just thought I'd post this as I feel really good about my 500m purchase. I recently made the move over from Samsung after numerous problems and I'm still in break in mode with the 500 mode. Contrast, brightness and color are scaled way back right now. Running some HD images on the set to break it in and my wife (who could care less about HD/SD or what kind of tv I have) just walked in, saw some of the pictures and said, "WOW! Look at the blacks on this thing. It's beautiful." Now, I have never said anything to her about the black levels on pioneers or how well regarded this set is. She actually complimented one of my tv's! This day is right up there with the day I got married and my son was born. Well, maybe not, but still pretty cool. Thanks to everyone on this thread who has sung the accolades of the Pioneer sets and convinced me that was the way to go. I'm a believer.
Klipsch Pro-6504-L-THX LCR, Klipsch Pro-6502-L-THX RS/LS, Klipsch CDT-5650-C II atmos, Klipsch R-110sw x2, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Silver Screen AT 120", Sony VPL-hw45es