Pioneer KURO PDP-508XDA
- Flawless image quality across all modes, excellent speakers, integrated HDTV tuner, attractive design.
- High price tag
The Pioneer KURO PDP-508XDA is easily the best plasma television we have reviewed thus far. Even though it is a little more expensive than other 50in plasmas on the market, it is money well spent.
Price$ 5,699.00 (AUD)
The Pioneer KURO PDP-508XDA is the best plasma television we have ever reviewed. In every test we performed on the panel, it delivered flawless results. It has a native resolution of 1366x768 but can also display 1080p content via scaling. In standard definition the image quality continued to impress and it was even perfect in PC mode.
Pioneer has done something very different than what you would expect. Rather than simply build upon their 7th generation plasma they chose to start from scratch and reassess both the strengths and weaknesses of their panels. KURO is the name given to their new line of televisions which was chosen as it is the Japanese word for black. The PDP-508XDA has black levels far superior to any other plasma panel on the market and due to a number of new technologies designed to reduce screen reflection and isolate each plasma cell to increase brightness and make blacks and colours as pure as possible.
We ran intensive tests on the panel in an attempt to find imaging faults but found none. We were surprised to find that no matter what source we connected, the panel consistently delivered results which were superior to any plasma we have previously reviewed. Even the PC mode, which is a function most plasma televisions tend to struggle with, we didn't find any image quality problems.
First up we tested the 1080p capabilities by watching Blu-ray films and playing games at 1080p over a HDMI connection. The black levels and lack of screen reflection are the first things we noticed. With pure blacks comes excellent colour. The colours were vibrant with no over-saturated or overt colours. The contrast between light and dark areas was also noteworthy as there was no stepping, and the blend between different shades of colour was sublime. There was also no pixelation or over-sharpening, which is particularly impressive when you consider that the panel needs to downscale 1080p content to fit on its native 720p panel.
At 720p, we ran the same gaming and movie tests but also added 720p video files and high-definition calibration demonstrations to the mix. Again, there were no problems at all. We were expecting the panel to perform better in 720p than it did scaling 1080p content but they looked the same. While it isn't a true 1080p television, it certainly has the potential to be used for that purpose if you can't afford the rather expensive 1080p version. We would even go so far as to say that this panel outperforms many 1080p televisions on the market at the moment.
Our DVD collection looked amazing while testing standard definition. Granted, there was some detail loss due to the lower resolution but on a whole it looked far better than we have seen a DVD look with excellent colour and blacks with no pixelation or contrast stepping.
In PC mode we were able to obtain a resolution of 1360x768 which is fairly close to the native resolution of the panel. The desktop image was flawless with no over-sharpening or pixelation on the desktop items and our tests via DisplayMate Video edition were all passed with flying colours.
The speakers on the panel are exceptional and deliver loud volume with clarity and are distortion free, even at high volume. This is the first five-star television review we have done and the reason for it isn't just the quality of the panel. While quality is the over-riding factor, others also contributed to the score. Firstly, the fact that Pioneer re-engineered their whole line-up shows a great commitment to their given technology and a level of self awareness that many plasma manufacturers fail to embrace. Second, their customer support structure is unparalleled. In addition to a five-year warranty, they also include free delivery, installation and calibration of the television. They have faith in their television and, after our testing, we can see why.
Join the newsletter!
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
cloudandco Smart Cane
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Bose SoundLink Micro
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
- 2 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 3 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 4 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 5 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
Latest News Articles
- CES 2018: Hisense's 2018 TV Lineup Is 'A Whole Other Story' For Australians
- CES 2018: Everything Announced At Sony's Press Conference
- CES 2018: Everything Announced At Samsung's Press Conference
- CES 2018: Everything Announced At Hisense's Press Conference
- CES 2018: Everything Announced At TCL's Press Conference
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories
- Amazon Alexa and Echo set for Febuary launch
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCSenior Java DeveloperQLD
- FTSenior Business Analyst - PERMANENT -Other
- TPSenior Content DesignerNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager - Financial ServicesQLD
- FTMid Level .Net DeveloperOther
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Change Analyst - ERP implementationOther
- CCSenior System Engineer l Office 365,Windows 10, VMWare WorkspaceNSW
- CCApplication Support Analyst - Level 2QLD
- FTAgile Scrum Master/Project ManagerOther
- CCSix Sigma Process Improvement Consultant (Black Belt) - Sydney - TelcoNSW
- CCADABAS Natural DeveloperNSW
- FTSitecore Developer/ArchitectOther
- CCNetwork Technical Specialist L3 x 2 ? Large Telco ? 6 month contract initiallyNSW
- FTICT Team Lead - EL1 -Non-OngoingACT
- CCSenior Project OfficerNSW
- CCMachine Learning SpecialistACT
- CCMobile Transmission Planning Engineer x 3NSW
- CCProject ManagerQLD
- FTInside Sales Representative - Global Cloud OrganisationVIC
- FTTechnical Lead | .Net | FintechOther
- FTBackend Java DevelopersNSW
- CCUser Experience DesignerSA