Hi all, Kramer visiting the ritz tonight, and brought his HS10 for an outing. After finding scrolling desktop issues with 98SE, a swopped hard-disk and a clean install of XP Pro and associated hcpc software had the HS10 up and running 1:1 pixel matched over DVI from Radeon 9000 from Powerdvd 4. (45mins in all to get going properly). Impressions ?? WOW! the major impact for me was the serious benefits coming from higher resolution - three feet away from a 7.5' image pixel structure could be seen, but only by focussing on it - fill factor is sufficient even at that to reduce effect of screendoor to being negligible. At normal seating distance in my movie room (11' from 7.5' screen) no structure of any kind is visible. Now I've posted before that screendoor is not an issue for me - and it isn't - but the absence of structure gives the image a far smoother appearance - "filmlike" is often misused here in descriptions, but this is really the biz!! Other impressions - colour rendition very impressive (and that's without calibration - time issue), Black levels better that AE100 - better colour uniformity and geometry combined with fill factor again playing a major role, no doubt. Kramer and I agree that ultimate black levels are not in the reach of current generation of LCD PJs, limitations of technology underpin this. However, disregarding "dark grey" black bars on 2.35:1 material, the contrast range of the image was impressive (this was in Cinema Mode, but without CC40R filter) and again from the AE100 point of view, big benefits in dark scenes coming from reasonable settings (no crushed blacks) and excellent colour uniformity. Noise ? Yes louder than AE100, but in low mode I didn't think it was such a big issue. Kramer cranked it up so that the fans went on full tilt and I can understand how it could grate somewhat, but in reality after reading posts and talking to Kramer, I thhought it would be a lot worse. Am I jealous ? Yes and no - HS10 is absolutely stunning in picture delivery and I'd be thrilled to have it (actualy it's "overnighting" with me - must remember to be in when Kramer calls tomorrow !!) However, Kramer won't be offended by me saying that I'm happy with the AE100 - at 1:1 mapping, Hoya and reasonable calibration with Avia, it still does the business for me. We didn''t do a contemporaneous test - setting dual monitors after the other messing around didn't really appeal - and in any event this was not a contest - we both know which is the better PJ !!! I fired up the AE100 after the HS10 and the picture structure issue was the real evident difference, maybe less sophisticated colour rendition than the HS10 which also has better contrast by a considerable margin. On a more topical note in light of current posting about the HS10, it fired up perfectly each time through getting up and running, but probably wasn't as bright as I expected in comparison to the AE100. It still looked gorgeous, though ! This post is not intended to be read as a technical critique - these are my thoughts after yet another amicable and interesting evening with Kramer, looking with curiousity up the "food chain" from the AE100. Incidentally, found noticeable picture improvements in AE100 after software upgrade - should have done it sooner ! Have I caught the upgrade bug ? No - (well not quite, anyway !!) To finish, an on-the-record thanks to Kramer All the best, Sean G.