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Hi all, I moved into a new place and the old 42" pioneer just isn't big enough -I would really love a new pio, but the cueerrent online prices are just insanity (2700 for a 5020). What has emerged as the "new pioneer"? I have no problem spending 2k'ish, but getting to 3g's seems kind of dumb. Should I wait for the new 2010 models? I love the deep blacks of the pio, and will not go to LCD...if you cold spend 2000-2500 on a new 50", where would you go? Dealer offers welcome if you have a unit lying around
 

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Wait for the 2010 panels to come out, see how they're reviewed and make a purchase decision based off that. If Panasonic has fixed the rising black level issue on their 2010 models, I would recommend the VT20 or VT25 in 50" which should be right in your budget and they are 1080p-3D to boot.
 

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You can find Pios at various retailers. Best Buy has some on their website and I bet a few of the forum sponsors do too. Its worth checking out since anything else will be somewhat of a downgrade from the Pio!
 

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Originally Posted by s2mikey /forum/post/18152220


You can find Pios at various retailers. Best Buy has some on their website and I bet a few of the forum sponsors do too. Its worth checking out since anything else will be somewhat of a downgrade from the Pio!

Actually the 50" 1080p Panasonics and maybe even the Samsung Plasmas would be an upgrade from his old 42" Pioneer regardless of which model he has (they were all pre-Kuro and are all 768p).
 

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Actually the 50" 1080p Panasonics and maybe even the Samsung Plasmas would be an upgrade from his old 42" Pioneer regardless of which model he has (they were all pre-Kuro and are all 768p).

There was one generation of 42'' Kuros (4280/950). The 2010 Panasonics will probably be comparable to that.
 

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Originally Posted by lunaticpuma /forum/post/18152796


There was one generation of 42'' Kuros (4280/950). The 2010 Panasonics will probably be comparable to that.

Oh you're right - i forgot that the 8G Pios were also Kuro. I was thinking of the 9G models which had even better black levels, but didn't come in the 42" size. And i should know better - i almost bought a 4280HD for it's black levels but the SDE stopped me in my tracks



But i do think that the 12G Panasonic's black levels are on a par with the 8G Pioneers, and are much better than all the older Pioneers. It would help if we knew the model number of the OP's 42" Pioneer
 
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