Well, Friday night Technophobe (Kevin) came over with his Phillips 962 imported from Hifizone so Pal and NTSC out of the box. This we hooked up to my AE100 with a Hoya FLD projecting onto an 8ft Owl screen. We also compared my HTPC and Kevins Sharp 9000 dlp. At each stage we recalibrated brightness and contrast using Avia. 1st off SVideo from the 962 to the ae100 ..appalling, how anyone can watch this I dont know. 2nd SVideo from 962 into proV VGA to ae100 much much better, anyone still uming and arring over whether or not to buy a proV, it is without doubt the best £100 you could spend to improve the picture from your existing DVD player and Sky (via Svideo or converted from RGB). 3rd Progressive component from 962 to ae100, without doubt a little better than the proV, edge detail was higher because of slightly less ghosting around the image, less scaling artefacts (but there is not many using the proV so this was very slight). Overall a fantastic watch-able picture. 4th HTPC to ae100, this was the best of all but it was hard to spot the differences between this and the 962. Now and again there was the odd scene where you could pick out the superior scaling ability of the HTPC on swooping fast pans but overall very little to choose between them for a similar amount of expense. My opinion was that the HTPCs advantage would become greater with the superior 1280*720 resolution of the Sharp dlp so this was the next thing to try. It was a little trepidation that I helped set the Sharp up as this PJ is about £4500 more than the ae100 and I was prepared to be blown away with the improvement from a higher resolution panel and of course the legendary better blacks of the dlp engine. We created a powerstrip resolution for the HTPC to match the Sharps panel and fired it up. NO SCREEN DOOR We were watching at my usual 12ft from the 8ft screen and compared to the ae100 this immediately noticeable. The Windoze desktop was much much sharper and of course smaller icons and more space. HTPC to Sharp via Theatretek, a lovely picture, detailed vibrant, no scaling artefacts, no judder on pans, cant really fault it and Kevin starts discussing the idea of building a HTPC for himself. (He could probably sell the 962 for more money than is required to build the HTPC) We swop to the 962 via PS and .a lovely picture, detailed vibrant, no scaling artefacts, cant really fault it, obviously the superior scaler inside the Sharp compared to the ae100 is doing its job. After lots of back and forth between the sources we decided that there was so little between them that the HTPC was probably not worth the hastle on the Sharp. The only difference we could spot was an ever so slight judder on pans when using the 962 into the Sharp, (it wasnt there on the ae100) maybe because the scaler was working harder for the higher resolution? AE100 via HTPC against Sharp via 962. We used gladiator R2 as we both had a copy and could sink them so we could swop quickly between each one. I think we both felt the obvious difference from the Sharp was the lack of screen door, the expected black level improvement from dlp just wasnt there (maybe there might be in a room with darker walls as mine are magnolia, white ceiling, beach floor) but both pjs were in the same environment so..? There was a little more black level detail in the Sharp (better contrast I suppose) but that was about it. Overall detail was very very close and Im now wondering if a higher resolution pj is my next step or whether just to watch out fro one with a MLA (micro lens array giving smaller gaps between the pixels). For me there was not a £4000 improvement although it was endoubtably better. To balance the scales a bit because it sounds like I didnt like the Sharp, it was much quieter than the ae100, setup options including things like optical lens shift are far superior, the inbuilt scaler has more options with regard 2:2, 3:2 detection etc etc. To conclude, Id like to thank Kevin for his 2.5hr drive to bring his equipment over, a great evening and very revealing, you just do not get to do this kind of comparison when you are shopping for equipment.