Thanks for the feedback.
Yeah I guess it's kind of wishful thinking. The zoom position really degrades the light output when set back so far, but I've been crossing my fingers that Sony will come out with a more powerful (or more acurate Lumen rating) and mid level price point.
I guess I will probably have to go back to looking at the Epson or the Pannisonic (which appear to have some promising new entries). I just don't know how long I can wait until the new ones are shipping.