Ordered a 9905 from Philips' employee's store last June after calling several stores listed on their website as dealers; no one had the set. Got it at about 1/3 off list, before tax and shipping was added. I'd spent a very long time studying various technologies, including the 10HT and the D-ILAs. I'd say 9-in. tubes are superior to 7-in CRTs, although there's a strong push from marketing folks these days to sell 4x3s with 7-in. CRTs that can display HDTV between black bars on the screen.
Regarding points raised about 9905 problems. If anyone still has a model with fans that are too noisy, they can find a solution at: http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/009217.html
This involves replacement fans. I've not heard whether folks have solved the slight jitter present with some video games. I haven't tinkered much with computer inputs, but did successfully feed in a Windows VGA signal. Others have used computers I've read here, although my understanding is that is limited to 600x800. Suppose the HD inputs could accept the computer equivalent of a 1080ix1920 HDTV signal, although it wouldn't be at that literal resolution. As the etown.com review points out, the transparent (not translucent) safety screen can be removed to cut glare, although I want mine in place because I don't want dust and grime to start filling up the 0.5mm-pitch lenticular screen rib valleys that would be exposed to NYC's pure air. I simply turn off reflecting lights if I want to concentrate on TV viewing.
As I've been commenting since June, NTSC and HDTV viewing is extraordinarly good, which I accomplish entirely from Time Warner's digital TV hookup (plus DVDs). My current interest is trying to find out how high the fidelity is of signals being sent out. For example: http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/009227.html
But there doesn't seem to be a great deal of knowledge available. The thrust of some comments on the web seems to be a typical HDTV signal 'only' has about 1,200 horizontal resolution, which I take to mean across the full width of my 9905's 55-in.-wide screen (not per picture height). If that's true, it looks super, but there still would a good bit of bandwidth (and 9905 capability) left for a significantly sharper picture.
[This message has been edited by John Mason (edited 12-24-2000).]