I entered the high priced electronic equipment world last February when I bought a 55" Mits HD-Ready TV. Since then I have been amazed at the rate of failure of so called high end equipment. It seems the more things cost, the sooner and more frequently they break. I bought a Hughes E-86 HD receiver and was so proud to show it off on Christmas day. Three weeks later it was dead in the water. I endured 38 days of "It broke already?" I got it back yesterday and now have to wonder if the DirecTV "upgrade", which did NOT screw up my unit in December, will wreak havoc on it this time. Many Hughes/Toshiba/Mits HD STB owners are on their 2nd and 3rd replacement boxes. Meanwhile back at the ranch, after months of exhaustive research, I was getting ready to purchase a JVC DVD player that has all the features I want AND fits into my (wife's) budget. A few days before I am about to make my purchase, I begin to read about the unit locking up while playing certain dual layer dvds. Sending it back to the manufacturer was the only fix. So, I bag the JVC idea at the last minute and get a Panasonic with less features that still fits into my (wife's) budget. Now I must explain to the two family members who bought JVC DVD players on my recommendation why I went with a different brand of player. I won't even get into "Upgraditis", DVI/Firewire, downrezzing, copyprotection, etc. etc. Are we getting what we paid for, and is it worth all the aggravation? When can I finally relax and enjoy the show? So as I sit in front of my 55" RPTV sweating about the burn-in on the NBC Olympic Logo or the ticker on ESPN 2, or looking for the flicker bug on my DVDs, or wondering if my "unauthorized" Yamaha receiver will seize up, I think of my father-in-law, happy as a clam, sitting in front of his 11 year old 27" Quasar TV, watching VHS tapes on his 10 year old Zenith VCR listening to stereo through the TV's speakers, I wonder....HOW CAN HE FALL ASLEEP IN FRONT OF THE TV?