Originally Posted by spongebob
So, does it get down to the fact that the Panny is a sharper, jump out of the screen, 3d picture and the Pio is a smoother, cleaner picture and I have to decide which is more important?
I had the Panny 50PX600U and ended up changing over to the 1140.
Everything you say is spot on as far as my experiences, except for maybe a couple of things.
First, I actually think the picture is more 3D-like on the 1140, just as part of it's all-around looking more "natural".
And 2nd, I think that the lower quality signal of my E* SD channels (and some of my worst OTA ones) actually looked better on the Panny, if only for the reason that the Elite is so darned revealing that it just shows more of the annoying "mosquito" noise and artifacts from the over-compression. It does have better noise control adjusability, but to get to the point where most of the noise is masked, it also masks the detail and makes the picture softer (I usually have to put the sharpness way down, too.) But really, the NR in the Panny did the same when I used it.
I'd also have to say that artifacts such as false contouring and "crawling moss" are seen nowhere near as often on the Pio. There's more detail in the blacks too, although the overall black level is slightly better in the Panny.
The colors are much better in the Pio, and so is the tweakability of course, by far.
I find that on most good HD sources, the Pio is every bit as sharp and detailed as the Panny was.
I would say that if you're satisfied with the Panny, then keep it. But I understand what you mean about the color. I had an awful "green push" in the Panny to contend with at times. The Elite had that out of the box some, too, but you can adjust the colors individually at least. If I got to the point where I adjusted it down pretty good in the Panny, I threw all the other colors and the saturation out of whack.