I got an Epson 400 from Costco (online) about 3 wks ago and
I give the PJ a big thumbs up and I agree w/ almost all
7T's and jay's comments.
I have no reason to believe Costco invalidates Epson's
warranty. The PJ comes in an original Epson box w/ all the
original warranty documentation. I was able to register
the PJ online w/ Epson. Even if Epson refuses to honor the
warranty, I would certainly hold Costco's feet to the fire
to accept returns for up to 2 yrs (the Epson warranty
duration). So far, I have no plans to unload my PJ!
(Granted, not "long-term" yet, but promising so far).
I went w/ LCD over DLP b/c placement issues too. Then I
was choosing between the Panasonic, the Sanyo, and the
Epson. I wanted lots of light output so I could watch
sports in the afternoons, so I eliminated the Sanyo. Then
I chose Epson over Panasonic b/c it is $500 less plus 2yr
warranty instead of 1yr.
I had planned on buying or DIY'ing a 100" screen, but after
throwing a 120" image on my (off-white) basement wall, I am
pretty ecstatic and I think I am just going to keep using
the wall for now. (After seeing jay's DIY screen though, I
am tempted to do something like that -- his setup looks
really nice and also prob. it would brighten up my
picture!). Anyway, I am pretty happy w/ "Theater 1" color
mode for movies at night (dark) and "Living Room" for
sports in the afternoon. If it is really sunny, you can
resort to "Dynamic" (light cannon!) mode but the color is
pretty greenish (not horrible for football, but not great).
The lens shift is really great -- like jay's first photo,
I have my PJ above (or at least near) the top of my
projected image. The lens shift handles it just fine w/
no keystone necessary. I can see Screen Door Effect if I
get up within 5' or so of the image, but who the heck is
going to sit 5' from a 10' image! I view from 15' back
or so, no trace of SDE at all.
I like shelf mount (shelf hangs down from my ceiling).
This way I can tweak the PJ position a bit whenever I
want, but kids can't reach the unit
Also, I have
access to the air filter and the bulb w/out un-mounting.
There's $.02 more!