You are my IDOL!!
Let me tell you my story. I am a long time HT fan, I started with a 27" Toshiba set, stereo speakers and a S-VHS VCR in an apartment back in the mid 90s. I moved into my first house in 1999 and I eventually graduated to 5.1 surround and a 55" HDTV set in 2000. In 2005 I moved into a bigger house with a dedicated 30' X 18' theater room. It was time for a projector!!!
Bam! I lost my job of some 11 years, got divorced and eventualy moved to sunny Southern California about 6 months ago. Back to a small apartment! :-( Anyway, I still had visions of a projector filling my tiny place and I had been eyeballing the HD70 or the Mits HC1500. The 1500 was on sale online for a low $749 and I was just about to pull the plug on it yesterday...until I read your post!
So low and behold I travelled in excess of 85 miles within a 1 1/2 hour time frame, went to 4 different Best Buys and I am now the proud owner of a ridiculously priced HD70!
Thanks to you sir!
Although I don't have a screen yet (or mount, or cables), I had to see what this puppy looked like. I ran component cable from the Xbox 360 to it (via an RCA coupler) and OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Amazed, on just a white wall, the image was to die for. I even have that pseudo stucko finish on my interior walls and I was truly in awe of what this little projector can do. Xbox images were sent at 1080p, games were amazing, HD video was amazing, and HD-DVD was amazing (at 1080i). Hell even DVDs looked good. I then hooked it up to my Sony HD-DVR and was still drooling.
I can't wait to set it up properly with a ceiling mount and screen and get it calibrated. I can't wait until the next eye opening experience, 1080p anybody! LOL
That's what the online community is all about and again my hats off to you!