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.
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've had this TV since January 2009, and the picture clarity continues to amaze me. Colours are pristine, and the image is absolutely razer sharp. Watching a 1080 broadcast is like looking out a window. At the time I purchased it, I checked out every LCD at the local Best Buy, and none of them came even remotely close to the Kuro. The only nitpick with this Kuro is that it makes a slight buzz that's audible from 7 feet away when there is no ambient noise.
Summary: Still the best TV ever created the 9th gen Pioneer Kuro's still have not been topped even today. Don't settle for inferior LCD tech or a step down with Panasonic plasma's. Get the real deal...the King..Pioneer Kuro.
Summary: Words can't do justice as to how great this TV is... We have now had this TV since March 2009. We were able to purchase the TV at a great deal from Best Buy for 2000.00. The picture is amazing right out of the box. I have been using the optimum setting with the light sensor on for blu ray viewing. The optimum setting provides a perfect picture and really provides a real pop to objects. The TV at this point appears to be almost broken in (the blacks are becoming deeper).
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: Update March 2013: This TV still runs great. The picture quality has not diminished as far as we can tell. Recently ran an HDTV/Blu-ray setup disc (HD Essentials) and no adjustments were required when we checked each test graph and grid. We connect our Blu-ray player on HDMI of course and now our new SiliconDust HD Homerun TV Tuner on HDMI via our home theater PC. It all works great after using that HD test disc to set up the picture coming from the computer.
Summary: Replaced my 3 year old Sony XBR1 40" LCD with a Pioneer KURO 5020FD in February 2009. The Sony was a great set & my 1st HDTV, but as it was 720P and I wanted a full 1080P Panel, I decided hit the reviews. After reading many professional reviews and ownwer opinions, I decided on a Samsung 850 46" LCD.
Summary: i bought this direct from pioneer because that's the best price you can find. my first comment applies to the plasma vs. lcd.... if you have young toddlers or cats and/or dogs, you HAVE to go plasma. plasma tvs have a glass screen while LCD haves a soft screen which 3 years olds and cats are drawn to! also, plasma from my tests has a more realistic picture. i'm very pleased with the lower speaker that comes with this. as i live in a small apt.