In case you didn't think the current Pioneer plasma TVs were kick-arse enough, the company is launching an ultra-slim model in both 50 and inch screen sizes. Everyone knows Pioneer makes epic TVs. The PDP-LX and the LX have the most stunning blacks we've ever seen, as well as a generally amazing picture that wows the pants off everyone who sees it. The exciting news is that Pioneer has a new pair of and inch screens, designed to offer even more than the LX range. The Kuro KRP series is aimed at people who simply must have the best kit money can buy, which makes the choice of acronym even more puzzling.
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In case you didn't think the current Pioneer plasma TVs were kick-arse enough, the company is launching an ultra-slim model in both 50 and inch screen sizes. Everyone knows Pioneer makes epic TVs.
The PDP-LX and the LX have the most stunning blacks we've ever seen, as well as a generally amazing picture that wows the pants off everyone who sees it. The exciting news is that Pioneer has a new pair of and inch screens, designed to offer even more than the LX range.
The Kuro KRP series is aimed at people who simply must have the best kit money can buy, which makes the choice of acronym even more puzzling. The most obvious and major difference to the LX series is the size of the TVs.
Sure, from the front they look like any other TV, but from the side they're so skinny they virtually disappear. Sony recently announced a significantly thinner TV , but it doesn't arrive until the end of the year and we have no idea how good it will be.
The Pioneer, on the other hand, uses proven technology and looks delightful. Without such things a TV isn't a TV at all, but fear not, because Pioneer has solved the problem by providing a media receiver -- a little box of tricks that takes all your devices and sends their signals to the TV down one special cable. The connection from the media box to the TV is based on DisplayPort, although Pioneer has modified it to suit its own needs.
And that's just the back. In addition to Freeview, the media receiver can accept signals from a satellite dish. This, we are at pains to point out, doesn't mean it's compatible with either Sky or Freesat.
Sky could be, if it would allow a CAM to be produced -- the receiver has two CAM slots, one for terrestrial, one for satellite. Another key feature that separates these TVs from the 'standard' Kuros is the colour sensor. This little box of tricks sticks to the TV with a magnet and watches its surrounding environment for ambient light.
It does this in tandem with a more traditional light meter, the idea being if you have tungsten lighting it's very different in colour to sunlight, which is something digital photographers will be very familiar with.
The TV can compensate for these variances automatically and quite quickly, so if the ambient light changes you should always be getting the best picture. They won't be available just anywhere -- these TVs are designed to be sold by specialist AV stores, which have the understanding to explain the advantages of these screens' technology.
After all that, it seems rather cruel not to show you some pictures of the TV in action. So click next to start a glorious slide show of technological joy. A photo can't really convey how thin this TV really is, but rest assured, it's very skinny indeed. Here's the media receiver, bathed in the slightly overwhelming light from a flash on a compact camera.
In person this box is sleek, black and beautiful, with a drop-down flap that has a gloriously smooth motion. Here's the rear panel of the media receiver -- you can see the network port, HDMI sockets and the Scart inputs. This is the colour sensor, which monitors the lighting conditions in the room and adjusts the TV picture to compensate. It's detachable, and can be attached anywhere to the TV with a magnet. The TV allows you to view a histogram of the ambient light. You can use this to see how the TV is reacting to the light in the room, and watch it dynamically adjust the settings.
This takes place with around a 3-second lag. Here you can see the values that the TV can adjust on the fly. During our demonstration we noticed that the TV adjusted the sharpness and brightness most when the lights were turned from full to minimum. The remote control is Pioneer's usual classy affair. This time though, the company has added a cool blue backlight to the important keys. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read.
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Said outfit has just revealed the dazzling KRPM, which checks in at inches diagonally and millimeters in depth. Pioneer is being its typical self when it comes to specs by simply tossing the 1, x 1, resolution out there and insisting that it pretty much looks better than any other TV on the entire planet. Buyer's Guide. Log in. Sign up. Latest in m. Image credit:.
Is There ANY Reason I should hold off on Getting KRP-600M???