Design: The 50-inch Pioneer PRO-111FD 50 Elite KURO goes for a no-frills all black look with a simple, glossy-black frame. Featuring detachable speakers on both sides, the plasma HDTV measures about 56.9 inches wide by 31 inches high by 13.8 inches deep and weighs at an impressive 88 pounds.
Specifications: The Pioneer PRO-111FD 50 Elite KURO offers a 50 inch widescreen Plasma display with 1920×1080 resolution for up to 1080p FullHD video. Audio-wise the HDTV offers Stereo, Surround sound, SRS WOW, TruBass, SRS Focus with balance, bass and treble controls. Each speaker offers 18 Watts for a total output power of 36 Watts. The network multimedia player supports digital audio playback, digital photo playback and digital video playback along with AAC, AC3, MP3, PCM, WAV, WMA, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG and TIFF file format support.
Connection-wise the HDTV offers four HDMI inputs, one component-video input, one AV input with S-Video and composite video, one AV input with only composite video, a PC input (at 1280×1024 maximum resolution), an RF input for cable and antenna, an analog audio output and an optical digital audio output, along with a LAN port. The side panel offers another AV input, a headphone jack and a USB port.
Features & Performance: The Pioneer PRO-111FD 50 Elite KURO's menu system looks nicer and is easier to navigate. While the HDTV offers all the controls and options available to tweak your picture the preset Pure mode was by far the best and most accurate with plenty automatic functions for the perfect picture.
Picture quality on the Pioneer PRO-111FD 50 Elite KURO is at the pinnacle of any scale available with the deepest blacks around and the most accurate color. Excellent video processing complements the glare reducing screen while the various control options allow you to tweak anything. The extra functions like network and Internet connectivity along with the built-in media player just add more value to an already near perfect plasma HDTV justifying the larger price tag.