Quite an involved question, so apologies in advance. It is related to another recently started thread on Pioneers and interlaced output. From what I have read the main disadvantages of the HDE compared to the MXE are a) future expandability b) slightly inferior picture quality (8 bit vs 10 bit) and c) lack of PAL progressive ability. I have a HTPC (an Aldi special - Medion job). This has a video capture card that takes S-video In/Composite in and can output S-video or composite, as well as VGA (obviously), but I would be more than happy to spend a few quid on an upgraded card to get better results if needed. Q1) If I use this HTPC through the HDE tuner box's VGA input, and play a PAL DVD on the HTPC, would this give the same result (or equivelant) to watching a PAL Progressive DVD on a PAL Progressive capable Plasma with a Progressive DVD player? I will mainly be watching SKY TV on the plasma and read here that the ISCAN Ultra can produce good improvements by deinterlacing the (SKY) input. Q2) Would the HTPC inherently provide the same capability if used for viewing TV? The VGA signal from the PC will be "non-interlaced" and so would I expect to see a similar improvement in picture that the ISCAN provides for £500? I am buying the plasma with a view to increasing the space in the living room. I would like to house all the AV equipment in a corner of the room rather than directly underneath the plasma and so will need longer leads because of the distance. Q3) On the HDE, would the picture quality be affected by using the longer umbilical cord rather than the normal length cord? (guess this is a Joe Fernard type question? I will probably be looking for some kind of surround sound setup to go with the plasma. Q4) Can the optional speakers on the pioneer plasmas be used *through* the plasma/tuner for this (i.e. no need to run additional speaker wire from them into a 5.1 box?). Or should I forget about trying to use these speakers if I want surround sound? Any and all thoughts are most welcome.