Closest TV to SED, Pioneer Kuro to be no more.

Pioneer has recently announced that they are completely shutting down Plasma TV production. The Pioneer Kuro plasma TV was considered as the best flat panel TV available to consumers.

However, Pioneer was losing money at a tremendous rate, and rather than enter into a planned deal with Panasonic, they’ve decided to give up TV production entirely.

This lessens competition for SED TV technology when it does appear, but considering the state of things right now, that’s going to be at least another year or two.

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12 thoughts on “Closest TV to SED, Pioneer Kuro to be no more.”

  1. what a shame. the new kuro concept tv achieved absolute blacks and we will never see it come to market. not good for the industry or competition.

  2. This story was reported by Nikkei newspaper but has not been confirmed by Pioneer. It is expected that they will make some announcement on Thursday and some reports from insiders hinting that it might not be the end. So, we’ll just have to wait and see. If the story turns out to be true, that would leave a void in the market for high end displays. The question is will Canon be able to fill the void by producing SED at a lower cost than Pioneer can produce plasma and make a profit? I hope so.

  3. I’m working on an improved version of SED. I’m trying to contact canon to work it out. if successful, you guys will be able to see lower priced SED in near future 😉

  4. With the recent flurry of companies abandoning Plasma, it has to make you wonder if it’s a pre-cursor to making way for the next generation Phosphor based display.

    Due to the nature of SED Production, I cannot imagine Plasma being able to compete on a price-point. SED *should* lead to a much cheaper manufacturing process then that of Plasma.

    With the foundation of the company, and the hiring of people, it’s amazing how quiet the SED front is right now. I suppose the Economy being what it is could be a catalyst, but hopefully SED comes sooner then later.

    SEDTVGuy – Why do you indicate “another year or two” – was that based on something you’ve heard?

  5. No, just the current state of the global econonmy. I can’t see Canon coming out with SED this year when the sky is falling so to speak. If they did however, they’d be well positioned when people start buying expensive things again.

  6. Life without SED is possible Meditation and spirituality will replace my current SED have nots the best selling TV where I work is Sanyo because of the blazer sharp image that will burn Ashley ford (the driver) to shame.

  7. Lcds are blurry crap, CRTs don’t scale well because of weight, no one wants to make plasma anymore, OLEDs (thanks Sony) are too young. Come on, CRT aren’t going to last forever, give us something decent to look at!

  8. Unfortunately, as good as the Kuros are the general public is not willing to pay the kind of money Pioneer needs to sell them for to make them profitable. There are still some very good Plasma manufacturers out there like Panasonic who haven’t quite reached the Kuros level of performance yet but they are approaching it quickly.

    The majority of buyers seem to prefer LCD displays but I’m not sure why. They use less power and are brighter (not really an advantage for most people), and their screens are not reflective (except for many of the newer ones) but they still have a terrible viewing angles, even the very best ones. If you only sit the width of a couch in front of them then they’re fine but if you use your whole room to view them or use them in, say, a game room where people are viewing at all angles then they’re unacceptable. They also do a very poor job on motion, I don’t know how anyone can stand the blur distortion. And their black levels and contrast ratios are very poor. Of course you can buy the newer models with LED backlighting, active dimming and 72Hz, 96Hz, 120Hz (240Hz and 480Hz coming) refresh rates and/or interpolation but then they cost as much as the Kuros.

    CRT based displays are still the all around best for picture quality other than the best Plasmas like the Kuros. The problem with CRTs is that they have reached their maximum size limit because or their design (the way they work) and they are very big and bulky but the are an excellent value and are still selling well.

    OLEDs will dominate and push out LCDs in small screens applications like portable devices and eventually computer monitors but LCDs will be around for quite awhile for larger TV displays.

    It’s too bad about FED because it would have been just as good as SED since SED is a subset of FED technology and it would also have served as competition to force Canon to keep prices down.

  9. I repair tv rbery day, and i newer buy lcd tv, panels are more defective than plasma.Problem is different , all digital displays they not reprodusing really picture, we need display like SED with analog gate drive for smutnes, same time respond 1ms like CRT.

  10. have just received my new 42 inch G10 in the mail, and I must say, I am very pleased. I researched the living crap out of this set, so my expectations were pretty high. Upon opening the box my first impression was that the overall look of the TV is amazing. Just a solid design, without a whole lot of extraneous stuff. After removing all the stickers it really looks nice in my living room. Also pleased to notice the only light on this TV is a very small dim red light when it is on (I can’t stand bright lights on my electronics).

  11. I bought the TC-P50G10 three weeks ago, and am very happy with it. I did a lot of research and tried out a number of TVs before settling down on this one, so I thought I would share some of the information and my experience with the TV, and hopefully make your decision in choosing the TV a bit easier.

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