Originally Posted by RandyWalters
I don't own one, and i really like my Panasonic, but if i were to buy today i would definitely get the Pioneer because it gives you these added advantages over the Panny . . . .Pioneer screen is brighter, handles a bright room better
Pioneer has better colors
Pioneer has Individual Input Memory (each input remembers it's own settings)
Pioneer has two good stretch modes for 4:3 (Cinema and Wide), both of which are better than Panasonic's JUST mode
Pioneer has separate ATSC Antenna and Cable tuners with two RF inputs (Panny's tuner is either/or only and has one RF input)
Pioneer has Picture in Picture and Split Screen
Pioneer remote control is WAY better than Panasonic's, and it has an A/V Selection button which lets you change the picture mode on the fly.
Pioneer remote has Direct Input buttons (takes you directly to your preferred input)
Pioneer has much better looking cabinet, but the glossy bezel is like a dark mirror and is more reflective than the screen is
50" Pioneer has R/L Speaker jacks (enables you to connect remote bookshelf speakers if you remove the factory speakers)
50" Pioneer has removable speakers
Randy, I've got last year's 65" Panny (8UK) and am taking delivery of the Pioneer 1540 tomorrow, so I have no axe to grind. I honestly don't agree with some of the things you've said - especially as they relate to commercial Panny panels and the 600u series of consumer panels. I suspect that your comments were intended to compare the Pioneer panels to the 60u series from Panasonic. The 600u series include several features not found on the 60u series, while the Panny commercial units do not include tuners (they're monitors) and can be customized a bit more. Thus, from what I've seen:
1. Pioneer is a bit brighter than the Panny. But, I'm not so sure that this translates into better picture quality as the brightness of the Pioneer needs to be toned down a bit to render quality blacks. Once I get the 1540 tomorrow, I'll be in a better position to confirm this as I've only played with the 1540 in the store until now.
2. The Commercial Pannys have the same input memory that the Pioneer has.
3. I'm not convinced that Pioneer has "better color." Rather, I'd say that Pioneer has "punchier" color but the Panny color may be more accurate. From what I've seen, Pioneer tends to have a yellow/green push while Panny has a bit of a red push. Both can be adjusted to overcome these tendencies. Also, I've noticed that the Pioneers that I've seen in the stores have not rendered a bright white, unlike Panasonic. I suspect that this reflects the yellow/green push and that I'll be able to adjust the 1540 to eliminate this problem.
4. Panny commercial panels also have PIP and split screen.
5. I'm not sure what you are describing when comparing the remote controls, but the Panny commercial remote does allow you to cycle through resolutions.
6. Panny commercial remotes also allow the user to select individual inputs directly.
7. Panny commercial panels also have speakers that are optional (and, obviously, removable) and l/r speaker terminals that can be connected to outboard speakers.
8. The bezel on the commercial Panny is small in size, without extraneous chrome, and keeps the focus on the glass, not the enclosure. Bezel preferences tend to be subject to each individual purchaser's personal aesthetic bias.
Please note that I am not pushing one manufacturer's panel over another as I think that both companies produce stellar products. At this point, a purchase decision should come down to price/feature/aesthetic comparisons as picture quality is a toss-up on balance.