jrm21 Well said. As much as I think we kind of went off topic, the more I think about it, the less I think it true. This forum I have sent many people to. Reason, its full of experts, some who disagree with each other, but, they all share their thoughts, and it really gives you a more open insight and understanding to any product. Mind you, after some of the techno talk, I am sometimes confused to high hell, but, that's what google is for.
For me, right now, a question that has crossed my mind is, is this Sony worth X amount more than the Benq? For me, based solely on what people on here that I hold high respect for have said, it is. My only problem is, I cannot get a baseline on price, other than MAP. Since we all know the Benq is up and down in pricing, its hard for me to create that baseline. My room isn't going to be perfect, light walls and ceiling, and having read how light reflection could be an issue, I still choose the Sony, if its around the $1900-$2000 price mark. When it hits $2500, I start asking if it is, or, should I drop down to a B stock 30 ES, or just go with the Benq.
Here in Canada, its even harder to swallow, not sure how it is south of the border, but, we get nailed 13% right off the top in taxes, then a stupid environment fee, then shipping, (if its not included) and very quickly, you can add 20% to the cost, turning a $2500 projector, into $3000. Order it from the USA, and they ship by UPS, prepare to have a bad case of the anal bleeds. That being said, its the first time, in a long time, Sony products have NOT had a price premium in Canadian dollars over US dollars. Finally, someone is listening. (Part of me wished Canada worked on the USD, like the Euro)
This is why price talk for me, is so important. When I read someone who debated much like me, who's room is very much in the same sort of configuration, it helps me, when they say, no regrets, or fully worth the price premium.
This projector is very unique price point for Sony, and for all of us on the sidelines, waiting to jump in. Not sure if those who own it, and post here realize, but, I think many people are watching this thread, debating if the $1000 jump is worth it. For me, this isn't a question of, should I get this over the other $2000-$2500 range projectors, but the $1000 range ones. I don't know why, but when I read this was on-sale a few pages back for under 2K, that is when I went from considering Benq to this. I wonder how many others are thinking the same? It seems, and I could be wrong, we are seeing this compared in this thread to the $1000 range wayyy more than the other $2500 PJ's. Maybe Sony has something here they don't realize?
So folks, keep posting your thoughts, many of us on the sidelines are just itching to jump in for the first time. Oh, and please, hurry, football starts in a few weeks.