This thread is for the discussion of professional reviews of the exciting new 8th generation Pioneer KURO Plasmas. I am hoping this will become a valuable resource for those of us making a decision to purchase what appears to be a very significant breakthrough in flat panel technology.
I will post all professional reviews here - good and bad!
Please let me know if you find one, I will keep this first post updated with all professional reviews as they become known...
"Pioneer’s new KURO technology takes plasma to another level. No, wait — make that another universe."
***Pioneer PDP-5010FD 50 inch Plasma TVhttp://canadahifi.com/review81.php
"Most TV manufacturers make modest advances with each new generation of products. But Pioneer's Kuro generation has taken an exceptional leap in plasma TV performance. For producing the most spectacular picture performance any of us have seen at CANADA HiFi to date, we present the Pioneer PDP-5010FD plasma TV with our first ever Editor's Choice recognition."
***Pioneer Elite KURO PRO-110FD Plasma HDTVhttp://www.hometheatermag.com/plasmadisplays/907kuro/
"Forgive my dipping into hyperbole for the caption, but there really wasn't another way to go. It's not just the fact that the PRO-110FD creates a beautiful image. It's that the image it creates is such a step above every other flat panel on the market that it is not even comparable."
Build Quality 96 (Excellent)
• Feels like a $6,000 product should
• Good luck finding burn-in
Value 91 (Good)
• It sure is crazy expensive
• But for this level of performance. . .
Features 98 (Excellent)
• 72-hertz mode is great
• Four HDMI inputs
Performance 98 (Excellent)
• You have to see it to believe it
• Near-perfect processing
Ergonomics 96 (Excellent)
• Backlit remote
• Direct input access
Overall 96 (Excellent)
It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest flat-screen TVs ever made. It really is that much better than everything else out there. How's that for hyperbole?
***Pioneer PDP-5080HD reviewhttp://www.ultimateavmag.com/flatpan...ys/907piokuro/
HIGHLIGHTS: "This KURO plasma has exceptional blacks, the best contrast ratio we've yet measured on a flat panel display, and the picture looks as good or better than the measurements suggest. There are less expensive 50" plasmas around, but not with a picture like this!"
CNET Editor's' Review: 8.7 / 10.0
This 50-inch plasma TV displays an exceedingly deep shade of black with excellent shadow detail; clean image with little noise; "smooth" video-processing mode removes most judder; excellent antireflective screen; sleek, minimalist styling; removable speaker; superb connectivity with four HDMI inputs and one PC input; CableCard compatible with TV Guide EPG.
Expensive; inaccurate primary color of green; no user-menu fine color temperature controls.
The Pioneer PDP-5080HD produces the deepest shade of black--and thus one of the best pictures--we've ever tested.
RATING: 9.2 - Spectacular
"Top-class design and peerless picture quality puts this TV right at the top of the pile"
In terms of picture quality, design and features, this is one of the best televisions we've ever reviewed. The picture in particular is of a totally different class to most flat-screen televisions, and has us looking forward to the September launch of Pioneer's "premium" 'Full HD' screens -- with even higher contrast ratios, according to the manufacturer. As it stands, this 50-inch screen is a fantastic performer that makes hi-def movies and games look utterly spectacular -- if you're in the market for a high-end screen and are serious about picture quality, this should be right at the top of your shopping list.
Pioneer's 8th-generation plasma is no hype... the PDP4280XD offers the best post-calibration picture quality I've seen to date.
Deepest blacks among all the HDTVs we've tested
Gorgeous colour reproduction with accurate decoding
Excellent video processing including 1080p/24 handling
Slightly indistinct shadow detail
Noisier picture with certain settings
High price tag
Pioneer PDP508XD is the cream of a bunch of 8G Kuro plasmas that delivers class-leading picture quality.
Deepest blacks with full preservation of shadow detail
Glorious colours with accurate decoding
Top-notch video processing & 1080p/24 handling
Need to know when to apply certain settings with different source material to avoid introducing artifacts
Offers the best combination of standard and high definition performance of any flat panel.
HD Ready: yes
Resolution: 1,024 x 768
Revolutionary black levels
Excellent colour fidelity
Not a Full HD resolution panel
It's time to start believing the hype - Pioneer's latest-generation plasmas really do take image quality to a whole new level
The best flat TV picture ever
Fulsome 1080p/24Hz support
No stand or wall bracket supplied
Not just the best 42-inch screen ever, it's the best flat screen yet by some margin
Design & Features 10/10
Image Quality 10/10
Normally we like to counterbalance our praise of even the very finest TVs with a negative point or two. But try as we might, we simply can’t think of anything bad to say about the Pioneer’s pictures at all. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that Pioneer is flogging the screen at what has to be considered quite a premium price point, the only problem the brand might have with the 508XD is making enough of them.
Excellent features list and connections
Unparalleled picture performance
If the price isn't a problem, this should be one of the easiest buying decisions you'll ever have to make
***Prestigious European EISA Best Plasma award goes to Pioneer Kuro.http://www.eisa-awards.eu/eisa_awards/historyhttp://www.eisa-awards.eu/eisa_awards/node/718
***Pioneer PDP-508XD Web Review:http://blog.homecinemachoice.com/pag..._web_exclusive
The following is not technically a review but a "side-by-side" comparison of the Pio 5080 - Panny 50PZ700U - Sammy T5054 - Sony 46 XBR3 - Sharp 46D92U :http://www.canadahifi.com/comments.php?id_entry=161
AVGUIDE 'Best Plasma Ever' award goes to the Pioneer PRO-1150HD ( begins on page 47 ):http://mag1.olivesoftware.com/am/get...&OnePageMode=1