Hey my fellow Japaties! Well after a week with a Z2, I have to say I am not overly impressed. Maybe I have been spoilt by first owning a NEC vt540, I don't know... Sure, its hard to argue with the incredible Lens Shift feature and the true 16:9 widescreen of the Z2, but the contrast levels and general black levels are not as good as I imagined they were going to be. To see any real difference between this and my NEC, I had to put the lamp on dim and turn the optical iris right down, which took a lot of the general brightness out of anything I watched, so I would be constantly adjusting the iris to improve contrast in dark scenes, then opening it up again to get light back for bright scenes. Well, it can get quite frustrating. I have not bought a Z2 yet, this is a demo from Sanyo, so I have time to look around still and might take a look at the Panasonic AE500 to compare. But what I really wanted to know is this, from anyone with experience of the newer DLP projectors: How much light is projected on a completely black screen? When an LCD projector, even the Z2, projects a completely black screen, there is a rather disappointing dark purple instead! How does this differ from a DLP with a contrast ration of say 2000:1? In an LCD projector, the light shines continuously through the panels so that even when the pixels are black some light still gets through. In a DLP projector the light is reflected off millions of tiny mirrors but only when they are tilted. So it seems that the only light that gets through in a black scene would be light spill from the internal construction flaws of the unit.. or am I completely off? thanks, and happy Japatying!