My needs are for DVD playback, no interest at all in HDTV and HD-DVD is way off as far as I can see, occasional use for NTL and VCR (!) maybe. So, I want something to give an excellent picture on NTSC and PAL DVDs, driven by an HTPC using TheaterTek mostly but with the option of a PS player later .. though the on-board processing of the 1000 seems pretty reasonable. There are several candidates for me and I hesitate about a 4:3 machine, but since it'll do PAL 576 resolution that doesn't seem to be an issue, and the 1000 rarely gets a negative comment. Be nice if it were a little cheaper, but I can about stretch to it. I thought about the Optoma H56 but most comparative comments prefer the NEC. So, not looking for adice on one vs. the other, just at around 3K is it still a reasonable buy considering immediately-to-be-available machines .. not interested in the Z2 or HS20 given the problems being reported on AVS from early deliveries.