It took a while to read through the entire MegaTest review Interesting stuff came up. None the less I noticed in another thread that Gordon said he had calibrated a NEC to have comparable (almost) blacks to the Panny's. Given this statement and the others about how good the detailing is in dark areas, I wanted to stir the pot again. A friend of mine in Dublin says his company can get them at wholesale price. I don't even know how much cheaper this will be considering the margins everyone keeps writing about are so low. But the specs on paper seem pretty good, despite how much some stalwarts of AVforums.com think its not worth the paper its written on. (even Shrek looked bad ROFL) But there were still some backers out there. So it comes down to being offered a good deal. I've learnt loads about scalers recently and it seems I'll get a HD panel now and a scaler later, such, is my chosen path. I thought I had made up my mind to go for PHD7/8 but now I'm also considering Pioneer MXE and of course this NEC, which I didn't consider at all before. Is this forum still quite anti-NEC? Is it worth the hassle or heartache to save a few euros?