from sound and vision article:
The Samsung LCD was slightly better at cleanly reproducing the highest-resolution portion of 1080i and 1080p test patterns, while the Pioneer plasma introduced a bit of noise in that area
— a not uncommon phenomenon that we comment on from time to time in our reviews. This isn't display-technology related, and it usually doesn't result in any visible loss of detail on program material — which was the case here. Both TVs delivered the ultra-sharp pictures we've come to expect from 1080p sets driven by high-quality HD signals. Each got a 10 for picture detail."
one of many comments in that shootout that just doesn't add up. these guys are obviously biased or maybe even payed off for plasma/pioneer.
one second they are praising the lcd for more detail in the picture/less noise the next they score the pioneer the same. logic will tell you that if one side has better detail, better bright scenes with also more detail, cleaner reproduction of images that should result in that side having a better score.
not only that, with loss of detail they should be discussing why the plasma was crushing blacks.
i noticed any time they even came close to a criticism of the pioneer they were beating around the bush hoping you could read between the lines.
funny indeed. just calling it like it is.