After thoroughly reviewing the specifications for this new LG 42PT350, I cannot find any difference between it and the equally fantastic model LG 42PJ350 I bought last year. I am so pleased with this TV after owning it for almost a year I feel compelled to tell potential shoppers to BUY IT, JUST BUY THIS TV, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT !!! Here is my Review (Sorry for being so long…) Recently purchased this LG 42PJ350 42″ 720p Plasma TV online for under five hundred bucks delivered. (Amazon says this one year old model has been available “since 2003″ ? An obvious misprint.) We use it in our small (12' x 12') living room to mostly watch High Definition cable TV broadcasts, DVR recordings, and an occasional DVD movie. We watch a considerable amount of sports, and are not Blu-Ray collectors nor video gamers. Plasma HDTV technology seems to be becoming less popular with many consumers compared to LCD/LED, due in part to potential video burn-in,



screen reflectivity, and higher energy consumption issues. We're mostly concerned with motion blur, good viewing at an angle, and excellent HD rendition of cable TV. Plasma's strong points are lack of motion blur, higher contrast, and deeper black levels. And unlike LCD, the picture looks great from anywhere in the room; not just directly in front of the screen. Since nearly all HDTV is still broadcast at 720p, the 720 vs 1080 debate was a non issue for us, as the difference in picture quality (even with a 1080p source) is nearly indiscernible at typical viewing distances, and didn't warrant the extra $200 for a similar 1080p unit. (We are watching this set from approximately eight feet away.) Have not yet encountered any burn-in or image retention issues, even after pausing video for ten minutes, or after DVR programming sessions lasting five minutes. The plasma screen is made of glass, so yes, reflections occur on sunny days, but they also occurred with our old
CRT TV. Fortunately, window blinds cost less than spending a few hundred dollars more for a similarly sized, non reflective, motion blur prone 120 Hz LCD HDTV. We were initially interested in Samsung and Panasonic plasma units, but after reading of the dreaded Samsung 'Plasma Buzzing Noise' and the Panasonic faulty power supply's 'Seven Blinking Lights of Death' on several reviewer blogs (“the Google” can tell you more about these), we focused instead on LG. We've not encountered either of these problems with our new LG, nor have we read many similar complaints about their plasma TV's. This TV meets our needs, and its price was best in class. The LG 42PJ350's 720p Plasma HD picture is framed by a beautifully sleek, thin bezel, and looks amazingly sharp and lifelike. The extremely wide array of colors appear vivid and deeply saturated. Contrast, blacks and whites are all well defined.




The fastest action scenes have no blurring whatsoever. Viewing Standard Def broadcasts on this TV is somewhat less impressive (the light gray bars left and right of the picture that LG imposes when viewing 4:3 ratio programs seem bizarre and annoying. I prefer to use the 'zoom' function instead to fill in the screen.), but still an improvement over our previous 32″ Toshiba CRT dinosaur. I strongly recommend using an HDMI cable if you are going to connect to a satellite/cable converter box or Blu-Ray/ DVD player. The upgrade in both video and audio quality compared to coaxial cable is remarkable. You'll be missing the absolute best picture this TV can show you without HDMI. We did encounter one drawback to using an HDMI cable between this set and an HD cable box/ DVR; the HDMI cable also carries digital audio, and alters the TV's and converter box's usual audio functions. This LG TV's closed caption function is then disabled, as well as the Motorola Com
cast digital converter box's volume control (Comcast box's 'mute' still works, however.). This means you'll have to use the Comcast remote to change channels, and the LG remote for volume adjustment. Installing the old coax cable instead from the TV to the converter box allowed the volume/closed caption to function normally, but then the picture quality suffered. Why buy a High Def TV to view a subpar picture? Oh well, bye bye closed captioning. Perhaps a universal remote would make this situation more tolerable? Or is this a problem with using HDMI connection for ALL new HDTV's, and not just this brand? I'd appreciate helpful comments from others who have encountered this problem, as the LG website offers little in the way of assistance. An online instant chat with one of their techs yielded an odd, somewhat defensive, less than useful comment of “That's the way LG TV's are made.”




(Maybe I was really chatting with 'Ask Jeeves', in his new gig ?) Audio from the PJ350's speakers is acceptable for a medium/small room (at 20 watts, they're loud enough, but have minimal bass, and seem to be aimed at the BACK of the set?), and there is an audio setting to enhance voices, but I plan to add a soundbar and a small powered subwoofer to complete our inexpensive home theater. And the LG “Infinite Sound” stereo wide feature was also disabled while connected with an HDMI cable. The included remote control is a bit awkward to use. The 'arrow' function buttons often need to be pressed more than once, due to their concave shape and slippery, hard plastic (not rubbery) feel. LG's menu seems logically laid out, and there are many options to adjust both video and audio settings.(Their “Picture Wizard” function helps adjust picture settings close to optimal. It gets close to where we like it to look, but your mileage may vary. I used it first, a
nd then set the TV to 'Standard' with the following levels: Energy Saving = minimum for daytime, medium at night, Contrast = 100, Bright = 50, Sharp = 40, Color = 34, Tint = 0, Color Temp = W20, Dynamic Contrast = low, Dynamic Color = low, Noise Reduction = medium, Gamma = medium, Black Level = low, Color Level = wide, Edge Enhancer = on.) The rectangular stand is, like the TV frame, a glossy piano black (fingerprint magnet). It feels sturdy, swivels left/right, and was relatively simple (four included screws) to attach to the TV. I'd rate this TV higher than four stars on the merits of its beautiful picture, attractively slim frame, and excellent value, yet don't feel it deserves five stars because of the closed captioning/audio glitch. If it turns out that HDMI causes similar problems with closed captioning on every brand of HDTV, then I'd gladly rate this LG five stars.