Hi all. In late January, I started to redecorate my house and thought about a large-screen plasma/lcd tv for the first time. Finding this forum, I must now have spent the equivalent of at least a couple of days man hours reading and dissecting all reviews. Whew....what an amazing world~ the more I think I know,,,,,the less I actually do. Anywayz, I have come to the conclusion that it's advisable to wait a few months for the tranche of new screens that are HDTV compatible to be released. On a visit to TCR - almost parted with £2700 for the Pio PDP435XDE inc. w/b and speakers. Resisted. Right now, I'm waiting with baited breath for the new Philips 42 9830 LCD with all the bells and whistles (thanks to Jimsan and his extraordinarily useful reflections) - but equally, the new Hitachi's 7200's plasmas look tempting. I guess my questions are as follows: 1. I have a cosy rectangular room with a viewing distance of about 7/8 ft - is a 42' screen to big? 2. Whilst I think I'm happy with the LCD/plasma world.....the home cinema world leaves me confused. Is there a high-def DVD Recorder cinema system out of the box? 3. If not.....Samsung HD 945......seems good. I spose av revceiver and speaker package is then the option. Any ideas? I have an xbox and NTL. 4. Anyone heard about NTL HD and what is happening??? 5. Anyone recommend any good av specialist in the North-west London area - JL set up is always terrible!!! 6. Do I need a screen that is capable of the upper end of the HD display (1920 and 1080i)?? Apologies for the long thread....I feel like a 4 year old who's just discovered McDonalds!!!!!