After a whole lot of lifting and swearing(alot of swearing!)and basement stairs that just wouldn't co-operate, me and my new hitachi(I named her "Evil Witch that took all my money for 6 months")just had our 2 week aniversarry and i couldn't be happy'r. The picture was great out of the box but after a little tweaking she was gleaming with pride. I haven't yet had the chance to view hd on her yet but dvd's look awsome and cable is ok but not great, its because i got crappy cable. I finally chose this tv after 6 months of research and demos and for once in my life i dont have buyers remorse. I didn't go with any of the new tech because i just dont feel confident in there abilitys just yet and i not made of money dammit!!! and just to make things worse i live in canada that land of twiceaspriceous. Well just like to finish but saying i would give the S500 my thumbs up and would encourage potencial buyers to give it a look. Now i have to go its getting warm out and my igloo is going to melt, and there is a polar bear in my yard and hes not going to like the fact i ate his last seal.