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Wednesday, 19 March 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Pioneer KURO PRO-150FD Plasma HDTV
The Basics: This product hails from Pioneer’s excellent lineup of KURO plasma HDTVs, which includes a standard KURO brand and a higher-end Elite KURO brand. This 60-inch, 1080p TV is the top-of-the-line model under the Elite KURO brand; as such, it boasts all of the line’s best features and technologies. Features includes the use of Pioneer’s ASIC video processing circuitry and two compelling PureCinema film processing modes: The Advance mode converts 24-frames-per-second film to 72 fps to reduce judder, and the Smooth mode appears to interpolate frames (like a 120Hz TV) to render even smoother motion. The TV offers a nice assortment of image adjustments, including an Optimum picture mode that uses the TV’s built-in light sensor to automatically tailor the image to your room’s lighting conditions. There’s also an Energy Saver mode that limits peak brightness to reduce power consumption. Elite KURO ...
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Pioneer PDP-5080HD Plasma HDTV
The Basics: This product hails from Pioneer’s excellent lineup of KURO plasma HDTVs, which includes a standard KURO brand and a higher-end Elite KURO brand. Part of the standard KURO brand and one of the less expensive models in the line, the PDP-5080HD has a 1365 x 768 resolution, as opposed to 1920 x 1080. However, in most other respects, it is a full-featured HDTV. Features include the use of Pioneer’s ASIC video processing circuitry and two compelling PureCinema film-processing modes. The Advance mode converts 24-frames-per-second film to 72 fps to reduce judder, and the Smooth mode appears to interpolate frames (like a 120Hz TV) to render even smoother motion. The TV offers a nice assortment of image adjustments, including an Optimum picture mode that uses the TV’s built-in light sensor to automatically tailor the image to your room’s lighting conditions. There’s ...
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Panasonic TH-58PZ700U Plasma HDTV
The Basics: The 700U Series is a step down from Panasonic’s top 2007 line, the 750U Series, so these TVs offer fewer features, but cost less money. Unlike the similar 750U model, this 58-inch, 1080p model lacks the Pro Setting and Studio Reference mode. It has one less HDMI input than the 750U and does not offer a split-screen viewing option.   Like many new Panasonic models, this TV sports an SD card slot through which you can display photos and view AVCHD video; it’s also compatible with the GalleryPlayer system that lets you display professional photographs and works of art. The TH-58PZ700U has two HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 (but not 1080p/24). Aspect-ratio options include the ability to display 1080i/1080p images with no overscan. The anti-reflective screen helps cut down on light reflections off the plasma glass, but there are no features to ...
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Philips 42PFL7432D LCD HDTV
The Basics: This 42-inch, 1080p LCD includes Philips’ popular Ambilight system, as well as Perfect Pixel HD processing and a USB port through which you can perform firmware updates and play JPEG/MP3 files. It does not offer the 120Hz technology found in the company’s higher-end 9732D Series. Philips’ Settings Assistant automatically makes adjustments to picture controls by showing you a series of split-screen images; as you select which image you prefer, the TV adjusts the picture parameters accordingly. This TV offers a decent amount of image adjustments, including direct access to white-balance controls, but it lacks an adjustable backlight, offering only a light sensor that automatically adjusts image brightness based on your room’s lighting conditions. The connection panel lacks a PC input, but includes three HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24. In addition to a digital audio output (a common feature ...
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Panasonic TH-50PZ750U Plasma HDTV
The Basics: The 750U Series is Panasonic’s top-of-the-line 2007 plasma series; as such, it is priced slightly higher than the norm for Panasonic TVs. What distinguishes this higher-end line is the inclusion of two advanced picture modes: the Pro Setting and Studio Reference mode. The Pro Setting grants access to advanced controls to professionally calibrate the TV, while the Studio Reference mode is designed to, as Panasonic puts it, “provide the exact color reproduction of reference monitors used in film editing studios.” The TH-50PZ750U is a 50-inch, 1080p model that has thin side-panel speakers and a glossy black cabinet with chrome accents. Like many new Panasonic models, this TV sports an SD card slot through which you can display photos and view AVCHD video; it’s also compatible with the GalleryPlayer system that lets you display professional photographs and works of art. This ...
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