this year I started looking at a new projector to improve the blacks and contrast on my old one. I started off looking at stuff like the Epsom 3020, which quickly led to the 5020, and then I eventually ended up with a jvc x35 and i'm so happy I spent the extra money.
the way I see it, you need to buy as high of quality as it takes to make you happy, or you might as well save your money and buy nothing. 3k for a great product is a much better value than 1500 for something you won't enjoy using.
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1130K, 7.1/5.1.2 audio
Sources: HTPC(Enby), PS3, XBOX360, Wii
Control: Harmony One