YAY! My first post!!!!! The lurker steps into the light!!!!
As to the X1 issue, and PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT BASHING ;-), I went with a friend to audition one in Toronto, and I have to agree that FOR ME the rainbow effect was astounding. My Electrohome ECP 4100 needs a fix, so I thought I'd research a cheaper alternative. The X1 seemed to be it. I had cash in hand, and was completely prepared to put down the money right there, but had to pass.
I am truly amazed at the quality of projection that thing puts out. Colours are great, contrast was very nice, and the price is amazing - but when the store manager put in The Fifth Element the effects drove me crazy. In particular was the one scene where Leelu (sp?) was kicking ass in the hallway of the Starship. The high contrast fluorescent lights were rainbowing like crazy. My buddy (who has a 55" Samsung DLP RPTV on order) had to leave the room it made him so sick, and now he's questioning his purchase and might have to cancel his order. Some poeple seem to be very sensitive to this effect. As you all probably know, tests were done to see at what rotation speed rainbow effects cancel out. The minimum was 9x. His Samsung is 4 or 5 x and now he's worried.
I'm thinking I'll have to buy the Studio Experience Matinee 1HD LCD Projector (the Sanyo Z1). I auditioned it at the same time, and man LCDs have come a long way at its price range. If you haven't seen one, you should. The manager put it up, softened it a TINY bit, and WOW what a picture. They're now going for $1799 (Cdn). I think this is the one for me. It SHOULD do me for at least 3 years. Maybe by then 3 chip DLPs will be $1000 (yeah right).
To wrap up - I highly suggest you audition one, or ask to see a buddy's to see if you are sensitive to the rainbow effect. You may want to consider that in most scenarios it will be you and one or two others watching at the same time - they might be sensitive as well, and that could be a problem. I doubt most reading this haven't bought one already. If you have (and you've kept it) then you obviously haven't seen or are bothered by the effect. Congrats - you've bought a fantastic projector, and it's an outstanding value with cinema-like quality. It's the closest thing I've seen in its price range to my CRT projector (and that baby does 1280x102$), which is amazing.
Hope that was more constructive than "X1's SUCK MAN!!!!!!" ;-)
PS - I plan to rape all your brains for info in the near future so be prepared (or else wear tin foil hats).