Well folks I have just spent the last six days with the Philips 32Pf9986 on test. I mentioned in a previous thread that I had been offered this option by my local dealer. My impressions? and they are honest ones, are these. This is a very handsome and desirable LCD television, no doubt about that. Picture quality is excellent from a DVD source, can be variable from a digital source, and from what is a very good analogue reception area where I live, nothing to write home about. I found the picture to be for the most part vibrant, which isnt a criticism, with sharp crisp edges, and no perceptible smearing. The picture from my widescreen Panasonic which is sat at the side of the Philips whilst on test is a softer picture, but would I call it a poorer picture? No I wouldnt. Certainly the geometry on the CRT is not up to the likes of the Philips, but in most other respects I would say that it is a close run thing. My personal preference is for a softer picture, and yes I have had a good play around with the settings on the Philips 32Pf9986. Now comes the crunch part of this post would I or will I be parting with my hard earned cash to purchase an LCD television? No! well not just yet anyway. I have had what is considered to be one of the very best LCDs on the market at present, and I have been honest in my appraisal of it. This is what it boils down to space is not a problem in our household, which is a reason often given for buying one. We also watch very little in the way of commercial DVDs, and here the Philips excels. However, my main source for material is terrestrial television, and here the difference between the Philips and my Panasonic were not so clear cut. In fact, apart from geometry I would say the CRT wins by a very short head. Given all that, I cannot see a real benefit at present that would persuade me to part with the best part of £2000 (my Panasonic is only just over two years old). Now when the price of LCD panels such as the Philips or Sony fall to more realistic levels then I will of course look at the proposition once again. I have no doubt that some of you that own LCD t.vs will disagree with my findings. However, I have done my level best to be constructive. For now though the Philips goes back to the shop in two days time.