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Pioneer PDP-5020FD 50-Inch 1080p KURO Plasma HDTV
List Price: $3500.00

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Product Description

Enter the next generation of Pioneer KURO, where a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Awake your senses and discover there is more to this television than meets the eye. Deeper black levels that pave the way to breathtaking detail, added dimension and more vibrant color are just the beginning. Optimum Mode automatically analyzes and adjusts audio and video settings according to specific room light conditions and type of light and color. Program content is also monitored and finely adjusted so movies, sports and news are all faithfully reproduced. Smooth Film mode eliminates motion jitter in 3:2 Pulldown (60Hz), providing natural even playback of film content. Detachable bottom speaker with fully integrated digital amplifier for pristine clarity and accuracy of sound 4 Independent HDMI 1.3 inputs with HDMI-CEC control and the ability to accept 1080p 24/60Hz signal Room Light Sensor for automatic picture adjustment Standard 3 - 2 (60Hz) and Advanced PureCinema with 3 - 3 Pulldown (72Hz) for accurate playback of film content Fully Integrated ATSC and NTSC Tuner with Clear QAM Supported Formats - Video - WMV9, MPEG1, MPEG2-PS, MPEG2-TS, MPEG4 (SP/ASP), and MPEG4 (H.264/AVC) Audio - WMA9, MP3, Linear PCM (WAV), HE-AAC, and MPEG-4 AAC Photos - JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP 4 Independent HDMI 1.3 (1 side, 3 rear) with PC support, 2 with analog audio, 1 Component, 3x Composite, 1 S-Video Antenna, USB (Mass Storage Class), LAN (10/100 Base-T --Ethernet), and PC input Optical Digital Audio (Dolby Digital/PCM), Audio LR, Subwoofer, SR, and Headphone output Dimensions - Width 48-17/32 x Height 28-15/32 x Depth 3-21/32 / 48-17/32 x 31-5/8 x 3-21/32 with speaker Weight - 74 pounds 1 ounces / 86 pounds with speaker and stand

Features:
  • 50-Inch Class KURO High-Definition Flat Panel Television, High-Definition 1080p Resolution (1920 x 1080p)
  • 1080 Progressive Image Reproduction with ability to accept 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p signals
  • New Deeper Blacks for Unmatched Contrast (5x Previous Generation)
  • New Thinner Cosmetic Design
  • New Home Media Gallery Home Network Connectivity ? Improved filter for enhanced contrast in bright environments

Customer Reviews:

  • Glad I chose Pioneer!!!
    This purchase was to replace my aging Mitisubishi 60 inch projection, was still showing just fine but decided to upgrade. I initially was torn on my new purchase between the 50 inch Sony W4100 and the Samsung 650. I also considered a Panasonic plasma as I have a 42 in my bedroom and absolutely love it. Was sold on the Sony and had been watching the price on Amazon until the Best Buy guy pointed the Pioneer out to me one day. He described the features and the picture was great, but they wanted $3,500 for it. I came home and checked Amazon and saw that it was priced at $1,949. I read all of the Amazon customer reviews and Cnet as well and decided on this one. So far no regrets at all and the picture is great. I did notice the humming one day that someone mentioned but no big deal. On regular non HD tv the blacks seem almost too dark and undefined sometimes on some of the scenes so I do recommend getting HD. I downloaded the update from Pioneers site and updated the firmware via usb with no problems. Other than that I am very happy with the purchase. I also purchased the Pioneer blu ray player to boot........more info
  • Happy but concerned
    We purchased this plasma as a replacement to our Pioneer PDP5070HD. Although the picture is better than other plasma manufacturers that we looked at we are concerned that it is not has good as our last Pioneer. The picture seems to maintain a much darker viewing appearance almost as if you would need to adjust the brightness and/or contrast. Making these adjustments does little to the viewing experience. Overall if we had not had a previous Pioneer plasma to compare we would be very satisfied. Additionally, what makes us concerned about our purchase is that we did not find a way to compare this new plasma to our old. We needed to replace the old, due to a Wii incident, don't ask, and wanted to purchase the same plasma that we had but found that Pioneer no longer makes that model. We hope that we found it's replacement/upgrade but are not sure....more info
  • Pioneer Flatscreen
    Excellent picture and sound quality. I'm still learning on how to make adjustments. The automatic 'OPTIMUM' setting sems to work fine under most conditions. Used the 'SPORT' setting with a slight color and tint adjustment and the NCAA tourney games looked fantastic. You can only adjust color from 'red' to 'green'. Seems like there should be more, but I'm really new to this stuff.

    Couldn't get the HDMI inputs to work at first (using a Pioneer BD player). Checked the cable and it was good. Reinstalled and tried again. After three tries, the test signal came through and haven't had a problem since.

    TV turns on slowly, I don't know if this is typical of plasmas or not. Its kinda like the old days when the picture tube had to warm up. Also, flipping through digital channels is slow and the automatic screen size adjustments take two or three seconds. My brother's Panasonic doesn't work that way.

    Firmware upgrade was easy enough. However, I had a little trouble downloading it (had to make two or three tries) and you'll need a flash drive, but the process is easy.

    I consider the problems described above as being very minor. The overall quality of this TV is excellent and I don't regret the few extra dollars it cost to get it. ...more info
  • Plasma at its Best!
    This television produces, quite simply, the best picture I have ever seen on any television. The colors are incredibly vivid and the contrast and blacks are second to none. I have had a few friends that have purchased higher-end LCD sets ($3500+) recently and even a 120 hertz LED LCD, and none of these televisions produce a picture as realistically life-like as the Kuro. Infact, there isn't an LCD display (other than Sony's 11 inch Organic LED $2,400) that even comes close to comparing to plasma technology, especially in this television's case. The Kuro produces an amazing image; free of the motion artifacts that plague all LCDs, even the 120 hertz LED LCDs, although to a lesser extent. Even if you purchase a LED LCD you will probably occasionally notice strange bright lining effects that these televisions create due to the fact that there is not an LED for every pixel. Not to mention the contrast and blacks still look better on the Kuro. Virutally every major television critic considers Pioneer's Kuros and Elites to be the "best of the best" picture wise and once you see the quality of the image that this television produces, especially in a darker room, you will understand why the professionals feel this way. Due to the superb contrast and black levels, this television can come closer to producing a more life-like 3-D effect than any other television I've seen. A lot of people are concerned about burn-in with plasmas but there really isn't much of chance of that happening with any of the newer plasmas. I play video games on it all the time and there are plenty of static images that remain on the screen for long periods of time and I have yet to see any trace of burn-in. I believe this is the case with all newer plasma televisions. The technology, in terms of the quality of the image that it can produce, is year ahead of the LCD competition. I would not hesitate to purchase this television again...more info
  • A very good purchase
    The Pioneer is every bit as good as the reviews. The quality of the product and the delivery from Amazon was without any problems. The only reason I am not giving 5 stars is because the firmware updating method seems to have problems and checking online that is common for many people. ...more info
  • Fantastic Plasma!
    I knew I wanted this particular TV after reading all the positive reviews here and in [...] My wife trusts me in the audio/video department, so it wasn't a hard sell to her.

    Now that we got it - delivered and set up by two really nice guys - my wife constantly coments about how great the colors are and that the picture is so clear. We have a BluRay player attached and enjoy the top notch quality of the picture.

    If anyone is on the fence about this tv, my wife and I would encourage you to "go for it"....more info
  • Get this Amazing TV before they're gone
    If you're like me you've read countless glowing reviews of this TV and despite all of the praise, there's still some uncertainty. Can a TV really be THAT remarkable? Absolutely. The Pioneer Kuro 5020 has far exceeded my very high expectations.
    [...]
    I'm definitely not a videophile so this review is coming from someone who doesn't know much about the technical aspects of LCD or plasmas (although I've learned a lot by reading threads in the Plasma Display forum at[...]. Other than running the break-in images recommended by the pros at [...], I have done very little to tweak the picture settings. I'm blown away by how vivid the colours are right out of the box. And the speaker bar that runs the length of the bottom of the TV provides better than expected sound (I don't have the surround sound hooked up yet).

    WARNING: The instruction manual recommends that you lay the TV down flat when you go to attach the speaker bar. DO NOT LAY THE TV DOWN! I've read of people doing this and ending up with a cracked screen. The TV comes with the stand already attached and putting the speaker bar on was relatively easy. Even if you're going to mount it on the wall it might be best to attach the speaker first and then remove the stand from the TV.

    If you have cable or a satellite dish subscribing to a package that includes HD channels is a must. The SD channels are better than expected but the HD channels are amazing. I love sports although to this point I've only been able to watch basketball in HD. I'm looking forward to the start of the baseball season. For sports, plasma is the way to go since you don't have to worry about any blurring or lag-time in the picture when watching the action.

    I've been surprised at how clear the picture is when sitting up close to this TV. I can be just a few feet away and when watching an HD channel, the picture is still crisp and not at all grainy like I would expect.

    Unfortunately we don't have a DVD player hooked up to the Kuro yet so I can't comment on watching DVD's yet. We're looking to get a blu-ray player and I haven't had time to hook up our old DVD player. From other reviews I've read regarding watching blu-rays or even upconverted DVDs on this TV, though, it's supposed to be incredible. Can't wait.

    Amazon's "Free Enhanced Delivery" lived up to expectations. They actually showed up 5 hours early (delivery window was supposed to be 4-8 p.m. - they called my wife at 11:15 a.m. to say they were in the neighborhood) and I had to rush home from work. By the time I got home they had already removed the TV from the box and put it on our new TV stand. They would have taken the box if we'd wanted them to and they would have turned on the TV as well to make sure it worked but I declined. The temperatures had been in the 30's and I decided it would be best to wait until the set had gotten to room temperature before we fired it up.

    If you like to play around a lot with the picture settings you would be better served getting the Elite PRO111 FD but also be prepared to pay several hundred dollars more. I think this 5020 is the best HDTV value out there right now. No, it's not the cheapest but it's become much more affordable in the past few months and for under $2,000 there is no other TV that compares.

    I was dead set on getting the Panasonic TH-50PZ800U because of the [...] reviews and the fact it was so much cheaper. I went to Best Buy a few times to check out the Panasonic and despite the nice picture, my eyes were always drawn to the 5020 that hung next to it. At the time I couldn't justify paying extra for the 5020 (no matter how hard I tried!) but now that the prices are almost identical, it was a no-brainer.

    I've never been happier with any purchase I've made. This is the TV you want. Get it before it's too late.
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  • Buy while you still can
    I have spent 2 years waiting patiently for the perfect TV to buy. And in my two years of research i had convinced myself to buy an lcd. The samsung 46a650 was the one i sold myself on. I had looked at many lcd TVs and that was the one i thought was the one. The only problem i had with lcds was when you watched movies with the 120 hz processor, they had a "soap opera" effect to it. And i said to myself, well i can just turn off the 120 hz and it will be ok, which was true to a certain extent. For the most part, when i turned of the 120 hz it fixed the issue. But in the movies there were still a couple scenes where i saw the dreaded "soap opera" effect. And i always told myself lcd was the way to go, that plasma simply couldn't satisfy my needs when i wanted to watch tv in the day light. i was afraid of the glair. Well let me say, i was sadly mistaken. I work for best buy, and before that i worked for american. I have spent hours picking the tv sales mens brains and they all tried to convince me that plasma was the way to go. and for some reason i kept fighting it. I was convinced that plasma was dead technology. Well a deal that i got with my employee discount from best buy was too good to pass up, so i bought the 5020. All i have to say is wow. My dad owns the xbr 6, and let me just say, his tv has nothing on mine. This tv truly turned me into a plasma believer. Even in the day time this tv delivers. All i can say is that i was still not convinced that plasma was the way to go until i watched it in my living room. Like i said i waited 2 long years to buy a tv. I am a very patient person, and if you were like me, trying to decide which to buy, i say go plasma. ...more info
  • Outstanding
    Excellent buying experience turned into an outstanding viewing experience. Delivery was on time as promised, service by shipping company was impeccable. Picture quality is the best I have seen. Two months of research has payed off in spades. ...more info
  • Buy while you still can
    I have spent 2 years waiting patiently for the perfect TV to buy. And in my two years of research i had convinced myself to buy an lcd. The samsung 46a650 was the one i sold myself on. I had looked at many lcd TVs and that was the one i thought was the one. The only problem i had with lcds was when you watched movies with the 120 hz processor, they had a "soap opera" effect to it. And i said to myself, well i can just turn off the 120 hz and it will be ok, which was true to a certain extent. For the most part, when i turned of the 120 hz it fixed the issue. But in the movies there were still a couple scenes where i saw the dreaded "soap opera" effect. And i always told myself lcd was the way to go, that plasma simply couldn't satisfy my needs when i wanted to watch tv in the day light. i was afraid of the glair. Well let me say, i was sadly mistaken. I work for best buy, and before that i worked for american. I have spent hours picking the tv sales mens brains and they all tried to convince me that plasma was the way to go. and for some reason i kept fighting it. I was convinced that plasma was dead technology. Well a deal that i got with my employee discount from best buy was too good to pass up, so i bought the 5020. All i have to say is wow. My dad owns the xbr 6, and let me just say, his tv has nothing on mine. This tv truly turned me into a plasma believer. Even in the day time this tv delivers. All i can say is that i was still not convinced that plasma was the way to go until i watched it in my living room. Like i said i waited 2 long years to buy a tv. I am a very patient person, and if you were like me, trying to decide which to buy, i say go plasma. ...more info
  • Plasma at its Best!
    This television produces, quite simply, the best picture I have ever seen on any television. The colors are incredibly vivid and the contrast and blacks are second to none. I have had a few friends that have purchased higher-end LCD sets ($3500+) recently and even a 120 hertz LED LCD, and none of these televisions produce a picture as realistically life-like as the Kuro. Infact, there isn't an LCD display (other than Sony's 11 inch Organic LED $2,400) that even comes close to comparing to plasma technology, especially in this television's case. The Kuro produces an amazing image; free of the motion artifacts that plague all LCDs, even the 120 hertz LED LCDs, although to a lesser extent. Even if you purchase a LED LCD you will probably occasionally notice strange bright lining effects that these televisions create due to the fact that there is not an LED for every pixel. Not to mention the contrast and blacks still look better on the Kuro. Virutally every major television critic considers Pioneer's Kuros and Elites to be the "best of the best" picture wise and once you see the quality of the image that this television produces, especially in a darker room, you will understand why the professionals feel this way. Due to the superb contrast and black levels, this television can come closer to producing a more life-like 3-D effect than any other television I've seen. A lot of people are concerned about burn-in with plasmas but there really isn't much of chance of that happening with any of the newer plasmas. I play video games on it all the time and there are plenty of static images that remain on the screen for long periods of time and I have yet to see any trace of burn-in. I believe this is the case with all newer plasma televisions. The technology, in terms of the quality of the image that it can produce, is year ahead of the LCD competition. I would not hesitate to purchase this television again...more info
  • Happy but concerned
    We purchased this plasma as a replacement to our Pioneer PDP5070HD. Although the picture is better than other plasma manufacturers that we looked at we are concerned that it is not has good as our last Pioneer. The picture seems to maintain a much darker viewing appearance almost as if you would need to adjust the brightness and/or contrast. Making these adjustments does little to the viewing experience. Overall if we had not had a previous Pioneer plasma to compare we would be very satisfied. Additionally, what makes us concerned about our purchase is that we did not find a way to compare this new plasma to our old. We needed to replace the old, due to a Wii incident, don't ask, and wanted to purchase the same plasma that we had but found that Pioneer no longer makes that model. We hope that we found it's replacement/upgrade but are not sure....more info