That's nice - a good in between. Makes the transission good while keeping the old feel of the site.
It's like the modern mini (the car I mean). Much improved but with more than a nod to the original. CNET take note!
It is really quite simple. More yellow!
Here is a quick thing I knocked up in Photoshop - I'm not all that great in PS and this was a two minute thing so please, don't mock my lack of skill or attention to detail.
JPEG IMG - 73kb - http://www.rosscbrown.co.uk/filestore/cnet/cnetnew.jpg
Also, who uses the search bar? Do enough people use it to justify it being to darn huge? If I had something sell, that is where I would want an ad!