"Sorry D. Katz. You can't get any better than this."5.0 starson by MikeHudsonATL
Pros: Across the board, the picture quality is best available. Oustanding design and features. Rectangular stand more attractive than D8000 4 spoke design. Best value amoung the top tier plasmas.
Cons: Blacks not as deep as VT30. Not as fully featured as the D8000. Heard reports of anti-reflective coating peel.
Summary: I posted my user review of this TV under the D8000 review not expecting CNET to conduct a full review the D7000. Being similar enough, I assumed CNET would just refer this TV to their review of the D8000. I'm glad they did review separately. This reaffirms my findings when I was TV hunting (my story of how I chose the PN59D7000 is under the D8000 review). Here's a brief summary; you can read my full comments on my previous posting.
CNET states the D7000 as the best TV of 2011 so far. I agree. Hands down winner when factoring in picture quality, features, design and price.
CNET says VT30 still has better picture quality, slightly. I disagree... subjectively.
Black level winner - VT30 by a slight margin
Color presentation - D7000 by a notable margin
AR effectiveness - D7000 by a slight margin
When it comes down to it, how important is black level performance to you? If it's your make-or-break metric then you'll be happier with the VT30. Black levels are very important to me but the D7000's is darn good and rated by CNET as excellent. VT30's is awesome. I've seen HDTV's with light blacks and cruddy dark shadow detail and they make me cringe. But man, the colors, the colors of the D7000 really pop. I can't say that for the VT30.