Pioneer PDP428XD TV reviews and prices: 42" HD Ready Plasma screen

12 customer reviews

This TV is a good all rounder.

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9.4 out of 10 based on 12 reviews.
Pioneer PDP428XD with 42" HD Ready Plasma screen, 3 HDMI ports and Freeview. See full product description

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karley, london

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
does exactly what it says on the tin & more
Bad points:
bit heavy on price
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Jul 2007

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
STUNNING DEEP BLACKS.
Bad points:
NONE.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Oct 2007

Graham, Shrewsbury

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Even standard def pictures are incredible, unless your within a couple of feet. Set up is incredibly easy
Bad points:
Sound quality, is pretty comparable to other stand alone TVs. Rather expensive compared to other Plamas.
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Jun 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic picture quality.
Bad points:
expensive (but worth it!) and for the money it should be supplied with a stand
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Jul 2008

Peter, Chertsey Male 50 perfectionist professional

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture quality on standard definition sources (which was a key reason for choosing this product). Unable to comment on HD performance as I do not have any HD sources (waiting for Freesat HD receiver with built in PVR to be available). The sound quality is excellent and I have not felt it necessary to adjust the factory default settings. Plenty of input connections. Beautiful finish and excellent build quality. The unit looks very neat when mounted on the Poineer PDK-WM02 wall bracket which I would also recommend.
Bad points:
Expensive compared to other 42" plasma TVs.
Some problems with the Home Gallery facility for displaying JPG files - seems quite fussy on the photo resolution, but images displayed do look great.
Polished plasic frame is easily scratched - mount unit out of reach of meddlesome kids and overzealous cleaners!
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Aug 2008

John, Stockport

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The overall appearance and performance of this model have been very good. It was easy to set up and the HD quality is outstanding.
Bad points:
I have yet to receive any paperwork relating to the additional service cover for 5 years, Sa I bought the set in mid May, I would have thought that more than 2 months is more than sufficient to process any relevant documents.
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 May 2008

This Pioneer PDP428XD is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 42
Type of screen Plasma
3D No
HD TV HD Ready
Built-in disc player No Disc Player
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Number of HDMI ports 3
Number of scart ports 3
Connections HDMI
Smart TV No
Frequency (Hz) 50
Screen aspect ratio 16:9
Contrast Ratio (X:1) 16000
Reflection angle 178
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 1024
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 768
Brightness (Candela per square metre) 1200
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
Headphone Socket Yes
Weight (kg) 29.6
Release date 2007-06-20

Also known as: Pioneer PDP-428XD, Pioneer PDP428XD-T25B, Pioneer PDP 428XD, Pioneer 42, Pioneer Kuro PDP 428 XD, Pioneer KURO PDP-428XD

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Manufacturer's Description

Advanced 42-inch KURO with Digital DVB-T Tuner

Nothing is as powerful and emotional as film.

It’s the very reason why we’ve put more than ten years of design, research and development into building KURO: a flat screen television that will let you see and hear film like never before.

Our goal was straightforward: to build a screen that delivered the absolute best picture quality in the world. A screen that was true to how filmmakers intended their work to be seen. The result is KURO.

‘KURO’ means black in Japanese; this is relevant because our KURO screens have significantly deeper black levels than any other flat-screen TV on the market; some 80% deeper.

The deepest black levels produce the purest colours, which reveal the sharpest details. This is KURO.

The KURO screen gives you the ability to see literally every shade between black and white. Now, the film you see – and feel – on-screen is unparalleled in range and detail, the ultimate appearance of vivid and flawless colour.

The impact of what you see on KURO is unlike anything you have possibly seen before.

Features that make this KURO different from the other models in the range are:

  • Intelligent Brightness Control which intelligently controls on-screen brightness so that you get the best picture, regardless of the changing lighting conditions in your room
  • Integrated digital DVB-T tuner, with a CI Slot, which means that you don’t require an additional decoder box: everything is integrated in one body. This is ideal if you don’t want a ‘hardware’ invasion in your living room
  • USB host: turn your screen into a home media gallery. Simply connect your USB memory stick and enjoy your digital photo’s onscreen. It’s a good way to share your pictures in the best possible format
  • Subwoofer output: this KURO has high-grade audio parts: but if you want to boost lower frequencies, it has direct sub out, with no need for an additional amplifier.
  • ISF calibration ready: The ISF C3 (or Custom Calibration Configuration) feature allows your screen to be optimised for your viewing environment. As an optional service, a trained professional can precisely calibrate your plasma panel with customised levels of contrast, tint, colour level and other parameters.
  • Multi-screen options: this KURO allows for picture in picture and split screen views; particularly useful if you want to keep an eye on a sports game whilst watching a DVD, for example.

This KURO is also available in a 50-inch version.


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