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Pioneer Kuro Plasma Displays

Pioneer Kuro Plasma Displays

The king of plasma is back — and he's got an even darker outlook on things. Pioneer just announced its 2008 line of Kuro Plasma HDTVs, which feature black levels five times deeper than the award-winning 2007 models. The 1080p displays, which now measure only 3.7-inches thick, come in two standard models — the 50-inch PDP-5020FD ($4,000) and 60-inch PDP-6020FD ($5,500). Pioneer is also selling two Kuro Elite models — the 50-inch PRO-111FD ($5,000) and 60-inch PRO-151FD ($6,500). The Elite TVs feature an enhanced "Optimum mode," which "seamlessly examines the sound, picture and room light conditions at the same time and adjusts the audio and video settings by the slightest variation to deliver a near flawless viewing experience."

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