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Pioneer Plasma vs Sony KDS

I am buying a new tv soon and am considering one of the two tvs I mentioned above. I am looking for about a 50" display and I know these sets are quite different but I was wondering if any of you have a strong opinion one way or the other.

With the plasma I can save space but I know the Sony has more performance capabilities. Does anyone own either of these two sets?

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I give the slight edge to Pioneer

In reply to: Pioneer Plasma vs Sony KDS

I personally don't own one of these TVs, but by an odd coincidence my parents happen to own both of them. I have spent a bit of time watching their Pioneer PDP-5071HD and their XBR1 Sony (so it's last year's model), and I would personally choose the Pioneer simply for its better SD performance. Neither of these TVs does a great job on regular signals, but the Pioneer seems markedly better at it. Also, if you have any plans for gaming on your TV, I would be wary with the Sony model. The XBR1, at least, lags with video games, whereas the Pioneer does not.

If you are more concerned about HD programming, however, the slight edge should go to the Sony for its 1080p capabilities (assuming you're looking at the new KDS). I also find the user menu on the Sony to be more robust and easier to navigate than Pioneer's.

I can't find serious flaws with either of these sets, so its really a toss-up. The HD picture on either set is top notch, they both have generous connectivity, wide viewing angles, etc. No matter which you choose, you will be getting a superb machine.

(Warning: If you choose the Sony and this set is used frequently by other people, make sure they are okay with such a huge TV. My mother grew to dislike the Sony purely for its size, and that's why they also have the Pioneer.)

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Look At This All You 1080p Dreamers

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Sorry, I had to get people's attention so they would read the bottom part of this post.

First, to answer your question. I would go with the Pioneer plasma. If you get a chance to view the Sony KDS then watch the screen and then move to the left or the right and you will see the picture change. This will not happen with the plasma which has the best off angle viewing of any type of TV. If you always watch from a central "sweet spot" then disregard. However, I think the plasma is still the best display.

You who think that 1080p is the ultimate and far superior to 720p, read this quote from a new review from Sound and Visions review on the new Pioneer PRO-FHD1 1080p plasma listed below:

"SETUP If you want to see all the detail in 1080i and 1080p HDTV signals on a 1080p-rez set like this one, seating distance is crucial. The customary 7-foot span between my couch and TV proved a bit too much; shortening it to 6 feet let me better appreciate high-def programs. If you sit farther from the PRO-FHD1, chances are the picture won't look much more detailed than it would on a native 720p display"


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thanks...both of you

In reply to: Look At This All You 1080p Dreamers

I know that both sets are highly rated and the Pioneer is Consumer Reports favorite plasma. The Sony might be too much TV for the room it will be in since my couch would only be 6 feet from the Sony and probbaly 8 feet away from the Pioneer since I would probably wall-mount a plasma to save space...which kind of makes me nervous but I would definitely make sure the wall-mount is stable.

I need to look at the price comparisons too, but I do like the viewing angle gains from the Pioneer and I know it won't crap out on me like a Vizio or some other lame brand.

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Went with the Sony

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So today I was browsing on Crutchfield and noticed that the Sony KDS-50A2000 was on sale for $2400 including free shipping, delivery, no payments/interest till 2008 so I went for it. I figure I can sell my current Philips 51" HDTV for $800-$1000 to make the purchase even more cost effective.

For that price I am definitely getting a quality TV.

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In reply to: Went with the Sony

That's an excellent dealer. Please come back after you two (you and the Sony) get intimately acquainted and give us a report on your new Sony. Looks like a super nice display.


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