I went into my local independent today to discuss the possible purchase of a large panel t.v. either plasma or LCD. I have dealt with this retailer for a number of years, the owner is pretty knowledgeable and as an independent has no particular axe to grind with any manufacturer. You can imagine my surprise when discussing my spending up to £3000 with the proprietor he then advises me to save my money for the time being and not to buy anything. Trying to keep this post reasonably short, in essence this chap summed it up like this. Plasma does give good results, but is quite heavy, uses more electric than LCD, and development wise there is not much mileage left in the product, can suffer screen burn and banding problems, with a life expectancy of the better part of a decade. LCD technology is moving forward in leaps and bounds, with screen sizes increasing by the month, but are still eye wateringly expensive. They use less power then there Plasma counterparts, are lighter, but on the minus side, still suffer smearing on fast moving scenes, colours can look artificial, and can suffer from digital artefacts through to much processing. On the plus side the backlight should last around twenty years, and if replaced the picture should look as good as new. He thought that LCD panels offered the best hope for the future, but said give it another twelve months before taking the plunge. Now I know this post is bound to be contentious. However, dont shoot the messenger as I am simply relating my experience of attempting to buy a flat panel t.v. In fairness the proprietor lost a sale, but said he would rather lose a sale on this occasion in the hope that I trust his judgment and will continue to give him my custom in the future. A case of the ultimate customer service.