Going into this review, I had not been a fan of rear projection LCD. In fact, I think that for the most part it is inferior to other Micro-Display technologies. The examples from other manufacturers are dim at best with poor contrast and terrible brightness levels. So, to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Hitachis achievement is an understatement. Clearly, Hitachi knows how to exploit this technology to its utmost, and I applaud them for it. I am happy to report that the images displayed were among the best presently available from any HDTV manufacturer."