Pioneer Kuro PDP-20FD

The Good Produces the deepest shade of black of any big-screen display we've tested; accurate color decoding; dejudder processing option; 72Hz mode for 1080p/24 sources works well; superb antireflective screen; streams photo, music, and video files over home network; fine connectivity with four HDMI and one PC input.

The Bad Expensive; inaccurate primary colors; lacks advanced picture controls; frame causes minor reflections.

The Bottom Line Best-in-class black levels and excellent all-around performance places the Pioneer PDP-5020FD near the top of the picture quality heap, but it will cost you.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.0 Overall

Compare

Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020FD
Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020FD
VIZIO E50-E1
VIZIO E50-E1
Vizio E50-E3
Vizio E50-E3
Vizio P50-C1
Vizio P50-C1
VIZIO M50-D1
VIZIO M50-D1
Price $400 Dell Home $390 Sam's Club $1,889 Amazon Marketplace $358 Sam's Club
Design
8
6
6
7
7
Features
8
6
6
8
8
Performance
8
6
6
9
8

Review

Pioneer Kuro PDP-20FD

Editors' note: The rating on this review has been lowered because of changes in the competitive marketplace.

When it comes to black levels, you apparently get what you pay for. Pioneer's PDP-5020FD is the company's cheapest flat-panel plasma HDTV for 2008, yet it still costs significantly more than the poshest plasmas produced by Panasonic. We really liked the Panasonic TH-50PZ800U we reviewed earlier this year, and despite the Pioneer's capability to produce a darker shade of black--the most-important ingredient in overall picture quality--we don't think the newest "Kuro" is worth the steep price of entry for most high-end HDTV shoppers. Don't get us wrong; the PDP-5020FD is still a superb TV, and deep-pocketed videophiles who prize the absolute blackest black available will find plenty of reasons to spend the extra money for that inky goodness. However, with this TV's color accuracy issues and lack of adjustability, we expect more than a few of those deep-pocketed videophiles to spring for the Elite version instead.

Design
If you liked the look of last year's PDP-5080HD, you'll like the external appearance of this year's PDP-5080FD. There's basically no difference. The 2008 model has the same-size, equally unadorned glossy black rectangle surrounding the screen, below which is the included speaker. Aesthetes can remove the speaker for a cleaner, nearly all-picture look, an option we love, although we're not the biggest fans of the stark, nonswiveling stand. Overall, we preferred the appearance of the Panasonic plasmas, with their flush pane of glass, but Pioneer's clean look is no slouch.

Continue Reading

Specs / Prices

  • Brand Pioneer
  • Type plasma TV
  • Diagonal Class 50 in
  • HDMI Ports Qty 4 ports
  • Display Format 1080p (Full HD)
See full specs
model Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020FD

Report errors

How To

Winter Olympics 2018: When they start, how to stream and more

Winter Olympics 2018: When they start, how to stream and more

Oscars 2018: Start time, how to stream and more

Oscars 2018: Start time, how to stream and more

Super Bowl 2018: How to watch Patriots vs Eagles online, start time and much more

Super Bowl 2018: How to watch Patriots vs Eagles online, start time and much more

How to stream the State of the Union 2018

How to stream the State of the Union 2018

Grammys 2018: How to watch the awards show

Grammys 2018: How to watch the awards show

How to watch Eagles vs. Vikings online

How to watch Eagles vs. Vikings online

How to watch Patriots vs. Jaguars online

How to watch Patriots vs. Jaguars online

How to watch the College Football Playoff if you don't have cable

How to watch the College Football Playoff if you don't have cable

5 tips to improve your TV’s streaming quality

5 tips to improve your TV’s streaming quality

New TV? Here's how to set it up

New TV? Here's how to set it up

How to watch NFL games if you don't have cable

How to watch NFL games if you don't have cable

Latest News