...if the 1080p UB had a LED bulb, it would probably be the last projector most of us would ever need
This is of course a matter of personal choice.
I, for one, have been waiting with the purchase of a serious projector (something well above $1000), for many years now. I decided that my point of entry will be when a projector will come out, that will be at least as good as the best cinema theater I ever saw, for a reasonable
price. The first projector that did it for me, was the Mitsubishi HC3100, except I could see rainbows (5x wheel), and also some slight screen door at 1.3x screen widths.
Now, finally, after many years of waiting, the Powerlite UB seems to be the ticket. Yes I might be hyping it, but it simply seems right in every way possible: no rainbows, great blacks and contrast, no screen door, 1080p, 3 years warranty including lamp (at least in europe), $2699 MSRP. I simply couldn't ask for a better deal for my first high quality projector.
Yes, CEDIA 2008 will bring better deals, with better features, but I know the Powelite UB is something I can live with (at least for the 3 years of warranty), because I never had problems going to the best Cinema I know (and I've been doing it for many years).
It's always entertaining to watch the early adopters frothing when they can't have their unit delivered by December 1st.
As much as I'm hyping, I will not be the first one to order, not before I read the first serious review of this projector (which could come only from Cine4home or Projectorreviews). This deal looks almost "too good", something might be wrong and we need a careful eye to look into it (but at least according to preliminary opinion of cine4home, this seems to be the real deal).