On Friday I went London ways to meet a friend and we went to Nexnix to get a demo of Hitachi TX-100. On the advice of people here I said I'd like to compare with another projector. I was thinking of Z2 originally, but was suggested the HS20 and decided to try it in comparison. I'd never given the HS20 any thought hearing about noise and it is only today I read about it's lack of contrast etc. I'll say in advance that despite hanging around here for a while I'm still not too good on judging picture at a technical level, so essentially I'm going on what is pleasing to my eyes. I took a few movies, but due to limited time only really tried Gladiator and LOTR:Two Towers. We actually ended up talking to Lucy (she was very helpful and friendly, giving her opinions rather than pushing them) about our image preferences while demoing so probably wasted a bit of time there. I explained that the intention was to place in a yet unbuilt room and she was quite understanding of the situation. Tried TX-100 first. Source was a dvd player with component out (denon I think) Initially the TX-100 picture seemed good colours seemed satisfying. Gladiator beginning battle scene. Picture good, arrows fired - grid structure - picture, then picture good - bit more action - more grid structure - tried different scenes - just as you're into the image the grid structure appears. Scene with tiger on chain - grid structure - in places. We went to the beginning of the scene with the tiger and switched to the HS20. The screen door disappeared and I was getting back into the film. My friend didn't say anything of the screen door on the TX-100, but he said "I don't know anything about this stuff [projectors], but this [HS20] definitely looks better". Another scene was where you see Rome above the clouds which showed screen door on the Hitachi, but seemed good on HS20. I couldn't really judge contrast level between the two enough as I didn't get to swap the TX-100 back into place after, but to my eyes the HS20 image looked way better. I was told there were less issues with dust contaminating the sony than other projectors (this is a positive to me). I'm now thinking that the HS20 may be for me. The plan is to output via dvi from radeon 9600. I understand 1:1 mapping can be done. Anyone have input [Kramer]? In any case I've got a fair few months. Maybe the AE700 will change things - other 1280 x 720 projectors will probably have similar screen door issues.