"Expensive, Yes: Worth the money? YOU BET!"5.0 starson by save200permo
Pros: Near perfect colors, ability to tweak further if necessary. Black with details that you didn?t know you were missing because they are not there on other sets. This Plasma enhances a poor 480 pic to produce a pic that looks like a 720 or 1080 input.
Cons: $6500 price & you will spend too much time watching TV. May cause marital problems becoming more critical if she finds out what U paid for that thing hanging on the wall. (If she finds out the price it can b a great addition to your new bachelor pad)
Summary: This is the last year that Pioneer will produce their own panels. Begining in 2009 the panels will be produced by Panasonic so I chose to buy now. After months of research and shopping, comparing Panasonic, Pioneer and Hitachi I decided to go for broke and buy the Pioneer Elite. There is not good information on the difference between Pioneer and the Pioneer Elite series (not even from Pioneer) both use the same panel. The Elite gives you an additional year warranty, additional color controls and the consistent statement ?hand-picked components? but no information what that means.
Every store I shopped, I compared the Elite Series to the base Pioneer and the Elite always showed better than the base set. I have never seen either of these Plasmas displayed by a retailer in a way that does them justice. When you are shopping for a flat panel television the bright sets with very sharp edges jump out as the best because they compete with the fluorescent lighting used by the retailer. When you get the sets home it is a different story. The bright sets are to bright, the enhancements that create the sharp edges become annoying because they are not natural. The blacks are grey and dark grey, the colors are bright but not true. The Pioneer sets have blacks that match the Piano Black finish of the frame and a realistic natural picture that is as real as it gets. Again a picture that seems you could reach out and touch everything on the screen.