NicolasB? A newbie? Well, on the subject of televisions, pretty much. I'm currently vaguely considering the possiblity of buying a new display, as my faithful Panasonic TXW32D4DP is four years old, now, and it'd be nice to think that there have been some advances in technology over that period. My immediate instinct is to think about something rather higher-end than a simple "television" - but (quite aside from the fact that getting into questions like "should I go for a projector or a plasma" really belong on 3 fora at once, but can only be posted on one) if I do start thinking about high-resolution displays then that will probably have to wait until I've saved up rather more dosh, as the audio side of things is about to leave me penniless. There's also the question of whether it really makes sense to plough a lot of money into an expensive display now, when we don't yet know for certain what video sources are going to be doing a couple of years down the line; how important will HDCP be, what are the firewire vs DVI considerations, what resolution will blue laser players operate at, and so on. Perhaps it would be better to spend a bit less (£1500? £2000?) now and upgrade seriously a couple of years down the line. Sources at present are a Sky+ box, an Arcam DV27, and (rarely) an elderly JVC D-VHS recorder. (Not capable of high-definition!) So, let us confine our attention to TVs for the moment. The basic question is: how much money would I have to spend to get a display that is noticeably superior to my current set? My faithful Panasonic is, as I said, about 4 years old now. By the standards of 32" widescreen sets of that age, it's pretty good. At the time I bought it there wasn't really anything much better - there was Phillips model that I remember being comparable, but to improve on it significantly I'd have had to pay twice as much for a Sony set that would have only been 28". The screen isn't flat, but it's not that badly curved, especially not in the vertical direction. Contrast is ok. Colour is good. Sharpness is good. The geometry is ever so slightly off in places, but you only notice this if you have it in 4:3 mode because the sides of the picture aren't absolutely ruler-straight. It has its own "100Hz" system. Accepts NTSC input quite plausibly. Has an RGB scart. Does Pro-Logic. So, not too bad really. If I were to buy a new set then these are some of the things I'd be thinking about: The sound would be completely irrelevant. No TV is going to have built-in speakers and decoders that would do a better job than the audio system I hope to end up with. (Or at least I'd be upset if it did!) By contrast, picture quality is critical. Would need to be at least 32", maybe bigger, and widescreen (duh). Would either need to accept a progressive scan input, or to have an internal deinterlacer that would do as good a job as the Silicon Image 503 board in my DV27. Accepting PAL progressive scan as well as NTSC would be a big point in its favour. Not too fussed about it having a terrestrial digital decoder, unless: it's built in such a way that the picture quality is better than anything generated by an external box, it has multi-format outputs for recording the terrestrial digital signal, and it has a digital sound output. Still needs to look good for 4:3 material. Any thoughts? How much would I need to spend, and what are some models that represent "as good as you can get for the price"?