Excerpt: Manufacturers of flat-panel plasma televisions have been refining the technology for years. But Pioneer has been particularly successful at it. In the past, the company made some of the world’s best rear-projection CRT sets, and it knew that great black levels are the foundation of a great picture. That philosophy has paid off over the years, particularly in recent-generation KURO sets.
Conclusion: There’s no question that the Pioneer Elite Kuro Pro-111FD is a new benchmark for plasma HDTVs—picture quality is that good. Thus, if money is no object, buy without reservation and you’ll be in video heaven for years to come. But realistically, how many of us are in this situation? Even Sergey Brin and Bill Gates are watching their pennies now.
Excerpt: My review schedule is starting to look a bit like the Pioneer Channel. But timing is everything. Pioneer is introducing a boatload of interesting new products, including the newest KURO flat panels. These include the upcoming Signature Series KURO monitor plasma models. Pioneer says these models will offer enough adjustments to inspire video calibrators to set up shop in buyers’ homes. “Will calibrate for room and board.
Excerpt: Now comes 9G, the last generation of Kuro to be made entirely by Pioneer—the raw panels for all future models will be outsourced to Panasonic. Whether or not the TVs manufactured around those panels will equal or even surpass the Pioneer-built models remains to be seen. For the moment, let's see how 9G stacks up.