During last week I've been reading through the mountain of AE500/Z2 posts in Avsforums. When I finished this mammoth task two posts stuck in memory. The first post was from a moderator (darin-something or other.) His view on the black level/CR of the Z2/AE500 was that it was an improvement on previous units,of course. What really got me was that he stated that these new LCD CR is equal to DLP units that are under $5000 and more than a year old. The second post was from a guy who had an AE500. He said the AE500 black level was slightly better than his AE100 which he'd upgraded from. This post was met with disbelief from others on the forum. So one guy says the blacks are DLP level and someone else says they're a bit better than an AE100? I think I'll trust the moderator's view more than the other guy but this is really a bold statement to make.I know people have posted mini-reviews of the japanese AE500 already here, but can anyone shed some light(no pun) on these views? All this hasn't changed my plan to buy an AE500 though.