FRIEND: Hey Donnie, our new TV's arriving Thursday. ME: Really? What did you get? Let me try to set this up. My friend and her entire family know how passionate I am about home theater equipment and so forth. So when they decided to make the plunge for a new TV, they wanted something really nice and asked for my opinion. Knowing this family, I suggested they get a Sony HDTV tube set. The largest HD tube set that sony makes I believe is 43", but it's aspect ratio is 4:3 (but even at that ratio, movies in the letterbox format are still very large. PLUS it's a great set). I suggested the 4:3 set because I didn't think they would appreciate the 16:9 aspect ratio (TRUST ME, I've tried explaining it the 'black bars'). This is a family that watches a LOT of TV, mainly sports. They have a basic cable service, but it doesn't have any HDTV channels. So when they heard 43", they frowned. They wanted something large and impressive. FRIEND: We got a Sony TV. 53". It's rectangle like you've been telling us about, and it's HDTV. ME: Sony makes a 53" HDTV? For real? It can't be a tube set. FRIEND: No. It's one of those projection TV's. ME: So did you buy an HDTV decoder too? FRIEND: No, the man said it was built in. That's when my heart sank, and that's when I knew I had messed up in my advice. Earlier, I had stated to them that Sony makes some of the BEST TV's. Their previous set was a 35" Sony tube, and they loved it. What I didn't say was that Sony's isn't known for their RPTV. But they had already bought it, and in my opinion it's impolite to tell someone "You shoulda bought this instead" after they've spent a lot of money. Let me just cut to my questions: (?) They're planning on buying a DVD player with progressive scan, how can I rationalize to them to buy $80 component cables for their new DVD player? $80 PEOPLE!! You and I may be able to rationalize paying that, but this family? I doubt it. These are people who don't judge video quality like we do. I could hook up their set with composite cables, and they probably woulndn't be able to tell a difference. I don't think me saying "These cables are providing the best video quality possible" is going to cut it. (?)With the decoder built in the set, is there any promise of them experiencing other cable HD channels without buying another decoder? I'm assuming no unless their cable provider begins offering HD channels. (?)With a RPTV, what things should I warn them about so that they don't ruin this set (burn-in)? (?)Since college football is almost over, are there any other HD sports games coming on any non-cable channels? Any non-sports shows/events I should suggest they watch? ANY HELP you can offer would be greatly appreciated.