss its aesthetics, we would like to emphasize that this set weighs almost 45kg (including its stand). If you don't wish to break your back, it's best to assemble this 60-inch display with some assistance. That said, LG continues its 'one sheet of glass' implementation here; a design which made its first appearance with last year's INFINIA range. While it may boost contrast levels by a fair bit, this layer of plexiglass is also guilty of augmenting the PZ950's weight and reflective nature. Measuring about an inch thick, the inner bezels are observably chunkier than Samsung's recent '+1' design. On the other hand, transparent rims along the PZ950's perimeter do lend the TV a nice contemporary vibe. And as with most of LG's premium sets, a row of touch-sensitive controls are present in place of hardware buttons. While this model isn't small by any means, the panel is still able to swivel on its rectangular plastic-top stand, which is rather hefty by itself.

The PZ950 is fitted with a single sheet of glass over its plasma panel and black bezel. This effort not only enhances the TV's looks considerably but also helps boost color and contrast levels. Thickness-wise, the LG PDP features a relatively slim depth of 50mm.

The reflective nature of the panel's glass surface also tends to create unwanted glare under brighter ambient conditions. Would LG's 'TruBlack' filter be able to compensate for this? We'll find out over the next few pages. Also, this TV swivels, if it isn't obvious from the picture.

It's not surprising that touch-sensitive controls are used here given the PZ950's premium status among LG's PDP camp. By the way, this model also provides DVR features like time-shift recording for digital (DVB-T) transmissions, such as HD5 for instance.

These blinking blue LEDs aren't a photo mishap but indicators which are illuminated in succession once the unit is powered on. Thankfully, they'll vanish from view once the unit is fully initialized.



The majority of analog and digital ports are congregated behind, including two component inlets and two HDMI ports. The breakout panel by the side holds two of the remaining HDMI and USB ports, as well as a composite input. On that note, you'll have to make the necessary space allowance for wall-mounts if you plan on using the rear-facing jacks. LG has made little changes to their remotes since last year's INFINIA release, so you can expect the same wieldy remote with generously-sized directional keys. One useful item in the PZ950's package is the Magic Motion Remote. In our opinion, this wand is an indispensable accessory since it facilitates the Smart TV experience with its convenient gesture-controlled navigation. As for its active-shutter glasses (model S250), they are somewhat clunky, but feels relatively light when worn. They are rechargeable, and pairs with the TV via an RF (Radio Frequency) signal instead of IR (Infrared). According to LG, the S250 is supposed to last up to 40 hours with each full charge.

The rear-facing ports include two component jacks, two HDMI ports and an Ethernet jack. Also included in the mix is a Wireless Control connector. According to LG, it is meant for the optional transmitter designed to be paired with the WL100 wireless media box, which unfortunately isn't available locally anymore.   

We'd recommend using the side breakout panel for your AV peripherals if you plan to wall-mount this TV. The HDMI 3 inlet also comes with an ARC feature which enables you to transmit the TV's audio signal out to a receiver via the same cable. Two USB ports reside just next to the HDMI connectors.

Unlike some of its LCD counterparts, the PZ950's Magic Motion Remote (left) does not require an external sensor to be connected to the TV since it's already integrated within the set. The RF-based remote operates on the 2.4GHz band.


 LG's S250 is essentially a 120Hz frame-sequential 3D glasses which communicates with the TV via the RF protocol instead of IR. They are slightly clunky but relatively lightweight. A mini-USB port is included for recharging purposes.  

3D Performance
HD Performance
SD Performance
The Good
Elegant design
Fast response time
Excellent 3D depths and clarity
The Bad
Subtle image retention
Sub-par black depths