Once again, thanks for the replies.
So I got up this morning and went to the Panny in the living room. Well, when I bought this set 7 years ago, I didn't know near as much about HT as I do now. I actually plugged in some settings from tweaktv and forgot about it. It looked pretty good. Honestly I spent most of my time messing with projectors and just didn't give much concern to the tv.
Well the issues I have on the Samsung are present on the Panny as well. The reason I really didn't notice is that I've had mpeg reduction on this whole time, the brightness was cranked down and the sharpness was way down as well.
I changed modes and adjusted the picture more in line with how the new Sammy looks. It's definitely source related. The larger, brighter, sharper 1080p panel makes it much more noticeable. Guess I could have saved a post if I would have checked that earlier.