Hi Hugh, care to elaborate on which models you are referring too.....as far as I know, all I read in audio/video magazines regarding HDTV reviews, is that the Pioneer Kuros are still the benchmark!! There is not one HDTV review out there where someone clearly comes out to state that Xbrand is now top of the heap!That belief was a long time ago.
The top of the line Panasonics are the best I've seen.
It's just a Pioneer-branded Sharp. It will never be Kuro-like... unless they can employ 2,000,000-zone LED backlight on the LCD panel (ie, making the LCD works like a plasma)In case anyone is interested, Pioneer along with Sharp is bringing out a new LED LCD Elite "KURO LIKE" HDTV.
I will certainly be waiting to see what this beast looks like...