Pioneer Kuro Plasmas Cease Production in April

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Load up and eBay them. It's sad to see one of the best flat panels fade away.

Sony XBR8 and Sammy A950 are pretty darn good LCDs though. LED backlighting will surely come down in price and become mainstream.

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Not only TVs, but rumor has it the other Pioneer lines will take a hit as they shift more towards car audio. Say what you will about their low end receivers, but the Elite series is among the very best in mainstream audio.

Stupid friggin' economy.
 

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read that somewhere else long ago.
they also said that some of pioneer engineers are now working at Panasonic. and we should see nice screens from panasonic and a technology like the kuro.
 

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Panny already makes some great looking plasmas....my parents have a 2 year old 42" Panny plasma in their house, and only now with the LED panels are the competing technologies starting to look as good as that Panasonic.
 

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Panasonic already makes the glass panel for Pioneer. I have a Panasonic 50" 800U and its beautiful. Nobody will ever convince me that LCDs look as nice as Plasma. Just can't be done. Plasma will be around for a good long time as long as their prices are the same or below LCD
 

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The future looks bleak for plasma TV. While many LCD HDTVs are stunning in their own right, especially the LED-backlit 240 Hz models, it’s still nice to have choice in technology for different applications.
Agreed but it seems to be the nature of the business now.

I felt the same way about CRT monitors and still do. The LCDs for desktops are just not on par with their bigger brothers and show their weaknesses compared to the older CRT technology. Insufficient black levels, motion blur and the probability dead pixels are issues that CRTs were free from. But we don't have a choice in the matter, CRTs are dead and Plasmas will soon suffer the same fate once Panasonic drops the technology too.
 

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felt the same way about CRT monitors and still do. The LCDs for desktops are just not on par with their bigger brothers and show their weaknesses compared to the older CRT technology. Insufficient black levels, motion blur and the probability dead pixels are issues that CRTs were free from
CRTs had their own annoying issues, at least the larger ones I used to have....moire patterns, screen geometry imperfections, neither of which were completely fixable, and very noticable when you stare at them every day....I agree LCDs have their shortfalls, but overall, I'm happy to not deal with those two CRT issues anymore.
 

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the new lcd's are led backlit? that's a nice change. but losing plasma is a pretty bad hit across the hdtv industry. Hopefully Panasonic won't quit until oleds are feasible.
 

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DLP is also dead so no one has TV bigger than 62/63"

DLP killed because of its size and Plasmas because of its power use. At least we are moving in the right direction.
 

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My parents have a new 42" Panasonic Plasma. They also have an LG lcd that is about two years old. The Panasonic's picture is much more natural. There is much more detail in bright and dark scenes. I don't have an HD tv just yet, but when I finally do buy one, Panasonic will be on the very top of my short list.

Kuros were out of my price range, but it's a shame to see what is basically a flagship to the tv industry come to an end.
 
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it's just one of the many brands that stop producing plasma's.
Plasma lost the battle to LCD,partly due to power requirements.

After the announcement that Europe will stop allowing plasma's to be sold, this will be one of the many more companies following.

If you like plasma over LCD, try looking at OLED technology!
 

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[citation][nom]blppt[/nom]CRTs had their own annoying issues[/citation]

Lets not forget CRT flicker on most standard monitors = immense eyestrain working on a computer all day.

My eyes were tangibly relieved when I got a decent LCD panel.


I still prefer DLP with the LED light system. But yeah as mentioned that seems to be going away too. Which is a bigger shame to me than plasma. I could give a fig if my TV is wall mountable when its depth is less than that of my stereo receiver. The 2nd gen LED DLPs from samsung are still pretty juicy for the price.
 

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Sad to see the demise of the Pioneers. The Elite models were truly the best of the best, and one of the few TVs that allow for professional-grade calibration without having to mess with the service menus.

Unfortunately, Pioneer could never figure out how to reduce the costs enough to make their PDP TVs profitable. To this day, my understanding is that their plant still can only cut one glass panel per sheet. Everybody else has been cutting multiple panels out of a single sheet for years.

With Pioneer's engineers now at Panasonic, the torch has been passed. I've been reading that Panasonic is looking to expand their presence with high-end installers, and expanding their product lineup accordingly.

With regard to CRT, I've always felt that they had the best picture quality and were equally adept with both HD and SD signals, something that cannot be said for any of the fixed pixel formats.
 
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