Pros Picture quality is out of this world. Blacks are fantastic. Colors amazing. Just simply stunning picture and quality if this TV
Cons none - have been using this TV now for a year
Summary Those who were lucky enough to buy this TV while still on sale are really lucky. Best Bey no longer carries these as they were heavily discounted. If you can still find this TV, please do yourself a favor and get it. Usually sells for around $2,500. Now it lists for $4,500, which is its true MSRP. If you have the money get it, but shop around as you might still find good deals.
Amazing, amazing, amazing.
Pros Best picture quality available for 1080 sources. Delivers accurate color and blacks that are truly black. A handful of cool, usable features.
Cons Scaling of non-1080 sources isn't great. Brightness uniformity in dark scenes isn't perfect. Runs hot and greedily slurps electricity, despite "green" stickers.
Summary Though it isn't quite "The Perfect TV" some make out, its fair to say that without any qualifications the Pro-111fd is the best HDTV currently available and probably will remain so for some time. It delivers a direct-view picture quality unlikely to be soon surpassed by other plasma manufacturers or the current crop of competing technologies (LCD and, um, Mitsu's Laser Beams). It looks good and has superior build quality to most other options. Menus look good and are fairly useful though it can take a number of clicks to get to picture settings in the menus. The DNLA streaming functions work, but are a bit spartan in usability terms.
With a 1080i/p source, the picture is flawless. The internal scaling leaves 720p material looking a bit flabby to my eye. Color can be surprisingly realistic, but isn't perfect out of the box, even using the Pure setting. Brightness uniformity on my set wasn't perfect - I get a brighter bottom edge of the screen regardless of settings on any primarily dark image - but has improved over time. The picture changes noticeably over the first couple hundred hours of use but really settles in beautifully after a "break-in" period of 500 hours or so. The absolute best in the display can be brought out with a visit from a professional calibrator at this point in time, but can be dialed in satisfactorily with a Google search and a bit of tweaking.
Due to wariness about burn-in, the use of non-linear stretch mode for 4:3 SD content seems to be encouraged in the settings menus but this means SD picture quality tends to suffer noticeably. I prefer the older Faroudja-based processing in my receiver to perform linear stretch of SD content. For DVD, I have the Reon-based Denon 2930 which offers superior deinterlacing/scaling to the internal processing. The pure cinema advanced de-interlacing mode seeks to restore the original 24Hz frame-rate of film-based content with mixed results. This only works as a deinterlacing mode so I will sometimes compromise and send 1080i to the display to with watchable results but don't expect anything comparable to a native 24 Hz source. Also worth noting for us former ex-pats, this display can display PAL video at the native 25Hz frame-rate.
Despite a couple shortcomings, I wouldn't consider replacing this display with any other direct view set. In conjunction with my 2930, DVDs look as good as I've ever seen. Watching well-transferred films on blu-ray, this display is capable of delivering a picture that is nothing short of stunning.
Pros Best picture quality and color acuracy. Great display of dark scenes makes Pioneer the best brand for the Plasma TV. I recommend you check out http://www.squidoo.com/best-hdtv for information what best and cheapest HDTV to buy for 2009.
Cons No compliant for this plasma TV.
Summary I would recommend Pioneer plasma TV for everyone.
Pros Black blacks, great contrast, vibrant colors
Cons reflective frame is distracting, screen can be to dark at times make it difficult to see faces in shadows
Summary Phenomenal tv, but I am not sure it is twice as good as a TV offered at half the price
Pros Excellent black level, color reproduction, contrast, etc.
Cons Price, I did get mine on sale though for 3999 from Best Buy. Its 4999 now.
Summary I have this TV for almost 2 months now and absolutely love it. Prior to this I had the Sony 52XBR4 which is no slouch but the Kuro is better in all areas. For those complaning about blurring, this TV or any TV for that matter is dependent on the signal its receiving. So if your cable provider is compressing the siginal it will look crappy. Get a blu ray player and watch a movie like speed racer with the settings on the cnet review and I guarantee you will be blown away