Originally Posted by LaoChe
...I'm sure you've heard, "I should have gotten the Kuro when I had the chance."
No. I never have.
People who really
wanted the KUUURO that bad went out and bought them. The rest are/were satisfied with the alternatives OR turned around and purchased used kuro sets (likely from owners who realised that picture size was more important to them than the absolute best picture or contract ratio). There's no prestige for a wannabee to openly dwell on not
getting a Kuro, you see. I'm sure comments like that (factual or imagined) do please kuro owners though. After all, there's only so much patting on the back you can continue to give yourselves, and waiting once a year for the impartial writers to again declare the kuro (entire model lineup?) the benchmark is far, far too long to wait for that sort of self aggrandizement. Either way this sort of forum chatter is always amusing to read, but I'm digressing/usurping this thread. On to the original point...To the OP: not sure how you are even debating the decision. IF you really know what these olde Kuros are all about (sounds like you do) then its a no brainer. I don't know the odds of total panel failure to operating time but if the sucker fires up out of the box with no bad pixels and runs for 72 hours straight then you have yourself a gem. You hear about models from other manufacturers failing or exhibiting common production flaws all the time... are there not members from the distinguished kuro community here who have readily available insight as to what the reliability of these units were?
Ok digressing again now...
Maybe its just me, but if I was a kuro wannabee all these years (one of these so called many "I should have gotten the kuro when I had the chance" folks) I wouldn't hesitate buying this set. OR I'd buy it, test it (longer than 3 days - maybe a few months), then sell it to the highest bidding fanatic and turn a profit. Eh???"Virgin Kuro plasma, properly broken in for 200 hours. professionally calibrated. LESS THAN 500 hours total run time. Serious inquiries can receive an in-person demonstration to see for yourself - otherwise calibration metrics, screen shots (material of choice), and test pattern results will be provided."
(that last part would be the clincher - to SEE with your own eyes and behold). Sounds like the easiest sale in history. I'm actually starting to think about this...
I know very little when it comes to model years/numbers - is this 141 model the biggest, best, and last model ever made by pioneer? (i'm assuming its has the gold ELITE letters on the chunky lower bezel?)