If Epson delivers hdmi 1.3 at that resolution and brightness, I think they've really jumped ahead of the market. My application is a dedicated home theater and those are the specifics I was waiting to break $5,000 and thought I had at least 8 months to go. While I would prefer all of that in DLP, I'll quit waiting and buy the epson if everything that's being tossed around turns out to be accurate.
I don't get why some others think HDMI 1.3 isn't important in a projector? I can be severely confused yet again, but I thought as soon as one component in the path is HDMI 1.0, the entire path is HDMI 1.0. I'd sure appreciate the depth of color that 1.3 offers - is the point that an LCD projector isn't going to be able to take advantage of the extra information being carried to it?
And while it's impossible to stay in front of the technology, I try to shy away from buying behind the curve. My perspective is that with the industry commitment to HDMI 1.3, buying something w/o it is not a very long term strategy.
I'm eager to see some content coded to that color depth at 1080p soon.... Hopefully from a < $3k epson hanging from my ceiling.