Costco is advertising an Akai 42" plasma monitor for $3k. Akai's U.S. site appears to be inop. Costco number is 622616. Am unable to find this model number on this site, on Google or anywhere else. I will call US distributor this coming week to learn what they will tell me. This is truly a "monitor" in that there is no tuner, remote control or much of anything else except an RS 232 which I presume is for control interface. Res is 852 x480 so it would have to downconvert a 1080i signal. It should be great for DVDs which we enjoy. Even with horrible glaring overhead lighting in the Costco warehouse, pix appeared excellent. No one at Costco knew anything about the monitor. In all fairness to them, I much prefer that to having a glib sales person with all of the "answers," but no correct "facts." Oh well, thank goodness for small favors. Anyone know anything about this monitor? Perhaps there is an equivalent model number better known to the world. Thanks in advance for any help afforded.