A couple of years ago I had a Loewe Aconda demoed for me, and needless to say, was quite impressed. Since then, I've always considered myself to be saving up for one, but was never in a position to be spending $4000 on a TV. Yesterday I found a Loewe Articos 30 demo model on sale for $1700. It comes with the small motorized stand attached (the lazy-susan kind, not the big one) and a 4 year extended warranty to boot. I'm pretty convinced I should make the plunge, but wanted to seek the advice of the sages first. I think I have read every thread with the word "Loewe" and "Articos" in it on these forums, and here are the main reasons I have seen not to buy it: 1) Loewe is pulling out of the US market, and has some quality control issues. Possible Rebuttal: From what I understand, their quality issues were primarily with their Aconda models' power supplies. Secondly, my 4 year extended warranty should be good for something right? 2) It lacks a DVI input, and is thus not "future-proof." Possible Rebuttal: I can't tell how important this is quite frankly. What are you folks' feelings on the matter? Does this seem to be the way that device output is headed? 3) It doesn't look as good as the Sony XBR960 or XBR910. Possible Rebuttal: I think I've found enough posts feeling both ways about the issue that it's negligible. Some folks like the Sony, and others like the Loewe. I'm going to check out the Sony today at one of the big box stores just to make sure, but I can't imagine seeing a picture I like better! If I decide to do this, I will have to have it shipped from California. I tried getting some quotes from freightquote.com, but the cheapest has been $319 so far. Does anyone know a better way to go about this? It's over 150 pounds, so the major carriers are out. Surely someone can move these things around for under $300? Many thanks for any and all advice.