Well I made the leap into HDTV last night. The biggest leap I made in this process was converting from a “tube only guy” to a RPTV. When I was a kid, my parents had a 54” Zenith RPTV for many years. As a kid I was in awe with how big the picture was and gave not a worry to PQ. As I got older I came to the conclusion RPTV’s did not hold a candle to the TUBE. Well now, with this wonder called HDTV, I am slowly changing my mind. So I set off in search of a ~50” HD-RPTV for around 2k. After reading this forum I decided I would check out the Panny PT-53WX53. So, I call my local BB and the kid on the phone says they do not carry that model in store. I knew CC had them on display, so off I went. I cannot understand how they expect to sell these things with such a horrible signal in store. Anyway, after hours of playing with the remote and a couple DVD’s I decide to sleep on it and leave. As I am pulling out of the parking lot I decide to hit BB just to see if the kid on the phone had no clue. Well I get back to the RPTV section and guess what. It’s on display! Not only on display, it was $500 cheaper! Thinking to myself this cannot be the same model, I check…PT-53WX53. WOW! $1198.98 I cannot pass this up. The worst thing that can happen is I bring it back. So with the money I saved, I picked up the Sammy DVD-HD931 and Monster DVI cable. Sorry about the long intro, but I am excited with my new toy and the series of events left an impression on me. Is this price as good as I think it is? Ok, on to the questions. 1.Is it normal for the picture on a RPTV to appear grainy sometimes? What I mean is, take LOTR for example, the close up of Bilbo’s hand when he is dropping the ring I can see every finger print on his hand clear as day. But a few scenes later with distant wide view the picture is grainy looking. Is this just the way DVD’s are or can I adjust the TV to fix this? 2.As a layman and new to the HT scene, am I wasting money on buying the AVIA DVD? Can someone with no experience in calibrating a RPTV, or TV of any kind, do this? 3.Will ISF calibration really make a difference on this model (PT-53WX53)? And what should I expect to pay if I do this? 4.How can a convince my wife to gut our living room, cover all the windows, and build the HT I have floating around in my head? (HEHEHE) ***BTW this is with DVI connected and only in 480p because I did not read the manual until I got to work today. WOW if ya push the button the color of the button changes. Thanks for your time and patience.