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Pioneer Elite PRO-940HD Plasma Television Review

by December 05, 2006
Pioneer Elite PRO-940HD

Pioneer Elite PRO-940HD

  • Product Name: Elite PRO-940HD Plasma Television
  • Manufacturer: Pioneer
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 05, 2006 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 3499
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Plasma Panel Technology
- High Definition / XGA Resolution (1,024 x 768p)
- 42” Diagonal /16:9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio
- Deep encased cell structure
- Crystal emissive layer
- First surface PRO color filter
- New dielectric layer

Pure Drive Video Features
- Pure Drive II video system
- ACE IV (Advanced Continuous Emission IV)
- Active/Intelligent DRE (Dynamic Range Expansion)
- Advanced PureCinema
- Intelligent Color Enhancement
- Selectable Color Zone Mapping
- Color management system
- Color temperature adjustment
- Digital noise reduction
- MPEG noise reduction
- Block noise reduction
- Digital CTI (color transient improver)
- Natural resize
- Natural enhancer
- Digital chroma decoder
- ISFcc calibration ready

Home Media Gallery
- Supported audio : LPCM, MP3, WMA, WMA9 PRO, AC3, WAV
- Supported video: WMV9, MPEG1, MPEG2-PS, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-ASP
- Supported photo: JPG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF
- Microsoft PlaysForSure compatible
- DLNA compliant/IP network compatible

Dimensions: 41” x 26.75” x 4.5”
Weight: 69.5 lbs.

Convenience Features
- Fully-integrated media receiver
- Built-in dual NTSC and ATSC TV Tuners
- CableCard interface
- Independent HDMI inputs with 1080p/24 capability
- Aspect Ratio Control: Wide, Zoom, Cinema,
Full, 4:3, and “dot by dot” for PC)
- TV Guide ON Screen interactive program guide
- AV selection memory (Standard, Dynamic, PURE, Movie, Games, User)
- Split screen/Picture-in-Picture
- V-chip
- Full function backlit learning remote control
- Table top stand included

Audio Features
- 13 watt x 2 Stereo Amplifier with built-in Stereo
Speakers and TruBass
- SRS WOW/FOCUS/TruBass
- Bass boost loudness

Networking & Misc Connectivity
- RS-232C
- USB 2.0
- LAN (RJ45) Ethernet for networking

Inputs
- Antenna x 2 (F-Type Connection, NTSC/ATSC)
- HDMI (with HDCP) x 2
- Composite x 3 with L/R audio
- S-video x 2 with L/R audio
- Component Video x 3 with L/R audio

Outputs
- Composite Video x 1 with composite L/R Audio

Pros

  • Beautiful piano gloss finish
  • Unbelievable picture quality
  • Integrated TV Guide ON Screen Program Guide
  • Integrated Media Gallery
  • Dual ATSC and NTSC tuners
  • 1080p support via dual HDMI inputs

Cons

  • Limited navigation on Home Media Gallery functions

Introduction

We first checked out the PRO-940HD at the 2006 CEDIA Expo. When we got it into our reference system for testing it looked even better than we anticipated. With this TV it’s "All about the blacks!”
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