Just had a demo Nexnix between the Panasonic PWD6 and Hitachi 42PD5000. BTW Very good service they let me Play around with the screens endlessly. Apologies if this appears to look like a duplicate of a previous thread. Im not trying to start another Panny vs Hitachi war. Im just trying to get answers to my specific questions below. I was adamant about getting the Hitachi because of the resolution. But at the demo I found the Panasonic to be better. DVD\SKY Picture was quite more grainy on the Hitachi and was a lot clearer on the panny. PC INPUT For PC input obviously the Hitachi is better at this then the panny because of the resolution. The scaling was better on the Hitachi. (1024x1024) but this made the fonts too small so I had to Set it to (1024x768). Tried a movie on both screens through the pc and the difference was not obvious. The Hitachi was probably very slightly clearer (not as much noise). But at 1024x1024 you do loose about 2cm from the height when watching a DVD. Having said that pc input on a panny was still good (not half as bad as I expected). In general the picture on the Panasonic was better the colors more vibrant and the blacks were More black. The Hitachi had a softer picture and the blacks were more of a grey as opposed to black. I was quite shocked at the results especially the noisier picture on the Hitachi. Could it be the set-up at Nexnix. Basically they have a DVD connected to the amp through YUV and Sky Connected to the amp through YUV (using a RGB to component converter). The Component out the amp is then routed to all the screens using a splitter. Could it be that this set-up isnt distributing the picture evenly to the screens ?. I noticed they were using the same component cables for the Hitachi and panny but the Hitachi one was probably slightly longer (2M) Also I know that the default settings on the Hitachi are quite bad may be they need tweaking but can this really make that much difference ?. Im probably gonna demo a Hitachi else where to see if it's any better. But Im now more inclined to go for the Panasonic is HDMI really that important? Would it make a big difference on the Hitachi vs. the Panasonic in the future ?.