Some observations on the Kuro versus ZT60 now that I've been able to spend some time with the Kuro on my makeshift setup...
First off, let me get it out of the way now. IR on the Elite blows the ZT out of the water. I left "Velocity" on all night after I fell asleep and some 7 hours later there was virtually no trace of the velocity logo even on a full white screen. If I leave the Panasonic on all night it would take another day or so to fully "wash" that from the screen watching other content. Of course, if you keep your Panasonic in the media room and use it mostly to watch movies, this is an absolute non issue. But be aware, it is there.
The Elite's other strong suit is beautiful shadow detail. I was worried about this because I had read that the shadow detail was an area where the Panasonic had a visible hand over the elite, with the elite "crushing" grays to black. This is a well broken in TV, and I don't see any shadow detail problems at all. It's very very good.
Color performance is also spectacular on the Elite. I applied D-Nice's settings and I have to be honest, I'm going back and forth as to whether the plain old factory Pure setting out of the box isn't actually a little better (not a knock against D-Nice, but probably goes to show why just applying someone else's settings is not always a fruitful endeavor. On the Sharp Elite, it was the completely opposite experience. Horrible color on factory presets.)
With all that said. When it comes to outright "pop" and envelopment in the experience, the Panasonic just has the edge here. And I sustain that this is an advantage specific to the ZT because of the optically bonded glass. The Elite also purports to have some kind of first surface glass bonding of the color filter, but the ZT just has something about it that makes you not want to look away from the screen when great content is on. Surprisingly, the Sharp Elite LCD also gets an honorable mention here. Its spectacular uniformity for an LCD turns the inherent glow of LCD into an advantage, though only spot on dead center.
The ZT also has tremendously more flexibility because the 141FD is a simple monitor. So when I use something like my Chromecast, I'm completely SOL because I love my old Elite receiver which doesn't have HDMI inputs. So there is no practical way to get sound from the Chromecast as there is with the cable box and Apple TV which have optical outs of their own. I get that the 141 doesn't include speakers, but it could not have hurt to build in a coax or optical output. Puzzling omission.
Worth mentioning as well is the fact that the Elite weighs damn near 150lb with the stand attached (that stand btw, is made in Japan! i can see why Pioneer was losing money on this division going so far as to make and ship such a commodity part as a stand from Japan, but its a gorgeous piece) and after looking at so many modern TVs, has a ginormous bezel that while beautiful, is a bit distracting during the day with its high gloss finish. Nod actually goes to the Sharp Elite's beautiful matte bezel here.
All in all, the Elite still takes the edge here, and it is a very slight one because of its tremendous resistance to IR which makes it a better fit for me. When it comes to IQ, at least for my type of watching, the Panasonic is no doubt a match. It's also lighter, more flexible and arguably (I say arguably because of the chrome on the Panasonic) less distracting in daytime settings. The Panasonic also has an out of the box THX Mode that to my eye needs zero tweaking.
While you can't easily find Elites anymore, at least not with warranty support, you CAN still possibly find open box Sharp Elites at BB. And I feel that TV, even in this plasma centric battlefield, deserves an honorable mention if you need something where IR is a complete non starter. It will require professional Calibration or good tweaking with someone else's settings to look right, however.