Hi everyone At long last Im just about to take the plunge on a 37PF9986, mail order/net. Hope to order this Tuesday and receive by Saturday. Ive been following this forum for a couple of months and, although Ive now come to the conclusion that this is THE unit, I have a couple of queries: Firstly, could somebody please clarify what firmware version I need to look out for; how do I ensure that I get such a version (eg. when placing an order over the net) and how I will be able to double check that Ive got the recommended version when the unit arrives Im very wary of being on the receiving end of an unscrupulous dealer getting rid of old stock. Secondly, I have a connection query. My current other stuff includes the following: a. NTL cable box with scart connections b. Pioneer DVR-5100H HD recorder (no component output but 2 scarts and s-video) c. Sony DAV-S300 5.1 Surround sound system (no scarts, only yellow phono outputs/inputs) Id like to beef up my 37PF9986 purchase with a Denon 1705 AV receiver and a HD recorder with progressive scan and component output............. but it aint going to happen (not this year anyway dont want to push my luck too much having got this far ). Is there a notable decrease in quality because I dont have progressive scan/component output from my HD player or is there a way to minimise the signal degradation between that and the Philips? Im assuming I would take a scart straight from the NTL box to the Philips (EXT-1), and also straight from the HD recorder to the Philips (EXT-2). The Sony might be a weak link as its only got video phono style (yellow) connections, however it does have a Monitor out connection which is s-video? Should I plug this into the side connector on the Philips?? Thanks in advance.