View Full Version : $25,000 Pioneer plasma


andy
10-28-2013, 04:38 PM
Not quite collectible yet, but probably someday. It was the first HD plasma display and had a list price of $25,000 when it launched in 1998. It's a 50" Pioneer PDP-501MX. For $25 at Goodwill it followed me home. Amazingly, it powers up an works perfectly, and has absolutely no burn in. Early plasmas were mostly used by businesses, so they often have severe burn in from displaying computer graphics. This one looks like it was hardly used. The image is crude by today's standards, but it's watchable as long as you don't sit too close. It pulls 300-500 W depending on the picture, so you wouldn't want to have it on all day.

rcaman
10-28-2013, 05:51 PM
great haul. i am a huge fan of pioneer projection and plasma tv,s

CoogarXR
10-28-2013, 07:48 PM
I have the PDP-V501X, also from 1998. I use it nearly every day. It heats my TV room quite nicely in the winter, lol.

kx250rider
11-25-2013, 12:37 PM
I'd like to get hold of one of those, and also there was a Philips even earlier that I'd like to find. I have the whole Sony plasma lineup, and in fact I have an appt today at 2:00 to get YET another one (KE50XBR950) in perfect shape and (says) no panel issues for nearly nothing. I have the first 32" Sony plasma also (KE32TS1), and one each of the XBR950 series (42,50,55,61 inch) models, plus a 61" parts set and a commercial version of the 42". All of them have working chassis, however all but one of the 61" sets have the burnt integrated ribbon cables (panels not repairable).

Charles

andy
11-25-2013, 02:35 PM
I have the PDP-V501X, also from 1998. I use it nearly every day. It heats my TV room quite nicely in the winter, lol.

I have a PDP-V401 (40" version of the V501). It's in working condition, but has burn in from being used as an information display by Delta airlines. The burn in isn't as bad as you would expect, and is watchable, but I'm watching eBay for a better one.

The earliest plasma I have is a 21" Fujitsu. According to Fujitsu, it was the world's first full color plasma video display when it was launched in 1993. Mine was made in 1998, or 1999, so they must have kept it in production for a long time.