Hi everyone, It's very likely that I'm doing something wrong, because I cannot find any comparison thread on these two projectors on here. Nor can I find many threads on the Z5 to begin with. So, until someone directs me elsewhere I'll go ahead with my questions here.... Anyway, I've been in this same position before, about a year and a half ago - having to choose between the Panny 900 and the Sany Z4 - and I opted for the 900, but now I'm in the same predicament. I have just sold my 900 which was a very good projector, even though I noticed some slight VB, but after almost 1000 hours it started to get too dim for my tastes. It was starting to lack punch. Plus, the sharpness could have been a bit better. Naturally, I was looking at the follow-up projector from Panny, the PT-AX100 for an alternative. It's supposed to be a veritable light cannon, and has an improved sharpness (and less VB) on top of that. How can I go wrong, right? But, of course, Sanyo is always there to make things sticky. Their Z5 seems to be significantly sharper than the Panny and..., well that's it basically. But I really like sharpness. What to do, now? * One down-side of the Sanyo would be the lower ansi-lumens rating. Now, I have a pretty well-darkened room - and I basically only watch at night anyway - so a large amount of lumens isn't really necessary. At the same time, if I even found my 900 lacking after a year, I'd say a popping, bright image is at least desirable. Will the Sanyo be sufficiently bright? (And after 1000 hours of usage?) * Another negative is the pixelation, which would need you to sit further away from the screen. I now sit at around 1.25 times the screen width (at most, really [with 1:1.78-content]). Would this still be possible with the Sanyo? What I loved about the Panny 900 was the absence of pixellation through the smooth screen technology. You could get as close as, oh I don't know, 20" to the screen, and you still wouldn't see pixels. However, there was a trade-off in sharpness. At times, and in certain shots, the image did look somewhat soft. From what I've read the Z5 is very sharp. And since I have pretty much zero ambient light in my room (and I only use it for movies), it would seem the logical choice. That is, IF things such as pixellation and brightness weren't there to worry about. Alright, you get the picture . It's quite the predicament, but does anybody have any insightful comments for me? In any case, thanks for listening/reading. Regards, Bart.