Philips have a fetish for saying the Panasonic and Philips CRT's are identical and made in the same factory. I now have startling proof Philips are actually telling the truth! On the surface it appears the two companies have separate factories, MDDG in Esslingen and LG.Philips in Aachen. But let's take a closer look: Map generated with Microsoft AutoRoute Express 98 What you see plotted on the map is a typical driving route between the two factories. What you do not see on the map is the 500km long secret tunnel that connects the two factories and makes them one. The secret tunnel begins behind a secret door in a cafeteria at MDDG, secretly passes under the city of Stuttgart and makes a detour to Heidelberg, where a secret door leads to a nice little Wirtshaus. The tunnel then continues passing under Ludwigshafen and Idar-Oberstein (where, for various reasons the tunnel is not a secret), before ending up at a secret door leading into a cafeteria at LG.Philips. So as you can see, technically it is the same factory. The reason the CRT's made in either end of this interesting factory look so different, is actually that they are so precisely similar, so identical in fact, that alone makes them look different. They should have the same performance regardless of how they look or which oompa-loompies assembled them. So maybe it's time I rest my case against Philips.