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This Thread has turned to Rubishhhhh.....
I just spent an hour and a half comparing the 5061 to the 5071 at our local BB. The long and the short of it...
There's not a hay'penny difference in the black level between the two sets, I even thought a couple of times that the 5060 had a slight edge. Regardless, there is no real difference in black level.
There sure is a difference in resolution, that is, PERCEIVED resolution. Hands down, the 5071 is a clear step up from the 5061. As far as shadow detail, after adjusting both of them to my hearts content, there was almost no difference in the shadow detail...if there is one, the ever so slight edge goes to the 5071.
Both were the typical neon colors, high contrast - high brightness - high sharpness settings. After dialing down the parameters, both delivered a beautiful, smooth "punchy" picture. People who prefer the Pioneer richness and saturation will be thrilled by the 5071 in my opinion, because there is a discernable improvement in resolution and detail of the new set. Of the Three bystanders watching me fiddle, all three preferred the 5071 and as an aside, all three preferred the 5071 to the Panasonic PX60. To me, the Panasonic still has "something" that is lacking in the Pioneer...an "even-ness" to the transitions from dark to light that simply looks more lifelike to me...not as eye-catching, not as overstated as the other plasmas, the Pioneer included, but just more like looking at your everyday surroundings. Dull and Boring for most of us! But definitely a half-step in the direction of looking out of a plate glass window...please forgive the personal statements here, a mere digression.
I merely wanted to say that Pioneer deserves a hearty congratulations for the improvements in the 5070 and the 4270. Higher resolution, beautiful form factor, lots of user control over the image, pretty good sounding speakers, just a beautiful job. Those who prefer the extra "PoP" in the Pioneer image will be very pleased with these new sets....IMHO, and those who prefer a more understated, and to me a more realistic image, will stick with the Panasonic commercial panels.
Boy am I in for a FLAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!