As previously discussed in this forum, the vpl-cx1 has had problems (on some projectors) with vertical banding problems regardless of the input source e.g s-video, component, RGB connection via the 15 pin D-SUB. Although, after reading that this maybe an issue, I managed to find (probably the last one available) a CX1 for sale and bought it for a good price. Unfortunately, brand new and straight out of the box, I immediately saw the vertical bands on the screen and no matter what I did, it was still there. I contacted the sony prime support helpline (01256 683 850) and explained the problem. After several e-mails, they informed me that the bands should not be there. More importantly, that there "maybe a problem with either the optical prism block or video board maybe faulty". I only had the projector for four days and because of its age, it was classified as "dead on arrival" and I obtained a full refund from PCworld with no problems. Sorry, for the lengthy post, but I felt that since it has been an issue for some people, then at least they are aware that it maybe a problem with the projector itself. As you already know, it is now a discontinued model. The search goes on for an affordable first time projector!!