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Specs., etc. should generally be ignored as there is no uniform standard for them and a maker can pretty much claims what it wants.
The MacIntosh is not an inferior proj. It is a grossly overpriced Marantz proj. which is excellent and goes for about $10k now. My concern would be with Marantz ( and with it Mac) getting out of the proj. business, and attendant problems with parts and repairs, a problem with which I am unfortunately familiar.
I would strongly urge you to take a look at the Planar PD8150 (MSRP $7K; call AVS). It has gotten excellent reviews, is nearly perfectly calibrated out of the box, and is Kris Deering's current reference projector.
Since Planar owns Runco and Vidikron, dealers for those lines can get the Planar, even if they fib and say they can't or profess ignorance(they know).