I personally picked the sony because it looked good on the floor, and the ratings for it around the net seem to be consistently high. As far as SDTV I believe a good bit of that has to do with what you are piping in to it. I've been very impressed with some of the shows that I've watched. Others not as much, but nothing has really detracted me from whatever material I'm wanting to see. If it's a crappy signal on your regular tv, then it's going to still look crappy on the sony. However I find that dvd's looks outstanding. I couldn't be happier. I do find that you need to find the magic distance from you tv set that will give the joy of the larger screen, but far enough to hide the imperfections of whatever signal you are watching. If I sat 4 feet away from the screen I would see many flaws. From 8 to 10 feet I don't notice it on a good signal and can just watch whatever it is that I'm watching. How much is the JVC? I caught this sxrd for $1899 and tax. I haven't noticed fast panning to be an issue. I've tested a few quick moving movies and things seemed fine to me.