I got my HD131Xe on Monday from Amazon (used my Chase card for an extra 5% off, so with the $50 gift card and the extra cash back, I got around $80 off). However, it was bad out of the box. I am no expert with DLP projectors, but if there is a vertical line every 2 inches evenly across the screen (except most of the far left side of the image) that is an inversion of bright colors and not present with darker colors, I am pretty sure that just means something is broken inside. It is present in the menus with no source attached, so I know it isn't the cables. My cables are 25 footers and I didn't go with redmere because it was right on the edge and I figured if the cable is certified at 25', it will work. I wouldn't want to fish replacements up the wall and through the ceiling again though, and so far no problems there.
I went online and chose the option to have them call me and 20 seconds later I was talking to a customer service rep. Within 3 minutes he had another one on the way, next day delivery, and sent me a return label for the bad one. Unfortunately, the replacement shipped UPS instead of FedEx and while I was out of the house for lunch, the driver showed up and put a tag on my door. I was pretty unhappy about that, and after a stern chat with the UPS computers, I finally got a person and complained that I wasn't able to pick it up that evening, and they connected me to the local office where a great person got me in touch with the driver and I was able to meet him a couple hours later at one of his pick up locations to get my replacement projector.
New projector works perfectly and I am very happy with it. I am not videophile, but my eye does catch imperfections all too easily. With a 100" elite screens sable frame screen I am more than happy with the picture. On blu ray, the clarity and sharpness is second to none and even with my lights at 50% dimmed, it is completely watchable. I had reservations as I enjoy using this room to just sit and watch a show most of the time, without the hassle of firing up the audio, dimming the lights, and settling in for an "experience".. I was very pleasantly surprised that the projector has a speaker built in that does far better than I would have expected, so if I am just going to sit and watch for 30 minutes while I eat some lunch before going back to work, it works well. The only real hassle is the time it takes to fire up and warm up before the picture is watchable. But that is a small price to pay for tradeoff between the size of the screen and the cost of a large lcd flatscreen. I am happy with the choice (I was on the fence between a 65" lcd and the projector).
The only cons so far would be that the built in speaker doesn't have a very low volume setting, the lowest setting is a little loud if it is late and I am just watching one last show before bed. It would be nice if it went a little lower with more increments. The fan on the unit is not too loud, unless I put it in "high altitude" mode in which case it immediately goes to the fastest fan speed and is way too loud. The biggest complaint would be when it switches between 1080i and 1080p and takes so long and the stupid little hourglass comes up. My current DVR box upscales the 480 and 720p channels to 1080p, but won't upscale the 1080i to p, so if I am flipping channels I have to see this about 10 times through all my favorite channels. But the tv I replaced wouldn't view the 1080p, and didn't support 720p, so with this cable box for some reason I couldn't even get 7 of my channels in hd, I had to watch them in low res. My old cable box didn't do that, it kept everything at 1080i and my old mits rptv handled it fine. I had hoped that going to a more modern tv would correct the problem, and while I can now watch those channels, the switching back and forth still sucks.
Of course, the first unit being bad was a con as well, but I would hope that is a fluke and not the norm. I do give kudos to amazon for their service on this, and if you are buying one of these, I would suggest using them in a second. I was miffed that they wanted to charge the next level up on next day shipping with a Prime account because the projector package was not that heavy (maybe 10 lbs) yet I got an 80 lb air conditioner shipped next day for $3.99. Doesn't make sense, but it turned out I didn't need it next day when I ordered it so it was OK.
Overall, I am happy. I had some friends over last night and demo'd it with White House Down on Blu Ray and I think both of them are thinking it is time to upgrade to something bigger. I wanted a little more "wow" than a 60 or 65" flatscreen would give me, and I got it.
Oh, I tried a couple different settings that were detailed here, and frankly while the blacks got a little better, the colors had less "pop" and the tones were slightly off in some cases, and it just didn't seem worth it to me. The factory settings are good enough for me. I have not hooked this to a computer or anything, so I can't say that my focus is perfect on the corners or anything, but I have yet to see even the fuzziest of lines when the content is sharp, so I have no complaints there either.