Well, if the NAB convention in Las Vegas is any indication, HDTV is far from dead HD cameras, recorders, editors, transmiters, etc. were everywhere. How many orders were placed may be another story. But certainly, the equipment was there in abundance. Although most of the HD displays fell into the very expensive professional category, a number of manufacturers showed their line of consumer models as well. Panasonic lined a wall with a number of widescreen digital displays including their new 47" rp, 34" direct view, 42" sd plasma display, 50" hd plasma display, and 52" dlp. It was quite interesting to be able to compare these sets side by side. First off, the dlp produced a bright, crisp image in an extremely attractive (and slim) cabinet. However, the sets inability to reproduce deep blacks gives the image a bit of a washed out look. Deep blacks also appeared as dark grey. The new 47" (the cabinet is a smaller version of their 55" rp set) was unimpressive on every level. The picture was soft, the colors so-so, and the blacks looked a bit washed out. No one at Panasonic could say for sure if this was a pre-production or a production set (and, of course, it could be a case of poor setup). The 34" look good as a 34" direct view should. But the most impressive images came from the 42" and 50" plasma displays. The 50" hd display looked as good as any hi-def display I have ever seen, and even the 42" sd plasma was a knockout. Plasma displays in the past were rightfully criticized for their inability to produce good blacks. Not any more. These sets produced some of the sharpest, brightest, and best pictures I have ever seen. Plasma displays from all manufacturers were everywhere but it was always the Panasonic that stood out especially in the sd category. JVC also had a 50" hd plasma (one of the thinest I have seen) that was producing a terrific looking image. Both these hi-def sets seem to be taking plasma to a new level (pricing for the 50" sets was about 20K). If JVC's D'ahlia was there, I didn't see it. Although there may be reluctance among the broadcasters in adopting HDTV, certainly the manufacturers are poised and appear ready to go.