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This television is in mint condition and has been babied and well looked after.
TV was purchased in late 2010 and is not quite 6 years old.
It is nicely broken in with no issues.
We are downsizing and as a result I am selling this unit.
If you know anything about Pioneer Kuro panels you will know the picture on this set is outstanding and the black levels are awesome.
Comes with original stand(never used) and remote and manual.
Also I have extra speakers for the set..I have the sound bar attached on the bottom of the unit as well as pioneer speakers attached on each side.,
Pioneer had a separate factory up until 2009 making these specific Kuro panels and even today there is nothing in a 1080p tv that can match the picture on this set.
These are selling used between 1200.00-1400.00 USD on Amazon.com
Check it out yourself.


I found an example on the internet very close to how we use our tv.
I have attached it here.

In fact, many plasma manufacturers boast a life span of 100,000 hours to half life! This is a longer life than a tube based television. The specification is somewhat suspect since the process of determining longevity of the product is based on deductive mathematical calculation of phosphor dissipation, and does not take into account the electronic components and the myriad of problems that can occur. Panasonic was the first to claim the 60,000 hour life span, up from a previous 30,000 just a year prior and now Samsung, LG and Panasonic claim 100,000 hours to half life.


So how long will a plasma last? The long and short of it is that it depends upon your daily hourly usage as well as how you use the monitor. 4 to 55 years is my new short answer.


One practical example I will cite here is the Panasonic Tau units being used by video rental company, In Motion Pictures at major airports around the country. Most of the earlier Tau models have now been replaced by a newer model, but these plasma displays were used for 5 years and were the first generation of plasma displays to go a considerable distance. In Motion displays images on them from 6AM until 10PM daily (16 hours). By my estimates, these early plasma displays by Panasonic were in use by In Motion for around 30,000 hours or more. They never fail to catch my eye as I pass by in one airport or another to see if they are still in use. If they have lost some of their brightness level its hard to tell. This use equates to 18 years for a home owner that watches 3 hours television per day. So a 100,000 hour lifespan for a plasma TV will mean triple that to 54 years at 3 hours per day.


Launch yourself into the digital revolution with the Pioneer KURO 50" HDTV. Just sit back and relax as breathtakingly realistic visuals amaze you with every click of the remote. Enjoy high quality audio with deep reverberating bass tones and clear treble from the removable lower speaker with integrated amplifier.

Optimum Mode brings all of your movies to life with stunning clarity by automatically adjusting the video and audio to suit the program and the lighting of your room. Parents, monitor your children's television programs with the easy to use parental controls. The KURO features advanced picture in picture options to suit even the most finicky viewer. Game Control features allow each family member to completely personalize their gaming experience.

Take your viewing experience to the next level with the newest generation in High Definition video performance. The amazingly simple to use features and unparalleled quality of the KURO make this television a must have for any home theater.


FULL HD 1080
With a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 (16:9), the widescreen Pioneer KURO PDP-5020FD fully supports up to HDTV 1080p (1920x1080, progressive) for a truly high-definition experience.

DEEPER BLACK LEVELS FOR UNMATCHED CONTRAST
Delivering 5 times deeper black levels than the previous generation, the new Pioneer KURO PDP-5020FD provides breathtaking detail, added dimension and richer colors to every picture you see.

HDMI INPUT
The Pioneer KURO PDP-5020FD features four HDMI inputs to receive high-definition digital video and audio through a single, convenient cable connection. HDMI's appeal has made it the choice interface for a broad selection of HD-capable video devices and gaming consoles.

BUILT-IN ATSC/NTSC/QAM TUNER
Armed with a built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner, the Pioneer KURO PDP-5020FD receives digital/analog over-the-air and cable programming without additional digital set-top equipment.

EXCEPTIONAL SOUND
The Pioneer KURO PDP-5020FD sports a superb sound system with 2-way stereo speakers and an integrated 18W stereo digital amplifier to deliver unprecedented levels of clarity and accuracy. A trio of SRS WOW HD technologies (TruBass, Focus and Definition) enables the KURO PDP-5020FD to deliver true-to-life 3D surround through the built-in speakers.

V-CHIP PARENTAL CONTROL
The V-Chip parental control feature allows parents to block inappropriate programming for their children.

Learn more about the Pioneer PDP-5020FD


Model
Brand
Pioneer

Details
Screen Size
50"
Type
Consumer

Panel
Recommended Resolution
1080p
Maximum Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9

Video
Tuner
ATSC
Support Video Signal
HDTV 1080p

Audio
Output Power
18 W

Connectivity
HDMI
Yes
USB
Yes

Model
Brand
Pioneer
Series
KURO
Model
PDP-5020FD

Details
Cabinet Color
Black

Panel
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9

Connectivity
Input Video Compatibility
PC Input: Analog RGB

ATSC, NTSC, QAM Tuner

1080i/p, 720p, 480i/p
HDTV Capability
HDTV Tuner Inside
Connectors
4 Independent HDMI 1.3 Inputs (1 side, 3 rear) (w/PC support, 2 w/ analog audio)

1 Component Inputs

3 Composite Inputs

1 S-Video Inputs

Antenna Inputs

USB (Mass Storage Class) Inputs

LAN (10/100 Base-T –Ethernet) Inputs

PC Inputs

Optical Digital Audio Outputs (Dolby Digital/PCM)

Audio LR Outputs

Subwoofer Outputs

SR Outputs

Headphone Outputs
HDMI
4

Convenience
Regulatory Approvals
ENERGY STAR
Built-in Speakers
18-Watt Stereo Digital Amplifier w/2-Way Stereo Speakers

Features
Features
Exclusive cell structure with crystal emissive layer for a more intense black with added detail

Improved filter for enhanced contrast in bright environments

Improved ASIC video processing and scaling for the ultimate in Standard-Definition and High-Definition video performance

Detachable bottom speaker with fully integrated digital amplifier for pristine clarity and accuracy of sound

New, Improved 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. Includes OSD with status.

Smooth Film mode to eliminate motion judder in 3:2 Pulldown (60Hz) providing natural even playback of content created by film

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

V-Chip Parental Control

Remote Control – Glow in the dark / Preset Mode

SRS WOW HD / SRS FOCUS / SRS TruBass / SRS Definition

Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Panel: 48.53" x 28.47" x 3.66"

Panel w/Speaker: 48.53" x 31.64" x 3.66"
Weight
Panel Weight: 74.06 lbs.

Panel Weight w/Speaker and Stand: 86 lbs.

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Victor L.
8/2/2011 5:41:37 PM
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggs2 years and 4 months later
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: After almost 2 and a half years I still love this TV. Friends and family that come over to the house are still impressed.

Cons: Pioneer stopped making TV's!!!! I want this one to go in the bedroom, and get a 60" Kuro Elite. Oh well.

Other Thoughts: For some reason this big TV is very distracting to my 9 month old daughter.

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Pandasaurus L.
4/2/2009 6:55:07 AM
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5 out of 5 eggsGreat TV
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Great TV, contrast ratio is through the roof, grayscale is very accurate, black level are (of course) amazing. Color saturation is unmatched. This is the best picture I have ever seen. Once properly calibrated this thing really is great.

Speaker is removable. Great if you use a dedicated home theater, it really frees up room for your center speaker.

Cons: Color temperature is slightly off out of the box and there are no settings in the user menu that will allow you to adjust these. You have to purchase ControlCal and hook your TV up to a PC to adjust color. the good news is you can get it very accurate it's just going to cost you 60 dollars for the equipment and takes a pretty high tech level to pull it off.

Other Thoughts: There are some people posting in here that have no idea what they are talking about. You should stay away from most of the picture modes on this TV. Movie mode is the most accurate color out of the box and should be used whenever possible. Also, avoid "smooth" cinema mode. It will make the picture look like a soap opera.

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Chris M.
3/20/2009 11:55:52 AM
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsGreat TV
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Awesome picture, enough options to satisfy the average tech head. Compliments a blu ray player very nicely.

Cons: Pioneer is going out of the plasma business. This is probably the last year you will see the Kuro. Unless Panasonic decides to continue it since they have bought it out. Just google it.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you check your shipment. First one I had delivered had a huge crack on the front. Of course New Eggs customer service was on top of it.

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Anonymous
3/16/2009 8:49:35 AM
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsThe best and worth it
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: "No pro calibration needed" accurate picture when set to Movie Mode: 6,400K average greyscale +/- 100K from 10-90IRE, 2.27 average Gamma. Natural looking color despite having a larger gamut than the REC 709 standard. Natural sharpness with no edge enhancement. Awesome motion detail. No image retention or burn-in to speak of. Great sounding speakers. Competent video processing for the most part. Advance mode which reproduces 24hz sources at 72hz works well without the artifacts or other side-effects seen in the 120hz modes of LCD sets, and it really makes a difference in reducing judder. Lots of flexible aspect ratio controls including 1:1 pixel mapping for 1080i/p signals and dedicated 4:3 modes. Multiple zoom modes for both 16:9 and 4:3 material available for fans of those. Home Media Gallery is useful for the file types it supports. Last but not least, the very best black levels you will find anywhere on a flatpanel and it truly does make the difference!

Cons: Larger color gamut is hard coded and cannot be adjusted to match REC 709 for those who are insistent upon having accurate color primaries (this didn't bother me personally, I think the expanded gamut looks great). Dithering visible at close distances in solid colors (though I only ever see it on test patterns). All plasmas do this so it isn't really a con for this model. Some panel buzz audible, again inherent to this technology. Extended viewing of letterboxed or pillarboxed material brings the possibility of the edges of the display eventually looking a bit brighter due to less age on those pixels. Initial channel scan takes forever. Only one component video input (but 2 composite?). All other video modes besides Movie Mode are garbage, ranging from OPTIMUM (okay at best), to the independent per input STANDARD (absolutely terrible gamma with severe black crush). Thus the only picture mode that is adjustable per input is the one that provides the worst picture quality.

Other Thoughts: All of my external sources, both HDMI and component, had the same reference black point so calibrating the levels in Movie Mode for one of them suited them all. This is a good thing since Movie Mode is the only picture mode where the Kuro actually produces a good picture. OPTIMUM is okay if you are not picky, but it oversaturates color and produces a too-blue greyscale and a slightly s-shaped gamma curve that does not look very natural. The other picture modes get progressively worse with those last two qualities and they cannot be adjusted anywhere in the user menu. The remote is okay to use. Lots of similarly shaped small buttons, but it's the right size and well made with all the necessary controls needed. The set starts up and turns off quickly. The Kuro has earned its reputation for a reason. It truly does have the best picture you can find in a flatpanel. The depth of black produces a depth of picture that really draws you into movies. Shame it's the last of its kind.

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Jeff M.
3/13/2009 6:45:36 AM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggs
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Great price. Awesome picture. I bought this TV based on reviews, and I'm very pleased.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Shipping was great. Delivered 1 day early, with no problems. Driver helped me take it out of the box and helped carry it in the door. Don't hesitate, just buy it.

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Peter L.
3/9/2009 6:48:05 PM
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsThe best TV I've ever owned!
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Replaced a 32" Samsung LCD, which cost almost the same 3-4 years earlier.

I had thought the LCD TV picture was ok, but after comparing side by side, the "blacks" on the LCD are more like dark blue, whereas the Pioneer's are about as black as, well, black, and the picture, especially on hi-def sources like Blu-Ray (I have the Samsung BD-P2500 - also excellent, esp. with Netflix streaming, which is why I bought it), is film-like.
I was worried in a showroom a few weeks earlier, that 50" might be too big for my viewing distance of 6', and perhaps I should get a 46" plasma. Now I have it, I would not change it, except maybe for a 60", but that might be overkill, as well as way more $$$.
I cannot see the pixels from my viewing position, I have to get within about 3'. I think a 720p might not be good enough at this viewing range.
Build quality is exceptional, and the remote is quite intuitive.
I just tried it with a thumb drive and an iPod in the USB port, and it plays back media nice

Cons: The buzz people have complained about is there, but only if I get within 1 foot of the rear of the TV, and is inaudible from the front.
Since I am practically at sea-level, this probably helps a lot.
It gets quite warm, and my electric bill will be probably a lot higher next month.

Other Thoughts: I ordered this late on Monday, order was processed Tuesday, scheduled delivery was the following Tuesday.
However, I got it on Friday, only 4 days after ordering!

The shipper was very professional, AIT or something.
I'm so glad it wasn't Fedex or United "Pulverizing" Service. I've had audiophile speakers damaged by those two before :(

The delivery guy helped me carry it up two flights of stairs without complaint, even though it was only standard delivery. He also helped me unpack it, AND helped me lift it onto my TV stand, which would have been a real PITA on my own.
5 eggs for the delivery guy (I tipped him $20) and the delivery company!

NOTE:
When you open the box, don't try to lift it out though the top as we did. I discovered later that once the plastic straps are cut, you can lift the whole box up minus the bottom, where the TV is now resting. This would save a lot of hassle rather than lifting the TV five feet in the air. You could probably do it alone.

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Victor L.
3/8/2009 5:19:56 AM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsGreat Plasma, Sweet Price!!!!!!
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: First this thing is HUGE!! Picture looks realistic and the detail is astounding. Blu-ray and, Local high def look great. PS3 and XBOX 360 look great (I now have to sit back or I get dizzy). Newegg and AIT both exceeded my expectations. Ordered TV on Tue 3/3. Was Scheduled to be delivered Tue 3./10. AIT called me on Thu 3/5 Asking me if I wanted it delivered later that day.

Cons: Would not recognize my flashdrive to perform firmware upgrade (Pioneer tech support is sending me a free compatible flahdrive with frimware installed). Now I have to buy a stand that will look as good as this TV.

Other Thoughts: Performing brakin-in as recommended by guys on AVS forum. I got the extended warranty. I am looking forward to many many years of enjoying this beauty. When this set was newly intoduced at $4,000.00 it was just a distant dream. No it is mine.

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Ricardo T.
3/4/2009 11:51:57 PM
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5 out of 5 eggs
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Outstanding display, really black blacks! My viewing area is mostly dark, but it is also really good in daylight also, reflections aren't bad at all. I also have the Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-Ray player, and BR looks awesome! Glad I waited for the price drop. No buzzing or dead pixels on my display.

Cons: None, other than Pioneer is getting out of the display market, there won't be a 10G Pioneer. Maybe some of the tech will end up in Panasonic displays soon.

Other Thoughts: If the Elite series is too much scratch pick one of these up ASAP before they run out, you will not be sorry! I missed the promo with the 51FD for the lower price, otherwise I would have bought from the Egg.

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Jerold C.
3/1/2009 11:33:53 PM
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5 out of 5 eggsLast chance for perfection?
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: High Color and Black Contrast levels.
Able to view undistorted from almost any angle.
High quality construction and Apperance.
Lots of hookups, including 1 S-video, 1 Component, 2 Composite, 5 HDMI and 1 PC DVI, along with a USB port. Audio has RCA/analog, Coaxial, and Optical Digital Out (in addition to the HDMI).
Menu's have lots of customization options to ensure maximum usage of all euipment hooked to it.

Cons: Not cheap. Need a good BluRay and/or HD Cable/satellite service to FULLY appreciate just how good this television is. (though even regular TV is fantastic on it :) )

Other Thoughts: Currently the Top of the "$4000 or less" Catagory. Very few televisions around can compare with the picture quality this set is capable of prodiucing. The combination of deep,deep blacks and crisp vibrant colors, all in the highest resolution, produces an almost awe-inspiring effect. I looked at many different sets, both online and visually in different stores for over a year, and this is truly as good as it gets, without spending (literally) thousands more. If the BEST Picture is what you are shopping for.. this is it.

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Dale S.
2/25/2009 3:07:44 PM
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsBest plasma ever...
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: This is by far the best plasma television on the market. It truly is a shame that Pioneer is leaving the plasma business. Grab this while you can.

Cons: The manufacturer's warranty may not be valid.

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ed c.
2/16/2009 9:43:14 AM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsThis Plasma is Awesome!!!!!!
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: This Plasma has a shiny black finish, very sleek looking.
The color and contrast is something I'd never imagined by being beautiful to watch. The colors are rich and blacks deep. We watched Wall-E movie on it and the graphics were so crisp and clear. Its matched up with a Bose DVD 3.2.1 and the sound is fantastic. The graphics were as clear as Blu-ray. I am very glad to have made this purchase. Newegg shipping was three days!!Wow.
Pioneer has always been a great product to me and this Plasma has made me love them even more. I would have to say because we are home and miss the movies due to little kids-with this set up we miss nothing:). Its like we brought the movie theatre home. The remote is very easy and responsive. I can't say enough good about it. All other LCD's and Plasma's don't hold a candle to this Pioneer Plasma. We are very Happy!!

Cons: We didn't hook up the speaker system it came with because we have a Bose 3.2.1. so I don't know what it sounds like. The unit projects a little heat when on a long time, but not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: I hope this Plasma lasts a long time. I got it half price through Newegg. When it went on sale 5 days after purchase Newegg gave me the discount. NOW THAT"s GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!I have had an eggcellent experience!! I love when they say that to me.LOL

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Bryan O.
2/13/2009 6:17:20 PM
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5 out of 5 eggsSimply AMAZING!
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: - Breathtaking picture
- Outstanding blacks
- HD picture POPs out at you

Cons: - Black glossy frame is a dust magnet
- No wireless ethernet option

Other Thoughts: I bought the 5020 as a replacement for my 4 year old 32" Sony KDL-XBR1 LCD. I am stunned by how good the picture is. HD images pop from the screen. It's incredible. My first show on this tv was the Super Bowl and the picture was so freaking clear and sharp. The players looked like they were standing in my living room. It's hard to describe how the picture jumps out at you.

I'm using the PS3 as my Blu-Ray player and 1080p content is jaw dropping. Dark Knight and Planet Earth is mind boggling. With a 2.35:1 film, in a dark room, the black bars on the top and bottom of the picture just blends in to the TV frame. That's how black it is. It's incredible.

Speaker is decent, I'm using it as a center channel in my 5.1 setup.

My only complaint is that the black glossy frame seems to attract a lot of dirt or dust. It looks like white streaks. It wipes away easily but it's so annoying. I'll wipe it away but within in a few hours it starts to come back.

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Anonymous
2/12/2009 10:56:20 AM
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5 out of 5 eggsThe ONLY one to buy right now!
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Only the best picture of any HDTV in its class. This unit is THE one to get. Now that the price is under $2K don't bother with the Samsung and Panasonic equivalents. Side by side comparison is NO contest!

Cons: It wasn't free!?

Other Thoughts: The only criticism this unit got in the reviews was the cost, now that factor is gone. I've ordered another one for the family room. This is the last model year with Pioneer screens, they've gone to outside suppliers this model year.

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Wilfred M.
2/10/2009 11:22:22 PM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsPioneer KURO Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Absolutely outstanding black levels and detail in dark areas which make the colors more vibrant . Very good contrast with great overall picture quality.
Network connectivity and ability to play content from a computer or USB memory. Buy it! You will not be disappointed.

Here are my settings:

MOVIE:
Contrast: 42
Brightness: -10
Color: -6
Tint: G2
Sharpness: -15
PureCinema: Film Mode -Advance ; Text Opt -OFF

STANDARD:
Contrast: 29
Brightness: +3
Color: -3
Tint: G4
Sharpness: -15
PureCinema: Film Mode -Advance ; Text Opt -OFF

GAME:
Contrast: 40
Brightness: 0
Color: +10
Tint: G8
Sharpness: +3
PureCinema: Film Mode -OFF ; Text Opt -OFF

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Newegg absolutely rocks!!! Great price and great service time and time again....

Television arrived faster than expected. 5 Day front door delivery by AIT Worldwide. They called ahead of time to schedule and also called 15 minutes prior to arrival. Television was on a wooden pallet and box was in good condition.

After browsing through many forums and reading reviews, my only concern was a "buzzing" sound that some owners complained about having... My 5020FD does have a very faint buzzing sound that seems to come from the back of the tv but it is very faint and unnoticeable unless their is complete silence and you have the volume turned all the way down.

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MICHAEL H.
1/23/2009 12:41:16 PM
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsExtraordinary performance and value!
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: This is an extremely impressive plasma TV both in its delivery of exceptionally stable and high quality images, as well as very well engineered, easy to use menus and navigation. Physically, it's approx 100 lbs, has a wealth of digital interfaces (HDMI, USB ports, etc.) and an integrated 18W speaker bar which produces very good audio quality. The KURO has intense blacks, appropriately saturated colors and the 1080p format provides for extraordinary detail. High motion content like sports and gaming can be selected as a menu item to adjust the KURO for the best possible image without pixelation or delay. I find the "Optimum" setting works best for nearly all content, including sports and movies for optimum brightness, saturation and realistic colors.

The setup was easy, intuitive. The price from newegg was understandable considering the extraordinary performance of this plasma TV. It's a complete pleasure to watch!!

Cons: No cons

Other Thoughts: The Pioneer KURO is a quality TV that I"ve owned now for 3 months --and I expect to have it for many years. I did buy a 4 yr support warranty for $319, realizing any repairs to a plasma HDTV will be expensive. I recommend others to get a warranty. Delivery was outstanding, taking only 4 days to arrive to my home in NY. You can purchase an installation contract via newegg for about $180 for a vendor to set it up for you, but I was able to do so myself. Note: You will also need a very well made TV stand to support the weight and protect your HDTV investment. Finally, newegg's special offer of a free high end Blu Ray HDTV player was included in the deal. I am very happy with my total experience both w/ newegg and Pioneer!

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Don C.
1/11/2009 6:36:13 PM
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggs
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Beautiful TV. The blacks are awesome as expected. I have not had it calibrated, and not sure it's worth it. This TV has the best picture of the units I concidered. Setup is easy and the menu is easy as well to navigate and configure. I would highly recommend this TV.
The package I purchased came with the Pioneer BDP-51FD Blue Ray player. This was a great deal and the Blue Ray player is sweet.

Cons: This unit is pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I purchase a APC H15 Power conditioner to power everything to make sure they get good clean steady power. I highly recommend a unit this it or one with a UPS. Good electronics deserve good protection and APC is the best.

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Paul S.
12/20/2008 11:19:39 PM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: The color gamut on this plasma is amazing. The black levels are also amazing. I had a rear projection 420p Toshiba for 8 years that needed to be replaced. After a lot of research and "eye time" in the stores, I decided this was the one for me. It has an huge array of hookups. Side panel hookups are easy to reach. Especially for you all that do wall mounts. When I first fired it up, my eyes noticed the different color space. It did need some tweaking to please me, and all the available settings allowed me to achieve visual harmony. I got the bluray deal, and this plasma paired with the player is awesome. I also like how the set can handle non HD channels with dynamic side bars or dot4dot display. I placed the unit on a white Prism50 media bench. Completely changes my media room. This is a set I will be happy with for many a year, which is what I was looking for. Oh, and the speakers sound great too, given their somewhat slim size.

Cons: I haven't found one yet. If you place you hand close to the screen area you will feel the radiant heat. But, it doesn't heat the room anymore than my old tv.

Other Thoughts: The glossy frame plastic will have a smudgy shipping residue on it. It cleans of easily, but be sure to use the softest cloth you have so you don't put spider web scratches on it. Also, it comes with a soft lens cloth for cleaning the plasma screen area. Nice to have that. You will spend the most time calibrating the colors for pleasing skin tones. after a day or so you will have it dialed in. You should consider the extended warranty no matter what manufacturer you choose as these things seem to only come with a 1 year manufacturer warranty. And read the manual so you know why the tv is doing what it is doing and how to change it if you don't like it. It is a very sophisticated piece of equipment.

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Reynaldo M.
12/17/2008 1:36:21 PM
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Set
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: The deepest blacks period in the industry.
Amazing color and a level of detail no other set can match trust me.
I work in the AV industry as a Distributor facilitating custom installer and the set is just superior VS. the competition.

Cons: This set does not have all of the video controls that the bigger brother Elite may have however if left on optimum mode or use a calibration bluray/or dvd you can get a very close picture quality as the Elite movie mode is also great. So no real cons here wonderful set.

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Scott D.
12/5/2008 5:18:56 PM
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5 out of 5 eggsWow you People are Dumb
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: I happen to work at ultimate electronics and have sold more of this television than many other models due to the fact that "HOME THEATER" magazine rated it as an infinite contrast ratio on their half million dollar test apparatus. Concurrently it has a higher color range than any other comparable model and "SOUND AND VISION" stated that it was the second best television they have ever tested according to ISF color standards, the best being Pioneer's ELITE. The fact that your power supply died is not due to surge or bad electronics... a ups does nothing for the EMI coming through your power wire from the wall, and as you purchased this at 4000 dollars from an online source im sure that means you live in a rural area devoid of
Best Buy Magnolia's and Ultimate Electronics alike and couldn't purchase this television elsewhere. As such you are putting the shipping and processing into the hands of UPS, FED EX, or DHL... in a word buffoons.

Cons: The screen is not a perfect polarized filter and as such does tend to give glare in some rooms.

Other Thoughts: I find it comical that certain people bash a product due to the fact that theirs wasn't perfect, and complain that they receive no service after their warranty expires... That happens to be the very reason that companies sell extended warranties on products, the manufacturing process is not perfect no matter what set a person buys. I have seen ELITE televisions dead on arrival as well as Low end VIZIO televisions last for years... There is no sticker on a box or line of text on a sales tag that tells a customer which one they will get. If you are so concerned about a product being defective then purchase the coverage!!! for the lords sake the warranty companies are third party any way for nearly every retailer... even if the company you purchase the warranty through goes under it is a third party you have the warranty through and as such you are still covered... LOCALY in most cases... ohh and by the way, this tv hasn't even been out a year yet more_ons!!!

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Peter K.
11/29/2008 12:57:36 PM
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggs5 stars
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: I purchased this set on Newegg. TV came very well packaged, strapped to a pallet. No problems with shipping, the shipping company actually followed-up with me to schedule a delivery time.

I'm a firm believer that this is one of the best flat-panel TVs on the market today, and after watching it for a little over a month I am completely satisfied.

Cons: The 10/100 Ethernet is nice, would be even better with wireless....

Doesn't support .avi movies :(

Other Thoughts: No dead/stuck pixels

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TONY H.
11/15/2008 8:10:18 PM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsAmazing TV
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: This television has an amazing picture. It is crystal clear when watching HD channels. Non-HD channels even look better than most televisions. I really like the Optimum AV Selection which senses room lighting and adjusts the picture accordingly. The built-in menus are sleek and modern as well. The television offers numerous settings so you can customize the picture to your personal preference.

Cons: I am very spoiled now because all other televisions just aren't as clear.

Other Thoughts: I researched and looked at many televisions before deciding on the Pioneer Kuro. I had really been focusing on the Samsung LN52A650. After I looked at both of these televisions up close at a local Best Buy multiple times, the Kuro was just unmatched in picture quality. I also saw numerous positive reviews on the Kuro line.

I previously had a Panasonic 50 inch LCD rear projection TV and my old TV seems like ancient technology in comparison to the Kuro. I cannot comment on the included speaker as I went ahead and bought the Bose Acoustimass® 10 Series which is amazing as well. I would definitely encourage anyone reading this review to consider this TV and see for yourself in a local electronic store how detailed the picture quality is.

Also, NewEgg is awesome. I ordered this TV on 11/09/08 and I received it on 11/12/08. I created a preferred account with them to get the 0% financing for 12 months which is nice as well.

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Anonymous
11/6/2008 5:45:25 PM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsGreat
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Looks really great, the blacks are soooo black. I used it on my xbox and call of duty looked amazing. If you want the best, this is the TV. No problems. Set it up myself. Many many ports, and features.

Cons: No hdmi cables : (
You have to setup the speakers yourself.

Other Thoughts: Got the blu-ray deal! But 30 bucks for HDMI cables

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Shawn S.
10/24/2008 11:08:25 AM
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5 out of 5 eggsUnbelievable!
This review is from: Pioneer KURO Pioneer 50" 1080p 1080p Plasma HDTV PDP-5020FD
Pros: Contrast/blacks are amazing, Optimum mode takes care of all the adjustments very well, no need to play with color/picture settings,Light sensor great for nightime, Sound is sweet, lots of depth, amazing simulated surround, great center channel voice emulation, just add a sub and your done, even the surround sound in the headphone jack is great, sounds like there is a quality amp on it, my Denon AHD-5000 headphones blaze with bass. Response time with 72hz 3:3 pulldown for movies is the smoothest motion enhancement I have seen. Menu is very easy to operate and love how the picture shrinks down to the side when in the menu. I have read lots of reviews on this model saying how great it is, but seeing is believing. This is the best flat panel I have seen. Most of all Newegg is the best, they had the best deal with a free pioneer blu-ray, while supplies last of coarse, everywhere else was charging about the same without the player. Neweggs top notch shipping gave me confidence to buy it here

Cons: Doesn't stretch HD signals for Blu-Ray or DVD that are 235:1 or 185:1 evenly to fill the whole screen, only stretches width not height, but most people watch it normal without stretch, so this isn't a deal breaker for me.

Other Thoughts: My job is TV's and I have lots of experience with lots of brands of flat panels and this is the best picture by far. LCD looks like garbage in comparison. Of coarste there are some nice LCD's out there if you need it to do other things like PC or Video games, I have an LG LCD 47" for that, but if you are looking for TV and especially Movies for a Videophile, this is it.

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TOP FAVORABLE REVIEW
Unbelievable!
Contrast/blacks are amazing, Optimum mode takes care of all the adjustments very well, no need to play with color/picture settings,Light sensor great for nightime, Sound is sweet, lots of depth, amazing simulated surround, great center channel...
- Shawn S. posted on 10/24/2008
TOP CRITICAL REVIEW
Extremely Disappointed
From the day I bought this tv, I knew I was going to have problems. When surfing through channels, the tv would randomly reboot itself. Then finally while watching it 4 months later, I heard a loud pop and it died. It even tripped the circuit breaker...
- Wayne B. posted on 11/29/2008



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