My KURO Pro 111FD has been running through the break-in images off of a USB drive for more than 11 hours. I accepted delivery of the flat panel Friday morning, picked up a piece of Whalen furniture that compliments the television and the smaller viewing space available for it in my house, and put everything together yesterday afternoon. The Pro 111FD is replacing a Sharp LC-32D7U, which is a great older generation LCD by its own right. When I bought the LCD, I was living in a small condo and had even less space available than I do now! The Pioneer, of course, is a mammoth in comparison. This is the largest display that my 19th century cape will allow.
I actually found myself commenting how, "this television looked smaller in the store."
Setting up the Pro 111FD was not difficult since I had someone available to help me and I was placing the panel on a table. I checked the stand while the panel was still in the box and I noticed that the bolts were secured well at the factory, nothing appeared to have come loose when my local store shipped the plasma to me. Once my initial inspection of the stand was complete, my helper and I lifted the whole television, cover and all, out of the box, cleared the white foam packing material from under the stand and placed it all on the table. Once the plasma was more or less in the center of the table, I took the packing material off the top of the display and then made my final adjustments to get the television dead center. And yes, a ruler was brought to bare for this final step.
Seating is currently spaced five to six feet back from the plasma.
Plasma panel resonance (the buzz) is there, but I do not find it annoying. Right now, it is the most noticeable when viewing slide two of the break-in images. I do not perceive it on any of the other slides. I'm not sure if this is because there is too much background noise, or if my 33-year-old ears are just not picking up on things that my 22 year-old ears were able to pick up on 11 years ago. I expect that I will tune out what I do hear over the next 150 hours. Even now, the resonance is subtle, almost like the electronic hum from speakers or powered subwoofers. It certainly isn't louder than the crickets that chirp outside my windows at night. I'm going to categorize this as something that doesn't affect me. I mean, most electronics make noise, and I have found ways to live with these noises (I would say that I have sensitive ears). For the duration of my break-in period, I am not using a power saving mode, per the instructions. I know that sometimes affects panel buzz.
Out of the box, the plasma also doesn't have any dead or stuck pixels from what I can see. I decided to attach the two speakers for now, but I'm not exactly sure whether I will keep them. Aesthetically, the panel looks really nice without the speakers, and I have a receiver and a couple bookshelf speakers that I was using with the LCD, so I have a decision to make there. Eventually, once I complete my 150-hour break-in period, I also want to connect my HTPC. For now, however, it's getting a week off.
All in all, my first impressions are positive almost 12 hours in. I would say that I lucked out with my purchase. Pioneer was at my local store last weekend and I was able to chat with the representative (he had a full head of hair), the store was also having a sale (and that made the 50" Panasonic PZ850U and the Pioneer Pro 111FD a bit more competitive), and tax was paid by the store as an added bonus.
Once I start in on real content, I'll have more to share. Knowing myself, I'll probably sneak in a couple hours of standard definition full-screen something-or-other during the week just to get a feel for the new television set. I briefy watched one of my local HD stations before starting the break-in routine. During this demo, I didn't hear any buzz or notice any defects, so in a real-world setting, I'm going to say that this plasma screen works according to its specifications.