Test Bench: Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD 50-inch Plasma HDTV

Color temperature (User Mode/Low Color Temperature): 20 IRE: 6,109 K 30 IRE: 6,446 K 40 IRE: 6,418 K 50 IRE: 6,425K 60 IRE: 6,455 K 70 IRE: 6,463 K 80 IRE: 6,429 K 90 IRE: 6,445 K 100 IRE: 6,441K Brightness (100-IRE window): 31 ftL

Primary Color Point Accuracy vs. SMPTE HD Standard
Color Target X Measured X Target Y Measured Y
Red 0.64 0.71 0.33 0.32
Green 0.30 0.27 0.60 0.66
Blue 0.15 0.13 0.06 0.04

After I made basic picture adjustments in the User mode with the Low color-temperature preset selected, the Pioneer's grayscale tracked within 82 degrees kelvin of the 6,500-K standard from 30 to 100 IRE. Such stellar out-of-box grayscale performance is rare: I can literally count on one hand the number of TVs I've tested that have come near. The set's Movie preset also delivered a reasonably accurate grayscale, tracking within -200 degrees K of the 6,500-K standard from 20 to 100 IRE. Color-decoder tests revealed a mild -5% red error on the HDMI and component-video inputs. Compared with the SMPTE HD specification, red and green color points showed moderate levels of oversaturation.

Overscan - the amount of picture area cut off at the edges of the TV's screen - measured 0% for 1080i/p high-definition signals when the Dot-by-Dot mode was selected and 3% in Full mode. The PDP-5010FD displayed 1080i/p and 720p test patterns with full resolution via its HDMI connections, although alternating black and white lines in the highest-frequency burst from a 1080i pattern showed little contrast when viewed via component video. Screen uniformity and off-axis viewing angle were both excellent. Reflectivity could be an issue, however, with some glare showing up onscreen during daytime viewing.

The set passed both the video- and film-mode deinterlacing tests on the Silicon Optix HQV DVD test disc. Nor did it have any problem with 2:3 film pulldown on regular movie DVDs, although the processing was slow to kick in on test patterns. The TV's 3D noise-reduction setting proved very effective in cleaning up grainy images without eliminating detail. Its Field noise-reduction setting tended to blur fine picture detail when set to Medium or High, however.

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