I don't want to start another p!s$ing contest. I just think "almost rivals" and "can't compete" say two very different things.
To almost rival means not only to match but almost exceed. To be unable to compete insinuates they are in separate leagues and they are not even close.
Clearly the Pioneers are better at blacks. I am just trying to get a grip on how much. It sounds like the panny is "black enough". It is the color issue that I am more interested in. Service mode calibration may be the great equalizer here and make the S1 more viable than the G10 regardless.
I will also pay my respects to D-nice. I won't be a hypocrite and only point out things that bug me. You do provide a great service to this forum and I thank you for that for what it is worth.