Got to share my thoughts on one of these I had very briefly this week.(pics on my site;-www.projection-dreams.com (p.s.Im still working on the site so its a bit sparse at the moment!) o.k. this only had 26hrs on three new tubes(not rebuilds) so it had everything going for it. But wow! First time for a while I`d had an XG LC(recently had a non LC). Ill clarify the wow.. Very..very crisp picture-In fact,at first it reminded me very much of the G90 I had the week previous..same bold presentation,fantastic detail,blacks were awesome. But of course the icing on the cake was the colours..best..without a doubt ..best colours I have seen on ANY 8" crt to date. The mix of colour filtered lens`s with the LC was a thing of beauty..In fact it really threw me out..one moment I thought filmic,the next ..razor sharp..I was seeing levels of detail in the LOTR (Fellowship) that I hadnt seen before..sweat Bilbos brow..pits in Arwens makeup ..the lot.. In fact the guy I was demoing it too had a jaw that was touching the floor-and hes got an 808! At one point he said;-" I hoped it would be good but never thought it would be this good!" This guy had his pal with him-and the three of us just sat there and watched the film..I forgot about the demo..they forgot about the demo..we were all enthralled! ..In fact,the silence was only broken by one of the guys thats said.."Can i take it now"..I really ..really wanted to say no... But it was a total picture if you know what I mean? It did everything well..I Couldnt find a fault in ANY scene as hard as I looked..Bilbos jacket was TRUE red..but the skin tones were completely accurate,Frodos face was a tad pale in some scenes but he had rosey cheeks..It was -dare I say it-the only time to date I have seen dvd approximate D-Theatre..thats how it looked.. The firework party..all the detail was there..red apples in the basket..subtle shades of shadows in the blacks..and when they went into Bilbos cottage at one point you see a shot of through the window..and all the flowers were beautifully coloured and textured. The pictures sense of 3dimensiality was extraordinary. The more I looked at it I kept thinking G90..but I started thinking..I like it better???????? I know its crazy but..when one remembers that the XG 135 beat the G90 for the image quality award in 1999-and that the XG LC flagships were NECS answer to the 9" crt`s of the day..maybe not so crazy. But today im gutted,I was hoping to have it an extra couple of days and watch a couple of movies on it.. But a big..BIG thumbs up for this-the bonus being of course that its such a compact unit.