The Pioneer Elite Kuro plasmas were widely regarded as among the best HDTVs ever made. They were a high-end, premium-priced product. But though they wowed critics, they didn't sell enough for the line to survive. Two years ago Pioneer exited the TV business, though it continues to use the Elite brand for its higher-end audio components. Earlier this year Pioneer licensed the Elite name to Sharp for use as a TV brand, a logical move given that Sharp is Pioneer's largest shareholder. And so the LCD phoenix rises from the plasma ashes.
These look amazing.
Let's hope for that steep of a price tag that Sharp has eliminated some of the nagging issues found in all LED's, like blooming. The display market had gotten stale recently without the Kuros around to push the picture quality envelope year after year.