I know what you mean, been thinking about getting one of the Panasonic AE500's but not sure if this'll be more of a downgrade. The £2k budget is because that's what I paid for the VW10HT at the time, can't really justify spending more than that. Might consider the HS20 though.Originally posted by nigel
If you really must upgrade, go for a VW12. Easy to install (just swap it - same mount, same lens); better scaler-deinterlacer and better contrast. And can be bought for below GBP3000 if you look around.
But, I'm in a similar position and I'll probably buy a new lamp and wait for another 4 (or so) years and upgrade then - something even newer, smaller, brighter, cheaper, quieter.......(etc) is bound to materialise.