Pros It is true that Pioneer Kuro televisions offer great black, good color and depth perception.
Cons Before buying a Pioneer Plasma TV I read many reviews (including CNET'S) which said the color qualities where really good but it was also mentioned in several forums that Pioneer's service was poor in the US. In Canada the service is no better !
Summary At the store, in Canada, where I purchased the TV, I asked about the quality of the service Canada vs the US and they assured me it was excellent in Canada. My TV literally blew up after less than 2 months of ownership and I asked for a new units since I judged this unit too new to fix and because of the unknown and potential impact on the other components. I am still waiting for my TV to be serviced and if I bought a large TV it is to enjoy it. Now I do not even have a TV and to have one temporarily, the store (Centre HiFi in Canada) said I had to buy another one which they would refund. I just spent several thousands and they think I will put out more money. No way, I want my TV back! All in all I am not happy with Pioneer so be forewarned about the service because It would appear I am not the only one complaining.Thank you for your comments. One fact remains, the TV was less than two months old which is certainly not something to build confidence on. If il would have broken after several months I would have gladly accepted the repairs wihtout an a word. But so soon after the purchase, it is somewhat worrisome because I hope I did not get a lemon; which does still happen these days. I got the TV back 2 days ago but it making a funny noise, when I turn it on, I will call again on Monday ??? This is my final comment and I would have expected better sercice from my retailer because I purchased the extended warranty for several hundreds dollars and that if there was to be any problems they would look after it for and it did not happen as promises.
An important part of any product is the quality of the service, specially higher price products. This is very important if service becomes an issue. I am rather upset about the choice I made. As far as I am concerned I am not a happy Pioneer customer. I don?t care how good the image was, etc.
Updated on Oct 25, 2008
Pros Beautiful 1080p reception with Blue Ray 95% of the time. Deep blacks. Very accurate colors. Capable jutter correction under the appropriate settings. Extraordinary. Nothing else I've looked at approaches its performance.
Cons Limited trouble with high def TV/Satellite reception. Some channels exhibit a moire artifact, leaving the impression of looking through venetian blinds. This artifact is not present in BluRay with the appropriate firmware, or in XBox game play.
Summary I have observed a fleeting-to-noticeable moire artifact on several high definition channels, and a prominent moire artifact on TNT HD. When the camera jump-cuts, pans or zooms the artifact leaves an impression of looking through Venetian blinds . I spoke to several Pioneer tech reps about the problem and one told me Pioneer is aware of this issue; they refer to the moire pattern under the above described conditions as a "known artifact". I was not told what Pioneer plans to do about it but they have noticed (again according to the rep) that all or most of their plasmas exhibit a moire artifact to varying degrees.
The reps speculate that the source of the problem may rest in part with the broadcast signal, the other part sourced to their plasmas. I do not know how this characteristic compares to other plasmas on the market. (Side note: I also observed the artifact approach the level of a serious distortion when playing BluRay discs on the Pioneer BDP 05 FD before the 1.17 firmware upgrade. I hasten to point out that I have not observed the artifact on BluRay in any degree since the upgrade was installed.)
I will close with a minor caveat. My standards are rather high, and I do not think the general public will catch any but the most striking examples of this "known artifact". My advice? For what its worth, when assessing whether or not this artifact will become an irreconcilable viewing issue for any customer, customers contemplating a Pioneer purchase should ask their sales persons to connect the plasma they are interested in to recent episodes of "Law and Order" or "Missing" on TNT HD. The customer might then compare that image to other makes and models tuned to the same program.
Pros I have the new plasma pioneer and it is a wonderful TV and nobody will disagree about this issue, the color is realy deep and intense, the picture is simply wonderful but there is a BIG BIG BUT
Cons BLURRING PROBLEMS AGAIN AND AGAIN. I was so excited when i buy this Pioneer Plasma TV and the first thing is said to my self, finaly the tennis game picture will be clear and wonderful, and that was true when the player has not serving any ball yet.
Summary Tthe blurring problem that appear on fast action like Football game, Hockey game and even on a tennis games is TOTALY TRUE. Beleive me how difficult to accept this problem when you spend this kind of money on a TV like Plasma Pioneer !!!!, the reviews is always turning around the same points and it is : Deep blackness and intense color but they never mention anything about the blurring problem !!!
That prove one thing that the technology either on LCD or Plasma is still not accurate and the professional reviewers should try to watch a football or a hockey game for an hour and then they should tell the whole story, not just the deep black and the colors etc etc.....So please stop blaming the other reviewer who had mention the blurring problem, he is totaly right and becareful not to spend this big money on a technologie that yet is not able to eliminate this problem unless you don't care at all about any sport game !!!
"Disappointed"on by markfiona
Pros True blacks, DLNA.
Cons Too dark overalll, poor video processing engine for the money. Inner border around screen surface is very reflective, and thus annoying. No side input for HDMI (PC).
Summary Have owned for 6 months now. I A-B tested this against my old Chinese made plasma of 1/3 the cost. Apart from the colour temp, there was not a huge difference. Pioneer has good black but does not shade them properly, so when playing dark scenes in movies/games it is pretty much just black holes. I should not have to start to white out the black to get detail. Also combing and panning onscreen is unacceptable at this price point. My old plasma performed just as poorly. This was with good source content, ie James Bond. And if an old cheap TV performs similar then the Pioneer is a lot of hype. Content from FTA in Australia is 576i or 1080i, this TV may only shine with Blu-ray, I have not yet tested.
"end of an era"on by robd11
Pros All about the black baby
Cons too bad this is the end of the line. you've got only 1% of the population ponying up the big bucks for these things. pioneer out of the plasma business now.
Summary if you can afford it, buy the 60", a PS3, and a tricked out home theatre system. AWESOME.