OK, I'm stuck! Originally I couldn't decide between the Sony KLV32M1 and the Panasonic TX32LXD1. I posted my dilemma here and was very helpfully directed towards the Philips PF9986. The reviews of the Philips are awesome! I've discounted the Panasonic as it just hasn't made the grade in the reviews. But . . . the Sony has just been reviewed in the "guide to the best LCD's" in WHAT PLASMA and LCD (which I read like a pleb in WHSmith without purchasing the copy - I mean what's the point I only wanted to read that page and anyway all the managers were reading LOADED and NUTS and ACORNS magazines! It's hardly encouraging, is it?) So, the point . . . having not located the Philips in Curry's (helpful assistant, willing and doubtless keen for reward but, if you want a gold star you really should work at McDonalds - and with that acne he would glide/slide/squelch home at interview) I was encouraged to give the Sony a chance. The Sony centre is nearby the WHSmiths (now full of shuffling managers - they really should give them macks, don't you think?) so I popped in. Luckily I was clutching two DVD's to test out the screen and after 25 minutes scrabbling with cables, the screen was ready to be tested . . . Unbelievably good! Happy? I nearly changed my bag! This was not good, I have my mind set on a Philips, what is going on? Surely now I must see the Philips in action - the picture will mesmerise me (like Sir Hiss in Robin Hood) but, I need to find one. Off to Comet it is. On arrival I am greeted by the local troupe of cubs, sorry, assistants and naturally infoirmed none of them deals with TV's but they will send someone along. I suspect he was probably sewing on his "I'm tall enough to rollercoaster so I can talk to customers" badge. Anyway in this LCD Mecca I locate both the Sony and the Philps. The Sony looks as before (which for me is lush, fits into my living room, comes in black, matches my Sony DVD player and is all things Sony) the Philips . . . What is it? Is it just me but I'm not impressed. Now I may have become too "Sony lifestyle" but this screen just isn't floating my boat. So the assistant (having removed his thimble) comes to my assistance. Now, having posted my earlier question and scoured the AVForums, I am armed with my knowledge. I wouldn't say he was a casualty but the end result of my visit to Comet was that they couldn't set the Philips up to progressive scan; were slightly surprised that I didn't accept their explanation that no Philips TV's accept progressive or component input (apparently it's a Philips thing " ") and when I suggested that the adaptor came in the box he was spechless. But in a young, willing yoothfull way (and I'm not looking at this through glam rock spectacles!) he offered to see if he could set it up to a progressive input for me to view at a later date. In fairness, the assistant was helpful but the LCD was just not set up to be shown off. Now, for me I have an unepected dilemma. I was happy to purchase the Philips until I saw it. I haven't seen it set up to function properly and the Sony I have seen has blown me away. Clearly I have to see the Philips set up but it's going to have to be astounding to justify the (to me) aesthitically callous design. Please help me as those of you out there with the Philips are raving about it and I so want to comprehend what I am missing? Is it that good - please tell me yes and how I can ignore the fascia. Many thanks. PS. It has been an exceptionally good claret. Good year too . . .