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Pioneer PDP4270XD Setup & Design

by Colin Tang
16 March 2007
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The Pioneer PDP-4270XD comes with the non-swivel stand attached, so setup was fast and easy, if you're not planning on wall mounting. At 32.1 kg, it is lighter than some plasma screens but I would advise that you get some help. Most plasma panels come with recessed handgrips or handles to help with transport and the PDP4270XD is no different.

Although this display has a glossy black, slim design frame, the Pioneer PDP-4270XD does enough to distinguish itself from the monotonous designs that you associate with mid-range consumer displays. The construction is solid yet elegant. It is unobtrusive enough that it blends with any interior decor. Nothing stands out to take your attention away from what is on the screen. The horizontal speaker grille is located under the lower bezel and is hardly noticeable.

During setup, we noticed a slight uneven screen uniformity with the unit OFF. There was something behind the screen that was causing this patchy irregularity that is only seen if you looked at the screen at a certain angle. This was not present with our Panasonic plasma.

Handle
Accessories
Recessed handles to protect your back
Manual & Accessories

Standard accessories are provided, with the exception of a ferrite core and the TVs schematics (for hard core Pioneer fans?)

  • Remote control + Batteries
  • Manual and Registration Cards
  • AC Cable
  • Ferrite core
  • Cable holder
  • Support belt and screws
  • TV schematics

The manual is not very consumer friendly. It has a small font and is excessively bolded in most places, making it difficult to concentrate. Despite a wealth of picture processing features, the manual skims past most of these without offering an indepth explanation or make any suggestion for their use. I like Pioneer's commitment to ISF standards and image quality, so it would be a real shame if buyers will not be able to make the most of their TV due to lack of information.

Back of Panel Button
Back of the panel

On/Off button at bottom left of screen (viewed from below)

Main connection
Main connection panel
Two layer vertical connection panel
Side connection panel (left)
Control buttons (right side)

Before I go on, please pay attention to the following. The Power button is located at the left lower side (when facing the TV) so don't go returning your set thinking it's defective. Also, the HDMI must be enabled before it will accept any input. You can do this under Options > HDMI input.

Regretably, this panel model is only equipped with one HDMI port, so if you're planning to hook up a lot of HDMI devices, you may want to look elsewhere. Other input connections include 1x Component, 3 x SCART and 1 x S-Video. You get other bonus connections such as digital output and antenna out (broadcast signals can be sent to another TV) but I doubt users will overlook the glaring lack of HDMI connections. There is also no VGA input on the unit as well.

Another important point is that this display can only support up to 1080p 24 Hz material. It cannot accept any 1080p 50 or 60Hz. This means that it is ready to accept pristine film frames from future players outputting 24fps material. The panel will then triple the frame rate to 72 Hz for judder free performance. I'll explain this later in our technology section. You will not be able to accept any other 1080p material at other frequencies, making this display unattractive to some PC users and possibly some gamers in the future.

From the manual, HDMI also accepts the following frequencies only:

  • 50 Hz - 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i
  • 60 Hz - 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

The TV is equipped with a digital freeview tuner. This might come in handy when the digital switchover takes place.


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