I have a budget of just over two grand to replace my ailing 32" Toshiba, and I am considering a projector as an alternative to an LCD (with its narrow viewing angle) or plasma (which still doesn't quite look good enough to me for the price). I have a seen a few projectors demonstrated in high-end stores that blew my socks off but cost (three years ago) roughly ten or fifteen grand. My viewing area is fairly small- 16x11' - and I like having all my machinery behind my audience, so I have always run 16-20' of SVHS and audio cables from the rear to the front. In researching possible new systems, I see the Panny can quite easily be set up well behind an audience because it has a bright output plus a 2x zoom lens, which could eliminate the need for ceiling mount and also focus a narrower beam for more consistent edge-to-edge image quality. I could dispense with long cable runs. The bulb is rated for 3000 hours. The price is good. My questions, for anyone who owns one: I do not need a 120" image. 60 or 70" is fine for this viewing space. In order to achieve this small an image, it appears I cannot go further back than 16-18'. How bright and sharp a picture might I expect, and how is the black level? Is the cooling fan noisy enough so that my audiences will be distracted by it from behind during quiet movie passages? Is there a crapload of rocket-scientist-type calibration involved? Where do I look for a decent economical screen, and what type would I need for this area to achieve the brightest image while also allowing the widest viewing angles with minimal loss of brightness? Thanks to anyone in advance for information!