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Old 02-06-09, 11:06 PM
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Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Looks like Pioneer was losing too much money in their plasma TV division and are exiting the TV manufacturing landscape. Grab a Kuro if you can!

Here are a few articles:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10158724-92.html

http://www.djnewsplus.com/article/DN...opment-Nikkei+
Old 02-07-09, 12:40 AM
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I guess thats why we saw all the Kuro sales over the last few weeks. I was walking through Best Buy two weeks ago wondering where the hell all the Pioneer sets were. They didn't have a single one. I guess this is why.
Old 02-07-09, 01:32 PM
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

I thought I heard before that they were either out sourcing their plasmas to Panasonic or were going to. So now they aren't even going to do that?

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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Shame...but the single best picture I have ever seen was on a 50" Pioneer Plasma. Course I didn't buy it, which may have been Pioneer's problem....
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

This sucks.

I was planning on getting a 60" Kuro when I move into our new house and put in a HT room.

LCD seems to be taking over for plasmas, which is a shame since plasmas seem to be superior in many ways.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Didn't Pioneer mention this almost a year ago and they were going to outsource from Panasonic?
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
This sucks.

I was planning on getting a 60" Kuro when I move into our new house and put in a HT room.

LCD seems to be taking over for plasmas, which is a shame since plasmas seem to be superior in many ways.
I'm in the same situation but can't buy for a few months. Hopefully there will still be stock.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Originally Posted by mrhan View Post
Didn't Pioneer mention this almost a year ago and they were going to outsource from Panasonic?
That was my understanding as well -- unless this most recent bit of news is something different.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

It's something different, although (I think) only the login-only article in the OP actually makes this point clear.

More info here:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/06/p...ff-dvd-busine/

Japan's Nikkei is reporting that despite planning a return to profitability by sourcing Panasonic plasma panels, facing a consolidated loss of 100 billion yen ($1.08 billion U.S.) it will end TV development and production entirely.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Let's hope this ends with TV production. They make great AV equipment.

It could explain the why they are releasing cheaper Blu-Ray players in the upcoming months, finally.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Damn it. Why couldn't they just push through one more year and see how it goes with the Panasonic deal?! I eventually wanted to get a Pioneer plasma.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7885175.stm

I wonder if it's worth it to try and find one in the coming months, or just go with the 12G Pansonic models.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Would technical support and such things be outsourced to panasonic as well? Great deals on these sets, but lack of technical support is worrying me.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

I work with Pioneer here in Japan from time to time and a high level executive told me YESTERDAY (Feb 21) that they will be continuing to make the KURO TV's for another year - they did not just stop production on 10 minutes notice. So, if you're truly in the market for one you have about another year. They are extremely popular, so you might have to put your name on a waiting list.
Old 02-22-09, 10:22 AM
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Yes, I thought I had seen articles that said production in 2010 (although I did not take that to mean through).
Old 03-24-09, 02:13 PM
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Gah! I guess there was some misinformation/speculation floating around out there. Pioneer officially has announced withdrawl plans...and they are quick!

http://www.slashgear.com/pioneer-con...april-2438679/

It's sad too, since I think the earliest Pansonics to match these 2008 levels will be next year.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Is it worth it to buy one now while they're still available, or would I be better off waiting 6 months and seeing if Panasonic produces something better?
Old 03-25-09, 07:17 AM
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Panasonic is in the process of releasing their 2009 models. I do not believe any of them match the quality of the 2008 Pioneers. As I said, I expect the earliest a Pansonic model may match the 2008 Pioneers is in their 2010 model year.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

If your interested in a Pioneer, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up.
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Re: Pioneer to stop making plasma TVs

Update: bought a Kuro Pro-111FD and I love it. Thanks guys.

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