To awnser both your questions...moogoo122
This paticular ED plasma without a doubt, is the tops in its category.
However, since the unit has dropped in price a bit, and if your budget allows for it, you could consider getting the next model up in the Zenith line of HD plasma's.
Sorry to hear about your speeding ticket.eclaixp
ED stands for Enhanced Definition... Which is equivalint to 480 lines as apposed to SD which is around 400. ED also is a Progressive signal, which has a different scan pattern than SD (Standard Definition) and produces a cleaner picture.
Again, if your budget calls for it, you could go up a notch to the HD version of this model Zenith (It's a black unit as apposed to silver), and has some additional features such as a memory card reader up front, a few additional connections in the back, and Picture n' Picture as well.
At the time I purchased mine (Nov 05), I paid around $1900. Being that over 80% of the movies we have in the house are ED, and, there are still only a handfull of HD channels out there (true HD that is), it didn't make any sence at the time to spend another $1200+ for something I'm not likely to enjoy any better other than features. (Picture n' Picture being the most important on the list)
For certain, HD does provide a cleaner image, but when I compaired both units in the same room, you'd be hard pressed to decide to spend that additional cash when your on a budget. Both had great picture. But the Zenith ED came through better when wathcing standard brodcasts (non HD).
Since most broadcast signals are within the ED spec, it made perfect sence why it produced a better picture than an HD attempting to convert the signal internally.
I could go on, but that should be just enough to get you both on your way for now.
Sorry for the late reply. I myself was on vacation