Hi folks, I guess I'm a newbie here, posting mostly at AVS where Joe Fernand and others know me. Ready to jump the gun for Panasonic's latest (and greatest?) I first wanted to see for myself if the 6UY series panel corresponds to my demanding criteria, as I have a 9" CRT front projector in the main HT. I'm writing this thread not to cry "sour grapes", but because I have only found 2 shops in Paris where the new 6UY series Panasonic are visible in their 42" form with tuner: Darty Ternes and Magma. But because this has made it next to impossible to ascertain this new display's image quality in the real world. It is not to either of the store's credit that the way they are set up is disgraceful, that is, unless there is some *serious problem* with this new 6UY series?!? In the Darty store, the display exhibited a graininess that I had never seen on a Panasonic plasma of previous generations. I popped in my own reference Pal DVD into the Panny DVD player it was hooked up to via SCART, and presto: hazy, jittery picture lacking of all things in CONTRAST !!! The Magma store was worse yet. It almost looked purposely misadjusted. It had such light grey black levels that it made Pioneers look pitch black in comparison. Funny enough, on the adjacent wall there was a 37" Panasonic panel displaying CRT quality contrast and superb black levels and colors. They were respectively the best, and the worst, displays in a shop filled with running plasma screens. This leaves a number of questions unanswered: 1. Is the consumer model with its built-in tuner "botched" as compared to the commercial PWD units? (nasty scaler, defective inputs, lower bandwidth) 2. Does the recent quasi 100-Hz Pal refresh circuit throw a monkey wrench into the picture quality? 3. Were all 4000:1 contrast level units designed so at the sacrifice of other essential image characteristics - and should one thus prefer the previous 5UY models even if without native rate DVI? 4. Are the 6UY Panasonics such a hot item that both stores purposely grossly misadjusted them to steer people towards other more profitable or easier to get models? (I imagine some brands give them goodies for pushing sales) 5. Or has their sales staff fallen in love with these displays, and plan on trying to buy the floor model themselves for cheap, thus cranking down its light output as low as possible, thus preserving its lifespan and dissuading paying customers from asking to purchase the demo unit? Something is going on in the Panny Plasma world - who can't say what exactly?