That is how far ahead Pioneer was in its quality, and their sets had the price tag to match.
But yes, who was willing and could afford to pay?
It is just one of those glitches that many of us have Pioneers and got them at the price we did. Good for us but sad for Pioneer that they had to "give them away."
Pioneer is said to be struggling financially right now. I hope they make it. Here was a company that was all about perfecting the plasma technology and they did not...