All my opinions on most of the projectors are from knowing what I like at a theatre versus what I see in different tvs (led, plasma, lcd which I have all 3 in my house now). THen taking that and reading the comments in forums and reviews.
I read that thread and the threads about the x55 and some of the owners threads. My concern is that in that review it highlights the sony which currently I cannot get a good price on but it looks good. Second, it seems to not give as good praise in the review of the jvc compared to some of the other reviews (seems many trying to jump on the sony side on that thread). Third, the panasonic is an interesting one as it gets many mixed reviews. SOme love and some hate. One of the keys I think is that many say it is very hard to calibrate and so it could be that the difference is that many have not calibrated it and it comes out of the box not as good but was stated it can calibrate well (although 3d issues not as good to eliminate). Yes, it is having issues so that is why I am not sure but I really like the motorized options as I would like to be able to adjust as I might change inputs devices alot and be able to change automatically might be good. Fourth I leaning towards teh x55 as I liked the pics from Gils room here:
The eshift 2 looks pretty good and he has a fairly large screen. But it is a dedicated theatre. I like the crystal clear but nice colour image you see when the eshift2 is on. It is too aggresive in some pics but those are uncalibrated pics right out of the box so I could get a good compromise image with adjusting. I love nice blacks and one thing I like about jvc is that I know I find in many movies is I hate when there is a scene with mixed light and one part is adjusted correctly and the rest is not (the native iris is nice). My preference so far would be a x35 with a darbee or x55 with eshift 2.
The other options is new ones coming out that may change my mind. I was intrigued at the w1070 for example a dlp that was in some ways comparable to more expensive projectors in 3d and performance. I just worry about it not being good all around. We like quality and will get frustrated with something that just does not work well in the end. I can play games on the 60 inch led. I want to watch hdtv, dvd, and 3dblu rays on this but not sure currently how often we would watch the 3d. Knowing the kids would probably be alot for them but not us. It is a consideration as if the 3d is great we would watch it alot but if not great we would not watch at all.
i won't be buying for a while and can't get into the house. I not completely sold on the size of the screen. One thing I can't change is the distance of the projector from the wall. Is will be about 21 feet from the wall but that said that does leave room for how big the screen is.
I was actually thinking about it again and will actually have to lower the size a bit anyway. The room height is just over 8 feet but the width in htat space is only going to be about 12 feet as I forgot there is going to be a bar in the other section (in future plans) and the duct work and the setup of the area makes it basically only 12 feet wide would be the area to use. So that being said a screen height of 6.75 feet with a width of 12 feet would give a proper 16 by 9 screen size. When walls are finished and all will probably end with height of 6.5 feet to leave space for black painted border.