|Pioneer PDP-5080HD Plasma HDTV|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs Plasma HDTVs|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 19 March 2008|
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 also an Energy Saver mode that limits peak brightness to reduce power consumption.
The PDP-5080HD has a generous connection panel, with four HDMI inputs, a CableCARD slot, a USB port for photo viewing, and a subwoofer output to send bass information to an outboard subwoofer. The TV comes with a detachable speaker that mounts to the bottom of the gloss-black cabinet. Pioneer’s anti-reflective screen cuts down on light reflections off the plasma glass, and an Orbiter feature and special video pattern are included to help prevent or counteract any short-term image retention that may occur.
At the heart of all KURO HDTVs lies the ability to produce substantially deeper blacks than most other flat panels on the market, which results in a picture with amazing depth and contrast. This TV also has good video processing and rich colors, and it offers a solid level of detail with both HD and SD sources. It doesn’t exhibit motion blur with fast-moving content or have viewing angle limitations.
This TV has a 768p resolution, and its image isn’t quite as razor-sharp as you’ll see elsewhere. The anti-reflective screen cuts down on light reflections, but this plasma still might not be the best fit for a very bright, sunlit room.
The PDP-5080HD is capable of producing a beautiful image, with both HD and SD content. This is one of more affordable models in the KURO line, costing half as much as Pioneer’s step-up 50-inch 1080p model. Its price is still higher than the norm for a 50-inch panel, but its performance more than earns it.