The time has come for me to set myself up with a projector. Something Ive wanted for years but not managed due to circumstances. Anyway, I think Ive decided on the Panasonic AE300 with a Grandview 80 wide manual screen. But a couple of questions linger and, well, I guess Id feel a little more comfortable getting some feedback from people in the know before I shell out my cash!! 1. Im planning on mounting the projector on the ceiling and will sit about 12 from the screen. Is this too close to an 80 wide screen (1.8 X screen width) or should I get a smaller screen? 2. Im still confused about different video signals and compatibility. Currently I have a Toshiba SD220 DVD. This has component outputs, but does not do progressive scan. Im considering getting a Philips 963SA for the progressive scan output. I read in one of the home cinema magazines that this player can output PAL progressive. Does the AE300 support PAL progressive? The brochure shows the following compatibility - 525i (480i), 625i (576i), 525p (480p), 750p (720p), 1125i (1080i) Which one is Pal Progressive, and is this the way to go for playing region 2 DVDs?? 3. Not sure about HTPC. I work in IT, so Im not too keen on having to mess about with PCs when I get home. Id rather have a turn-key operation that the wife and kids can use as well. But if I did want to play with setting up a HTPC is the AE300 a bad choice? I read that a 1:1 pixel mapping cant be achieved. Is this a showstopper? Ive also read that this is because of a firmware issue with the projector. If this is the case then whats the likelihood of Panasonic doing a firmware upgrade? Hey, maybe it could be done using the SD card??? TIA Rich.