Summary: This plasma TV is amazing. The colors are vibrant, the picture is bright and the darks are really dark, the contrast is superb. This is vastly superior to any LCD TV, and among the best plasma TVs. It has plenty of inputs, is easy to setup, and looks stylish. Watching 1080p movies on this screen is the best TV experience you can get. I have one small gripe: there is no digital sound output. My old Philips plasma had one and it was great.
Summary: The Kuro PDP 5010 has been here for 3 hours now. Out of the box picture is good. A few quick adjustments and it's better. More in the area of personal preference adjustments up to this point. Quite stunning images with not much tweaking at all. No audible buzz whatsoever from the chassis at this point. ..and black levels like I've not seen since watching my old Sony 37" CRT. Update Feb 11. I could not be happier with the Kuro.
Summary: I would love to add my 5 star comments to everyone else who has ever reviewed this product. Much like them, I SCOURED over different TV models/specifications to determine which was the best. This was a gift to myself, and I was ready to buy the top of the line. All roads led me to Pioneer Plasmas. When starting off with a demand to provide me the best overall quality picture, I initially narrowed my search to plasma and this was far and away the best product out there.
Summary: After reading all the stellar reviews in top video/audio magazines covering this Pioneer plasma television and it's big brother, the Elite, I was not sure the differances between it and it's rivals would be that noticable and worth all the hype. A trip to my local Best Buy proved that, indeed the price is worth it. The picture quality and the black levels of this plasma are amazing.
Summary: I have been searching for a replacement for my 5-yr old Sony 34" CRT HDTV for years. The search is finally over. My ISF calibrated Sony HDTV has been a great performer. Until recently, it had consistently beaten both LCDs and Plasmas with its excellent black level, outstanding details, accurate color (after ISF calibration fixed its "red push") and lacking of motion blur. But due to the weight of the tube, anything bigger than 34" would be a huge burden.
Summary: After considerable time and effort over the last few months researching what "type" of HDTV to get, plasma won over LCD. With this choice behind me, the KURO pretty much dominated the competition. I spent countless hours looking at screens in stores. The Panasonic and Samsung plasmas are good but not anywhere near as good as this KURO. This is unfortunate, because there is a considerable price premium to be paid for the KURO. It IS worth it!
Summary: I've been waiting for the right set to come along before replacing my direct view 40" Sony. Picture quality was my highest priority. When I got a chance to view a demo of the new Pioneer Kuro plasmas, I was impressed. After discussion, test report reviews and a viewing of the set with my wife, we decided to get the 50" non-Elite model. We liked that the speaker bar was located on the bottom of the panel and not the sides and the set came with a table top stand.
Summary: The Pioneer PDP-5010 1080P plasma HDTV is awesome. The picture is crystal clear. I read all of the reviews for plasma televisions and Pioneer was rated the best. The reviews are absolutely true. The deep black colors are amazing. Since the blacks are so deep, all of the other colors stand out. This costs more than other plasmas, but it is worth it. The set includes more HDMI and Component inputs than you will probably ever use. Also has a PC input which is great.
Summary: The 5010FD is an elegant television with spectacular HD output and outstanding SD upscaling. I had purchased a top of the line Sony about two years ago, but I was highly disappointed by the atrocious quality of SD signals, which dominated most viewing material at the time. I returned the set and have been waiting for the right combination of technology and programming to purchase another HD TV.
Summary: After the contrast went out for the second time on our rear projection 53 inch, it was time to "bite the bullet." After looking at LCD's and plasmas, I decided on the plasma, since I primarily watch sports and the hesitation with the LCD wouldn't work. A friend of mine said that the Pioneer Kuro was the way to go and after all the reviews of the different plasmas, I decided to spend the extra bucks and order the Kuro. It was well worth it.