Pioneer Elite 60-inch KURO PRO-151FD Reviewed

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• Under normal circumstances a warranty would not be regarded as a positive since most of them are the same. In the case of the KURO, it is comforting that Pioneer, who recently announced its exit from the plasma television business, is committed to putting its conglomerate-type resources to fully support every KURO display sold.

Low Points
• I initially found the 60-inch KURO to be physically noisy. A slight hum emanating from the screen was most noticeable when watching DirecTV and somewhat noticeable with other sources. Over time however, as the set has broken in, the hum has become far less audible. While I am certain that this noise is not related to my setup or wiring having thoroughly tested both, I am not certain that the less audible hum that I hear today during soft audio passages is because the set is broken in or I have simply become "adjusted" and tuned out this annoying aspect of the home theater experience.
• With Pioneer having discontinued the KURO, getting one is tough but not impossible. I recently found mine of all places at Best Buy. The downside to purchasing a KURO at this point, is that unless you have a friend that has one you probably will not be able to demo it in person, especially if you find one 2,000 miles from your home and have to order it sight unseen. 
• Most electronic appliances are magnets for attracting dust and the KURO is no exception. The downside to the KURO's high gloss black finish is that every spec of dust shows itself mightily. I recommend keeping a hand size microfiber dust mop near your AV theater because you are going to need it.
• Pioneer is out of the plasma business. While I have subsequently mentioned that the company will continue to stand fully by its product, the simple fact remain in my view that after that your warrantee expires you will be totally out of luck if you need any service to your KURO display. You simply have to hope, as I have, that your KURO will last well beyond its expected life. My old Fujitsu 50-inch Plasmavision which I purchased back in 2001 still operates beautifully and has never had a hitch. I hope for as much from my KURO display.

Conclusion
The KURO Elite is a serious display for serious viewers with serious wallets. If you are looking for a big, inexpensive HDTV, head to Costco or Wal-Mart because the KRUO is not for you. But if you are looking for the best picture quality and most aesthetically beautiful HDTV on the market, the Pioneer KURO should top your list. But don't wait as they wont last long. When they are all gone, Panasonic Premiere plasmas are new king of the HDTV world when it comes to "black - blacks" from an HDTV. Today's LED backlit LCD HDTVs are far more bright than a plasma but they don't have the color fidelity, the lack of video noise and the deep blacks.

Additional Resources:
Read news about Pioneer leaving the HDTV market from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Read a review of the Pioneer Elite KURO PRO-141FD HDTV.
Find a list of reviews of only the best 1080p plasma HDTVs on this resource page.

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HTR Product Rating for Pioneer Elite 60-inch KURO PRO-151FD

Criteria Rating

Performance

5

Value

4.5

Overall

5

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