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Pioneer 435/505

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by AndyCS, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. AndyCS

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    Any info on the new Pio models for the UK yet, when available and expected pricing. Should I wait or go for a 434/504 now?

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    anyone? I'm interested in this too
     
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    and me ;)
     
  4. Joe Fernand

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    Hello all

    No confirmed pricing as yet - though I'm told to expect it to be in line with the 04HDE; before the current 'Special Offer' pricing that is.

    04HDE stock is likely to be exhausted before the new models arrive in September - so get in there NOW if you want a bargain on an 04HDE.

    There are likely to be two variants of the new models - one with a lower spec Analogue only, multiple SCART Input, Media Box (sold mostly through the big multiples) and a higher spec Digital (Freeview) with HDMI, YUV etc Media Box sold through the specialist dealers and Pioneers NEW 'The Works' retailers.

    The Screen on the new models has a new non glass filter that's directly bonded to the pixel array which saves weight (?) and supposedly cuts down internal reflections.

    I've not seen these new models as yet and not sure if they are getting the star treatment that was lavished on the 04HDE when they were launched or we'll simply get new units delivered when they are available.

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    There was a bit in the Sept issue of HCC mag. Apparantly the 50" version will be £6,000, the 43" £4,000, with the paired down version £3,700. It says the lowest priced model losses freview, vga slot and memory card. 'a radical new plastic direcet colour filter eliminates the need for a glass frontage on the screen' they say should 'eradicate room refelctions and improve the panels overall contrast'. It goes on to say that by removing the traditional glass panel, the new direct colour filter has enabled pioneer to remove the traditional front-filter glass. Therefore the 50" version is 5kg lighter, and the 43" 4kg. Screen life is 60,000 or 20 years average use apparantly.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I am looking to purchase the 50" version, from what I understand so far I can buy now for around £4400 (various internet retailers offering around this price) or I can wait until September-ish and pay around £6000. This is a big difference, what I don't yet understand is if the new model offers significant improvements for an extra £1600!

    The Japanese press release (http://www.pioneer.co.jp/press/release137.html) talks about Advanced Super Clear Drive and improved P.U.R.E. drive which increases the number of colours reproduced from 1 billion to 5.75 billion as well as the Direct Colour Filter mentioned by Joe.

    Since other specs remain the same i.e. resolution, brightness, contrast, do the above improvements really make a significant difference? The addition of a Freeview tuner doesn't appeal to me as I use Sky+, I would however require HDMI, YUV connectivity, which of course I can have now.

    Any further thoughts?
     
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    AndyCS

    I'm expecting an 'Incremental' increase in picture quality and having used the 504HDE with all manner of video sources and video processors I have to say the Video Processing is the area where we can make most improvement/difference.

    The 'One' Feature those of us who install lots of these units will make great use of on the NEW units is the separation of the YUV and HDMI Inputs on the Media Box - they share a Common Input on the 04 Media Box so its a pain to switch from YUV to HDMI.

    We have the 43 and 50 04HDE at a great price in the Power Buy section of the AV Forums and I have to say its a mighty fine TV and having an extra £1.5K or so to spend elsewhere on a system is mighty appealing.

    Best regards

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