Recently I had a chance to view the new Fujitsu P42HHS and Hitachi 42P5000 panel side by side here in germany. Both are ALiS Panels so there having very comparable pictures. In short IMHO the Fujitsu has a slighly better scaler (Faroudja) while the Hitachi provides better blacks, the only weak spot of the Fujitsu. Plus the complete Hitachi package incl. tuner, stand and speakers is around 2000 cheaper than the Fujitsu without speakers, stand and tuner. All in all the the Hitachi is the clear winner and offers the best plasma picture I've ever seen. They also had the Pioneer 434 and while I prefer the overall design of the Pio, the PQ is inferior to both Fujistu and Hitachi panel. BTW They demoed the panels with two DVDs Matrix and EP2. And I found out the the Matrix DVD is a real plasma benchmark in terms of bad PQ because it has much noise and many scenes with blacks.