I too have been lurking for quite a while on the various AVS forums. I was originally planning to buy the SXRD, then decided to wait for the new 56" 1080P JVCs, but the first store I went to that carried that model had a bulb blow and took it off the floor. After one final look at the SXRD I made the decision to buy, and headed out of the store. On the way out I passed a 5060HD and was smitten. Just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I spent the past few weeks looking at every one I could find in a 3 state area.
While at a BB Magnolia I also saw 2 other sets that caught my eye. The first was a Panny 50PX500U, which had the first good picture I have seen on that model (probably just me but I tend to see a lot of false contouring in store setups for that brand). Since these sets are about the same price as the Pio and pretty much out of stock right now (and unlikely to come in before the new year), I decided to pass on that one. The second was an 1130HD Pioneer Elite - it appeared to be even better than the 5060 and the Fujitsu that were on either side of it... Double - WOW!
Due to the cost difference, I decided to go with the 5060. Initially I thought I would go with an unauthorized dealer to save some money, but was told that not only would I not receive a Pioneer warranty, but extended warranties were out of the question also.
Well, to make an already too-long story short, I spend the afternoon talking to most of the authorized Pioneer dealers out there. I spoke with some really nice people, in particular the people at Coza, Invision, and 6th Ave. After making the purchase with 6th, I realized I used the wrong credit card (decided to use one that gives me air miles). When I spoke to Steven who heads their plasma department, we began to talk Elite, and OMG, I can actually decided I could afford that unit (although I suspect we will be eating a lot of SPAM over the holidays).
I am really psyched, and cannot wait for the 1130 to come. I am already building a shrine to house it.
Thanks to everyone on the AVS Forums, the information has been extremely valuable, and I promise to provide feedback as soon as the set arrives.