Is anyone aware if the pic quality for SD , ie. Freeview and DVD progressive scan on the PE50 is superior to that of the Hitachi 7200 ? I realise that the Hitachi is HD-Ready and priced just a couple of hundred pounds more, but assuming my main priority is to get the plasma which has the best picture quality for watching SD content - which would be the better option? Is the PE50's contrast ratio of 4000:1 likely to give a more vibrant and colourful picture than the 1000:1 of the Hitachi? and also am I right in thinking that the PE50 does not suffer from the problems/flaws that are present in the PV500 - ie, horizontal line, contrast flickering etc. I realise that the Hitachi would be more future proof and it would seem crazy not to go for something which is HD-Ready, but I honestly dont think I will be watching HD for at least another 3 years - well, not unless Sky donate me a free HD box and charge nothing extra for their HD subscription, so maybe I would be better off worrying about HD when the time comes along and I am going to be watching HD content. For the next 2 to 3 years, I cant see myself watching anything other than SD, so my main priority is to get a big screen which gives best PQ on SD. The three options I am considering are : Sony 42MRX1 (was considering the Sony 37XS1 previously but have now decided to go for a 42 inch screen - best PQ I have seen on a plasma - period. Only the price factor that puts me off! £2900 is the cheapest I can find it.) Hitachi 7200 (looks good and decent price, the HD thing really is a bonus for me) Panasonic PE50 - (seems to have a superb contrast ratio, better blacks than the Hitachi, and also a good price). I will appreciate any advice, thanks..