Summary: Personal Experience Bought mine secondhand but without any problems, super projector! It performs very well at 720p and there was no problems fitting it to a cealing mount, the only thing that is missing is 1080p but who notices?
Summary: Problems UPDATE: I, like many of the reviewers posting here, have been feed up with the lamp life of this projector. I finally had enough of replacing the lamp, etc (3 lamps, ballast & firmware update - all under warranty) so contacted Toshiba and asked for a refund of my purchase price because I had a "LEMON" and they knew it! Toshiba has refunded my money (process took about a month). Suggest you all do the same! Get your money back!
Summary: Personal Experience Found picture quality excellent from live TV - both reqular and HD from DirecTV. DVD movies thru a Denon AV/Receiver upconverts video signal to near HD quality. Don't need HDDVD or BlueRay. Problems Been thru 3 bulbs since new in June '05 - all with less then 250 hours (supposed to last 2000 plus hours!). Take note other reviewer "brtbrn": Toshiba will stand behind bulbs eventho out of 90 day warranty period.
Summary: Personal Experience Received MT-700 in early June. This is the first projector I have ever owned and I have to say the picture is stunning. I don't have enough experience with projectors to compare it to others but I have to say it was worth every penny!!
Summary: Personal Experience Did a shootout with the same model differenr brand neme. There was no difference at all except for the $$$s. So purchasing the MT700 was really a no brainer for me. To keep it short - best bang for my hard earned bucks.
Summary: Personal Experience I am a newbie to front projectors, so I did a lot of research. The MT700 at this point in time is the best bang for the buck DLP PJ I've found. I was able to purchase it on the web for under $2500 and with the HD2+ chip, it was a very nice deal. The projector worked flawlessly right out of the box. Throw distance in my theater was perfect at 13+ feet on a Draper Cineperm M1300 106" screen.
Summary: Personal Experience Coming from a 8 year history with Front Projection, I have had no less than 6 projectors. All of which were the best "value" for their time...I had a Davis DLS8, a Sharp xvs-95u, a Nec LT240k, Screenplay 4805, etc. This projector so far has me the most satisfied I have been with a projector out of the box. In low mode it is almost too bright for my 110" screen. It is very quiet, however not silent, but not objectionable even non subjectively.