The Panny AE3000 was first introduced to me via the press release from CEDIA. Once I learned of the specs of their new projector, I knew I had to have one. For some time, I've been trying to figure out a way to go scope screen for the least amount of money. I currently was using a JVC RS1 which has no vertical stretch and even if I was to use 'poor man's CIH', all adjustments were manual. Frankly it would be a PITA to do it with an RS1 without buying an external processor and I wasn't about to spend that kind of coin. Needless to say, the feature I was most excited about when I first read about the 3000 was the lens memory function. Essentially I would now be able to have presets for 16:9 material and 2.35/2.40:1 material and with the click of a button go back and forth in seconds. Add to this feature the ability to do 120hz and I was all ready to upgrade. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to see a demo of the 3000 out in Hollywood a couple weeks ago. A Panasonic rep from Japan pointed out all the nifty features and functionality of the new projector and I was blown away. Black levels during the Blu-ray presentation of "Space Cowboys" were so good, I knew I wouldn't regret leaving the RS1. 120hz was demonstrated using a scrolling text test and I couldn't believe the difference in how smooth the letters floated across the screen. In addition, being able to tweak the colors with a CMS was icing on the cake. As soon as I got back from Hollywood, I put in my pre-order and I received it last Friday. I have had time to put it through some tests with various source material and I am just as happy now as I was then. Blu-rays look incredible as sharpness, detail and clarity have been improved from my RS1 image. Black levels on are on par with the RS1. The additional features are so handy - NFL on Sunday was such a pleasure to watch in 'mode 2' (120hz), I experienced no motion blur. Broadcast HD was about the same. I guess nothing can fix heavy compression. I can't hear the projector fan at all and it sits just a few feet above my seating area. I had no convergence or uniformity issues. At a $2500 price point, I just don't think you will get a better value for your money. The features are just too impressive.