I have no idea why everyone is crying. Pioneer got out of the plasma business for 2 reasons...
1. Their market shrank, which no longer justified "sumo priced" plasma.
2. Hitachi tried unsuccessfully to eat some of their lunch.
Even if Hitachi had never created the Director Series, both (or at least one) would still be out of plasma. Pioneer was too proud of itself to lower the price. Panasonic, Samsung and LG were more than happy to offer 92% of the picture quality at 40% of the price.
What happened? People walked right past Pioneer and bought one of the other three. I know the people that run the Milwaukee office(now there is also a Chicago) for the largest Directv and Pioneer distributorship in the US(they are also the larget Mits and Toshiba as well). These guys were the last ones to have any of the Kuro Signature Monitors(KRP). Up to January, the company still had 3 of the 60" in stock. Of course the wholesale cost to a dealer on them was still 4 times what a top model LG 60" cost. Pioneer still hadn't lowered the cost them.
Personally, I don't feel sorry for Pioneer. Yes the plasma were awesome...for those willing to spend the money. If you are so upset, there are always these...http://www.runco.com/products/flat-p...splays/plasma/