Pioneer versus Elite HD RPTVs

Has anyone compared the video quality of a HD RPTV from the regular Pioneer line to their Elite models? Limited information on the Pioneer web page implies some of the features are better in the Elite line, such as lenses and upconversion, but I am curious to know how much of this is discernable to the human eye when viewing a DVD or HDTV image. The stores in the Washington, DC area seem to carry either the regular Pioneer line, or the Elite line, but not both so I can't compare the images side by side.

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I own the Elite (the smallest, 53 incher) and after watching DVDs on a friend's regular pioneer HD RPTV (same size) here are my impressions:

1. When converting an ordinary TV-size picture (Tina Turner DVD) to widescreen, digitzation artifacts were noticable (usually groups of about 4-6 inches in diameter of rectangles of about 1/2 inch in size). I presume that the hardware on the Elite can better keep up with the conversion of one format to another. On the Elite, there were some jaggies along the edges of objects, but very small (1/8 inch?) and only slightly disturbing.

2. The depth/purity of the colors, which is what sets the Pioneers apart, is somewhat better on the Elite.

3. Can't comment on the sound, as we both run the sound through HT systems.

My overall impression was that I was glad I have my Elite, but that the regular version would be 'OK' if one could get it for a great price.

The enjoyment factor of the Pioneer Elite is unmatched in RPTVs IMHO, but be aware there is a background of 'snow' that is everpresent, diminishing only somewhat with use of a PS Audio P600 power conditioner.