Have been thinking about getting a PJ to replace my TV and have posted a couple of questions here and read a lot of stuff. Everywhere I heard that you really need a dark room to get a decent picture. Opinions varied from "it has to be pitch black" to "reasonably dark". Well today I saw a Sony VPL HS1 being demo'd at my local FNAC (big AV chain in France and Portugal) in a bright showroom and the picture looked fine, perfectly adequate for day to day viewing and then you can always draw the curtains for movies and 'special events'. I don't know what all the fuss with darkness is about! As the PJ I have been considering is the VPL HS1 this was particularly pleasing to me. Apart from brightness the image did have some problems - some weird rainbow interference patterns on diagonals and slightly over-saturated colors but I'm sure that was just a setup problem. It didn't look like they'd gone to much effort to get the demo right. Also, they're flogging it for 3000 (about £2000) so I think I'll get mine on one of my frequent trips to the UK. Michael.