It's not real great on SD TV programs...okay for SD dvds, but pretty washed out black levels. If I were going to spend $250, I'd maybe look for a used Infocus Screenplay 4805 on fleabay. I've had both, and the 4805 is a much better pj in my opinion than the Z1. On the positive side, the Z1 does a pretty nice job with HD (especially football), offers lens shift for easy placement, and since it's an LCD, it doesn't have rainbows. But picture-wise, it doesn't compare to the Infocus SP4805--which I think you find used ones going for $200 to$300.