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When the cost of the larger consumer units is figured (generally 35-50k for the larger 3 chip machines), one really has to look at these DCI monsters as a viable option- the prices are the same, the optics are better, the chipsets are better, they all include xenon lamps, and they are built to be workhorses so they are more serviceable. The biggest technical challenges are the power requirements and the heat dissipation (you'll typically need an in-line exhaust fan)- oh, that and the fact that they are all pretty much 2 feet by 3 feet by 18" or bigger.
The sim2 cinema 100 is roughly 100 grand: that buys a lot of DCI machine for that price- ( and the Sim is a Christie/Sim collaboration DCI machine ). I'm just saying that at the price-point of these higher-end consumer projectors, there are many serious machines that are comparable.
Not a one size fits all though, since you really can't get Lumis type contrast out of a DCI machine- but the Lumis pales in comparison to DCI in other categories- so the consumer has to decide what's important to them.