After 2 weeks I can say that IMHO the picture quality and overall functionality of this set is superb. I sorted out the 'blueness' by changing the cheap and nasty composite video cable -> scart for a better quality rgb -> scart cable and upgrading the other scarts in the setup (thanks to Jimsan for recommending www.tvcables.co.uk) overall a noticable improvement in quality for a small outlay. I now have settings much more in line with those noted on other threads. The only other comment I have is that I really wish there was a way of changing the backlight settings as whites seem a little bright, and it would perhaps help to darken the blacks? I do have one interesting issue though. I use a one-for-all I.R sender, as my amp etc. is in a cupboard. When the 9986 is switched on, it seems to transmit a broadband I.R. signal, which is picked up by the sender. This jams any other I.R signals through the sender (i.e. a remote). This is demonstrated by the red led on the sender staying on continuously when the set is on, and only turning off when the set is on standby or off. If I shield the sender from the set, then again no signal is picked up. At first I thought it was the 'smart lights' which sense movement near the set (using I assumed IR/PIR sensors), to light the control panel on top, I turned this off, but the effect remains. The really strange thing is, that it only affects the one-for-all sender, remotes otherwise work fine. If anyone has experienced this, or has a solution/comments etc. I'd be interested!