Hey guys. I just bought the Marantz in this thread last night, largely based on the great reviews here, and also on my prior experience with a Marantz DLP projector. I'm excited about its arrival, hopefully next week.
My first projector was a Marantz DLP VP8000; I sold it when I got a newer Sharp DT-200 in 2004. The Marantz was a first generation DLP, and I I bought it sometime in 2002. It was terrific. After two years of use, however, I had to replace the bulb ($700!) and was frustrated that it wouldn't accept a progressive scan signal from my DVD player. That's why I "upgraded" to the Sharp, which wasn't really an upgrade. The Marantz clearly had better optics in that model, which originally had an MSRP of $7,999 (I got a factory refurb from our favorite U).
I have enjoyed the Sharp, but it's time for a new bulb and I'm not going to spend $500 on one, especially when its native resolution is 800 x 600, and I can get such a great deal on this 720p projector that is as recent as last fall's model. I have HD now via cable, and by gosh I'm going back to that wonderful Marantz quality I remember. I had buyer's and seller's remorse as soon as I got rid of that first one, as its picture was sharper and had better color. The Sharp has a much more noticeable SDE than the older Marantz did at the same viewing distance.
Anyway, I'm excited. I'll let you know my impressions when it arrives. I'm glad everyone here seems to be enjoying theirs so much. Hey, pretty soon I'll be in the club.