In case it's of any use to anyone about to buy a Plasma, I've been following the various comments about £1500 HD-ready Plasmas. I decided to go for a Samsung PS42S5H for the following reasons: 1) The picture quality is absolutely fine. I compared it in a few different shops in Central London with several other makes, including Panasonic and Hitachi. It actually looked better in a couple of instances - but I accept that's just down to how they're set up. On the other hand, if shops aren't setting them up properly, one's never going to get an objective idea of the differences anyway. 2) If I'm honest, it's as much a piece of furniture in our kitchen/diner as something for my kids to watch the occasional bit of CBeebies and DVDs on etc. I thought the Samsung just looked a lot nicer than the competition. 3) I actually think PAL (standard def 625) on any 42" screen is going to look compromised, regardless of whatever image processing gizmo manufacturers care to chuck at it. I sit in front of a 20" Sony grade 1 monitor every day, so any plasma is going to look relatively smeary and solarised in comparison (and in my opinion, they all do.) I think the Samsung has been given an unfair rap and if anyone else out there is considering buying one, I'm sure they'd be as delighted with it as I am. At the end of the day, if you do an A/B comparison with other tellies, you may/may not see quantifiably better/worse results. But, seeing as I only have the one plasma, it's not something I'm going to be bothered about. That may/may not be against the spirit of a forum like this which often contains lots of angsting about the minor differences between this model versus that model etc. But for those who will just visit for a short term while they suss out what to buy - and that probably accounts for most - the Samsung's just fine in my opinion and it's great value. One other recommendation if you've got this far. I used a wall mounting bracket from "Better Brackets" (betterbrackets.com) and thought it was very well made and the service was excellent. Cost me £65 - good value in a market full of identical stuff costing at least twice as much. Oh and if, like me, you don't want to break up the wall around your pretty new piece of furniture, I have converted the speakers on the Samsung to be my centre channel by disconnecting them from the internal amp, mono-ing them in series (now an 8ohm load, rather than the 6 ohm load that my amp would like to see, but balances up quite happily in the pre-amp setup.) The terminal is the same as an ATX motherboard 4 pin power socket, so you can just replug the internal speakers if you sell it later or need to return it for warranty work etc.