I hate the internet! Life was so much simpler when you just walked into a shop, went "ooooohh!!! that looks cool!" and handed over the cash blindly. Now I get to fret over dust blobs, VBs, red balance, poor de-interlacer etc etc etc *sigh*. So here's the setup. Our source is a Sony S725 DVD, sending component interlaced signal. We're planning on a 96" screen using a 3.0-3.7m throw. We'll be sitting more or less below the PJ. We could mount a Z2 in a couple of places using less than 2/3 lens shift and no keystone correction. The AE500 might need a little vertical keystoning since I'd like the screen down quite low. We might use the iris on the Z2, but we'll be mostly watching movies in pitch dark I think (fairly light walls though, so contrast will be suffering). In conclusion: In the blue corner we have the AE500, with VBs, some keystone adjustment required, marginally less flexible with regards to room lighting. In the red corner is the Z2, complete with red tint needing scary tweaking to fix, the constant fear of dust blobs, iffy performance with an interlaced signal, and also some VB issues. Which is the lesser of the 2 evils folks?