I have been asked this question quite a few times recently and feel I need to clarify something. 9" WILL give the best picture..BUT..not everyone would be able to see the smidgen of difference apparent without a top setup/install/source/hidef material. Like high end audio,you can pay a heck of a premium for 9" over 8" LC -sometimes 3/4 times as much! Of course you pay this for a 3%-5% improvement. I am continually surprised how excellent 8" LC is ,only recently I saw a very well setup G90 just after I had had a NEC XG110LC..and believe me,they were a damn sight closer in pic quality than even I would have thought previously. *I have noticed the very same thing with a Marquee 8500LC and a Marquee 9500LC.. This I feel is great news for those that DONT have the money right now for 9",they can in confidence buy 8" LC & know that even by spending a lot more there is not much more quality to gain. Years ago it was said that an 8" crt was for an 8ft screen ..a 9" for a 9ft..that was all..certainly though the ultimate resolvability(theoretical) and ultimate bandwidth may denote there is more latent ability with a 9"..the truth is,most mere mortals playing dvd would be pushed to see it..only with the very best hidef could you notice a slither of extra ability..this you have to look for mind you.. I would defy most watching a "blind" shootout to even be able to pick the 8" LC from the 9". As an analogy,Imagine two Ferraris ..one has a top speed of 202mph..the other has a top speed of 206mph..yet seldom will you have the opportunity to go above 70mph.. But of course the 206mph one is faster..and if you want the fastest So dont be dismayed if you see that 9" and cant afford it..dont be dismayed(..as a few I have spoken to seem to be..) if you think(incorrectly) that this is the only way to a top picture. Its not..8" LC will give you awesome//9" wiill give you awesome+(the plus you may never use or notice..)................... Now,IF we talk of the best value? thats as the dear old yanks say.."a no brainer".. At the moment for the quality on offer and the price of even a pristine,new tubed model,8" is the way to go..8"LC though more expensive..is also fantastic value..as an example,the XG 110LC I recently had -in terms of absolute picture quality was miles in front of ANY dlp upto 12k-and arguably as good-if not better than the ones above 12k. Yet even with 3 new tubes still cost only 25% of the aforementioned 12k. A point I have made to a few guys that have mailed me-which I feel is key-is that the top 8" -and of course 9" are capable of 1080i native-this is in contrary to all but a couple of the most expensive dlp`s with panel resolutions of 1280 x 720. They are compatible with 1080i but of course downscale it..as they would 1080p -assuming they can accept in the first place.. A strange old world when the "older" technology is more capable! So I am thinking of the ideal way to show what a stonking bargain 8" LC is ..and what a supreme picture it can put up ,may be to match it in a shootout with one of the dlp big boys-seldom one has the opportunity to see this-and of course this is what most would like to see-and lets just say for argument sake its a draw(..it wont be )..then IF an 8"LC is at least as good-and 50% of the cost-then surely thats the way to go for those unsure..one for the not too distant future methinks.. ..But for now? Remember when you see that 9" crt showing that hidef.instead of thinking;-"Well its bound to look good ,it costs a bomb-is showing the best material etc.." that you may as well -near as dammit-be looking at 8"LC-and thats going to be 70% cheaper! Certainly the next 8" LC i have-I have already said to a few of the guys they are welcome to come and see..I dont have an esoteric system..i have an average setup..it wont be stacked in any way..it will be real world..but it will still be an awesome-and affordable pic..we all want to aspire up the ladder to the very best..but rung two from the top is within the reach of mere mortals!!