I've been reading this forum for a few days and now it's time to post. Please excuse me as I am a complete novice. I'm looking to purchase a complete home cinema system starting from scratch. I want to be able to link the screen to my PC about 4m away to play movies, games etc directly off it. I also have Sky+. I have no other equipment except an old scan dvd player. Money is not too much of an object as long as what I get is future proof for a few years. Prior to finding this forum all my research was from home cinema magazines and on this basis I ended up with this shortlist of screens: Philips 32pf9986, Sony kde-p37xs1 and pioneer pdp-434hde (Panny has to low a res for PC). I then found the pioneer has been superseded by the 435xde but not to glowing acclaim. Other factors influencing me are talk of screens "buzzing" e.g. 434 and various connections required e.g. HDMI to be "future proof". With a plasma I'm worried about screen burn when using my PC. It has been mentioned that TV channels displaying constant logo can do this also. Is this a big effect and how long can the screen stay idle before it gets damaged? Matters became more muddled when reading that separates are a better way to go. I am now inclined towards the pioneer PDP-43MXE1. Is this the same screen as the 435xde? And if so can some of the mentioned limitations of this model (e.g. poor TV/Sky pq) be reduced by selecting equipment that performs a better job than the xde media box. Or are these qualms native to the actual screen? Is there a significant drop in pq/performance if I go for a 50in screen? What exactly does a scaler do and are what would be a partic good model. Heard Lumagen mentioned. What is the basic level of connectivity to a screen like the mxe. Is extra connectivity achieved using slot in style boards? I have got that impression so far. Enough about screens. What would be a good dvd/amp/speaker package be. I have old scan sc-2500 dvd. I've already assumed this to be crap but how much better is say Dennon dvd-3910. If huge improvement then don't mind paying. Would it be worth getting a recorder eg Panny e85 or Sony hx900. I have Sky+ but would DVD recorder have much better quality? Need to ensure amp can alter for lip synch if needed. Would this be standard on most amps? Read Dennon, Arcam and Yamaha are good eg Arcam avr-250, Dennon avr-3805. Is it better to keep to same make with dvd and amp? As for speakers I need a compact set-up. Looking at genies. I have seen KEF get good reviews also. Would genies suit the above amp/dvd well? Whats the best way to hook all this together and what would decent cables cost? Finally is it worth getting the screen professionally calibrated? How long does it have to "run in" for? Sorry to post so big but as you can see I`m pretty thick when it comes to all this and don't want to get taken for a ride when I speak to a dealer. Whos a good dealer for Preston in North of England and will be able to set system up/provide support? Hugh thanks in advance for all your thoughts/help. ----------------------------------------------------- Anticlaus is coming to town!