I'm going to be in the market for my first pj in the next 6 months
Other than the Panny, there aren't all that many projectors in this price range that offer lens memory.
CEDIA is just a month or so away - and you're not ready to buy right now in any case - so let's see what companies like Epson release first.
They (or any other exhibitors at the event) might have something that fits your needs.
Then take it from there
BenQ W1070 Projector; Xtreamer Ultra 2 (running XBMC on OpenELEC) via Sony STR-DH540 AVR with Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS SE 5.1 Audio. MediaBrowser3 for Mobile Streaming.
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