"Excellent HD Home Theater Upgrade"4.5 starson by projectapollo1972
Pros: Bright, Crisp, Build Quality, Low Lamp Mode, fit easily into my existing universal ceiling mount
Cons: Focus and zoom controls are not as fine control as I'd like
Summary: I moved up from an six year old Sanyo business projector to this HD model. Projecting onto a 92" screen. Also paired it with a close-out first gen Toshiba HD XA1 HD-DVD Player (got the projector for $875 (The Projector Place) and the player for $385 (eBay) -- both delivered for only $1,260). Bought a 25' HDMI cable on eBay for about $20. Well, the results were spectacular. I'm blown away by this new generation of well-priced HD home theater gear. My only concern was the 720p resolution of the projector versus the 1080i of the player. I had the occasion to speak with a custom HT installer regarding the difference between 720p and 1080p projectors. His take was that for my 92" screen, the difference between 720p and 1080p would not be observable. After watching a few movies, now, I can say that I am very very happy with this projector, 720p and all. I'm even happier that I made the jump to an HD home theater for only $1260. Amazing!! Installation: Some have commented on the installation restrictions for this projector...... I have my projector ceiling mounted, room depth is 13 feet. The projector fit right up to my existing universal ceiling mount -- and set-up for my 92" screen took only about 3 minutes. A few tweaks on the zoom, focus, and mount.... and I was done. Could not have been easier. Noise: The low lamp mode works great for me and really is not much more dim than full lamp mode -- but saves bulb life -- and the noise from the projector is nearly zero. My last Sanyo business projector was very loud and annoying. Calibration: Using my Digital Video Essentials - I ran the projector through the contrast, brightness, color, and sharpness tests. I'm not an expert at this my any means, but the projector only required minor adjustments. I never did fogure out the sharpness control, however. The DVE opening sequence was shot in HD, but mastered for regular DVD. Regardless, it looked amazing on this new player/projector combo. Overall: For the incredible pricing being offered on this HD projector, I don't think you can go wrong -- the 720p versus 1080p does not appear to be an issue in the 100" screen size that most of us use. Again, $1,260 for the Toshiba HD XA1 and this projector has made the leap to HD HT available to the rest of us.