Here’s a list of recent events:
- My Samsung DLP has been acting flakey. Every so often when I turn it on, the picture doesn’t come up. It fixes itself when I manually unplug the set, then plug it back in after a few seconds. Does it need a new bulb? Is the color wheel sticking?
- Pioneer, the maker of the best plasma HDTVs available today, announced that they are leaving the TV business.
- My local Magnolia A/V store is closing and offering great deals on everything, including Pioneer plasma TVs.
- My stock market portfolio has been destroyed by the economic meltdown.
Well, ignoring item number four, it looked like time for a new TV!
I picked up a Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO-111FD at my local Magnolia A/V, and am completely floored by the picture quality. I’ve never seen a better picture on any set, including the fabled Sony Qualia that I checked out in Tokyo a few years ago. Incredibly deep blacks, great color rendition, and a smooth film-like resolution. Absolutely amazing.
I almost bought the Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020 instead. It’s cheaper than the Elite, with an identical screen, but missing the “Pro” picture tuning menu as well as an ambient light detector. It turns out that I use both features. The Pro menu lets me turn off several counter-productive picture “enhancement” settings. The light sensor lets me tune the TV for my normal nighttime theater settings, then auto-compensate during washed out daylight viewing. However, if I didn’t get a great deal on the Elite, I would certainly have opted for the 5020.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to buy a TV during these nasty economic times, check out the Pioneer Kuros. And get one while you still can.