BTW, Bob, have you gone the Vango route?
No, unfortunately not. I am a big fan of high quality DLP, and I am sure that the Vango would satisfy me a lot more than my current RS-35. If the Vango was priced $3k lower I would jump on it in a heartbeat. Right now it is a simple matter of economics, not a matter of preference.
If you buy a new lamp every time output decreases to 50% -- about 500hrs in the case of the typical LCOS -- and the lamp is $300+, that can add up pretty fast. And Kevin is right: it's a pain to be constantly adjusting the calibration for lamp decay. Freedom from the above is nice, but one of the things I like best is being able to turn the projector on and off like a table radio...no lamp damage when the neighborhood loses power, no interminable delay for cool down and reboot every time the off command is accidentally pushed.
Right...all very good reasons for owning the Vango. Set it and forget it and just enjoy the great picture for a long time...I like that idea a LOT!