Today I went down to nexnix in Horsham with the idea of viewing a Sony HS10 and leaving with one for a home trial. Well I have arrived back home this evening with a big box and small change over two grand lighter in my wallet ! I was blown away by how good this thing was and made up my mind almost instantly. The picture was very brght and very clear and try as I might have to look for banding or screen door or any of the other artefacts I have read by form posters, they were simply just not visible to me. And at slightly over HALF the price of a plasma, I reckon its a fantastic deal. The plasma demo's on the wall at the other side of the room, which look almost powering and authorative in isolation, looked like little tiddly portables. My decision to buy a projetor instead of a Plasma is probably a good deal down to you chaps on here. I have followed a lot of the threads for several weeks now and with ever reasoning prices I decided it was time to check out myself just at what point the technology was at. I was aware of LCD being the (alleged) poor relation of projectors and the issue re. black levels, dead pixels etc, but never having seen one of these in action went over today with an open mind. An hours viewing and I was still shaking my head in disbelief at the sheer grandeur and scale of it all. The picture was in my opinion faultless and awash with clear bright colours. Lovely. I did not do any comparisons with other projectors and purposely this was so. I had decided before hand that if I was satisfied with the Sony then it would be good enough for me whatever its Peers were offering in alternative. I viewed it, I loved it, I shook my head a lot, so if any Barco owners want to tell me how much better theirs is, well I don't care because I am pleased with my projector and consider it a magnificent purchase. . . . . Interestingly, I did lookout for black levels and fan noise I suppose from reading the postings on here and being aware that it could be a potential problem. Given some of the comments I think I was expecting the opening space seq of AOTC to be light grey and hardly being able to hear the film due to the nearby passing train ! I found nothing at all to put me off. I know this is subjective but to me black looks black and fan sounds like my pc monitor which hums gently in the background. I would describe myself as a enthusiast who likes a good movie or an album to relax to, not someone who is seeking AV perfection at all costs. Those into their line doublers, and scalers, and all sorts of things may complain that at a 6 inch viewing distance, pixels can clearly be made out, but folks, I assure you all, for the rest of us this is £2000 very well spent. A bargain. One last sidenote, I spent a while comparing the image projected onto a painted wall, a cheap screen (sorry name escapes me!) and a full on electric Stewart GrayHawk £3000+ thing. I have to say, and this is from someone who had been guilty of 'brand name' buying in the past that in no circumstance whatsoever, and I mean this, could I justify ever spending a large amount of money on one of these things. I thought a painted wall was an adequate solution but a screen does seem to improve the image quality and viewing experice, but then there was not the slightest difference to the £250 screen and the Stewart. Not a jolt. Again, this is all subjective and different things might work for you but I consider the £1500 I had set aside for a screen saved money. Yes I will get one, and the electric roll ones are particularly smart but spend in excess of £500/£600 ? Never. Anyway, instruction manaual is out. I have thrown up a couple of quick images for the lads here and dropped a few jaws on the floor !! I will spend the rest of the evening ticking about with the settings finding out what work for me. If anyone is thinking about one of these machine - get one. Without any hesitation I would recommend the Sony HS10. And you could do a lot worse than giving Russell a call at nexnix. Great service, great bloke, great day. . . . . Cheers All, Steve. P.S. I didn't do the Panny/Pio/Hit/Sam plasma comparison - lost all interest in the things after seeing the images from the Sony.