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Much like sAC D, vinyl and component Hi-Fi, plasma is fast becoming a cult tech amongst people yet to develop their something-ending-inphile nomenclature, and rightly so. However, before everyone gets there gold plated panties in a knot, take note that this panel has a maximum native of 1365x768 outside of the US. What that means for the non cult members is that the TV is not full HD despite being the size of a rugby field and that the 1080p that gets slapped all over the place is for accepted inputs. The Edge can even process a 1080p – 24fps signal but is technically not capable of displaying it. Now for the panty knotting.

Despite the lack of native 1920x1080 the image processor is so gifted that even the expert eye is fooled into a false sense of 1080p. Gifted with the power of plasma and HDMI 1.3, the 50PG60 burnt our eyes with its vivid colours and threatened Einstein with the darkness of it blacks – a 30 000:1 contrast can do this. While there is still the usual phosphor lag with certain signals, a solid 1080p signal will be rendered with that
elusive, fluid frame rate that makes movies look like they are being fast forwarded ever so slightly. Dubbed the Edge for its complete lack thereof, the front panel consists of one pane of glass under which the screen and the invisible speakers reside which, combined with the rest of the ergonomics, makes the Edge more than a little good looking. Despite their invisibility, the speakers still managed to get international sell-out Mark Levinson’s nod of approval. Other exciting bits include four HDMI 1.3 ports with Deep Color™ and xvYCC,

This TV then, is a complete misnomer, it performs way outside its specs, it looks absolutely beautiful and it sounds good too. That said it is still HD ready on paper despite rendering so well on interlaced you would be hard pressed to notice the difference.