First of all, sorry for the text, I'm a frustrated consumer !!!! I have a simple requirement: I'd like a 42" HD Ready Plasma TV, but I'd like a decent demo first if I may ... please ... and no, I dont want £500 cover. I fear I may be too demanding in my requirements. I think my choices are quite straightforward, its a shame that I can't arrange a straightforward test drive to match my simple requirement. Either the prospective retailer doesn't have it, won't have it or doesn't know what to do with it if they did. Pioneer PDP43XDE: Plenty of places to see one on demo, excellent picture, good reviews, plenty of price options. I like this one, but I'd like to see a (slightly) cheaper benchmark before taking the 3k leap of faith, might be able to get a better DVD player if I did. The better half might approve if I could demonstrate consideration of cost before selection !!! Hitachi 42PD7200: Department Store had one, but no demo was available as it was on window display. I did look but only out of courtesy, Man U v Arsenal on terrestrial TV through a plate glass window on a busy afternoon in town is not what I'm looking for as a demo. No stock available, therefore no price matching discussions allowed (a subject of various other threads). High Street Electrical had one, but alas no DVI, HDMI or High Def video source, however they seemed quite pleased offering Sir a demo of Stuart Little through a £70 DVD player, and a high quality £100 (yes £100) scart cable (nuff said). Amusingly a member of the public thought I was the Store Manager and wanted to purchase an MP3 player from me, opportunity lost says me !!! Local Hi-Fi specialist will order one for a purchase, but dont hold stock for demos. Extremely helpful though despite this. Panasonic TH42PV500: The Panasonic tour was in High Street Electricals car park displaying all the new models, except the PV500 series, available in the Panasonic store near me from Tuesday ... aargh!!! Comments welcome ... especially if they identify dealers in Scotland who can demo any two of my three options with something better than a 3" animated mouse through a £100 Scart cable and a £70 DVD player from behind a plate glass window.