I want to buy a 36" widescreen CRT TV. Like many people in this situation, I'm considering the following: Philips 36PW9618 Panasonic TX-36PD30 Toshiba 36ZP38 What Video magazine has all of these (or their 32" siblings) listed in their current "Top Five" list. I went to Curry's last Saturday in Cambridge. Prices are not that good, but it's a huge store with an example of almost every TV under the sun! Spend just 10 minutes reading What Video, and you already know more about widescreen TV's than the combined knowledge of all the sales staff at Curry's on a Saturday. But the great thing about Curry's was that they happened to have all 3 of these 36" TV's next to each other in a row! And the shop assistant let me have all 3 remotes and left me alone to compare them. As I understand it, the Toshiba has no resolution enhancement, whereas the Panasonic has Acuity, and the Philips has the latest version of Pixel Plus. Is that right so far? Close to the screen (say 4 feet away), the Philips picture seemed severely pixilated and really quite annoying. You couldn't make out strands of hair or texture on clothing, or any detail really. But further back (say 10 feet away or more), the picture then looked outstanding, and I could see all the detail really clearly! Wierd or what? The Panasonic seemed to have the same symptoms, but not quite so pixilated close up and not so amazing further away. The Toshiba had no pixilation at all. You could watch it from 4 feet away or 40 feet away, but it was not as dramatic from a distance as the other two. Presumably that's because it doesn't have any resolution enhancement. I know I'm not realistically going to sit 4 feet away from a 36" TV, but just knowing that if I get close to the screen I'm going to see a bad picture, worries me. This could be the difference between being delighted with my new TV, and being really pleased with it, but with reservations. In the Buyer's Guide section under 'Buying Tips: Television", What Video says "The first rule is to buy the largest screen size that (a) you can afford and (b) you can accommodate at home". I've got a pretty large room so I'm inclined to go for a 36" TV, but my concern is that I might have to deliberately sit far away from the screen so that I get a great picture and can't see the annoying pixilation. But buying a large screen and then deliberately sitting far away from it seems pretty ironic to me! All the TV's at Curry's were fed from an analogue RF source, probably via numerous splitters, so maybe that was part of the problem. So here are my questions: (1) Is the close-up pixilation something that would go away with a better source, say a Freeview box (e.g. Nokia 221T), or is this a permanent artifact of resolution enhancement that I'd have to accept and try not to think about? (2) Is there someone out there who owns a Philips 36PW9618 or Panasonic TX-36PD30 (or even their 32" versions) and can comment on how far away from the screen you need to be, and whether they are delighted with their purchase? (3) From a suitable viewing distance, are the Philips and Panasonic pictures really better than the Toshiba, or is this the power of suggestion? Perhaps it's just an illusion, but then so is the whole idea of moving pictures on a TV, so maybe perception is everything? Comments anyone?