Pioneer has announced a trio of new plasma TVs featuring Freeview tuners and its G7 (seventh-generation) PureBlack 2 glass, said to offer higher luminous efficiency.
The new 2,000 UK pound PDP-420XD 42 inch screen, with 1024×768 resolution and a single HDMI input, will be joined by the 2,300 pound PDP-427XD which adds a second HDMI input, PC input and an ISF picture-calibration mode.
Top of the range is the similarly specified PDP-507XD (pictured above), with 1365×768 resolution glass, for around 3,300 pounds. Joining the group later this year will be a new 60 inch model, the PDP-607XD.
Both the 42 and 50 inch models will also be available in analogue tuner versions, although product manager Jim Catcheside confessed “we’re not bringing in that many analogue models.”
Claimed G7 benefits include improved brightness, colour fidelity, contrast and efficiency. Among the new features are block noise reduction, ‘intelligent’ dynamic-range expansion and ‘intelligent colour’. The new range marks a step away from the media box models of the G6 panels. “It’s a very competitive market,” explains Catcheside, “and the media boxes where quite an added expense. It was inevitable that they would go.”
The new screens join Pioneer’s flagship PDP-5000EX 1080p monitor, which Pioneer says is extensively back-ordered.