I got my 64H5000! It was a long agonizing wait, but it was worth it! I ended finding one on Office Depot and ordered it March 8th when it was showing still in stock. The very next day it showed out of stock, so apparently I got one of the last available.
Long story, Office Depot dropped the ball at some point or they were unsure if they could obtain anymore because my order status sat at "In Process" for days. I contacted them and they said that is was a special order and being shipped directly from manufacture. They said it showed it was scheduled for delivery March 17th which was the original estimate. Well, of course it didn't show and had to fire off another email. After them contacting their 3rd party vendor for several days they finally got a response from vendor and had my tracking Monday the 23rd. It had actually been picked up on the 18th by the freight company, but I guess it took them several days to get a response from them. Anyways, it finally arrived safe and sound on Wednesday and couldn't be happier.
There is really not much more I can add that hasn't already been said about the H5000. The picture quality is simply stunning! I can't get over how deep the black levels are! It blows away the picture on my beloved Sony SXRD 60A3000. I guess I really hadn't realized how much the picture had deteriorated on my 60A3000 over the years. I still think it looks decent, but it's definitely lost its luster it once had.
I am using modified Soulburner settings, which are actually real close to the Movie mode defaults. I have turned down the Cell Light to 10 and Contrast to 80 to be safe for a while. It's still seams plenty bright for my light controlled basement. I actually settled on Brightness setting of 48 instead of 45 for my panel using the SMPTE color bars encoded on one of my Sony Blu-Rays. I've also turned the Color setting down to 45 from 50. 50 seams over-saturated for my particular panel. It could even go down another few notches on some material. I watched the latest epi of Ridiculousness with my son and that red stage background was way too hot. Even too hot at 45. Still I may leave color at 45 for now as it looks pretty good for most material. I toyed around with the Custom color space where you can turn down red. That actually worked quite well, but I'm still experimenting.
Now for the pentile grid. This is a complete non-issue for me. It actually took me a minute to even see what all the hub-bub was about. Not until I got within a couple feet to the screen could I even see the actual pentile honeycomb. It disappears once I get back a few feet. And yes, at like about 5 ft I can still make out pixels and see some plasma dithering, but it doesn't seam any worse than any other 1080p plasma display of this size. At my 11ft seating distance this picture is as sharp and detailed as anything I've seen. I have corrected vision of at least 20/20 if not better. If you can see any pentile affect or pixels at 9ft then you have bionic eyes. LOL...
Plasma buzz. I do hear a faint amount from my seating position, but it doesn't bother me and is no worse than my 60A3000's rear projection lamp cooling fan noise.
Now of the only thing that would be of concern is the fairly reflective screen. It can be almost like a mirror with most of my lighting on. But I can fully control it so it really not much of an issue.
All in all, I am very happy with this TV. It has the best picture I have personally even seen in the home environment. I feel very fortunate to have obtained one of the last great plasma displays. \m/