New to this part of the forum. I have been using a sony 1270 CRT with HTPC and I just purchased a Sony 400q LCD machine. I have seen just a couple of other LCD's and did not find them very watchable, but the 400q is really outstanding when mated with a HTPC. It holds it's own against my CRT pretty well, the blacks are not real black but the crispness, rich color and vibrancy balance things out. Everything I have read about this machine is true and then some. Sometimes good things do come in small packages.