I am answering one of my own questions:
I had a Sony Pearl which was less than 500 lumens. I remember that it was fine for my 120 inch screen. Yes, it was quite a bit dimmer than today's light canons, but I have a light controlled room and it was very pleasing and easy on eyes. One thing we forget: in pitch dark, overly bright pic is actually harsh on eyes and also washes out detail.
Having said that, yes, Sony could've been a little brighter to suite all tastes. And this Mits is an ideal number. If you read reviews, its calibrated brightness is on par with flagship models from Epson, Panasonic, JVC, Sony, and Sharp. So, this is NOT a dim projector. Concerns about brightness are raised for a 3D pic but there too it is said that after a couple of minutes (that is, after the initial shock of brightness loss wears off), it is actually quite a pleasant experience. Did you guys ever read the 3D brightness offered by commercial cinemas? All HT PJ's are light canons in comparison
Bottom line: extremely capable projector with *right* level of brightness. Don't let the extremely high boardroom projector like brightness numbers from entry levels fool you. Of course, if you do not have a light controlled room and want to use this PJ in brighter living room like a regular TV, this may not be for you. But if you have a dedicated HT room (or environment that can become one for movie watching), then this PJ *is* for you. Don't loose out on such a freaking good deal.
I bought one after having done a TON of research and am now anxiously waiting for it... ($999 shipped!!!! If that is not an unbelievable deal, I don't know what is
. Also note that this projector is extremely similar to their flagship HC8000D and shares most of internal components. HC8000D has additional iris controls that enhance black levels a bit more but then looses a little more brightness in the process. Keep in mind that this is a home theatre projector and not a home video projector. You should be comparing it to much more expensive models from JVC, Epson, Pioneer, Sony, and Sharp. Which the reviewers do! It is in a different class altogether. Just because it is selling at a similar price to entry levels due to company going out of business, it should NOT be compared with projectors which sell regularly in this low price bracket. Unless, of course, your needs are better served by those entry level light canons....