Alright, again, D-Nice is comparing the 6020 to a 720p display. Going from 720p to a 1080p of the same size will yield quite different results. So macroblocking and SD signals are not necessarily the most important things to take to heart from the review.
Yes, the lack of calibrations for the RGB in the SM put a damper on the 9G Non-Elite, but we'll see what he says about the 9G Elites. But he has made it clear that the 9G does incredibly well for itself even without those calibrations.
Having one usable picture mode seems less of an issue because once you have that one usable picture mode calibrated, isn't that what you want to use ideally? Most people, I think, want to set their displays to one setting and forget about it.
And again, let me emphasize that he stated that the Movie mode was incredibly accurate for a user mode, so why not just use that if you are looking for the best picture, anyway?
I'm a gamer and having only 1 component input compared to 2 does not matter in the slightest because I have my Denon 4308 receiver sending everything to the TV via a single HDMI anyway. A lot of receivers nowadays have some sort of conversion process to allow for this, but even if this isn't the case, having several component inputs on your receiver and sending the signal then through component to the TV seems to solve that issue.
You also forgot to mention the 9G panels are over an inch thinner than the 8G. Isn't that 'HUGE'?
What about MSRP's? 9G's have the 8G's beat. And even though you can find 8G's on sale for cheaper than their respective MSRP's, companies are still pushing to sell them for as much as they can before they push the 9G's.
You obviously have made up your minds about the 9G, but many of these things we are mentioning really weigh differently to many other people, too.
Personally I see more benefits to the 9G over the 8G.