Hi, Right, I'll start this thread off by saying...OMFG!!!! Out of the box this projector is looking bloody amazing, WAY better than my old Z2. Colours look spot on (couldn't say that about the Z2!), blacks look as good as the AE700 did. But the crucial amazing thing for me is the complete and I mean complete lack of VB! On the AE700 there was VB, ok it could be tweaked but it was still there, I haven't seen anything on the Z3 so far that has got me worried with respect to VB. Sky tv via s-video to my Lumagen HDP and then to the Z3 via HDMI at 720p looked unbelievably good. I haven't even tweaked things yet , see no need to use the panel adjustment feature to reduce VB to be honest but might try it just to see if it makes any difference (mind you if it aint broke don't fix it, I'll probably make things worse if I mess with that!). I've watched a bit of The Two Towers via s-video from my Pioneer 868 (as HDMI via the Lumagen isn't working for some reason, will investigate that further later). How much of the results can be attributed to using the Lumagen I'm not sure, I'll probably try a straight s-video / component connection and see how that looks but right now I'm using the Lumagen as it makes sense to really. Overall I am VERY impressed with this projector, lens shift is better than the AE700, the picture from what I've seen so far is awesome, VB is a non issue (seriously) and I've yet to calibrate it etc... will try and post more impressions later and hopefully some pics... Cheers, Andy.