Here is someone's first hand look comparing the 5th and 6th generation pioneers.Next Generation of Pioneer plasma: Review
"Last month i was lucky enough to have a sneaky peak at the next generation of Pioneer's PDP however i've not been allowed to talk about it until now.
The range will consist of 4 key models;
PDP436XDE (freeview, RS232, PCMCIA, PIP)
PDP506XDE (freeview, RS232, PCMCIA, PIP)
I have to say when i saw the last generation of screens i thought they were good but could still see room for improvement, this time however i can't see how plasma can get any better.
All of you panasonic lovers will be pleased to hear that the pioneer's can now not only do good blacks but can do them better than the panasonics and still retain greyscale detail as well as the previous gen.
Colour, contrast and sharpness is also greatly improved by the new treatment being applied to the rear surface of the glass.
The problem pioneer discovered was causing loss of potential picture quality was the microscopic imperfections in the surface of glass, therefore to solve this problem they now apply a treatment which sits flat at a near atomic level meaning that when the light hits the surface there is not any diffusion, refraction or reflection allowing the light to hit a perfectly flat surface and give a perfectly stunning picture.
The new media box utilises the same media cable as before, and comes equipped with twin HDMI inputs.
Visually the screens have gone on a crash diet, the outer bezel is now but a thin whisp of black gloss surrounding the screen making them look tiny in comparison with the current screens.
Add to this a new ISF mode that allows ISF qualified installers to access locked menus and calibrate every input for both ISF day and ISF night settings that once set can't be altered by the end user (or their kids!) and i think we have potentially one of the best plasmas the world has ever seen.
Due for launch in September (knowing Pioneer that means october)"