This review is featured in the latest podcast from The HT Guys
When I went to CEDIA last September one of my favorite demonstrations was the Pioneer Elite Kuro plasma TV. Today we take a look at this TV and help you decide if you want to convince Santa to load this monster in his sleigh. The first thing you notice about the TV is how large and black it is. It measures 57-15/16 x 34-23/32 x 4-13/16 inches (WxHxD) without the stand and it weighs in 122 pounds without speakers. The speakers are optional and can be added onto the sides of the panel. It looks beautiful and the fit and finish are very nice. Its so black when its off. Actually, loosely translated Kuro, means deep blacks in Japanese and the TV delivers on its name. More about that later.
Main Features (from Pioneer website):
We watched movies, sports, and SD from OTA, DirecTV, and HD DVD. We found that 1080i sports did not look as good as 720p sports over satellite. Over the air was better but we used to see a much bigger difference in quality. Perhaps its because CBS is televising more games in HD so the have less HD cameras per game. Regardless, we found FOX football looked better. Movies in 1080i looked great whether it was from HBO, Showtime or HD Net movies. Even SD that was upconverted by the satellite box looked watchable.
The TV did a good job with the compressed HD signal from satellite so we expected some impressive pictures with the HD DVD player. The newly purchased HD-A3 was pressed into action with the four HD DVD movies that we had on hand. We were happy to see that the picture was even better with HD DVDs. Ara's favorite movie is now Transformers and the scorpion scene is now his new HD reference scene. The only regret we had during the test was that we could not watch a HD DVD movie at 24 frames a second since out HD-A3 does not support it. The TV does, so if you have a next gen player with 24 frames a second support you will be able to watch movies at the same rate as in the cinema which will give you smoother playback.
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Posted by The HT Guys, November 16, 2007 8:00 AM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.