after looking at sd and hd panny 42's side by side there is not a lot in it for pic quality (20% in favour of the HD nodel) both on HD 1080i HD sat and I didnt go wow like i was told I would with HD sat on RGB leads. On freeview Hd model slightly better than sd IMO. I think i will still be getting the HD model as I prefer the look with the gloss finish although it looks huge next to the sd model. On the stand I think they look great, hung on the wall the silver bit that would normally be out of sight in the stand looks pants. Just my 50cents worth.