I am still around the 30 day mark from the day I purchased the Home Lite Cinema projector at a electronics store, and I will be able to get the Panasonic AE7000 for $2700. The salesman said these are normally $3999. They are already on sale in this week's flyer for $2999.
My Epson was purchased for $1328, and having tested the 3D option, I can say it looks exactly like it does in a theater. The contrast is 6x as much, rated at 300,000:1 compared to the 8350's 50,000:1. Also, I believe this is 16 bit of color or higher, versus the 10-bit color of the Home Lite.
The difference I pay seems large for me, but since it's contrast ratio is so high, I think I can enjoy TDK and Tron even more so (the darks were still very good for me on the Epson in a dark room). The 3D really is a cool feature, and I may be in the minority, but I think this is a good option to have that will let me enjoy my projector for at least 3 years.
The Avengers and Spider-Man are in 3D, so this will make the 3D option more and more invaluable, so am I justifying this correctly?
Lastly, the black will fit the rest of my speaker and HT decor and equipment better than the white Epson.
I watch movies about 3 times a week (wish I can do it 14 times a week), so even after a year I will have watched enough to cover half the cost/value of the $2700.
EDIT: I forgot to add, but the movie I tested today at the store demo was TRON Legacy and haven't seen this movie in 3D made it even better, but hard to compare to the actual TRON that played in 3D. Either way, in 2D and in 3D it looks very good, and the contrast is easily better than the Epson's.