Okay, it's on the wall. Unfortunately I don't have a digi camera, so can't show you, but first impressions: not the blacks I was expecting. Everything else is fine. I saw the 505 and 435 in a Pio Works Dealer with a Hi-Def setup, and the blacks were fine for me. Without seeing the 436, I took it for granted that it would be better, if not the same as the 435 in terms of blacks. But to be honest, the blacks are kind of grey, especially is a dark room (i.e., at night). The black bars on a 2.35:1 DVD are quite bright. Also, the blacks just seem to wash into each other, and I can't make out any detail in it at all. Everything's set to MID at the moment, by the way, until the 200hrs passes and Liam or Piers get the call. But just testing the brightness down to minimum ain't much help. Now, before anyone screams, I suspect my DVD player is the weak link in the chain, but I could be wrong. I can forgive Freeview. My next step is to go for a Pio 575 or an Oppo or a Denon 1920 (all about the right price range for my pocket until HD is viable), as I always factored that my current DVD recorder (Philips DVDR75 with QED scart, non-progressive) would have to be part of the upgrade from CRT to plasma. Liam/Gizlaroc/mal/MAW/Piers/ikon66/X-Style/Eitzel/Alan A/mremulator/anyone wanna offer some comfort here?!