Gentlemen, ladies and fellow explorers, I have received an abundance of help from you in my quest for a 32" LCD. Thank you. The chosen two LCD's remain the Philips PF9986 or the Sony KLV32M1. Here is a brief update on my LCD adventures since my last email: John Lewis have been very helpful and set up the Philips and the Sony for me. Martin (extremely helpful chap) even brought his own VGA to phono cable in to help with the set up. It was at this stage that we discovered the showroom pf9986 was version 1.3 and no picture could be displayed from the component input (!) So, I viewed the Sony by RGB Scart and the Philips by RGB Scart to compare. Both very good but I am definately leaning towards the look of the picture on the Philips. Then I saw the Sony by Component feed. Now this, to me, was the best picture I've seen on an LCD. To say the least I was impressed. I took Spiderman Suberbit with me and tested the screens with the opening credits and the Times Square battle sequence. By scart both screens missed about a third of the detail from the opening credits and the richness of colour and clarity of picture via component was unequalled by the Philips. So, the only way to properly compare has to be to see the Philips by component input. My hope is that the Philips fed by component will be as good, if not better, than the Sony by component. However, to reach this next (and final) comparisson test I have had to order a PF9986 and ask for it to be delivered to John Lewis to be set up via component feed and compared to the Sony directly. The PF9986 is now (today) in stock and I have just paid for it ("GULP!") - which is the only way to get it to the store (fantastic price match with John Lewis, Glasgow BTW, thanks forum users ;-). I have the assurance of Martin that if the pf9986 is the wrong firmware (ie. without adapters and unable to accept a progressive input) he will keep sending it back until the right one is delivered. But, as I wait to see the pf9986 working I am troubled by the discussions I have read here and would value anyone's further comments about the following: 1) I have seen comments that the component/progressive input to the Philips is not that different from input to the Philips by RGB Scart. I have seen the Sony with a component/progressive scan input and then the PF9986 with RGB Scart input and (and I know it's my opinion which may or may not be shared but) I felt the direct component input to the Sony gave the most astonishingly good picture I have ever seen. Am I alone in this? If so, please let me know what I'm missing. I really want the Philips to be as good if not better. Is it, as I fear, that the two adapters detract significantly from the source material to leave an inferior picture than you would get from a direct component socket? 2) The most recent review I have read on the Sony was glowing, although I noticed in the group test in the magazine that it was not tested against the Philips. But, whilst it was pointed out that the Wega engine of the Sony does not give as much detail as the Pixel Plus 2 of the Philips it commented that there were picture processing problems with the Philips. Can anyone give me more details and I will look out for this when the screens are set up for me. In particular what processing problems exist? 3) There has been discussion here about the "buzzing" contrast. Clearly this would be very annoying and I will check for it. Any tips on what the "worst" setting should be so that I can check in the shop? These issues really concern me. Although I have just parted with the cash I am confident that once set up I can still raise concerns and take the Sony (plus refunded difference) instead. Ideally I would really like the Philips to dazzle me with it's component input but, I'm not convinced from what I've read so far. I would sacrifice the HD compatability of the DVI socket for a far superior picture displayed through component input. Hopefully, I've not upset anyone with this request and, as before, I will be very grateful for any help I receive. Many thanks.