As mentioned in my earlier thread, I was comparing the panasonic TH-42PW7 (Standard resolution panel) against this pioneer panel because I was tempted by the special offer I saw at Richer sounds. The earlier thread is http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198140 Once I got it home and set it up last night roughly: 5004 input card in the device. DVD player into component video input Sky+ into S-video I turned it on. Initial impressions over both inputs were of a very bright picture with rather too much brightness, contrast and colour. These are probably set these up to look impressive in shops or something but I immediately had to turn down the brightness,contrast and colour to more manageable settings which had an immediate positive effect on the picture. Sky+ quality I felt was gated on the bitrate of the channel and the fact that the panel did not really smooth over the imperfections in the signal very well. This meant that news on BBC1 didn't look very good, but yet 'The matrix' on Sky movies looked a lot better. I think that to get noticeably better quality from sky, I would be tempted not be a simple RGBs to VGA convertor, but rather by an external scaler or HTPC which would perform a bit of smoothing and enhancement on the image. Moving over to component video over DVD, again I was immediately struck by the contrast/brightness/colour settings all being too high. Once adjusted the picture was a lot more film-like. The resolution of 1024*768 gave a noticeably finer picture structure than the Toshiba standard resolution panel 852*480 which I have viewed in a relatives house. Given that we sit only about 12 feet from the panel, I felt this was important and also the ability to accept 720p has an impact (although the digital input is not HDCP compliant I feel that either sky will have an analogue component output for HD, or an aftermarket device will have to appear to fill the gap in the market). I believe the panel would benefit greatly from a greyscale calibration. I'm going to mess around with AVIA on it to try and get the flesh tones a bit more realistic and see what settings are available to tweak the picture, but as I said, useful improvements could straight away be made from factory by reducing brightess (black level) and contrast (white level) and the colour settings which were too saturated. There seem to be a variety of the usual pIp modes and the panel is very clearly pointed to the professional market rather than the consumer one. There are a choice of colour spaces for component to use, and a choice of frame-rate-conversion options, which I have yet to try. I haven't fully read the manuals yet so you will have to excuse the vagueness. On this forum I heard a lot about poor black level of this unit and people not being happy with the analogue image through the 5004 card, on account of it crushing black detail. To be honest therefore, I expected the picture to be awful and to definitely need a scaler or a HTPC. I was suprised - to be honest I was pleasantly suprised at the quality of the picture - it was a lot better than I expected and certainly better than the standard resolution panels that I have looked at. I know this was over a short 2 hour viewing period and I think that messing with the settings using AVIA will almost certainly yield a decent improvment - particularly if there is a 'service menu' that I can get to where you can change the R/G/B bias and gain for each input. Does anyone know if there is a service menu available? So to sum up, for £1799 including graphics card from RS, I would say that this is pretty good value for an XGA resolution panel. Over to you.