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Pioneer PDP-508XD Reviewed

Pioneer PDP-508XD

Let me start by saying, the Pioneer PDP-508XD does not come cheap, but it sure does give you your moneys worth! The PDP-508XD is jam packed with the very latest technology to bring you the very best images and movie like experiences. The large 50-inch plasma display offers a 1355×768 pixel resolution for 720p / 1080i HD formats, and has a great design with a slim black gloss frame. A great feature of the PDP-508XD is the ability to customize speaker placement, if you do not want them, simple do not attach them, or optionally place them at the sides or at the bottom of the set.

The PDP-508XD’s connections are equally impressive offering three HDMI 1.3 inputs (24fps included), component, 3x scart, VGA PC input and digital audio out, plus s-video and composite inputs along the side, and USB port for viewing photos from a memory stick. Cnet UK review the Pioneer PDP-508XD and say, it boasts a handful of different noise reduction features, plus the PureCinema function, which scales up the frame rate to ensure smooth, steady motion when you’re watching a movie. It even comes with a light sensor that allows it to automatically tweak the brightness level for the light conditions in your home.

In terms of picture quality, design and features, the Pioneer PDP-508XD is one of the best HDTVs we have ever reviewed. The picture in particular is of a totally different class to most flat-screen tvs. The 50-inch PDP-508XD is a fantastic performer that makes HD movies and games look amazing — if you’re in the market for a high-end screen and are serious about picture quality, this should be right at the top of your shopping list.