Pros Superb picture detail, incredible accuracy and the deep blacks and perfect whites all combine to produce as perfect a picture as current technology permits. Everything simply looks better on this set. I never need to go near a movie theater again.
Cons It's really too expensive and I has several totally useless features in my opinion: the speakers (who would buy a set at this price and not have a good surround sound system?) and the light and color sensors which only mess with the picture quality.
Summary I own the big brother of the Cnet-reviewed 111FD (the 151FD). I also have a Panasonic 800U, which is a very good set, but when you see the same material on both sets you will not know immediately why the Panasonic is only very good and the Pioneer is in a different league. Watching a movie on this set from Blu-Ray is beter than in a movie theater in all respects but sheer screen size because of the incredible color fidelity and contrast range. Watching a standard DVD on a decent player is almost as good. Cable HD looks better than I have ever seen it.
Being a real film buff, I can also say that this set does one thing I have never seen any other TV do. It makes classic black and white films look as spectacular as they can. The incredible blacks, the dark scene detail, and the range of grays and whites makes watching film noir a totally new experience. If your tastes in movies is not just limited to the latest color spectaculars, you have to see this set in action.
Essentially perfect color and black and white too. I'm in heaven.
Pros The best plasma that I know. Perfect graphic and sound. Great for blu-ray movie and gaming at 1080P full high-definition. Also, I recommend you to check out http://www.squidoo.com/best-hdtv for the updated information on the best and cheapest HDTV.
Cons I can't think of one.
Summary I recommend this HDTV to everyone.
Pros The best fast action, realistic, color optimized set I have ever seen
Cons speakers are best at the bottom of the set rather than the side. Price? Debatable,
Summary I was truly stuck on deciding between the XBR8 and the Elite. I'd watch the XBR in store #1 and be prepared to write a cheque. Then i'd go to store #2 and watch the Pioneer, and of course be ready to write a cheque. THEN, I found a store which carried both, with an almost side by side comparison, where I could actually see the difference between the two sets. At this price, a side by side is mandatory even if i'd been an XBR fan for two decades. Subjectively, they're both incredible by delivering the best that either technology has to offer as of todays date. When viewing a satellite fed movie, the Pioneer drew me closer in with its warmer, almost spooky realism to colour (especially skin tones) and almost 3-D like rendering. The Sony was incredible, but to my eye, not quite as good. Then we watched a series of competitors motorbike jumping outdoors, and owning an XBR LCD I was quite aware of the limitations with my set as it related to "fast movement". On the XBR8, it was difficult to tell the difference with the Pioneer no matter how hard i looked. Damn... this was getting ridiculous. Then, being the affable snow creature from the great white North, something close to my heart was tuned in on the satellite.... a hockey game! I resisted the temptation to light up a players and crack a molson, and sat down to make what was to be my final decision. Colour, ambiance, warmth, realism, 3-D effect, and especially the fast movement and detail I experienced with the Pioneer won me over. In my opinion, the Pioneer outshone the XBR in all categories that i feel are important to great TV entertainment. this is not to say the XBR was bad, it just took a side by side comparison to show the true superiority of Pioneer. Blue ray was scary on both, but again, the warmth of the Pioneer made me want to sit down and watch movies all freakin day, much to the dismay of the salesperson who'd thought I would never leave ...... but i did ...... AND I wrote a cheque for the Pioneer. if you have a discerning eye, and you feel the kids college fund is just not that important, buy this set knowing its probably the best there is out there ... today.
Pros Great, vivid, accurate pictures, the best black level showed the difference on the fireworks when watching the Beijing Olympic Games. I feel my eyes are more comfortable than watching any other TVs for a long time at a close distance.
Cons Speakers are not the best although it's quite good.
Summary I have purchased this TV more than a month now, and still love the fact I made a right choice to choose the best TV available on the market. Even though the price is much higher than Panasonic, I think I paid it for what I waited for. CNet has a great score for the new Panasonic, I disagree with the editor. I watched the TVs side by side at Best Buy, Pioneer clearly showed the best detail. Watching an TV anchor with a black suite, Pioneer showed the collar and light gray stripes, while Panasonic only shows the suite was black and cannot tell the collar shape from the rest of the suite nor the light gray stripes. Another difference is the face color. Pioneer showed the most natural face color than any other TVs at Best Buy. The third point is about the screen reflection on ambient light. Flash a lighter in front of the screen, you will see Pioneer has one singer reflection of your light while Panasonic reflects 3 reflections (two mores because of the way it's made). This mean Panasonic will have more reflection lights when you watch TV during daylight or more ambient lights. I used to be a Panasonic fan, but now I have to switch to Pioneer. Go to the store and compare yourself.
Pros super rich blacks, incredible depth
Cons I may never leave my living room again
Summary I've had this TV for two days now. I was a little late to jump on the hi-def band wagon and once I was finally ready to do it, someone advised me to wait for this set to come out. I'm glad I did, I've seen many other hi-def sets and most of them are pretty good but this one surpasses anything I've seen elsewhere. The blacks are so rich and the definition so strong it's just something you have too see for yourself. I've heard about how Pioneer has been doing side by side comparisons of this set with other models. I like to think of it as a current day Pepsi challenge. I suggest you take it and see for yourself.