I've done the research and it looks like this will be the new pj.
Been using a BenQ 7700 for 4 years. Their DLP units have always had very good lumen output. What has surprised me is how high the output was on the 7700 compared to the current competition. And that is after calibration of the 7700.
I have a 133" Da-Lite HP screen. As many of you know it is rated at a gain of 2.8 with the proper setup. Place a pj at the top edge of an HP screen and the gain drops quite a bit. In my case to about 1.6.
The end result with my 7700 and a new lamp: it put out 17 fL. in full mode at 1065 lumens and 14 fL. in economic mode at 850 lumens.
My consideration of new units had been narrowed down to the Panny 4000, Epson 8500 and the W6000 (no surprise there).
Using Art's findings at Projector Reviews and other resources I find this end result for my setup in what Art calls "best mode":
Panny 4000 : 430 lumens, 6 fL.
Epson 8500 : 471 lumens, 7 fL.
BenQ W6000: 866 lumens with BC off and 1039 lumens with BC on.
As Art put it in the 6000 review section about brightness: sunglasses on, can you say 150" screen, it can do it.
Seems like an easy choice. I am not going to "upgrade" to a 7 fL. experience and that would be with a brand new lamp.
I've read this thread again from the first post today. The only real issue so far with the 6000 seems to be the actions of the DI. Not sure there is any real concern based upon what has been reported. All pj's have areas that could use improvement. Light output is not an area where the 6000 seems to need any help.
I was surprised to find no interface bracket on Chief's site for their RPA mount. Sent them an email. A DIY is easy though.
Anyone know about the utility of the USB port on the back? Would be nice if FW upgrades were possible.