Hi all. This is my first post here. I have been lurking for a while (great forum!) but finally got an HDTV so I figured I would share some of my thoughts and maybe see if anyone has any advice. I ended up getting the Panasonic 53WX42 from BestBuy. They had a good deal last week ($1709, 24 months no interest) so I figured if I was going to do it, this is the best time. After using it for about a week now, however, I am afraid to say I am a bit disappointed. My viewing is basically digital cable (At&t – Boston), DVD’s, and games. I will discuss each here. Cable – I knew going in that I would not see any improvement when viewing cable TV. There is a definite degradation of quality, however. Some channels are definitely better than others (MTV, FOX, etc) but some just look grainy, fuzzy, and washed out. The first thing I did was remove the cable box itself and that did improve the quality somewhat. The problem with that is I lose some of the local channels when not going through the cable box, which is obviously not ideal. I think this is At&t Boston thing because I know others out of state who don’t have this problem. This is my second residence in this area that this has occurred. Anyway, overall cable quality is not as good as on my 4+ year old Sony 27” Trinitron. DVD – Now this is where I expected to be blown away (I am using a Panasonic RP62 with an Acoustic Research component cable). I tried a couple of DVD’s and they looked nice but I ran the Avia video test patterns before I did any longer-term viewing. After running Avia (I think picture/contrast ended up being around 20ish out of 100), I watched a few DVD’s over a longer period of time (Gladiator, Bug’s Life, Rounders, Matrix, etc). Overall I didn’t get the impact I was expecting. Quality seemed to vary based on the material. Some looked amazing but with others, the darks seemed too dark or the brights too bright. The colors (sometimes reds and oranges) would sometimes look over-accentuated or even washed out. There just didn’t seem to be the crispness I was expecting. I also noticed that on the far right side of the screen, the picture got a bit fuzzier in some cases. It was difficult to see and really depended on the material being viewed. Video games – I also tried my GameCube (connected with s-video) briefly. Again, it was definitely a drop in quality. Whereas I didn’t mind the stretching when viewing TV, I didn’t like it here. It seemed to really affect the quality and there were definitely jaggies. The colors were also not as accurate as before. Conclusion – Is all this “normal”? Is there a chance that there is something wrong with the set? Is there anything else I can do or try to improve overall quality? I am starting to contemplate returning it and getting a Sony KV-36FV300. BestBuy’s policy is 30 days so I still have time. Thanks for any help.