Originally Posted by westa6969
Surprised you didn't wait to compare with the Pio 6070 - Hopefully you have controlled lighting but I owned the Panny 500U 50" and IMO it could not match up with the SXRD with HD and the SXRD had better blacks/details neither was all that great with SD and that was not in a store that was in my home. I've auditioned the 5070 and found it better than the Panny 60 series to my eyes but for a Sunny room a Plasma is not good unless you cover up all the windows.
Your eyes/money and hopefully you won't have to deal with reflections (the SXRD has no reflections issue while PDP's do) and yes then you'll have a great PQ HT to enjoy but I found it inferior too the SXRD in my viewing conditions for HD movies in the Sweet Spot. I certainly didn't see what you did and they each have their strengths/weaknesses. Never the less Hope it works for you though! :)
For what it is worth, I did compare the Panny to the $10K Pioneer sitting next to it, and I feel the Panny looked equal to or better in every area that I care about. I know Pioneer is coming out with the 6070, but at some point you have to stop waiting and pull the trigger.
In regards to 600U resolution compared to the SXRD, yes, technically the SXRD wins. However, keep in mind that from 10 feet away I could not SEE the difference.
Lastly, I do control the lighting for critical viewing, and honestly, I don't watch much TV during the day.