Thinking of getting a PJ but cant decide which to go for. If I could afford it i would probably go for an optoma, but as it stands these two Pj's are very affordable and offer good specs. The Hitachi offers a higher contrast (7000) than the Epson (5000) but not by much. And the Epson offers more conections (2 components vs 1 on the hitachi) Prices in Japan for these Pjs are almost the same: 140.000 yen (700 quid) So they are within my price range. Any idea as to which of the two is better over all? *I care mostly about picture quality. Cheers.