Originally Posted by RichB
Here are some facts:
They are Kuro Reference Plasma's (KRP).
They are monitors only.
The 500M is a 9.5 panel.
The 600M is a 9 series panel.
The have the same anti-glass coating as the Elite panels.
They measure the same as the corresponding Elite modes.
With Turbe's patch to enable ISF modes there are essentially elites without Tuners and media features.
IMO, they look better because they are thinner and the silver Pioneer logo is more appealing than the gold Elite monicker.
No, the facts are, that Pioneer never marketed, promoted or sold the KRP sets as a Elite branded product. So no matter how they compare to a actual Elite branded product, they are in fact not a Elite branded product.
And anyone trying to claim that the KRP's are a Elite product, is the same as someone trying to claim that a Denon AVR-4311, is a Denon AVR-A100. Sure the 4300 is the same as a A100 other than for the differences that the A100 has all gold plated connections on the back panel, while the 4311 does not, and the A100 has cast iron feet, where the 4311 does not, and that the front panel on the A100 is glossy and made out of metal where it's plastic on the 4311, and the A100 has a longer warranty and comes with a "signed certificate of authenticity", and a claim of of some higher grade parts. Even though they are essentially exactly the same on all their interior parts and interior construction.
Denon is not the only one that has done something like this, Pioneer has done the same thing in the past also with "sister" AVR's. With one being labeled and sold as a Elite branded product, while the non-Elite branded one was built with all the same internal parts and with the same specs. And yes, they even shared the same service manual.