Some of you might have recognized my posts in other threads. A few months ago I purchased a house that had a theater room stocked to the brim with equipment. Unfortunately all of the equipment was installed in 2000; I've replaced all of the components with new technology - everything but the Marquee 9500 CRT projector. I was hoping to use it as long as possible before it needed some repair, but it only lasted a few months until it started to show some problems. I'm a DIY-er, but projectors and electronics isn't in my wheelhouse.
So, under some miracle that I can easily/cheaply fix the CRT I'm looking to buy a new digital projector. My local AV shop says the Sony HW55ES is going to be the closest comparison I will get in quality to the Marquee 9500 and that they have been selling a lot more Sonys over the Epsons. I've been doing some research and it looks like the HW50ES model is pretty similar to the HW55ES except for some enhancements like dynamic contrast ratio.
Does anyone have any experience with both models? If so, is the HW55ES worth the extra $1000 or would I be fine with the older model? I can control the light in my theater room from dim to dark.