Originally Posted by Rod W
I have the Pio 5060. Received it the week before Christmas. I had actually ordered an xr5, but got tired of waiting. I haven't seen the xr5, but now that I 've spent some time with the Pio, I'm really, really happy with it. One of the reasons I got it over the Pannys or other models out there was because I wanted very good scaling/interlacing on SD material. It definitely delivers in this area, so those of you getting the xr5 based on its "superior scaling", I'd just like to say that I don't know how much better it can get. DVDs (basic Sony progressive DVD Player, not an "upscaling" model) look absolutely gorgeous. I don't know how much better HD DVD will be, but I'm rediscovering movie watching now. Standard def stuff on DishNetwork looks very good, although since I have the HD channels that's where I'm spending most of my time. My 3 or 4 months of research led me to the NECs and there are many things about the xr5 that appealed to mem, especially the all the adjustable settings. I would also like to hear any comparisons from people who have seen both, but let me tell you, the 5060 is a killer panel. The 5060 DOES have two HDMIs (on the back of the Media Receiver) and two component ins, if you count the one on the front of the MR.
I think you are right about the 5060 and 50XR5, they are two of the best plasmas available. I found they are about the same price when you include the stand for the 50XR5. Featurewise, the pros for me on the 5060 are the media receiver (to keep the cabling neat and accessible), IEEE488, and the tuner/speakers for possible future stand alone/wall mount use. On the 50XR5, it is the high quality swivel stand (although I wish is swivels more than 10 degrees), 3 year warranty, advanced adjustments and the looks, because I prefer the matte over the gloss black bezel of the Pioneer. However I believe it is going to come down to the picture quality including accurate grayscale, black level/detail, color accuracy, brightness, picture noise, SD quality and scaling.
I already tested the 5060 at a dealer with my AVIA disk, HQV Benchmark and a couple of my favorite reference DVD's and it passed with flying colors except a couple of issues. One is picture noise and the other is that green is off. It has a lot of dither noise, which kind of bothers me, but is seems tolerable at viewing distances over 8 feet. Also the green is more blue green. Other people also say it has an issue with judder, but I was not able to confirm it. But in all other respects, this is one awesome plasma.
I finally found a dealer that has a 50XR5 on display and although I can't see it side by side with the 5060, I plan to run it through the same paces as I did the 5060. This will probably not happen for another week but I will report back on what I find.
Something tells me this could end up being one hard decision