I purchased this TV a few years ago when LCD TVs were still developing. They suffered from a restricted viewing angle, poor black levels and blurring. Wanting the best, I went for plasma technology and haven't suffered with any of the LCD short comings. Pioneer also erm, pioneered plasma technology moving onto the amazing Kuro range. Sadly a few years later they pulled out of the market probably because LCD was taking more market share and the cost of plasma tech was always going to put potential buyers off.
The Pioneer PDP-436RXE was the baby in the range as it didn't come with a Freeview tuner and was the smallest screen size of 43 inches. 43 inches is a strange number in todays market and even to this day I'm not sure what that extra diagonal inch gives me.
The design of the TV is typical of Pioneer. A beautiful piano black bezel with the screen slightly inset into the unit. A soothing blue hue emits from the power button on the lower left of the bezel and the whole set looks the asking price. The TV is a 720p unit - yes it's a few years old now. But despite this, I haven't seen another TV show such beautiful colours and imagery - well not under £1500 anyhow. The sound is adequate for a standard TV and goes loud without distortion, however most will opt for a seperate sound system. Connectivity may sound a little misery by today's standards as it only has a single HDMI port (get an HDMI switch box on order!) but it does have component, composite and SCART inputs too. Three AV ports are supplied.
The remote control is of good quality and is easy to use. The onscreen menus are crisp and clear and offer various sound modes and picture enhancement technology.
One word of warning is that when new, Plasma TVs can suffer from burn in (well this set being a few years old does) which means that you must be careful how you use it initially. Try not to have too much brightness and contrast for the first hundred hours especially watching static images or playing video games. This can cause the image to stay (burn-in) on the screen and you may find you can't shift it. Most times the burn in dissapears over time but you must be aware of this.
It's a real shame that Pioneer have pulled out of the plasma market as they were the best plasma makers in the business - in my opinion. Even with only 720p on tap, at 43 inch you can't really tell the difference between this and 1080p so I'm not looking to upgrade. However, if I get offered a Kuro I may reconsider.