Pioneer KURO PDP-5020FD 50-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV Review
22 December 2008
Conclusion: Plasma technology continues to edge out LCD in the area of black level reproduction, and the Pioneer KURO continues to do blacks better than even the best competitive plasmas. Let's hope Pioneer continues to attain - or even to surpass - these levels of performance in the coming years, when they...
Pros: Deep velvety blacks give images a near three-dimensional quality, Excellent detail with no digital haze or artifacts on 1080p sources, 72 Hz mode gives 24 FPS film sources a more natural film-like look without imparting an overly smooth video-like quality to moving images, "Optimum" mode will do ...
Cons: Pricy, Reds slightly inaccurate, Limited picture adjustments (and no color temperature adjustment), Remote control not easy to operate without looking at it
Summary: As the flagship plasma TV for Pioneer’s lineup, the Kuro is an ultra-elite, high-definition flat-screen that will probably only appeal to consumers who are willing to pay the price of admission.