"excellent picture, features, and good sound"4.5 starson by bellinge
Pros: one of the best overall sets out there
Cons: minor issues with some features
Summary: First of all, there is one thing in the C-Net review that is not true, at least with my set and my cable system. Most of the aspect ratio (picture shape) functions DO work in high def, at least at my house. Only the cinema function (the best for viewing 4:3 pictures without sidebards) doesn't work in high def. The Pioneer also allows you to set sidebars on 4:3 pictures to copy part of the main picture onto the sidebars. This looks awful, but has the advantage of discouraging almost anyone from watching the TV with a narrow picture, as well as preventing uneven wear for those few who might. That's the other thing that doesn't work in high def.
Overall, this set has fantastic color reproduction, especially after turning off the "dynamic" display mode and turning the color temperature to low as c-net suggests. Black levels are as good as advertised, and even when toned down the colors really pop. It also has very good sound quality, especially if you can use the subwoofer output. I haven't figured out whether I like the 2:3 or 3:3 pulldown option better, or whether a normal person like me could ever tell the difference. The black levels are very good with at least decent detail in the dark scenes. It also has plenty of brightness to spare if you need it for a bright room.
I'm giving it a 9 because I wish I could set the automatic aspect ratio setting to cinema rather than wide for normal def, and because I do see some 'judder' on motion scenes. However, it is a superior set that I highly recommend, IF purchased from a Pioneer authorized dealer.