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You can get the lumens down to 500 or less with the Service Menu tweaks using the w6000 IRIS settings. However, on the Benq w7000 we cannot yet find the IRIS tweak, because no-one knows how to get into the Service Menu as the code was changed for the w7000. So the w7000 is too bright for smaller screens, the w6000 not so much (although by doing this, you do lose some DI room until the lamp ages).
The difference between 2000:1 and 3000:1 is not ALL that much, but if you place a w6000 at farthest throw and a Mits hc4000 at farthest throw, you can tell the Mits wins if the Benq has the IRIS disabled (I did place both, although admittedly the w6000 was not in same room). Still the fact you can configure the w6000's IRIS to work like you want is a huge bones and the Benq does have much better blacks with the IRIS enabled.
IMO, not all LCOS fall short on sharpness, for instance the newer JVC's do not fall short on sharpness (I own the RS-45 and also owned the Mits hc3800/hc4000). It's every bit as sharp as the Mits hc3800 I had (except for pixel fill difference), but the JVC has better focus uniformity than any of the (6) Mits I have seen in total, and the Mits hc4000 I had was a tiny bit sharper than the hc3800 (the worse uniformity of the Mits allows JVC to beat the Mits in sharpness for text and things like that). There are MANY other reasons to knock the JVC's, but sharpness isn't one of them unless you get bad convergence. The Mits is much better at handling poorer sources than the JVC is, and the Mits handles noise and motion better, but it's not really sharper. My JVC RS-45 is so close even to the Benq w6000 in sharpness that you'd be hard pressed to miss any sharpness even in HTPC (a tiny little bit). Still there is some GAMBLE as with all LCOS and LCD, but the gamble on the JVC's convergence seems far less than any other model out there right now.
The JVC RS-55 with e-shift is the thing to get, that is what I would want if I could spend that much on a projector (I could but I'd regret it).