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Guys this is not really a home theater projector, but rather a "Home Entertainment" projector, meant to be bright for use in the living room if you will. For that purpose this should be great.
With that said, I too may try to use this for home theater as well because I need the lumens for a 165" screen.
So I too don't like that this projector is white, but again, it is white as it is meant to be mounted to a white ceiling in the "living room" not a dark home theater. The one thing that has not been noted yet is this thing is fairly noisy at 29db in econo mode per the specs so I will be putting in a hush box if I decide to get one which will hide the unsightly white projector.
To the lens shift spec which states +or- 68%, I don't know where 0 is but it seems that it should only be from center as 68% above or below the screen simply would not make any sense at all. So if it is +or- 68% from center then the projector can be mounted anywhere between 18% above the screen to 18% below the screen which should cover about any mounting location you would need.
I do agree that this projector should be less than $2K but those that need a bright projector, $2K is not a lot. Don't use the current pre-order prices however as your indicator for final street price. I am sure once this projector is out that it will likely settle in at around $1500 street.
I am very interested to see what the real lumen output will be in Cinema mode. If it will put out 1000 lumens or more calibrated in cinema mode and give me a usable 1800 + lumens for watching football and hockey with the lights on then I think I will have to pick one of these up.