On Wednesday, Pioneer rolled out two new KURO plasma HDTV models. Both are 1080p models with one year warranties, and are scheduled to ship in June. The PDP-5020FD is a 50″ version with a list price of $4,000, and the 60″ PDP-6020FD has a $5,500 list price. The KURO technology empahsizes creating very dark black levels, which gives the images excellent contrast and eye-popping color. It is clear that the technology creates beautiful images, but it’s not as certain that the extra quality can continue to command the price premium that you find on Pioneer products.
If you have questions about what HDTV to buy, you have the opportunity to ask me in person! On Wednesday, May 14, I’ll be at the B&H Event Space in New York City, delivering a presentation on “How to Choose the Right HDTV” from 3 PM to 5 PM. You will also be able to purchase an autographed copy of Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV. The B&H Event Space is at 420 9th Avenue. The presentation is free, but they recommend that you register online in order to make sure you get a seat. More information is available at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/eventspace. I hope to see you there.