I just brought a gigantic Barco 801 from b4 projections for an absurd £700! I simply bought it as a back up to my NEC 1000HT which was giving me some problems, But I am astounded by the superior picture of the CRT. Perhaps the most important advantange is resolution. I can make the picture much bigger. This is very important for 2.35:1 picture. I can make the screen 7--8 foot wide (not diaganal!) with good resolution. I found that with my NEC I cannot really go beyond 5 feet and resolution is noticeably lost after 4.5 feet for 2.35:1 material. In fact I have been frustrated with the quality of the widescreen stuff on the NEC (but I was very happy with 16.9 and 4.3 stuff which is quite awesome) Contrast, colour and picture are also better but not that much better. Of course the drawback is garganteum size and inflexibilty (70kg) so it is clearly not suited to some homes (although the thow distance is much shorter then the NEC 1000 - it gives almost a 1:1 distance to picture width ratio!!!) I have set up my Barco for wide screen projections. I will use that with most movies. I will use my NEC for 4.3 material and TV. I think that with DVD players offering PAL progressive scan you might want to consider the second hand CRT option. It is cheaper and better quality. Had I known the advantages of the CRT and how cheap it was I think I would not have got my NEC1000. I would have used my CRT as a stop gap until the widescreen XVGA projectors fall within my price range of £2000-3000.