Conclusion: The Pioneer PDP-42A3HD plasma television has excellent color and detail reproduction. Its ability to function as a high definition display, with progressive scan and upconversion capability is both effective and recommended should you not have the ability to feed it a better source signal. Where the Pioneer stumbles is in black level detail and overall dynamic range.
Pros: Super slim display, Excellent quality and "bang for the buck", High measured ANSI contrast ratio, ATSC and NTSC tuners
Cons: "S-curve" gamma with crushed blacks, Intrusive orbital screen saver on by default, Limited color temperature controls, Limited picture controls in user menu, Flimsy, extraneous remote control cover