But we're still comparing apples to watermelons here - yes, I like the picture from my 980 Ultra more than that of a friend's Sony Cineza -and the Runco, at today's prices is a bargain, until you consider everything else required to make my 980 Ultra better.
So yup, if I was lucky and lived on the coast, I could get a new one for 50 bucks (congrats, btw - I'll call you when I need parts
) -- but the signal gets to my 980 thru a DVDO VP 50, which lists around 3k. To watch my PS3 at full output res, I need a switcher to hold a DVI-RGB card - there's another 500 bucks. Or, (if I had half a brain,) I could just go out and pickup a Sony HS60 for 1800 bucks; heck, I could throw it away when it needed a bulb, buy the new improved model and still come out ahead.
If one could just plug in the cord from the source to the pj, and have the picture be equal or better to the digital, then
you'd have a fair comparison. And please, don't mention HTPC - again, that's another layer of complexity, vs. just connecting a dvd player to the pj and enjoying a movie.