"I looked at the Sanyo's before buying the Panny 75u, and agree that they are a good value. However, be prepared to spend some additional dough on external scalers, as Sanyo is notorious for having weak internal scalers. If you plan on driving it with an HTPC, then it's a non-issue."
This is the first time I've heard someone knock the XW15's scaler - To my eye (and the almost 100 people who have seen my Panny RP-56 fed XW15) the Sanyo's scaler does an amazing job all by itself. Forget a Quadscan, HTPC, external line doubler, Voo Doo schrunken head, $500 cables, firebird screen.... all you need is an XW15, a sub-$200 Panny RP-56 DVD, component cables, and a nice flat white wall and you'll be in heaven.
I watched "Grand Prix" on *gasp* VHS through a single composit cable last night.... unbelievable seeing this epic in widescreen for the very first time. Colors, sharpness, even sound was WAY better than I ever expected from this aging film. If they ever remaster it on DVD I'll buy it only for the ease of fast-forwarding through the sappy bits. Picutre quality was shockingly good, this without any external line doublers, scalers etc....
Don't let the nit-pickers or naysayers scare you away - the XW15 is the only one you need.
my XW15: 9 months old, 625 lamp hours, not one hiccup