Having just taken the dip, found a dealer with stock and handed over my 4 grand I thought I'd better post my thoughts on the Pioneer 434 and all the issues discussed over the past few weeks; 1) Looks fantastic as a piece of kit, more on picture quality later. 2) Noise; i) screen noise, put your ear right up to the back and you can hear a buzzing, just like on most CRTs, sitting 2-3m away nothing, so no problems. ii) Fan noise, very slight whirring, some occasional squeaking too as the fan rotates. At 2-3 m away cannot hear whirring only squeaking slightly when everything else is silent, but I can also hear my wall clock ticking so I guess I can't complain at that. 3) Sound quality, ok, not a real audiophile but of course it needs a surround system for movies etc. 4) Picture quality, well, varies from very good to bloody awful. I think I have narrowed it down to crap in equals crap on screen. My two major problems are awful artifacted pictures on ITV & BBC from Sky+ and poor resolution of dark/black areas on films. The picture quality on Sky Movies is generally very good, some dark areas just loose all background detail, setting DRE high helps bring the definition up but it also seems to have the effect of making bright areas seem radioactive. Watching Corrie from Sky+ feed provides awful mpeg artefacts, the whole thing looks artificial and almost slow motion with horrible pattern effects, so much so that I had to resort to RF with all the noise reduction up high to remove the grain. Now that really bothers me, 4 grand for a Plasma only to make ITV and BBC almost un-watchable. My next thought is to perhaps add a freeview box for terrestrial (which in my opinion should be built in on a brand new 4grand plasma like this) but only if the ITV and BBC signals are of higher quality to allow a watchable picture without the awful effects. Anybody any thoughts on this? My other main viewing is cricket, again not so impressed the grass looses its definition and the players glow white, you also can't make out the facial features of the players under the helmets like you can on a CRT screen. I haven't tried DVD yet, planning on giving that a go this weekend so I hope that is ok. Other problems like black not being quite black are barely noticeable and no problem to me. Not experienced the drop out issue, yes switching is slow but that is of no consequence really. I have played with settings matching those used by others on this forum and found some reasonable results Overall I have to say I am pretty disappointed, my Plasma which is a replacement for a 36" CRT is in my living room as my main source of TV, yet I now find it not as satisfying watching my favourite programs because I keep thinking about my 4 grand and the 43" screen showing up all the broadcast weaknesses. Oh well hopefully the DVD images will cheer me up!