Here are my observations after owning my VT60 for the last couple of days. I am a former Kuro owner and recently decided to sell it mainly because of the red tint issue. I tried a couple of Sharp Elite tv's but I had to many issues (really noticeable banding issues). I decided I didn't have much choice and decided to go back to plasma.
I will get this out of the way first. This is the best image I have ever seen on a tv. Yes it is better than the Sharp Elite (which is still very impressive especially considering it's an LCD). Yes it is better than my old Kuro. I can't speak for other Pioneer models but I am not disappointed at all in the image. The black levels are better than my 6020 in every way. The picture is crisper and the brightness is actually noticeably better on any mode compared to my Kuro. The picture grain that I was used to on my old Kuro is a lot less pronounced on the VT60.
I feel like I need to spend a little bit on the speakers. These are the best tv speakers I have ever heard. I had a separate speaker bar that you attached to the kuro and that was very impressive. This is clearly better and honestly I don't know if I need a separate sound bar now. I have kids so the less clutter the better. The bass is pretty good and the clarity of voices during movies or general watching are great. No need to keep going up and down on the volume to hear them.
I do have some annoyances though. The heat this set puts out is a bit of a concern. I posted my question about the heat yesterday because I noticed how hot the back got during general use. It's very hot to the touch and is hard to keep your hand on it for more than a few seconds. The screen is just warm so obviously the heat escapes from the back. My kuro was hot on the top vents (similar heat honestly). It was also hot on the screen and you could literally feel it when you walked by a foot away. I know heat is normal with plasmas but I worry about that down the road. I am sure there are different degrees of heat with all of these sets but I have seen similar heat concerns reported in this thread so I am fairly sure my set is normal.
The fan noise is annoying but honestly I don't notice it as much after a couple of days. I even tried watching something on netflix last night that is mainly quiet (Orange is the New Black which is great by the way). With the volume at a low level, it was still hard to make out the fan noise. I can hear it no question but it's never taken me out of a movie yet or ruined it. Now I do have a tower fan that runs all day because of how hot it is outside and my PS3/Uverse also have a noticeable fan. Those things help to cancel anything out tv fan wise. Last night though it was just the tv on and the apple tv so no other fans. Yes if I get up and go behind the tv I can definitely hear the fans and how they wine. I also agree the pulsing noise is what makes it noticeable. So as of right now I can going to take a wait and see approach on the Panasonic fix for the fans. I have heard of to many reports that the foam fix only helped a little bit. I know some have reported a huge improvement but that doesn't seem to be the norm. I still feel like the "foam fix" is a band aid and worry that it actually will cause heat issues down the road (it's already hot as it is).
Buzzing is also something I will mention. I have a constant buzzing sound when you get up and go behind the tv. The buzz is not noticeable at my viewing distance though (10-11 feet). The constant buzz is a bit louder than my old Kuro I believe but it also had a similar issue (as did all my Kuro's over the years). The Kuro's buzz normally came from the front of the screen and it was very obvious. The VT60's seems to come the back mainly for me. I haven't really payed attention if any buzzing can be heard from the screen itself. Plasma's vary on buzzing and I do believe there are some out there that are quieter. However I have never heard a plasma that didn't buzz. I have heard quieter buzzing and I have also had friends that simply don't hear stuff the same way I do (where buzzing to them is not noticeable). My buzz is also more high pitched on bright screens (white, blue, etc) but drops dramatically during a transition in a movie (when the screen goes black) or a dark scene (quite a few scenes in Prometheus).
I admit that I almost called Paul's TV the first day I connected it after hearing the fans and the bit of buzzing to see about a possible swap. I then calmed myself down and realized that it's panel lottery with this set. The fan issue is a warranty fix if it bothers me. I saw so many posts on here where people had swapped their set 3 or 4 times and never got a quiet one. The buzzing is something I have experience with (again it's a plasma thing) and believe it will also be a panel lottery situation where I might go through a few of them hoping I get a quieter one (or maybe even a louder one by some of the posts in this thread).
On an OCD note, I found a tiny scratch on the left metal frame when I was cleaning it last night. At least it's on the side and not on the front part of the metal frame. It could have been that way out of the box but I think it was probably done when the delivery guy took it out of the box by himself or when we put the stand on. The scratch is on his side and I am pretty sure he had a wedding ring on at the time (only thing I could think that would have scratched it). Again it's super minor and not noticeable unless I point it out. Ok off my OCD soap box
I haven't tested IR yet and won't for awhile until I get more hours on it. That is the only thing that still worries me. I am also not a fan of the Apps/interface on the tv. To me they make it way more confusing than it needs to be. I still like the simple streamlined layout of the old televisions. Of course every tv is like this now so that's not just a Panasonic thing.
Sorry I wrote so much but I figured it might help someone especially with the Kuro comparison. I loved my old Kuro but I can honestly say that this is worthy replacement at least for my model. I did have a 500m/600m at one time and that might be the only Kuro set that I would possibly give an edge to over the VT60 but it would be VERY MINOR. When I say very minor I literally mean splitting hairs and simply too close to call (some things the Kuro does better and some things the VT does better).