Excerpt: We get bleary-eyed checking out all the new HDTVs. Bigger, better and cheaper are this year’s watchwords in a nutshell. And yet, if you walk into a decent retailer (i.e. Magnolia in your local Best Buy) and gaze over a wide expanse of higher-end flat panels, one series always stands out: Pioneer’s Kuro plasma HDTV line. Consistently rated by everyone with 20/20 vision as the best available, we couldn’t wait to put the new Elite Pro-111FD through its paces.
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. Even the audio impresses, delivering surprisingly effective bass (for tiny detachable speakers) and clear dialog. WIRED Evil blacks yield loads of detail in dark scenes.
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.