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Severe Burn-In Problems With This Plasma!

A Review On: Pioneer PDP-5020FD 50-Inch 1080p KURO Plasma HDTV

Pioneer PDP-5020FD 50-Inch 1080p KURO Plasma HDTV

Rated # 27 in Plasma HDTV
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Price paid: $3,829.00
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Pros: Beautiful Image When New

Cons: Careful Prudent Use Results in Notorious Burn-In After Images

There are many glowing reviews about the most important feature the infamous KURO deep black. But this display is over 5 years from its initial release date (and no longer available except used) and you can bet it doesn't hold a candle to the myriad of features available on current displays. I won't bore you with a list of minimal features. It has the essentials you need for use as a display. The features that drew me to this display were the KURO reputation, 1080p (somewhat rare at the time this product came out), and 72Hz display of 24fps content. (Features-detail rating: 1 of 5 stars based on today's feature-laden newer displays. In its day - 2007 when I bought mine - I'd have rated it 4.5 o f 5 stars).

Dialing in the picture is a bit of a chore - no display wins in this category - but this display does offer professional calibration if you need it. I found professional reviews online and used the settings recommended. I don't have the patience to tweak for perfection. (Setup-detail rating: 3 of 5 stars).

3) User Interface—
The text-based menu is a boring but functional user interface. I found the shocking transition to the broadcast TV Guide programming guide (two distinct user interfaces) jarring and offensive. An integrated GUI was expected at this price point. (User interface-detail rating 2.5 of 5 stars).

4) Performance—
Not having anything else in the house worth mentioning for comparison (a cheap 32" LCD) it is an understatement to say the PDP-5020FD blew the socks off everything else I've watched. However I was very disappointed when after less than a year of ownership the dreaded burn-in ghosting after image problem arrived. All care was taken to avoid this problem. The settings include an ORBIT to oscillate plasma cells to (supposedly) reduce burn-in risk. There is a Video Pattern setting that scrolls a solid white bar for an hour and was recommended to be used frequently during the first 100 hours of use and there-after when any after image or ghosting showed up. This setting was used frequently to no avail. This display was NEVER used for gaming and was only used to watch OTA digital broadcasts, Blu-ray or DVD movies, and Netflix. The result after a year of intermittent use is a pale reddish-colored rectangle centered in the display (visible during dark scenes or when no signal present). The edges of the burned in reddish ghost image are bordered by and correspond to the black bars of widescreen content or black pillars of 4:3 content. Very, very disappointing. (Performance-details rating 0.5 of 5 stars).

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