Hope some of you HS50 owners can help me. I had a panny ae700 which got nicked in a burglary. I'm now ready to buy a new PJ with the insurance money and can afford the HS50. The main reason I'm looking at the HS50 is the complete absence of vertical banding reported on all the forums. This really annoyed me on the AE700 as it was particularly evident on sky sports football. I am also attacted to the quiet fan as my AE700 in ceiling mode was a bit noisy. I can't find anywhere in London to demo the HS50 so I'm considering buying blind. My only concern is the brightness. My room layout forces me to project onto the chimney breast so the screen size is a measly 60" diagonal (I know, I know). I'm thinking that with this size screen I won't have much of a problem with the brightness. I certainly never had a problem in this regard with the AE700. My room is quite well light controlled but I do often like to watch the PJ with a bit of ambient light in the room, e.g. during the day when some sunlight creeps in or in the evenings when we're eating or just don't feel like sitting in the pitch dark to watch something on TV. dan.