I work at a retailer and about once an year we get INCREDIBLE deals from Panasonic where we get the employee discount from our employer and a mail in rebate from Panasonic for like $700 off on top of that. For the Pioneer Elites though, the price is basically the same as everyone pays because they're SOOO heavily discounted now. There are 2 things that really had me favoring the Pioneers besides the better picture quality. The Pioneer Kuro Elite Plasmas had by shortest green phosphor lag of any Plasma I tested(they got a C in this department) whereas the Regular Kuros got a D(does prossesing affect GPL?), and all other Plasmas including 2008 Panasonics got an F in this test.
The other things that had me concerned about the 2009 Panasonics were 24p flicker, and lower motion resolution than the Kuro Elite.
The Kuro Elites are the best sub $10,000 displays out there with only 2 major weaknesses in my opinion. I'd give them a B- for motion handling(900 lines @ one screen per 5 seconds). The Panasonic Neo Panels should get a B in this test (1080 lines @ 1 screen per 5 seconds). I don't think anything besides a CRT can get an A or A+ in that test, and almost all LCDs get an F with one or 2 exceptions. Motion Handling and GPT are just 2 categories out of like 20 or 30 major ones and since the Kuro Elites have As or A+ in all the other ones so it's still a major contender for me.
The thing about the Panasonic V10 panels is that I don't know much yet.
If the Panasonic V10 Panels get an F with my GPL test disc, then Panasonic is completely out of the question for me. as the 2008 Pannys didn't just get a F in my GPL test, they got a really low F.
If the V10 panels get at least a C in the GPL test, and also pass the 24P Flicker Free test, then that really will make things tough.
Should I wait another 8 months, 12 months etc(till the amazing Panasonic Deal from my Employer comes back), or do I just get the Pro 111-FD after I graduate in May? The other thing is that this television is actually going to go in my bedroom till I get a good career going and move out.
I'll have to actually get rid of my big bed and get a Twin bed to get the minimim required viewing distance for a 50" or larger Panel.
I'm not sure 58" is even possible even a Twin Bed, but 54" should definately be doable.