.went around my brother in laws on New Years Eve, builder, more money than sense type. Anyway, he's just got himself Sky HD and a new Pioneer PDP507XD plasma, got some monkey from the high street store he brought it from to install it for him. Most of the viewing chairs are about 10 to 12 foot away. He obviously thinks it's wonderful but it looked shocking. I've seen less grain on the beech, and there was no discernable difference between SD and HD. I checked a few of the HD box settings and connections which were fine, but didn't fiddle with the plasma as I know nothing about them. I'm so glad I got my HD and LCD, and knew how to tweak both (thanks largely to this forum) before I saw this set up otherwise I never would have taken the plunge. God knows how much he spent but my old SD box and 21 Sony CRT produced a better image. But at least he's got a big TV to go with his big house and big car.