I had the chance to play with a PLV-60 for about an hour, saw something good and bad, but it's only a quick view, I'm also looking forward to Thumper's professional review.
I connected to Japan BS Digital 1080i first, out of the box, it showed great color for a HD feed. after some fine tune, I got the best setting for 1080i as Contrast 29 (default 32), Brightness 20 (default 32), and it's a great picture, looks almost like CRT direct view TV. But this is no news to me, I've seen it in INFOCOMM ASIA showing 1080i NCAA basketball and Shuttle Launch, so, No surprise here.
Move on to DVD, I played a SONY Wega Demo disc, it's 16x9 with bright and colorful scenery. In this case, I need to boost the contrast to 35, brightness to 29, then it comes out very good looking, however, the picture does not look as nice as HD. I guess DVD is still SD, PLV-60 is using its scaler to fill its panel, and one can see the scaling artifacts sometimes.
I played Super Speedway DVD, not as colorful and bright as the Sony Demo disc. I'm sorry to say, I am not impressed. Since this is a movie source, I turned on its "Progressive" mode, but still saw lots of 3-2 artifacts, so I can confirm that it does not have reversed 3-2. Everyone who reviews PLV-60, please use Super Speedway Ch. 7, to see the race car runs by a stadium, and you'll see. (or Titanic for that matter)
Finally, I put in Haunting DVD, the torture test and the test I've been waiting for. At INFOCOMM ASIA (see my post http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum10/HTML/005375.html)
Sanyo demoed Disney's Dinosaur DVD, and I discovered that its performance during those dark scenes in the cave is not so good. I worried that its gamma curve for the low light scene is not tune well yet. So, I put in Haunting again just to see whether Sanyo has improved it. Well, pretty much the same impression I've got from INFOCOMM ASIA, still not very good. It's actually unbearable to watch Haunting on PLV-60. It does have a gamma control, but it's a 0-15 scale of dark to bright transition. I found it of little use to bring out the color in the low light scenes. I'm disappointed in this. I think Mitsubishi L-2000V beats PLV-60 in playing DVD in general, both in dark and bright scene. L-2000V has a very good DLE feature (Dynamic Level Expander), it's similar to gamma, it really brings out the color and detail of low light area. Watching the same scene in Haunting, L-2000V picture is more film like and natural looking than PLV-60.
So, this is my brief impression of PLV-60:
1. Fantastic in HD (its 1366x768 panel is put to good use)
2. Average in DVD, (480i scale up to its 1366x768 has some fault)
3. Bad in dark scenes. this is really disappointing. 500:1 contrast should have a better picture than what I saw.
Come to think of it, the screen I saw the demo is a high gain screen, maybe I will change my view if a lower gain or grey screen is used. And I did not use iScan since I thought a NT$288,000 player (about US$9000) should have everything, but it does not, no 3-2, not a good picture in dark scene. If one just watch HD, then this IS the machine to get, it's awesome! But, DVD is just not impressive.
Maybe someone can use a low gain screen and run the test again? Thumper, please put in Haunting or Dinosaur in your test of PLV-60, and tell us what you see.
The wait is over, now move on to the next best thing to happen, maybe the upcoming Yamaha DPX-1 in May ...
Just my .2 cent.