Hey, fellas. I bought a Pioneer 42" Elite PureVision Plasma after about 2 years of research on HDTVs. My cousin, who's a manager at Best Buy in the Magnolia Home Entertainment Center, told me about Pioneer being the leading manufacturer of Plasma HDTVs around 3 years ago, but I didn't believe him. Since then I have tried to find a LCD or Plasma display that could even come close to the Pioneer models and I never have!
I've always wondered why and how the Plasma HDTVs that Pioneer sells, which technically have a lower screen resolution than 1080p LCDs or Plasmas by other manufacturers (42in - 1024 X 768; 50 & 60in - 1365 X 768), look far better than the competition. The reason is Moving Pixel Resolution. When HDTVs are advertised as 720p or 1080p, they are referring to the resolution of a Still Image on the screen, not a Moving Image, which has far less resolution! Wow! I would have never found that out unless I saw a Pioneer Plasma display...which is out of this world! Don't take my word for it! Go to any Best Buy and tell the sales associate to put a Pioneer Elite Plasma next to any 1080p display, LCD or Plasma, by any other manufacturer, and I guarantee YOU WILL BE SHOCKED!!!!
I primarily bought this Pioneer Elite Plasma to play games with my PS3 and Xbox 360 which I've had since last December with no sign of burn-in problems. I've researched this TV thoroughly and have never found any complaints about it showing any possible signs of burn-in. The picture from games via component video, HDMI and HD broadcast are absolutely gorgeous and mind boggling! I've recommended these Pioneer Elite Plasma HDTVs to, literally, all of my friends and have had a few of them investigate for themselves and, as a result, have purchased them.
The information below explains more about Moving Pixel Resolution.
Advanced PDP Development Center Corporation (Japan)
January 9, 2007
ADVANCED PLASMA DEVELOPMENT CENTER DEVELOPS SYSTEM TO MEASURE ACTUAL
MOVING PIXEL RESOLUTION IN HDTVs
- Method enables precise quantitative analysis of moving picture resolution -
Las Vegas - The Advanced PDP Development Center Corporation or APDC, jointly established by Hitachi, Ltd., Panasonic and Pioneer Corporation, to promote the development of advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies for Plasma displays, today announced that it has developed a Moving Picture Resolution Measurement System. The system is based on the APDC Method announced on October 18, 2006. The system makes it possible to precisely measure moving picture resolution, In fact, currently, the claim of 1080p resolution in many HDTVs is based on the number of picture elements, or pixels, visible when a still picture is displayed on the screen, which is not the same as the HDTV?s moving picture resolution.
The new system to measure moving picture resolution includes a digital camera, signal generator, a controller PC and image data processing software. In the process, (1) a specified test image is scrolled on the display to simulate a moving picture, (2) the movement of the camera is adjusted to the movement of the image so that it can be captured and (3) the image is then captured by the digital camera, analyzed and expressed mathematically to indicate the precise moving picture resolution.
Since the APDC measurement method simulates the way the human eye works, reconstructing the image reflected on the retina, the result of the quantitative analysis is very close to the way people see images.
With the increasing penetration of digital cameras and PCs, consumers are getting much more interested in the resolution of their televisions. Until now, the resolution of HDTV displays has been commonly expressed by the number of pixels in a still picture shown on the display. There were no clear criteria to measure the moving picture resolution of an HDTV. Since the major application for television is to show moving pictures, the newly developed measurement system will help consumers better understand the issue of resolution and what they can expect from their flat-panel or other HDTVs.
The new measuring system is applicable to any display including Plasma and LCD TVs. APDC plans to propose the use of this measurement system to all display and TV manufacturers as it will enable the improvement of performance of flat-panel TV displays through the objective and quantitative measurement of their moving picture resolution.
APDC plans to collaborate with measuring equipment manufacturers to launch the newly developed system in the market. Also, it plans to demonstrate the system in the APDC Suite (Otho Room, Palace Tower Emperors Level-4th floor, Caesars Palace Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA) from January 8 to 10, 2007.
It's really not that complicated. Plasma, especially by Pioneer, handles motion better than LCD (even with 120Hz) - no question. However, consumers see higher resolution or 1080p in some LCD sets and think it's "better". That's if you only watch still images on your TV!
APDC is just trying to send out the truth. If you guys knew how manufacturers really calculate things like response time and contrast ratios you'd probably never believe a spec again.
In the end a lot of it is about the average educated consumer who is greatly affected by marketing and this plasma group is fighting a tough road... even though they're correct.