By the way, I am also having the TC's inner monologue. Reviews paint the Epson as a truly great piece of kit... but at $2800 vs. $1550 (after $600 in rebates), that's one monstrously different price tag for the same resolution... nearly DOUBLE the cost. I think the Sanyo is literally in a league of it's own for value. Even the Panasonic AE2000 is $2600 (Art erroneously lumped it in with the 'under $2k' section, but it ain't even close, even with the 'free' stuff like the useless - to me - rental card. Alas, Epson appears to be using the same bait, and I ain't bitin'
I'm sure the Epson beats it in most ways, but this is where you separate the videophiles from the masses. It is an incremental improvement (noticeable), but is it worth double the dough to the layman? I doubt it. That's like saying paying for the JVC at $8k is worth the dough over the $2800 Epson. I say no way, but then, I'm not really willing to pay 100% more for 10% more performance. We're rapidly approaching the point of diminishing returns at the Sanyo/Epson level, much less the Epson/JVC level.
I don't think Sanyo has a replacement warranty, but it's 3 years. The projector was rated very highly when it released last fall (almost one year old now, though), and I expect it's successor (PLV-Z3000?) to be introduced THIS fall.
I hear good things about Sanyo's customer service. I hear the opposite about Panasonic's, but, despite that, I own a truckload of Panasonic electronics, and they've all performed very well and very long for me, so I'm something of a Panny fan.
Overall, right now is right on the cusp of PJ's coming down in price for the next annual cycle, and I'm torn on upgrading my trusty Panasonic AE900 to 1080p. I do want a PJ that will be as 'future-proof' as possible, but am having a hard time justifying the whopping price difference between the Sanyo and the Epson.