krag, sorry to hear 'bout the problems with your amp.
DaGamePimp, sorry to hear about the lose of the Extron - I don't think it would have done much for me. But, again, every little bit may help. I want the best this proj can do - I'll be keeping it for at least another year.
My system is doing better with the Radeon - the colors are more vibrant.
The disk swapping thing is working well; I have some (~160G) of HD material that I can watch anytime and am adding DVDs with SmartRipper & HD movies.
I also just got some double faced commando cloth for "drapes" over the windows from PNTA. That should take care of the light problem!
I am also looking into a masking system (at the lens). For 4:3 video, the LCD has grey bars on the sides; for 2.35 there are bars on the top and bottom. I am thinking about building two little "windows" cut out of balsa wood and putting one of these in front of the lens to try to minimize this.
I still have no screen and looking at the Stewart products scared me - too expensive. From what I saw at Jason's, the plastic panel may be the way to go.
Another thing I am working on is getting a lens filter. It seems that the Sony bulb is heavy on the red. I think if I filter some of the red, recalibrate the red to ~100% and up the green and blue, I will get a better pic. This is called "munsilation" (sp?) and has been proven to provide better contrast and better blacks.
I am having some problems with ADTV and XP crashing and have not found the problem, yet. It seems stable for ~3 hours with ADTV and over 12 without it. I still think I can put on a pretty good show - and I have a popcorn maker!
If I am chosen, feel free to bring your wife(s)/SO(s). I choose luckey number 7.