Well, I don't know about Cabber, but I can give you my initial impressions after spending a few days with my new Panny.
>DVDs: Look very good through component input. Sharp, excellent detail and everything I expected from having seen the previous models. Have tried several DVDs, including LOTR, Fifth Element, O Brother Where Art Thou and others.
>HD: Looks absolutely stunning with video-based content, including almost everything on PBS HD. Very lifelike and has the "looking through a window" effect. Film-based HD looks good, including HBO HD and network shows, but most of the time doesn't have the same eye-popping quality.
>SD: Does a good job with SD digital cable, though some channels look better than others. Am using just mode and notice little distortion.
>Design: I for one really like the new design, even though I'm not using the speakers. The silver-on-black matches well with my silver B&W VM1 speakers. It also takes up a lot less space than my 34-inch WS directview, which my wife is happy about!
>No screensaver function that I can find. I haven't left any still images on the screen to see if it automatically comes on, but doesn't say anything about it in the manual, so I doubt it. Don't know if this is a really big deal, but would be nice to have. Also, sidebar brightness does not seem to be adjustable in progressive DVD input or in component input from HD box, only when watching thru SD via coax or s-video.
>No picture placement settings. It would be nice to have this feature, though I find the wide modes adjust very well to the content, especially when watching channels with tickers. So far, haven't needed the function.
>Only 1080i and 480p input. Though it probably doesn't make sense to have 720p for this panel, it would be nice to have it available.
>Paid a few hundred more than some very lucky individuals who I guess have better negotiating skills than I do. Though a competitor's lower price was matched for the set at CC, I may have to make use of the 30-day price match again once more competition has posted lower prices.
Questions & Comments
>There is no selection for 3:2 pulldown. Having read some info about the new commercial models, I am assuming that this feature is also automatically handled by the processor, since there is no setting for it in any of the menus. Film-based material looks good, but sometimes a bit too grainy to my eye. There is no discernible flicker, as was sometimes noticeable on my directview set.
>The display is very bright and has so far produced nice black levels, but I still have to calibrate with AVIA or "Steaming Rat."
>No discernable "screen door" at 8-9 feet viewing distance. Can make it out at <6 feet, but not bothersome or noticeable if I'm not thinking about it.
>Overall, very happy with performance, design and build of this set. Perhaps not perfect, but the right choice for my needs and budget. Was worth the wait. I'm lucky to have a beautiful view of NYC harbor from my living room, but the view on this TV with the right material comes awfully close to beating it!
Any comments or suggestions as I start to tweak the picture settings would be welcomed, as would advice/info on some of the questions I mentioned. Of course, I'd be happy to let anyone know more specifics if I can.