Hi. I've been gagging to get a Plasma for about a year and finally convinced the other half. Now I'd made up my mind some time ago from reading internet reviews that I would get the 42" Panasonic 4 series. Of course they've now come out with the 5. One would imagine this would be an improvement. So today we went to Sevenoaks AV in Sevenoaks. Just inside the door they had a Pan 5 playing Ice Age. The first thing my g/f says is.. "It looks a bit flickery to me". Now some people notice screen refresh more than others and she notices it more than me. We didn't mention this to the sales guy, but later on he said "did you notice a flicker, I notice it but most people don't". When we spoke to one of his colleagues, supposedly someone more knowledgable, he said that one of the changes from the series 4 to the series 5 is that on the 4 the screen was scanned in two halfs top and bottom and that on the 5 got rid of this dual progressive scan and now use a single progressive scan, and that is why the flicker is more noticable. Now this is the first time that I've seen this mentioned, so I was a bit confused. But I'm pretty ignorant. He also said that Panasonic have tried to reduce the cost of the unit on the 5 series and so it was an inferior product to the 4 series. Basically they there trying to flog me the Pioneer instead of the Panasonic. They said the Pioneer was better because of the resolution and mentioned about connection problems with the Panasonic as certain inputs are on the same circuit. This is when it all started to go way above my head. I'm a real ignoramus when it comes to this. So my basic question is should I trust these guys at Sevenoaks? Have they set up the panasonic screen incorrectly or is this flicker a genuine problem? My g/f says there was a definite flicker on the screen we saw. Is this top half/bottom half progressive scan thing correct? I was surprised that they were trying to flog me the Pioneer as on the net almost everything I read says that the Panasonic is the better unit.