I took my wife to Sound Advice (one of the few HT stores in our area) and I showed her a selection of HD-capable direct-view sets. Her attention was immediately drawn to the Sony 34" 16:9 XBR set - it was running the HDTV demo - and she said she really likes it (but of course, it costs too much). I told her that on standard cable programming, the 4:3 image would be "windowboxed", and we'd see bars on the sides. One of the 16:9 sets there had an example of this, but she hated it, because the bars were gray. Truthfully, I didn't like it either. Do those windowbox bars always have to be gray? Do any sets allow you to set that to black? I think I remember seeing a Loewe 30" widescreen set there running a 4:3 demo, and THOSE bars were black, but that set was also VERY pricey. Did I remember this correctly? If we can't get black bars on the sides (rather than gray), she won't even consider a 16:9 set, since most of the TV we watch (I'm not referring to DVD's) is 4:3 material. We'd probably go for the 36" 4:3 XBR set by Sony or another similar. ------------------ "You advance yourself only by my good graces."