Originally Posted by southleft
Pioneer KURO PDP-5020FD has been excellent for us. Among the "Video" pre-set picture list options is "Movie". Using a couple of Blu-ray test discs in our low light room (one shielded low-wattage lamp in a corner behind us with no reflection on the TV screen) we set the Tint to 1 click away from Red, and the Color to -1. Even without the Blu-ray test discs the picture was excellent. Over the years we've never needed to readjust which suggests that the PDP-5020FD is indeed well-made and built to last.
Later, the TV is used as a monitor for the HTPC for approximately 6 or 7 hours. In the evening we watch about 3 hours of TV or TV/movie mix. The TV is powered off before we go to bed. This pattern is repeated most days; thus, it has seen at least 30,000 hours of use and still works fine. I should note that we never leave a static image or a news banner or logo on the screen for an extended length of time, and we've never experienced burn-in.
Originally Posted by 8mile13
The latest Pioneers have the best blacks which are the 500M ones (50 inch). There was the 9G lineup of which the monitor versions (500M/600M) were the latest ones (the 600M (60 inch) is the bigger version of the 500M but it has lesser blacks. Basically all 9G Pioneers are excellent Plasma's and so are all 2013 Panasonic Plasma's.
The top 2013 Panasonic Plasma ZT60 is declared the equal of the the best Pioneer Plasma's.
Pioneer Plasma production ended in 2009. Panasonic took over most of there stuff. Panasonic Plasma production ended in 2013.
Southleft, is the 5020FD is still pretty much the space heater even in your all but pitch black room and with the low power draw features enabled? https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/P...sma/PDP-5020FD
I never do gaming, watch sports or fast action movies. I watch lots of film noir classic movies and TV shows (e.g. “Gilda”, “Out of the Past”, “Cat People”, “Stoney Burke”), slow moving color TV shows [e.g. X files, Outer Limits TNG, “Enlightened”) and rich color and movies (e.g. “Three Women”, “Inferno” (1953), “Johnny Guitar” (1954), “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “I Love You Alice B. Toklas”]
Would such content still push lots of hot air out of the plasma in a darkened room?
And/or generally more heat when used for online shopping, email, youtube videos?
8mile13, would you expect the 500m Kuro and Panasonic draw more power overall than the 5020FD? Again, not a deal breaker but would nice to know. Presumably, they at least have the same light sensors and low/brightness power mode features.
Thanks guys for these Kuro and Panasonic model numbers for at least some of the top three 50” models.
Trouble is ebay sellers don’t usually ship. But at least I can ask my local guys if they can get any of these top models, so any additional top models could only help my chances find the best performing 50” available.