over the past few days of viewing, I have become an advocate for the 7100, even without the HD3000. Cowboy, you will not be dissapointed with this projector, the picture is amazing for the pricepoint. quite possibly the best for the money.
with a street price after rebate of 2K, (darn it...don't kill me for not posting MSRP)
there isn't anything out there that will beat it. As far as the HD-A1 handshake...I'm not worried about it in the least bit. The HD-A2 is coming out now, and others will have their models out soon. I haven't been able to contact Tosh yet, but I'm going to see if the HD-A2 will clear the issues the HD-A1 had with the 7100. My opinion...GO FOR IT
EDIT: I was able to get in touch with Toshiba Tech support. Unfortunately, they have NO idea of whether or not the issue was addressed. They didn't even know that there was an issue with it. They only know it's 1.2a HDMI and that's it. Got to love Level 1 tech support.