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Pionoeer Announces Last Kuro Manufacture


Pioneer Announces Last Kuro Manufacture

Pioneer has announced the cut-off date for Kuro manufacture: after the 1st of April, only four TVs will stay in manufacture and then only until 3,000 units are produced. The non-two-subtle underlying message? If you want a Kuro, buy one now.

The final Kuro's to be made will be the KRP-600A, KRP-600M, KRP-500A, KRP-500M. the M, as you may know, differing from the A in that the TVs' tuners are integrated, rather than sitting in a separate box.

The announcement also firms up Pioneer's commitment - at least in Japan - to offer after-sales support to Kuro owners. Pioneer says it keeps stock of replacement parts for eight years so I can't see any Kuro owner having a problem getting a broken unit fixed. I guess if enough Kuro's break there might be problems with replacement stock, but that seems unlikely at worst.

Now if I can just sort out that loan…




March 25, 2009, 4:45 pm

A dark, sad day for all... and I had my eyes on an LX6090 when I (hopefully) move house later this year, I'll still be able to nab one from somewhere tho!


March 25, 2009, 5:07 pm

Extremely happy I bought my LX5090 then. I thought something was up when they were next to impossible to get hold of. Definitely the best picture I've seen. The only problem I have with it sometimes it's so black I forget I left it on, seriously lol.

Here's hoping when it's time to upgrade (after this five year warranty probably) pioneer will back in the game.


March 25, 2009, 5:44 pm

Just a small correction but the 'M' models do not differ due to integrated TV tuners. They do not have a TV Tuner at all but still have the media box. They are simply visual display Monitors.

These are indeed brilliant displays and I'm glad I got the KRP-500A a couple of months back. It'll be at least a year or two before another manufacturer or display technology better's them.


March 25, 2009, 5:47 pm

Oh and there should only be one 'o' in "Pioneer" in the article title.


March 25, 2009, 6:29 pm

"Oh and there should only be one 'o' in "Pioneer" in the article title."

Again with the typos? Don't know how to use spell check eh?


March 25, 2009, 6:47 pm

@Orinj You're correct in saying the M's don't have an integrated tuner, but they don't have the media box either. They are just monitors, nothing more, and come with 2x HDMI, 1x component, VGA, DVI and (heh) composite video.


March 25, 2009, 6:57 pm

@imline > Thanks. I realised my mistake once I submitted the comment. No TV Tuners or media boxes for the M's but excellent picture quality.


March 25, 2009, 9:07 pm

Ohmz - annoyingly no, some parts of the article creation process are bereft of spell checking. Not to mention news is unchecked before publishing, so mistakes are more prone to slip through - I tend to read the text I think I've typed, rather than what I actually have :)

Andrew Goloskof

March 25, 2009, 10:57 pm

RIP Kuro, at present by far the best TVs in the world.

Too many inferior LCDs sold to the less discerning. Lousy Crystal Disaster!


March 26, 2009, 1:41 am

RIP: Pioneer. never before have i seen any tv from the likes of sony, or samsung, or even panasonic delivery such build quality and image quality before. suddenly &#1632000 for that 50 inch kuro doesn't seem like so much anymore.


March 26, 2009, 7:10 am

I signed up here just to ask this question:

Does anyone know if the model numbers KRP-500M/KRP-500A and KRP-600M/KRP-600A are the European versions? If yes, what are the equivalent U.S. model numbers, and do the 'A' designations in the U.S. also come with the external receiver?



March 26, 2009, 5:36 pm

I'm ordering mine tomorrow! Already put a holding deposit down along with stand and speakers for it. Plus the BDP 51FD Blu Ray. Can't wait until it's delivered! Luckily I was just able to get one in the window of time which benefits from the 5 year warranty!


March 26, 2009, 7:34 pm

SteveB, are you in the U.S. or the U.K.? Also, if you wouldn't mind, I'd like to get in on the 5 year warranty myself...Which retailer or e-tailer did you use to put down your holding deposit? If you don't want to answer on the forums you can email me at SuckRaven@aol.com Thanks.

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