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crt89
09-19-2016, 09:50 PM
I remember a new building at the college in fall of 2007 had a Pioneer flat panel on the wall. I have never seen that name much on TVs and wondering if they made a lot of them and were they high end units? I thought it unusual at the time and flat panels in general really weren't all that common around in 2007 as they are in the last 5 years or so.

Celt
09-20-2016, 06:57 AM
Pioneer was in the video market for only a few years and pulled out about two years ago.
As I recall, the TV's were rather pricey plasma units and well thought of.

dr.ido
09-20-2016, 07:33 AM
They made CRT TVs as well (at least for a short time). I had one that was originally installed in a Pioneer Laserdisc jukebox. For an 80s set it was impressive with several sets of AV inputs and support for some kind of surround sound.

CoogarXR
09-20-2016, 08:18 AM
Pioneer did mostly high-end plasma TVs. Their Kuro line is still regarded as one of the best flat-panel TVs ever made, and they haven't been made for years. They sold their TV line to Panasonic.

I still rock my Pioneer PDP-V501X 50" plasma monitor from 1998. I bought it used around 2008. The original 1998 price was $22,000 LOL.

I have a 60" Pioneer plasma too, the model number escapes me right now, but it's great too.

If you have the chance to get one, they are very solid sets.

Ed in Tx
09-20-2016, 11:26 AM
The CRT sets Pioneer sold were manufactured by NEC as I recall. Their first projector TV about 1980 or so was simply a re-badged NEC with a "Pioneer" stuck over the original NEC name plate.

centralradio
09-22-2016, 12:53 PM
The CRT sets Pioneer sold were manufactured by NEC as I recall. Their first projector TV about 1980 or so was simply a re-badged NEC with a "Pioneer" stuck over the original NEC name plate.

Yes .I remember those 3 tubed projection sets in the shop back then.Also the nightmares of the tube coolant ruining the boards as it leaks out on them .

mgross0
09-22-2016, 09:20 PM
Pioneer sold their plasma TV technology to Panasonic some time back. For a time the Elite name was also used by Sharp, under license, for a series of ultra high end LED sets sold at Magnolia. I think that only lasted for a year or two before the line was dropped from the market.

Ed in Tx
09-22-2016, 10:18 PM
Pioneer LS-501 projection TV...

http://www.videokarma.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=192557&stc=1&d=1474597008 http://www.videokarma.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=192558&d=1474597321

ChrisW6ATV
09-30-2016, 12:08 AM
Pioneer also made some rear-projection TV sets when those were common, before high-definition and plasma panels hit the market. Their RP sets had an odd aspect ratio, maybe 14:9 (mid-way between the current 16:9 standard and the old 4:3 (12:9) standard).

dr.ido
09-30-2016, 08:06 AM
Here's a couple of pictures of the Pioneer SD26 TV I had. Was this one of the NEC manufactured sets?

http://videokarma.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=184138&d=1409478222

http://videokarma.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=184139&d=1409478222

Ed in Tx
09-30-2016, 09:33 AM
Probably. It has the same built-in amplifier and speaker terminals on the back as my old 30" NEC CT-3000.

centralradio
10-01-2016, 12:37 AM
My friend seen alot of those Pioneer /Nec rear projection sets in his shop over the years.One too many.

Nec VCRs were a nightmare.My N965u was not running more then I used it.Whet it works .It was a pretty good VCR.

Ed in Tx
10-01-2016, 09:05 AM
Nec VCRs were a nightmare.My N965u was not running more then I used it... Just replace the entry and exit tape guide ass'ys, align it and send it out the door, hopefully never to return to the shop again. To a lesser extent, the rubber parts, belt, idler ass'y would need replacement. It was too bad they had that tape guide problem, but it provided technicians something to do!

Attached pic of manual for a SD-26 Pioneer TV.

centralradio
10-01-2016, 06:45 PM
Just replace the entry and exit tape guide ass'ys, align it and send it out the door, hopefully never to return to the shop again. To a lesser extent, the rubber parts, belt, idler ass'y would need replacement. It was too bad they had that tape guide problem, but it provided technicians something to do!

Attached pic of manual for a SD-26 Pioneer TV.

Yes .You got it right on the button.The guides were the major problem along with that idler tire assembly.OK a Pioneer TV.I did not see many of those here in the box stores years ago.Its like other audio companies branching out into video back in the 1980's and 1990's.My late sister had a Marantz VCR which worked great for her.I dont recall if it was a badged NEC or JVC deck.

dr.ido
10-02-2016, 07:36 AM
I've seen a couple of Marantz badged CRT TVs and one Plasma. I think the plasma was an Hitachi or Fujitsu, I don't know who made their CRT sets.

Interesting that the SD26 manual suggests there was a UK version. I thought was a Japan only set as all I could google at the time was on Japanese sites.

jstout66
10-06-2016, 01:42 PM
My brother has a 1997 60-some inch Pioneer Elite, rear projection.
I think it was around 10K new. Still works, and the picture doesn't look too bad.
It's still set up in his basement. It's huge and a bitch to move.

yrly
11-15-2016, 05:09 AM
Still using my 50" Kuro Plasma in my bedroom. Bought it wen they discontinued production from a local place that has since closed. Paid around $750. Couldn't be happier with how well it has served.

Duane
12-12-2016, 09:54 AM
Still using my 50" Kuro Plasma in my bedroom. Bought it wen they discontinued production from a local place that has since closed. Paid around $750. Couldn't be happier with how well it has served.

You got a great price on that set. I paid around $2700 for one of the last 50" Kuros (Pro-111FD) as well in '09. This replaced a Pioneer Pro-520HD RP set.

Phototone
02-06-2017, 01:53 PM
Pioneer, at one time made the best (in my opinion) CRT rear projection sets, which were sold thru audiophile (home theater) stores, and they also made a line sold thru big box stores such as Best Buy. I bought one new at Best Buy in the 1990's. It was very nice.

Captainclock
02-19-2017, 10:10 PM
Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana has several Pioneer Badged Flat-Panel TVs located throughout their facilities, but I've never seen them on whenever I've been there, I'm guessing they're plasmas seeing as you guys are saying that they only made high end plasma sets. Anyways it seems like a waste that Riley Hospital would spend about $1,000,000 or more for all of those High End Plasma sets only to have them just hang on the wall behind a pane of plexiglass looking pretty, although I'm guessing their original intent was to have the TVs tuned to Nikelodeon, or Cartoon Network or Disney Channel so that the kids visiting there could watch cartoons or something like that but apparently that never happened... :scratch2: