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Checked in with Jim at Sampo to clear up a few questions on the 34WHD6, to see if I would consider replacing my 34WHD5 sometime down the road.
This new set has been discussed in other threads, but I thought I'd just state the new answers he gave me that clarified some additional items for me and might help others.
(1) The new user remote has "direct access" buttons to select the input source. But it still doesn't have geometry settings capability for A/V inputs... only the HDTV inputs. In other words you will still need the service remote if you want to stretch/squeeze, rotate, etc., for the RCA and S-VHS inputs.
(2) There are actually two S-VHS inputs, one still remaining on the front and a new one now on the back.
(3) The Panasonic data-grade H3 tube is being used, not the Toshiba as we used in the 34WHD5. This is supposed to eliminate the problem of slight darkness (or smudgy look) on the very left and right in 16:9. However he was not sure the new tube would also cure a problem I described, of "compression" at the left and right (especially noticeable in 4:3 A/V mode when you have the CNBC stock ticker running across the bottom of the screen).
(4) There are now individual preset memories for each of the inputs. So S-VHS(1) can have different settings than S-VHS(2), YPbPr(1) can have different settings than YPbPr(2), etc.
(5) There is a very high-quality (DSC, I believe) line doubler built in.
(6) They still have not received their preview sets, but they're expected in April. He didn't think the sets would be available retail until June.