Another member, rgtaa, suggested creating a thread dedicated to the ViewSonic PRO9000, and as a new owner, I thought this would be a fine idea. Most of this post is quoted from my original posts in the 1080p led thread.
As an owner of an aging Infocus IN72 (480p bulb), I knew I wanted a 1080p LED or laser/LED projector, and I learned quite a lot from this thread, thus boiling my personal choices down to:
a. wait for the LG PF85U
b. wait for the Optoma HD91
c. get the ViewSonic Pro9000 now.
Then, while mulling over these options, the IN72 bulb died, rendering further deliberation moot, and I'm now happy to have pulled the trigger on the ViewSonic. But I think the LG would have been not bright enough and with focus issues. And the plastic lens was not worth waiting for. The Optoma would probably have been a stellar rig, but it's too pricey for me.
First impressions are wonderful. It's bright and sharp. Needless to say it beats the pants off of my old IN72, may she RIP. It's not too loud, and it starts up and shuts down quickly. I watched a little bit of the Perrin Brothers' film Microcosmos (netflix stream), and it looks wonderfully crisp. And I still get to avoid having a 50in flat panel perpetually dominate the living room in my little house. I'm happy, and it's more than good enough for me. Maybe I spent a little more than I'd planned (at $1754 on Amazon), but I have no regrets at this point.
I think that the bar I set for my gear is pretty low compared to the discerning types that make up a lot of the readership on this site. I can tell you that I'm very content with the move, seeing as my daughter and friend are having a sleepover and currently having a ball watching Planes. Maybe one day I'll get to watch some old Kieslowski.