^^^I've scattered commentaries in various AVS threads since acquiring a TH-65VX100U about one month ago, replacing my year-2000 64" 9"-guns 1080i CRT RPTV (Philips 64PH9905). For example, this post
compares higher-resolution travelogue-type viewing, and includes a sublink to a discussion of the special video processor for the VX100s. There are various reviews
on the web for the 65VX100, using instruments, but haven't gotten into calibration here yet.
Also, being new to plasmas, can't say whether the 65VX100's reported 60,000:1 contrast ratio is noticeably better than the 50VX100's 40,000:1 CR, or what difference, if any, its reported 18-bit video processing makes. Can't really compare my 65VX100's black level with my former 1080i CRT RPTV; both had/have low levels; scenes I've viewed having an apparent blackness, not dark gray. There's obviously a tinted panel covering, which greatly cuts room reflections--unlike my former CRT RPTV that had a clear-plastic protective cover, requiring minimal lighting for serious viewing to avoid reflections. Don't plan on getting into back-and-forths over Kuros vs 65VX100s black levels!
Can say many images on the 65VX100 are strikingly crisp and clear. The clichéd through-a-window effect often crops up with live sports or travelogues. And it's more amazing than with my former 64" CRT RPTV--both normally viewed at ~8' to achieve ~33-degree-wide images. With really crisp images, like live shots of golfers teeing off, briefly moving to ~4' from the screen, with no visible artifacts, the through-the-window effect almost becomes 3D-like. (Viewing all video from NYC's all-digital TWC, and outlined here
why I switched to using a YPbPr input rather than my initial HDMI hookup.)
Started a thread
regarding the VX100's DCI-color gamut, but so far haven't discovered what, if anything, should be done. Believe my last post there mentions someone in this forum who has carefully measured 'extended color' with an earlier Panny series and seems to conclude this color is used only when cinema mode is active. Colors on this VX100 sure don't look unnatural. Grass on the live golf shots appears 'naturally green' as on my former CRT RPTV--not the yellowish greens attributed to inaccurate color on some JVC front projectors. Reds are quite strong, but I can adjust flesh tones for normal appearance. With ~15 memory settings, I've set 5 so far, usually for diminishing color intensity and more green tint, for viewing too-strong colors, like CSI:Miami or some 24p movies. Also, to avoid image retention, I've been expanding 4:3 images to fill the screen, or just selecting a non-active input for a black screen--during ads, for example.
No Blu-ray viewing yet (no player), but as the Blu-ray selection expands I'll no doubt invest in it. [Edit: bought a Sony PS3, summer '09] -- John