I have now read various threads talking about these 2 projectors. It seems strange that lots of you are still backing the panasonic even though it has such poor reliability. Surely the majority of buyers in this price bracket who are 'starting off' cannot tell a mass difference between the two. I had a AE100 which didn't even last a hour without blowing up & due to the purchase being on the net, has been pure and utter hassle (courier return £20 paid myself & money rebate 7 days wait) to send back & get a refund. Most seem to use net dealers for the lower prices but be aware of the hassle of returning a faulty projector. The general opinion seems that the panasonic is the better performer but what is the point if it cannot work all of the time. For me the AE is not even a contender as i need mine to work every time I want to use it & havent got time to be sending it back every 2 mins. I have opened this thread purely to aware potential buyers of either projectors of the problems. Also living in Cardiff there is NOWHERE remotely near which demo's these machines. Surely due to the amount of these being sold there should be somewhere close? P.S When the panasonic did work it worked very well.