There are more settings available, such as gamma, noise reduction, colour management and colour temperature, but these are really the preserve of calibration freaks. Still, a handy feature is that once you’ve changed a setting, a quick press of the remote's blue button lets you compare before and after so you can decide which set of settings you prefer.
There's also USB, S-Video and Composite connections on the side
There are also picture settings for when you’re playing games, and of course the facility to change screen sizes and formats to accommodate, say, subtitles. Pure Cinema is a setting to make the most of cinema-speed 24f/s content - aka '24p' - on Blu-ray Disc movies.
Which brings us to picture quality. At this size, flatscreens can reveal every flaw, especially in standard-definition broadcast signals. However, Freeview looked strong, with little fringing or artefacts noticeable in the tennis broadcasts we watched during testing because all the lines and text can prove challenging for upscaling circuitry.
Four buttons laid out along the top of the remote take you to four external inputs – a better approach than toggling through the AV inputs with one button, as many remotes require you to do. Big Brother varied according to the scenes on display – an overhead of the bedroom was indistinct and slightly washed out, close-up shots in the garden were sharp and full of colour.
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.