Well I have been following the board and the posts quite religiously for the past couple of weeks or more. Am planning to buy a Plasma for the living room and reckoned this would be the best place to educate my self Here is the situation : 1) The room is 12 X11 feet ...rectangle and i plan to have the screen on the wall which is 12 feet long..so the viewing distance would be about 10-9 feet. 2) Equipment is - A DVD player Pionner DCS 303, Sky + and an X Box I am concious about HD...and dont think would be able to afford another plasma in a year. This should be relatively simple..but after following all the forums ...it is turning out to be quite the opposite !! To begin with an Hitachi...( i am running for cover now ...) seemed to be a good bet (42PD5300). The PQ was excellent and in the manual it states that it is a Hi Definition screen and seemed to be a no brainer. Well obviously ALis does not have too many fans on the board. My question is : 1) How is the Hitachi 5300 as a TV keeping in mind the sources that i am going to use 2) The 5300 does have one HD input, however it is used by the box. Was surfing the various local Hitachi sites and somewhere it mentioned that you could buy a HD box which would then make the TV HD ready. Keeping in mind the ongoing debate on whether it is going to be 720 or 1080 for the UK....it allows you to keep your options open. 3) The other alternative is the PW7 Panel...With regards to this option can i buy an external 'box' for the panel, if yes where and how much would it cost. The idea being to connect everything else (DVD, SKy to the Box) And then to make the PW7 HD enabled i would need a scaler which is another story. So hear is where i am am. If i was looking for a replacement for the CRT for the above mentioned Set-up what would be the best way to go keeping in mind that i may not be able to spend a year down the line. My current budget is around £2.5 k...but could be flexed a bit. Any help would be appreciated...and yes if there are any satisfied Hitachi users...would love to hear from them.