I was a little concerned as well but that was before I went to actually see it in action. Unless you sit three feet from your TV or use it as a PC monitor, it's the best TV available in the 40"-42" bracket. My advice is to go and see it at a decent TV specialist dealer (as in not Currys or Comet) alongside other similarly sized sets and make up your own mind. The only other set that seems to have the potential to match its performance is the new Panasonic 42PZ85. Some dealers are now getting stock so you may may able to compare them in close proximity. Also, there are good deals to be had on the Pio at the moment. Dixons.co.uk are doing it for £1229 with a free Pioneer DCS-370 5.1 Home Cinema System which sounds like a great deal.