Reviewer: Thomas Bartlett
NOTE: The Kuro PDP-LX609A plasma TV was reviewed in concert with the Pioneer BDP-LX71 Blu-ray player, but the ratings, pros and cons, pricing and specifications published here are those of the Kuro PDP-LX609A alone.
Pioneer has not been one to play the electronics-as-a-commodity game. Instead it has chosen to service the end of the market mostly concerned with quality. Nowhere is this more evident than with its full high definition PDP-LX609A plasma TV, and premium BDP-LX71 Blu-ray player.
When you’re developing a premium quality TV, you can go for a large feature set, or aim for superb performance, or opt for sheer size. What the Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX609A offers is all three in the one package.
No, at 152 cm (60 inches) it isn’t the very largest flat screen TV we’ve ever seen, but it isn’t far off it. It offers a full1920 by 1080 pixel high definition display, supports the essential 1080p24 signal from Blu-ray, and has three HDMI inputs.
Pioneer is a little coy about its performance measures, refusing to specify for example a contrast ratio. I have quite a bit of sympathy with this, because when you are talking about recent claims of one million to one, you are getting into unmeasurable territory. So see below for my take on this TV’s performance on such matters (a preview: it’s simply brilliant).
So it’s big, and it has performance. But there are also features. Such as a high definition digital TV tuner, along with an analog one. Such as a USB socket, from which you can display photos. Most impressively, such as an Ethernet socket which is ‘DLNA’ certified. DLNA is a widely based industry standard designed to allow easy connection of consumer electronics to computer networks. In this TV’s case, it can play back a very wide range of multimedia formats covering photos, video and sound.