Excerpt: This review is part of a four-way Face Off. Read theintroduction and conclusions of the Face Off here.Manufacturers of flat-panel plasma televisions have been refining the technology for years. But Pioneer has been particularly successful at it.
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?
Excerpt: You don’t need a physics degree to coax incredible contrast and theater-perfect color out of this 50-inch beauty: The set measures your room with color and light sensors, then tweaks the TV’s zillions of settings to make whatever you’re watching look its best.
Pros: Evil blacks yield loads of detail in dark scenes. Four separate types of video noise-reduction kill fuzziness without culling HD detail. Setup menus have picture-in-picture — no missing the kickoff while tweaking settings. Also has before-and-after-adjustment comparisons.
Cons: Struggled deinterlacing some film-based HD video, leading to moiré and flash.
Excerpt: As most home-theater buffs know by now, Pioneer's Kuro plasmas are widely regarded as the best flat panels money can buy. Last year's models, known as eighth-generation or 8G, were universally praised by reviewers and owners alike.Now comes 9G, the last generation of Kuro to be made entirely by...