The fine tuning of one platform, the brave new arrival of another.
Pioneer aficionados probably never thought they’d see the day when the company would release a line of LCDs (the heresy!) but that day has now come…
The 32in ‘KRL-32V’, 37in ‘KRL-37V’ (above) and 46in ‘KRL-46V’ will be Pioneer’s first liquid crystal displays and come with 1080p native resolutions (that took eight generations to achieve with plasma), 100Hz processing for smooth motion, its patented high-contrast filter and automatic backlight adjustment, three HDMI ports and brushed titanium ultra slim bezels.
Viewing angles are also wide at 176 degrees, while the under mounted speakers and top mounted buttons are suitably minimalist. Interestingly no contrast ratios, response times or prices were listed (an increasing Pioneer trait) but we await them with baited breath for their August launch. Yup, it’s an impressive start.
Offering consolation to the plasma hardcore, Pioneer is also rolling out its 50in ‘KRP-500A’, 60in ‘KRP-600A’ and 50in ‘KRP-500M’ and 60in ‘KRP-600M’ (above) “enhanced” Kuro G9 lines (a scary concept in itself). The 1080p ready models have separate media receiver meaning they measure a jaw dropping 64mm thin. The M’s feature analogue and digital receivers, while the A’s also add satellite.
Meanwhile automatic backlight adjustment is naturally across all four as are no less than four HDMI ports while those monstrous contrast ratios remain undisclosed.
A staggered release will see the 600M first out the door in August, followed by the 600A in September then the 500A and 600M in October. Pricing wasn’t revealed but if you have to ask…