Pioneer specialists probably know this already but here goes anyway. I am looking for a HD plasma and, because we are in Denmark for a while, was worried about 433mxes selling out before we return to the UK. I asked the Pioneer head office in Copenhagen who distributes them here and, to my surprise, the sales chief offered me a personal demo. Had a good look and was very impressed with DVD playback - and fantastic linked up to a laptop. The guy seemed very clued up and he had tried out the 43Mxe-1 recently. Thought it was excellent and a step up from 433mxe/434hde model though not necessarily a quantum leap ('evolution not revolution'). This fits with the brightness/contrast being 10-20% higher I guess. Confirmed that it has DVI but not HDMI, which you knew already, but stated that a 3rd party (sounded like 'Iosys') was developing an HDMI board (and tuner board) for this model. No idea how much it would cost. This would not fit 433mxe and he doubted very much whether one would be developed for 433mxe (but note very small market here, and most mxes sold for commercial displays; consumers almost invariably buy the 434HDE). I was certainly tempted by the 433mxe but will wait for the mxe-1, and I'ill try and find out more about this HDMI board. Anyone else heard of this one?.