Pioneer PDP4280XD Review

Filed Under: Home Theater Reviews, Plasma and LCD Displays

Pioneer PDP-4280XD 8th Generation PlasmaPioneer’s new 8th generation plasmas are upon us, and it looks like these babies will delight.

The wonderful blokes over at HDTV Test have an excellent review of this piece, and they have found it to be superb.

The reviewer sums up by saying this is the best flat panel he’s ever checked out.

Pros
– Deepest blacks among all the HDTVs I’ve reviewed so far (objectively and subjectively)
– Gorgeous colour reproduction with accurate decoding
– Excellent video mode deinterlacing
– Competent film mode deinterlacing (except in 480i/60 and 1080i/60; see Cons)
– Advance [PureCinema] mode removes telecine judder
– Good scaling quality
– Fluid motion handling as expected from a top-tier plasma
– Effectively no posterization
– No image retention
– No screen uniformity issues
– Generous connectivity: 3 HDMI ports, 3 Scarts, optical audio out, etc.
– Plenty of calibration options in the user menu (but may be confusing; see Cons)
– Independent input memory settings
– Automatic PC adjustments over VGA and HDMI to eliminate overscan
– Excellent viewing angle (> 160°)
– Recessed grip handles and pre-attached stand facilitate quick setup
– Remote control sports high-quality finish and dedicated input buttons

Cons
– Slightly indistinct shadow detail due to skewed 0-20% gamma tracking
– Certain settings increase PWM noise (shimmering pixels)
– Sluggish and flaky 3:2 cadence lock over 480i/60 and 1080i/60
– Plasma buzzing may annoy those with sensitive ears
– The sheer number of options in the user menu can be confusing, especially when…
– The manual does not explain a lot of the functions in the user menu clearly
– Reflective screen may pose a problem if ambient light is not controlled
– Priced at a premium compared to plasmas with similar specs
– EPG lacking in usability

Conclusion
Awesome blacks? Check. Enormous dynamic range? Check. D65 greyscale? Check. Saturated but not overblown colours without hue and decoding errors? Check. Smooth as a baby’s bottom 24fps handling? Check. Top-notch video processing? Check. No image retention, screen uniformity issues nor posterization? All check.

Pioneer have a winner on their hands in the form of the PDP4280XD… I’ve even seriously considered keeping it as a point of reference for all my future reviews.

It looks like this new plasma could be the new king.
Stay tuned for more reviews and info…

Check out the Pioneer PDP4280XD Full Review

One Response to “Pioneer PDP4280XD Review”
  1. Tony Says:

    Why do you copy and publish review from HDTVTest.co.uk ? Can’t you make your own review on this tv and come with something new?