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I would certainly read the reviews carefully when the 5020 comes out, they should both be top choices but some different feature sets and strengths could obviously come into play.
I currently own a Sony VPL-HW15 and am starting to drool over the HW50. When I bought the HW15 I had a unique chance to compare it in my home to a Benq W6000 DLP model and an Epson LCD. I like the Benq a bunch except for being sensitive to rainbows, and it was worse in that respect than the Optoma I was replacing. The HW15 just stood out to me as having a very refined image, very good color and not jumping out as doing anything wrong. I've never been unhappy with it, except that I want a 3D experience now, thus the HW50 envy.
I've seen and lusted over the BD screens at a local Magnolia, so I am sure BD ZE will be a fantastic choice for your room. I see that SI finally has a retractable motorized version of the BD... gonna have to look for more info on that, and I may have to choose between that or an HW50 for an upgrade!
HT: Sony VPL-HW55ES, Screen Innovations 110" motorized Black Diamond, Samsung PN51F8500, Mirage OMD-28/OMD-C2, Revel W873 x 4 surrounds, Revel C763L x 4 heights, Hsu VTF-15 x 2, Anthem AVM-60, NHT Power5 / Marantz MM8003, Denon DBT-1713UD, DirecTV HR-34 Genie
2 channel: Martin Logan Summit X, Krell S550i, PS Audio DirectStream DAC, Oppo BDP-105D, Mac Mini with JRiver Media Center