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Pioneer PDP508XD Review

by Vincent Teoh
16 August 2007
TLC Broadcast

Pioneer PDP508XD

Although the first Pioneer Kuro 8G plasma I tested – the PDP4280XD – won our inaugural "Reference Level" rating, there remained a couple of niggles that made me wonder if they could be ironed out on its higher spec siblings. In particular, I was intrigued by the fabled hidden ISF C3 feature available on the XD versions which might rectify the skewed low-end gamma tracking I found on the PDP4280XD. So when authorised Pioneer specialist dealer TLC Broadcast volunteered to send me a sample of the Pioneer PDP508XD, it was simply an offer too good to refuse.

Note: The Pioneer PDP-508XD has been phased out, and replaced by the PDP-LX5090.

Technical Specifications

Physical Measurements

Screen Size (Diagonal) 50 inches
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Dimensions (in mm) 1224 x 717 x 115
Weight 34.5 kg


Native Resolution 1365 x 768
Contrast Ratio 16,000:1


HD Ready yes
Colour System PAL/ SECAM/ NTSC 3.58/ 4.43/ PAL 60
Teletext yes
Teletext Memory 2100 pages
Special Features HD Digital Film Direct 24 FPS, Ultra Black Panel, Direct Colour Filter III, Intelligent Brightness Control, ISF C3 Mode, PiP/PaP

TV Tuner

Analogue PAL/SECAM B/G, D/K, I, L, L’
Digital DVB-T (Freeview)
Stereo Reception NICAM/ A2


HDMI 3 HDMI 1.3 (rear)
VGA 1 (HD-15 + audio in; rear)
Component 1 (YPbPr 3 x RCA connectors for video & L-R 2 x RCA connectors for audio; rear)
SCART 3 (21-pin; rear)
S-Video 1 (4-pin; side)
Composite (including audio input) 1 (1 x RCA video & 2 x RCA audio; side)
Analogue Audio Output 1 (L-R 2 x RCA connectors; rear)
Digital Audio Output 1 (Optical; rear)
Headphone Output 1 (3.5mm stereo minijack; side)
Subwoofer Output 1 (rear)
Common Interface Slot 1 (rear)
Serial RS232 1 (rear)
USB Port 1 (side)


Speakers 0 (available as optional extra)
Audio Output Power 17 W + 17 W (1 kHz, 10%, 6Ω)
Sound Effect SRS, TruBass

Power Consumption

Voltage 220 - 240V, 50/60Hz
Operation 364 W
Standby 0.4 W

Included Accessories: Infrared remote control, 2 x AA batteries, power cable, ferrite core, cable tie, 3 x speed clamps, 3 x bead bands, cleaning cloth, warranty card, 2 x operating instruction


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