It sounds like it depends on what you are paying. I'm not too familiar with Samsung or Marantz. The acknowledged best 42" plasmas are Pioneer (better colors), Panasonic (better blacks) and Fujitsu (both? too rich for my blood), so I have kept to research on them. www.avsforum.com 's Plasma forum has a lot of people with plasma experience, perhaps asking there would get you a good answer as far as quality. As far as enhanced def vs HD, I will probably buy an Enhanced-def Panasonic plasma when I do, as my concerns are gaming and DVDs (I don't watch TV, I work 2nd shift, the only TV on when I get home is the Ronco Food Dehydrator commercials). Any TV I watch is generally on DVD these days (x-files, B5, anime). From what I hear on avsforum, HD on enhanced-def Panny plasma looks very good anyway. EDIT: WEIRD, my reply came above your post. Glitch?