Opinions?...you betcha! I just love spending other people's money! Joking aside for the moment, as you have a dedicated HT Room, have you considered a projector system? As for large Plasma displays, the pickins are slim, and you stated you did not want to wait for the upcoming 1080P Panny 65"er or for prices to drop. As much as I like Pioneer, I'd pass on the current 61"er as it's an older previous generation panel. I've heard great things about NEC, but their distribution is weak in the US and it's tough to even see one. There's a guy on this Forum from Cleveland Plasma that is very knowledgeable on NEC's line, and I believe they are one of the few authorized sellers. I'd check w/him to get the straight skinny. My present front runner would be the current Panny 65"er, but then I've seen this one in action. Unlike you, I'm not in a big rush, so I'm waiting for the 1080p's before I do my next HT Upgrade. Whatever you decide, can't wait to see your pics on your completed HT system. Good luck.