First thoughts Panasonic has no screen door effect and wonderfully deep colours. Sharpness was very good. Thanks to widesceen I can produce a substantially bigger picture. (110 inches diaganoal which is huge!) Contrast also appeared to be better But biggest drawback was the noise and graininess of the picture. I was slightly disappointed with this. Also notice greater artifacts in rapid movement especially in the whites. (I watch a lot of ballet where there is exceptional white movement - perhaps much more then in most other material - it was there I noticed the artifacts) It must be said that since the picture was dramatically larger these things are noticeable then before when using it with a smaller screen. Also I was using a cheap Samsung DVD player with a HDMI output. It gave a a huge boost compared to my much more expensive Denon but it is still a cheap DVD player I set up the projector using the settings suggested by AVBuzz I prefered using the S-video to scart on my sky set top box Projector has no upward beam so it has to be place on bookshelf to get a high enough picture for most tripod screens(lens shift helps a bit), The NEC had a very steep beam so it could be placed on a low table. I think the Panasonic is a better projector then the NEC1000Ht but I would not have upgraded had I had the opportunity of properly testing it first. The additionnal costs does not justify the net improvements You might want to get a good HD DVD before committing yourself to the latest projectors from Panasonic or Sharp. Otherwise you should not trade in your NEC1000HT yet!