I own the Pioneer KRP-500M, a so-called Pioneer 9.5G, calibrated by the master D-Nice, the best panel Pioneer ever produced (along with the 101), which produces blacks considerably deeper than the 9Gs (like the 111 the C-Net review uses as reference). I was extremely interested to see the new Elite LCD in comparison, and was very favorably impressed when my friend brought his new one over and we could compare side-by-side. It blows away any LCD on the market, and the issues I hate with most LCDs (edge enhancement, blooming) are almost non-existent on this panel. I would prefer to own this over any Panny or Sammy, but my 500M is still king, especially in a dark room. Better blacks, sliightly better color accuracy, better shadow detail. The better blacks are immediately evident in a dark room with letter box BD, but we expected such.
I did notice the color issues immediately when watching Avatar BD, but they are relatively minor. Its blacks are excellent and beat everything but the 9G and 9.5G Elites. I love the design, pure Pioneer. The thin matte bezel is awesome. But the prices are somewhat ridiculous. Pioneer really raised the LCD bar, bravo. Wish they were still making plasma. I hope they fix that color issue though, that would help.
I did not notice any pulsing or other issues discussed herein, guess he got a good one.
Panasonic DMP 900UB
Pioneer Elite VSX-23TXH