Thanks for the info guys. That makes me feel much better about it. Sounds like the smell is normal, at least for a few of us.
As for the lower brightness I'm measuring (Jason, what in the heck are you doing, running it off 220 v?
), I'm just going to assume its my measuring technique or light meter. I'm still hearing vastly different things on brightness from people and I'm sure a lot of it has to do with placement. I've heard several people say it is as bright as an H79, but I dont think mine was ever able to put out 700+ lumens. Who knows?
Bottom line it the picture is stunning in my light controlled room on a 120" ST130. Life is good.