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The Pro8200 is ok for a 100" to 110", but it will still be a little too bright for the first 300 to 500 hours or so, but you can use an ND filter or just turn the settings down some. I just think 65" to 70" would be way too bright on many of these to the point where you'd have to use too dark of a filter and wait too long for the lamp to wear in. The lamps appear to last a long time on the Pro8200, I have 2500 hours on the lamp on one and it's still pretty bright.
Both the Pro8200 and Mits hc3800 have a very large mounting offset, twice that of the hd20, so make sure it will work with your ceiling height or if floor mounting, then your floor to screen distance. Note however though that a refurb Mits hc3800 is better than the Pro8200 if going only by picture quality.
The Pro8200 has the least RBE effect of all of these projectors by a good amount, but it is not quite as sharp (pick your poison). The sharpness isn't bad and not that noticeable in regular viewing, but it's just that in HTPC you can tell it's not quite as sharp as the Mits and the Mits has better contrast. 4x Color Wheels helps quite a bit compared to a 3x color wheel, but the Viewsonic is even a step above 4x, although the VS is 4x as well, it has an extra segment which makes the CW function more like a 5x or 6x color wheel. Not that many people see RBE on the Mits that much to bother them, only a few here and there (probably only 1in6 to 1in8 people). On the VS, I can't even hardly remember a single person in the entire VS thread complaining about RBE unless they had the image way too bright. So I think on the VS fewer than 1 in 15 people are going to see RBE to the extent that it bothers them.