I've now owned my panny 36pf10 tv for 4-5 years now and recently, on seeing the new breed of sleek n sexy rptv's and plasmas, decided that my beautiful but bulky panny was in need of updating, after seeing the photos in the plasma thread - 'show us yours', decided that an hang on the wall tv was the way to go. I checked out quite a few showrooms demoing these sets and have to say that on the whole, was impressed with what I saw, I also checked out the latest rear projectors from sony, sagem and one or two others and again, was impressed with what I saw. On getting home, I had actually made up my mind as to which one I was going to buy but decided to check out a couple of opinions from this forum for both formats - thank god! It seems that whilst retail salesmen are enthusiastically extolling the virtues of each system, theres a lot that they DON'T tell you - most impotantly, that both these systems have a 'limited' life - with plasma's, the image degrades over a period of years and with rptv's the bulbs have to be replaced at great expense - because my tv is hooked up to a console, computer,cable, video, dvd and laserdisc, it gets well used and using either format would mean a much shorter shelf life. I took a step back and had a look at my 5 year old panny and suddenly realised that what I had was the best possible compromise - a large screen tv with no life issues, great sound, flat screen and superb pic which is the same today as it was when I bought it so apart from the fact that its a bit on the porky side, I have no issues so I've finally made my mind up - I'm staying in crt city! In a few years time when the other formats have improved and matured, I may well cast my eyes to a new box but buying either technology now would only be a short term compromise.