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There are lots of projectors that don't accept 480i over HDMI, the BenQ PE7700, PE8720, and W10000 at the very least. A lot of DVD players have rather bad video processers, including deinterlacing and the so-called "chroma-bug". So if you have a good scaler, either in your projector or seperatly, its best to run the DVD output in its native format, 480i. If your dvd player makes a mistake doing the deinterlacing, you are now sending a bad input signal to a good scaler, which won't be able to fix the jagged edges or messed up color. Some top end scalers will re-interlace the image, so they can deinterlace it properly and then scale it, but thats not common.
True gwlaw99, I saw looking forward to trying the lens shift. The fact that is was manual wan't an advantage. We mainly sell DLP projectors, they generally have much better picture quality, but rarely have lens shift. The 8-bit video processor on the HD70 really holds back the picture quality though.
The best thing you can do is try out the scaler in your dvd player and see what setting look best to you. The scaler in the Scientific Atlanta HD PVR we have is horrible. If you zoom in on many SD letterbox channles, the deinterlacing can be horrible. But this is getting off topic.
I don't know how much bulbs are, probably the same price as all the other BenQ bubls. They tend to be all in the same price range.