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Pioneer Launches New Flat Panel Televisions with Game-Changing Technology for Serious Entertainment Junkies

With ten years’ experience delivering flat panel televisions to the U.S. market, Pioneer continually develops display technology that creates an emotional impact for those who experience its unrivaled picture quality. That’s why the company’s new flat panel televisions, launched worldwide this week, allow viewers to see, hear and feel an emotional experience like never before. The game-changing technology creates significantly deeper black levels, which ultimately lead to richer colors, sharper details and unrivaled performance. The eight new models, ranging in size from 42-inches to 60-inches diagonal, will be available beginning next month.

Pioneer’s engineering team originally selected plasma technology because its self-emissive nature creates the deepest blacks. Since black is the starting point for all colors, the deeper and more accurate the blacks, the more vivid and lifelike the colors become. The newest Pioneer technology is led with black level reproduction that is 80 percent darker than the previous generation. This is achieved through a series of proprietary technologies harmonized to work together.

Oscar winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” nominated for “Chicago”) spoke recently about the importance of black and light and color in the work that he does. “Where light becomes interesting to me is not just in blacks and whites but the shades between light and dark and the subtle tones and textures within shadows,” Beebe said. “In terms of what I do as a cinematographer, it’s the ultimate tool in terms of creating a situation and imposing a look on a situation. The interplay of light, darkness and color captures everything, without a word being said.”

Pioneer’s goal in creating its newest flat panel displays was to capture the images created by artists like Beebe and ensure they are reproduced in a form as close to the original as possible. As a result of these efforts, Pioneer flat panel displays evoke emotion from viewers unlike any other television.

  • Colors Like Never Before. As the foundation for all color, the ability to create deep black results in the richest, most three-dimensional colors. The deep blacks and vivid colors are the result of Pioneer’s newly developed cell structure, crystal emissive layer and newly designed filter.
  • Performance Like Never Before. Pioneer’s engineering goal was to create errorless and noiseless video signal processing for a heightened emotional experience. This was achieved through the company’s new video processing and an “Optimum” mode that automatically processes images based on the signal and room conditions. Optimum mode can detect the difference between a news program, cartoon, sporting event, music video or other content based on the signal. It also detects the room lighting condition. Using internal intelligence, it adjusts the parameters that are used to process the image, optimizing it for the viewer.
  • Sound Like Never Before. As a leader in audio technology for nearly 70 years, Pioneer placed significant emphasis on speaker technology to enhance the high definition experience. Without clear vocals, cymbals crashing and guitar picking, a music video would not make the viewer feel as if he/she were at the concert. Likewise, the lack of crystal clear sound effects minimizes the emotional impact of action films and video games. Pioneer is the first company to put an emphasis on the audio quality of its video products.

These new flat panel televisions developed as part of Pioneer’s Project KURO bring game-changing performance to consumers who demand only the best. With this introduction, Pioneer breaks away from the commoditization model, placing focus on its premium position in the market. The company will maintain its focus on quality, performance and design.

“In the art world, a plain white canvas represents a blank slate waiting for an artist to create. In the world of television, a black screen is a similarly blank canvas ready for content to be displayed. Pioneer engineers reached a monumental achievement by creating black levels that are 80 percent deeper than previously possible – defining the ultimate `blank canvas’ ready for high definition movies, television and sporting events,” said Russ Johnston, senior vice president of marketing and product planning for the Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

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Pioneer’s newest, most advanced line of flat panel televisions includes the following:

Brand Model No. Screen Size (Diagonal) Resolution Availability Suggested Price
Pioneer PDP-4280HD 42 inch XGA June $2,700
Pioneer PDP-5080HD 50 inch XGA June $3,500
Pioneer PDP-5010FD 50 inch 1080p September $5,000
Pioneer PDP-6010FD 60 inch 1080p September $6,500
Elite PRO-950HD 42 inch XGA July $3,200
Elite PRO-1150HD 50 inch XGA July $4,500
Elite PRO-110FD 50 inch 1080p September $6,000
Elite PRO-150FD 60 inch 1080p September $7,500

Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group develops high definition home theater equipment for sports and entertainment junkies. Its flat panel televisions, Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers and speakers heighten the emotions created by great HD content. The company brands include Pioneer and Elite. When purchased from an authorized retailer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years with Elite products. More details can be located at http://www.pioneerelectronics.com.

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