Pioneer concept plasmas promise 'absolute' blacks
Pioneer announces new technology to increase contrast ratio on its plasmas, while also making the screen thinner, but it won't be available in 2008.
Pioneer consistently makes some of the best plasmas on the market, such as our current Editors' Choice
The first, designated the "Extreme Contrast Concept" plasma, is said to be capable of producing an "absolute black with no measurable light emitting from the television." The ability to produce a dark shade of black is one of the most important ingredients in picture quality. We attended the demo, which featured the new panel side-by-side with the current
The other new advancement from "Project Kuro" on display at CES was a super-thin plasma panel that measured just 9mm-thick. To put this in perspective, the PDP-5080HD measures about 114mm thick, so this panel would be less than a tenth of the size. The weight of the new panel is also substantially less at 41 pounds, which is almost half the weight of the PDP-5080HD.
Editors' Note 01-08-2008: This post has been modified since its initial publication to include details about a demo and other updates.