I think I read that the ht1188 was 1400? The wl1070/newer wl1075 are definitely mentioned in that thread, as are some epsons and the Sony HW40ES.
I'm certain it's not the end all, but I look for budget kings, and from all I've read, the 1186, especially if you can find it for 500 like some here have, is definitely in that arena.
I've had 1 DLP and 2 lcd models...I'll be thrilled to throw DLP back in, as I liked my 1st pj, a Sharp DT-500, which was available back then for a great price.
I'll be happy to compare it to my Viewsonic Pro8100 that has over 20,000 hrs on it...the 1186 new, with a brand new bulb, should crush it.
Why waste $ on more cheap stuff, it's like challenging a dragon with a pocket knife.