Hello all, [Warning: this might be a long and incoherant post!] I've been trying to make a call between all the deferent LCD PJ's on the market for some months now but I am still undecided. I thought it might be worth jotting down my requirements, ramblings and other random thoughts in a posting just in case somebody can push me off the fence and into my first PJ purchase. Firstly, let me say, I am buying blind. I live in Finland and I just can't find anywhere local in the city I live that sells non-data projectors. [Probably its because I'm a foreigner and don't know where to look, but that's another story! Voi voi as the Finns would say!]. I have of course, seen data projectors so I know what I am in for in terms of screen door/FPN and the like. I have also just moved into a house and I have the following space constraints: a) I will be seated max of 3.5m from the front of the screen. Nothing I can do about this. I figure I just have to make the projected image small(er) if I can't take it all in at this distance. b) The PJ can be up to 4.8m from back wall to front of screen, or, if I have the PJ mounted in my kitchen somewhere (opens onto my lounge) potentially say another 20-40cms. Personally, I'd prefer not to go down the kitchen route. My other half is understanding, but I am not sure how popular I would be with her if I did this... Various other thoughts, in no particular order: 1. Cost - My criteria for purchasing are numerous but no single projector satisfies them all, therefore my dilemma has been trying to pick the single best projector that satisfies most of them without costing the earth. I figure that 3k is the absolute max I can justify on a PJ. Its not that I can't afford more, but anything over that would just be silly. This is just a PJ after all! 2. Screen & Size - I'm cheaping out on the screen and going with an Ikea black out blind for the time being. I figure that I can get a decent screen once I've worked out exactly what it is I want in a screen. Right now I just don't know. The Ikea blind might just be enough. Size-wise, I'm after, I think, a max of 2m, since this is the width of the Ikea blind (I think - its in the garage and I'm too lazy to go and check). I'm worried that at 2m, and 3.5m back I'm a) going to see screen door (below) and b) too close for such a large image. Q1: What do peeps think about this? EDIT: Here's the screen metrics from PJCentral. I went with 4.4m to play it safe allowing for size of PJ case etc. Hopefully that's about accurate. Manufacturer: Yamaha LPX-500 Distance to Screen: 4.4 m Diagonal Range: 258 - 371 cm Height Range: 127 - 182 cm Width Range: 225 - 323 cm Manufacturer: Sony VPL-HS10 Distance to Screen: 4.4 m Diagonal Range: 238 - 300 cm Height Range: 117 - 147 cm Width Range: 208 - 261 cm 3. Screen Door - Obviously I don't want to see any. I think at 1.5x the screen width back (seated) from the screen I ought to be okay with either of the PJ's in my subject line. I keep reading conflicting reports about screen door on the Yam/Epson. Some people say its on-par with the HS10 and other say its terrible (some of the reviews in AVS spring to mind). Also, there are comments I've read about smeary pictures with these two that also bother me. I'm not spending 3k (or 2k even!) to get smears/streaking: Q2: Particularly to Neil, and WebLoader - you've owned or own TW100 and LPX-500 respectively. Did (do) you notice any of this so called streaking or banding? I'm not talking about screen door but some other vertical pixilation every few cms or so? Is this a common problem with LCD PJ's or just these two (TW100/LPX) in particular? 4. Noise (audible!) - I've just built my first HTPC (using LMP case, plug plug ;-)) and its FANtastic rotfl: somebody me...). I've spent a lot of money and effort trying to make this thing quiet so I do not want to go and shoot that all down in flames by mounting a vacuum cleaner to my ceiling. HS10 really really worries me here. I think I'd probably have bought it already were it not for this single point. 5. 1:1 mapping via HTPC - Probably one of the biggest issues so I'm not sure why I left this down at number 6. It absolutely has to have 1:1 and I am still not entirely clear on whether this is possible with the TW100/LPX-500. I *think* it is from what I've read on AVS, but nobody, at least for the LPX, has said outright that it is. More research needed there I think. Seems like a non-issue for HS10, though I'm worried about judders on the pans because of the 56hz thing (IIRC). Kramer will no doubt pop by and tell me I'm worrying about nothing in this respect! 6. General Ramblings - If it weren't partially for the throw, and mainly because of the noise I think the HS10 would fit the bill perfectly here, and at a good price. But the noise thing really worries me. As I said, I can't audition it and several people have either complained about the noise or gone as far as returning their PJ because of it. The Epson or Yammy on the other hand don't have this problem and they also have a more reasonable (controllable) throw. - TW100/LPX-500 don't have HDCP though, and that does *slightly* bother me in terms of future proofing... Can anybody convince me what to do!?!? Somebody? Please? ;-) I've been around these forums for months now trying to work out which one to get and its an absolute nightmare. I've thought about waiting for a new batch of PJ's to appear but then you can wait and wait forever and end up with nothing. As I said, this whole process is a compromise and therefore ... There has to be something out there that I'll be happy with.... Thanks for reading. Sorry its so long. I've just re-read the above and there's only two questions in there.... sorry... feel free to share your collective thoughts and experience with this wavering newbie!