If Pioneer is trying to reposition themselves as a
high-end consumer manufacturer, they are doing a damn good job at it. First, they brought us that sweet 1080p Blu-Ray player
and now something to play it
on: a 50-inch 1080p plasma
. The only
difference is that this set can receive and play 1080p through HDMI.
The set will be available in June and
will cost $8,000. That money however will not get you a dedicated media box that other Pioneer's sport. In fact, this
set does not have any tuner at all making it simply a monitor. Pioneer is claiming that these bells and whistles were
eliminated as a cost cutting measure. Fine by me
. As long as I can
get pure 1080p, who needs a tuner?