I've been reading some things coming from CES that have me very excited for HDTVs that may be showing up later this year. First of all I heard that Pioneer showed off a Plasma HDTV that had an incredibly high contrast ratio and it may hit the market this year. They didn't give exact figures for it but I've read speculation that it may have been higher than 100,000:1. Also, Sharp showed off a LCD that was 1,000,000:1! Considering these quantum leaps I'm starting to wonder if SED will really ever get off the ground since it is looking like the other technologies will be able to do what it can and they are already established. So now I'm thinking that I'm definately going to wait for this stuff to hit the market before I upgrade. But what I want to know is what are the contrast ratios for good CRT HDTVs? I really can't find any detailed information about it. The best I located was something from Wikipedia saying that CR for CRTs is basically infinate. Well, that doesn't tell me much. I want to know what CR rating I should wait for before buying a flat panel that will look as good to my eyes as current CRTs. Should I wait for 50,000:1, 100,000:1, 1,000,000:1...what? I want a flat-panel that has as good of color reproduction and contrast as my Sony XBR970 CRT and the true 1080p resolution of flat-panel HDTVs. So what CR rating should I sit on before going for the upgrade? At what rating does CR get good enough so that I shouldn't be able to tell a difference between CR on the flat-panel and my XBR970? Of course, I know that the longer I wait the better contrast ratios will get. But I don't want to wait forever. There has to be a point where CR is so good that even higher CR wouldn't matter all that much.