Decision time has come as to which plasma to go for. After having spent a couple of weeks reading through the threads on this forum, I have narrowed my choice to the Pioneer 506XDE or Panasonic 50PV500 as they seem to be regarded as the best 50" models (excluding panel models). The points below are key factors in my decision. Please have a look and make sure my conclusions are correct. 1) I can get the Pioneer (including full length side speakers and pedestal stand) for about £3500. I can get the Panasonic pedestal model (which as I understand it has an intergrated speaker system) for about the same price. The Panasonic also comes with a free DMRES10 DVD recorder. 2) The Panasonic produces the best black levels (during dark scenes in dark viewing conditions) out of any plasma on the market. The Pioneer produces black levels that are better than the Pioneer 5th generation, but they still aren't quite as good as the Panasonic. 3) The 50PV500 is Panasonic's latest plasma TV model (ie. 8th generation), while the 506XDE is Pioneer's latest plasma TV model (ie. 6th generation). Both models were released in the past couple of months. 4) In the looks department, the Pioneer wins. 5) The Pioneer has 2 HDMI connections while the Panasonic only has 1. However, am I right in assuming that you could get an adapter that would allow 2 HDMI devices to be connected to a single HDMI connection? 6) The Panasonic may suffer from very slight colour banding while the Pioneer does not. 7) The Panasonic has a higher resolution, although I'm not sure if that has any advantages. 8) Am I right in assuming that all this business about a TV accepting a native rate won't apply to me as I don't intend to use a PC with the TV? 9) I have no idea how either model copes with NTSC DVDs. Does either one of them produced juddering during panning shots? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.