If you’ve been a videophile circa the laser disc era, you’d have likely owned a Pioneer TV, or at least know about Pioneer’s leadership in Plasma TV technology. During their run, Pioneer class-leading plasmas achieved almost mythic status and even today remain a benchmark for flat screen image quality.
We might be in another new Pioneer era, as the brand will be making a comeback, thanks to Dixon’s licensing deal with Pioneer to bring its famous TVs back to life. Dixons Retail, which owns Currys and PC World, will handle product development and component procurement under the watchful eyes of Pioneer so that the quality of the brand is not compromised.
The first few models to be released are Full HD LED TVs in 40-, 46- and 55-inch screen sizes. The will be launched progressively in the Nordic territories and eventually UK and Europe in 2014. There are no Plasmas in the lineup to the disappointment of some movie and video enthusiasts. And with Panasonic closing of its Plasma TV plant, the era of Plasma television is coming to an end. So the return of Pioneer plasma TVs is unlikely