Summary: Features— There are many glowing reviews about the most important feature the infamous KURO deep black. But this display is over 5 years from its initial release date (and no longer available except used) and you can bet it doesn't hold a candle to the myriad of features available on current displays. I won't bore you with a list of minimal features. It has the essentials you need for use as a display.
Pros: Beautiful Image When New
Cons: Careful Prudent Use Results in Notorious Burn-In After Images
Summary: Ah, would ye be castin' your minds back now to the dark days of recession ... way back to May of 2009. The spring thaw never came, gas and grocery prices kept risin', homeless men sat on street corners with cardboard signs that said "Will Wurk 4 Beer" and, worst of all, me girlfriend bought orange underwear and said t'was all she could afford. I tell ya, lads, the wail of a banshee woulda been more welcome than the sight o' them orange knickers in the cold mornin' light.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Natural color, Performance undiminished after 4 years of use, Excellent room heater
Cons: Excellent room heater, Makes electric meter spin faster, Expensive - sold several body parts to afford purchase.
Pioneer set the bar High. Pioneer and everything else.
20 August 2013
Summary: I cant tell you the horrible feeling I had in my gut when Pioneer announced they would no longer be making TVs. At the time, Pioneer was getting rave reviews. Even those folks choosing other TVs, were deciding on price alone. For YEARS, Pioneer TVs were setting the bar high. There was Pioneer and then there was everything else. FIT AND FINISH Taking a look at the fit and finish, this TV is loaded with features in a gorgeous container.
Pros: great blacks and color
Cons: it gets warm. the market is FINALLY catching up. High Price?
Almost, perfection. If you want perfection buy the Elite version.
12 June 2011
Summary: I am a TV enthusiast and possibly what many call videophiles where i demand almost perfection from my displays. My current plasma was/is a Panasonic 800u with the THX mode. This was a great plasma but the legend of the Kuro is not hype. This thing just completely outclasses the Panasonic when it comes to black levels and overall contrast.
Awesome plasma tv, especially for sports and movie buffs!
9 May 2011
Summary: Without getting into all the technical details about this plasma (there is plenty available on Pioneer's website, CNET, etc...), I'm just going to say that in my opinion Pioneer's Kuro line is still the best plasma ever made. The picture is beautiful (especially in High Definition (HD) or when watching Blu-Ray). Standard definition (SD) is less than desired, but this applies to all manufacturers. You don't buy a Pioneer to watch through SD.
Summary: I have now owned this plasma tv for about a year and it is still amazing to look at it. I have other LCD's in the house and they do not even come close to the quality of this TV. It is a shame that Pioneer is exiting this space, more of a shame that quality no longer matters to enough people to pay for the difference any more.
Summary: I must state up front that my previous television was a 19" 23 year old Sony (mono) which still runs great, but wasn't doing much for my MNF parties. WOW is all I can say. I have Dish Network HD and the picture is absolutely gorgeous. I made the mistake of plugging in the XBOX 360 and now I'm having TVgasms everyday. The picture is that good. The blacks are ohh so black and in movie mode the colors are darn near perfect.
Summary: there really isn't much to say. i researched a lot of televisions. i wasn't sure if i wanted a plasma or lcd. i then narrowed it down to plasma cause the room it was going to be in was on the darker side, not much light coming in. then it was down to panasonic or pioneer plasma. i went with this pioneer kuro. haven't regreted it a bit. classy and expensive looking. beautiful design. lots of features and expandability. amazing picture quality.
Summary: This is a great plasma and I would highly suggest you get one before they are gone for good. I'm sure you know the details by now, incredible black levels that provide a popping image with unrivaled clarity. I won't repeat all of that but just know that if you can find this TV I would recommend you get it. The menus could not be easier to use and the so called 'buzz' that people hear is very minor an is a property of plasmas.
my third KURO is terrific - they're all terrific !!
Anthony L. Mueller, Amazon
3 April 2009
Summary: background - My first HDTV in 2006: 40" Sony Bravia LCD (good with faults), my parents bought a Panasonic plasma 3 months later (I knew THEN that plasma was MUCH better PQ) ... my second HDTV purchase was the NEWEST Pioneer, KURO 4280 (a finer, more satisfying PQ than the Panasonic) in the summer of 2007. January 2008 I sold the Sony LCD and replaced that with a KURO 5080, a larger version of my fabulous 42". My Kuro 4280 became my parents second plasma in FEB '08 ...