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Thought I'd throw my two cents in here:
I've owned the M20X for a couple of months and will concur that color accuracy is not one of its stronger points. However, I don't think I would go as far as calling it a "glaring" weakness.
I'm using the M20X with a 9' Firehawk 16:9 screen in a light controlled room with a totally black stage. I have used Avia to align it using an HTPC connected via the RGB inputs.
When looking at the color bars, the green bar appears to be more of a lime green. Reds seem fine (I don't really see any orange), but yellows look a little off as well. Some of this my be due to the fact that I like my colors saturated and therefore have the saturation adjustment bumped up quite a bit on PowerDVD. I'm going to try recalibrating with normal saturation levels and see if this helps the green and yellows.
I should point out that when you are immersed in a movie, the greens and yellows look fine and you don't find yourself distracted by color inaccuracies. The HVS (human visual system) is great at adjusting to almost any viewing conditions and will compensate for minor inaccuracies (and I should stress that the M20X's fall into the "minor" category). It not like you walk into the viewing room and go "my God, those colors look like absolute crap".
Anyway, it all really comes down to price/performance. I looked at the XB31, the 75U, the Sharp 9000, the LT150z, the TW100, and the Sim2 HT300 before purchasing the M20X and still feel that it gives the most bang for the buck. It has black levels and contrast that are equal or superior to evey PJ I've seen, and I do not feel that the minor color issues are really unique to the M20X.
I should stress that I'm certainly not defending the M20X as the perfect PJ, nor is my opinion biased because I happen to own it. If you check out my reviews and comments to the forum, I've always maintained that the M20X is a transitional PJ (as are all PJs, really). At the moment in time I puchased the M20X I felt it had the best price/performance ratio of every PJ currently for sale right no, regardless of price. I still feel this way.
When another PJ appears on the market that has a significantly superior price/performace, I'll buy it (assuming I happen to have the $$ at the time, of course). For me, that replacement PJ will have to be 1280x720, sport a >5x RGBRGB color wheel, have equal or better black level and CR, and street in the neighborhood of $3k. I think that PJ is about a year away, but that is fine; in the mean time, I'm extremely happy with the M20X and wouldn't trade it for any other PJ in its price range.
Just my two cents :)