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Good: picture quality amazing
Bad: very little
Comment: Top quality picture on standard def, very good sound, very sexy, would recomend to anyone.
Good: Is it metal? Is it plastic? Who cares when it looks this good & performs this well! Plasma or should I say Pioneer still lead the way....
Bad: Soon to be outdated & replaced by a 42-inch 5000-EX??
Comment: My God...its finally coming. Did you pre-order it? Does it need a 1080p tv? Is it Black? Is it shiny? Only if the answer is yes to all the above can you or SHOULD YOU consider purchasing this Pioneer or any Pioneer for that matter.
I am off course considering this plasma purchase for my PlayStation 3 simply because if like the million other European PS3 owners who have just forked out up to £500, obtaining the best possible picture and performance while looking Icy Cool is your top priority!
I am happy to report that the 427XD excels in all these areas, up to the point in fact, that you could stand up naked on the roof of your home and get away with shouting the words, 'I'm better than you!'
Design: Experiencing 'real' quality products in these times of economies of scale and Chinafication makes you remember why shopping should be listed as a 'Class-A' drug. Built from a combination of steel and shiny (but not cheap) black plastics, Pioneer have created, as with all their products, a piece of timeless technology that wont go amiss in the Tate.
Performance: LCD's have been taking the limelight recently due to their decreasing cost and increasing size & ability to produce brighter and in some cases sharper images then there plasma competitors. Obviously they never met the 427XD...
The black frame is able to produce deeper and REAL black images far more realistically then any of the best LCDs and more importantly (especially for a games console/Blu-ray player) produce smoother fast moving video on screen thanks to faster response times. IN ENGLISH: This means more natural looking images and smoother flowing visuals!
Pioneer has (even after a decade of plasma existance) been able to produce yet again a product that still surpasses the best of LCD. I know it cant play full 1080p correctly and that has been the only limiting factor to it getting a Perfect 10/10. However, if it is too be used for HD Digital TV, it doesnt matter as broadcasters will only ever go up to 720p. If used for games such as my case... no matter as majority of current releases max out at 1080i; but for those small majority of 1080p-ers... rest assured as you honestly cant tell the difference at this screen size between the two 1080 formats! ITS TRUE!
IGNORE the slightly cheaper LCD, dismiss the image that Plasma technology is out of date & that Pioneer's are too expensive... Buy the 427XD or if you really want to be blown into the neighbours garden... the 5000-EX and see why plasma not only still has got it but why it OWN's it!
Good: Looks, HD picture, SD picture, price
Comment: I spent 2 months reading reviews on this TV and then a month of standing in TV shops comparing pictures of various models in different formats (SD, HD, DVD, sports programmes, movies etc). The Pioneer beat all the other TVs in the same price bracket, particularly when it comes to watching sport. On top of all that it looks great.
Good: Design & quality walks hand in hand
Bad: The price
Comment: Overall a stunner
Good: Exquisite minimalist design, superb picture across a range of formats, vibrant colours and deep blacks.
Bad: So far very little. HDMI limited to 1080/24p so no maximum upscaled DVDs, but hoping this may be an advantage once I get my Blu-ray player.
Comment: In deciding to take the plunge and purchase a new flatscreen my immediate idea was to go for a max-resolution LCD which was 1080p capable. Having conducted extensive research and spent time viewing a number of TVs, the Pioneer stood out for its design, quality build and superb picture quality. Having bought this TV I must say I am very impressed. SD Freeview pictures are a revelation, upscaled DVDs look superb and I've not even got to try the HDMI's 1080p capabilities yet. Colours are vibrant, black levels are deep, viewing angles are excellent and sound is impressive. I'd never really considered a plasma screen before but this TV has made me an avid Pioneer fan.
Good: Design, standard-definition enhancement, ease of use, sound quality/loudness
Bad: I think the picture could benefit from more pixels but there aint much room for improvement
Comment: This is the only plasma that even on standard definition still gives off a 'wow' factor. The picture and colours are fantastic, especially the black and white levels. The sound quality out of this thing is amazing, clearly the best sound I've heard on a TV - it's like having a cinema system built inito it, it's pretty loud too if you like annoying your neighbours. I've been holding out for a 1080p television but I couldn't resist taking the plunge and I don't regret it. Regarding the comment about the buzzing, if the TV is set to 100Hz mode that eliminates it. Pioneer really have done a good job of making this look and feel like a quality plasma and it really is.
Good: Picture quality, build quality
Bad: No Audio input for component, swapping between component and RGB on input 2 a bit complicated for kids
Comment: Best Plasma I could find and I wasn't disappointed. It looks stunning switched off and switched on it is unbeatable. Comparing it side by side to LCD panels I found it more natural with excellent blacks and great colours. With full 1080 input from Xbox 360 you wouldn't know it was scaling down, the output is amazing.
Good: Picture quality, sound, set-up, style, build quality.
Bad: Try to think......nope....nothing that I can think of.
Comment: If you can afford it, buy it. If you can't, sell your Granny and buy it. Only kidding!
Comment: It's great for films.
Good: Just about everything
Bad: Nothing significant
Comment: I must say I really like this plasma. At first I also found the buzzing to be quite irritating. You could easily hear it during movies when the volume was low, but I found that if you go to the advanced display options and change the refresh rate from 75hz to 100hz (you have to do this for each source) the buzzing will become much quieter. Hope this solves your problem.
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