got my AE900 and spent some 5 hours with it.
here - thanks mighty.
DVD is sony dvp-ns9000es. connections are good svideo cable and super cheap component.
component still looks better - what a surprise
from 5m on 120" white screen (no brand) picture looks bright enough in low lamp mode.
blacks could be blacker - but constrast, shadows and picture depths are quite good (not CRT kind thought).
NORMAL and CINEMA1 looks most accurate with colors. but i tell it by eye perception - so it might be desceptive.
remote control doesn't peak up at all if you sit behind the projector.
what to do? IR transciever? a mirror?
as a learning remote it's quite useless IMO - to select which component to control (except PJ itself) takes 3 buttons pushes at least (add one more for BACKLITE push if you're in the dark room).
in addition amount of programmable buttons is very limited.
in short - if you need an universal RC - look somewhere else - unless you're ready to push 4 buttons each time you want to switch from receiver to DVD control and vice versa.