Hi I thought you might be interested in my findings in the side by side shootout that I've just conducted in my HC between the Z2 and the Sony HS20. I'm choosing one of these two PJ's and have organised this side by side shootout to help me choose. My money is on the line with this choice so the winner has to be good! The room and equipment The room is a dedicated HC 14ft long and 11ft wide with total light control. It is painted dark blue on the walls and a sort of sky blue on the ceiling. I have an Ellie 16:9 (200x112cm dimensions) electric screen with 1.2 gain I use a Pioneer 737 DVD outputting component. I used UK Region 2 DVD's for the comparitive test. PJ setups I decided to use out of the box configs, or the minimum tweaking required to get an acceptable PQ. I'm not interested in endless tweaking but want a picture that is as enjoyable and cinematic as possible. Build quality The HS20 feels like a quality piece of kit. The remote is good quality and the PJ is generally very easy and intuitive to use. I particularly like the picture alignment guides which are displayed when you press the zoom, focus or side slot keys. This makes PJ alignment and focussing a doddle. The Z2 generally felt cheaper - manual zoom, focus and iris controls and pretty poor quality remote. The HS20 wins the build quality stakes Installation Although the HS20 has the side slot feature which allows horizontal displacement of the PJ from the centre of the screen, there is little or no vertical adjustment without resorting to keystone correction. This makes it harder to position the HS20 and it has a longer throw distance which is either good or bad depending on your room. The Z2 is brilliant in its optical vertical and horizontal adjustments and can be placed almost anywhere in the room. No doubt about it - the Z2 wins here Noise Both PJ's are remarkably quiet and are virtually inaudible in all but the quietest parts of the film. I think the HS20 has a slightly lower frequency fan noise than the Z2, but both are very quiet. A draw Screen door I couldn't see any screen door at the 10 ft screen to seating distance for either PJ Another draw Quality of blacks I tried the HS20 first and couldn't believe my eyes. In my completely dark room the quality of the blacks and the overall contrast was exceptional. Blacks looked black and there was real detail in there too. I've just sold my Barco 708 CRT and was expecting the worst here. No way - I was VERY happy with what I was seeing. Turning up the lights did wash the blacks out and turned them grey but with light control, the quality of the blacks were awesome, particulary for an LCD. The Z2 was a different story here. Blacks were black but they were also very blocky in comparison to the HS20 - the shadow detail had gone. The HS20 wins hands down here. Overall Picture Quality The out of the box image from the HS20 was detailed and very natural looking and there was excellent depth to the picture. Colours were natural, the image looked smooth and the whole viewing experience was really enjoyable. Every bit as good as the CRT, if not better! The out of the box image from the Z2 was, in comparison, disappointing. It had a definite red shift, blocky blacks and generally looked a flatter picture. I'm sure that I could have spent hours tweaking it, but it looked less cinematic, and more digital. It must be said, though, that for the price the Z2 produces a remarkably good picture and is brilliant value. Which am I buying? I guess you know already. The HS20 is everything that I'm looking for at the moment and, to me, easily justifies the £700 (approx) price difference. I know its a keeper whereas I'd be constantly tweaking the Z2 to get the best PQ. If you can cope with the longer throw distance and the price differential the HS20 is a brilliant PJ for the money - I'm really impressed with it. I just hope that it doesn't have some of the problems that the HS10 had!