Just been reading at avs that the AE-300 is providing disappointing results. While obviously not having seen it in action myself, I, from a practical point of view, always suspected this new "smoothscreen" technology would result in a softer picture. This "vertical motion artifact" may also be related. Maybe Panasonic slightly increased the resolution to counter this, unsucessfully apparently??? Some quotes taken from here: The AE300 picture when fed from an interlaced or progressive DVD player (IMO) is not that good. It is soft, gives a mosaic-like effect and the vertical movement artifact shows up quite a lot....... In conclusion, my feeling at this point is that the AE300 is only good when driving from an HTPC I have my doubts as to whether this will improve with a HTPC at native resolution. "Filling" the voids between pixels like this will obviously result in a far softer image IMO. No extra pic info is being used, just "expanding" the active pixels at each corner to fill the dark grid pattern. So the AE-300 may not be for everyone I personally like a sharp image, & having spent time/money getting the HTPC setup, couldn't go back to a "softer" image, no matter how "film like". Opinions of the AE-300 from first time PJ owners are worthless IMO (as are screenshots). Who won't be wowed on initially viewing of a 7" image? We're now starting to see opinions from seasoned AE-100 owners, & these carry far more weight. Maybe I'm wrong here, but I would certainly not be one for buying an AE-300 "sight unseen". Better to reduce screendoor by adding extra active pixels, such as Sony's 1366x768 panels. Screendoor should/will be far less evident & with higher res panels, stairstepping will also be greatly reduced. OK, the AE-300 is cheap(ish) if imported, but I suspect it's only for first time PJ users - AE-100/other PJ owners should look elsewhere. My 2p.