Simple but complicated (it's been a while since I've posted around here). I'm upgrading my video chain and the easy part was selecting my new DVD player to replace my good 'ol trusty 1998 Pioneer Elite Deck. The hard part? the display. Neither me nor my HT room are up for front projectors nor rear projectors (space, size, ambient light, taste, etc.), believe me. CRTs, the past (giving up a Panasonic 29" that has served me well for over 10 years). And LCD suck in contrast detail and color fidelity IMO. So plasma is my only choice and my desired selection, I know they are not perfect but fit the bill so far. My bill. Budget and screen size for the set cannot surpass 2500$ and the 42" size. The problem has been finding a good one. I've searched my ass off inside and outside this forum with no definitive conclusion as what brand/model to go with. I live in South America and the choices are slim. Mainly Philips, Samsung, LG and Panasonic are all I've got to choose from. I'd like to purchase an HD capable model (1024x768) but HD programming is not available here and will not be for a while, also HD-DVD and BD are not in my list until they prove their mettle in the market for a couple of years. Mainly because I own a respectable sized DVD collection (my primarily viewing source). I thought of an EDTV model but I know I'll have to fall into HD sooner or later and I'm not the "upgrade-all-the-time" kind of guy to replace the plasma so soon, I'm rather the "careful buyer" kind. One thing to consider, I'm very picky with picture quality and it is my only unquestionable demand for a plasma set: Picture Quality. With my narrow options, what can I do? Specific brand and model please? Some explanations or personal experience would be nice. Thanks in advance.