I've been pulling my hair out for a couple months trying to choose between the 36xbr and a 16:9 toshiba projector. With the release of the new 47 Panasonic, I added that to my short list. Once again I headed out this weekend to try and make my decision, when I saw something that totally turned me off of rptv -- burn in on a new Panasonic 47. I know these sets are in torch mode in stores, but anything that can burn in in less than 2 weeks is something I cannot spend $2000 on. This new tv has already burned in the gray bars that come on when using 4:3 mode. The screen is clearly a different color on the edges when using the full modes. I don't know why CC was showing this tv in 4:3 mode for much of the time, or how long it was in that view, but that seems unacceptable to me. Any rptv owners want to convince me that a dim (compared to direct view), fragile, slightly less sharp (on ntsc sources) picture is better just because it's bigger? I wont be able to afford an hd receiver for a while after I buy a new tv, but ota is available in my area. Someone out there think I'm judging these things too harshly? My choice right now is the 36 xbr, but with a stand it will be at least $500 more than the 50H81 I had been waiting for... By the way, best buy said they would have the h81 on display by this week, the computer was showing them in the warehouse.