The PDP-5030HD is Pioneer's 3rd-generation design, and one of the most impressive 50" "progressive display" HD plasma panels available. If you've been waiting for a specatular-thin plasma TV with a spectacular picture, you'll be knocked out by the clarity, detail, and visual reality of the PDP-5030HD's presentation.
Pioneer's latest panels are based on their breakthrough technology - True Matrix Imaging design, which delivers nearly 60% greater brightness than Pioneer's previous modlels. Thanks to Pioneer's "Deep-Encased Cell Structure," which increases phosphor surface area, prevents leakage of light from one cell to the next, and packs cells so densely that the finest image details look crisp, clear and vibrant. DVD movies look amazing on this TV, and HDTV programs will actually give you that awsome sensation of looking through glass!
To maximize performance and versatility, Pioneer includes an exterior "Media Receiver" which functions as the TV's tuner (for analog NTSC signals) and A/V switching center, and also "scales" (converts) all incoming signals to match the panel's native resolution, to produce the best possible picture. The Media Receiver's wide variety of A/V inputs includes 2 wide-bandwidth component video inputs so you can connect both an HDTV tuner and a progressive-scan DVD player. A dual-wire "umbilical cord" with DVI technology connects the Media Receiver to the TV screen, so you get a spectacular picture.
Additionally, you can keep the Media Receiver hidden if you prefer, the infrared "eye" for the system's remote control is located on the lower right-front corner of the plasma panel.)
To accommodate a wide variety of video sources Pioneer has included several picture display modes:
4:3 - for conventional analog signals;
WIDE - to stretch the image to fill the entire screen; and
FULL - for widescreen material like HDTV broadcasts and "anamorphic" DVDs; and
ZOOM - for ultra-wide movies.
Other image-tweaking options include color temperature control and high/low black level. One very good intelligent feature is the ability to create a custom picture preset for each of the TV's inputs.
The PDP-5030HD has a panel depth of just 3-7/8", leaving your furnishing options wide open. Use the supplied stand for a graceful look on a tabletop, or remove the stand for wall-mounting (hardware not included, see "Recommended Items"). Additionally the side-mounted stereo speakers detach giving you more options, so if you already have a home theater system, you can save some wall space and just install the screen.
All Plasma TV's & accessories can only be shipped via special delivery due to the product being extremely heavy and fragile.