OK, I'm taking a much stronger look now at RPTV than I originall was. (Some of you may remember me earlier mentioning I was planning on going with direct-view for their superior brightness and wide-angle-viewing.) I looked at Circuit City yesterday and wasn't overly impressed with anything. They had mostly Sonys and Hitachi UltraVisions, also some RCA Sceniums (sp?). About the only thing useful I feel I learned there was that RPTVs are now much better in a well-lit room than I would have thought (this Circuit City had them on the same brightly-lit sales floor as everything else, not in a special darkened area like many stores, especially Best Buy, do). Today I went to Tweeter, where they feature Mitsubishi. They also had some Sony, Toshiba (smaller ones), and Pioneer Elite. I think I found a really great salesman; I asked about Pioneer Elite, and he showed me the one they had out (I believe it was the 57" model). But he also showed me the Mitsubishi Diamonds, saying these were, in his opinion, the best "bang for the buck" right now. This was for the WS55909 model, a 55", price reduced to $3500. He said that the 53" Pioneer Elite was $4000, and did have a very slightly better image, but was not, in his opinion, really worth the extra $500. So I think a salesman that offers one product over another better, more expensive one, because it's a better value, must be someone who is really interested in his customer's needs. Anyway, I couldn't directly compare the Pioneer Elite vs. the Mitsubishi Diamond because the Elite was in one of their show-off rooms, which was pretty dark. The Mitsubishi was in a common area in a line-up with most of their other RPTVs. The Elite did appear to have a superb image. The Mitsubishi also had a great image; it was difficult to quantify a difference, but if I absolutely had to say which was better, I would say the Elite. The Elite also had a better-looking cabinet, in my opinion. The salesman also described the Mitsubishi as being more "future-friendly", which he defined as its included HDTV tuner, FireWire ports, and something else I forgot. I've done a small amount of research here and what I've seen so far is that the Pioneer Elite is probably the best out there in its price range, but the Mitsubishi Diamond can be tweaked to look as good, possibly better. I'd like some more direct comments, though.