Hello everyone! On Friday I've finally got my first LCD screen so I thought I would post a mini review and share my impressions and thoughts about it with you hoping it'll be interesting. I had the change to see it in action at a local shop and between the Samsung 29" and the Philips it seemed the one with the best picture and wider viewing angle. The guy at the shop was saying the Philips was so great but looking it from a left angle (not 180°!!) the picture appeared all white. So I brought back home the "baby" and set it up. I must say at first one can think the external a/v box might seem not so convenient 'cause it's another "box" to find some room for but on the other hand it hides all the cables that would have gone directly to the tv like SCART etc...so you get just 2 small cables plus the small power supply cable to the tv, giving it a neat look. The a/v box offers a great deal of connections. Composite/s-video/component/vga/scart as well as an s-video and audio output. The box looks very well made and sturdy even if the front sockets might be not so good if one has to keep it in a place where anyone could see it. I'm gonna keep it in a hidden place so there's no prob with me. The TV itself is very beautiful looking and I really love its clean and stylish design. On the back there's a panel that covers the connectors and two fans (which are very quiet btw). The speakers are nice but quite big for my room so I decided to remove them. I turn on the tv and I'm amazed by the huge amounts of settings. Especially for picture quality you can adjust each colour singularly as well as the usual brightness, contrast, sharpness etc... You can also adjust colour temp and black level, dnr, film mode (which should be equivalent to set progressive mode on) and choose between interlaced or progressive mode. As for audio you can choose to enable the SRS mode and Focus mode for a virtual surround experience. There is also a whole bunch of controls for screen size setting as well as power mode which can be set in different ways to save the lamp and power. There is even a special light sensor that adjust the lamp power depending on the light in the ambient. This way you can save up lamplife. Other controls are for tv channel settings and sources. There is even a cold climate function that should improve pq for temps under 15°C. Impressions: I must say at first I had to get used to the different kind of picture this kind of screen can delivered when compared to a CRT tv. When you feed it with aerial signal the result is not so impressive. When instead you pass to signal from sat receiver fed via Scart in RGB mode the situation changes and you can enjoy detailed picture with good colours and nice definition. Also, it's nice to see how the geometry is perfect compared to a 16:9 CRT tv. I tried then to connect my Denon 2200 via S-Video cable. Here it's where the Sharp gives its best!!!! Picture quality is so sharp and detailed that I was blown away!!! (and I'm used to an LCD videoprojector pic quality) Colours are vibrant but not smearing and there is no sign of chroma/luma misalignment like I have on my Panny 300 when in interlaced mode. Blacks are good but obviously not as good as my old CRT tv. Here is where I'm not so satisfied 'cause when I saw the tv there was light in the shop so at first I didn't notice this but I kind of expected being this a limit of the LCD technology. From what I read the Sharp is the best one as far as black level is concerned since it's got an exclusive kind of panel that enhances black level. This is just my first impression tho with the screen just out of the box. I'm waiting for DVE DVD to set everything up properly and I'm sure things will improve significantly! I tested it with another dvd i have and it showed really good results for colours, geometry etc... I tested it also with the infamous "Hulk effect" I get with my Panny 300 in interlaced mode and there is no trace of it thankfully. I connected it also to my PC via VGA cable and it's great too with a lot of settings especially for this kind of connection. I tried it also with my Playstation 2 and via S-video is great to play games with quite a big screen and great pq! For last I tried to see pictures from a flashcard connected into my Panny DVD recorder connected via Scart RGB to my tv. Again I was blown away from the picture quality that showed amazing colours, sharpness and definition. Conclusion: Concluding, I can say I am very happy with my purchase even if every now and then I think if plasma screens are better than lcd's. Seems as if this dilemma is too hard so for now I can just be happy for what I could get. Do you think I made the right choice? I'll have to find a way to connect my tv to the dvd player via component cable. My dvd player has component output but i need it for the videoprojector too. I've read it's possible to buy just cheapy rca stereo splitters and solve the things. What do you suggest? Also I need to know how I can connect a pair of speakers to the audio output to get some sound from the tv if I can't be bothered to turn on the amp. Are there some speakers around I could just that are not amplified? Other ideas how I could solve this!? Anyway! I guess it's everything for now! Feel free to ask me if you want to know anything about this tv! Cheers. F.