Summary: Personal Experience I purchased the Sony for $800 from an on-line vendor. I have it ceiling mounted about 15 feet from a custom built screen (approx 120" diag). I'm not a videophile, but for me and my guests, the picture is amazing. The unit is quiet enough that it's not noticeable. At such a large screen size, there is minor "screen door" effect but only if you are less than 6 feet from the screen (way too close).
Summary: This projector is perfect. I was willing to spend 5k on a projector, and they talked me in to this unit and I am very happy.
Pros: Very nice projector for the money. This installation was easy as well. Installed in a 72' long x 54' wide building about 18' from a 144" screen. The projector is mounted at about 13' from the floor. Everyone who sees the picture cannot beleive the HD quality of movies and such. we have had masny parties and many critics and they all love it.
Summary: When we built our deck, we wanted it to become like a room addition, a place where our family would spend time together, and where we could entertain friends. We don't have a pool, so we decided to have backyard movie nights, and began looking for a projector. Since our "screen" is a tan stucco wall, and light levels vary greatly, we did not feel that a 1080 native resolution unit was worth the extra cost.
Summary: I've owned one of these for a year. It is great when it's here, but the image chip has completely failed TWICE. The first time was after less than 55 hours of use and 5 weeks of ownership. It showed only pink and green vertical bars. I couldn't even see the internal menus. It was gone for about 2 months because the repair facility had to obtain the part. (AND AMAZON REFUSED TO ACCEPT A TOTAL FAILURE AS A RETURN EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONLY A WEEK PAST THEIR RETURN POLICY.
Happy with quality, but there are caveats for some
A Fine Lion, Amazon
31 July 2009
Summary: Something to remind people is that many electronics are designed to be near the viewing source, so when you have a projector TV of any type, there are some caveats. If you have a Wii, speakers, or something similar that you'd usually have by the TV, remember that the sensor bar has to be near the screen to make sense while playing, and since the projector is on the opposite side the room, you'll find yourself having to accommodate that by running wires all over or...