Pioneer PDP-LX5090 review

The ninth generation of Pioneer's Kuro plasma range is its best yet, and we couldn't stop ourselves marvelling at the sensational picture quality Tested at £2400.00

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Our Verdict

Once again Pioneer has delivered the goods; a premium product, with the price tag and - most importantly - the performance to match

For

  • A premium product: Full HD spec
  • deep, dark blacks
  • brilliant colours
  • solid tuner and organised sound

Against

  • It's expensive

Pioneer's publicity for its Kuro plasmas was always prone to veering in to "none more black", Spinal Tap territory. This, the ninth generation of Pioneer's Kuro plasmas, has a claimed contrast level five times greater than its predecessor. Pioneer doesn't deem it necessary to list a contrast ratio, simply labelling it "extreme"; shades of the amp that goes up to 11?

Out of the box the style and design of the Pioneer is familiar. It looks every inch the premium product. On this set, the speakers are integrated on the bottom of the screen; you can choose to have them on the side of the panel.

The standard video inputs are present and correct, with three HDMI sockets, and the screen boasts a 1920 x 1080, Full HD resolution panel.

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We start by feeding the set some 1080p/24fps HD content from the Cars Blu-ray disc. Once again we find ourselves marvelling at a Pioneer plasma. Colours are lusciously rich and vibrant, packed with juice yet still capable of subtlety and insight.

There's a panic-inducing number of adjustments available. We suggest you investigate 'Film Mode' for seriously smooth motion.

Superb skin tones, stunning blacks
Switch to the Fantastic Four DVD, and the Pioneer demonstrates an impressive ability with skin tones, dishing out just the right amount of colour to deliver a healthy, realistic hue.

Black detail is excellent, going deeper and darker than any set before, while still uncovering the necessary detail.

It isn't easy to deliver a broadcast picture this size, but the 'LX5090 makes a solid stab. It is largely free from noise and capable of colourful, detailed pictures. Those speakers shine too, sounding clear, balanced and organised.

We'd find it hard to believe Pioneer could find a new TV with a staggering gap over the last superb range; and, well, it hasn't. But there is an improvement – and Pioneer's last range of TVs were probably the best we'd ever seen.

Yes, you pay a premium for this product, but if you can take that extra hit, you'll be amply rewarded.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.eu.onkyo.com
Brand NamePioneer
Product TypePlasma TV
ManufacturerOnkyo & Pioneer Corporation
Product LineKURO
Manufacturer Part NumberPDP-LX5090-WMU
Product NamePioneer PDP-LX5090
Product ModelPDP-LX5090

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Teletext, Picture in Picture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Size127 cm (50")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Audio

RMS Output Power36 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound

Physical Characteristics

Width123.3 cm
Depth9.3 cm
Weight Approximate33.50 kg
Height72.3 cm
Dimensions72.3 cm (H): 123.3 cm (W): 9.3 cm (D)

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Video Signal StandardHD Ready
Scan Format1080p
Analog TunerNTSC, SECAM, PAL