Here is my take after using the set for 5 days. (I replaced a Toshiba RPTV with this set and I also have a 42 inch ED Panny.) Pros and Cons (so far) simplified:
*Excellent with HD DVDs (The set really shines when viewing these.)
*Excellent with SD DVDs (Well-mastered DVDs virtually equal some HD DVDs. I'm actually excited about rewatching many of my SD DVDs because of this.)
*Large immersive picture that I can sit very close to--I'm sitting at 8 feet and could go closer if I wanted.
*Razor sharp image for a set this large.
*Overscan works well along with what limited user controls it has. (I feel it's not a real "tweaker's" set, but has a fair amount of controls. And the controls are very easy to navigate and use.)
*Quiet and does not generate a lot of heat.
*A nice amount and variety of inputs.
*Still cannot get the black levels to where I want them. On wide-screen movies the black bars are "lighter" than I want. Movies with dark scenes to not scream out deep inky blackness.
(I'll be looking at "Batman Begins" on HD DVD tonight to critique what those dark scenes look like.)
(I have not tinkered with the service menu to see how much the black level can be improved by a non-professional calibrator like myself. Playing around with the service menu is weekend, all day/all night type, of thing for me. Hopefully, this weekend.)
*Coming out of the shoot at $10,000, the set is not inexpensive. I feel you get a lot, but I wouldn't buy it at the MSRP.
*Glare. Not a set to watch without controlled lighting.
I've looked at the Pioneer Pro-FHD1 and I almost
want to say that I prefer that set's black levels. I say almost
because that set is a 50 inch set and perhaps I'm fooled that the blacks are better because everything is more compacted. If it were expanded to a 65 inch set, I'm not so sure its black levels would hold up.
My plan is this: I have 25 days left on my return policy with this set. When assjack1 gets his tomorrow and writes up his compelling
review of the set by late tomsorrow
(Okay. By the weekend.), I'll have something that is in the same league as my set to which I can compare. (As other people get their sets, I'll be, of course, reading their opinions as well, but it sounds like assjack1 will be the FIRST
If the black levels on the TH-65PF9UK are substantially better and it truly outperforms the consumer model, then I'll switch. I'll hate giving up all the inputs on the consumer set and having to buy cards to get the inputs that I want, but ultimate picture quality for the same price is where I'm headed. If both sets are pretty much even, I'll keep the consumer set, not visit this forum any more for four years (so I won't be tempted by the latest and greatest set being released every six months), and then, four years from now I'll check back in and see what I've been missing.
As I view more and learn more, I'll post more PROS and CONS.