(with Component) Unit out of the box isnt very good for pic, everything looks washed out, tweaking therefore a must...... I must say i dont think ive ever had a unit that requires such an accurate calibration of the contrast and brightness. But once you get it, my god does the image change or what, suddenly on screen detail is gobsmacking, that much desired 3D effect is there in spades. Red needs a gentle push, this then gives skin tones a very beliveable hue. After getting the contrast and brightness spot on, according to DVE very little else needed to be touched. The one thing that does impress is the absense of pic noise, wow this is so clean. not bad for component. HDMI... Ahhh now everybody pays attention. well at first you think...is that it.... Mainly due to the fact that you need again to get the brightness and contrast spot on , and the results do differ from component. If you dont colours just look very washed out. downside to this is to get an exceptable image, Ansi lumen output drops a fair bit. therefore view is restricted to the minimum of ambient light as possible.(read that as none if you realy want to see what this PJ can do) But once set and tweaked image is stunning. even less pic noise. set to pixelxpixel gives a much better pic. Resolution gets a percieved boost, but its down to a sharper image. So while not a quantom leap, HDMI is a must have if you plan to make a purchase(or DVI) of any PJ. It takes time but you will get a finer pic than from component. must also say it didnt look DIGITAL but much more crt like.