The LX5090 may not be as advanced as that, but it still shows substantial improvement over last year’s already strikingly good model. Pioneer knows its stuff – this is the ninth generation of plasma from the company - the native resolution's a full 1920 x 1080 - and a leap forward in picture quality.
But let’s reality-check here – the Kuro prototype looks stunning in the pitch dark, but how many rooms really are that dark, unless they have usherettes at the door? Plasma is great in low-light conditions, but less exciting in bright situations. Is the Kuro worth its asking price for the average household viewing conditions?
93mm front to back
Let’s start with it switched off. The gloss-black frame is pretty simple, unadorned by the colours and curvy shapes of some rivals. The bezel isn't as slim as, say, Toshiba’s Picture Frame models, but no more intrusive. The optional screen-width speaker bar sits underneath, and the plinth is a gloss rectangle. The brand name is picked out in clear but not overpowering white lettering.
Unlike some Kuro models, the PDP-S63 speaker bar is the only add-on that’s compulsory. Screens without integrated tuners are also available, and they are less deep from front to back, but this integrated analogue and Freeview model is less faff.
The remote control is cool. It's aluminium-fronted instead of plastic so it has a decent weight to it and is painted black to give it discreet good looks.
I'm with madra
No tuners, cable or sat boxes in the house... though do have a gorgeous projector giving a glorious 200" image (even from upscaled source). 60"? Pah! Oh, and I usually have stuff to do when it's light outside...
but, i really don't...
"...If you find yourself in cocktail-party conversations saying, 'Oh, I don’t really watch TV...' then either you’re in denial, or you haven't seen the latest Pioneer Kuro..."
no. it's because i honestly don't really watch TV because 99% of it is mindless pap. serving shite on a silver platter disnae make it taste any better!
Very true, most of the time you end up watching SD material, because (at the moment) there isn't much HD.
But now having a 42" Pioneer Kuro TV, when you sit back and enjoy the rare, but truly great HD material, such as the live Glastonbury Verve set recently (BBC HD), you really do get a huge smile on your face. A smile that just probably wouldn't be as big as if you had bought any LCD or most other Plasma's.
These TV's are just amazing.
The smiley face just doesn't do it justice.
As was pointed out above, Pioneer will be using Panasonic glass going forward, that is all.... and that's in a no way a bad thing, Fujitsu used to make the best Plasmas going and they used Panasonic glass.
Oh and as was lightly touched on in the article.... buying the £2500 screen and not paying the £250-300 for a full iSF calibration is madness, it turns a great set into a stunning one!
Because, Graham Lockley...
Oddly enough, there are good things to watch as well. No, you don't particularly want to try watching Big Brother (a show in SD) on a screen that large while sitting really close to it. Or at all; it's rubbish.
The Blu-ray of 2001: A Space Odyssey looks absolutely fantastic on it, for example. Tartan's (God rest their soul) release of The Seventh Seal is jaw-dropping; noticeably better than on a £1500 Sony LCD, yes.
You're allowed to have different priorities, but a review that just says "This TV costs lots of money, and what's the point in that?" wouldn't be terribly informative.