I have been longin' for a bigscreen for quite a while now but due to my current living situation (the fact that I move apartment to apartment annually)I don't think I will be looking to purchase one for a couple of years. Once I get into a more "permanent" location, I look to make a purchase. Just curious if anybody has looked into these models from Hitachi and reason why they have/haven't looked at them. Basically, I was wondering if it because of the price and what else you could purchase for that amount, or if it is because you can find equal performing models for a lot less. I was also wonder about whether buying a tv with the HD converter built into the TV this "early" in the HDTV stages of life is a good idea or go with the HD monitor with the set-top box is a better idea? Like I said, it will be a couple of years before I make a purchase, but I like to be as educated as possible before making a large purchase so many variables. thanks.