I'm fighting the urge to be defensive, but I think the review was pretty objective. I would say that Art gives a fairly accurate breakdown of the pros and cons of this unit.
What I do take issue with is that I don't feel the Epson's competition has been as dispassionately considered. Art really oohed and ahhed over the Mitsubishi HC1500, and though I would wholeheartedly agree that it is a great looking budget projector, it does not have superior black levels, or a superior overall image to the Epson. I have A/Bed Sony's VPL-AW15 and the HC1500 after careful adjustment and the Sony is definitely better. I have subsequently A/Bed the VPL-AW15 and the Home Cinema 720, and the 720 is almost as good as the Sony. I realize my reasoning is a bit inductive, but I really would not give the Mitsubishi the edge in overall image quality in comparison to either of those LCD units. The Mitsubishi's advantage over the Optoma puts the HD70 even further behind, though not by much.
I haven't been reviewing projectors for years, but my recent experiences researching my own purchase have limited my scope specifically to sub-$1,500 720p projectors and I have seen almost all of them. If you were to put all of the units fitting my price limit into the ring, I really feel that the Panasonic, Epson, and Sony are 1, 2, and 3. The Panasonic has the best combination of traits, but I shied from it purely on warranty and Panasonic's spotty reputation for reliability, though if it were borne out that this is not a legitimate concern for the PT-AX200U, I would have chosen it over the Epson. The Sony's cinema mode with its iris AI fully engaged yields the best image of any of these projectors, but it doesn't have any other modes going for it and I was relieved at having picked up the Epson today when I was playing Call of Duty 3 with daylight streaming in through the living-room windows. That's something the Sony just can't do, and, for me, it was a deal breaker. It took third place because it's really a one-trick pony.
There are some incredible sale prices going for some truly exceptional DLP projectors, which puts them into my price class. If we take these clearance or incentive price units into consideration then Sharp's DT-510, Mitsubishi's HD3000, and Optoma's HD7100 take top-honors over the LCDs.
The BenQ W500, Mitsubishi HC1500, Optoma HD70 and Acer PH530 aren't different enough in overall image quality to make much of a distinction. Of those I would take the BenQ if I needed the lens shift, otherwise I'd go for the PH530 because they're practically giving it away and it has replacement lamps going for $200, which makes it a fantastic choice if you just want something to tide you over until 1080p becomes more economical.
Well, that's what I think. I'm not a professional so my opinion may not count for spit, but hopefully it will prove helpful. I can't speak to Art's frame of mind going into this review, but, though it was extremely good of him to disclose the context of his viewing by admitting that he has been watching much more expensive projectors lately, I think he still understates the effect this may have had. I A/Bed the VPL-VW60 and VPL-AW15 and there was absolutely no contest, but that's why the two models exist. If the AW15 could compete with the VW60, then Sony wouldn't have both products. They're marketed in completely different ways to completely different customers and the same is true for the Home Cinema 720 and the JVC DLA-RS2. If the JVC didn't blow the Epson out of the water, why the heck would anyone pay $7,000+ for it?
I have to call into question Art's concluding statement that "while [the Epson] makes for a good projector for movies, those seeking perfection will look elsewhere." If you're seeking perfection, then SIM2 will happily relieve you of $32,000 for a C3X 1080. At $1,100, people may be seeking perfection, but I think most of them understand that they aren't likely to find it. If his assertion is that it can be found in another projector at this price point (and yes, I know he is referring to movie-watching), then I'd like very much to hear his recommendation because I must have missed it during my search.
Well I'm off to enjoy my "not as good as most of the competition" black levels and "not quite as film-like" image!